Once Upon a Snowstorm

Once Upon a Snowstorm

by Richard Johnson


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The Snowman meets the Polar Express in this dazzling picture book, sure to be a new holiday classic

The story of a father and his son who live by themselves in a cosy cabin in the woods. But, one day they are separated out in the beautifully falling snow. The boy is lost and falls asleep. When he wakes up he is surrounded by blinking eyes, a rabbit, a fox, an owl and all manner of other creatures have surrounded him! But with a bear hug he and the woodland animals become best of friends! But soon he misses his dad and so the animals bring him back home. The father opens up his heart and home, and lets nature and love envelop their previously lonely existence.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780571339280
Publisher: Faber and Faber
Publication date: 11/01/2018
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 1,192,352
Product dimensions: 9.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 3 Months to 5 Years

About the Author

Richard Johnson works from his studio with his partner, situated on the edge of a large wood in Lincolnshire, England. He is a professional freelance illustrator with 18 years experience working within the industry. He specializes in Children's Book illustration but has also developed illustrations for advertisement campaigns, newspapers, and magazines.

What People are Saying About This

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"It's beautiful. I love the details in the snow flakes . . . and the funny close ups of the animals faces. Such a warm story, frosted with magic."—Polly Dunbar, illustrator of Penguin

"Invokes both the intimate and the epic . . . a book that reminds us we don’t always needs words."—Olivia Lomenech Gill, illustrator of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

"An incredibly stunning book."—David Litchfield, author and illustrator of The Bear and the Piano

"Captivating and atmospheric, with a pitch-perfect use of color."—Levi Pinfold


I enjoy drawing, I also enjoy experimenting with different approaches to creating my illustrations, finding different methods of applying color to my work.

I mainly use acrylic paint with a heavy texture paper, around 300gsm and watercolor brushes. Line work is a combination of fine 0.3mm HB to a 6B blunt colored pencils. The paint I generally use is Daler-Rowney acrylic paint or whatever is around my studio.

I like to use combinations of digital painting and scanned traditional medium together, using Photoshop I currently work with a Wacom Intuos 5 tablet. Working digitally allows me to control and combine my painted and textured work. Often my pictures are completely colored digitally, using digital collage techniques layered over of my original drawings.

I like my images to have an atmosphere, a sense of humour and personality, also offering something that expands on the text. Tone and lighting have a very big part to play in how I conceive and develop an image, and I am interested in perspective, sometimes forced perspectives or viewpoints, that fit into often flat compositions.

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