Alexis Deacon was one of the ten Best New Illustrators selected by Booktrust's Big Picture campaign in 2008. He has always loved to draw and has been keeping sketchbooks since he was a small child, when he would often move from playing games with toys into drawing stories about them.
Alexis started work on his first picture book, Slow Loris, while studying illustration at the University of Brighton. He spent many hours in a zoo sketching a slow loris (an animal similar to a sloth) and then created the story of the creature's secret life after the visitors had gone home. Alexis' second book, Beegu, about a lonely baby alien trying to find its mother on Earth, was created when he moved to London after art college. Beegu was shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal.
Alexis wrote and illustrated a fantastic new version of The Selfish Giant, and more recently he has illustrated Russell Hoban’s story called Jim’s Lion, published in 2015 and I am Henry Finch illustrated by Viviane Schwarz. His latest picture book, Ergo is also illustrated by Viviane Schwarz and will be published by Candlewick Press in August 2021.
- The New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Books Award
- Observer/Jonathan Cape/Comica Graphic Short Story Prize
Alexis Deacon may well be Burningham's heir apparent . . . Deacon's poignant and understated text is brilliantly served by his illustrations, which carry distant reminders of some of the best illustrators of the last 100 years and yet still remain uniquely his own.
Did you know…
Alexis loves stories! The stranger and more fantastic the better!
He especially loved comic books when he was growing up. Tintin, Asterix, The Beano, The Dandy, Dick Tracy, Judge Dredd and Rogue Trooper from 2000AD… he would get totally lost in all of them.
The name Beegu came from a pet dog.
Resources for Schools: A Place To Call Home
Get children writing, drawing and making with these fun and creative resources inspired by Alexis's book A Place to Call Home.
Make a Beegu Phrase Book
Make a phrase book to teach Beegu some useful words and phrases she could use if she ever returns to Earth to meet her friends.
Draw a Beegu Porthole Picture
As Beegu gazes out of the porthole at Earth, she must be feeling very excited and relieved to be going home. Make your own porthole picture to show your favourite thing about home.
Make a Beegu Spaceship
Make a model of Beegu’s spaceship with items from home.
Our first digital performance!
The Children's Bookshow team were thrilled to host their first digital live performance with author and illustrator, Alexis Deacon
Letters from Lockdown
We have invited our artists to write a short letter to inspire children to write their own lockdown letters. Take a look at the whole collection and find out about our competition to win great prizes!