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Charlotte Voake (b. 1957)
Born in Wales, Charlotte Voake was brought up on the Wirral, outside Liverpool. She studied art history at the University of London, after which she worked for a short time at the Bluecoat Gallery and illustrated her first children's book while still at university. She has illustrated many books for other authors, as well as producing her own picture books, among them Ginger (1997) and Pizza Kittens (2002). The former won a Nestlé Smarties Book Prize (Gold Award) and the latter a Nestlé Smarties Book (Silver Award). Her more recent books include A Little Guide to Trees (2009) and Ginger and the Mystery Visitor (2010) and she illustrated Julia Donaldson's The Further Adventures of the Owl and the Pussycat (2013). Charlotte has worked closely with Walker Books for many years, and continues to write and illustrate from her home in Surrey.  
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