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Watch Chris Naylor-Ballesteros drawing the characters from The Suitcase

We’re proud to have published The Suitcase in May, a powerful new picture book full of heart and humanity by Chris Naylor-Ballesteros.

And today we’re delighted to share a video of Chris drawing the characters from the book!

You can watch Chris drawing the fox, rabbit, bird and the stranger, and hear him talking about how he developed the characters and style of the book, in the video at the top of this post.

You can also find out more about Chris’ illustrating process at his guest post here.

‘A simple, powerful way to introduce the idea of kindness to strangers to young children’– Axel Scheffler, illustrator of The Gruffalo

“At a time when over 65 million people are forcibly displaced around the world, this beautifully illustrated and wise, gentle tale of tolerance and kindness for fellow humans resonates deeply. I hope all parents share The Suitcase with their children.” – Khaled Hosseini, author of The Kite Runner

‘We slip so easily into being tribal, into being suspicious of people who seem different to us. The Suitcase gently and powerfully explores the transformation that comes when we manage to open our minds and hearts.’ – Miranda McKearney OBE, Empathy Lab

‘A sweet, gentle introduction to the idea of what home is, and that maybe home is something we bring with us.’ – Margaret Wallace-Jones, The Alligator’s Mouth

‘Sometimes a story just grabs you by the heartstrings and doesn’t let you go – this is one of those stories. Powerful, empathetic and full of heart, The Suitcase will resonate for a long, long time.’ – Louise Bolongaro, Head of Picture Books, Nosy Crow

Take a sneak peek inside The Suitcase:

You can order a copy of the book from Amazon here, or from Waterstones here.

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