Press Release: Rick Hatfield wins international award

Ocean Deep by Rick Hatfield

Local illustrator wins international award for interactive children’s book.

A local illustrator has scooped a Silver award in the Children’s Interactive category of the international Independent Publisher Book Awards 2012 for his latest book.

Ocean Deep by Richard Hatfield of Ashford, and co-writer Sue Baker, is aimed at children aged between five and nine years, and published by leading independent publishers, Child’s Play, who first spotted Rick’s talent when he was exhibiting his art as a university student 20 years ago.

The tunnel-effect board book with a cut-away cover features detailed colour illustrations of the layers of the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. Striking visuals are accompanied by factual copy about the creatures inhabiting each layer, from the surface to the ocean floor.

Rick, 44, now works full time as creative director at Newingreen-based design agency, Oak Creative, but has maintained a personal interest in natural history since his university days. Rick has published similar board books about snakes and chameleons, painting in acrylic on thick watercolour paper stretched onto board. Ocean Deep took more than two years to research, write and illustrate. Rick will pick up his award at a glittering ceremony in New York in June. “I am so chuffed to have won this award – we worked long and hard to create a book that would take children on a journey to explore a very exciting world. It’s like outer space on planet earth. The oceans surround us, yet we still know so little about them.

Download the official press release here: Rick Wins Award

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