Illustrator and artist Kate Knapp is a graduate of Queensland College of Art. Her Ruby books are inspired by her family in England, and memories of reading The Magic Faraway Tree, Paddington Bear and Raymond Briggs's Father Christmas. Babushka Galushka is based on her English grandmother. Kate lived in London for three years in her twenties, but now lives in Brisbane, Australia with her long term partner, where she runs a design studio, Twigseeds, which produces greetings cards, stationery, books and homeware. Ruby Red Shoes: A Very Aware Hare is the first book in her Ruby Red Shoes series and has been shortlisted for several Australian children's book illustration awards.
This is a truly beautiful book that we have completely fallen in
love with. The illustrations are as adorable as the story. * The
Ladybird Adventures *
Ruby herself is a delightful protagonist. 'An aware hare' who lives consciously from day to day, enjoying everything about her simple routine, from the veg patch to her dumpling of a cuddly grandmother. This book is so beautifully observed and elegantly written; poetic and wise. * Life As It Is *