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Nova is going on a butterfly hunt in this gorgeously illustrated children's book

I am Zoe Sadler and I am a children's book illustrator based on the very picturesque and inspiring Isle of Wight. My love of reading fairytales and penchant for my old-fashioned dip-pen and pot of ink inspires me to create quirky hand drawn illustrations. My new children's picture book is 'Chasing Butterflies'.

"Today is the day! Today is the day Nova is going to find a butterfly."

Meet free spirited Nova , a very determined little girl with one goal in mind; to catch butterfly. Watch Nova's adventure unfold and join her on the chase!

This is a beautifully illustrated and magical picture book for 3-7 year olds and, if like me you are a picture book fan, adults too!

Brought up on a small Scottish Croft in rural Aberdeenshire, Zoe has a degree in illustration from Dundee University's Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art. Being cursed with a problematic book obsession (she has far too many children's books!) lead her to a post grad in Publishing at the University of Plymouth. Following this, Zoe worked as an illustrator and book designer at a London book publisher.

Zoe now works as a freelance children’s illustrator, from her studio in the picturesque and inspiring Isle of Wight. She published her first children’s picture book ‘The Lighthouse Keeper: A Cautionary Tale’ a couple of years ago and is now working on her second picture book ‘Chasing Butterflies’ with Unbound.

When not covered in black ink or with dip pen in hand, Zoe can most often be found drinking Earl Grey tea or playing with her cat ‘Mouse. She also loves the fresh air and can often be spotted out and about in her red wellies walking her black lab, Wilson.

A sneak peek at the interiors:


Playing Cat and Mouse

Wednesday, 26 April 2017


Hello all,

I thought it was about time I introduced you to the other mischievous character in my children's book.  Everyone meet my cat 'Mouse', and yes, she is a little furry ball of trouble.

In my book Nova has a little cat sidekick and, of course, she is based on my own little sidekick Mouse.  As you can see she likes to help (or rather hinder) me in my studio.  Mouse is featured in every…

Introducing Nova

Thursday, 13 April 2017


I am delighted to formerly introduce you to Nova...

Nova is my butterfly loving heroine and the star of my picture book.  She is a fun loving, free spirited little girl with one goal in mind, to catch a butterfly!


I have some fun facts for you about Nova:-

  • When I was researching names for my little heroine I came across the name Nova, which is said to actually mean 'Chasing Butterflies…

Welcome to my inky little butterfly world...

Friday, 31 March 2017

Me and butterfly low res

Hi there,

I just wanted to introduce myself and say welcome to the newly launched Chasing Butterflies project page.  I am very excited to be working with Unbound on my children's picture book and I just want to send out a massive thank you to the intial support for my project, it has been overwhelming.  Thank you for all your pledges so far, in return I promise to reward you with my very best work…

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