Winner, Independent Booksellers’ Best New Illustrator Award 2019

Shortlisted for the World Illustration Awards 2019, Children’s Book Category, for The Strongest Mum

Highly Commended, Macmillan Prize for Illustration, 2016 for Bird and Bird


i-paper Best Children’s Books of 2019 for Terry and the Brilliant Book

Observer Children’s Books of the Month, 2018 for The Strongest Mum

Sunday Express Pick of New Books for Younger Readers, Summer 2018, for Vera Jewel is Late for School

95 five star customer reviews on Amazon

Terry and the Brilliant Book

“Warm, witty and wonderfully clever, Terry and the Brilliant Book speaks volumes about the delights of sharing, and the joy to be found in reading books as well as playing with friends. 

Kent’s imaginative and creative story is brought to vivid life by her use of bright, jewel-like colours which are the hallmark of her distinctive, eye-catching illustrations.

A verbally clever and visually stunning picture book.” Lancashire Evening Post

“Celebrates reading and sharing.” i-news

“A smashing book to open up discussion, at home or in school, about the story’s themes, which are highlighted in Nicola’s beautifully detailed illustrations; love her cheery colour palette too.” Red Reading Hub Blog

“This is an easy hit for us, a book about books and the awesomeness of books! But more than that, it should be a hit for everyone! The story captures the power of a good book in a charming, relatable, humorous way and tells a good story of its own too! There is lots of humour in the bright, pastel illustrations – our favourite was Terry’s walk to the cinema!!!…There is loads to read, look at and enjoy. A brilliant book about the brilliance of books!” Father Reading Every Day

Vera Jewel is Late for School

“Perfect for anyone who struggles with timekeeping" Sunday Express

“There’s so much to praise about this book. Vera Jewel’s perseverance is not just funny but endearing too. Nicola Kent has done an incredible job of bringing her to life through the illustrations, which are simply stunning. 

Children and adults alike will love Vera’s exploits. I dare you not to laugh!”

“A delightfully funny, rhyming text that is sure to amuse young minds.”

“This is a delightful and unusual rhyming story, charmingly illustrated, about determination and working things out for yourself”

The Strongest Mum

“An outstanding debut. Parents and carers everywhere will relate to this tale of an ever-smiling but put-upon bear who eventually collapses under the weight of all the stuff she’s asked to carry, from her son’s forest treasures to a flamingo’s piano. The message is simple: even grownups need a bit of looking after. But it’s the pictures that really shine, painted in the colours of bright boiled sweets and full of witty detail…A tale as sweet as honey.” Observer

“ A beautiful, warm and poignant tribute to all those supermums out there! The Strongest Mum is a true spectacle of colour and fun as one busy little bear reveals just how much work and care is put in by real-life mothers every day. Original and clever, The Strongest Mum teaches little ones about the importance of helping each other and reinforces the unbreakable bond between parents and children.

With a cast of endearing animal characters and Kent’s bright, jewel-like coloured illustrations full of intricate detail and visual appeal, this is destined to be a firm family favourite.” Lancashire Evening Post

“…Funny, heart-warming story, with a lovely message that even the strongest mums need a helping hand every now and then.” Booktrust

“The message about helping each other, and the fact that parents need help too is a tricky one to discuss with small children, but I think that Nicola Kent gets it so right in The Strongest Mum. The book gives a wonderful starting point for the discussion with young children. At four, my daughter is right in the middle of the age range of the book and we have had some very interesting discussions after reading The Strongest Mum. Discussions about helping each other and about people who help us.” Odd Socks and Lollipops

“The illustrations are bright and joyful, and I defy anyone not to smile when they see the drawing of Strongest Mum’s handbag... it's a treasure trove full of 'just-in-case' necessities that would make any Girl Guide proud, and every mum nod in recognition. Just that page alone makes my two-year-old and six-year-old want to read this book again and again, because it’s so much fun spotting what’s in there.

A great book for younger children, it provides an excellent stepping stone into age-appropriate conversations about empathy, coping and setting limits. We can’t wait to see what Nicola Kent comes up with next.”