Dean, David 1976-

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Dean, David 1976-


Born 1976. Education: Manchester Metropolitan University, B.A. (illustration), 1999, M.A. (communication design), 1999.


Home and office—Cheshire, England. Agent—The Organisation, 69 Caledonian Rd., London N1 9BT, England;


Illustrator, 1999—.



Richard Moverley, The Reluctant Rajput, Egmont (London, England), 2005, Crabtree Publishing (New York, NY), 2006.

Lauren St. John, The White Giraffe, Orion (London, England), 2006, Dial Books (New York, NY), 2007.

Lauren St. John, Dolphin Song, Dial Books (New York, NY), 2008.

Also illustrator of more than forty book covers.


British illustrator David Dean has provided artwork for advertisements, magazines, and posters, as well as for more than forty book covers. "My work is colourful and lively with broad appeal," the artist remarked on his home page. Dean has also served as the illustrator for a number of children's books, including The Reluctant Rajput by Richard Moverley. The work concerns Bhupinder, a young boy living in rural India who dreams that he is a Rajput: an ancient warrior. Dean's "illustrations are suitable to the story and are appropriate for the age range but do not overdo the blood and

gore referred to in the story," wrote John Dryden in the Canadian Review of Materials. "The illustrator has depicted Bhupinder's community well, and a lot of information can be grasped from the art."

Set in South Africa, Lauren St. John's The White Giraffe focuses on eleven-year-old Martine, a British girl who is sent to live with her grandmother on a game reserve after her parents are killed in a fire. Told by a Zulu healer that she possesses mystical gifts, Martine then encounters a legendary white giraffe and attempts to save the creature from poachers. According to a reviewer in Publishers Weekly, "Dean contributes charming watercolor illustrations that open each chapter."

Biographical and Critical Sources


Booklist, June 1, 2007, Anne O'Malley, review of The White Giraffe, p. 75.

Canadian Review of Materials, April 14, 2006, John Dryden, review of The Reluctant Rajput.

Kirkus Reviews, April 1, 2007, review of The White Giraffe.

Publishers Weekly, May 28, 2007, review of The White Giraffe, p. 63.

School Library Journal, June, 2007, Robyn Gioia, review of The White Giraffe, p. 162.


Children's Illustrators Web site, (August 15, 2008), "David Dean."

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