TV Times “The Snail and the Whale” competition now open

TV Times’ Christmas Double Issue 2019  by Axel SchefflerIt can’t have escaped the attention of eagle-eyed downthetubes readers that Axel Scheffler, the illustrator of iconic children’s books including The Gruffalo, Room on the Broom and The Snail and the Whale has created an original illustration for TV Times’ Christmas Double Issue cover – but don’t miss out on a competition to win a fab-Yule-ous The Snail and the Whale goodie bag.

Depicting Father Christmas alongside characters from The Snail and the Whale – an animated version of which will air on BBC1 on Christmas Day – the cover is also signed by Axel.

The TV Times team worked closely with Axel to create the artwork which he says he hopes “will make people feel Christmassy. And inspire people to watch The Snail and the Whale. It’s a perfect film!”

Axel Scheffler is an award-winning, internationally-acclaimed illustrator of some of the most well-loved children’s books, which have been published in many languages and his work has been exhibited all around the world.

The first book he illustrated was back in 1988 – The Piemakers by Helen Cresswell – beginning his partnership with author Julia Donaldson in 1992 with A Squash and a Squeeze. Since then, he’s also created illustrations for The Gruffalo, Zog, The Highway Rat, Room on the Broom, The Ugly Five and moreand a set of Christmas stamps for the Royal Mail in 2012 that included Santa.

“I’ve sketched Father Christmas loads of times over the years,” says Alex. “You can’t really draw him any differently; he has to have his red suit and furry cuffs. But I did cheat with the scale. I often do that.
“Would the snail really be that big on Father Christmas’ shoulder? I don’t think it matters. Illustrations can have their own logic.”

“There is no illustrator quite like Axel Scheffler,” says Colin Tough, TV Times editor-in-chief, adds, “and we were honoured to work with him on creating an original piece of artwork for our Christmas issue. The result is this delightful cover – and a lot of excitement in the office!”

The bumper issue of TV Times carries an extra 96 pages taking readers through all the TV across the festive period with a 14-day guide and is on sale for three weeks from 10th – 31st December – and a TV Times Festive Photo Competition to win The Snail and the Whale goodie bag is now open.

TV Times is inviting UK readers to send in seasonally themed photos featuring this special festive double–edition of the magazine. To enter, all you need to do is snap a seasonally themed photo featuring the festive double-edition of TV Times, and send it into them on Twitter or Instagram using the hash tag #TVTimesChristmasComp.

The closing date for entries is 12pm on Monday 16th December 2019.

There’s more information on the competition here on the What’s On TV web site

Axel Scheffler is online at

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