Winning Year: 2013
Illustrator: Levi Pinfold
Title: Black Dog

Original Publisher: Templar
Current Publisher: Templar
ISBN: 9781848770522
In Print

A black dog appears outside the Hope family's home. As each member of the household sees it and hides, the dog grows bigger. Only Small, the youngest Hope, has the courage to face the Black Dog. When it chases her through the forest she shows no fear, so it grows smaller and smaller. Finally, back to the size of a normal hound, the Black Dog is welcomed into the Hope household as their newest addition.


Levi Pinfold was born in the Forest of Dean. From a young age he loved books and comics and spent many of his days drawing and writing his own stories.

At the age of seven, Levi went to watercolour classes where he was introduced to the medium that he still works in. His love of stories, painting and the work of illustrators such as Maurice Sendak, Alan Lee and Dave McKean led him to study Illustration at the University College Falmouth, where he developed narrative illustrations in his own style - a stunning, stylised realism - creating his imagery from imagination.

Alongside painting, Levi writes stories in his spare time. Since graduating from University in 2006, Levi has worked as a self employed illustrator. The Django, his debut picture book, is inspired by Levi's love of music.

Levi won The Booktrust Early Years Award in the Best Emerging Illustrator Category for 2010 for The Django.

Levi is also one of 10 illustrators to win the Booktrust Best New Illustrators Award 2011.

His second picture book for Templar Black Dog was published in November 2011 to critical acclaim.

Levi is now living in Australia and working on a new picture book for Templar slated for 2014 publication.