Poonam Mistry

Poonam Mistry is a freelance illustrator living in the UK and graduated in 2010 with a degree in Graphic Design and Illustration at the University of Hertfordshire.

Her style incorporates her love of nature and her Indian roots and explores the relationships between pattern, shapes and colour. Poonam’s upbringing and childhood have heavily influenced her work, in particular being surrounded by Indian fabrics, paintings and ornaments. She loves folklore tales and stories of Hindu Gods and Goddesses and these have been a rich source of inspiration in a number of her illustrations.

Poonam creates her beautifully intricate images by hand using fine liners and then digitally alters them.

Shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal 2019.



The highly stylized illustrations are spectacular, full of repeating triangle and diamond shapes that are reminiscent of African textiles from various countries.

A book to excite children about animal life and reassure them of the lasting love from elders.


Soundar’s subtle but resonant pro-conservation message, interwoven with lulling refrains, is emphasised by Mistry’s blazing mandala-patterned illustrations.

The Guardian

Brilliant snowflake mandalas and intricate geometric designs create a magical arctic landscape as Mama Bear guides her new cubs through the natural wonders of the changing seasons, cautioning and reassuring while keeping them warm and snug by her side.

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Parental love, sound ecological advice, and breathtaking illustrations all in one.

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