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Inside the imagination of a children's illustrator

7 March 2014 Last updated at 00:30 GMT

Some of the strongest images of childhood come from illustrated books.

Titles like Where The Wild Things Are and The Tiger Who Came To Tea, and the works of people like Quentin Blake and Gruffalo artist Axel Scheffler are widely considered classics.

But what kind of work goes into creating such memorable pictures?

Illustrator Emma Levey has been drawing all her life, getting her inspiration from the animals that occupied her childhood home.

Now 28, she has just had her first book published, and has more deals in the pipeline.

BBC News visited Emma at home in south Wales to see how she brought her imagination to the page.

Video journalist: Stephen Bulfield

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