Sav Akyuz

Children's Illustrator

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Agent: Emily Talbot
Associate Agent: Molly Jamieson


Sav Akyüz is an award winning Picture Book Illustrator, Author and acclaimed Storyboard Artist of almost 2000 commercials - drawing everything from Porsches to potatoes, Depp to Pitt and Ronaldo to supermarket roundels. He has worked with award winning director’s such as Tom Hooper, Tarsem Singh, Terry Gilliam and Harry Bradbeer and on many memorable campaigns, such as the John Lewis 2013 Christmas film, ‘The Bear and The Hare’. Sav has also served time as a visual effects artist on numerous feature films; enjoyed an unforgettable term at the Muppets’ legendary ‘Jim Henson’s Creature Shop’; sweated as a cloth layer-upper for famous Brit brands Burberry and Aquascutum; and, perhaps most proudly of all, peddled 99 Flake’s and Funny Feet from an ice-cream van outside the Tate Britain. After all the toil, sweat and melted ice-cream, the sketcher of other people’s stories turned his attention to creating children’s books; winning the prestigious Renaissance Award for Best Primary School Book with his debut, ‘I am Bear’, in 2019. He’s also appeared on Blue Peter, Author’s Live with BBC Scotland and BBC Radio 3. He frequently tours schools and literary festivals around the UK and abroad and was recently named the ‘Patron of Reading for Hackney Schools’. He is published by Walker Books, Bloomsbury and Oxford Children’s.

Recent Publications


In a high-energy sequel to I Am Bear, the dance-loving star rolls out a variety of dance moves and inspires kids to try some of their own.

Get up, get down,
hit the ground . . .

Bear's in a dancing mood, and his friend Bunny is happy to help out with the boom box. With moves like Furry Breaking, Running Bear (you run but don't go anywhere), and the classic back spin, who could blame observers who might want to bust a move of their own? Actor/rapper Ben Bailey Smith (aka Doc Brown) and artist Sav Akyuz team up again for a lively two-step with the multitalented Bear.

I AM BEAR (Walker)

If there's trouble, one thing is certain: Bear was there. In (and out) of his outrageous purple outfit, Bear can do anything - steal honey from the bees, do magic tricks, steal doughnuts from a police officer, and annoy a certain pesky squirrel. This hilarious picture book debut of actor Ben Bailey Smith (aka rapper Doc Brown) and artist Sav Akyuz will keep young mischief-makers in stitches.