Thursday, 6 December 2018

Another lucky winner of our Alison Jay book comp with her fabulous prize! Thank you for the fab pic! To get your own copy of 'A Lady has the Floor' about the corageous Belva Lockwood, click here!

Spotlight on....Sophie Rohrbach!

This month we take a peep at the wonderful work of French artist Sophie Rohrbach Illustratrice! Sophie is passionate about the colours and patterns that she uses in her illustrations and enjoys commissions for children's books, products, stationery and anything that involves creative surface pattern design! Check out her gorgeous technicolour portfolio here! 

Chantelle and Burgen on Tour!

Following the successful publication of The Singing Stone, Chantelle & Burgen Thorne were asked by Jacana Media and Books and Books to take part in a book tour covering a total of over 600km travelling between schools across South Africa and their home in the hills!

With Burgen manning the fort to look after their their menagerie of pets, Chantelle got the lucky task to visit the schools and read the story to the pupils, followed by a short Q&A after. Chantelle was thrilled at the enthusiasm of the children for the story and their inquisitive nature as she described life as an illustrator, teaching them that you really can do this for a job! They hope to do another round of visits in the New Year, possibly including schools in Johannesburg and Pretoria as well! Phew - what a busy pair!

Katie's Fabulous new Prehistoric title for Xist!

When a boy loses his best toy car under his bed, he discovers a magic trap door that will take him to the past! In this first adventure, the trap door opens into the time of the dinosaurs! Lovingly illustrated by the fabulous Katie Mazeika Illustration for Xist Publishing, why not take a look into the trapdoor yourselves and see what you might find! Get your copy here!

David Sensational Centennial Cover!

With the 100th anniversary of the end of WW1 in our minds, this month sees the launch of another brilliant book cover from our king of cover design, David Dean who has put his stunning signature style to work on 'The Button War'! The striking composition and bold colour scheme compliments award winning author Avi's stark, unflinching tale of ordinary boys living during WW1 as tensions - and desperations - mount among them. Out now from Walker Books!

Thursday, 29 November 2018

Livia's Creative Calendar Countdown!

As Christmas gets ever closer, it seems the perfect time to tell you about the wonderful new advent calendar from Livia Coloji and Arcturus publishing...  we think YULE love it! (Sorry!).

Not just your typical festive calendar, this one has a unique twist. Each day, find the numbered panel, and remove it to discover a beautifully illustrated picture underneath. Then slot together the simple model to make a decoration for your Christmas tree. The countdown to Christmas has never been so much fun! Every tree needs a stunning piece of artwork from Livia hanging from it!

Get prepared for your Christmas decorating by grabbing a copy here!

Richard Johnson's Beautiful Blizzard Book!

We are thrilled to announce the release of Richard Johnson's brand new picture book with Faber & Faber children's books. When a snowstorm separates a boy from his father, who will come to his rescue and bring him safely back home?  Filled with sumptuous, atmospheric artwork this is sure to be a hit this winter with its glorious snowy scenes and heartwarming story, all told in this stunning wordless picture book.

Richard gives insight into the project:

"My initial ideas for the story developed around my own relationship with my father and an exploration of the relationship between nature and man. The narrative is designed to be wordless, as there are certain themes I wanted the viewer to explore themselves so I didn't want words to influence the pictures too much.

I was also inspired by the cinematography of Iñárritu’s The Revenant and Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight, which I think I might of subconsciously combined with inspiration from Murakami and Briggs' The Snowman."

The perfect Christmas present this year, get your copy of Once Upon and Snowstorm here!