Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Nuno is Unicorn Crazy!

Zoe can't wait to visit the Frost Fair with her best friend, Astra, the fairy unicorn. But when cursed snowflakes begin falling, the unicorns are all turned to ice! Nuno’s enchanting illustrations transport us, once again, directly to the beautiful but troubled Unicorn Island in these, the 5th and 6th books in the thrilling Fairy Unicorns series for Usborne. Subtly contrasting the characters of Astra and her friends with the evil Shadow, Nuno’s great skill lies in his creation of a completely tangible world in which good and evil battle for control of the unicorn kingdom and where Zoe faces a race against time to save her best friend!

Perfect seasonal reading for newly fluent readers, Frost Fair and Star Spell are both out now!

Gareth Lucas is Dino-mite!

Stomp, roar, doodle and draw with more than 100 brand new, hilarious and unusual dinosaur activities in this bumper activity book stunningly illustrated by the fabulous Gareth Lucas! It is clear from the gorgeous results that Gareth was in his element working on this project - sparking childrens’ imagination with his bold and distinctive style and inspiring the next generation of illustrators with some truly unique activities!  From doodling a dinosaur’s dinner to drawing the adorable inhabitants of some newly hatched dino eggs alongside a huge variety of colouring and puzzle activities - there is just so much for the budding artist to explore in this ROAR-some book!

Out now from Parragon!

Javier Joaquin Returns to the Jungle!

Javier Joaquin’s arresting monochrome illustrations beautifully compliment this thrilling sequel! Bear Grylls’ fast-paced text telling the harrowing story of a captured young elephant, combined with the adrenaline pumping intensity of Javier’s realistic depictions of the challenges Mak and his friend Diya face in the jungle to set the terrified animal free, make this a real thrill ride for young readers! Javier says:

"Drawing for Return to the Jungle was an adventure in itself. When I knew I was to work on the second book in this series, I got really excited as I really enjoyed working on first Bear Grylls story - full of action and suspense. Drawing animals is always a great assignment for me. In this marvellous story I tried with the different textures to convey the atmosphere of the jungle, even its sounds!"

Inspired by Rudyard Kipling's classic The Second Jungle Book, Return to the Jungle is an exciting contemporary action-adventure and is out now from Macmillan Children’s Books!

Barbara Bongini's Winter Wonderland!

Barbara Bongini brings the magical story of the Snow Queen to life in her latest stunning magic painting book for Usborne! Can Gerda save her best friend from the icy clutches of the Snow Queen? Simply dip the brush into water and gently sweep it over the complex black and white patterns to reveal the story and see Barbara’s stunningly intricate illustrations magically burst into vibrant colour! From ugly trolls and ornate magic mirrors to friendly crows and beautiful princesses, this is a must for art lovers and fairytale fanatics alike!

The Snow Queen Magic Painting Book is out now from Usborne!

Sophie's Bewitching work for Fleurus!

These gorgeous images, in their radiant blue colour palette, are from Sophie Rohrbach's latest collaboration with Fleurus Presse and feature in this month’s edition of their hugely successful children’s magazine ‘Les P’tites Princesses’. Sophie’s playful humour and wonderful characterisation, combined with her instinctive use of colour, bring this adorable little tale to life as we root for the hapless witch to save her examiner from the testy dragon and pass her driving test! To see more of Sophie's beautiful work, click here!