Published by Pat-a-Cake books, a brand new baby, preschool and early years imprint from Hachette Children’s group, these adorable peek and play rhyme books, delightfully illustrated by Richard Merritt are out tomorrow, and they were so pleased with the results that Richard has been commissioned for two more coming next year! Richard says of taking this inspiring new direction:
“It’s really exciting to be part of a brand new publishing imprint, so I was thrilled to be asked to create the artwork for these wonderful books. The illustrations were a welcome diversion from what I’ve usually done in my career to date, as I’ve always wanted to get involved with baby and toddler books because they are such fun to do, thinking of all the cute little details for the children to spot as they read - I even found myself humming along to the nursery rhymes as I worked!”
So warm up those vocal chords for a good old fashioned sing-along!
We just love these super cute new artworks from Emily Emerson, featuring endearing images of baby animals and their parents. In her typical soft tones and warm characterisations these can't fail to make you smile... feeling broody yet?
Vince Reid’s endearing illustrations for this comic adventure are full of warmth and energy, humorously chronicling The Misfits’ investigations of a spooky old house and how their last ‘case’ takes a surprising turn!
Vince Reid is a Illustrator and cartoonist, originally from Liverpool currently based in Ireland. He aspires to give any narrative strong characters, observational humour and colour and from the dynamic and vibrant front cover to the sublime black and white character studies within, he populates the world of The Misfits with the playful and expressive identity, for which he is well known, to perfectly compliment this gentle tale of friendship and the challenges of change!
Published by Macmillan Children's The Misfits Club is out now!
Laure’s atmospheric locations create the perfect backdrop for her touching portrayal of the blossoming relationship between the wide-eyed, innocent Beauty and the capricious and cantankerous Beast! Laure, who is originally from Antibes, France has been a children’s illustrator now for 12 years and has worked with a diverse range of clients, but always brings her unique perspective to any project! As you can see, her work glows with optimism and her characters display a real depth of emotion, perfect to enhance younger learners’ understanding of the text in this new range of graded readers - no wonder she is so in demand!!
Beauty and the Beast is out now!
Sophie, who is passionate about the rich colours and intricate patterns that she uses in her illustrations, ensures that each page is bursting with peril, humour and warmth, her striking work beautifully complimenting these tales of suspense and trickery whilst inspiring imagination and teaching valuable life lessons at the same time! Both books are available to buy now, so go on, give in to your inner child!!
Livia, who lives in Timisoara, Romania, has been fortunate enough to work for clients from all over the world on some very different and interesting projects, says of this latest unique commission:
“I love animals and, of course, I adore cats so it was an awesome project to work on! Also, it was a fun challenge to work on the monster because he's the scary character in the book but he also has to be lovable in a certain way.”
Livia’s skill in giving her animal illustrations such depth of expression perfectly conveys the message of this book - that sometimes we are all just frightened children who need to help each other find the light switch!
These adorable new black and white line illustrations by Ella Okstad sensitively celebrate young love as seen through the eyes of Simon and Anna in the short story RMS Titanic written by Norwegian author Nina Elisabeth Grøntvedt. The bold clarity of Ella’s drawings perfectly compliment this charming little love story created specially for the Hay Festival Aarhus 30 project and set against the backdrop of a school production of Titanic! Ella says:
“When asked by Alma Books to contribute to this project, I didn’t know anything about the story or who had written it. Nor did I know which other illustrators/authors were going to take part. It came as great surprise that the author of RMS Titanic actually is a friend of mine, living in the same city! I have also worked with one of the other Norwegian authors on the list - Endre Lund Eriksen, so I am very honoured to be in such splendid company! I was very charmed by the story of clumsy Simon (who has a broken arm in the story which he has to hold in a permanent 90 degree angle!) and Anna, the prettiest girl in his class, as they tackle the roles of Jack and Rosie in the end of term school play!”
Ella’s gorgeous drawings feature in the Young Adult volume ‘Odyssey’ released on May 25th!
Be whisked from the sultry Spanish border to the imposing walls of Camelot or travel by dusty road with a travelling circus, only to end up on the turbulent seas from Ireland to America! The latest beautiful batch of David Dean covers for Egmont has officially landed and promises to take you on a thrilling whistle-stop tour of the globe! David’s inspired interpretations of these well-loved stories give just enough away to make us want to plunge headlong in to the mystery and adventure just waiting beneath each distinctively dynamic cover!
To help while away time at the airport or to soothe your mind as you relax by the pool, why not take a trip back in time to ancient Greece or Rome with the spectacular ‘Labyrinth - Mythical Beasts to Colour’ from LOM Art and illustrated by the skilled ‘old master’ of the adult colouring book world - Richard Merritt! Whether you are colouring the wondrous wings of a Harpy or the glistening snakes of a Gorgon's hair, this unique colouring book filled with magical detail on every page, truly brings these creatures and their mythical realms to life!
As if that weren’t enough, Richard also has the beautiful Abenteuer Natur, or Nature Adventure, out this month too! From the tiny grasshopper to the mighty whale, his gorgeous, intricate and atmospheric illustrations are simply begging to have a creative hand bring them to life with bursting colour! Travel deep under the ocean and into the tiny worlds within our own, inhabited by a host of fascinating life sensitively embellished with gorgeous decorative details!
Both books are out now!
All of the major sights are playfully illustrated in wonderful technicolour by the extremely versatile Barbara Bongini in this fabulous new storybook adventure from I see Me Personalised Children’s Books!
My USA Road Trip issues children with their own personalised driving licence to travel the length and breadth of the country learning the names of all 50 states through exciting facts and visiting fascinating landmarks! Barbara’s bold and beautiful portfolio boasts work for a diverse range of international clients from creating packaging, brochures and posters to her passion which is, of course, producing sumptuous children’s book illustrations and travelling the world from the comfort of her little Italian studio!
Go on, treat yourself to the ultimate 'grand tour'!
Each maze is more challenging than the last, from navigating a safe path through icebergs to taking a whirlwind tour of the horn of India, Sainsbury's Children's Book Award winner Gareth’s rich maps filled with humorous little details are guaranteed to bring out the Indiana Jones in us all! Lose yourself in this unique book from 1st June!
Bistra Masseva has won a Merit Award in the 3x3 Magazine 2017 Picture Book Show with this gorgeous illustration! The medal and merit winners from the 14th Picture Book Show will have their work reproduced in the 3x3 Illustration Annual No.14 in print, digital and online!
We are so thrilled for Bistra!
The amazing David Dean has been working on a huge project for the past few months and we are thrilled to at last be able to show you the beautiful first batch of rich and dynamic covers for the enormously exciting reprinting of all of Michael Morpurgo’s books by Egmont! These stunning books push David’s cover count to over 100 and feature his bold and characteristically insightful interpretations of the stories drawn from unique and extraordinary perspectives.
David, with his wealth of experience and passion for book design really was the only person to complete this mammoth 20 cover task! He has been represented by The Organisation for the past 18 years and says of this prestigious commission:
“This was a bit of a dream job for me! Getting to do a series of twenty covers, and for such a well-known author, was a real privilege. Morpurgo is an amazing storyteller, and the variety of subjects he tackles meant the job never got stale - I got to paint King Arthur, a wagon train and World War II planes!
The job went very smoothly and almost all of my roughs were approved with little or no amendments. Keeping all the covers different, in terms of colours and composition, was a challenge, but a fun one that pushed me into trying different things! I did find illustrating the cover for 'War Horse' somewhat daunting and put off tackling that one as long as I could! It is such a modern classic and has been illustrated so many times, often brilliantly, that I wasn’t sure I was equal to the task, though it ended up being one of my favourite covers!”
These first 6 stunning books are on sale now and we will be featuring the next gorgeous batch in May’s newsletter so keep an eye out!
The wonderful Livia Coloji has been a busy bee, illustrating some classic children’s tales for the exciting new Parragon First Readers series, the latest of which feature two of the most cute and courageous little characters from children’s literature - Thumbelina and The Ugly Duckling!
We are sure that Livia’s stunningly vivid colour palate, bold and beautiful flower and foliage borders and instantly endearing animals will elevate these stories from well-known bookshelf staples to compelling new reading adventures! Livia has been working as a professional artist since 2005 and particularly enjoys illustrating for children, although she has been known to turn her hand to projects as diverse as designing the promotional material for a world music festival and painting the indigenous vampires of her native Romania, so who knows what she might be up to next!!!