The Insider: Steph Laberis and Little Golden Books

The Storm Whale In Winter: A Look Behind The Book with Benji Davies…

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THIS WEEK author and illustrator, Benji Davies, creator of The Storm Whale and Grandad’s Island, launched his highly anticipated picture book, The Storm Whale in Winter. Benji describes the book as being like the journey home; just asStorm Whale takes us out to sea, the sequel carries us back, as we find that Noi’s kind deed to the little whale was never forgotten.
Nostalgic and gentle, this book is beautifully crafted, with filmic, sometimes panoramic illustrations and a plot line that will give the reader goosebumps (in a good way) — so strong is the message and sense of there being a true friendship between boy and whale.
So after a wonderful book launch, hosted by our brilliant colleagues at Simon and Schuster, and in anticipation of our cosy Christmas story time, where Benji will be reading us his heart-warming story, I wanted to find out a little bit more about the man behind the books… LM

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How Joshua Heinsz Finds Power in the Color Pink

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Raised on fairytales and cartoons, Joshua has a love for bright and whimsical imagery, his work combines a flair for the fantastical and an air of nostalgia. He received his BFA from the Savannah College of Art and Design where he was the two-term president of a social sorority. He then went on to receive his MFA in Illustration Practice at the Maryland Institute College of Art. Currently residing in Chicago, IL, Joshua spends his time between illustrating, daylighting as a college professor and a fitness instructor, and avoiding the cold. He joined Bright earlier in 2016 and has been honing his portfolio since.

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Behind the Book: With Marta Kissi illustrator of Mo Farah’s picture book ‘Ready Steady Mo!’

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Marta D?ugo??cka —  known as Marta Kissi to her art fans and followers has just illustrated a book which marks an incredible time in UK sporting history — released to coincide with the 2016 Rio Olympics, and with the main focus being about a gold medal winning athlete, who won gold in the 10,000 metre track race, despite taking a tumble…

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Hell Hath No Fury… Like a Hungry Dragon! Behind the Book with Jorge Martin

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I’m Hungry is Jorge Martin’s debut author/illustrated picture book being released on July 7th and published by Penguin. It’s a heart-warming and comical tale of a naughty little dragon who mistakes her jungle friends for dinner until Mummy dragon swoops in to save the day!

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Introducing Brand New Artist Carly Gledhill!

Introducing… Carly Gledhill

“My name is Carly Joanne Gledhill. Born and raised in West Yorkshire, I graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Textile Design in 2006, followed by a Master’s degree in Children’s Book Illustration in 2010.

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Behind the Book: Ben Mantle’s ‘Dinostars’

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On What Inspired the Story

Like many kids who grew up in the 80’s I loved my children’s TV.

Shows like Thundercats, He-man, Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles were personal favourites.My background is in animation, so I naturally lean towards projects that have a more filmic quality to them and so I decided I would create my own version.

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