Neal Layton: Bartholomew & The Bees Mural

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Neal Layton created an amazing mural on the wall at Discover Children's Story Centre for the Big Draw 2015. He painted a huge bear called Bartholomew and, with the help of the children who drew and coloured bees and flowers to attach to the wall, a magnificent scene emerged.

 

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David Litchfield’s Début Picture Book – The Bear and the Piano

David has hit the ground running at Bright securing his first picture book deals in both the UK and the US. His distinctive style mixes colour and drama to inspire an incredible atmosphere which creates a huge scale from which to entertain his readers.

David's début Picture Book - The Bear and the Piano (published with Frances Lincoln), is available for pre-order now!

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David first began drawing when he was very young, creating Star Wars & Indiana Jones mash-up comics for his older brother and sister. His illustration heroes and biggest influences are Albert Uderzo, Sylvan Chomet, Jon Klassen and Shaun Tan. He uses a variety of techniques to create his illustrations and considers himself to be a mixed media artist as he usually combines all the elements together in Photoshop.

David Litchfield is represented by Bright 

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Benji Davies : Goodnight Already (HarperCollins)

Meet Bear. He’s exhausted. All he wants is to go to sleep.

Meet Duck, Bear’s persistent next-door neighbor. All he wants is to hang out . . . with Bear.

Jory John, author of All My Friends Are Dead, and Benji Davies join together to create this standout hilarious picture book that will make bedtime memorable.

Following his international success with The Storm Whale and highly anticipated succeeding book On Sudden Hill (both Simon & Schuster), Benji Davies illustrates this soon-to-be classic bedtime story with a charming twist on his distinguished style. A hilariously playful take on the friend who just won’t quit, sleepy Bear endures the annoying antics of his energetic neighbour Duck through beautifully designed and textured spreads.

Goodnight already! has quickly gained critical acclaim only having just been released in the US market earlier this week, and featured first on Buzzfeed’s 25 Ridiculously Wonderful Books to read with Kids in 2015.

Published 2nd December 2014 – Buy Goodnight Already! here

Benji Davies is represented by Bright Group

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Thomas Flintham: One to Ten… Animal Mayhem

Thomas Flintham's colourful animals run, swim, splash and dash from page to page in One to Ten… Animal Mayhem, a marvellous rhyming picture book, published by Scholastic this month. This is the first title in an exciting new early concept toddler range by Tom, which sees his delightful interpretation of a whole range of animals, introducing the numbers 1 to 10.

Thomas Flintham is represented by Arena

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Lynn Hatzius

We are delighted to introduce you to the inspiring work of illustrator and collage artist Lynn Hatzius, the latest artist to join Phosphor. Offering a number of distinctive styles, including collages featuring vintage engravings and intricate prints with a papercut look, Lynn has previously been commissioned by publishers including Random House, GQ Magazine and Readers Digest.

 

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News from Bright Agency

It’s an exciting year ahead for Bright and its artists with the showcasing of new talent, a range of illustrated titles being released and Bright’s 10 year Anniversary!

One of our most successful artist’s books is available now to buy – Sue Hendra’s’ No Bott,’ published by Simon & Schuster. This wonderful story tells the tale of Bernard the Robot who loses his bottom on the park swing, and sets off to find it. Every time he gets close, it disappears again! Bird was using it as a nest, but it was too heavy; Bear used it in his drum kit, but it was too tinny; the Squirrels built sandcastles with it…and now it looks as if they’re sailing away in it. Will Bernard EVER get his bottom back?!

Also, one of Bright’s original Author/ Illustrators Rebecca Elliott, who has been represented by Bright since the early stages of her career and has a string of successes behind her – Rebecca has been published by Bloomsbury, Lion and Macmillan already, is now ‘revealing’ an amazing new hilarious tale of Naked Trevor, published by Templar this month !!

Digital News: Benji Davies’ ‘Bizzy Bear’ series has been made into an app by its publisher Nosy Crow! This bear is the busiest bear on the block! With a lovely series of books about his adventures on the farm, playground, on holiday, at work and even on board a pirate ship! These robust little board books are perfect for toddlers and will make a fantastic children’s resource in digital media.

In the Art Licensing world – Yasmeen Ismail has a new range out with The Art File entitled ‘mutterings’ – a hilarious collection of cards about what our dogs are truly thinking!... all new for 2013.

Happy New Year!

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Kristyna Litten: Mr McCool Published

It's not often that you get a brief which asks you to design a bear equivalent of Ray Winstone with the swagger of a chain-smoking cockney for 7 to 9 year olds! Kristyna Litten rose to the challenge and came up with this brilliant wrap-a-round cover for Mr McCool, published by Egmont this month.

Kristyna Litten is represented by Arena

Adam Stower interviewed on the Big Book Babble – Tuesday 24th April

Adam Stower will be interviewed alongside author Francesca Simon on the Big Book Babble on Tuesday 24th April at 11am. Red House and Scholastic present Big Book Babble to encourage children to enjoy reading. Each programme features popular children's authors, illustrators and poets in a Q&A session with comedian James Campbell in front of a live and virtual audience of children. Fans of Horrid Henry will see author Francesca Simon talking about her recent book, The Sleeping Army, illustrated by Adam Stower. Adam will be drawing live in the studio and also discussing his own picture book, Silly Doggy! (Templar).

Adam Stower is represented by Arena

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