World Book Day Illustrator: Alex T Smith

Alex T Smith is the official illustrator for World Book Day 2014. He was thrilled to be asked to provide the illustrations for this year's promotional material. The brief was great fun, picking up on all of Alex’s favourite things to draw, appealing to children from nursery age to ten years old. Watch out for Alex as he tours the country this month visiting book shops, festivals and children's learning centres.

Now in its 17th year, World Book Day is the biggest celebration of books, reading, authors & illustrators of its kind, for children of all ages in the UK. Designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, it is marked in over 100 countries worldwide.

The major aim of World Book Day is to encourage children to discover the power of reading for pleasure by providing them with the opportunity to have a book of their own. Every year, over 14 million £1 book tokens are distributed to over 46,650 educational establishments nationwide (nursery and pre-school through to secondary) – one for nearly every child in full-time education in the country.

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Niroot Puttapipat’s ‘Just So Stories’ for The Folio Society

Niroot was selected by The Folio Society to illustrate a special limited edition of Rudyard Kipling’s ‘Just So Stories’. Niroot created 14 beautiful illustrations to accompany the stories, printed with gold borders. The Folio Society describe the set ‘With exquisite paintings and pen-and-ink illustrations by Niroot Puttapipat, this is the definitive collector's edition’. Copies are bound to order, to purchase your own remarkable set to keep please visit the Folio website.

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Rob Ball Winner of Best British Comic Award

We are incredibly proud to announce that Rob Ball has been selected as the winner of the ‘Best Comic’ category at the British Comic Awards for his amazing ‘Winter’s Knight: Day One’!! (Self-published through Great Beast). Rob’s imagery is absolutely stunning, with his unique style and bold and bright colour palette, his comic is a joy to read.

Rob Ball is represented by The Artworks

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Thomas Flintham: Marvellous Maths Shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Awards 2014

We are very pleased to announce that Thomas Flintham's Marvellous Maths, written by Jonathan Litton and published by Templar, has been shortlisted in the 'Best Book for Facts' category for the very influential Blue Peter Book Awards 2014. The two winning books will be announced live on Blue Peter for World Book Day on 6th March 2014.

Marvellous Maths is an engaging and exciting exploration of maths, from the invention of zero to the geometry of a donut! Clear, humorous text with Tom's bright illustrations and interactive novelties help explain topics including numbers, geometry, probability, transformations and statistics. The focus is on making maths accessible and exciting, so each topic has an investigation for young number-smiths to try at home.

It's been Thomas Flintham's month as his book, Molecule Mayhem, written by Tom Adams, won this year's 2013 ALCS Award for Educational Writing. This book is an outstanding example of a non-fiction pop-up chemistry book that inspires young readers aged 5-11 years, as it seeks to engage by introducing them to complex concepts in the strange nature of matter.

Thomas Flintham is represented by Arena

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Loving

Christopher Corr's vibrant painterly illustrations make 'Loving' by Henry Green a must for the book shelf. Published by The Folio Society, the story is set in Ireland during World War II and describes 'life above and below the stairs in Kinalty Castle'. Bound in cloth, the cover also adorns a design by Christopher; a book that's a treat for the mind and the eyes!

Christopher Corr is represented by Illustration

 

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Daniela Terrazzini for JJ Books, Brahma Dreaming

Here is a sneak peak of what our super talented Daniela Terrazzini has been working very hard on during the past few months, the second in the series of books by John Jackson, ‘Brahma Dreaming’.  Rave reviews are popping up everywhere ahead if it’s release in October, read the most recent one from The Guardian here. Turning her hand to black and white illustration, Daniela has proved this is no obstacle for her creating truly beautiful and captivating images. John Jackson is a master storyteller, his “intriguing versions of the tales of the Hindus’ great gods are graced by Daniela’s brilliantly reimagined illustrations of the deities, each a masterpiece of detail and drama, reminiscent of Dulac and Rackham, and the glorious ‘Golden Age’.” Brahma Dreaming will be available to buy from October 2013, you can pre-order your very own copy here.

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Daniela Terrazzini is represented by the Artworks

‘The Tragic Tale of Dwayne, The Eating Monster’

We are proud to announce that Valentina Mendicino's first children's picture book as author and artist, published by Top That! Publishing, is hitting the shelves this month. 'The Tragic Tale of Dwayne, The Eating Monster' is the hilarious story of one little monster's insatiable appetite. He eats and eats, and grows and grows, until.... well you'll just have to find out his fate for yourselves! Valentina's striking and original artwork conveys the story perfectly, and we are pleased and excited to be part of the blossoming career of an artist and author who is definitely one to watch over the coming months.

Valentina Mendicino is represented by The Organisation

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Entertaining Etiquette

'The Debrett’s Guide to Entertaining Etiquette' is brimming with the illustrative work of Kavel Rafferty. And now available to buy, this book is hard to resist purchasing because of the beauty of Kavel's drawing. Karen Wilks, designer of the book says "Working with Kavel was an absolute pleasure, with over 60 illustrations in the book we worked in batches. Kavel understood exactly what we were trying to achieve and was very accommodating and all the deadlines were met on time. The day each batch arrived was a day I really looked forward to, it was like unwrapping presents, everyone was a gem and her compositions and colour palette worked perfectly. Kavel brings warmth and humour to all her work combining her painting and photoshop skills beautifully with a small nod towards her interest in the 50’s and 60’s. I very much hope we have a chance to work together again soon."

Kavel Rafferty is represented by Illustration

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