Just Published: Deadly! Illustrated by Neal Layton

Winning team Neal Layton and author Nicola Davies are back with their sixth book about animal biology. Deadly! The Truth About The Most Dangerous Creatures On Earth, is a brilliantly funny look at how animals have become masters of murder, exploring the ingenious and often hilarious means of survival that both predators and prey employ.
Deadly! is published this month by Walker and Neal's playful illustrations make the subject both accessible, informative and very, very funny.
Neal Layton is represented by Arena

Gold Award for Richard Johnson

We are proud to announce that the wonderfully talented Richard Johnson has just won the Gold Award in the children's book category of the Association of Illustrators Images 36 annual! His simply outstanding work for  Wind in the Willows, published by Usborne, has been a great success and is rightly recognised as some of the best illustration for children that is currently being produced today. We joined in the celebrations at the ceremony in London's Somerset House to watch him collect his award, so big congratulations to Richard! Well deserved.

Richard Johnson is represented by the Organisation

Published This Month: Claude In The Country by Alex T Smith

Published this month by Hodder Children's Books, Claude In The Country is the fourth title in the series written and illustrated by Alex T Smith. Claude is a small, plump dog who wears a beret and a lovely jumper and leads an extraordinary life. A quiet walk in the country turns into a busy day on the farm when Claude ends up mucking out the pigs, feeding the chickens, and lassoing a fearsome bull!
Alex has achieved great things for such a relative newcomer. Claude is his first fiction series and Claude In The City was selected for the Richard and Judy Children's Book Club 2011 and shortlisted for the Waterstones Children's Book Prize 2012. Two more titles will be published in 2013 and Claude has been translated into seven languages with foreign sales in over 10 countries across the globe.
Alex T. Smith is represented by Arena

The Wind in the Willows – NEW edition

Lots of excitement and buzz are surrounding the newly to be published edition of the classic  “Wind in the Willows” by Kenneth Graham

The book is lavishly illustrated by the wonderfully talented David Roberts and published by Oxford University Press

A thoroughly modern makeover of Mole, Ratty, Badger, and Toad - Wind in the Willows has already been tipped by the Bookseller Publication as a book to watch for, and predicted to be one of the hottest Christmas Gift Books for this year!

This timeless story opens with Mole leaving his spring-cleaning and going above ground to explore the world beyond his burrow, making friends with Ratty, the two become inseparable and together they spend long summer days enjoying the delight of the river and its banks. More wonderful characters join Mole and Ratty, the incredibly fabulous character of Toad recklessly driving fast cars, and the dapper and distinguished character of Mr. Badger.
David Roberts a truly individual illustrator, famous for many illustrated books, and for his much loved characters in the Dirty Bertie series. Here in this book he works his wonder on these classic characters, and gives them all their own sartorial elegance.
A richly illustrated book,  that deserves to be on everyone’s bookshelf.

David Roberts has become hugely successful and sought after having illustrated many picture books for Julia Donaldson – Tyrannosaurus Drip, The Troll, Jack and the Flum Flum Tree, and he  has  also had the privilege to work on many other books by a selection of top authors :  The Dunderheads, Iggy Peck The Architect, and Dear Tabby to name a few. David is also famous for producing the wonderful character Dirty Bertie, which has  now become a successful and growing  fiction list of twenty –odd books in the series, and more in the pipeline.   With a busy schedule,  he  has lots of exciting picture books projects  ahead of him, and has become a much admired illustrator, who has carved his own fashionable niche in the market !
Once David had finished working on the book and all the illustrations for Wind in the Willows were completed,  David mentioned feeling rather bereft at having  to say goodbye to drawing his dear friends Mole, Ratty, Toad and Badger....

The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame
Illustrated by David Roberts
Published by Oxford University Press
ISBN 978-0-19-273234-7

David Roberts is proudly represented by Artist Partners

‘Beauty and the Beast’ illustrated book by Sarah Gibb

In the post this week we were lucky enough to receive a copy of ‘Beauty and the Beast’, illustrated by The Artworks’ very own Sarah Gibb.
“I’m really proud of this book. I’ve always loved the classic fairytales and so was thrilled to be asked to illustrate Beauty and the Beast for Orchard. I had particular fun creating the Beast for this book. I took lots of photos of the animals at London zoo. Back home in the studio I took inspiration from the warthog and the lions. I also wanted to make the Beast beautiful in a raw and animalistic way, so you could say he was cross between a warthog, a lion and Mr Darcy!”
Sarah’s beautiful illustrations really breathe new life into this classic fairytale and she is even starting work on a third book, in the series for Orchard, to be published in 2014. ’Beauty and the Beast’ is available to preorder now from Amazon! (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Beauty-Beast-Ursula-Jones/dp/1408312719)

Sarah Gibb is represented by the Artworks

Pigeon Poo!

Bright Group International are very proud and excited for our brilliant illustrator Mark Chambers with his recent picture book with Litte Tiger Press …The hilariously witty (and slightly messy) ‘Pigeon Poo’  has been released and is available now. This author, illustrator combination; Elizabeth Baguley and Mark Chambers, ensures this title will become a favourite choice for boys and girls of all ages, and adults too. ‘Pigeon Poo’ is Mark’s first book with Little Tiger Press, we hope theres more to come!

Mark Chambers is represented by Bright

The Goggle-Eyed Goats

Published on March 1st, Christopher Corr is excited about the launch of 'The Goggle-Eyed Goats'; a childrens' book he has illustrated for Andersen Press. Gallimard Jeunesse in Paris are also publishing the book on the same day, which just happens to be World Book Day. Christopher says "It's my first book with both houses. The story is set in Mali in Timbuktu and Mopti and is full of goats and mud mosques and desert scenes." The 'wonderfully vibrant and unusual picture book' will be launched at the Rowley Gallery in Notting Hill on March 1st.

Christopher Corr is represented by Illustration Ltd

 

Alex T Smith

It's a busy month for Alex T Smith with 2 publications hitting the bookstands. His delightful new picture book Ella, published by Scholastic tells the story of a little ladybird with big dreams. And his third book in the series for Hodder Children's Books, Claude at the Circus really demonstrates Alex's comic talent for writing as well as illustrating. A walk in the park leads to a walk on a tightrope when Claude and Sir Bobblysocks join the circus.

Alex T. Smith is represented by Arena

Scottish Booktrust have selected Sanja Rescek for Bookbug Baby Pack

The Bookbug Baby Pack for babies aged up to 16 weeks will include Touch and Tickle by Sanja Rescek (Child’s Play).

Scottish Book Trust has announced the titles of the books that will be included in its 2012/13 Bookbug packs that provide free books to young children. Some 60, 000 copies of each book will be given to children across Scotland.
The organisation, which took over the management of Bookbug from Booktrust last year, is waiting to hear about government funding. Scottish Book Trust hopes to increase the number of books distributed next year to 75,000 copies of each title.

Sanja Rescek is represented by Bright Agency

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