‘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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Alex T Smith’s Ella and Primrose Now on Me Books

Me Books have just launched Alex T Smith's enhanced ebook editions of Ella and Primrose, narrated by actress and comedian Lucy Porter. Me Books have developed a special patented ‘draw and record’ technology allowing children to create interactive hotspots and record their own narration and sounds. The result is a brilliantly entertaining new way for families to enjoy reading stories together. These unique and personal editions can then be saved and treasured for years to come.

“Me Books have really brought my books to life with Lucy Porter’s exciting and very funny narration. I hope little readers (and big ones) have as much fun with these stories as I had creating them and working alongside the Me Books team.” Alex T Smith (represented by Arena)

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Barbara Bongini for Usborne

Italian artist Barbara Bongini has been working away on a great series of original books from Usborne publishing. Fairy Ponies tells the tales of a little girl, Holly, and the magical world of the fairy ponies. Barbara's ability to create fabulous images in both colour and b&w have proved hugely successful in these books, and we can give you a sneak peek in this lovely article from Usborne: http://usbornepublishing.tumblr.com/post/43642014368/away-with-the-fairies

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The Art of Simon Bartram at the Illustration Cupboard

As part of a one man show exhibiting Simon Bartram's artwork, The Illustration Cupboard will be hosting a Family Day on Saturday 27th April at 2.30pm. This is a great opportunity to meet Simon, creator of the popular books about Bob, Man on the Moon, who will be reading and signing - the Arena team would love to see you.
The Art of Simon Bartram show will be on from 24th April to 12th May at the Illustration Cupboard, 22 Bury Street, London SW1Y 6AL.
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Just Published: Primrose by Alex T Smith

Alex T Smith's exciting new picture book 'Primrose', is published by Scholastic this month. Primrose is a princess who just wants to have fun but the King tells her off for climbing trees and the Queen shrieks when she catches her jumping on the bed with Percy the pug. She isn't allowed to dig in the garden or cook cakes in the kitchen, her life is boring, boring, boring! This is until Grandmama comes for a visit and reminds everyone in the royal household how important it is to have some belly-laughs. This book is very pink, feisty and a lot of fun - it's available in hardback, paperback and the ebook is narrated by Lucy Porter through Me Books. Alex T Smith is represented by Arena

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Just Published: The King of Space by Jonny Duddle

At last the wait is over, Jonny Duddle, author of bestselling The Pirates Next Door, has a new picture book published by Templar this month. The King of Space is an intergalactic adventure, set on a Moog Farm on a small moon in the Gamma Quadrant. Rex may seem to be your average mini galactic citizen but he hatches an evil plan to become KING OF SPACE and conquer the known universe (and some bits we don't know about too). There are lots of aliens, warbots, a kidnapped Princess and dung blasters too! Here are just a few of the spreads as a taster but you'll have to buy the book from your local bookshop to find out more.

Jonny Duddle is represented by Arena

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Emily Bolan and Yasmeen Ismail

We’ve had some great successes over the past month with our SAA Artists; Emily Bolam has just finished another fantastic book for Ladybird in the ‘This Little…’ series. Recent titles have included: This Little Angel and This Little Builder 

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Yasmeen Ismail’s Time For Bed Fred book is out now!

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http://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/time-for-bed-fred-9781408837009/

Yasmeen has also jumped across the pond, travelling to New York City and spending a development week with Blue Apple Books to work on her deluxe activity book with them. This will be published in 2013!

Angel’s Great Escape App: Kristyna Litten

Angel's Great Escape is an interactive story book app beautifully illustrated by Kristyna Litten for independent app producer And So We Begin. Written by Kirstie Rowson and narrated by national treasure, Alan Titchmarsh the app for Android, Nook, iPhone and iPad is available to purchase this month. Angel's Great Escape is a magical story about Angel and her tree decoration friends, Fairy, Reindeer, Snowman and Teddy who have been left behind at the house of Mr Mean and his son. They know that they belong on the Christmas tree in the house of the Good family across the road. Children can tap, drag and swipe to help the decorations try to make their escape to the Good family, in hot pursuit by the Mean family's cat. This is Kristyna's second app project having previously worked on Discover's StoryCloud App, illustrating Michael Rosen's poem The Talent Show.

Kristyna Litten is represented by Arena

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