Clare Elsom – Flying Fergus

Clare Elsom has teamed up with no other than Olympic Champion track cyclist Sir Chris Hoy. Sir Chris has collaborated with the award winning author Joanna Nadine in creating a magical series of children’s fiction about the adventures of Flying Fergus -  a boy who dreams about being the best boy cyclist in the world.

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The Spy Who Loved School Dinners: Shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Awards

The Spy Who Loved School Dinners, written by Pamela Butchart and illustrated by the very talented Thomas Flintham has deservedly been shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Awards 2015. Tom's illustrations complement Pamela's hilarious prose perfectly, so much so that another title in the series, Baby Aliens Got My Teacher, has also been shortlisted for the Red House Children's Book Award 2015. Good luck to both.

Thomas Flintham is represented by Arena

 

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Jonny Duddle: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Bloomsbury have revealed the cover illustration by Jonny Duddle for the second book the famous Harry Potter series by J K Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. The cover shows the dramatic scene in the chamber itself with Harry facing the basilisk and Ginny Weasley lying on the floor beyond.

 Jonny describes his process in his Q&A from Bloomsbury:

How do you as an artist approach such a large job? Where do you begin with such a wide range of possibilities?

“I’m taking one book at a time. I read the cover brief, and then I read the story, making notes and occasional sketches. I collect references, from my library of non-fiction books, search online and take my own photographs. I’ve recruited my neighbours’ son, who is suitably Potter-esque, although he annoyingly had his slightly wild hair cut for the new school term. I make numerous sketches of the main elements of the cover and then cobble them all together digitally, until I have a cover rough I feel happy to send to Bloomsbury and J.K. Rowling. I hear back very quickly with comments on my rough, which I then tweak or redraw until everyone’s happy for me to progress. Then I ‘paint’ each cover digitally.”

Jonny Duddle is represented by Arena

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A Game of Ghouls

Bob Lea represented by Artist Partners, has produced some stunning artwork for a new series of books "The Phenemonals" written by F. E. Higgins and published by Macmillan (art direction: Rachel Vale)
Here is book number two entitled:  A Game of Ghouls .

Bob Lea  has spent the recent months writing  and illustrating a number of  his own children’s books  which will be aimed at the pre-school and baby market which are original in their concept, but have yet to be shown to suitable publishers.

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Enid Blyton awaited new books

Crikey!! Frightfully exciting news!

Twelve New covers for two newly published and awaited series of books by Enid Blyton entitled: Young Adventure Stories and Family Adventure stories are out now!

These classic stories have been given wonderful new cover images by David Frankland one of Artists Partners top illustrators, and his inimitable and unique style which is both classic and modern gives them a marvellous new approach.  The series has been creatively designed by Eoghan O’Brien from Octopus Publishing ...
Here are just some from the series !
Ripping yarns for the summer, you're going to want to read them all !!

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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

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

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