Behind the Book: The World Book Day Monster illustrated by Ada Grey

Following the festivity of World Book Day earlier this month, it was timely to go behind the scenes of the magical new picture book The World Book Day Monster written by Adam & Charlotte Guillain. The book, from Egmont, is a celebration of stories, capturing all the excitement and imagination the day inspires as one young reader tries to find someone to share the magic of her favourite book with.

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Rachael Saunders latest children’s book, Mix and Match: Farm Animals is published by Walker Book

Mix and Match: Farm Animals, published by Walker Books, is the newest addition to the Baby Walker range and is perfect for little ones who love animals. Both stylish and interactive this book within a book introduces children to farm animals and their noises and the mix-and-match game makes learning fun.

Rachael Saunders has previously worked with Walker on a number of titles including Pop-Up Crown Jewels and Pop-Up Kings and Queens. and we are thrilled to see the series being so successful with another title due for release in the spring, Pop-Up Palace Pets.

Rachael Saunders is represented by The Artworks

Rachael Saunders latest children’s book, Mix and Match: Farm Animals is published by Walker Book

Mix and Match: Farm Animals, published by Walker Books, is the newest addition to the Baby Walker range and is perfect for little ones who love animals. Both stylish and interactive this book within a book introduces children to farm animals and their noises and the mix-and-match game makes learning fun.

Rachael Saunders has previously worked with Walker on a number of titles including Pop-Up Crown Jewels and Pop-Up Kings and Queens. and we are thrilled to see the series being so successful with another title due for release in the spring, Pop-Up Palace Pets.

Rachael Saunders is represented by The Artworks

Laura Barrett creates the ultimate gift edition of Hans Christian Andersen’s classic tale, The Snow Queen

Wow! We are so impressed by Laura Barrett’s amazing pop-up version of Christian Andersen’s classic tale, The Snow Queen. It is a beautiful book which took a huge amount of skill to create so we asked Laura to tell us how the project came about and her approach to the work.

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Martyn Pick

Martyn Pick - Director for Live Action and Animation, also illustrator and storyboard artist has many great and creative  talents, so we were delighted that Martyn was chosen to illustrate one of the  Ladybird Experts books and specifically the title Witchcraft written by Suzannah Lipscomb.
Martyn's distinctive and illustrative painterly style was perfect for the book that describes witch hunts and  other darker witchcraft matters.
For more of Martyn's work please go to the website http://www.artistpartners.com/portfolios/martyn-pick/

Miguel Ordonez’s latest book Going to the Volcano

Just published this long awaited wonderful picture book created by the very talented illustrator Miguel Ordonez (having previously worked on the Jimmy Fallon best selling titles - Dada and Mama) and written by the fabulous and award winning author Andy Stanton (Mr Gum and many other wonderful books ) the book entitled: Going to The Volcano is published by Hodder Children's Books. This very talented duo have produced a fabulously funny, colourful and quirky picture book.

For more of Miguel's imaginative characters and creative work please go to the website : http://www.artistpartners.com/portfolios/miguel-ordonez/

Laura Hughes wins Oscar’s Book Prize 2018

Laura Hughes wins the highly esteemed children’s book award with author John Dougherty for their laugh-out-loud picture book ‘There’s A Pig Up My Nose!’.

We are delighted and immensely proud that Bright artist Laura Hughes has won the Oscar’s Book Prize 2018 alongside author John Dougherty with their original and witty picture book ‘There’s A Pig Up My Nose!’, published by Egmont.

John’s loveable tale of a little girl, Natalie, and a nose-dwelling pig, Ernest, is full of hilarity and surprise, beautifully married with Laura’s playful artwork. It’s a joy to read as you follow Natalie’s increasingly absurd attempts to get a pig out of her nose — even hanging upside down whilst being walloped with a blow-up rhino doesn’t seem to do the trick. It’s silly, utterly heart-warming, and with plenty of laughs — and OINKS — along the way.


The Oscar’s Book Prize is an annual award celebrating the best books for under-fives from the year. Previous winners have included Bright artist Benji Davies who won in 2014 with ‘The Storm Whale’. You can read more on the award here.

HRH Princess Eugenie awarded the Oscar’s Book Prize at St James’s Palace on Monday 14th May. From left to right: Vicki Willden-Lebrecht (MD, The Bright Agency), author John Dougherty, artist Laura Hughes, Emma Dods (Senior Commissioning Editor, Egmont), Laura Hughes, Rebecca Essilifie (Art Director, Egmont).


Laura Hughes:

“I am absolutely honoured that ‘Theres’ a Pig Up My Nose’ has won the Oscar’s Book Prize! The award was set up in memory of 3-year -old Oscar Ashton who died of an undetected heart condition, and as well as being a wonderful and touching way to pay tribute to a young reader, the prize also aims to highlight the importance of reading together with young children. Low literacy levels among children starting school is an increasing problem, and the organisers of the award are doing great work in bringing awareness to this issue. It’s a privilege to have been involved in this very special award.

“The first time I read John’s story I absolutely loved it and knew right away that I had to illustrate it! ‘There’s a Pig Up My Nose’ is a warm and quirky tale about a girl who gets a pig stuck up her nose, so I knew that I had to keep the illustrations bright and light-hearted. I used a slightly different process in creating the artwork than I usually do, with some parts coloured directly from my roughs (something I generally avoid) to keep the illustrations loose and energetic.

“For the characters in the book I took inspiration from the diversity of the people I see every day in London, so for example, the doctor is based very loosely on one of my own GP’s. I live in Walthamstow and will often sit and draw in local cafés. I think it’s really important to get out of the studio and draw from life whenever possible to keep your work fresh and relevant.”

You can also watch Laura’s interview with the Evening Standard here.


“I am absolutely thrilled that Laura has won the Oscar’s Book Prize and it’s wonderful to see her grow from Kingston University graduate and Bright intern to an award-winning illustrator. Laura brings such exuberance and flair to her artwork — she is a true talent and I’m so proud of all that she has achieved.” Vicki Willden-Lebrecht

Laura Hughes’ past titles include ‘The Birthday Invitation’ (Bloomsbury Children’s Books), ‘The Chocolate Monster’ (Faber & Faber), and ‘We’re Going on an Egg Hunt’ (Bloomsbury Children’s Books). Her next picture book, ‘Quick, Barney, RUN!’ (Faber & Faber) is publishing this summer on the 5th July. You can see more of Laura’s artwork here.

Rachael Saunders’ wonderful new Illustrated book ‘Go Wild on the River’ is out now!

Rachael Saunders' wonderful new book ‘Go Wild on the River’ published by the lovely team at Nosy Crow is out now. ‘Go Wild on the River’ is the second in the series of adventure handbooks for young explorers.

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