Behind the Book: Ben Mantle’s ‘Dinostars’

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On What Inspired the Story

Like many kids who grew up in the 80’s I loved my children’s TV.

Shows like Thundercats, He-man, Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles were personal favourites.My background is in animation, so I naturally lean towards projects that have a more filmic quality to them and so I decided I would create my own version.

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PICTURA: London, Dinosaurs and Monsters

PICTURA is a stunning series of black-and-white art to collect and colour for all ages, published by Templar. Eight new titles are added to the series this Spring, include the amazing illustrations by three Arena artists.
Thomas Flintham's A Stroll in London, is a wonderful panorama which leads you through London from St Paul's Cathedral to Marble Arch, passing iconic landmarks including some surreal surprises on the way.
Adam Stower's Dinosaurs brings to life a T-rex hunting a triceratops and herd of diplodocus look for lunch whilst a pteranodon swoops overhead in this dramatic depiction of the prehistoric world.
Aleksei Bitskoff's Monster Party illustrates this hilarious group of monsters having a birthday party. From hairy to slimy, monsters of all sizes enjoy snot sandwiches and eyeball jelly.
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Jonny Duddle New Picture Book: Gigantosaurus

Gigantosaurus, is the gorgeous, brand new picture book about Dinosaurs from award winning author and illustrator Jonny Duddle. His beautiful landscapes and detailed, lush forests of ancient ferns are a playground setting for dinokids; Bonehead, Tiny, Fin and Bill as they go on their adventures in the Cretaceous sun. They meet a triceratops, a diplodocus, a stegosaurus and a very scary Gigantosaurus in this crazy prehistoric caper. The new hardback edition comes with an enormous poster featuring the Gigantosaurus chasing our four little heroes. This is Jonny’s fourth picture book published by Templar Publishing.
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“Dinosaur Cove”

Bright's long-time artist Mike Spoor has been making headlines with his illustrations for 'Dinosaur Cove',  by Devon writer Helen Greathead, described as a "friendly, funny approach to the most exciting dinosaurs around".  An immensely popular fictional series about dinosaurs, Mike's continued success is due to his expressive line-art and engaging illustrations.

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