Squishy McFluff, The Invisible Cat

We are excited to announce the release of 'Squishy McFluff, The Invisible Cat', by Pip Jones, featuring the wonderful illustrations of Ella Okstad. The first of three books published by Faber, it tells the charming tale of when a little girl, Ava, discovers an imaginary cat in the cabbage patch which becomes her new best friend! Together, Ava and Squishy McFluff get up to all kinds of mischief. There is a fantastic web site dedicated to Squishy: http://squishymcfluff.com/

Ella Okstad is represented by The Organisation

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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 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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Chris Garbutt: JibJab Letter X – Extraordinary X by StoryBots

'Extraordinary X' is a kids music video that Chris Garbutt designed and art directed for JibJab's StoryBots ABC project.  Chris had to interpret the existing StoryBot characters and bring to life the letter 'X' in over twenty different ways for this one minute short. Here are some of our favourite key frames from the video. Chris Garbutt is represented by Arena

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Bright News!

‘It’s been an exciting start to the year for Bright artists with a lot to follow in 2013. Take a look below at all the latest news from Bright Group International:

We are extremely excited and proud to announce that Ada Grey, one of Bright’s newest stars has been chosen by Bloomsbury for their new royal baby book ‘Shh don’t wake the royal baby!’ Due for release to coincide with the birth of the royal baby. Ada has also been signed up to a two book deal with Little Tiger Press  - we are very excited to see Ada’s progression with us this year, stay tuned!

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Nicola O’Byrne’s debut picture book, ‘Open Very Carefully’ has been published this month by Nosy Crow and is available to buy on Amazon Now! This funny tale for young children is about a very grumpy crocodile trapped in entirely the wrong story – a must read for your kids!

 

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We’re sending big congratulations over the pond to our US agent Kirsten Hall and to our UK based artist Shelagh McNicholas for their book, ‘Tea Time with Sophia Grace and Rosie’  making its debut on the Ellen Show! The book, published by Scholastic was quickly put together by those involved to feature Ellen’s favourite guests, Sophia Grace and Rosie.

 

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And finally our wonderful Ben Mantle has won the 2013 Bishop’s Stortford Picture Book Award! Competing against 50 other picture books, ‘Callum’s Incredible Construction Kit’ published by Egmont won the votes and affections of over 1300 school children.

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Blow for GOSH

Great Ormond Street Hospital held an event back in October of  "information, inspiration and celebration around the theme of 'Bringing Research to Life'" . And Gail Armstrong was chosen by agency Radley Yeldar to participate in illustrating one of 26 large flash cards representing an A-Z of different research stories.  Gail's card was for the letter C: Cystic Fybrosis, she says "I wanted it to be a fun image, so kept everything bright and cheerful and took inspiration from Lichtenstein for the type. The event was a huge success and the client very enthusiastic in their praise of the agency and artists." Gail's image successfully illustrates the ten pin bowling simulation when a patient blows into a machine, certainly creating the play factor with hospital treatment!

GOSH say of the commission:

“Radley Yeldar have been a dream company to work with.  The brief we gave them was no easy task: to bring to life a portfolio of medical research stretching back through several decades of Great Ormond Street Hospital’s history, in a way that was visually arresting but didn’t scream “science”.  We really threw the book at them, but they grasped tricky concepts quickly and dealt with them sensitively, working closely with us at every stage of an intensely creative process.

The end product – an A to Z of some of our most impressive research achievements – delicately balanced strong and emotive narrative alongside genuinely arresting (and intriguing!) visual concepts.  The life-sized flashcards they produced were the talk of our flagship Bringing Research to Life event.  Each one delivered a simple but powerful story, with the full 26 working together beautifully to reinforce our core message: that research changes children’s lives.  They’ve given us a whole new language with which to speak about the vital work we’re funding.  We’re incredibly grateful for their support.”

Gail Armstrong is represented by Illustration

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Marta Antelo for Adelaide Hospital

Marta Antelo was commissioned to illustrate a mural for the women and children's Gamma suite at Adelaide hospital.

The aquatic scene features a friendly mermaid, a smiling whale and an array of happy fish.
The image looks wonderful on the wall and makes for a welcoming environment for children having tests, helping to reassure them. Marta Antelo is represented by Eastwing

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