The Storm Whale In Winter: A Look Behind The Book with Benji Davies…


THIS WEEK author and illustrator, Benji Davies, creator of The Storm Whale and Grandad’s Island, launched his highly anticipated picture book, The Storm Whale in Winter. Benji describes the book as being like the journey home; just asStorm Whale takes us out to sea, the sequel carries us back, as we find that Noi’s kind deed to the little whale was never forgotten.
Nostalgic and gentle, this book is beautifully crafted, with filmic, sometimes panoramic illustrations and a plot line that will give the reader goosebumps (in a good way) — so strong is the message and sense of there being a true friendship between boy and whale.
So after a wonderful book launch, hosted by our brilliant colleagues at Simon and Schuster, and in anticipation of our cosy Christmas story time, where Benji will be reading us his heart-warming story, I wanted to find out a little bit more about the man behind the books… LM


Anna Chernyshova’s Captain Firebeard – Just Published


Come aboard the Rusty Barnacle, and discover Anna Chernyshova's charming illustrations for Captain Firebeard's School for Pirates, the best place to become the fiercest and baddest pirate in all the Seven Seas. It's Tommy's first day and he's extremely nervous, but after a new pirate name, classes in pirate talk and cutlass swishing, plus target practice with huge custard doughnuts, he's top of the class!


Alex T. Smith wins AOI World Illustration Children’s Book Award

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Huge congratulations to Alex T. Smith who seems to be on a winning streak! He has won the AOI World Illustration Children's Book Award for illustrating Egmont's 60th Anniversary edition of the Dodie Smith classic, The Hundred and One Dalmatians.


The much awaited Sleeping Beauty – a midcentury fairy tale


Much awaited new book by the dynamic sibling duo: Sleeping Beauty - a midcentury fairy tale retold by Lynn Roberts-Maloney and superbly illustrated by the much loved David Roberts. This beautiful  book was launched this month to  huge trade and fan anticipation  - we are still receiving some wonderful reviews in the press  and the social network was on fire with complimentary comments !

How Joshua Heinsz Finds Power in the Color Pink

Raised on fairytales and cartoons, Joshua has a love for bright and whimsical imagery, his work combines a flair for the fantastical and an air of nostalgia. He received his BFA from the Savannah College of Art and Design where he was the two-term president of a social sorority. He then went on to receive his MFA in Illustration Practice at the Maryland Institute College of Art. Currently residing in Chicago, IL, Joshua spends his time between illustrating, daylighting as a college professor and a fitness instructor, and avoiding the cold. He joined Bright earlier in 2016 and has been honing his portfolio since.


Behind the Book: With Marta Kissi illustrator of Mo Farah’s picture book ‘Ready Steady Mo!’


Marta D?ugo??cka —  known as Marta Kissi to her art fans and followers has just illustrated a book which marks an incredible time in UK sporting history — released to coincide with the 2016 Rio Olympics, and with the main focus being about a gold medal winning athlete, who won gold in the 10,000 metre track race, despite taking a tumble…


Miguel Ordonez

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Miguel Ordonez is an extremely talented and sought after artist, receiving a lot of attention at the moment; with a best selling book "Dada" under his belt written by Jimmy Fallon and another picture book in progress with Hachette UK Publishing - you can see why when you see his unique style, his vibrant palette and characters!

Hell Hath No Fury… Like a Hungry Dragon! Behind the Book with Jorge Martin

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I’m Hungry is Jorge Martin’s debut author/illustrated picture book being released on July 7th and published by Penguin. It’s a heart-warming and comical tale of a naughty little dragon who mistakes her jungle friends for dinner until Mummy dragon swoops in to save the day!


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