‘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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Emily Bolan and Yasmeen Ismail

We’ve had some great successes over the past month with our SAA Artists; Emily Bolam has just finished another fantastic book for Ladybird in the ‘This Little…’ series. Recent titles have included: This Little Angel and This Little Builder 

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Yasmeen Ismail’s Time For Bed Fred book is out now!

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http://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/time-for-bed-fred-9781408837009/

Yasmeen has also jumped across the pond, travelling to New York City and spending a development week with Blue Apple Books to work on her deluxe activity book with them. This will be published in 2013!

Angel’s Great Escape App: Kristyna Litten

Angel's Great Escape is an interactive story book app beautifully illustrated by Kristyna Litten for independent app producer And So We Begin. Written by Kirstie Rowson and narrated by national treasure, Alan Titchmarsh the app for Android, Nook, iPhone and iPad is available to purchase this month. Angel's Great Escape is a magical story about Angel and her tree decoration friends, Fairy, Reindeer, Snowman and Teddy who have been left behind at the house of Mr Mean and his son. They know that they belong on the Christmas tree in the house of the Good family across the road. Children can tap, drag and swipe to help the decorations try to make their escape to the Good family, in hot pursuit by the Mean family's cat. This is Kristyna's second app project having previously worked on Discover's StoryCloud App, illustrating Michael Rosen's poem The Talent Show.

Kristyna Litten is represented by Arena

Just Published: Deadly! Illustrated by Neal Layton

Winning team Neal Layton and author Nicola Davies are back with their sixth book about animal biology. Deadly! The Truth About The Most Dangerous Creatures On Earth, is a brilliantly funny look at how animals have become masters of murder, exploring the ingenious and often hilarious means of survival that both predators and prey employ.
Deadly! is published this month by Walker and Neal's playful illustrations make the subject both accessible, informative and very, very funny.
Neal Layton is represented by Arena

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

‘Beauty and the Beast’ illustrated book by Sarah Gibb

In the post this week we were lucky enough to receive a copy of ‘Beauty and the Beast’, illustrated by The Artworks’ very own Sarah Gibb.
“I’m really proud of this book. I’ve always loved the classic fairytales and so was thrilled to be asked to illustrate Beauty and the Beast for Orchard. I had particular fun creating the Beast for this book. I took lots of photos of the animals at London zoo. Back home in the studio I took inspiration from the warthog and the lions. I also wanted to make the Beast beautiful in a raw and animalistic way, so you could say he was cross between a warthog, a lion and Mr Darcy!”
Sarah’s beautiful illustrations really breathe new life into this classic fairytale and she is even starting work on a third book, in the series for Orchard, to be published in 2014. ’Beauty and the Beast’ is available to preorder now from Amazon! (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Beauty-Beast-Ursula-Jones/dp/1408312719)

Sarah Gibb is represented by the Artworks

Adam Stower: Naughty Kitty! Published

Adam Stower's picture book Naughty Kitty! is published by Templar this month. In this charming sequel to the popular Silly Doggy! we meet Lily again, just as her mum finally agrees to buy her a pet - but it's not a doggy, it's a kitten! When things start to go wrong around the house, Lily is quick to blame her new little furry friend with hilarious consequences.
Here are some spreads from the book. Adam will also be appearing at the Edinburgh Book Festival this summer.
 Adam Stower is represented by Arena

The King’s Dream

The University of Aberdeen has recently commissioned Natalie Kilany to illustrate "The Kings Dream", a fairytale written by Jackie Ross. The story follows a King who is troubled by nightmares; with worries of what the future holds for his people. None of his expert advisors can explain his dreams, but a young hill farmer has insights which help the King harness the collective wisdom of his people and let him sleep peacefully once more. Natalie says "In a nut shell the fairytale tells the story of two contrasting futures faced by Britain's hill communities, based on research from the Sustainable Uplands project. This was a fantastic book to work on, I was given complete creative freedom that I utterly enjoyed and flourished in." Commissioner Mark Reed was very happy too, he said of the illustrations "... they’re BEAUTIFUL!!!! Really great job Natalie and bang on time! Very pleased indeed..."

Natalie Kilany is represented by Illustration

Adam Stower interviewed on the Big Book Babble – Tuesday 24th April

Adam Stower will be interviewed alongside author Francesca Simon on the Big Book Babble on Tuesday 24th April at 11am. Red House and Scholastic present Big Book Babble to encourage children to enjoy reading. Each programme features popular children's authors, illustrators and poets in a Q&A session with comedian James Campbell in front of a live and virtual audience of children. Fans of Horrid Henry will see author Francesca Simon talking about her recent book, The Sleeping Army, illustrated by Adam Stower. Adam will be drawing live in the studio and also discussing his own picture book, Silly Doggy! (Templar).

Adam Stower is represented by Arena

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