We are thrilled to share Carrie May's debut picture book Dreamweaver written by bestselling author Claire Freedman and published by Templar. Carrie's beautiful artworks are filled with enchanting details and loveable characters, making this a truly magical bedtime story.
Jessica Courtney-Tickle is an incredible talent. Her soft and misty landscapes are dream-like and comforting. The perfect, peaceful way to send little ones off to sleep at night. Her debut picture book is due out in February and published by Egmont. The theme is environmentally friendly as is the material from which the book is made; Egmont use paper sourced from sustainable forests, which is the first message you see on opening the book.
Jessica Courtney-Tickle graduated from Kingston University in July 2014. She has a stand-out style, with beautiful attention to detail and the ability to create an incredible light and atmosphere in her work. Jess joins us at The Bright Emporium this month with her newly published book featuring the music of it’s names sake, The Four Seasons,by Antonio Vivaldi. A musical story time is a first for us and we are thoroughly looking forward to it. In speaking to Jess about her inspiration, music is a huge one, making this book very special to her. Here’s a bit more about the very talented Jessica…
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!
Blue Peter Best Story Award-Winners, Thomas Flintham and author Pamela Butchart, continued their winning streak when they were named overall winners of The Children's Book Award 2016, for My Headteacher is a Vampire Rat, published by Nosy Crow.
This month we're celebrating all things CLAUDE!
We're very excited to announce that Alex T. Smith's Claude will be adapted into an animated series by BAFTA-winning Belfast-based animation studio, Sixteen South, for Disney Junior EMEA. The new series has just gone into production and is due to air in 2017 - there will be 52 episodes for boys and girls aged 4 to 6 and Sixteen South are keen to evoke the unique visual style of Alex's original pictures.
Disappear to faraway lands of wicked witches, evil monsters and brave heroines in Carol Ann Duffy's stunning collection of Faery Tales, beautiful illustrated by Tomislav Tomic. This gift set collection of stories is a published just in time for Christmas, by Faber and Faber. Tomislav has created ethereal images of the Poet Laureate's interpretations of classic stories such as Hansel and Gretel, Snow White and the Pied Piper of Hamelin. He also designed and hand rendered the illuminated letters throughout the book as well as the title for the cover.
Tomislav Tomic is represented by Arena
World Book Day illustrator, Alex T Smith has written and illustrated his ninth picture book, Hector and the Big Bad Knight, published by Scholastic this month. Hector and his sidekick chicken, Norman, battle the evil Knight who has stolen Granny's magic wand. Can the tiniest boy in the village outsmart the naughty Knight and his humongous hungry dragon? Well, anything is possible with just little bit of magic and a bag of crisps!
To celebrate World Book Day, Alex also shows us 'How to Draw a Knight' in a series of pictures for The Guardian online.