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From the Deepest Depths of the Sea Comes The Story Thief by Graham Carter

From the creator of Otto Blotter Bird Spotter comes a brand-new oceanic adventure by author and illustrator Graham CarterThe Story Thief with its shimmering foiled cover and atmospheric colour pallet emerges a new timeless classic published by Andersen Press.

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Cutting edge animation by Chris Garbutt gets the green light from Netflix

In the wake of the hugely successful Netflix series Pinky Malinky comes a brand-new animation  by  Chris Garbutt and Rikke Asbjoern. We Lost Our Human!, combines the very best in 2D animation, comedy and interactivity, following a cat named Pud and a loving hyperactive dog named Ham. With its psychedelic colour pallet and striking characterisations this is set to reignite the cartoon heyday of the 90’s and generate some brand-new fanatical followers.

Ham (a pooch) and Pud (a cat) are shocked to wake up one day to find their human (and ALL other humans) have completely disappeared from planet Earth. In a bonkers turn of events viewers of this special cutting-edge animation format will be able to move through the show from the perspective of either Ham or Pud with differing story outcomes depending on which character is chosen.

"We got to explore their many parallel and interwoven paths, which resulted in our story room becoming a complex web of post-it notes, push pins and string. Quite a dizzying sight for anyone witnessing one of our story pitches." – Chris Garbutt

We can’t wait to share more of this amazing project with you in the coming weeks.

Chris Garbutt is represented by Arena Illustration

WISHING YOU A SAFE & HAPPY CHRISTMAS & NEW YEAR FROM EVERYONE AT ARENA ILLUSTRATION

It has truly been an unprecedented year for us all, but despite all of the challenges we have faced in 2020 we have witnessed some wonderful projects in the world of illustration to brighten up our lives. Our artists have also kept us entertained throughout lockdown with their inspiring work including draw-a-long videos and contributions to collaborative projects dedicated to our amazing frontline NHS workers.

Wishing all our wonderful artists, friends and clients a safe, happy and festive winter. Thank you all for your hard work and support this year and we look forward to seeing you all in the New Year.

Thank you to Natalie Smillie for our PEACE & JOY Christmas card this year. We’ll be launching Natalie in 2021.

Natalie Smillie is represented by Arena Illustration.

Feeling Festive with Alex T Smith

After an unusually challenging year it's comforting to know that Christmas is only a matter of weeks away. With eager young book worms to treat it's time to start our Christmas book wish lists, what better way to start the festive season than with a seasonally suitable picture book. In Iceland it's a long held tradition to present your nearest and dearest with a new book, this celebration is called Jolabokaflod, which translates roughly to “Christmas book flood” and we can't think of a better Christmas treat than a copy of The Twelve Days of Christmas by Alex T. Smith published by Macmillan Children's Books

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We made the 2021 Blue Peter Book Award Short-list!

We were completely thrilled to see the big reveal of the prestigious 2021 Blue Peter Book Award shortlist. What a dazzling array of brilliant books for all ages and reading abilities. We are especially excited to see Aleksei Bitskoff featured in the books for 9-11 year old category with Life of Riley: Beginner’s Luck written by Simon James Green and published by Scholastic. You can read more in our blog post here. Since 2000, the enormously popular and influential Blue Peter Book Awards have been recognising and celebrating the best authors, the most creative illustrators and the greatest reads for children. Watch a short introduction to this amazing shortlist HERE.

This funny, gentle story is packed with snappy humour and hilarious characters. You can’t help but love Riley, a brilliant, witty, world-weary kid and long-suffering underdog. There’s a lovely message about being grateful for all the things that you have and for appreciating the people who support you, no matter what. Perfect for Diary of a Wimpy Kid fans or children about to start secondary school, though there’s a lot of fun to be had for grown ups here too.

You can grab a copy of Life of Riley Beginner's Luck HERE

Aleksei Bitzkoff is represented by Arena Illustration, you can view his online portfolio HERE

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