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FRANCES CASTLE ILLUSTRATES ANIMALS IN WARTIME

 

 

The Imperial War Museum’s new colouring book featuring over 25 beautiful hand-drawn scenes by Frances celebrates the amazing stories of how our animal friends have helped humans throughout wartime.

Did you know that over 16 million animals served during the First World War alone? 250,000 pigeons helped deliver important messages during the Second World War! Dogs’ abilities to sniff out hidden mines and to locate wounded people on the battlefield, or bombed out houses have made them invaluable during wartime. Since ancient times animals have helped humans in marvellous ways, showing their incredible bravery, strength and loyalty.

 

 

“You can’t help but be enthralled by the stories behind these heroic animals and the unbelievable situation they embarked on, managing to project their characters in simple line drawing has been a fascinating challenge,” said Frances, whose eye-catching and graphic style is perfect for this project.

This is Frances Castle’s second colouring book collaboration with the Imperial War Museum, following on from their World War Two Planes Colouring Book, published in 2023. She’s also illustrated other projects for them including their EXPLORE! A Kid’s Guide to the IWM London.

Frances Castle is represented by Arena Illustration.

Alex Vs Axel: The Impossible Quest

 

 

ALEX VS AXEL by best-selling author, Sam Copeland, showcases Dotty’s creative versatility from the stunning cover and lettering right through to the interiors which include a fabulous fantasy map.

We are so proud that Alex Vs Axel: The Impossible Quest is also Waterstones Children’s Book of the Month for May!

 

 

Alex is a normal, everyday boy living a normal, everyday city. Axel is a monster-slaying hero, living in a world of magic. Unfortunately, when the two boys mysteriously swap worlds, each of them ends up being mistaken for the other.

Alex has zero experience of heroism, he can’t even climb the rope in a gym but he is thrust into an epic quest to defeat the evil Felonius Gloam who has stolen the Book of Lifetales and is using it to unravel the very fabric of the world of Aérth.  Axel would love to be saving the world… but instead he has to win a chess tournament (when he doesn’t even know how to play) AND pass a maths test!

 

 

Can the two boys complete their Impossible Quests and fine a way back to their own lives? Dotty Sutton’s characters leap off the page using dramatic lighting to full effect. This book is a wonderfully funny adventure about family, friendship and finding your inner confidence and strength and shows the reader that heroes come in many forms.

Dotty Sutton is represented by Arena Illustration.

The Boy Fitz Hammond – Clare Balding -Animal All-Stars

 

 

Fresh off the press published this month is Clare Balding's Animal All-Stars fully illustrated by The Boy Fitz Hammond - AKA Dave Pratt is Edinburgh based and has really made this book his own by producing some really funny and charming animal heroes.

 

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Nila Aye – Macmillan Children’s Books

 

 

Nila Aye was thrilled to collaborate with author Camilla Reid to create these delightful, preschool books; Who’s Cute and Who’s Sleepy. The beautifully crafted board books are full of interactive fun and feature seriously cute woodland creatures and sleepy farmyard animals.


 


Nila Aye represented by Meiklejohn

Miguel Ordonez

Miguel Ordonez, is a hugely talented artist and designer living in Madrid, he has produced many well known and award winning  Children’s Picture books, and is also well known for his educational illustrations he produces for many educational publishers in Spain.

Here are a few images that he has recently produced for a  very large project for Cassels - in Spain.

 

Bright and engaging  and vibrant!

 

For more of Miguel’s fabulous work please check out his work on the artist Partners website.Miguel Ordonez | Artist | Artist Partners

Donough O’Malley – How Families Are Made

Published this week, 'How Families are made' is written by GP and TV presenter Dr. Amir Khan.

The book is enlightening and educational and takes the young reader on a journey to discover how families begin and how we all become a part of one.

A perfect way for kids to become little experts, the book is complemented by Donough's vibrant and bold illustrations, creating an engaging visual feast on every page.

Donough O'Malley is represented by IllustrationX

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