Joe Lillington was commissioned to create over fifty black and white chapter head illustrations for a wonderful new series of three books for Puffin Classics: Tales From India, Tales From Africa and Tales From The Caribbean.
Tales From India is a collection of twenty stories from India’s rich folklore heritage. From wicked magicians to wise old priests, charming princes and beautiful princesses, to greedy tigers and wily jackals, these magical tales are full of adventure and trickery, and infused with deeper messages about morality, Life and the world around us. From India’s Mughul folktales, award-winning author Bali Rai‘s lively retellings, along with Joe’s accompanying illustrations are a delight for readers of all ages.
Tales From The Caribbean is a magical collection of over twenty traditional stories gathered from the Caribbean’s many different islands. People say that there once was a time when animals walked on two feet and spoke with words… What happens to the monkey who goes looking for trouble? From the very first Kingfisher to Anansi the Spider Man, Trish Cooke expertly retells the precious stories from the islands with humour and pathos.
Tales From Africa is a collection of nine folktales gathered from many different kingdoms across the continent and brought vividly to life with humour and poetry by Ghanaian author, K. P. Kojo. Joe’s atmospheric images really convey the energy and rhythm of the text.
Mr. Penguin and The Lost Treasure is the first book in a new series by Alex T. Smith, with lashings of slapstick humour, mystery and an adorable new hero, a detective and Professional Adventurer with a difference – Indiana Jones meets Hercule Poirot!
The highly illustrated Mr. Penguin and the Lost Treasure, published by Hodder Children’s Books, tells the story of Mr. Penguin and Colin (a spider and Mr. Penguin’s silent right hand man). With his dashing hat, and packed lunch of fish finger sandwiches ready, Mr. Penguin is very keen… So when Boudicca Bones, owner of the Museum of Extraordinary Objects calls for help, he and Colin spring into action to find the missing treasure that her great-great-great-gransfather buried somewhere in the museum. Without the treasure, the museum will fall to pieces and all will be lost! Mr. Penguin is so excited about the quest, his flippers are all of a quiver – but he and Colin must risk life and limb, solving secret codes and fighting ferocious beasts as they travel deep below the museum to a lost jungle…
Our September Calendar image is by Euan Cook, taken from Either Way, the graphic novel he illustrated for Magination Press. You can read more about this fascinating coming-out, coming-of-age story here.
The wonderful, the amazing, the PIG-TASTIC Gracie Laroo is one extraordinary high-flying, synchronized swimming pig! This series of four books is written by Marsha Qualey with delightful illustrations by Kristyna Litten, published this month by US publishers Capstone.
Gracie is a shooting star on her team, the Water Sprites, but is she is also the youngest of the bunch. Each story follows Gracie as she manages fame, works on her confidence, and navigates tricky situations.
This time our brave Pet Defenders, secret agents Biskit and Mitzy, are looking into a case of disappearing animals from Nothington-on-Sea and they suspect ALIENS are to blame! Their search leads them to the very slimy Planet Bogey in the galaxy of XS Mucus to find the culprits, the Snot-Snatchers. But, to get back to Earth they need to win the Wild Alien Reality Show, leaving Biskit and Mitzy in a sticky situation…
You can see more of Steve’s hilarious illustrations from the first book in the series, Attack of the Alien Dung.