He’s keen, he’s green but he’s not very mean…Rufus by Simon Bartram is published by Templar Publishing.
Get ready to get your jeepers creeped as we introduce Rufus, the not very scary but truly splendid monster.
Gloriously hairy from head to toe and in a desperate search of someone to scare Rufus and his super stinky bottom are sick and tired or roaring at rocks and ranting at the sun.
What Rufus needs is a real deal peopley person of his very own to scare. After searching high and low and getting to grips with his scaring manual Rufus almost looses hope of finding his very own peopley person to scare, that is until he stumbles upon an unusual gathering of magnificent monsters, perhaps the little friendly ghost who befriends him isn’t quite what she appears.
Simons trademark attention to detail, stunning landscapes and captivating crowd shots are beautifully showcased in this book. The characterful monster creations who inhabit this story will truly capture the imagination from hirsuit werewolves to grotesque gargoyles and every other kind of ghoul imaginable so dance, play, eat too much cake and have the time of your life with a new friend for life.
This big green guy will steal your heart and give you a big monster hug just for good measure.
Introducing Noah, Noah…Noah and Noah and Noah…and Noah!?
Noah Scape loves dinosaurs and spaghetti with tomato sauce (who doesn’t). But Noah doesn’t always get what he wants and when school doesn’t revolve around dinosaur facts and lunch isn’t always his tried and tested favourite, well… enough is enough! It’s time for him to stop wishing and to decide on exactly what he needs; a world full of Noahs!
Steve’s trademark scratchy line illustrations bring an unrivalled level of hilarity to this beautifully observant story about the trials and tribulations of school life.
Barrington Stoke always pay keen attention to creating books which are particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant or dyslexic readers and this is just perfect for little readers aged 8+
Check out Steve’s awesome development sketches!
Grab a copy of Noah Scape HERE
Don some shades there’s a new detective in town, not just any old detective, move over Quincy, take a side step Miss Marple, the worlds greatest Flamingo detective has arrived and he is FAB-U-LOUS!
Fabio is a tricolour triumph so pour yourself a glass on pink lemonade and enter the zany streets of a small town on the banks of Lake Laloozee with Fabio the detective and his giraffe associate Gilbert.
Hotel Royale are hosting a magnificent talent show but there’s trouble afoot as the shows star turn an elegant jazz singing hippo named Julia mysteriously goes missing. Fabio and Gilbert pop their thinking caps on and get straight on the case.
Middle grade illustrated fiction never looked so zingy as Emily’s wonderful characterful illustrations are picked out in eye-popping shades of neon green and vibrant pink. The first in a new series Fabio will undoubtedly have budding detectives and animal lovers hooked from page one.
Sketch book sneak peek: Every book project starts with a huge amount of prep work in sketch books…
Character creation: There are a whole cast of critters in book one, each had to be carefully crafted to reflect their individual characters.
Cover design: A huge amount of thought and care goes into creating the perfect cover to grab a readers attention, here is a small insight into Emily’s process for Fabio…
Given 5 minutes centre stage what would your special skill be in a talent show?
I think my special skill would be sketching random things from memory. In fact, this actually ends up happening in a lot of school and library visits. I’ve drawn many strange things on flip charts!
Are there any funny illustrative details we should look out for in Fabio?
The animals of Laloozee love to drink pink lemonade, and I found I had to draw a lot of it in this book… I think there are 21 glasses altogether.
Does drawing giraffes present some of the same challenges as that of drawing horses?
I don’t think drawing Gilbert the giraffe was quite as challenging as drawing a horse, for one thing he walks around on two legs like a human. I think capturing how animals move on all fours is the real challenge.
Behind the scenes:Check out this amazing process video!
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The Green Line is an instrumental album by Gilroy Mere, inspired by the buses that once linked central London to country towns in Kent and Sussex. You can read more about it over on the Clay Pipe Music blog here and follow them on twitter @ClayPipeMusic and Frances Castle on instagram here.
We’re celebrating World Book Day 2018 with a out of this world adventure by Pamela Butchart and Thomas Flintham in the latest mad cap adventure with Izzy and her friends. World Book Day marks the world’s biggest celebration of reading with over 1.2 million £1 book tokens distributed nationwide enabling 1 in 4 children to purchase their first ever book.
In this brand new completely exclusive book mayhem ensues as a baby with mind control powers and an unusual taste for school dinners visits Haroon’s class. You can find out more about The Baby Brother From Outer Space! here
Thomas’s bold, humour filled line illustrations feature throughout the story making this a perfect bite sized adventure for readers ready to be inspired by longer chapter books including the other 7 books in this series and Pamela and Thomas’s most recent full length adventure The Phantom Lollipop Man! Also published by Nosy Crow, you can read more about it here on our blog.
Look out for all 10 World Book Day books at your local book shop and if you happen to go to school on World Book Day dressed as one of the characters from the ‘Baby Alien’ series we’d love to see photos so tweet us at @Arenatweet.