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22nd February 2018

Kristyna Litten’s Ziggy and the Moonlight Show

A world of animals, colours, patterns and shapes are just waiting to be explored in Ziggy and the Moonlight Show, Kristyna Litten’s latest  picture book creation.

Ziggy and the Moonlight Show written and illustrated by Kristyna Litten

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You’ll be seeing stripes before your eyes as you enter a rose tinted world inhabited by lot’s of peculiar stripy creatures, a jungle filled with friendly faces where each Saturday evening the residents enjoy a magical moonlight show together.

Ziggy and the Moonlight Show written and illustrated by Kristyna Litten

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Ziggy the zebra is very much looking forward to this special event when she is awoken by a strange “Hoo,Hoo” call of a startled bird and thus the adventure begins.

Ziggy And The Moonlight Show by Kristyna Litten

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The duo find themselves in a race against time encountering ribbiting frogs, sleepy tigers, slithering snakes and wide eyed owls as they set out to find the little lost chick.

Ziggy And The Moonlight Show by Kristyna Litten

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Ziggy And The Moonlight Show by Kristyna Litten

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This stunning picture book will delight readers young and old with its inventive seek and find inspired visuals also cleverly observing just how many animals and plants have striped patterns.
A wonderful dreamlike celebration of bravery, empathy and most of all friendship.

This is Kristyna’s 3rd picture book with Simon and Schuster and beautifully showcases her unique hand lettering, her deft creation of engaging characters and her bold and distinctive use of blending and shading.

 

Click HERE to read the AOI’s Ziggy and the Moonlight Show review

“Litten has crafted a tale that is entertaining, interactive and filled with playful ideas and charm”

Quick Fire Q & A

1 – Do you have a party trick or a hidden talent?

“I’ve always wished I could play a musical instrument like the piano or guitar, but sadly I’m pretty terrible at both. On the plus side, I’m surprisingly good at whistling, with my talent peeking at the songs of Mary Poppins and The Muppets – to the annoyance of those who I spend most time with.” 

2 – Which spread from the book are you most proud of and why?

“I think it has to be the striped Frog spread -“ Ribbit. Ribbit.” I think it was probably because it was actually one of the most challenging spreads for me to get right. I’m usually all about simplicity, so to do a spread where there is quite a lot going on pushed me a little and gave me to an opportunity to add a little humour as well as plenty of texture. Which Is something I love playing with in my work.”

3 – Tell us a little known fact about yourself?

“I used to live with over 50 budgerigars as my dad had an Avery when I was little. No Hoopoes, but maybe why I still love to draw birds in my books.”

4 – Tell us about how you came to choose the beautiful subtle colour palette for Ziggy.

“Ziggy takes place during a full day as they search for baby Hoopoe. So I spent a lot of time looking at the colours and tones of different parts of the day. From the cool blues and pinky oranges of dawn and sunrise, through to the vibrant oranges of midday and rich purples as we move towards midnight. But the change is subtle and the palette is limited as I wanted the focus to be on their quest, and helped me to embrace the graphic stripes of the animals who feature on Ziggy and Mama Hoopoe’s Journey”

 

 

Kristyna-Litten Illustrator

 

Follow Kristyna on Twitter @KristynLitten and find her on Instagram here…

 

Ziggy and the Moonlight Show will be published by Simon and Schuster. If you spot Ziggy out in the wild don’t forget to tweet us @Arenatweet

 

GRAB YOUR VERY OWN COPY OF ZIGGY HERE

 

15th February 2018

Frances Castle: Around the World in 50 Ways

Frances Castle’s bold illustrations for Around The World in 50 Ways depict a wondrous selection of famous cities and exotic, far-flung places in this “choose-your-own” travel adventure published by Lonely Planet Kids.

The starting point of this amazing globe-trotting adventure is London’s iconic Tower of London. But what’s the next leg of the journey? Well, that depends on the route you decide to take and the means of transportation you select, from tuk-tuks and sleds, to steamboats and hot-air balloons. Once aboard, you can discover all about these amazing machines and how they work. Then upon arriving at your next destination, you’ll get to explore the local area and see what makes it interesting and unique. With lots of possible routes you’ll need to be careful: not every path will take you back to where you want to go, with some tricky dead ends – it’s sure to be an epic journey and who knows where you’ll end up?

Written by Dan Smith, Around the World in 50 Ways is fully illustrated by Frances across 163 pages!

Around the World in 50 Ways - Illustrated by Frances Castle

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Around the World in 50 Ways - Illustrated by Frances Castle

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Around the World in 50 Ways - Illustrated by Frances Castle

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Around the World in 50 Ways - Illustrated by Frances Castle

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8th February 2018

The Pirates of Scurvy Sands by Jonny Duddle

We are pleased to announce the long awaited publication of The Pirates of Scurvy Sands (Starring The Jolley-Rogers) by Jonny Duddle. Published by Templar on 8th February 2018. This story has been waiting to be told for many a year and is a companion to the best-selling Waterstones prize winning picture book The Pirates Next Door (Starring the Jolley-Rogers).

The special edition hardback has a treasure map on the reverse of the dust cover to explore Scurvy Sands and it’s hidden treasure.

The Pirates of Scurvy Sands by Jonny Duddle

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Scurvy Sands is a holiday camp with a difference, it’s run by pirates and is exclusively for… PIRATES. If you’re not a pirate you shouldn’t be there. When Jim Lad asks Matilda to go on holiday with his family, the Jolley-Rogers, she accepts. Leaving her own seaside town of Dull on Sea she travels on a voyage across the sea to the holiday island of Scurvy Sands.

The Pirates of Scurvy Sands by Jonny Duddle

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But she doesn’t receive a warm welcome, at the Cruncher Club the other children aren’t too pleased, she won’t pass the pirate test.

The Pirates of Scurvy Sands by Jonny Duddle

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Barnacle Bob, the lifeguard spots her too when she’s out on the pedalo with the Jolley Rogers, maybe she’s a mermaid? Can she wield a cutlass? Her teeth are too clean, her hair smells too nice, she’s a bad example, the pirates complain and she’ll have to take the pirate test to prove herself.

The Pirates of Scurvy Sands by Jonny Duddle

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But Matilda had a plan to win over the doubting pirates looking closely at the portrait of Mad Jack McMuddle – the pirate “Who always got lost and was never quite sure of which oceans he’d crossed. ‘Cause his map-reading skills went often awry, he’d a compass tattooed above his left eye.”

Mad Jack McMuddle Scurvy Sands Jonny Duddle

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Cleverly reading Mad Jack’s map with a mirror, Matilda and Jim Lad set off to find his buried treasure. At dawn the friends discovered a massive hoard and Matilda re-distributed Mad Jack’s wealth among the pirates, winning friends before she sailed back home with her pirate family friends.

 

The Pirates of Scurvy Sands by Jonny Duddle

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2nd February 2018

The Phantom Lollipop Man!

Thomas Flintham and Pamela Butchart, winners of the Blue Peter Best Story Award, are back with their new book The Phantom Lollipop Man! published by Nosy Crow in February.

The story is written in Pamela’s witty style from the children’s point of view and is full of hilarious laugh out loud moments of utter silliness.

Thomas Flintham and Pamela Butchart The Phantom Lollipop Man! published by Nosy Crow

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This new story is about Izzy and her friends who are surprised to discover that the lollipop man has disappeared and been replaced by Mabel a lollipop lady. They find out from the school office ladies that Jack had ‘moved on’, which must mean that he’d passed away, died, gone! There ensues a ghost hunt as the friends think that he’s now a phantom stuck in limbo in the school, all the clues lead to this scary conclusion; the nebulous cloud, the strange unfinished business. Panic spreads through the playground. The lollipop man bursts in on a secret meeting in the den and the children finally find out that Jack was just retired but missed his old job at the school and he finds that the teachers and pupils missed him too and is pleased to come back, just part time.

 

Thomas Flintham and Pamela Butchart The Phantom Lollipop Man! published by Nosy Crow

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Thomas Flintham and Pamela Butchart The Phantom Lollipop Man! published by Nosy Crow

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Thomas Flintham and Pamela Butchart The Phantom Lollipop Man! published by Nosy Crow

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Thomas Flintham and Pamela Butchart The Phantom Lollipop Man! published by Nosy Crow

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1st February 2018

Arena February Calendar by Adam Stower

February is here and we celebrate with this dashing fellow, Piggy Handsome and his sidekick, Jeff – illustrated by the equally dashing Adam Stower. You may already know Piggy, his second book of adventures, Piggy Hero, is out today – written by Pip Jones and published by Faber & Faber. Read more about his escapades here.

Piggy Hero - illustration by Adam Stower

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