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21st March 2017

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by Newt Scamander and J. K. Rowling

 

As featured in the first year set texts reading list in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is an extensive introduction to the magical beasts that exist in the magical, non-Muggle world. Some of the animals featured in the A-Z you will have already met in the existing Harry Potter books: for example Hippogriff, Flobberworm, Kappa – others you certainly won’t. As Albus Dumbledore says in his introduction, this set text book by Newt Scamander has given the perfect grounding to many a Hogwarts student. It will be helpful to all Muggles out there too . . .

 

Beautifully realised by our very own Tomislav Tomic, this brand new edition shows incredible beasts plus six new creatures. This is the third book featuring his stunning black and white illustrations in Bloomsbury’s new editions of the Hogwarts Library Books by J. K. Rowling, see the rest here.

Tomislav Tomic_ Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by Newt Scamander and J. K. Rowling

Runespoor & Snallygaster

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Tomislav Tomic_ Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by Newt Scamander and J. K. Rowling

Fwoopers, Unicorn & Occamy

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16th March 2017

Arena Spring Portfolio 2017

Welcome to this year’s Spring Portfolio showcasing some of the most talented visual artists working in Children’s publishing today.

 

6th March 2017

Alphamals A-Z Graham Carter Debut

We are excited to announce the publication of Graham Carter’s first picture book Alphamals A-Z by Big Picture Press this month.

Graham Carter Alphamals A-Z first publication Big Picture Press

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A beautifully designed animal for every letter of the alphabet, this book was produced from the range of prints designed by Graham for exhibition and have made the transition from the wall to the book with ease. Each animal has a small poem and graphic element to enhance the main image. Created with patterns, graphic symbols and sensitive colour palatte. It’s difficult to choose which ones to preview, they are all wonderful. Graham has produced limited edition prints of all the animals which would look great on any bedroom wall, you can buy the collection from Boxbird

 

D is for Dragonfly

 

With translucent wings and body bright, the dragonfly darts in a flash of colour.

Graham Carter Alphamals A-Z Dragonfly Big Picture Press

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F is for Fox

 

The Arctic Fox trots over the snow, hidden and warm in his ice-white fur.

Graham Carter Alphamals A-Z Fox Big Picture Press

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J is for Jaguar

 

The jaguar lies stretched out waiting high above the forest floor, her spots concealed among the leaves.

Graham Carter Alphamals A-Z Jaguar Big Picture Press

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L is for Ladybird

 

The ladybird spreads her spotted wings of red and black, and flutters away on a summer breeze.

Graham Carter Alphamals A-Z Ladybird Big Picture Press

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O is for Orangutan

 

With his thick shaggy orange hair and long, strong hands on draping arms, who could it be but the orangutan?


Graham Carter Alphamals A-Z Orangutan Big Picture Press

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Y is for Yak

 

With shaggy fur and sharp-tipped horns the mighty yak stands strong and steady, unfazed by the wind or the snow.

Graham Carter Alphamals A-Z Yak Big Picture Press

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And finally… a proud moment, a picture of the happy illustrator with his very first book, congratulations Graham and big thanks to Ruth and Genevieve at Big Picture Press.

 

Graham Carter Alphamals A-Z first publication

1st March 2017

Arena March Calendar by Graham Carter

The star of our March calendar image is this beautiful manatee illustration by Graham Carter, taken from his debut picture book Alphamals A-Z, published this month by Big Picture Press.

M for Manatee, from Alphamals A-Z illustrated by Graham Carter

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22nd February 2017

Neal Layton: Uncle Gobb And The Green Heads

Dream team Michael Rosen and Neal Layton are back with their second uproarious adventure, Uncle Gobb And The Green Heads, published by Bloomsbury this month. This time Malcolm, his best friend Crackersnacker and his peculiar Uncle Gobb go to America.

Despite Malcolm’s best attempts at bamboozling and confuzling Uncle Gobb in the last book, Uncle Gobb’s Dread Shed, it was only temporary. Uncle Gobb is still living with him and still roaring at him about peas, poetry and Peter Parker!

This time the plan to get rid of his uncle must be EPIC! It has to involve America, the Jumblies, the Genie (of course), Aunty Brenda the Mender and Malcolm’s long-lost dad. But Malcolm doesn’t know that Uncle Gobb also has a plan… A plan to get rid of Malcolm once and for all!

Already the Sunday Times’ ‘Children’s Book of the Week’, this is a truly bonkers book about standing up for yourself and Neal’s anarchic black and white illustrations combined with Michael’s comic timing will entertain you throughout. You can see more of Neal’s illustrations from the first book, Uncle Gobb And The Dread Shed here.

 

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Uncle Gobb And The Green Heads written by Michael Rosen and illustrated by Neal Layton

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Uncle Gobb And The Green Heads written by Michael Rosen and illustrated by Neal Layton

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Uncle Gobb And The Green Heads written by Michael Rosen and illustrated by Neal Layton

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Uncle Gobb And The Green Heads written by Michael Rosen and illustrated by Neal Layton

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