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20th April 2017

Steve May: SuperDad’s Day Off

Steve May teams up with author Phil Earle in SuperDad’s Day Off, Barrington Stoke’s latest Little Gems tale for young readers, out this month. Channelling his inner superhero powers, Steve’s full colour interior illustrations really pop from the page in this action-packed adventure.

Stanley is a normal little boy, whose dad just happens to be the greatest superhero on the planet. Six days a week, Dad saves the world from disasters, aliens, and bad guys. Friday is his day off and he always spends it with Stan. But one Friday, Dad and Stan meet a series of people desperately in need of Dad’s help! Soon Stan finds himself saving a lion stuck up a tree, rescuing a monster truck from a ditch and taking on shark-infested floodwaters. That’s right: Stan is a chip off the old (superhero) block!

High quality cream paper and a special dyslexia-friendly layout and typeface ensure a smooth read for all.

SuperDad's Day Off, cover illustration by Steve May

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SuperDad's Day Off - illustrations by Steve May

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SuperDad's Day Off - illustrations by Steve May

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SuperDad's Day Off - illustrations by Steve May

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SuperDad's Day Off - illustrations by Steve May

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3rd April 2017

Arena April Calendar by Tomislav Tomic

This April’s Calendar image is by Tomislav Tomic. This intricate illustration is taken from Tales of Beedle The Bard, by J.K. Rowling, published by Bloomsbury. You can see more of Tomislav’s beautiful illustrations from this book and the other Hogwarts Library Books here.

Tales of Beedle The Bard by J.K. Rowling, interior illustrations by Tomislav Tomic

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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