The Oxford Reading Tree Story Sparks is an emotionally-engaging fiction series designed to fire children’s imaginations and develop their comprehension skills with some extra high-interest words to expand their vocabularies and enrich the stories. Steve’s dynamic, full colour illustrations are the perfect match for Timothy’s exuberant story.
Luke can’t get to sleep because he’s worried by noises in his house at night. His imagination runs riot and he thinks the creaks and rustling he can hear must be caused by all number of strange and terrible things. He cries out for help and it comes – in the form of the Night Knight, a knight in shining armour whose job it is to look after children when they sleep. So Luke and the Night Knight go through the house looking for the sources of all these troubling noises. However, the Night Knight turns out to be a bit scared himself and a bit… incompetent!
Check out more of Steve’s illustrations in Silly Name for a Monster, also written by Timothy Knapman.
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.