Our November calendar image is Levi Pinfold‘s atmospheric cover illustration for The Secret Horses of Briar Hill, written by Megan Shepherd and published by Walker Books. You can see more of Levi’s exquisite imagery from the inside of this poignant story here.
HAPPY HALLOWEEN! We celebrate All Hallows’ Eve with this charming illustration by Anna Chernyshova. We’ve also updated Anna’s portfolio so why don’t you fly over there for a viewing.
Matt loves stand-up. He’s studied the best. He spends hours writing new gags. So when his school runs a tallent contest, of course he’s going to enter.
Matt is about to learn what it takes to be really funny. He’s studies the world’s best stand-ups, he’s a brilliant armchair critic – but now it’s his turn to jump on stage. When classmate Kitty Hope offers to coach him, his routine really starts to shine. Matt dares to believe his dream could become reality. As one gig follows another, it’s not long before he’s prepping for the biggest gig of all.
What he doesn’t count on is; last minute total meltdown, his best mate pulling out zero seconds before going on, Teeny tiny Kitty Hope and her bonkers ambitions, his stepdad’s ‘hilarious’ funny ideas and, headmaster, Meredith Pavey, who very definitely has it in for him.
This is a great read for tickling funny bones and also has some excellent advice for young comics, on a serious note this book could well be the best self-help book for jokers. Here’s just a few of our favourite sketches from inside…
In time for Halloween, Juno Dawson and Alex T. Smith team up for a spine-chilling YA thriller called Grave Matter. Barrington Stoke put this award winning duo together for their contemporary take on a Gothic ghost tale about love, death and black magic.
Since the car accident that resulted in the death of his girlfriend Eliza, Samuel is devastated and blames himself for the crash. He is drowning in grief and his overwhelming need to reunite with Eliza drives him to the forces of black magic, in a bid to bring her back to life. But he has difficult choices to make and the terrifying consequences of dark magic are about to raise their head…
This is Alex’s first foray into illustrating for YA fiction and he’s really enjoyed creating these appropriately dark and atmospheric images using a combination of pencil, eraser, ink and graphic powder on paper.
You can read more about Grave Matter and Alex’s approach to the illustrations for it, in an interview over on The Book Sniffer’s blog.
Graham created the beautiful cover artwork for the book as his first book cover commission and the results were very well received, his stylish portryal of the charaters in the graveyard show a glimpse of the eeire tale told within.
“A Digger must not refuse a request from the Dead.”
Ian Fosser is the last in a long line of Gravediggers. It’s his family’s job to bury the dead and when called by the dearly departed, to help settle their worries so the spirits can find peace in the beyond. The problem is Ian doesn’t want to help the dead – he wants to be a Healer and help the living. But Fossers are Gravediggers and that’s that. So he reluctantly continues his training under the watch of his undead mentor, carefully avoiding the path that leads into the forbidden woods bordering the cemetery and hoping every day that he’ll never be called. Then a cheeky little skeleton who doesn’t play by the rules comes back to life, luring Ian into danger and to the doorstep of a coven of Weavers, dark magic witches who want only two things – to escape the murky woods where they’ve been banished and to raise the dead and shift the balance of power back to themselves. Only Ian can stop them.