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5th August 2020

Prepare for lift off with Rocket Boy illustrated by Joe Lillington…

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Prepare for the adventure of a lifetime as we launch Rocket Boy on his inaugural mission to Mars. Rocket Boy written by Little Tiger Press editor Katie Jennings and illustrated by Joe Lillington forms part of the incredibly successful Stripes illustrated colour fiction series.

There are action-packed illustrations on every spread! This brilliant 96 page-turner encapsulates the wonder and limitless nature of a child’s imagination as space enthusiast Callum sets about making his very own Rocket from recycled materials in order to embark on an implausible mission to Mars.

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With his reluctant feline sidekick in tow Callum and his space rocket break the physical boundaries of his bedroom ceiling and blast into outer space. Once on Mars, there’s a little more to contend with than just dust and debris and Callum and his cat encounter a terrifying triffid-like alien creature. Will they escape and make it back to earth in time for a trip to the park with mum? Only time and teamwork will tell.

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Interesting space facts are cleverly woven into the story to make this educational as well as a fun-filled pacy read for young readers. Joe has created a series of brilliantly accessible and engaging illustrations, packed with detail for readers to explore using a sophisticated pallet and inventive use of page space to keep them gripped. We think Rocket Boy will have ‘leap-off-the-shelf’ appeal to a wide range of budding young astronauts and newly emerging independent readers. A book which would make a welcome addition to schools and libraries too!

 

Rocket Boy publishes on the 6th August – Grab a copy HERE and perhaps start making your own intergalactic space rocket!

 

You can view Joe’s out of this world online portfolio HERE or follow him on Instagram and Twitter.
For more information about working with Joe please email info@arenaillustration.com 

29th July 2020

New Look for Katherine Rundell

Rooftoppers has sold over 120,000 copies to date and weaves an epic adventurous tale, Everyone tells Sophie that she was orphaned in a shipwreck – found floating in a cello case on the English Channel on her first birthday. But Sophie is convinced her mother also survived.

When the Welfare Agency threatens to separate her from her guardian and send her to an orphanage, Sophie takes matters into her own hands, starting with the only clue she has – the address of a cello-maker in Paris. On the run from the authorities, Sophie finds Matteo and his network of ‘rooftoppers’ – urchins who walk tightropes and live in the sky. In a race across the rooftops of Paris, will they be able to find her mother before it’s too late?

Hopeful, inspiring and thrilling in equal measure, this is a classic adventure story about pursuing your dreams and never ignoring a possible. You can grab a copy of Rooftoppers HERE 

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The highlight of the year will be the publication of The Good Thieves in paperback for the first time on 3rd September, a book already shortlisted for the Children’s Fiction Book of the Year at the British Book Awards.

Fresh off the boat from England, Vita Marlowe has a job to do. Her beloved grandfather Jack has been cheated out of his home and possessions by a notorious conman with Mafia connections. Seeing Jack’s spirit is broken, Vita is desperate to make him happy again, so she devises a plan to outwit his enemies and recover his home.

She finds a young pickpocket, working the streets of the city. And, nearby, two boys with highly unusual skills and secrets of their own are about to be pulled into her lawless, death-defying plan.

Katherine Rundell’s fifth novel is a heist as never seen before – the story of a group of children who will do anything to right a wrong.

 

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You can find Marie-Alice Harel on Instagram or you can view her stunning online portfolio HERE, for more information about working with Marie-Alice please email info@arenaillustration.com

22nd July 2020

Anna Chernyshova Illustrates Calm Down, Cooper!

Brooms and dustpans at the ready it’s time for some canine chaos in Calm Down, Cooper! a witty rhyming romp written by best-selling author Lily Murray and illustrated by our very own Anna Chernyshova.

Cooper is top dog in his household, a real prize pooch, but when a mischievous parrot named Pandemonium joins the family things get chaotic pretty quickly. When Copper’s owners head out for the day leaving him in charge of protecting the house for the very first time he’s desperate to make a good impression. Despite good intentions, Pandy sabotages poor Cooper as the parrot’s increasingly exotic friends come to visit creating havoc and mess the likes of which Cooper has never seen before. Will Cooper manage to maintain a level head and manage the mayhem or will his owners arrive home to animal armageddon?

This vibrant fun-filled picture book will charm and delight young readers and beautifully showcases Anna’s enviable talent for creating lively, heart-string tugging animal friends.

Calm Down, Cooper! publishes with Buster Books on the 23rd July, you can grab a copy of this tale of unconditional love HERE. Anna will be painting Cooper and friends on to the windows of Heffers Bookshop in Cambridge on publication day and at The Alligator’s Mouth Bookshop on Monday 27th July.

Anna can be found on Twitter and Instagram and you can view her fabulous online portfolio HERE. For more information about working with Anna please email info@arenaillustration.com

Here are some sneak peeks of our favourites from Calm Down, Cooper!

 

Calm Down, Cooper! Illustrated by Anna Chernyshova

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14th July 2020

Bird People by Marie-Alice Harel

We celebrate the work of one of our newest Illustrators Marie-Alice Harel and take a closer look at her fascinating Kickstarter project Bird People. With her incredible passion, talent and attention to detail this unique project has been a phenomenal success, take a moment to watch her inspiration introduction to this project below.

 

Multi-award-winning artist Marie-Alice is a French author and illustrator based in Edinburgh, Scotland.

She was a Geosciences PhD and researcher before becoming a full-time illustrator in 2016. Marie-Alice creates illustrations for books, picture books, magazines, and works on character design for animation. She also makes artist books, another playful way to combine images and stories.

Her watercolours and drawings are regularly exhibited in galleries in the UK, the USA, and France. She teaches illustration at the Edinburgh Drawing School and organises workshops with galleries and museums.

 

 

The Bird People book is a collection of more than 80 drawings and paintings in pencil, ink and watercolour.

From simple sketches to more elaborate drawings and paintings, each one is a chance to explore universal emotions or themes from a new angle. Marie-Alice decided to pair each portrait with a symbolic element, a visual clue that can spark the imagination, by contrast or association.  There is no text in this book, but you’ll find soon enough that these birds don’t need written language to communicate. Each spread invites the viewer’s imagination to develop the story, and small echoes and narratives propagate throughout the pages.

“These past few years, bird characters have been creeping into my illustrations with alarming frequency. Whatever their position on the human-animal spectrum, their unassuming but persistent gazes kept asking me to spend more time with them. They are quite convincing and also excellent company, so I did. I started drawing bird portraits more regularly. It began as an exercise to kindle my love of drawing and relax at the end of the day. And then, as one does, I got carried away.” – Marie-Alice Harel

 

Here is a small selection of some of our favourite illustrations from this breath-taking book.

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Illustration from Bird People by Marie-Alice Harel

 

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Illustration from Bird People by Marie-Alice Harel

 

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Illustration from Bird People by Marie-Alice Harel

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Illustration from Bird People by Marie-Alice Harel

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Illustration from Bird People by Marie-Alice Harel

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You can find out more about Marie-Alice and her work on Instagram or over on her website or you can view her stunning portfolio on our website HERE.

If you are interested in working with Marie-Alice Harel please email info@arenaillustration.com we would love to hear from you.

 

You can support Marie-Alice and her work by ordering your very own copy of this beautifully produced book HERE 

7th July 2020

Shark Super Powers Illustrated by Steve May

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water (or book shop) a brand new non-fiction book all about sharks emerges from the deep.

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Shark Super Powers written by divers and marine biologists Jillian Morris & Duncan Brake, illustrated by Steve May delivers a fact-filled extravaganza celebrating the amazing world of one of the planet’s most deadly predators. Published by UCLAN Publishing and with an introduction by environmentalist and television personality Steve Backshall this accessible and informative read will make a welcome addition to any library, classroom or the ideal read for an eager young fact seeker.

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Steve May paid special attention to the visual characteristics of the individual types of shark showcased on each spread, with each illustration approved by experts. From Great Whites to Cookie Cutter sharks and everything in between the wonderful world of one of the planet’s longest living species is really brought to life. You can’t fail to be impressed by the unbelievable information you will encounter in this aquatic read. Sharks that glow in the dark… Cannibal sharks… Armour plated sharks… Rays with strange shaped saws attached to their heads and these are just a few of the incredible species of shark we have swimming in our Ocean.

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Check out this fabulous review for Shark Super Powers on the Shark Trust website, a review written by Cat Gordon, Senior Conservation Officer and Alfie Gordon, shark fan (Age 9) HERE

 

Shark Super Powers has loads of really cool facts! I didn’t know that Swell Sharks glow in the dark or that Sand Tiger Sharks can fart! The intro by Steve Backshall is really cool too. The book tells you where in the world each shark lives and the facts are presented in a fun way that makes it great to read – they’re fast facts that are easy to remember. My favourite shark in the book is the Shortfin Mako because its power is super speed!” – Alfie Gordon Via Shark Trust 

 

You can follow Steve May on Twitter and Instagram or you can view his full online portfolio HERE. For more information about working with Steve please email info@arenaillustration.com