Learning to write is one of the most important things that a child at primary school will learn. Children use their writing in almost all other subjects of the curriculum and good writing also gives children a voice to share their ideas with the world.
For a child, learning to write can be a tricky business, not least because good writing involves handwriting, spelling, grammar and punctuation so we thought we’d inject a little fun and creativity into the mix with some fantastic new author and illustrator events.
Grab your home made crowns, tool kits and a pencil and paper, this week we’ve been out and about with King Coo creator Adam Stower road testing a brand new King Coo event.
Adam visited St Peter’s C of E Primary School for a series of specially designed events based around King Coo (and The Troll and the Oliver) to help young writers think creatively and unlock the crazy outer reaches of their imaginations.
With Adams help and the assistance of their class mates, pupils created the ultimate villain, some say even more dastardly than Ben Pole’s nemesis Monty. Bad Betsy is as mean as they come, with an eye patch, evil sidekick kitty, a poison cake and a dress filled with bombs! GASP.
The children at this event left school at the end of the day feeling inspired and excited by words and storytelling so If you think a visit from an inspiring creative would make a difference to the children in your school library or literary festival then please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about Adam’s availability and fees.
But don’t just take our word for it, how about this for an endorsement, received via Twitter from the thrilled parent of a child who recently attended one of Adams school events.
“You visited my Son’s School yesterday You inspired him so much that when he got home I ordered your book from Amazon. It arrived in time for our fleeting flight to Scotland this afternoon. He has actually finished your book King Coo” – A Mum (via Twitter)
UP-COMING EVENT NEWS:
You can see Adam in action with King Coo at Chip Lit Fest on the 28th April 4:00pm-5:00pm – Ticket information HERE
Buy a copy of King Coo in paperback published by David Fickling Books HERE
We’re bringing a little sunshine to London Book Fair this week with our brand new Spring 2018 Brochure. This seasons extended portfolio showcases some of the incredible talent represented by Arena in the illustrated fiction and non-fiction field.
You’ll find ancient warriors, winged horses, Nifflers, stunt bikes and spooks alongside lots of familiar faces. Capturing the imaginations of young readers as they take their first steps towards enjoying books independently has been made all the more magical with the increasing variety of highly illustrated series on offer so whether in search of action packed adventure, a bucket of giggles or a flurry of facts, illustrated books will continue to inspire young readers to explore the bookshelf and beyond.
This is just a very small taster of the incredible work being created by some of the most talented visual artists working in publishing today. This brochure features the work of the following illustrators, click on their names to view their complete portfolios.
Emily Fox, Anna Chernyshova, Chris Garbutt, Kristyna Litten, Adam Stower, Thomas Flintham, Neal Layton, Spike Gerrell, Steve May, Aleksei Bitskoff, Simon Bartram, Susan Hellard, Euan Cook, Joe Lillington, Frances Castle, Tomislav Tomic, Levi Pinfold, Alex.T.Smith,
If you require more information about any of our featured illustrators do drop us a line.
Tel: 020 8555 9827
Check it out in all its magnificent glory here…
Elliot Hooper’s life has got worse. To save his mum he must now go beyond the mortal realm on an odyssey of his own.
What of the heroes and monsters he’ll meet? Odysseus himself, Poseidon, a Cyclops or three, not to mention the ever-evil Daemon of Death. At least he has cosmic shipmates to help: Zeus, Virgo and Hypnos. Right?
This is no ordinary boat trip and it might just take them to the bottom of the ocean for a potion that may not even exist . . .
The raucous third book in Maz Evans’s divine Who Let the Gods Out? quartet.
Read a full extract HERE
Aleksei has created a strong cover treatment for this series with his bold silhouette style illustrations creating an iconic and eye catching look with leap off the shelf appeal.
Grab a copy of Beyond the Odyssey HERE
Read our post about the very first book in the series Who Let The Gods Out HERE
We’re thrilled to announce Adam Stower’s BRAND NEW updated portfolio over on the website you can check it out HERE, new highlights include King Coo, Animals Behaving Badly and that debonair little chap Piggy Handsome!
Adam’s hirsute heroine King Coo takes centre stage in this magnificent paperback, illustrated throughout with delightfully anarchic line illustrations a mayhem filled tale which will delight readers of all ages. Ben Pole and King Coo make a formidable team with the help of a biscuit scented wombat named Herbert they plot to overthrow Ben’s devious arch enemy Monty.
“A glorious romp of a story full of confusion and chaos but with a strong message about trusting yourself and standing up to bullies. Told in words and pictures, Adam Stower’s hilarious story is beautifully presented in this hugely attractive book”
To celebrate the publication of King Coo in paperback Adam has teamed up with the gang at The Phoenix Comic for two months of mayhem, each weekly issue will include a double page “Coo-traption” extravaganza solving a variety of seemingly unsolvable problems.
Readers will be given opportunity to design their very own Coo-traption to be in with a chance of winning a copy of King Coo signed by Adam Stower.
Here’s a sneak peek at the first three feature pages, the first is an ingenious devise for baffling bullies, in this case dastardly meanie Monty.
You can subscribe to The Phoenix here
Please note: No slugs were harmed in the making of this news post
Spring is in the air in Catch That Egg! and there’s a flurry of baby animals including Floppit and his gigantic furry bunny feet bouncing off the pages. This stunning bloom-filled picture book has been written by Lucy Rowland, illustrated by Anna Chernyshova and published by Macmillan.
Floppit’s farmyard friends have had enough of his enormous bunny feet and their constant tapping, jumping and bouncing
“Stop it, Floppit!” they sigh, every time he comes bouncing by, but his big clumsy feet might just save the day when Chicken’s egg runs away! From sleepy little lambs and calves taking their firsts steps to pigs in magnificent Easter bonnets everyone pulls together in the end to help Floppit catch up with the troublesome run away egg.
A charming farmyard romp full of the joys of spring and perfect for sharing over and over again.
We’re certainly hoping the the Easter Bunny delivers books as well as eggs this year so hurry up, catch your copy today and avoid disappointing any hot-cross-book-loving-bunnies.
Anna enjoys experimenting with different media and textures which she combines digitally. She draws inspiration from Soviet and American illustrators of the 1920’s to 50’s and is constantly inspired by the world around her, she particularly enjoys sketching the places, people and animals that she encounters on a daily basis.
Anna in well known for her charming character creations and here’s a little sneak peek into the process involved in developing an engaging picture book lead.
We’d love to see photos of your little bunnies and their favorite Easter books, don’t forget to tweet us @Arenatweet