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.
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.
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.
“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
There’s always room on the bookshelf for a new beautiful picture book about friendship and sharing and this delightful offering from author Frances Stickley and illustrator Kristyna Litten is a delight from start to finish.
In The Mouse’s Apples we find ourselves in an idyllic countryside setting on a warm sunny day with a plucky young mouse setting out foraging for apples. To the mouse’s surprise, she gathers a record haul of her favourite delicious fruit but before she has time to take a single tasty bite she is approached by a very grouchy very hungry bear. Our cunning rodent friend has to think quickly in order to foil the bear’s plans to steal her hoard of apples and the unfolding fable will have little readers whooping and cheering and she outsmarts the bear. A charming tale of friendship and the value of sharing.
The pastel palette with vibrant pops of vivid orange and dreamlike swathes of blossoms and wildflowers provide a breath-taking backdrop for this charming story. Kristyna has perfectly captured the characters’ emotive expressions and woodland landscapes unfurl with each turn pf the page. Readers are in for a truly immersive storytime experience.
Kristyna studied Illustration at Edinburgh College of Art and graduated in 2010. She now lives in a beautiful village in Yorkshire where she is heavily reliant on the good old pencil and a great big cup of tea to keep her going. She prefers to draw quickly to give an energetic line quality to her illustrations, often adding colour and other hand-produced textures digitally. Her sophisticated colour palette, interest in fashion, patterns and hand-drawn typography gives Kristyna’s work an originality that can be applied to all manner of illustration.
We are delighted to announce that Adam Stower has scooped the 2020 Alligators Mouth Award for Illustrated Early Fiction with King Coo and the Curse of the Mummy’s Gold (Published by David Fickling Books)
You can see him win the award here awarded by Nick Sharratt and watch his acceptance speech.
A panel of seven experts in children’s literature including Illustrators Nick Sharratt and Yasmeen Ismail together selected King Coo and the Curse of the Mummy’s Gold as the winner of the 2020 Award. With strong competition from the likes of Ali Pye and Alex Milway, this year’s shortlist showcased some of the most exciting illustrated fiction available for avid young readers.
“It is such a joy to win the Alligator’s Mouth Award. Illustrations play a huge part in my story-telling, so winning this award that celebrates highly illustrated children’s fiction is truly an honour. Thank you so much. I will treasure it.” – Adam Stower
Previous winner Yasmeen Ismail is a huge advocate of this award now in its third year commenting “It’s always fantastic to have children’s book awards, but in particular The Alligator’s Mouth award champions the sometimes underrepresented early fiction titles. It was a great longlist to read, and I am delighted that the shortlist we have chosen reflects some of the funniest and most heartfelt titles published recently. Regardless of who the winner is, I hope children everywhere will get a chance to read all of these great
The second instalment in the King Coo series finds our reluctant hero Ben Pole embroiled in a monumental plot to prevent a heist at the local museum. As we have come to expect King Coo and her trusty biscuit scented sidekick Herbert put their hair-brained Coo-traptions to good use in this hilarious slapstick adventure.
You can watch Adam read an excerpt from King Coo and the Curse of the Mummy’s Gold OVER ON OUR VLOG and you can watch Adam draw King Coo and Herbert the Wombat. Grab your pencils and join in!
You can purchase the entire award shortlist from the Alligators Mouth Book Shop by clicking HERE
A HUGE THANK YOU from all of us at Arena Illustration to the judging panel, Bright and the lovely folk at the Alligators Mouth Book Shop. CONGRATULATIONS ADAM!
Macmillan Children’s Books and independent production house Kelebek Media, founded by creative entrepreneur Deborah Thorpe, announce that they have completed an option deal for the rights to Alex T. Smith’s Winston, to develop as a special and an animated series. The Lion King Director Rob Minkoff is already on board and will also produce alongside Kelebek’s Thorpe.
Alex T. Smith says, “I am so delighted to be working with Kelebek Media on bringing How Winston Delivered Christmas to the screen. Winston and his kindness and bravery mean so much to me and I have been overwhelmed by the positive reaction to the book over the past few Christmases since it was published. I am thrilled by this new opportunity and can’t wait for readers to see Winston come to life in this beautifully animated adventure. I’m really excited to return to Winston and his festive world.”
Deborah Thorpe, CEO at Kelebek Media, says: “We are so thrilled to have the opportunity to adapt and expand on this charming, beautifully illustrated story working alongside the incredibly talented Rob Minkoff with his globally impressive track record We can’t wait to collaborate on this beautiful holiday tale together.”
Belinda Ioni Rasmussen, Publisher at Macmillan Children’s Books says, “We are really excited. When Alex started talking to us about Winston, we knew we had a classic in the making. Alex is a wonderful storyteller and his illustrations are second to none. We are very proud to publish him on the MCB list.”
You can view Alex’s online portfolio HERE or for more information about working with Alex please email email@example.com
The news was released in Variety on 24th January
Award-winning illustrator Thomas Flintham’s best-selling Press Start! series is about to transition from the printed page to the small screen as we announce that Cyber Group Studios (who also developed Jonny’s Duddle’s Gigantosaurus into a hit series) are set to bring Sunny, Super Rabbit Boy and pals to a whole new audience.
Since publishing in 2017 Thomas Flintham’s Press Start! series published by Scholastic has sold a phenomenal 2 million copies in the US alone and with Emmy Award-Winner Scott Kraft on board as Executive Producer and Head Writer, Cyber Group Studios are poised to create 52 x 11 minute exciting animated episodes.
“Thomas Flintham’s engaging characters and clever, fantastical Press Start! game-world are the perfect launch pad for an endless series of adventures. Super-excited to work with Cyber Group’s incredible artists to build an epic immersive video-game world for Sunny and friends to play in.” – Scott Kraft
Thomas studied BA Fine Art at De Montfort University and graduated with a distinction in his Masters degree in Illustration at Camberwell College of the Arts. Now based in Cornwall his work is influenced by his interest in all kinds of books, films, comics and video games.
“Since I was a kid, I’ve been a big fan of books, video games and animation, and I’m so excited that Press Start! is going to expand to cover three of my biggest passions. To see my work being turned into an animation is a childhood dream come true, and Super Rabbit Boy couldn’t be in safer hands than the super talented folks at Cyber Group Studios.” – Thomas Flintham
We are so excited for Thomas and Super Rabbit Boy and hope this animated series leads on to a whole new wave of Press Start! fans.
You can view Thomas’s online portfolio HERE or for more information about working with Thomas please email firstname.lastname@example.org – You can read more about the development of this animated series HERE