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30th September 2020

Prepare to board The Dragon Ark Illustrated by Tomislav Tomic

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Greetings fearless adventurer, it’s time to join a secret society of dragon protectors aboard The Dragon Ark!

A courageous and dynamic team of scientists, historians and librarians have come together under the guidance of The Dragon Protector to save the last of the dragons who have found themselves in desperate peril as their natural habitats are slowly being plundered and destroyed by humankind.

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The Dragon Ark is a sanctuary for any dragon needing help and a vessel of research and discovery. The Dragon Protector knows the whereabouts of every single species of dragon on every continent of the globe. Except for one – the exquisite celestial dragon. The search for the celestial dragon has been ongoing for centuries, but time is running out – it must be found before the most mystical of dragons becomes EXTINCT. Join the quest to save the rarest dragon on Earth.

Each spread explores a new location around the world, from Antarctica to New Zealand and everywhere in between, each habitat is home to a new species of dragon specially adapted to its environment in order to remain secret. With detailed studies of every variety of dragon and fascinating facts about their specialist adaptations, this book will have young dragon fans completely entranced.

Tomislav’s intricate cross-sections with Steampunk aesthetic, atmospheric habitats and fascinating maps, along with his magnificent dragons are all illustrated in such exquisite detail and richly coloured, making this a very special book – the perfect gift for any book lover.

Are you ready to step aboard The Dragon Ark and embark on the voyage of a lifetime? Here is a selection of stunning illustrations from this epic tale.

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Tomislav Tomic graduated from the Academy of Fine Art in Zagreb. His exquisite, intensely detailed pen and ink drawings, based on the renaissance engraving style, perfectly illustrate tales of magic and fantasy with an appeal to adults and children alike. His beautiful illustrations were featured alongside the work of John Howe, in the bestselling novelty book, Wizardology (Templar), and many other ‘ology’ titles.

We hope you enjoy exploring with us! From the beginning of October, you can bag your own copy of The Dragon Ark  published by Magic Cat HERE

You can view Tomislav’s spectacular online portfolio HERE for more information regarding working with Tomislav please email info@arenaillustraton.com

29th September 2020

World Book Day 2021 Announcement

We are beyond excited with the recent World Book Day announcement made at the Bookseller Virtual Children’s Conference, It’s a bumper year for Arena illustrators and we couldn’t be prouder.

 

World Book Day is a registered charity on a mission to give every child and young person a book of their own. It’s also a celebration of authors, illustrators, books and most importantly it’s a celebration of reading. In fact, it’s the biggest celebration of its kind, designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, and marked in over 100 countries all over the world.

 

Each year to coincide with Nationwide celebrations 12 specially commissioned books are published celebrating the best of children’s literature and illustration. These books are offered for £1 each or in exchange for a World Book Day voucher which school children of all ages receive through school and nursery placements.

 

Of the 12 titles which will be available in March 2021 FOUR feature the work of Arena illustrators! amongst an interstellar collection of brilliant books for all ages and reading abilities.

For the younger audience Jonny Duddle has created Gigantosaurus Dino-Spot, a fabulous dino spotting guide featuring familiar faces from his hit series Gigantosaurus (published by Templar Publishing), for middle grade comedy fans Aleksei Bitskoff has created some hilarious illustrations for a brand new Little Badman adventure, Little Badman and the Radioactive Samosa a hilarious romp written by Humzar Arshad and Henry White (published by Puffin)! For football crazy young readers there’s an awesome collection of 20 short stories in the new Football School Stories illustrated by Spike Gerrell,  for those older readers and mystery adventure fans Marie Alice Harel has created a stunning and atmospheric cover for the new Katherine Rundell, Skysteppers (published by Bloomsbury).

 

Jonny Duddle World Book Day Book 2021

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World Book Day Book 2021 Aleksei Bitskoff Illustrator

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World Book Day Football School illustrated by Spike Gerrell

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World Book Day Book 2021 Marie-Alice Harel Illustrator

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We are so proud to be involved in World Book Day 2021 and are thrilled with the work our fabulous illustrators have created as part of this special occasion.  Celebrations kick off on the 4th March 2021 but until then you can keep up to date with all the latest World Book Day announcements on FacebookTwitter, Instagram and their website. 

 

Click HERE to view Jonny, Aleksei, Spike and Marie-Alice’s portfolios, for more information about working with them please email info@arenillustration.com

 

 

23rd September 2020

Adam Stower’s King Coo is set for an all new space adventure!

We recently celebrated Adam Stower winning The Alligators Mouth Award for illustrated fiction with King Coo and the Curse of the Mummy’s Gold and now she’s back at it in a brand new adventure ….Launching into outer space with breakneck speed… King Coo and the Thing from Space

 

Something REALLY WEIRD is happening at Ben Pole’s school. There’s slime on the ceiling, a mysterious cheesy smell and the headmaster isn’t wearing any shoes! Ben and his best friend, King Coo, are on a mission to uncover the truth! But things aren’t what they seem… and what exactly is the THING from space?

Adam Stower The Thing From Space Illustrations

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Lavishly illustrated throughout this series published by the good folk at David Fickling Books goes from strength to strength. Adams exquisite skill for character creation and mesmerising detail draw the readers into the adventure as if they were there in real life.

 

Adam Stower The Thing From Space Illustrations

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We join familiar friends including Herbert the wombat and lots of new faces in this crazy inter galactic caper so here for your delegation and delight are a selection of our favourite illustrations.

Adam Stower The Thing From Space Illustrations

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Adam Stower The Thing From Space Illustrations

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Adam Stower The Thing From Space Illustrations

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You can grab your own copy of King Coo and the Thing from Outer Space HERE and be sure to check out the backlist if you haven’t already!

Adam Stower The Thing From Space Illustrations

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Check out Adam on Instagram and Twitter or view his new updated online portfolio HERE, for more information about working with Adam please email info@arenaillustration.com

16th September 2020

Get ready to PRESS START! with Thomas Flintham’s Rabbit Boy

With this best-selling series under development by CyberGroup Studios into a TV animation we are more excited than ever to present a brand new Press Start! adventure with Thomas Flintham’s Super Rabbit Boy’s Time Jump!

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Super Rabbit Boy must travel back in time to stop King Viking! King Viking has built a Super Mega Robot Time Machine! Now he has gone back in time to team up with his younger self, Prince Viking. Together, they want to stop Baby Rabbit Boy from ever finding the magical carrot power-up that turned him into Super Rabbit Boy. Super Rabbit Boy must go on a quest through time to stop King Viking from stealing his powers! Will he be on time to save the day?

 

This series is part of Scholastic’s early chapter book line, Branches, aimed at newly independent readers. With easy-to-read text, high-interest content, fast-paced plots, and illustrations on every page, these books will boost reading confidence and stamina. These gateway books are ideal for those keen to start reading fiction independently are a perfectly paced, highly entertaining, visual feast.

 

Buckle up, hold tight, get ready for a time travel adventure of a lifetime.

 

Here’s a sneak peek at Super Rabbit Boy’s latest escapade.

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There are several titles published by Scholastic in this rip-roaring series so grab your copies HERE 

 

You can find Thomas on Twitter or view his online portfolio HERE, for more information about working with Thomas please email info@arenaillustration.com

9th September 2020

GOAL! Football School Season 4 Illustrated by Spike Gerrell

Football School Season 4 Where Football Celebrates the World has finally hit the pitch. Written by Alex Bellos and Ben Lyttleton and Illustrated by Spike Gerrell, this best-selling series filled with fascinating football facts goes from strength to strength.

 

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So grab your passport and get ready to take a fascinating whistle-stop tour around the world with Football School season 4, packed with almost unbelievable true stories, real science, fascinating facts and it’s all about football! Discover when robots play football, where the highest ever football match took place, how referees keep time in matches and what llamas and professional footballers have in common. Exploring science, geography and magic amongst other subjects this series packs a fun-filled educational punch.

Illustrated throughout with Spike’s fantastically characterful spikey nosed creations Football School makes the perfect laugh-out-loud read for footie fans and reluctant readers keen to get into chapter books.

Here is a selection of our favourite illustrations from the latest Football School book.

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The Football School series is published by Walker Books and has its very own website crammed with activities, videos, extracts and photos. You can visit the website HERE 

 

You can find Spike and his fabulous work alongside some beautiful stone sculptures over on Twitter and Instagram. To view his online portfolio please click HERE or for more information about working with Spike please email info@arenaillustration.com