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13th February 2019

Steve May Laura Norder Sheriff of Butts Canyon

Howdy! why don’t ya’ll mosey on down to Butts Canyon, There’s a new self appointed sheriff in town Laura Norder. Aint no crime, commotion or nit-witted nonsense gets past her. But who’s that on the horizon it’s only lawless Duncan Disorderly and he’s got havoc in mind. Will Duncan follow Laura’s golden rules or has she finally met her match?

Here’s a tantalising little taster of this super readable story …

In Butts Canyon, there was one lawmaker that none dared cross. No not Portly Poundcake, the town mayor. No, not even the town’s sherif, who had a badge and an office with a fancy SHERIFF sign hanging above the door. No Butts Canyon was run by a ten year old girl by the name of Laura Norder. Laura’s only rule was that everyone followed the Golden Rules, a list of do’s and don’ts as long as a winding river. And that is exactly what the town folk did. But why? Why would anyone do what a ten year old told them to do? You wouldn’t ask that question if you’d met Laura Norder…

Laura Norder Sheriff of Butts Canyon is written by master of chuckles and Blue Peter Award Winner Guy Bass and illustrated with darstardly charm by Steve May Published by Barrington Stoke – Grab a copy HERE Psssst this book is particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant or dyslexic readers aged 8+.

You can see more of Steve’s work by visiting his online portfolio HERE  you can also follow Steve on Instagram and Twitter for plenty of sketch book sneak peeks and anarchic mayhem.

 

Steve May Laura Norder by Guy Bass published by Barrington Stoke
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Steve May Laura Norder by Guy Bass published by Barrington Stoke

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5th February 2019

Neal Layton hits the Big Apple with Emily Brown

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It’s time to take centre stage with Emily Brown and the Thing in Tall Stories Broadway adaptation of Cressida Cowell and Neal Layton’s much loved picture book.

This warm-hearted and witty take on a classic theme – being scared of the dark – Emily and Stanley find a ‘Thing’ crying outside their window. They embark on a series of adventures to find everything he needs for a good night’s sleep . . . but nothing seems to work. What is troubling the Thing, and why can’t he get to sleep? Parents and children the world over will recognise all the bizarre excuses a child can make to keep the light on and a parent in the room at bedtime, and this story shows how important it is to talk to children, and find out what is really going on in the complex depths of a child’s imagination.

The Tall Stories team have carefully crafted a beautiful tribute to the book with stunning sets, fabulous sing-along songs and a human sized Stanley!

Neal took to the sky and jetted off to New York this week to see the production at The New Victory Theater for himself and to meet the cast and crew behind this magnificent performance. Here are some photos from his trip and a trailer to give you a little taster of the magic this production has in store.

 

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The New Victory Theater is New York City’s premier nonprofit performing arts theatre devoted year-round to kids and their families and classmates. If you happen to be in NYC, you can find the theatre at 229 W 42nd Street, New York.

Grab a copy of Emily Brown and the Thing by clicking HERE 

You can see more of Neal’s new work by visiting his UPDATED online portfolio HERE or following him on Instagram 

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Neal Layton and his family visiting the crew

 

24th January 2019

The Super Side-Quest Test by Thomas Flintham

Super Rabbit Boy is back in his sixth game adventure in the best selling Press Start Series published by Scholastic’s Branches imprint, illustrated early chapter books that grow young readers! Written and illustrated by Thomas Flintham.

It’s always Game on with Super Rabbit Boy!

 

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Meanie King Viking has a new giant robot that’s more powerful than Super Rabbit Boy. How can Super Rabbit Boy win? Luckily there’s a Mega Wand that can help. But Super Rabbit Boy needs to search for gold, capture slimy slimes and solve a few puzzles to use the Mega wand. This quest is sure to put Super Rabbit Boy to the TEST!

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Super rabbit Boy is trapped! King Viking is pleased. “Ha! Ha! You’re not fast enough to beat my Mega Giant Super Robot! Now it’s your turn to blast off!

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Super Rabbit Boy turns around he sees a very friendly person. “Hello, little hero! I am Dave the Travelling Salesman. I have an item to help you with your problem.” Dave gives Super rabbit Boy the Mega Wand. Now he can save Animal Town.

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He jumps from tree branch to tree branch, higher and higher. Finally Super Rabbit Boy is at the top. He sees the missing key!

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A huge blast of battery powered energy bursts from the Mega Wand. It sends King Viking and his Mega Giant Super Robot flying! “It’s my turn to pick you up and throw you away”

16th January 2019

Worldwide Launch of GIGANTOSAURUS on Disney Junior

Jonny Duddle’s book Gigantosaurus has been made into a fantastic TV series by our clever animation friends at Cyber Group Studios in Paris. The series is directed by Olivier LeLardoux, who also worked with Jonny on The Pirates Next Door TV series. Jonny’s characters have been brought to life for the small screen by the talented animators at Cyber Group and will now broadcast to a Worldwide audience from Friday 18th January on Disney, who were production partners for the show alongside France TV.

 

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There have been sneak peaks of the show on you tube for a limited period online showcasing the theme tune, trailer and snippets from the episodes.

 

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Our four little dino heroes share their adventures with the enormous Gigantosuarus and a new cast of dinosaur characters, which Jonny also designed, we featured them in this post…

 

 

 

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Each of the four dinosaurs, Rocky, Bill, Tiny and Mazu has their own way of dealing with the challenges of life in the prehistoric era, overshadowed by huge characters these little dinos learn to shine in their own right. Rocky is a Parasaurolophus, who is a fearless daredevil who looks before he leaps head first into danger. Bill the Brachiosaurus is quite the opposite, scared of his own shadow and is likely to retreat at the first sign of trouble.Mazu is the world’s most inquisitive Ankylosaurus and always asks the question, “Why?” And Tiny, the carefree Triceratops has fun with everything and a sunny disposition.

 

 

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8th January 2019

Pinky Malinky a Total WIENER….

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Hotter than a hot sausage and like a wiener whirlwind the long awaited Pinky Malinky animations have now hit Netflix. Pinky Malinky is a banger of a new series featuring a young boy who also happens to be a genetically mutated Hot Dog.

Our hero Pinky sees the bright side of everything, including being born a sausage and with his BFFs Babs Buttman and JJ Jameson in tow, this little wiener takes a big juicy bite out of life.

Arena Illustrator Chris Garbutt was Co-Creator executive producer and Art Director on the series alongside creative partner Rikke Asbjoern, the series being based on and inspired by Chris’s animated short of the same name produced by Cartoon Network Studios Europe, which was released in 2009. Now commissioned for a second series we look forward seeing a whole lot more of Pinky on our screens very soon.

Chris’ love affair with doodling has taken him on an incredible creative journey that has explored such a diverse range of roles within the illustration and animation industries, working in London, Paris and now Los Angeles.

Chris’ illustrations are mainly produced digitally but usually begin life as silly doodles on post-it notes. Chris has worked with a variety of clients including Disney, Dreamworks, Walker Books, Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon, BT, Nestlé, Aardman Animations, Oddbins, BBC, M&S, Sainsbury, Scholastic and Vodafone.

Whet your appetite by perusing these amazing stills from the series, including backgrounds and character development work.

Check out Pinky and his pals without delay over on the Netflix website

Pinky Malinky - Art Direction 'BG Design and Paint' created for Netflix by Chris Garbutt and Rikke Asbjoern

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Pinky Malinky - Art Direction 'Character Design' created for Netflix by Chris Garbutt and Rikke Asbjoern

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Background and environment designs from the Netflix Original series, Pinky Malinky on which Chris Garbutt is Co-Creator, Executive Producer and Art Director.

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Click HERE to view the official trailer

 

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You can read our Q & A with Chris HERE and we also highly recommend you check him out on Instagram and Twitter

View Chris Garbutt’s newly updated online portfolio HERE

 

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We’re going to sign off with this juicy little ear worm… you’ll be singing it for the rest of your life.

You’re welcome

 

Read more HERE on our VIDEO BLOG!