HOT OFF THE PRESS this week a brand new look edition of the Louis Sachar adventure Wayside School Beneath the Cloud of Doom (Published by Bloomsbury) From the basement to the thirtieth floor, Wayside is packed with quirky and hilarious characters this is an unmissable, irrepressible story of mixed-up mayhem from the bestselling author of Holes. Now featuring a brilliant bonkers new jacket and a selection of fun filled internal black and white line illustrations by Aleksei.
The book is set in Wayside School, an elementary school that was accidentally built sideways, being thirty stories tall with one classroom on each floor, but without a nineteenth story. The book focuses on the school as the Cloud of Doom, a large gloomy storm cloud, settles above the school, inciting bouts of anxiety and depression in the students.
We think you’ll agree this vibrant action-packed new look jacket definitely has ‘leap off the bookshelf’ appeal. Aleksei’s talent for character design really brings Louis characters to life.
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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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Here are some sneak peeks of our favourites from Calm Down, Cooper!
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.
If you are interested in working with Marie-Alice Harel please email firstname.lastname@example.org 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