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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

4th September 2020

Celebrity joke book illustrated by Emily Fox

It’s a dream project for an illustrator when asked to create illustrations for a joke book and in this case, they picked wonderful super-skilled character creator Emily Fox to adorn the pages of TV personality, politician, and master of funny Gyles Brandreth’s hilarious new (bad) joke book.

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WHAT’S BLACK AND WHITE AND RED ALL OVER?

An embarrassed Penguin?
A sunburnt elephant?
A newspaper!?

Did those jokes make you laugh? Make you groan? Maybe a bit of both? There’s a lot more where they came from.

Collected here by jokesmith Gyles Brandreth are some of the best and worst jokes ever (plus a few riddles to keep you on your toes).

From ‘Knock, knock’ to ‘Waiter waiter’, with some funny elephants and giraffes thrown in for good measure, there’s also a bit of expert joke advice, so you can show others just how funny you can be!

 

Here is a selection of our favourite illustrations.

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What’s Black and White and Red All Over publishes with Puffin on the 20th August …Grab a copy HERE

 

You can find Emily on Instagram and Twitter or view her online portfolio here. For more information regarding working with her please email info@arenaillustration.com

2nd September 2020

Aleksei Bitskoff’s Sketchbooks & Life of Riley Published

Where do ideas come from?

We invite you to enter the wonderful world of Aleksei Bitskoff who is literally bursting with ideas: monsters, aliens & wizards, robots and shroom-bots, shamans, and critters of all kinds. Sit back and enjoy his cast of characters as they appear before our eyes from the pages of his sketchbook…

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You can see more Aleksei’s time-lapse videos over on his website HERE, and follow him on Instagram HERE.

 

NEWS JUST IN…

This beauty has just landed on our desk packed full of Aleksei’s illustrations – Life of Riley: Beginner’s Luck written by Simon James Green is published by Scholastic on 3rd September.

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Riley is not having a good week, bad luck seems to follow him and his life becomes a catalogue of disasters from wetting himself on stage during a school show, accidentally supergluing himself to his classmates to flooding his house and losing class 4’s pet rabbit! New kid on the block, Brad “super-cool” Chicago for some reason wants to be Riley’s friend! Can Riley get rid of the curse before Brad discovers he’s a walking disaster?

This is a laugh-out-loud adventure about a ridiculous amount of bad luck and one boy’s mission to get rid of it… Being cursed has NEVER been so funny, thanks to Aleksei’s hilarious illustrations.

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19th August 2020

Little Badman is Back! Illustrated by Aleksei Bitskoff

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Hold on to your hats, Little Badman is BACK. We are really excited to present Little Badman and the Time-travelling Teacher of Doom written by Humzar Arshad and Henry White and illustrated by Aleksei Bitskoff. Following on from Little Badman and the Invasion of the Killer Aunties this new book has already rightfully gathered some impressive advanced reviews…

 

“Wildly over the top and satisfying” The Observer New Review Children’s Book of the Month

 

Humzar has been having a few problems keeping out of trouble with his wayward pals so his Dad is taking charge and sending him to a special school in Pakistan. As you can guess things go wildly out of control and as always chaos unfurls in this hilarious new adventure.

 

But why listen to us bleating on about it, here’s little Badman himself to tell you a little more…

 

‘You’ve probably heard of me, right? Little Badman. No? Oh. Well . . . doesn’t Matter. You will do one day. I’m gonna be big.’

I’m Humza Khan, the greatest eleven-year-old rapper Eggington ever had. I’ve also faced deadly alien slugs, killer aunties and double maths.

But now, I (and my best friend Umer I guess) face something even scarier – my dad! He’s pretty fed up with us being naughty, so he’s sending us away . . . to school.

But this is not ordinary school. This is a special summer school in Pakistan, and man something weird is going on – someone has been messing with time!

Here is a selection of some of our favourite illustrations from this hilarious new book.

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Publishing with Puffin Books this month you can grab a copy HERE 

 

Here is a brilliant video showing Aleksei drawing Little Badman – so grab your pen and join in!

 

 

You can find Aleksei on Instagram and Twitter OR view his online portfolio by clicking HERE.

For more information about working with Aleksei please email info@arenaillustration.com