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13th February 2020

Get Spooky with Demelza & the Spectre Detectors

Get ready for a brilliantly inspiring new heroine from the pen of debut author and actress Holly Rivers with this fantastic cover illustration by Alex T. Smith… Appearing mysteriously like a spook from the other side we present Demelza and the Spectre Detectors published by Chicken House Books.

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Screwdrivers and soldering irons at the ready you are about to meet Demelza Clock, a kid with a passion for inventing. In fact, she loves it so much that she stays up late to work on her inventions, fuelled by nothing but enthusiasm and cheese and peanut butter sandwiches.

‘Lights out, Demelza!’ called Grandma Maeve from the bottom of the attic stairs. ‘And no sneakin’ out of bed to work on your inventions again tonight, d’ya hear me?’
Under her patchwork quilt, with soldering iron in hand and fully dressed in her lab coat, Demelza grinned. ‘Yes Grandma!’ she called back. ‘I promise!’

We join Demelza at a very interesting time, as she’s about to discover she has inherited a distinctly unscientific skill from her grandmother: Spectre Detecting. When Grandma Meave is kidnapped these newfound talents prove very handy in summoning the dead and with the help of her pasty-faced best friend Percy they attempt to crack this deadly mystery.

Read a longer extract HERE … if you dare…

This highly entertaining debut novel features page embellishments and a stunning eye-catching cover illustrated by Alex T Smith

After many years spent honing his world-class skills in people-watching, Alex T. Smith turned his hand to illustration, graduating from Coventry University in 2006 with a 1st Class Honours Degree. His passion for gazing out of windows has strongly influenced the eclectic, diverse and fun-filled characters that inhabit the pages of his books.

As a true master of both storytelling and illustration, Alex has created a clutch of best-selling and award-winning books for children. His skill for bringing characters to life makes Alex the perfect choice for action-packed publishing projects, we think you’ll agree that the cover for Demelza and the Spectre Detectors makes the book leap off the shelf and straight into the hands of eager adventure seekers.

With Alex’s portly pooch Claude becoming a huge hit stealing the limelight in his very own animated TV series on Disney Junior and ITV Be, we look forward to seeing more wonderful book to screen transitions from Alex’s cast of characters very soon.

You can find out more about Alex T. Smith and his work on his online portfolio HERE or follow him on Twitter for a daily dose of hilarity.

6th February 2020

Debut Picture Book by Graham Carter Shortlisted For The Waterstones Children’s Book Prize

We are thrilled to announce that Graham Carter has been shortlisted by Waterstones for their famous Children’s Book Prize.

Graham’s debut picture book, Otto Blotter Bird Spotter was published in hardback in October and the paperback is just released with a new cover design this month by Andersen Press.


Congratulations! Look out for more news in March and we’ll be keeping our fingers crossed.


3rd February 2020

Levi Pinfold visits the UK to celebrate Happy Potter Book Night

Excitement levels reach fever pitch this week as we celebrate the 6th annual Harry Potter Book Night, this particular celebration will be like no other as we welcome Harry Potter illustrator and Kate Greenaway Medal winner Levi Pinfold to the UK for a week long tour of events.
In case you missed it you can read more about Levi’s work on the covers for the latest celebratory editions of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire published by Bloomsbury HERE 
Levi will be doing three exclusive events in Bath, Coventry and London. He will be talking about his inspiration behind bringing some of the best-loved Harry Potter characters and places to life, as well as chatting about his process and other work. Levi will be joined by Jonny Duddle at the London event which is the first time both artists have done an event together.
This is a wonderful opportunity to hear from a world-class artist about the delights of working on J.K. Rowling’s magical world. Levi will sign books at all the events and free prints will be made available. We look forward to seeing you there.
You can book your tickets for each event at the below links:

Bath (Tue 4th Feb) – https://www.thebathhive.co.uk/new-events/levipinfold

Coventry (Wed 5th Feb) – https://www.albanytheatre.co.uk/levi-pinfold

London – (Thu 6th Feb) – https://www.waterstones.com/events/harry-potter-book-night-with-levi-pinfold-and-jonny-duddle/london-piccadilly-84230
For more information about Levi or Jonny’s work please email us info@arenaillustration.com 
And as a special treat, here’s a sneak peak at the interior portraits for each House Edition of Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire.
29th January 2020

Get ready to duck for cover, Adventure Duck is BACK!

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Just when you think you’ve defeated your last evil nemesis a giant evil walrus turns up looking for trouble. There’s no ducking out now – the space race is on and Adventure Duck must defeat Wicked Walrus in…. Adventure Duck Vs The Wicked Walrus By Steve Cole and Aleksei Bitskoff published by Orchard Books 

Our favourite feathered hero Adventure Duck fluffs up his feathers and heads to the North Pole where his ice-hearted enemy, Power Pug, has set up a secret space base. The pug’s latest hench-animal, a super-smart walrus, is building a rocket to blast his master to Mars. But if it launches, the whole Artic will be wiped out! Can Adventure Duck and his new friend – an (occasionally) invisible reindeer – stop Power Pug from expanding his evil empire in outer space?

Packed with hilarious line illustrations on every page these pacy read will be guaranteed to have independent readers rolling on the floor with laughter, this is the third and final Adventure Duck story so grab a copy HERE immediately.

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Born in Estonia, Aleksei loved to draw as a child and doodled all over his school books. Although he originally intended to become a teacher, his extensive travels brought him back to art. Aleksei studied illustration in London at LCC and Camberwell, where he received his master’s degree. Influences on his quirky, humorous illustrations include Tove Jansson and Russian animators. You can find out more about his work on his online portfolio HERE or follow Aleksei on Instagram and Twitter 

22nd January 2020

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire with illustrations by Levi Pinfold

The spellbinding magic continues as we present Levi Pinfold’s illustrated house editions of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, published by Bloomsbury on 23rd January.

Kate Greenaway award-winning illustrator Levi Pinfold brings J.K. Rowling’s epic fourth adventure to life, capturing the essence of her masterful storytelling with his complex cover designs. The central image depicts, of course, the Goblet of Fire which is carved of wood and spits magical fire when it is making its decision.

“Dumbledore now took out his wand, and tapped three times upon the top of the casket. The lid creaked slowly open. Dumbledore reached inside it, and pulled out a large, roughly hewn wooden cup. It would have been entirely unremarkable, had it not been full to the brim with dancing, blue-white flames.”

Each border pattern draws inspiration from the four Hogwart’s house Elements; Ravenclaw’s Beauxbaton carriage – represents Air, Hufflepuff’s Maze – represents Earth, Slytherin’s Durmstrang Ship – Water and Gryffindor’s Dragons from the first task – depicts the Fire element. Levi has created these stunning illustrations encapsulating the novel with iconic imagery across all four covers as well as some interior character portraits…


Levi’s exquisite and highly detailed creations will appeal to Harry Potter aficionados and those yet to discover these magical tales, which publish in these stunning must-have celebratory collectors editions.

Choose your house allegiance and grab a copy HERE

Harry Potter Book Night, now celebrating its sixth year is an annual event for fans young and old to come together to celebrate J.K. Rowling’s wonderful series and it also provides a chance to pass the magic on to new readers.

Join Harry Potter illustrators Levi Pinfold and Jonny Duddle for Harry Potter Book Night to celebrate all things Triwizard Tournament and hear how Levi and Jonny have lovingly and carefully imagined the world of Harry Potter at Waterstones London Piccadilly on 6th Feb – tickets available HERE

Levi Pinfold will also be at Waterstones in Bath on 4th Feb, tickets are available HERE.

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

You can follow Levi on Instagram HERE, visit his online portfolio HERE and watch an interview with him HERE.