Introducing Noah, Noah…Noah and Noah and Noah…and Noah!?
Noah Scape loves dinosaurs and spaghetti with tomato sauce (who doesn’t). But Noah doesn’t always get what he wants and when school doesn’t revolve around dinosaur facts and lunch isn’t always his tried and tested favourite, well… enough is enough! It’s time for him to stop wishing and to decide on exactly what he needs; a world full of Noahs!
Steve’s trademark scratchy line illustrations bring an unrivalled level of hilarity to this beautifully observant story about the trials and tribulations of school life.
Barrington Stoke always pay keen attention to creating books which are particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant or dyslexic readers and this is just perfect for little readers aged 8+
Check out Steve’s awesome development sketches!
Grab a copy of Noah Scape HERE
Don some shades there’s a new detective in town, not just any old detective, move over Quincy, take a side step Miss Marple, the worlds greatest Flamingo detective has arrived and he is FAB-U-LOUS!
Fabio is a tricolour triumph so pour yourself a glass on pink lemonade and enter the zany streets of a small town on the banks of Lake Laloozee with Fabio the detective and his giraffe associate Gilbert.
Hotel Royale are hosting a magnificent talent show but there’s trouble afoot as the shows star turn an elegant jazz singing hippo named Julia mysteriously goes missing. Fabio and Gilbert pop their thinking caps on and get straight on the case.
Middle grade illustrated fiction never looked so zingy as Emily’s wonderful characterful illustrations are picked out in eye-popping shades of neon green and vibrant pink. The first in a new series Fabio will undoubtedly have budding detectives and animal lovers hooked from page one.
Sketch book sneak peek: Every book project starts with a huge amount of prep work in sketch books…
Character creation: There are a whole cast of critters in book one, each had to be carefully crafted to reflect their individual characters.
Cover design: A huge amount of thought and care goes into creating the perfect cover to grab a readers attention, here is a small insight into Emily’s process for Fabio…
Given 5 minutes centre stage what would your special skill be in a talent show?
I think my special skill would be sketching random things from memory. In fact, this actually ends up happening in a lot of school and library visits. I’ve drawn many strange things on flip charts!
Are there any funny illustrative details we should look out for in Fabio?
The animals of Laloozee love to drink pink lemonade, and I found I had to draw a lot of it in this book… I think there are 21 glasses altogether.
Does drawing giraffes present some of the same challenges as that of drawing horses?
I don’t think drawing Gilbert the giraffe was quite as challenging as drawing a horse, for one thing he walks around on two legs like a human. I think capturing how animals move on all fours is the real challenge.
Behind the scenes:Check out this amazing process video!
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The Green Line is an instrumental album by Gilroy Mere, inspired by the buses that once linked central London to country towns in Kent and Sussex. You can read more about it over on the Clay Pipe Music blog here and follow them on twitter @ClayPipeMusic and Frances Castle on instagram here.
We’re celebrating World Book Day 2018 with a out of this world adventure by Pamela Butchart and Thomas Flintham in the latest mad cap adventure with Izzy and her friends. World Book Day marks the world’s biggest celebration of reading with over 1.2 million £1 book tokens distributed nationwide enabling 1 in 4 children to purchase their first ever book.
In this brand new completely exclusive book mayhem ensues as a baby with mind control powers and an unusual taste for school dinners visits Haroon’s class. You can find out more about The Baby Brother From Outer Space! here
Thomas’s bold, humour filled line illustrations feature throughout the story making this a perfect bite sized adventure for readers ready to be inspired by longer chapter books including the other 7 books in this series and Pamela and Thomas’s most recent full length adventure The Phantom Lollipop Man! Also published by Nosy Crow, you can read more about it here on our blog.
Look out for all 10 World Book Day books at your local book shop and if you happen to go to school on World Book Day dressed as one of the characters from the ‘Baby Alien’ series we’d love to see photos so tweet us at @Arenatweet.
A world of animals, colours, patterns and shapes are just waiting to be explored in Ziggy and the Moonlight Show, Kristyna Litten’s latest picture book creation.
You’ll be seeing stripes before your eyes as you enter a rose tinted world inhabited by lot’s of peculiar stripy creatures, a jungle filled with friendly faces where each Saturday evening the residents enjoy a magical moonlight show together.
Ziggy the zebra is very much looking forward to this special event when she is awoken by a strange “Hoo,Hoo” call of a startled bird and thus the adventure begins.
The duo find themselves in a race against time encountering ribbiting frogs, sleepy tigers, slithering snakes and wide eyed owls as they set out to find the little lost chick.
This stunning picture book will delight readers young and old with its inventive seek and find inspired visuals also cleverly observing just how many animals and plants have striped patterns.
A wonderful dreamlike celebration of bravery, empathy and most of all friendship.
This is Kristyna’s 3rd picture book with Simon and Schuster and beautifully showcases her unique hand lettering, her deft creation of engaging characters and her bold and distinctive use of blending and shading.
1 – Do you have a party trick or a hidden talent?
“I’ve always wished I could play a musical instrument like the piano or guitar, but sadly I’m pretty terrible at both. On the plus side, I’m surprisingly good at whistling, with my talent peeking at the songs of Mary Poppins and The Muppets – to the annoyance of those who I spend most time with.”
2 – Which spread from the book are you most proud of and why?
“I think it has to be the striped Frog spread -“ Ribbit. Ribbit.” I think it was probably because it was actually one of the most challenging spreads for me to get right. I’m usually all about simplicity, so to do a spread where there is quite a lot going on pushed me a little and gave me to an opportunity to add a little humour as well as plenty of texture. Which Is something I love playing with in my work.”
3 – Tell us a little known fact about yourself?
“I used to live with over 50 budgerigars as my dad had an Avery when I was little. No Hoopoes, but maybe why I still love to draw birds in my books.”
4 – Tell us about how you came to choose the beautiful subtle colour palette for Ziggy.
“Ziggy takes place during a full day as they search for baby Hoopoe. So I spent a lot of time looking at the colours and tones of different parts of the day. From the cool blues and pinky oranges of dawn and sunrise, through to the vibrant oranges of midday and rich purples as we move towards midnight. But the change is subtle and the palette is limited as I wanted the focus to be on their quest, and helped me to embrace the graphic stripes of the animals who feature on Ziggy and Mama Hoopoe’s Journey”
Follow Kristyna on Twitter @KristynLitten and find her on Instagram here…
Ziggy and the Moonlight Show will be published by Simon and Schuster. If you spot Ziggy out in the wild don’t forget to tweet us @Arenatweet
GRAB YOUR VERY OWN COPY OF ZIGGY HERE!