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10th March 2018

Steve May Illustrates Noah Scape…

Introducing Noah, Noah…Noah and Noah and Noah…and Noah!?

Noah Scape, Can’t Stop Repeating Himself by Guy Bass and Steve May publishes with Barrington Stoke on March 15th.

Noah Scape illustrated by Steve May

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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!

Noah Scape illustrated by Steve May

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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.

Noah Scape illustrated by Steve May

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Noah Scape illustrated by Steve May

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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+

 

BEHIND THE SCENES

 

 

Check out Steve’s awesome development sketches!

 

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You can find out more about Steve’s work here, you can also find him on Twitter and Instagram, you could also visit his website www.stevemay.biz

Grab a copy of Noah Scape HERE

 

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7th March 2018

Fabio the World’s Greatest Flamingo Detective

Fabio the World’s Greatest Flamingo Detective written by Laura James and beautifully illustrated by Emily Fox publishes with Bloomsbury on the 8th March.

 

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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!

 

 

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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.

Fabio Flamingo illustrated by Emily Fox

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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.

Fabio Flamingo illustrated by Emily Fox

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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.

 

BEHIND THE SCENES

 

Sketch book sneak peek: Every book project starts with a huge amount of prep work in sketch books…

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Character creation: There are a whole cast of critters in book one, each had to be carefully crafted to reflect their individual characters.

 

Fabio Flamingo character designs by Emily Fox

 

 

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…

 

Laura James & Emily Fox at the book launch for Fabio Flamingo

Laura James & Emily Fox at the book launch for Fabio Flamingo

 

 

SPOTLIGHT INTERVIEW:

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.

 

You can find out more about Emily’s illustration work here, you can also find her on Instagram and Twitter or visit her fabulous website http://www.emilyafox.co.uk

 

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Behind the scenes:Check out this amazing process video!

 

 

Looking for some rainy day entertainment? Download your FREE Fabio activity pack HERE 

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If you read and love Fabio don’t forget to tweet us with #FabioFlamingo

 

 

1st March 2018

Arena March Calendar by Frances Castle

Arena’s desktop calendar image for March is this arresting image by Frances Castle from the vinyl cover illustration for record label Clay Pipe Music.

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.

The Green Line Illustrated by Frances Castle

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28th February 2018

Thomas Flintham – World Book Day 2018

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.

Beaming in from a galaxy far far away as one of the 10 specially commissioned World Book Day stories The Baby Brother from Outer Space! Published by Nosy Crow hits the shelves.

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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

The Baby Brother From Outer Space! illustrated by Thomas Flintham

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The Baby Brother From Outer Space! illustrated by Thomas Flintham

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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. 

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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.

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22nd February 2018

Kristyna Litten’s Ziggy and the Moonlight Show

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.

Ziggy and the Moonlight Show written and illustrated by Kristyna Litten

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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 and the Moonlight Show written and illustrated by Kristyna Litten

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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.

Ziggy And The Moonlight Show by Kristyna Litten

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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.

Ziggy And The Moonlight Show by Kristyna Litten

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Ziggy And The Moonlight Show by Kristyna Litten

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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.

 

Click HERE to read the AOI’s Ziggy and the Moonlight Show review

“Litten has crafted a tale that is entertaining, interactive and filled with playful ideas and charm”

Quick Fire Q & A

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”

 

 

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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