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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

 

17th August 2020

A Flurry of Fiction From Parallel Dimensions Illustrated by Aleksei Bitskoff

We are celebrating a flurry of fabulously illustrated fiction titles this month including Me vs. the Multiverse Pleased to Meet Me, written by S.G Wilson and illustrated by Aleksei Bitskoff (Published by Penguin Random house US).

 

 

What if you suddenly met someone who’s you–only better? That’s what happens in this hilarious new series. It all starts with a note folded into the shape of an origami octopus: “Hi, Me. Yes, you. You’re me, and I’m you.” If you believe this and the other origami notes that follow, which middle schooler Meade Macon absolutely, positively does NOT – the concept of parallel dimensions is true, and there is a convention full of alternate versions of Meade waiting for his RSVP. It’s got to be a joke?
Except . . . the octopus is an origami fold Meade thought he invented. And the note writer has a lot of intel on him that nobody else should know. I mean, he’s told his best friend Twig a lot about himself, but he’s definitely kept mum about that time he sleepwalk-peed into his Lego container when he was six. Could Me Con be a real thing?

 

Sprinkled throughout with Aleksei’s character packed cartoon creations, readers will be rolling on the floor laughing as they witness the many varied faces and manifestations of ‘me’.

 

Here is a small selection of some of our favourite characters from Me Vs. the Multiverse.

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Order your very own copy of this rip-roaring bonkers read HERE 

Here’s a video of Aleksei talking to S.G. Wilson, author of Me Vs. The Multiverse including time-lapses of his sketchbook drawings as well as his Meade Macon characters. Aleksei talks about where he finds his inspiration and describes how drawing is meditative and gets him into a ‘flow’ state. Enjoy!

 

You can see more of Aleksei’s time-lapse videos HERE and his wonderful sketchbooks on his blog HERE.

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

12th August 2020

Aleksei Bitskoff Illustrates Action Packed Louis Sachar Series

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HOT OFF THE PRESS this week is a brand new-look edition of the Louis Sachar adventure Wayside School Beneath the Cloud of Doom (Published by Bloomsbury) now featuring a brilliantly bonkers new jacket and a selection of fun-filled internal black and white line illustrations by Aleksei Bitskoff. 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.

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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Wayside School Beneath the Cloud of Doom is published by Bloomsbury and you can grab a copy HERE

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

5th August 2020

Prepare for lift off with Rocket Boy illustrated by Joe Lillington…

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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.

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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.

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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!

 

You can view Joe’s out of this world online portfolio HERE or follow him on Instagram and Twitter.
For more information about working with Joe please email info@arenaillustration.com 

29th July 2020

New Look for Katherine Rundell

Rooftoppers has sold over 120,000 copies to date and weaves an epic adventurous tale, Everyone tells Sophie that she was orphaned in a shipwreck – found floating in a cello case on the English Channel on her first birthday. But Sophie is convinced her mother also survived.

When the Welfare Agency threatens to separate her from her guardian and send her to an orphanage, Sophie takes matters into her own hands, starting with the only clue she has – the address of a cello-maker in Paris. On the run from the authorities, Sophie finds Matteo and his network of ‘rooftoppers’ – urchins who walk tightropes and live in the sky. In a race across the rooftops of Paris, will they be able to find her mother before it’s too late?

Hopeful, inspiring and thrilling in equal measure, this is a classic adventure story about pursuing your dreams and never ignoring a possible. You can grab a copy of Rooftoppers HERE 

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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.

 

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You can find Marie-Alice Harel on Instagram or you can view her stunning online portfolio HERE, for more information about working with Marie-Alice please email info@arenaillustration.com