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9th October 2018

The Invincible Tony Spears Lost in Space by Neal Layton

Buckle up and get ready to blast off with the third bonkers Tony Spears adventure…presenting The Invincible Tony Spears Lost in Space, Written and illustrated by Neal Layton, published by Hodder Children’s Books.

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What would you do if you found a mysterious red button in your kitchen cupboard which could transport you to a spaceship? PRESS IT, of course! Lost in Space is a hilarious rip-roaring time travel escapade which might just end in disaster.

Safely chilling out on board his spaceship named “The Invincible” Tony hears strange noises coming out of his communicator…but what could it be?  A new alien life form or something a little bit closer to home? Whatever it is, the something is controlling the movements of the spaceship and Tony is sent hurtling at break neck speed towards a parallel universe inhabited by strange creatures called the Blue Bloos. If he has any way of getting home, he will have to work with his friends, old and new …

Brilliant bite-sized chapters generously and humorously illustrated make this a perfect gateway laugh-out-loud series for emerging readers.

 

 

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Lost is Space is OUT NOW so grab a copy HERE 

Check out Neal Layton’s illustration portfolio HERE or follow him on Twitter HERE 

 

5th October 2018

There’s a Yeti in The Playground – Illustrated by Thomas Flintham

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Get your winter clobber on and get ready for the 8th amazing Izzy Adventure from Blue Peter Award-winning author illustrator team Pamela Butchart and Thomas Flintham publishing with Nosy Crow this week.

Presenting There’s a Yeti in the Playground, Izzy and friends are excited! The snow is falling fast and they’re hoping they’ll all be sent home from school early. But then they hear weird noises in the playground, and find a big footprint in the snow… And that’s when they know! There’s a YETI in the playground and it’s HUNGRY!

A brilliantly funny series with a growing fan base of eager readers hungry for hilarity, Pamela’s writing accompanied by Thomas’s highly entertaining illustrations are a winning combination. Thomas works digitally, drawing straight into his computer with his Wacom tablet, and in the old fashioned way on paper with brush and ink and drawing pens. He has a very loose grip on reality, and enjoys disappearing into his own imagination in search of new characters, worlds and ideas to draw. His work is influenced by his interest in all kinds of books, films, comics and video games.

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Here’s a sneak peek inside…

 

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Grab a copy of There’s a Yeti in the Playground HERE - Read more Izzy adventures! Here’ they all are…

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Baby Aliens Got My Teacher
The Spy Who Loved School Dinners
My Headteacher Is a Vampire Rat
Attack of the Demon Dinner Ladies
To Wee Or Not To Wee!
There’s a Werewolf In My Tent!
The Phantom Lollipop Man!

View Thomas Flintham’s portfolio HERE - You can also Follow Thomas on Twitter and Instagram 

2nd October 2018

Between Worlds with illustrations by Frances Castle

As winter fast approaches, the nights draw in and the air begins to chill so what better book to curl up with than Between Worlds Folktales of Britain and Ireland a beautifully re-imagined collection of traditional tales woven together triumphantly by award winning author Kevin Crossley-Holland and Arena Illustrator Frances Castle (published by Walker Books).

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Between Worlds is both lyrically rich and delightfully strange, these eerie and magical folktales from across Britain and Ireland have been passed down from generation to generation, and are now gathered together in this definitive new collection. Dark and funny, mythical and earthy, these fifty stories are part of an important and enduring historical tradition that dates back hundreds of years. Described by Neil Gaiman as the “master“, Crossley-Holland’s unforgettable retellings will capture the imagination of readers young and old alike.

Arranged by theme each section brings together stories inspired by; “Magic and Wonder” “Adventures and Legends” Fairies and Little People” “Love” “Wits, Tricks and Laughter” and“Ghosts”.

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Each beautifully crafted story features Frances’s exquisite illustrations reminiscent of lino cut prints, picking out key characters and locations, whilst cleverly and playfully complimenting the text on the page.

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Here are some of the concepts and development work that Frances created for the cover of Between Worlds.

This visual feast will equally warm your cockles and chill you to the very bone. Grab a copy of Between Worlds Folktales of Britain and Ireland HERE 

 

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Frances Castle has been working as a freelance illustrator for over ten years after beginning her career in the computer games industry. She is inspired by comic book art and vintage children’s books from the 50s and 60s, and loves good charity shop finds of old magazines, books and packaging. She lives in north London.

View Frances’s portfolio HERE or follow her on Instagram HERE 

28th September 2018

Captain James Cook Folio Society Book Covers by Tomislav Tomic

Captain James Cook – The Journals 1768–1779 illustrated by Tomislav Tomic published by The Folio Society 

 

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Commemorating the 250th anniversary of Captain Cook’s first voyage, this sumptuous three-volume set of his private journals from The Folio Society with cover illustrations by Tomislav Tomic is accompanied by a full-size chart tracing the routes of his journeys.

Each volume is devoted to one of Captain Cook’s three pioneering voyages, and contains a concise and informative introduction, maps of the voyage and Philip Edwards’ unsurpassed selection of the journal itself (the third volume also includes a postscript on Cook’s death). All three voyages included scientific officers (including Joseph Banks, later to become President of the Royal Society) whose chronicling of the natural history they encountered added incomparably to the Western World’s scholarship.

Based on original material from the expeditions, Tomislav’s illustrations were heavily influenced by the artefacts and maps from that period resulting in complimentary covers based on flora, fauna, land and sea.

 

Stunning collectors editions which will add a sense of gravitas and impending adventure to any bookshelf.

 

View Tomislav’s portfolio HERE

 

Find out more about The Folio Society online here: Instagram @foliosociety Twitter @foliosociety Facebook @thefoliosociety

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20th September 2018

Mr Penguin is Back and He’s Headed for The Fortress of Secrets…

Grab a fish finger sandwich and a magnifying glass and get ready to head out on a second peril filled adventure with Alex T Smith’s Mr Penguin in… *dramatic drum roll* Mr Penguin and the Fortress of Secrets…Published by Hodder Children’s Books.

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With promise of bountiful cake, Mr Penguin and his arachnid sidekick Colin are requested to help solve the mysterious disappearance of a hamster by the name of Colonel Tuftybum. Mr Penguin is already in the thick of it on a case involving a gang of burly baddies and a precious stone but after a ride on a terrifying rickety motorbike and a dramatic plane crash they find themselves stranded up a mountain in the snow. Miles away from Cityville Mr P. is almost ready to give up all hope, especially when he can’t find Colin!

With an oscar worthy cast and the return of beloved Edith and her bumbag, parents and children alike will delight in joining Mr Penguin and his trusty gang on another magnificent adventure. Alex’s exquisite storytelling alongside his detail rich illustrations make for a winning combination to be enjoyed over and over again.

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Mr Penguin’s home-and-office –an igloo between two enormous skyscrapers in Cityville

 

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Mr Penguin’s cheerfulness vanished when he saw the crowd’s faces.

 

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Mr Penguin and Colin took a giant leap to catch it, but it was too quick and slithered into the hole.

 

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A little light snooping.

 

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Peruse Alex’s new portfolio at your leisure HERE or follow him on Twitter HERE.

 

Praise for Mr Penguin and the Lost Treasure:
‘Addictive slapstick’ - Guardian
‘The perfect introduction to mystery stories’ - Scotsman

 

If this series is new to you, you can grab a copy of book one Mr Penguin and the Lost Treasure HERE

 

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