Commissioner: Egmont Publishing
Date of publication / release: 01.09.2017

This month sees us showcasing the last, but by no means least, thrilling batch of Michael Morpurgo covers stunningly illustrated by David Dean! This supurb final selection includes perhaps Morpurgo’s most famous novel, War Horse, told from the unusual point of view of Joey, a young farm horse sold to the army and thrust into the midst of war on the Western Front. This concept of unconventional perspectives runs pleasingly throughout this final collection of stories and is subtly reflected through David’s dynamic use of angle to create an exciting and unexpected view of each intriguing cover scene. From the boggy trenches of the Western Front to the crisp snow-capped Himalayas, David’s skill lies in depicting a world the reader is compelled to enter! So why not give in to temptation, pick a cosy spot and immerse yourself in a new landscape! All 7 titles are out now from Egmont Publishing!

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Commissioner: Heinemann Children's
Date of publication / release: 01.09.2017

Livia Coloji’s vibrant new reading book ‘Morning on the Farm’ is released this month by Heinemann and is simply bursting at the seams with adorable animals of every shape and size, with their day brought to life at each turn of the page through her adorable artwork! Children will learn the workings of a small holding as well as lots of farm and animal vocabulary, so why not indulge yourself with a morning on the farm? You’d have to be quackers to miss it!

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Commissioner: Macmillan Children's
Date of publication / release: 01.09.2017

 Get in the mood for Halloween with this beautiful, bittersweet story of love, loss and acceptance powerfully illustrated by the wonderfully versatile Victoria Assanelli! When Stanley Stanwright finds a bone poking out of the earth in his back garden, he is determined to take a picture of it and send it to the Young Discoverer's Competition, but soon the bone begins to grow into a skeleton with an unusual interest in his unwell younger sister Miren.

Victoria’s haunting illustrations are exquisitely on point for this unique contemporary folk tale, with her skeleton, Princy, striking the perfect balance between appealing and sinister. Her bold monochrome interior illustrations similarly echo the stark reality of a family in crisis whilst also skilfully managing to convey a quiet optimism, as she helps children navigate this story of humour and tragedy with a subtle and gentle hand. 

Victoria says of the commission:

'Working on the Skeleton Tree book was such a wonderful experience. I enjoyed the story and the characters immensely, and I loved having the chance to do something different from my normal type of work. I love princesses and fairytales, but I also really love creepy things...

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Commissioner: Old Barn Books
Date of publication / release: 01.09.2017

 We are hugely excited this month to bring you news of Alison Jay’s latest sensational picture book! Hot off the press and full of all the intricate details and wonder we have come to expect from Alison’s unforgettable, dream-like work, ‘Looking for Yesterday’ tells the delightful story of a boy whose grandad helps him to embrace happy memories of the past whilst learning to look forward to new adventures. Alison says of her second book for Old Barn Books that she has conceived as an original story:


'The book Looking for Yesterday was inspired by a radio program I was listening to about space travel. I was thinking how wonderful it would be to go back and re live our best days, and all the different way we could possibly go back in time. The story concludes however that if you spend all you time "looking for yesterday" you will miss any new experiences and ultimately today is the best day.'


Alison will be at this year’s Guildford Book Festival where she will help you illustrate your own best days on a postcard to the future! Out now from Old Barn Books!

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Commissioner: Litte Bee
Date of publication / release: 23.09.2017
Fans of the wonderful Ella and Owen series, illustrated by Iryna Bodnaruk for Little Bee, will be thrilled to know that book 5, 'The Great Troll Quest' is now available!
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Commissioner: Agemsoft
Date of publication / release: 02.10.2017
Maria enjoyed creating this super fun collection of illustrations for Slovakian publisher, Agemsoft.
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Commissioner: White Star Kids
Date of publication / release: 20.09.2017
September saw the launch of two wonderful new board books illustrated by Alessandra Psacharopulo - 'Happy Birthday' and 'Mom and Dad Go To Work!' - published by White Star Kids.
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Commissioner: Campbell Books
Date of publication / release: 01.10.2017
Take a journey into space with this fantastic new Astronauts book illustrated by Christiane Engel for Campbell Books.
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Commissioner: Maverick Children's Books
Date of publication / release: 01.10.2017
A touching, lyrical story about the love between fathers and daughters. Written by rhyming genius Lou Treleaven with splendid illustrations by Sophie Burrows, Daddy and I is perfect for bedtime with dads.?
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Commissioner: Penguin Random House
Date of publication / release: 02.10.2017
Talented author/illustrator Ekaterina Trukhan's charming new picture book 'Apples for Little Fox' for Penguin Random House is out now!

Fox loves to read mysteries—he wants to be a detective someday! He goes to the library every morning and collects delicious apples to eat on his way home. But one day, all the apples are missing! What could have happened to them? Fox is so excited to crack his first case. Follow along as he searches for clues and discovers a BIG surprise!  
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