Commissioner: Bloomsbury
Date of publication / release: 02.10.2017
Graphic novel gurus, Kanako & Yuzuru have illustrated the latest two books in the Mission alert series, 'Lab 101' and 'Greyfields', available for pre-order and published by Bloomsbury this October.
Good Illustration / Silvia Sponza / Self-promotion
Spring has sprung and Silvia Sponza's character is busily tending to her window boxes.
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Commissioner: Auzou
Date of publication / release: 20.04.2017
Super cute illustrations by Maria Neradova in this fun Princess sticker book for Auzou Publishing.
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Commissioner: Barefoot Books
Date of publication / release: 20.04.2017
Cheerful and engaging digital collage illustrations by Christiane Engel in 'Baby's First Words', published by Barefoot Books.
https://youtu.be/jshXrA9Lahg
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Commissioner: Quarto US
Date of publication / release: 09.01.2017
ABC Love, the endearing new title by author/illustrator Christiane Engel is a must-buy for all the special little people in your lives. Pairing each letter of the alphabet with a word that teaches young children about important concepts like love, acceptance, affection, values, and warmth, this sweet new title is the follow up to Christiane's 'ABC Yoga'. Published by Walter Foster Jr.

https://youtu.be/t6gV7NXFuKg
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Commissioner: Little Tiger Press
Date of publication / release: 20.04.2017
Carmen has charmingly illustrated 'Bug Bear', a hilariously entertaining picture book by Little Tiger Press.
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Commissioner: Little, Brown
Date of publication / release: 01.04.2017

In Quino Marin's second wonderful portrait for this series of new editions for Little, Brown we meet a more mature and thoughful Katy. Her stubborn streak, however, is barely hidden beneath the surface in this fabulously subtle characterisation by the hugely talented Quino.


Second in the 'Katy' series, 'What Katy did at School' sees Katy and Clover attend the fictional Hillsover school which was based by author Susan Coolidge, on a real school in New Hampshire. In this sequel to the classic novel of American Childhood 'What Katy Did', the girls travel north, the landscape opens and alters; flat plains give way to high mountains and the air turns "cool and full of a brilliant zest, which the Western girls had never before tasted." 


 

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Commissioner: Little, Brown
Date of publication / release: 01.04.2017

Quino Marin's striking cover portrait for the newest edition of this much-loved story beautifully conveys Katy's determined and adventurous streak and combines this with a wonderfully subtle nod to the first edition that featured a procession of Katydid - a species of cricket - against a plain saffron cover!


In this enchanting tale by Susan Coolidge of 1872, Katy speaks with a charm and directness that remains as fresh as when it was written. 12 Year old Katy Carr is a scruffy and gangly tomboy who is forever getting into trouble, but a terrible accident that leaves Katie immobile and her slow and painful recovery, teach her to make the best of bad situations and to be a more thoughtful and loving girl!


Out now in addition to 'What Katy Did at School' - also with beautiful cover art by Quino!


 

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Commissioner: Scholastic
Date of publication / release: 01.03.2017

This month sees the release of this fabulously fun and feisty picture book retelling of a classic fairytale. Sumptuously illustrated by the amazing Barbara Bongini, ‘Beauty and the Very Beastly Beast’ sees the glamorous Belle leave her darling ‘Popsey’ and beloved sisters behind to live with the dreaded Beast! 

Barbara chose to depict these unique characters in 1930s setting and costume, beautifully complimenting the P.G. Wodehouse-style humour of the text and creating a truly wonderful backdrop to each humour filled scene! We think you will agree with Belle that, even when the beast is being beastly, it would be impossible to resist those huge sad eyes!

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Commissioner: Cricket Media Spider Magazine
Date of publication / release: 01.03.2017

Can you really have too much of a good thing? Two children discover that when that good thing is dragons, then probably the answer is yes! Giovanni Abeille’s stunningly beautiful work for Cricket Media’s short story ‘Too Many Dragons’ appears in the this month’s edition of SPIDER Magazine. With a subtle and sublime colour palate and striking use of texture and depth, these illustrations are sure to make this story a firm favourite with their young readers!


Giovanni, who studied painting at the Academy of Fine Arts of Naples, demonstrates his exceptional skills in characterisation in these pieces -  beautifully capturing Skoki’s deep longing for the little brown creature she has only read about in books - the Stink Bug! From tiny dragons entangled in her hair to huge dragons nesting on top of her family’s garage, Skoki’s frustration with her densely populated imaginary world can be clearly felt!  We can’t help feeling however, that Skoki should be careful what she wishes for next!

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