Commissioner: Usborne
Date of publication / release: 01.11.2017

Zoe can't wait to visit the Frost Fair with her best friend, Astra, the fairy unicorn. But when cursed snowflakes begin falling, the unicorns are all turned to ice! Nuno’s enchanting illustrations transport us, once again, directly to the beautiful but troubled Unicorn Island in these, the 5th and 6th books in the thrilling Fairy Unicorns series for Usborne. Subtly contrasting the characters of Astra and her friends with the evil Shadow, Nuno’s great skill lies in his creation of a completely tangible world in which good and evil battle for control of the unicorn kingdom and where Zoe faces a race against time to save her best friend!  Perfect seasonal reading for newly fluent readers, Frost Fair and Star Spell are both out now!


 

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Commissioner: Parragon Books
Date of publication / release: 01.11.2017

Stomp, roar, doodle and draw with more than 100 brand new, hilarious and unusual dinosaur activities in this bumper activity book stunningly illustrated by the fabulous Gareth Lucas! It is clear from the gorgeous results that Gareth was in his element working on this project - sparking childrens’ imagination with his bold and distinctive style and inspiring the next generation of illustrators with some truly unique activities!  From doodling a dinosaur’s dinner to drawing the adorable inhabitants of some newly hatched dino eggs alongside a huge variety of colouring and puzzle activities - there is just so much for the budding artist to explore in this ROAR-some book!

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Commissioner: Macmillan Children's
Date of publication / release: 01.11.2017

Javier Joaquin’s arresting monochrome illustrations beautifully compliment this thrilling sequel! Bear Grylls’ fast-paced text telling the harrowing story of a captured young elephant, combined with the adrenaline pumping intensity of Javier’s realistic depictions of the challenges Mak and his friend Diya face in the jungle to set the terrified animal free, make this a real thrill ride for young readers! Javier says: "Drawing for Return to the Jungle was an adventure in itself. When I knew I was to work on the second book in this series, I got really excited as I really enjoyed working on first Bear Grylls story - full of action and suspense.


"Drawing animals is always a great assignment for me. In this marvellous story I tried with the different textures to convey the atmosphere of the jungle, even its sounds!"


Inspired by Rudyard Kipling's classic The Second Jungle Book, Return to the Jungle is an exciting contemporary action-adventure and is out now from Macmillan Children’s Books!

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Commissioner: Usborne
Date of publication / release: 01.11.2017

Barbara Bongini brings the magical story of the Snow Queen to life in her latest stunning magic painting book for Usborne! Can Gerda save her best friend from the icy clutches of the Snow Queen? Simply dip the brush into water and gently sweep it over the complex black and white patterns to reveal the story and see Barbara’s stunningly intricate illustrations magically burst into vibrant colour! From ugly trolls and ornate magic mirrors to friendly crows and beautiful princesses, this is a must for art lovers and fairytale fanatics alike!


Barbara Bongini brings the magical story of the Snow Queen to life in her latest stunning magic painting book for Usborne! Can Gerda save her best friend from the icy clutches of the Snow Queen? Simply dip the brush into water and gently sweep it over the complex black and white patterns to reveal the story and see Barbara’s stunningly intricate illustrations magically burst into vibrant colour! From ugly trolls and ornate magic mirrors to friendly crows and beautiful princesses, this is a must for art lovers and fairytale fanatics alike!


The Snow Queen Magic Painting Book is out now from Usborne!

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Commissioner: Fleurus Presse
Date of publication / release: 01.11.2017

These gorgeous images, in their radiant blue colour palette, are from Sophie’s latest collaboration with Fleurus Press and feature in this month’s edition of their hugely successful children’s magazine ‘Les P’tites Princesses’. Whilst a little witch is taking a disastrous broom driving exam (she has already fallen on the examiner!), she inadvertently wakes up a handsome but solitary and very grumpy dragon! Sophie’s playful humour and wonderful characterisation, combined with her instinctive use of colour, bring this adorable little tale to life as we root for the hapless witch to save her examiner from the testy dragon and pass her driving test! 

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Commissioner: Usborne
Date of publication / release: 01.10.2017

This brilliantly colourful ‘look and find’ book is teeming with jungle life! With bold and beautiful scenes to pore over and talk about as well as fun activities such as counting crafty crocodiles, spotting an adorable slipper-wearing sloth and matching pompous toucans’ beaks - what more could you wish for! Gareth Lucas has once again created an absolute show-stopper for Usborne, who loved his gorgeous work for this book so much that at this year’s Frankfurt Book Fair their stand was transformed into a magical jungle festooned with Gareth’s fantastic creatures! So what are you waiting for - swing by and get your copy today!

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Commissioner: Emme Publishing
Date of publication / release: 01.10.2017

Taking a well-loved tale and making it your own is no mean feat, but we think the fabulous Barbara Bongini has done just that with her sublime technicolour illustrations for the Italian publishing house Emme’s new illustrated and abridged version of ‘The Wonderful Wizard of Oz’! Aimed at a slightly younger target audience than previous editions, Barbara says of working with Emme for the first time:


“This publishing house is one of the most renowned in Italy for the quality of its publications. I was given the freedom to express my creativity with this project and was pleased with the confidence they had in me! I was inspired by the old movie with Judy Garland for the atmosphere and colours: using grey for the representation of the ‘real’ world and super-coloured hues for Wonderful Oz! The most fun thing in the book is the brightness of the colours that make Oz a truly magical world. I hope this book will be able to convey this joy to those who read it - this is my greatest desire.”


The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is out now!

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Commissioner: Albert Whitman and Company
Date of publication / release: 01.10.2017

 Bistra Masseva’s sensitive portrayal of these gentle and intelligent creatures is what makes this book so very special - from pure joy to utter despair and many emotions between experienced by Precious and Baba over the course of this sweet story. Bistra says of this stunning work:


“I have long been fascinated with elephants, despite being relatively familiar with them, the book still presented a twofold challenge. The first was to find a sensitive and appropriate visual tone for the illustrations, which was in tune with the seriousness of the subject, but without making them too depressing or frightening for children. The second challenge was to draw two elephants of the same species which are still distinguishable from one another.  It was a pleasure to work on Cheryl’s story and I felt part of a good cause – promoting elephant conservation awareness and showing children the value of friendship."


A heartwarming, sweet and evocative story, ‘Elephants Walk Together’ is out now from Albert Whitman and Co.

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Commissioner: Parragon Books
Date of publication / release: 01.10.2017

After last month’s segway into the gothic realms of growing skeletons in your back garden, the wonderfully versatile Victoria Assanelli returns to her roots this month with some beautiful work that reflects her unwavering love of the traditional fairy tale. These two new titles for Parragon’s ‘A Treasury to Read with…..’ series - Mummy and Grandma - see Victoria in her element tackling everything from cunning wolves and clever lambs to flying tortoises and vain crows in wonderfully rich detail and with her usual aplomb! 



Both treasuries are profusely illustrated with over 80 stories to share. From traditional favourites like The Three Billy Goats Gruff and the Ugly Duckling to new tales, this treasury is perfect for reading together!

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Commissioner: Harper Collins Children's Publishing
Date of publication / release: 01.10.2017

 Princess Kitty’s ‘palace attendants’ are throwing her a surprise party, at least, that’s what she thinks! But when the guests start arriving and no one is paying attention to the kitty of honour, fur is bound to fly! Featuring the whimsical and vibrant illustrations of Ella Okstad (a seasoned professional at illustrating all things feline!!), here comes Princess Kitty, a sweet and silly story about a kitty who learns to share the spotlight. Ella says of this cute project:


“Princess Kitty is a royal cat, (or rather she thinks she is). It took me a long while to figure out how she would look but, I think I captured her personality rather well in the end. She is posh looking but she still has the same mischievous look Squishy McFluff has. In that sense they are quite similar. I really enjoy drawing cats both visible and invisible ones.”


Out now from Harper Collins, the puuuuurfect gift for the cat lover in your life!

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