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Showing posts with label children's books. Show all posts
Showing posts with label children's books. Show all posts

Thursday, 15 March 2018

Noah Scape - He Can't Stop Repeating Himself - publication day!

'Noah Scape - He Can't Stop Repeating Himself' by Guy Bass with illustrations by me is published today by Barrington Stoke. I previously worked with Guy on Aiden Abet Teacher's Pet

'Noah Scape loves dinosaurs and spaghetti with tomato sauce. But Noah doesn't always get what he wants and when school doesn't revolve around dinosaur facts and lunch isn't always his tried and tested favourite, well... enough is enough! It's time for him to stop wishing and to decide on exactly what he needs; a world full of Noahs!'

(I can honestly say, I don't think I've ever drawn so many versions of the same character in one book - probably a record on my part!)

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Imagine Children's Festival with Harry Hill

I had great fun at the Imagine Children's Festival at the Royal Festival Hall on Saturday 17th February with the very funny Harry Hill promoting his new book 'Harry Hill presents Matt Millz' illustrated by me.

Harry entertained the crowd with an hour of jokes, clarinet-playing mayhem & a joke contest, while
I was live drawing onstage - everything from dancing cucumbers, comedians' eyes to how I draw Matt Millz. I also discussed how my childhood obsession with drawing, dinosaurs & Doctor Who helped my decision  to become an illustrator (I realised I couldn't be a dinosaur when I grew up & I'm STILL waiting for the Doctor Who call!)

Afterwards we signed (lots of) books & posed for lots of selfies with the kids (I just about have the feeling back in my signing hand now!)

(Many thanks to Iain Sawbridge from The Beano for compering & saying some very flattering things & Hannah Love from Faber for all her hard work)
 My very own dressing room!
Drawing dancing cucumbers

Thursday, 8 February 2018

Revenge of the Atomic Burps publication day!

It's publication day for the 4th in the Pet Defenders series 'Revenge of the Atomic Burps' written by Gareth P Jones & illustrated by me & published by Stripes. It's another great inventive & funny read (& some of the pictures ain't bad either!) You can buy it here

Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Nearly Summer!

Well, not quite, but here's a glimpse of June from the Arena Illustration 2018 calendar featuring Noah Scape by Guy Bass & me which is published on March 15th by Barrington Stoke

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Matt Millz on BBC Breakfast

Harry Hill reading from his new book Matt Millz on BBC Breakfast today with lashings of lovely illustrations by me!

Monday, 18 September 2017

The Night Knight

My second collaboration with the brilliant Timothy Knapman The Night Knight is out now published by Oxford University Press. I previously illustrated Silly Name For A Monster for Tim

When Jake is woken by odd noises at night & is scared the Night Knight appears to help but will the Knight help Jake or will Jake end up helping the Knight?
You can buy a copy here

Monday, 11 September 2017

Cover reveal! Matt Millz by Harry Hill

Here's a look at the cover for comedian Harry Hill's new book Matt Millz which I recently finished illustrating.
I had great fun illustrating this hilarious story of Matt Millz' attempts to become the youngest stand up comedian in the world & will reveal more when it's published (promise!)

It's published on19th October by Faber & Faber & you can pre-order from here

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Escape From Planet Bogey published today!

Get your tissues at the ready because today sees the publication of Escape from Planet Bogey the third of the Pet Defenders series by the hilarious Gareth P Jones & illustrated by me. 
There's six books in total so this is the half way point of the series. 

The Pet Defenders Code: 1. The safety of Planet Earth depends on you. 
2. Humans MUST NOT know the truth. 
GOOD LUCK - you'll need it... Animals are disappearing from Nothington-on-Sea and the Pet Defenders suspect alien activity.
Secret agents Biskit and Mitzy find themselves caught up in the Planet Bogey Games.
Biskit suspects the contest might hold the key to finding his missing partner, Champ.
Can our heroes win the game? And what's more, can they get back home after?
You can order online it from here or even better get down to your local bookshop & get a copy from there!
As you can imagine I got through a fair amount of tissues during this extremely snotty job!

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Beards From Outer Space - published today!

It's BEARDAGEDDON! Beards From Outer Space the second in the Pet Defenders series by Gareth P Jones & illustrated by me is out today May 4th published by Little Tiger Press!

'The Secret Life of Pets meets The X Files - Pet Defenders are secret agents with a difference.
The humans of Nothington-on-Sea have no idea their sleepy seaside town is a hot spot for space invasions, and it's up to secret agents Biskit and Mitzy to keep it that way.
So when an army of alien beards arrive, the Pet Defenders need to act fact...If the Beard King gets his way, soon every living chin will be under his control'

For the making of this book I undertook some dangerous excursions into 'peak beard territory' by sitting in various fancy coffee shops in the badlands of Shoreditch & Dalston et al to risk life & limb by sketching various beards in their natural habitats to bring you the hirsute illustrative glory of this book. I hope you appreciate the kind of risks an illustrator like me selflessly exposes myself to on a regular basis to bring you these artworks!


Friday, 21 April 2017

Superdad's Day Off

 Superdad's Day Off by Phil Earle with illustrations by me is out now published by Barrington Stoke.

"Stanley is a normal little boy, whose dad just happens to be the greatest superhero on the planet. Six days a week, Dad saves the world from disasters, aliens, and bad guys. Friday is his day off and he always spends it with Stan. But one Friday, Dad and Stan meet a series of people desperately in need of Dad’s help! Soon Stan finds himself saving a lion stuck up a tree, rescuing a monster truck from a ditch and taking on shark-infested floodwaters. That’s right: Stan is a chip off the old (superhero) block!"

Was an absolute blast to illustrate & I'm pleased with how well it's come out, here's a few bits & pieces from the book.

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

It's Beardageddon!

As it's #NationalPetDay I thought I'd share a preview of the second Pet Defenders book Beards from Outer Space by Gareth P Jones & illustrated by me 

'There's a new mayor of Nothington-on-Sea and the bearded, sunglass-wearing politician has attracted a whole load of fans.
Soon everyone in the town is sporting a beard - even the women!
But these are not just any beards - the Beard King is in town and he's planning to conquer the world.'

It's out on Star Wars day (May the fourth be with you! Ouch!)

(Here is a picture of me with a rather feeble excuse for a beard but I rock the sunglasses ok!)

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Superdad's Day Off (sneak preview)

Shhhhh! Here's a sneak preview of Superdad's Day Off by the very funny Phil Earle with lots of nice colour pictures by me. It's published by Barrington Stoke on the 15th April & you can pre-order it here.
I'll write & post more once it's published. I've got previous form with superheroes so was BIG fun to illustrate!

Thursday, 9 February 2017

Pet Defenders published TODAY!

Pet Defenders - Attack of the Alien Dung written by the very funny Gareth P Jones with illustrations by me is published today (9th February) by Stripes. It's the first in a brand new series in which an unlikely pairing of pets Mitzy & Biskit protect Earth from an assortment of invading aliens. 

'The planet is under attack and it’s up to Pet Defenders, Mitzy the cat and Biskit the dog, to save the world but first they are going to have to stop fighting like cat and dog long enough to do it! Secret agent Biskit is really not happy that his new partner Mitzy is a cat – everyone knows that the two don’t mix. But saving the Earth must come first when the planet is being invaded.' 

In the words of the author "It's basically Men in Black meets Dogs & Cats meets Dempsey & Makepeace with a giant space beetle made out of cowpats." which was obviously music to my ears when it came to illustrating it, giving me the chance to draw lots animals & aliens which are some of my favourite things (& drawing poo is ALWAYS fun, right kids?)

You can buy it here or if you're lucky enough to have a good local book shop go & say hello to them & buy one there. There's also a theme tune performed by the great Mr Jones which you can listen to here!