Don’t Hug The Pug – review + interview

Don’t Hug The Pug is just the book for parents and kids to enjoy at an age when playing games is still an essential part of learning, where sitting on the rug with baby and pug (and bug…) is visibly the heart of the matter.

Suffragette: The Battle For Equality – review

As a book aimed at young people, it’s written in clear language by David Roberts that doesn’t shirk from incredulity at some of the staggering events and the reactions from men (and some women) in power as the campaign for votes for women continued on for far too long.

Hilda and The Mountain King – review

Populated by Giants and Trolls this multi-layered story has distinct threads to the Scandinavian folklore that Hilda’s creator, Luke Pearson, acknowledges as an inspiration, resulting in a latent darkness and obvious magic that lends a classic quality to the narrative.

Otto Blotter Bird Spotter – review

This highly detailed illustrated book alive with textures and vibrant imagery is from the hand of artist and printmaker Graham Carter. The main excitement comes from his spectacular bird illustrations: the vivid colour and dynamic shapes helps to drive the narrative and grab our attention.


The AOI is delighted to support the Faber Andlyn Prize for undiscovered BAME writers and illustrators. The first prize for illustration was awarded jointly to Sarah Christou and Simji Park..

Varoom 39: Finding the Middle – Joy Miessi

Joy Miessi transforms personal experiences into visual memorabilia through mixed media work. Both an illustrator and painter, Joy’s work reveals a varying range of themes, from past moments and conversations to intimate thoughts. In this article from Varoom 39, Aisha Ayoade talks to Joy about the concept of nostalgia and how the past is made present in their work.

Chromatopia – review

Chromatopia covers the history of colour development from prehistoric times, right up to new pigments being developed in later years.

Migrations: Open Hearts, Open Borders – review

Migrations is a lovely pocket sized book, filled with images and words from illustrators which encourage the viewer to mull on what it means to leave for a new, maybe safer, future. As relevant now as it was a few years ago at the start of its journey.

Varoom 39: Distant Memories

Joey Yu grew up in the UK, but as a child went to Hong Kong with her family most summers. In Varoom 39 she talks about her nostalgic feelings for these trips and her other travels.

Varoom 39: An A to Z of Alphaputt

Sennep Games’ Alphaputt is a mobile game that combines the studio’s passions for typography, crazy golf and pop culture from the 1980s and 90s. Shane Walter talks to creative director Matt Rice about how Sennep’s nostalgic fantasy world became a reality.

Varoom 39: Tracing History

Serena Katt talks to Paul Gravett for the Nostalgia issue about her graphic memoir of her grandfather, ‘Sunday’s Child’, which considers what we choose to remember and to forget.

Mum’s Jumper – review

There are few things more heartbreaking or traumatic for a child than to lose a parent. Mum’s Jumper attempts to tackle this agonising scenario, by telling the story of a girl trying to understand and cope with the death of her mother.

Cassandra Darke – review

Featuring an unlikely female anti-hero who is well into middle age and has hardly any redeeming features, with this graphic novel Posy Simmonds has put her finger on the zeitgeist, presenting to the reader a world no longer sure of itself, where pigeons always come home to roost.