Grandad Mandela – review

Illustrated by Sean Qualls in a mixture of painting, drawing and collage, the book reveals the highs and lows of Mandela’s life through a conversation between his daughter, Zindzi, and her questioning young grandchildren.

Nelson Mandela – review

Kadir Nelson brings us his personal take on the life of Nelson Mandela with his distictive paintings. A book designed to help young people appreciate the qualities of the African spirit and its origins.

Tony Ross: An Anty-War Story – interview

We talk to AOI Patron Tony Ross about his new anti-war book. Douglas just wants to fit in but in ant society you are what you are pre-destined to be, and the colony want him to be a soldier…

The Dam – review

The Dam interprets a father and daughter visit to the Kielder Valley before it was flooded in 1981 after the construction of a dam. Levi Pinfold’s illustrations are observed with precision, with the expansive use of skies looming high above the solid earth below.

Escaping Wars and Waves – review

Talking to Syrian refugees across many countries, Kugler draws and describes the interviewees environments and gestures in absorbing detail, with elements effectively picked out in the illustrations to accentuate and highlight. It’s an important book.

Erik The Lone Wolf – review

This story is a coming of age drama. It explores the desire to push at the limits set by those in authority in order to find themselves a place in the world.

Mary and Frankenstein – Júlia Sardà interview + review

A combination of fantasy and remarkable real-life events, this book is an exciting and empowering true tale with the drama and tragedy of Gothic fiction. Illustrator Júlia Sarda discusses her inspiration and reseach for the book, and also her use of pattern and colour.

The Walkabout Orchestra – review

It is the reader’s task for this playful book to help Maestro travel the world and track down each member of the orchestra in time for the big concert.

Up The Mountain – Review

A beautifully sensitive story from Marianne Dubuc about Mrs Badger and her regular walks up the mountain. Joined by a new young friend, the story explores what will happen as Mrs Badger ages.

Edward Bawden at Dulwich

Bawden’s evocative images have shaped a visual identity for mid century Britain, but this exhibition shows a further side to his work.

The Empty Space – review

A meditation on loss and the space left behind when someone (in this case, the character’s cat) is no longer around, from Marianna Sztyma

One House For All – review

A Latvian story of three friends, a horse, a raven and a crayfish setting up home together – a charming tale about friendship and compromise.

Wild World – review

Illustration duo Hvass&Hannibal are paired with Angela McAllister’s poems, with the most succcessful images able to enter completely into an imagined space.

The Last Wolf – review

Mini Grey has taken on Little Red Riding Hood, absorbed the story and repurposed the plot so it is more relevant for our present troubling times.

Ancient Warriors – review

War is hugely significant within the history of our species and this book communicates this without glamorising the blood, guts and gore. The illustrations have a depth and energy, giving an insight into the era and environment described by the succinct text.

The Extraordinary Gardener – review

Wishing to escape his drab normality, Joe plants a seed… The Extraordinary Gardener is a enjoyable dip into the wonders of imagination, hope and the natural world. There is much to enjoy about an adventure in these leaves.

Raising a Forest – review

Thibaud Hérem discovers the amazing sense of achievement, continuity and hope that can come from growing things for yourself. The book is a great way for “tree beginners” of all ages to start to appreciate them more fully.

Cannonball Coralie and the Lion – review

Easton draws upon familiar motifs from the circus, the greasepaint, the animals and the roar of the crowd with bright, simple and subtle illustrations. But what’s going to happen to Coralie at the circus?

The 5 Misfits – review

The 5 Misfits all live together doing things their own way, but the the Perfect One arrives… Alemagna’s work impresses with its inventive and majestically realised environments.

People of Peace – review

People of Peace celebrates the lives, acts and hopes of 40 of the world’s most important peace activists. Laid out in an Infographic style, the accessible layout and stylish simplicity makes the book a ‘Who’s Who’ of the human rights heroes.

My Worst Book Ever – review

This book is the result of two craftsmen at work – a rollercoaster ride of events describing one misfortune after another as Bruce and Allan attempt to write, illustrate then publish a book about a crocodile.

My Dad Is My Uncle’s Brother – Review

For a young child, understanding all the little nuances and quirks of human social behaviour must be bewildering. But this book will gently embed into their minds all the names we learn to give our relatives; auntie, nephew, cousin, step-dad etc.

Are You Sitting Comfortably? – review

As well as being great illustrations to view, these varied book illustrations by Edward Bawden are an inspiration in their strength of composition and sparing use of colour.

Looking After William – review + interview

Light, bright and happy, this is a charming story.”I was imagining a book where the words were opposite to the pictorial narrative, so that children could get a feeling of knowing something that their parent didn’t,” says Eve Coy.

That Fruit Is Mine! – review

What’s the best way to operate in the world – all by yourself or with a team of supportive pals? It’s elephants versus mice in this fun, charming story.

Reportage Illustration – review

With interest in Reportage continuing to grow, this book shows riveting work and provides a strong argument for the power of illustration as a witness and recorder of events through first hand observation.

L’Albero – review + interview

L’Albero is an exploration of trees that initiates children into the secrets of trees. Peter Allen talks to Caterina Gabelli of Studio Fludd about their experience of creating the book

Juniper Jupiter – review

It’s refreshing to see a female superhero, and especially a POC superhero, with a positive outlook. Although Juniper Jupiter finds that her job errs on the lonely side, and she sets off to find herself a side-kick. The only problem is finding one that matches her criteria.