THE LOST BOOK OF ADVENTURE – REVIEW

This book could be a key resource for you if you’re a lover of the outdoors and have thought about brushing up on your practical skills for when we’re able to once again freely roam the world. Click to read the full review!

Everybody Counts – review

This book from Norwegian illustrator and author Roskifte is built around contemplation, the times where we take a step back from the world and become a spectator, observing the appearance and actions of others and use this to build a mental narrative of that person’s life.

Greta and the Giants – review

Greta Thunberg, the 17-year-old, Swedish school child who has become famous through her stand to save the world, has been cast in a fictional tale to help children grasp the concept of activism.

John Piper’s Brighton Aquatints – review

You wouldn’t have to be a resident of this most well-know of British seaside towns to feel attached to this elegant resurrection of John Piper’s pre-war aquatint artworks of Brighton.

Earth Shattering Events! – review

Earth Shattering Events! is fun, educational and equally entertaining to people big and small. As our world changes around us, understanding the events out of our control happening around us is increasingly important, and yet still overlooked.

Slanted 34 Europe – review

Slanted #34 stands then as a plea for a multi-faceted and vibrant Europe, with an impressively broad assembly of texts, photography, illustration, graphic design expressed through the full range of graphic mediums.

Gut Garden – review

Katie Brosnan introduces us to the microbes; the varieties that makes up the family, the microbes that live in human bodies in a state of mutually-beneficial symbiosis, and those microbe renegades that can make us ill or give us acne.

Ravilious Wood Engravings – review

Author, James Russell provides us with a fascinating overview of Ravilious’ life; his education, teaching career, work as a war artist and his experience as a commercial artist.

The Inner Child – review

The Inner Child is a short but sweet book all about that little person inside all of us that feels, hurts and plays as hard as ever: our inner child.

Shaun Tan on The Bird King, An Artist’s Sketchbook – interview

One of the world’s most popular illustrators, Shaun Tan – known for a series of fascinating picture books – has just published The Bird King, An Artist’s Sketchbook. A book containing ‘much fun, wit and wisdom’, according to our reviewer, Karl Foster, who spoke to Shaun about sketchbook vs tablet, the influence of his Australian location and how he pursues the use of scale in his artwork.

LOOK UP! Dapo Adeola – Insights into Children’s Publishing

Dapo Adeola is making waves in the community as a champion of the importance of equal representation in the publishing industry and wider arts. As an illustrator with two years in the industry – Dapo is outspoken in the call for more movement to support and include all illustrators and authors, particularly British BAME creators.

Little Guides to Great Lives: Stephen Hawking – review

This title joins a series of books, Little Guides to Great Lives. Part of the illustrious line up is Stephen Hawking, whose story is sensitively and energetically told by author Isabel Thomas and illustrator Marianna Madriz.

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.

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.

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.

Illuminatlas – review

This clever and intricate set of illustrations is a feast of interactive images in a relatively slim volume, bursting with facts and providing the reader with an immersive, surprising and fun experience.

The Power and Influence of Illustration – review

An extensively illustrated tome from Alan Male, who writes authoritatively on the subject, moving through eras to provide a survey that focuses specifically on the notion of the message, impact and significance of illustration.

The Graphic Design Reader – review

This scholarly and engaging collection of key readings provides an excellent body of work for those who wish to understand how the subject of graphic design is moving from a field towards a discipline.

What Does the Crocodile Say? – review

What Does the Crocodile Say? focuses on the first day of nursery, and kicks off introducing sounds with ‘The alarm clock goes Dringg Dringg’. This repetition of words carries on throughout the book – great for reading aloud.

Lichen – review

An affecting tale of a reindeer herdsman on an epic journey involving a snipey sprite, a vicious one eyed bear and a mysterious woman. All strikingly drawn by Stuart Kolakovic.