Izzy Gizmo – book review

Featuring a child genius making things that don’t work, Sara Ogilvie’s illustrations are full of idiosyncratic details that will definitely keep children engaged.

Flora: The Graphic Book of the Garden – book review

As someone who has occasionally got his soft illustrator’s hands dirty in the past, I can tell you that the advice in Flora is clearly laid out and very interesting reading. A gorgeous product, produced to a high standard.

Words and Your Heart – book review

Author Kate Jane Neal is new to the world of illustration. Her ink lines and use of colour are direct, free and lively. The emotional and spiritual resonances in the story are all encapsulated in the refrain “The little bit inside of you that makes you, you!”

Witchfairy – book review

Working with a limited colour palette adds a contrast of lightness and femininity to the otherwise dark and seemingly uninviting illustrated places the character explores.

What Did Alex See? book review

Inspired by Columbia Road, the East London flower market, this charming book covers a joyous week of discoveries for it’s young protagonist, Alex, in bright, flat colours.

Once Upon A Time – book review

What’s to be done when the village storyteller stops speaking? Follow the beautifully simplistic illustrations to find out.

Treasure Hunt – book review

This book encourages movement and engagement: it is task based and has a sense of accomplishment, and it does it all so charmingly too. This is not a thirty two page book for keeping on the shelf, it is 25 mini portable treasure hunts.

Illumanatomy – book review

Stunning 3D insights to the human anatomy by Milan based duo Carnovosky. Reminiscent of 18th century medieval drawings, they could actually be archival.

The Captain’s Alphabet – book review

An alphabet themed book whose spreads have an illustration on one side, and a nautical description for the letter on the other – humorous nonsense, facts and personal musings from the illustrator.

The Book of Black – review

The artwork presented in The Book of Black are drawn out of darkness, where light is used to reveal elements of an existing, albeit hidden, design; its qualities are exploited but always with great caution.

Pierre The Maze Detective – book review

This is a picture and activity book combined. The aim is to navigate your way to the top of the Empire Maze Tower before the dastardly Mr X can steal the Magical Maze Cube. Those who are easily frustrated with puzzles should take a deep breath before starting!

My Collection of Collections – book review

Fun is what this My Collection of Collections is all about, and there is enough variation within to occupy even the most distracted of children. The book showcases Chakrabarti’s strong personal illustrated graphic language.

Have You Seen My Giraffe? – book review

Where would you keep a giraffe? Well, they don’t give away goldfish at the fair any more; they give away giraffes (of course!). This wonderfully silly premise is full of funny ideas right from the start.

Nu Dang and His Kite – book review

Ayer’s picture books set out to give a form to her countless pen and ink drawings made travelling along the canals, in and around the markets, workshops and streets of Bangkok.

The Paper-Flower Tree – book review

Unusually direct gazes at the reader from the characters on the opening spread introduce the story of Miss Moon, a girl from a countryside village whose inhabitants are depicted making their living in the surrounding rice fields.

Summer with Monika – book review

Chris Riddell, with his customary deftness, forms a synchronicity with McGough’s poem text, joining the experience of close physical passion with the whirling, fleeting thoughts which accompany the sensations of love

The Cranky Caterpillar – book review

Ezra hears a disturbing sound and goes to investigate. We actually see the sound as it enters the room. What she discovers leads her on an adventure to support her new insect friend

Whose Eyes Are These? – book review

A clever and effective book of animal verse and contemporary art. The illustrations are bold designs with strong patterns and carefully considered colour schemes.

Hidden Museum: A Cabinet of Curiosities – book review

Hidden Museum: A Cabinet of Curiosities is a beautifully curated, intricately illustrated collection. The book itself is small enough to fit in a big pocket and has a dash of luxury in its silver foil details on the cover.

Women Who Kill – book review

The title of this book is still shocking even by today’s standards. We are still convinced that killing is something women shouldn’t do if they wish to remain feminine.

Champagne and Wax Crayons – book review

This is a memoir, a brutally honest account of the struggle of a creative individual, with whom Illustration students and recent graduates will be able to identify.

Slanted magazine: Helsinki issue – review

This is the most recent issue of Slanted – the Helsinki issue. With a seductively gleaming blue cover leading the reader into a wealth of content, it’s an interesting magazine to..