The People Awards – review + interview

Illustrated by Ana Albero, this book celebrates equality with a set of ‘Awards’. Peter Allen speaks to Ana about the project – “I learnt that I have the endurance to complete much more extensive projects than I thought”.

Your Mind Is Like The Sky – review

How can mindfulness be presented to a child? And what is the solution to visualising mental health? Subtitled A First Book of Mindfulness, this book explains the idea to children with soft, subtle images from Laura Carlin.

In Blossom – review

Cat and Dog meet on a bench. The story and ambiguous end of the narrative suggests a book best enjoyed as part of a discussion of the subjects of friendship, thoughtfulness and relationships.

The Ink House – review

If you are an inker, a lover of traditional brush and pen methods or have aspirations to dabble in this medium then you will enjoy this book. The story doesn’t make a great deal of sense, but it doesn’t really need to, as it is whimsical, imaginative and fictional.

The Ear – review

With excellent illustrations and a story that foregrounds listening and empathy, The Ear depicts a journey to discovering self-worth for an appendage detached from her head.

Emmett and Caleb – review

For this story of two friends, Renon’s illustrations are produced in a very subtle style and colour scheme, and set a calm and steady tone which carry the words of the story brilliantly.

Shhh! – review

Barroux has created a lovely slow-down bedtime book, with a little boy’s animal toys leading the way to dreamland.

Treasure Hunt House – review

If you’ve ever wanted to shrink yourself down and explore a doll’s house, this book is for you. There’s a fun dimension added by the flaps throughout the book, which reveal interesting facts and help you solve the riddles on each page.

Sock Story – review

With Eleonora Marton’s friendly illustrations, the story of a pair of socks and what happens when one turns pink is quick paced with plot elements of identity, belonging and friendship.

Observe, Collect, Draw! – review

Observe Collect Draw! is a visual journal getting to the core of self-examination. It seeks to inspire the reader into using one’s personal data in order to develop creativity and to better connect with oneself.

Sounds of Nature: World of Birds – review

Robert Hunter’s clean lines ensure that each bird’s attributes are clear to see in the illustrations, while bringing a pleasing sense of movement within his compositions. And the bird ‘sounds’ are great!

The Bear, the Piano, the Dog and the Fiddle – review

Hector, a man of advancing years who has played his fiddle on the streets for a long time, finds his popularity as a performer has waned. And when his companion, Hugo the dog, takes it up (brilliantly) and is whisked away by Bear to tour, how will Hector deal with the loss of their friendship?

Becoming a Successful Illustrator – review

Providing guidance and advice on a wide range of topics, this is one of those books that is great to have ready on your shelf, to return to time and again when you need a bit of clarity or inspiration.

Little Wise Wolf – review

Little Wise Wolf learns much on his journey, and Siemensma’s paintings contain wonderful details. Wisdom does indeed come from book learning, but it also requires the scholar to step outside the door and be prepared for an adventure.

An Illustrated History Of Filmmaking – review

Written and illustrated by Adam Allsuch Boardman Published by Nobrow ISBN 978-1-910620-56-4 Reviewed by Karl Andy Foster If you want to know how film came into being and the medium’s..

Night Windows – review

Venema’s illustrations are engaging and enjoyable in this story starting with a young boy feeling overwhelmed and alienated by life in a strange new city. But after observing his neighbours things change.

Maps of the United Kingdom – review

A comprehensive overview of the people, events and idiosyncrasies that give this land its identity. Illustrator Livi Gosling tells us about the project (and her favourite county).

O is for old school – review

A life without books is Wack! An A-Z book that is playful and inter-generational in its outlook, with great images and a lexicon derived from one of the world’s most vibrant popular cultures.

Born Bad – review

“Wolf wasn’t happy being Wolf,” so what happens when he tries to change? This is Stephen Smith’s first picture book, utilising his bold cut-up style, and we learn about his process for creating the images.

Helen Oxenbury: A Life in Illustration

Helen’s life and career are effectively covered, and it’s a delight to be reminded of the work created over such an impressive career by one of the UK’s foremost children’s book creators.

Tossary of Terms – review

Tossary of Terms is a series of words or terms which describe the modern condition with an accompanying illustration. For example, ‘data barnacle’ is defined as a ‘Café customer who leeches four hours’ worth of free WIFI in exchange for shelling out two quid on a cup of fruit tea’.

Barbosa – review

From the 1920’s until his eighties, Barbosa created a wealth of illustrations. Many are collected here in an intriguing biography of an illustrator who came to epitomise Regency elegance.

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.