Bologna Children’s Book Fair

clabbertOlivia Lomenech Gill will be at the fair to meet potential copublishers of the book of Fantastic beasts commissioned by Bloomsbury Children’s Books. Here is her “Clabbert” which was used at the London Book Fair.

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The Rhythm of the Rain

rotr_spread_12gGrahame Baker Smith has cleverly told the story of the rain cycle in a picture book. In this scene, the animals are parched but now relieved to see the return of the rain in their valley.

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Jim Kay shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal

hp1_troll-spread_layersMany congratulations to Jim Kay, shortlisted for the illustrations in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, published by Bloomsbury. This is such a well-deserved honour. The book itself is by no means new but Jim’s ability to visualise a new Harry Potter world when the films had already done that with such success was an enormous task. His imaginative skills are extraordinary. Just look at how he showed the ghosts, and how he gave us some background information on the life of trolls. He is a miracle man.

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Phantoms of Fear

ff-ianWe have some of Ian Miller’s exquisite original drawings for sale from the Fighting Fantasy book “Phantoms of Fear”. They are substantial in size and they’re real classics of that amazing series.

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Fantastic Beasts at the LBF

lbfWatch out if you’re going to the London Book Fair this week. Olivia Lomenech Gill’s work for Fantastic Beasts has been displayed on the Bloomsbury stand. Here is the Chimaera and the Occamy. The book will be published in November.

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The Building of FTL1

the-rebuilding-of-ftl-1A classic painting revisited, by John Harris.

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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

voldemortAndrea Immel of Cotsen’s Children’s Library at Princeton University has written a review of the book and chosen many of Jim Kay’s best illustrations in the book to make her points. The above illustration is actually from Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone and it was even more powerful before Jim covered up part of the face at the publishers’ request.

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John Harris Pastels for Sale

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Often, these drawings where the ideas first appear are the most dramatic.

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Canary Wharf, then and now

canary-wharf-x-2-1987-plus-100217When Canary Wharf was just a sparkle in Thatcher’s eye, Paul Cox was invited by Punch to draw its early stages. Now he’s gone back, and found the same vantage point. The DLR (seen on the bridge, left) had to  be widened to even dream of coping with demand. The last twenty years have seen massive changes in London.

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Treasure Island – and Ian Miller

billy-bonesMany years ago Ian Miller was asked by Oxford University Press to illustrate one his favourite classics of all time. It had to be done in a fairly traditional style but it gave Ian the chance to draw many of the characters he knew so well. He’s now released the originals for sale, and you can see them here. Also some more from the Fighting Fantasy book, Phantoms of Fear.

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