Oscar and Arabella Hot Hot Hot by Neal Layton


Oscar and Arabella Hot Hot Hot by Neal Layton

An unusually hot summer creates difficulties for the woolly mammoths Oscar and Arabella. Being so woolly means nothing seems to keep them cool. Another fantastic picture book about those two lovable woolly mammoths, Oscar and Arabella, from Smarties shortlist author Neal Layton.


Oscar and Arabella are endearing woolly mammoths who yearn for adventures as long as they aren't scary. Stone Age life can be perilous but there's fun too, and ultimately they have one another. Glasgow-based Neal Layton uses mixed media, including collage and felt-tip to create his anarchic books. Glasgow Herald This is a most original and inventive book, as well as being a good introduction to woolly mammoths and the concept of extinction. The illustrations are lively and simple and Oscar and Arabella are depicted in a cartoon style, while background detail, such as the graffiti in the cave where they are doing their prehistoric painting, adds some fun. The fonts used for the descriptive words are bold and provde a visual equivalent to inomatopoeia. 'Dark

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...with fun comic illustrations. family interest magazine Great splashy cartoony pictures of the mammoths and their chums accompany this original non-slushy tale. Fun for the four and fives. Newbury weekly news

About the Author

Neal Layton
Neal was born in Chichester in 1971. He wanted to be an astronomer, but then decided that he would become an artist instead. So in 1990 he took a Foundation course in Art and Design at Northbrook College of Art and Design, he then went on to do a BA in Graphic Design at the University of Northumbria at Newcastle. Neal graduated with special commendations for his course work and final project. In 1995 he studied for an Illustration MA at Central Saint Martin’s College of Art and Design, where he gained a Distinction. He has illustrated a number of books for Bloomsbury: Wicked Poems, Howler, Zartog’s Remote, Nothing Scares Us, Rover and The Photo, of which he is also the author.

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32 pages


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Publication date

16th October 2008



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