The 2011 top ten rising stars of picture book illustration were announced recently and so we thought we’d give you a glimpse of the talent and the variety in illustration technique.
A Lovereading4kids 'Great read you may have missed 2011' selection. A Lovereading4Kids 'Debut of the Year 2011' selection. Winner of the top children's book award in Ireland in 2011 - the Bisto Award. Babies and Toddlers +. When Little Owl falls out of the nest he needs help to find his way home again. Luckily squirrel is keen to help but how does he know what Little Owl’s mummy will look like? Young readers will enjoy the entertaining confusion of mummies as squirrel misinterprets Little Owl’s description of his mummy. A touching story.
Daisy’s used to her parents not listening to her – they are always too busy. But, when a big purple rhinoceros comes right into the house and eats her pancakes she feels something must be done! A vibrant and heart warming story about a very vivid imaginary friend who is just too big not to be noticed!
All the best sights of London are affectionately brought to life as a little girl and her mother explore the parks, palaces, museums and cathedrals. Packed full of history as well as architecture and art, it is a serious guide which can be followed street by street. But the pictures on their own are also enough to bring the city alive to those who can’t be in it. The feeling of being right there is affirmed by the wonderful panorama of the River Thames which opens out from within the book.
This story zips along, keeping the pages turning as the protagonists whirl through a colourful sequence of zany scenarios - all great fun! Niamh Sharkey's style is all her own, her characters jumping off the page with inimitable vivacity. This title is definitely one to watch. You're in the right place if you want some gorgeous activity sheet packs for this title (click here to download) or to celebrate your own Picture Book Picnic with friends and family.
A Lovereading4kids 'Great Read' you may have missed 2011 selection. This book, based on the story of legendary jazz musician Django Reinhardt, is illustrated in a detailed and painterly style, evoking the Romany gypsy traveller lifestyle that the young Django (Jean) lived as a child, with old fashioned caravans and scenes round the camp fire. â€¨â€¨The boy Jean is taken over by ‘the Django’, who has a life of his own, makes Jean play and then damage his father’s banjo, and generally causes trouble. But Jean’s father, who realises his son must have musical talents, buys him his own banjo. The Django eventually disappears to leave Jean to develop his musical talents on his own – but with a suggestion that he may be hiding somewhere in the background whenever music is being played, dancing and singing along with Jean.
Striking illustrations cleverly carry the message about what is beautiful in this story that is also about a special friendship. When Spider finds that the reason Slug is crying is because he says everyone thinks he is so ugly, he decides to help Slug with the problem. Soon Spider and Slug are finding out what people think is beautiful – and why. As a result, Slug learns that beauty is how you see things – and that may have some nasty shocks attached to it!
Children’s Laureate Michael Rosen writes with great humour and economy in this delicious tease of a book. Just how much chaos can one tiny fly cause? Plenty! The great big elephant, the great big hippo and the great big tiger are all determined to get that one tiny fly. But, guess who has the last laugh? Kevin Waldron’s illustrations capture the humour of the unequal battle between big and tiny.
An entertaining tease of a story that is full of surprises. There are cats in the books – but they are longing to get out of it. Readers will enjoy the cats’ attempts at disappearing – and their joyful reappearance too. An original piece of story telling which makes interesting use of the pages.
A fabulous feel-good book about a pug dog with a big personality and even bigger dreams. Biff has no interest in doing dog-like things, he just dreams of being a ballerina. With some delightfully jaunty text coupled with some classic sketchy artwork from a terrific new talent in the world of children’s books this is sure to be a massive hit with children everywhere.
Henrietta and her dog frank couldn’t be more different! Henrietta can think of a million and one things she’d like to do when she grows up from making ice cream to being a mechanic. Frank only wants one thing: sausages. The contrast is amusingly shown; Henrietta’s hectic thinking flows across the pages while Frank’s simple thought of sausages is reflected in more images of sausages than you can imagine. Luckily, by the end, they have come up with one thing they could do together…
A wonderful story that celebrates make believe and imagination. Katie is given a cardboard box for her birthday. Jumping in she soon magics up all her favourite things including a wonderful birthday party and a great celebration. Can Katie put it all back again? Winner of Best Emerging Illustrator Award, Early Year Awards 2009 Lovereading4kids says: A truly magical debut from author/illustrator Katie Cleminson. When Eva is given a box of tricks for her birthday she becomes a master magician. Conjuring up the best animal musicians, party food and a very friendly polar bear, Eva has a an absolute ball with her new found talent. And something from the publisher too: Katie Cleminson’s books are very special things. They burst with wholly original, joyful artwork and stories that celebrate the magic of children’s lives, sparking their imaginations. Her debut picture book, Box of Tricks, uses colour in a bold, inventive way, grabbing children and adults alike and taking them on a journey to meet Eva – the girl who becomes a master magician, conjuring extraordinary delights out of her special box, including one incredibly adorable polar bear. A celebration of creativity and imaginative play, Box of Tricks was followed by Wake Up! – the story of one boy’s day, accompanied by some furry friends who show that maybe animals and people aren’t so different after all. This fun rhythmic read-aloud has lots for children to recognize and relate to. And we have more magic to come from Katie: watch out for her new book, Otto the Book Bear. It has high adventure, a tiny bear and a passion for books! Katie Cleminson creates worlds that children love to dive into; there’s so much to share, discover and be inspired by in them - we can’t wait to see what’s next!
Chosen by a stellar panel of judges, which included Children’s Laureate Anthony Browne and bestselling Charlie and Lola author/illustrator Lauren Child, the winners have been crowned the Booktrust Best New Illustrators 2011.
The Booktrust Best New Illustrators 2011 are:
Some of the illustrators may well already be familiar to you as our editorial experts here at Lovereading4kids had themselves picked up on some of them over the last year or two – it’s good to feel that our experts really are ‘experts’ too!
The final ten represent the best new talent in the field of book illustration today, each of whom demonstrates remarkable creative flair, originality, artistic skill and boundless imagination in their work.
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