Benji Davies : Goodnight Already (HarperCollins)
Meet Bear. He’s exhausted. All he wants is to go to sleep.
Meet Duck, Bear’s persistent next-door neighbor. All he wants is to hang out . . . with Bear.
Jory John, author of All My Friends Are Dead, and Benji Davies join together to create this standout hilarious picture book that will make bedtime memorable.
Following his international success with The Storm Whale and highly anticipated succeeding book On Sudden Hill (both Simon & Schuster), Benji Davies illustrates this soon-to-be classic bedtime story with a charming twist on his distinguished style. A hilariously playful take on the friend who just won’t quit, sleepy Bear endures the annoying antics of his energetic neighbour Duck through beautifully designed and textured spreads.
Goodnight already! has quickly gained critical acclaim only having just been released in the US market earlier this week, and featured first on Buzzfeed’s 25 Ridiculously Wonderful Books to read with Kids in 2015.
Published 2nd December 2014 – Buy Goodnight Already! here
Lorena Alvarez : Noon Balloon (Parragon)
Over the city, high above the sea, into a storm, and through a sky full of airplanes, the Noon Balloon is off on a magical journey. Read along as the boy, girl, and little dog fly away for a truly magical adventure from the hidden treasures of Margaret Wise Brown, author of the children’s classics Goodnight Moon and Runaway Bunny.
Having joined Bright in 2011, Lorena Alvarez has gone from strength to strength in the publishing world – developing a bold digital style that has become incredibly sort after. Her ability to create animated and personable characters within colourfully intricate scenes never ceases to stun readers!
Published 26th December 2014 – Buy The Noon Balloon here
Connah Brecon: There’s this Thing (Philomel)
In this charming tale, one little girl would love nothing more than to share her heart with a little boy she has a crush on, if only she could overcome her shyness and tell him how she feels. She tries everything she can think of to get him to notice her. But in the end, it turns out that she didn’t have to do anything—he’d noticed her all along.
With its quirky humor and unique, child-friendly illustrations, There’s This Thing is perfect for fans of Oliver Jeffers, and for Valentines of any age.
Connah Brecon is one of our biggest stars in the US with his debut author illustrated titles gracing both the Philomel and Running Press’ lists (Frank! written and illustrated by Connah, was published earlier this year). With such success in the US, Connah has turned his attention to the UK where he has been championed by multiple publishers who are keen to secure themselves as his debut publisher this side of the pond. Watch this space!
Published 26th December 2014 – Buy There’s This Thing here
Pierre Collet-Derby: The Boulder Brothers: Meet Mo and Jo (Blue Apple Books)
This title offers a longer page count than picture books, but a lower word count than chapter books of the same extent! Mo and Jo are fun-loving cavemen whose antics will surely delight kids, especially boys. Follow them as they attempt to de-stink themselves, play hide-and-seek, and make fire…
But don’t be surprised to hear Boulder Brothers’ fans declare, “Me want more MO AND JO!”
Pierre Collet-Derby’s ability to seamlessly join amusing story lines with personable & dynamic characters is a skill he has honed through 10 years experience in the animation & video game industry in France, Canada & USA. Destined to big future success, Pierre is a constant doodler & a proficient children’s book writer, developing exciting stories for the trade picture book market but is also available to illustrate texts.
Published January 2015 – Buy Meet Mo and Jo here
Lee Wildish + Sue Hendra : Dave’s Breakfast Blast off (Hodder)
Dave is a big ol’ greedy guts. But oh no! His bowl is empty. The animals in the garden help him find other meals – but what will happen when he eats the dog’s food?
The answer will have you rolling around the floor with laughter!
The hilarious sequel to a modern classic. Written by Sue Hendra (winner of Sheffield Children’s Book Award 2014 with Spider Sandwiches – Bloomsbury – & creator of Channel 5 Milkshake’s new series Wanda and the Alien – Random House) and illustrated by Lee Wildish (the winner of the Overall Red House Children’s Book Award 2013 for Spooky Spooky House – Picture Corgi) Dave’s next instalment was always going to be a recipe for success!
Published 1st January 2015 – Buy Dave’s Breakfast Blast Off here
Benji Davies : Bizzy Bear Series (Nosy Crow)
On 9th January, Bizzy Bear is off on more adventures to explore the deep sea and even a dinosaur wildlife park. With clever sliders to push and pull, little readers will love to help him descend into the ocean, walk among giants, discover hidden treasure – all the while learning about the world around us (and the world no longer here!). Thrilling books for all fans of Bizzy and Benji alike.
Ben Mantle : The Best Birthday Present Ever! (Macmillan)
It’s Bear’s birthday and Squirrel wants to give his friend the best birthday present ever. But what do you give the bear who has everything, including the Mallow O’Matic 5000 Marshmallow Canon and the Amazing Pop-Up Castle Tent Which-Looks-Like-A-House-With Two-Floors? Squirrel has just the answer! A stick. Except it’s so much more than a stick . . .
Through Ben Mantle’s exceptional and sharp understanding of his creative tools, as well as his great work ethic, he is starting to see the buds of his own ideas bloom into flowers as his first author illustrated book, The Best Birthday Present Ever! comes out in January 2015 with Macmillan. Ben also has a further title with Random House USA and a 2 book deal with Simon and Schuster in the UK. On another list, Ben has developed an atmospheric, emotional style for a series of two books with Chronicle Children’s Books.
Published: January 2015 – Buy The Best Birthday Present Ever! here
To read more about Ben Mantle, read our most recent blog post on his illustration journey and development –