It is Time to Explore the World of AI with Neal Layton
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by Caroline Thomson
3d ago
Neal's latest book What is AI? explores the, as yet, little explored world of artificial intelligence. We all have LOTS of questions about AI. What exactly is it? Why is it such a big deal? Are there any risks? And how is it going to transform our lives?  Covering topics from metadata to ChatGPT, this book takes us on a journey through time from early calculating machines to AI algorithms of today that can recognise human speech and recommend TV shows. Putting artificial intelligence in context, What is AI?  also highlights just how incredible the human brain is and is sure to be dev ..read more
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Thomas Flintham has won the FCBG Children’s Book Award 2024
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by Tamlyn Francis
1w ago
We couldn’t be more delighted to announce that Thomas Flintham was the overall winner of the prestigious FCBG Children’s Book Award with PRESS START! Game on Super Rabbit Boy! Published in the UK by the team at Nosy Crow. Thomas Flintham, a lifelong fan of computer games (pictured above with his Gameboy in 1992) and his game alter ego, Super Rabbit Boy won in the Books For Younger Readers Category at a ceremony held in Birmingham. Having previously scooped the prize in 2016 with author Pamela Butchart for the Baby Aliens series, My Headteacher is  A Vampire Rat this was Thomas’s first wi ..read more
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Introducing Ancient Kingdoms and Lost Empires by Aleksei Bitskoff
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by Caroline Thomson
2w ago
Aleksei sends us back in time to seek and discover lost civilisations in his exciting new non-fiction project. We have been absolutely fascinated by Aleksei Bitskoff’s illustration work for Ancient Kingdoms and Lost Empires, a brilliant interactive, educational series for young readers. This new project perfectly showcases the work of Aleksei and his exceptional talent for creating highly detailed, enthralling and absorbing work. Initially exploring the Americas and Africa these books have echoes of Where’s Wally, featuring incredibly intricate spreads with infinite details to spot, puzzles to ..read more
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Learn To Draw Your Favourite Dinosaurs With Jonny Duddle
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by Tamlyn Francis
3w ago
In the 10th anniversary year of the publication of Gigantosaurus it’s time to sharpen your pencils and get ready to celebrate the incredible artistic talent of illustrator Jonny Duddle. We are primed and ready with the publication of Doodle with Duddle ‘How to Draw Dinosaurs’, a brand new book hitting the shelves this summer with Templar Publishing. Doodle with Duddle explores Jonny’s skill for character creation as readers are guided through some exclusive top scribbling tips from Jonny himself. This brilliantly accessible book contains step-by-step guides to drawing some of Jonny’s most well ..read more
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New Comic Book Astrochimp by David Walliams illustrated by Adam Stower
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by Tamlyn Francis
1M ago
Adam takes a creative lead in the latest comedy by David Walliams in Astrochimp, a jaw dropping space based comic book adventure for young readers.  Seat belts deployed, rocket launchers boosted, emergency banana in hand, you are about to embark on an intergalactic adventure with Astrochimp! as David Walliams and Adam Stower unite once again for this hilarious new graphic novel. Meet Chump an unwitting space adventurer who is whipped from his home at the zoo by NASA scientists who have plans to enlist him as the first chimp to orbit planet earth. Following a mostly successful launch there ..read more
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Euan Cook Illustrates Mission Microraptor for Chicken House
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by Caroline Thomson
1M ago
We’re celebrating the publication of the first book in a thrilling new all-action environmental adventure series by debut author, Philip Kavvadias, published by Chicken House. Mission Microraptor is a fast and funny story about two boys and a Microraptor in a dark, mysterious forest with a squad of army-trained mercenaries searching for them. What could possibly go wrong?  Falling behind their classmates on a school trip to the Alps, Finn and Milo stumble upon an egg buried in ice. Later that night it hatches and a 65-million-year-old baby is born: Arty is a Microraptor brought back fro ..read more
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Dotty Sutton Illustrates New Fantasy Adventure by Sam Copeland
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by Caroline Thomson
1M ago
We are so proud to announce the publication of  Waterstones Children's Book of the Month for May, Alex Vs Axel: The Impossible Quest by best-selling author, Sam Copeland, featuring illustrations by Dotty Sutton in her very first Middle-Grade fiction project. Award-winning illustrator Dotty has created a stunning cover treatment, including title lettering as well as a wonderful series of internal illustrations featured throughout. This far from ordinary story tells the tale of two boys in alternate realities who mysteriously swap identities and end up in each other’s worlds. Alex ..read more
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Natalie Smillie Illustrates New Magical Adventure Novel by Michelle Harrison
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by Caroline Thomson
2M ago
This week we are celebrating the work of Natalie Smillie as Twice Upon a Time, written by Michelle Harrison hits the bookshelves featuring Natalie’s fabulous cover and interior artwork. Natalie has a very special talent for character creation, and this truly comes to light with her numerous fiction cover designs. This spellbinding mystery adventure is brought to life with Natalie’s eye-catching cover concept which is sure to lead this a best-seller. An energetic and dynamic mix of colours and characters projects the action-packed nature of this brilliant story.  Natalie works digitally an ..read more
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Introducing The Tales of Bearona by Kristyna Litten
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by Tamlyn Francis
2M ago
Kristyna Litten whisks us off to Bearona with a brand-new dynamic duo in her gripping new graphic novel series. This week we are delighted to introduce you to a new detective duo from the pen of Kristyna Litten. We can’t wait to introduce you to Bearona to meet Grandpa and Ivy as they set about solving the mystery of the Flower Thief. This fabulous new series concept for younger readers cleverly weaves themes of environmentalism and conservation in a seat gripping narrative graphic novel format. With utterly absorbing landscapes, intricate cityscapes and a cast of intriguing characters making ..read more
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The Royal Mint Coin Design by Marie-Alice Harel
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by Caroline Thomson
3M ago
Marie-Alice Harel creates a stunning new portrait of Britannia for The Royal Mint. Every so often we get to share something truly special and unique with you. This week we are celebrating the work of Marie-Alice Harel who was selected to design a new portrait of Britannia for The Royal Mint. From Roman times to 2024 - Britannia has appeared on the United Kingdom's coins to symbolise the nation and its people. Each year, a new artist is carefully selected to reimagine Britannia and give a fresh take on the changing face of Britain. The selection process is a lengthy one and Marie-Alice was init ..read more
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