Have you been out to the Met lately? The world famous Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York is known for its collection of extraordinary and timeless art from all over the world, and now that same classic sensibility can be found in their revamped children’s book area!
The Met’s new children’s book area contains a selection of some of the most beautiful children’s books we’ve ever seen, so of course we were absolutely beaming when we saw a few of our own titles sitting among some of the all-time greats. The whole area is spacious and well lit, which really allows you to immerse yourself in the worlds of these impressive picture books.
And that’s not all! We spotted the bright colors of Beautiful Birds as well as a pair of stunning Leporellos, Swan Lake and Eventually Everything Connects, at the Met’s stationary store:
We spoke with Lauren Gallagher, Book Buyer for The Metropolitan Museum of Art, about the children’s book area’s brand new look:
What brought about the big change in the children’s picture book section?
The big change came about due to a cocktail of ingredients, the most important one being that I was given broad curatorial freedom in my buying choices. Coming from an independent bookselling background, I’ve personally sold books to children and their families for many years, and for the first phase I chose to bring in both a combination of books I have had great success with, and new books that look like they not only might be appealing, but could become future children’s classics.
A very many thanks to Lauren for taking the time to chat with us! Be sure to check out the latest at the Met, and then spend some time in their fresh new children’s book section. The world-class museum is offering up some world-class picture books, a great little event for art aficionados and picture book lovers everywhere!
Brooklyn! The unstoppable Keith Negley will be at the wonderful Greenlight Bookstore in Fort Greene this Saturday at 11am for his patented brand of off the wall story time! Keith will be reading from his best-selling hit Tough Guys Have Feelings Too and he’ll be following it up with one of his always entertaining interactive Ninja drawing sessions. Bring some friends, it’s a great way to spend a Saturday!
Saturday, January 9th
686 Fulton St.
Brooklyn, NY 11217
In the first part of the One Day on our Blue Planet series, we explored the grassy plains of the Savannah with a little lion cub. This time, the temperature turns a lot cooler as we follow an Adélie penguin chick throughout her day in the Antarctic. Meet all kinds of penguins and other feathered friends as she waddles along the frozen coast and dive deep beneath the ice to find krill, fish and squid to eat… but watch out she doesn’t become food herself!
Ella Bailey stopped by and kindly answered a few questions about her beautiful new book for us:
1.It goes without saying that the Savannah and Antarctic landscapes are very different, but how did you go about showing this in the books?
The most striking (albeit obvious) difference that comes to mind is the climate! One is very hot, and the other extremely cold, and I ended up using very different colour palettes for each book in order to help convey these two extremes. Other than that, there was the obvious difference in the amount of foliage – that is, in Antarctica there really isn’t any. In fact, Antarctica is a far more barren landscape in general, so I had to find other ways of adding visual interest to the backgrounds.
2. And were there any surprising similarities?
Both areas seem to have a similar sense of vastness about them. In both the Savannah and Antarctica everything seems to be very large and spaced out, including the animals, so at times I had to sort of compress things a little bit so they would fit within the confines of a double-page spread!
3. How did you reference One Day on our Blue Planet- without travelling to the Antarctic, did you go to zoos or watch nature documentaries?
I did visit a zoo – unfortunately they didn’t have any whales, although I did see a few penguins! They weren’t the right species, but they were still very cute. I mostly watched some nature documentaries and clips, and used google images alongside certain websites. Some of the more obscure animals (I’m looking at you, Arnoux’s beaked whale!) were particularly difficult to find references of, although I suppose that is understandable considering where they like to live!
4. The books are non-fiction but you wouldn’t necessarily know it! What were the challenges in storytelling factual information to a young audience?
The main challenge for me was integrating the facts into the storytelling in a natural way, that didn’t feel too overwhelming, dry, or heavy-handed. I think we actually managed to do this by keeping the text itself to a minimum, and following the classic mantra of ‘show, don’t tell’! I also enjoy using the endpapers of the books as an extra, fun way of delivering information outside of the main story itself.
5. Which creators are you most influenced by? Both legendary illustrators and fresh new talent.
There are so many! Mary Blair is one of my all-time favourites, alongside Miroslav Sasek, Alain Gree and Charley Harper. For more contemporary illustrators, I am a big fan of Meg Hunt and Isabelle Arsenault, Marc Boutavant, Icinori, Kenard Pak… Those are just a few, I could go on for a very long time!
Take this little penguin home and grab your copy here!
The critics have been talking about Keith Negley’s Tough Guys Have Feelings Too and they love it! We’ve been so pleased to see so many positive reactions to this book, and we wanted to share a few of them with you.
Here’s what they’ve been saying (illustrations by our pal Louis Miller, a lil’ Tough Guy himself, age 5):
“A simple, stylishly illustrated picture book […] This appealing book makes the timely decision to hold the conversation about male emotions while everyone involved is in costume, performing some iconically macho role.”
–New York Times
“It teaches little boys that they don’t have to feel like Superman all the time. This book may actually go a long way towards dismantling rigid gender roles. For both men and women, crying can be considered a sign of weakness or hysteria — forcing them to repress this very natural emotional response. But Tough Guys (Have Feelings Too) wants to put an end to that right now. This is the crying revolution, and it looks like the next generation might actually grow up knowing it’s OK to have a good cry when you need.” –Bustle
“The title says it all. These tough guys are rendered in simple lines and shapes and colored in black and white, red, blue, and yellow, but they represent a broad range of virility. […] Negley’s debut is nonetheless sincere.”
“The concept alone was enough to see me part with the cover price, the fact that it’s as stunningly illustrated and printed as it is, well that’s just a bonus. The illustrations are big, bold and full of colour and portray the story so clearly that there’s almost no need for the text. The sign of a great picture book.” –Dads And Design
“The theme: yes. The design: yes. The snappy, bold, in-your-face look at tough guys plus the snappy, bold, in-your-face look at feelings: yes.” –Design of the Picture Book
“Make sure that your kids know it’s ok to express themselves with this subtle and funny book.” –Mr Fox Magazine
“With tongue firmly in cheek, artist Negley presents a roll-call of traditionally male role models performing various manly pursuits, all with one thing in common. They are heavy of heart and have a wistful look in their eye. Some even dare to shed a tear or two – or three” –My Little Style File
“A great book for helping children to recognise and understand their emotions, Tough Guys (Have Feelings Too) is an engaging conversation starter for all children, but especially for boys who will undoubtedly at some point be faced with this misleading gender stereotype.” –Junior Magazine
“I found that this book is a really nice way to bring up the topic of feelings and that everyone has them, it could easily be used as a starting point to discuss the subject of different emotions with your child, to reassure them, and to talk about appropriate ways of dealing with emotions, something many children find difficult.” –They Grow So Quick
“Our Book of the Week puts even the most lantern-jawed book reviewer in touch with his emotional side. Here’s the awesome “Tough Guys (Have Feelings Too)” by Keith Negley. It’s been a true delight to find a book that reassuringly pats us big strong super-tough macho guys (hah!) on the shoulder and says ‘Hey big fellah, it’s OK. You can cry, go on!'” –Read It Daddy
“It’s great to see something that positively explores the idea of sensitive males.” –Bambino Goodies
“Lovely, retro vibe to this simple line-to-a-page picture book that says it’s OK to care.” –Angels and Urchins Magazine (print edition)
“This is without doubt, the perfect book to get children to open up about their feelings and emotions.” –The Picture Books Blogger
We’re always happy to see people enjoying our books, and we want to thank the reviewers for all their kind words. We’d also like to give special thanks to Keith, of course, for putting together something really special with Tough Guys Have Feelings Too. Make sure to pick up a copy from our webshop and share it with the tough guys in your life!
It’s an exciting week for us because Keith Negley‘s coming into town!
The author of the wonderful Tough Guys Have Feelings Too, Keith will be making appearances at bookstores around New York and New Jersey to read from his Flying Eye picture book debut and to show off his illustrating abilities!
All of these events will be fun for all ages so bring along your friends big and small!
Minilab Studios is the brand new creative production company from Nobrow and Flying Eye Books, set up to make the most beautiful, engaging digital products that children can get their hands on.
We have just launched our first children’s app, Professor Astro Cat’s Solar System on iOS, which was based on a popular Flying Eye non-fiction picture book, Professor Astro Cat’s Frontiers of Space, by illustrator Ben Newman and quantum physicist Dr Dominic Walliman.
We have access to a large and valuable catalogue of IP through our sister companies, but we will also be seeking innovative ways to build our own stories, characters and universes to push the boundaries of gaming and digital education into new frontiers. We are looking for enthusiastic team members to help us do this!
About the role
We would love to work with somebody who:
– has 3+ years professional experience in game development with Unity (both 2D and 3D) and C#.
– is passionate about games and interactive media (children’s sector a plus).
– has a good understanding of mobile development and the relevant technologies, screen sizes and operating systems.
– is good at maths.
– has a head for good UX and slick UI.
– can competently use the Unity UI system to work across all screen-shapes and sizes.
– is keen to learn how to use new plug-ins
– has an understanding of animation, physics and particle engines.
– is comfortable animating with code.
– has a grasp of graphics editing software such as Photoshop, Illustrator etc.
– has shipped at least 2 mobile titles to market (iOS and Android).
– is able to give examples of previous projects and explain levels of involvement.
– displays tidy programming practices and can take care of optimisation/file size etc.
– always strives to make the best product possible.
– can be instrumental in planning out scopes of work.
– is a good communicator and works well within a creative environment.
– is forthcoming with new ideas and keeps abreast of tech news.
– familiarity with the Flash IDE.
– an eye for design.
– some knowledge of 3D packages such as Maya.
– an interest in AR experiences.
The role will be contract-based with a view to becoming a fulltime in-house member of the team at our offices in East London.
You will primarily be working alongside our lead creative as well as an animator.
Market rate salary based on experience.
Applicants must be able to work in the UK.
If you fit the bill and are interested in joining us on our exciting new foray into the world of digital, we would love to hear from you!
Applications should be sent to [email protected] stating ‘DEVELOPER APPLICANT’ in the subject field. Please include links to your best work and a bit about yourself.
Application deadline: Friday 23rd October 2015.
We will contact you by Friday 30th October 2015 if we would like to interview you.
We are proud to introduce Minilab Studios, the new digital production company that promises to follow the ethos upon which Nobrow Press and Flying Eye Books are founded. Minilab will provide the most beautiful experiences in visual storytelling, learning and play that children can get their hands on by working with teams of talented animators and developers along with expert academics and the best illustrators in the world in order to create the very best digital products for children that parents can trust.
Minilab has released its first app for children, Professor Astro Cat’s Solar System, featuring none other than Professor Astro Cat, the star of Ben Newman and Dr. Dominic Walliman’s best-selling Professor Astro Cat’s Frontiers of Space! With the app, Minilab has used delightful animations, bespoke audio and seamless interactivity to invite children (and their parents) to play and learn amongst the stars!
Never has a learning experience been more fun and dynamic, and we can guarantee that none have looked this good. With Professor Astro Cat’s Solar Systemdownloaded to your phone or tablet you can sign up for the Astro Cat Space Programme and join up with Professor Astro Cat himself (alongside his buddy, the tenacious Astro Mouse) to embark on fact filled missions to find out all about our solar system!
Here’s a COUNTDOWN to all the excitement that comes with Professor Astro Cat’s Solar System:
5 – EXPLORE the frontiers of our solar system and travel the vastness of space with just the tip of your finger!
4 – DISCOVER planets, moons, suns, spacecraft and everything in between. Get to the core of the matter with the special “unzip” feature!
3 – PLAY awesome jetpack challenges. Fuel Astro’s jetpack with your newfound knowledge! Can you make it to the top of the stratosphere??
2 – EARN cool medals for your collection. Get three stars in your jetpack challenges to win all eleven! Now’s your chance to impress your pals by being the most decorated cat in space!
1 – BUILD a rocket as you go. Winning medals creates rocket parts – you’ll need them all!
Emily Hughes, the amazing author illustrator behind the tremendously successful Wild and The Little Gardener will be visiting America and making a few stops to read to you and sign your books!
First up, Emily will be at the Brooklyn Book Festival’s Children’s Day, Saturday the 19th! She’ll be hanging out at Booth 15, the Nobrow & Flying Eye Books booth, from 10am til 2pm. She’ll also be doing a reading and a signing of her beautiful picture books at 11:30am at the Picturebook Stage at MetroTech Commons. It’s going to be a magical day filled with books and wonder so be there to help welcome Emily to the East coast!
Then on Tuesday, September 22, The Curious Reader in Glen Rock, NJ will be hosting a reading and arts & crafts afternoon with Emily from 3:30pm to 5pm. This will be a good chance to flex those creative brain muscles to make your own Little Gardener. Or maybe you’re more of a Wild-child?
Do you love Danny the charming, orthodontically-inclined hippopotamus? Of course you do! The hilarious hippopotamus has been captivating young readers everywhere and now you can meet one of his creators!
Edamama will be hosting Gwendal Le Bec this Saturday, September 12th at 11:30am for a super-fun read along that’s sure to put a hippo-sized smile on your face! Afterwards, you can hang out with Gwendal and he may draw your favorite animal in your own copy of Danny!
Edamama is located at 568 Union Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11211. The fun starts at 11:30am this Saturday, September 12th. We can’t wait to see you there!
Yesterday was a very proud day for Flying Eye Books as William Grill became the youngest winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal for 50 years for his beyond brilliant debut picture book Shackleton’s Journey. The Kate Greenaway medal is regarded as the greatest accolade an illustrator can receive, and is unique in that they are judged solely by librarians across the UK and has been awarded annually since 1956. Past winners include Raymond Briggs, Shirley Hughes and previous Children’s Laureates Anthony Browne and Quentin Blake- William was shortlisted amongst stiff competition including the current Children’s Laureate Chris Riddell. It also marks a first win for Flying Eye Books- having set out to publish the most beautiful, entertaining and awe-inspiring books for children, it is a real honour for us as well to have been recognised for this most coveted prize.
The judges said of Shackleton’s Journey, ‘The detailed small illustrations wonderfully bring to life the intricacies of life during the journey, whilst the breath-taking larger illustrations provide a strong sense of scale and highlight the enormity of the natural world. This is an exciting, quality book which provides a true experience and reminds us that it is the people, not the journey, that truly matter’.
We published the beautiful Shackleton’s Journey in April 2014 to celebrate the anniversary of Ernest Shackleton’s departure on “Endurance” across the Antarctic. William delivers a detailed visual narrative of this extraordinary and historical expedition.
William’s beautiful use of coloured pencils and vibrant hues place him somewhere on the artistic spectrum between Raymond Briggs and David Hockney, and his fastidious cataloging of every single detail of the expedition is nothing short of a Blackstock collection.
William evokes the atmosphere and intrepid excitement that would have surrounded the expedition with his impeccably researched and detailed drawings. Children will love examining the exploded diagrams of the peculiar provision taken or the individual drawings of the sled dogs or pack horses. This book takes the academic and historical information surrounding the expedition and teams it with powerful illustration for all readers to enjoy.
Our deepest congratulations to William, who is so deserved of this success and much more yet to come!
For more coverage of the win follow the links below:
Are you ready for ELCAF?? Well don’t go rushing off just yet – we’ve got some very cool people stopping by who would love to meet you! That’s right, we’ve got signings from some great Nobrow and Flying Eye artists, and we think you should stop by and hang out!
It starts on Saturday, with Victor Hussenot at 11am at the Nobrow stand in The Laundry, where he’ll be signing copies of his beautiful and ambitious new book The Spectators.
Then make sure to get back to the Nobrow stand at 2:30pm, where Andy Poyiadgi (Lost Property), Joe Sparrow (The Hunter), and Will Exley (Golemchik) will be hanging out and signing their brand new 17x23s.
Also, if you’re catching Sam Bosma’s talk at SPACE, make sure to stick around at SPACE where you can meet the man himself right after his talk. He’ll be signing your copies of Fantasy Sports at 4pm. Don’t miss it!
But wait! That’s only on Saturday! Sunday’s practically overflowing with signings and appearances, all at the Nobrow stand:
The fabulous Emily Hughes will be kicking off the Sunday festivities at the Nobrow stand in The Laundry. She’ll be in at 11am, ready to sign your copies of Wild as well as her latest book, the touching The Little Gardener.
Andrew Rae, author of the rockin’ Moonhead and the Music Machine will be signing books and banging his head at 1pm, then the always amazing Luke Pearson, creator of the beloved Hilda series will be coming in at 2pm to sign your books and maybe drop some hints about what’s next for Hilda?
Then at 3pm we’ll share some laughs with the very fun and very funny author of Adventures of a Japanese Businessman and the upcoming Pablo & Jane and the Hot Air ContraptionJosé Domingo!
All around cool guy Ricardo Cavolo will be closing out this full day of signings at 4pm to meet you and personalize your copy of 101 Artists To Listen To Before You Die. Finally one of the coolest Nobrow books is made even cooler! Be sure to thank Ricardo for making you the envy of all your friends and rivals.
It’s going to be a great weekend at ELCAF, packed wall to wall with a lot of fun and excitement, and of course, loads of great comics! Here’s that schedule again, don’t forget!:
11am Victor Hussenot – The Spectators (at the Nobrow stand)
2.30pm Andy Poyiadgi, Joe Sparrow and Will Exley signing their 17x23s, Lost Property, The Hunter and Golemchik (at the Nobrow stand)
4pm Sam Bosma – Fantasy Sports (SPACE)
11am Emily Hughes – The Little Gardener and Wild (Nobrow stand)
1pm Andrew Rae – Moonhead (Nobrow stand)
2pm Luke Pearson – Hilda series (Nobrow stand)
3pm Jose Domingo – Pablo and Jane’s and the Hot Air Contraption (Nobrow stand)
4pm Ricardo – 101 Artists to Listen to Before You Die (Nobrow stand)
We are absolutely delighted to be nominated for one of the most prestigious awards in children’s book publishing – the BOLOGNA PRIZE for ‘Best Children’s Publishers of the Year’. The prize is for our children’s book imprint Flying Eye Books, which we launched two years ago and through which we now publish around 15 titles annually. The Bologna Children’s Book Fair is the largest international fair of its kind with its award for Best Children’s Publishers being split into 7 geographical territories. It is a great honour to be one of only 5 publishers selected in the European Category.
To be considered for this prize after such a short time is a huge boost for our whole team and we would like to thank all of our editors, designers and staff for all their hard work during this time. Most of all we would like to thank our artists and authors – this nomination is for you. We would also like to take this opportunity to thank all of our colleagues at other publishing houses who voted for us – and indeed urge you all to vote for us at the fair!
Preparations for ELCAF 2015 are well underway; venue’s being confirmed, artists booked, programme getting finalised, applications flying in, and excitement building into its inevitable crescendo. Whilst we’re busy flitting about putting all the pieces in place we thought we should at least give you guys something to keep you going over the next few months. So, today ladies and gentlemen we are utterly thrilled to announce the artist-in-residence for ELCAF 2015 is none other than the multi-award winning illustrator Jillian Tamaki.
Jillian Tamaki is a Canadian cartoonist and illustrator. She is the co-creator of the graphic novel Skim (with Mariko Tamaki), which was listed as one of the New York Times’ Best Illustrated Books of 2008 and was nominated for four Eisner Awards. Her second collaborative work with Mariko Tamaki, the New York Times bestselling graphic novel This One Summer, received a Caldecott Honor (the first GN to be given the Caldecott nod) and won the 2014 Governor General’s Literary Award. Tamaki will be releasing a collected anthology of SuperMutant Magic Academy in 2015, published by Drawn and Quarterly. We cannot emphasise how thrilled we are to have such a talented and remarkable artist joining us to celebrate ELCAF 2015!
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