Monday, 18 March 2013

Bologna 2013!

Ciao amici! It's that time of year again, and here at PP we are working flat out to have everything prepared for my trip to Bologna Book Fair next week. With well over 40 meetings in 3 days, this year I have some truly exceptional project concepts from our wonderful illustrators and authors to show at the fair, as well as some brand new artists in the PP folios! I'm super excited to be taking these with me and, as always, we are extremely proud to be representing every single one of our fabulous artists! 
I just want to take this opportunity to thank each of you for all of your hard work preparing your concepts for me to take to Bologna. A fantastic job all round! Here's to a great Bologna 2013! A presto! Han x

Check out more info about this year's fair here.

Wednesday, 13 March 2013

Gromit Unleashed!

We all know the loveable Gromit from Aardman's Wallace and Gromit films! Now, Gromit Unleashed, the wonderful project, which will see 5ft Gromit statues taking up residence across the city of Bristol as part of a collaboration between Aardman and Bristol Children's Hospital charity Wallace and Gromit's Grand Appeal, has selected PP artist Paula Bowles from 500 artists from across the globe, to paint one of their giant Gromits! 

The statues, which have already started arriving in Bristol, will be auctioned off in the autumn for the charity's £3.5 million appeal for state-of-the-art equipment and improved facilities at the hospital.

It's a real honour to be selected and Paula's giant Gromit will be exhibited among fellow selected artists, including Raymond Briggs and Axel Schleffler, so she will be in excellent company! We are so excited to see how she paints hers. You can read more here.

Charlie Langhorne, director of Wild In Art delivers Gromits to the Aardman studios.

Charlie Langhorne, director of Wild In Art, delivers Gromits to the Aardman studios.

Check out more of Paula's fabulous folio here.

Friday, 8 March 2013

Welcome To Two New Wonderful Illustrators!

At PP we're over the moon to welcome wonderful new illustrators Amber Cassidy and Jennifer Emery. 
Amber's work is full of bright, gentle colour and wonderfully warm accessible characters, suitable for picture books and fiction. We're so excited to see more of these wonderful characters! 
Jennifer's work is rich in fabulously intricate details and we're blown away with this lady's skill with a paintbrush! A very warm welcome to both of you!

Check out more of Amber's delicious work here.

More of Jennifer's wonderfully rich work here.

Wednesday, 6 March 2013

Plum Pudding Has Been Commandeered!

Help! The Plum Pudding ship has been commandeered by three dastardly pirates: Manky Mike Flipperface, Hilary Hogwash Jellyfisher and Crabby Whirlypool! Only the Petticoat Pirates can save Plum Pudding now! Read all about them here.

Manky Mike Flipperface (aka Mark Mills, Director)

Hilary Hogwash (aka Hannah Whitty, Associate Director)

Crabby Whirlypool (aka Chloe Morgan, Marketing Assistant)

Tuesday, 5 March 2013

More Pirates and Petticoats!

Thank you to Petticoat Pirates publisher Little, Brown Books for Young Readers for all their fab work arranging events with Erica. Check out the photos and video of Erica showing us how to make your very own Petticoat Pirates eyepatch below... *goes off to find glitter and glue*

Pay a visit to Little, Brown Books for Young Readers website here for some fabulous activity sheets, including colouring in, puzzles and word searches as well as a link to read an extract from Petticoat Pirates!