The Bright Agency (Children's Illustration blog)

Storytime December – the perfect end to a great year at the Emporium.



Paul Linnet reading from ‘Keith the cat with the magic hat’, by Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet [Simon & Schuster], the eagerly awaited sequel to ‘Supertato’, available in April 2016, ‘The Bear and the Piano’ (my attempt at drawing it) and ‘Captain Falsebeard’ [Puffin]

Story time sunday made it’s transition from the Doodle Bar to The Bright Emporium this month, and what a fantastic way to end the year, with our cosy little gallery really coming into it’s own for these creative and festive events.

We began the month with that sailor of the seven seas, Cap’n Fred Blunt, and his hilarious tale of Captain Falsebeard [Puffin]. If you are unfamiliar with Fred’s book, this is a fishy story with an excellent twist at the end of it’s tail! I honestly laugh every time I read it, or even better, when Fred is reading it. He brings all the characters to life and his animated illustrations capture the comedy perfectly.


From left to right: Fred Blunt with Bright founder and MD, Vicki Willden-Lebrecht, the story time A-frame and two happy story time regulars!

Next up we had a veg-tastic sunday with Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet, who co-create their wonderful books. If you haven’t yet heard of Supertato, you are missing out. Sue and Paul read their brand new Christmas story about that legendary slug, Norman. Last time we met Norman, he was on the search for a shell – because for some reason, he wasn’t given one like his snail friends! This time, he has a rather large assignment – Norman must save Christmas! We were also extremely lucky to have a world exclusive – the sequel to Supertato, suitably named ‘Supertato: Veggies assemble’ [Simon & Schuster] We had so much fun, making super vegetable heroes and villains which went down a storm with the kids. Sue and Paul are also part of World Book Day in 2016, with a new Supertato adventure!

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And for our last story time before Christmas, we welcomed back David Litchfield, and his critically acclaimed picture book, ‘The Bear and the Piano’ [Francis Lincoln] This magical story was the perfect way to end what has been an incredible year for Bright.

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Next year we begin our story time with not one author, but two! On sunday 31st January, we have two events in one day, the first being with Rebecca Ashdown, author and illustrator of ‘Bob and Flo and the missing bucket’  [Oxford University Press], nominated for the Sheffield children’s book award 2015. Rebecca will be debuting her next book in the Bob and Flo series, called ‘Hide and Seek’, which is published on the 7th January 2016. Books will be available to buy and have signed by the authors on the day! You can book for Rebecca’s event here.

And our second event of the day is with Jo Byatt, who has illustrated a Bear’s Reading Adventure by BookTrust. Jo and Gemma, who wrote this lovely book, will be reading and leading craft activities from 2-4pm. The Bear’s Reading Adventure is a new resource – a sticker storybook – for the Bookstart Bear Club (Book Trust’s library offer for families with children aged 0-5). The new resource was developed following consultation feedback from library services and Bookstart Coordinators to encourage families to visit the library and read together every day.  You can book your place to see Jo and Gemma here.

We look forward to seeing you very soon!


Rebecca Ashdown’s Bob and Flo books, Jo Byatt with her first picture book.