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July 26, 2013
Designing the cover for Noble Conflict by Malorie Blackman

Designing the cover for Malorie Blackman’s fantastic new book Noble Conflict was exciting and great fun!

The 2012 redesign for the Noughts & Crosses sequencereceived a lot of positive feedback, and I wanted the cover for Noble Conflict to receive an even bigger response!

The cover needed to be flawless, and reflect the passion, devastation and terror in this inspiring new title. What we needed was a potent and powerful symbol, but which one?

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August 30, 2011

Here’s more from brilliant picture book creator Jez Alborough on the making of his new series, Nat the Cat… there’s more at Jez’s Club.

When it comes to stories, no subject is original. I’ve even heard it said that there are only seven basic storylines in the world but I think this is a bit of an exaggeration. However, when I began this sheet of sketches for NAT THE CAT back in 1989, I remember having to put away my concerns that books with rhymes about cats had been done before. What you have to remember is that you haven’t done your version of the story and, as we are all unique, your version won’t be like anyone else’s. (This presupposes you are not a ‘copy cat!*’) I’m sure even the great Dr Seuss wasn’t the first person to rhyme the word ‘cat’ with ‘hat’, but he was the first one who did it well and became famous from it. So, here is my first ever thumbnail idea sketches for Nat the Cat (double-click on it to zoom in and read the words).

Jez's initial sketches for NAT THE CAT

Jez's initial sketches for NAT THE CAT

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June 27, 2011

Jez Alborough is the award-winning creator of classics like Hug, Where’s My Teddy? and Duck in the Truck – and we’re very excited to be publishing two new picture books by him.

Jez now has a brilliant online club where you can follow the development of  one of these books, Nat the Cat – as well as read all sorts of blogs and poems, post on his forum, and get great downloads like pictures to colour in and games to play.

Here’s the man himself, introducing Nat…

Nat the Cat

How does one of my picture books get made? Where does the idea come from; how is that idea presented to the publisher? What is the editor’s input? How do I decide what style to use, what typeface, what the design is?

I thought it would be an interesting experiment to share a book’s journey with you, from idea to publication, as it happens. So let me introduce you to Nat the Cat, who is about to star in his first ever book; as it unfolds you (and I) will find the answers to all those questions –  and more.

To start from the beginnning click here

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