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1. Son of Airborne



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2. Airborne


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3. Monster






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4. Stop comparing yourself to others and find your own journey

Constantly comparing yourself to others can suck joy out of creating. Find your own pace and savor the journey.

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5. Here There Be Voices


My short story Too Delicate for Human Form, which appeared in the anthologies Fish (Dagan Books) and Best British Fantasy 2013 (Salt Publishing) is now available in audio over at Far Fetched Fables alongside The Island of Peter Pandora by Kim Lakin-Smith.

The story is narrated by Heidi Hotz.







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6. The Little Black Fish – an Iranian story about determination and freedom

Is there a better way to start the new year than by introducing you to a book which will take you somewhere you’ve likely not visited via picture books before, is illustrated by the first Asian recipient of the most prestigious awards in children’s literature, the Hans Christian Andersen Award, and is about to be published for the first time in the UK with its original illustrations?

thelittleblackfishThe Little Black Fish written by Samad Behrangi, translated by Azita Rassi and illustrated by Farshid Mesghali is perhaps the most famous children’s book of all time back in its home country, Iran.

As anyone who’s spent time with children knows, the littlest people can ask the biggest questions, and so it is with the little black fish in this story who wants to find out more about life outside of the pool where he and his family have always lived. Just because the family have always lived a certain way, why shouldn’t this brave and curious fish extend his horizons and set out to explore beyond his known world?

As the fish travels downstream he sees incredible sights the like of which he could never before have imagined. He also faces some terrible dangers. Will the fish survive to see his dream – the wide open ocean? Will his story of inquisitiveness and desire for freedom inspire others?

Behrangi’s story took on great political significance in Iran after it was published, read by many adults as a political allegory (you can find out more here). Indeed the message was so powerful, the book was banned in pre-revolutionary Iran. Whilst this historical background gives the book an additional charge for adults, younger readers in 2015 can enjoy this short story as an encouraging tale about believing in oneself, about learning from personal experience, and about not being afraid to be different.

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The Little Black Fish won the First Graphic Prize at Sixth International Children Books’ Fair (1968) in Bologna for its illustrations by Farshid Mesghali. The stylish bold textured prints in a limited range of colours are beautifully reproduced and bound in this smart edition from Tiny Owl Publishing. Their apparent simplicity suggests something both childlike and timeless.

Inspired by the style of illustrations in The Little Black Fish we set about creating fish prints using plasticine (oil based, non permanent modelling clay). This was a great activity for giving old and manky plasticine one last shot at life!

We squished together lots of old pieces, and created “blanks” of different sizes. These blanks were turned into fish shapes using scissors to cut them, and then decorated with impressions made using butter (blunt) knives, forks and sharpened pencils.

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Top tips for printing with plasticine

  • Plasticine is more forgiving than lino or styrofoam for printing with little kids; it works really well when the inked design is squished a little bit into the paper.
  • If it’s a bit old or hard for little hands to work, drop it into a bowl of hot water or run it under the hot water tap for 10-20 seconds. This will soften it up and make it much more malleable and easier to press implements into.
  • Pencils work really well as mini rolling pins for little hands to roll out the modelling clay.
  • Once the plasticine is in the shape you desire, you can put it in the fridge for an hour or two to firm up before printing.
  • If you use poster paint or water-based printing ink, this can simply be washed off the plasticine afterwards. Because the plasticine is oil based, water is repelled and once the ink has been washed off you can dry the modelling clay and reuse it (something you can’t do with styrofoam or lino!).
  • Buttons, lego bricks, cocktail sticks, forks, hair grips, seed pods, pencils and shells are all useful tools for making impressions in the plasticine.

  • Once our prints were made we worked on some net-themed frames for them, making use of some of the cardboard collected over the Christmas parcel and present season. Here’s a short animated tutorial I made to show you how we did it:

    Here are some of our finished and framed prints of fish exploring the wider world!

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    Whilst weaving and printing we listened to:

  • Persian songs for kids on youtube including
  • Some Iranian folk music and dance including
  • We also watched several videos of Viguen, “King of Iranian Pop”, including
  • Other activities which would go well with reading The Little Black Fish include:

  • Creating a fish from paper lanterns – here’s a lovely looking tutorial from Live. Craft. Love.
  • Making folded paper fish using this tutorial from Buggy and Buddy. There’s something about how these look which reminds me of the print patterns created by Mesghali.
  • Turning toilet rolls into fish, with this tutorial from No Time for Flash Cards.
  • I’m delighted that Tiny Owl Publishing will be bringing us more translated Iranian children’s books in the coming months (although I do hope that future books will fully credit the illustrator and translator on the front cover of books, not just inside). What other unsung heroes in the international picture book world would you recommend I look out for – authors and illustrators who are famous in their home countries but who haven’t had wide recognition in the English speaking world?

    Finally, you might notice things look a little different on the blog today. Over Christmas I updated the blog so that it should now be fully mobile-platform friendly; if you want to view this blog on your phone or tablet it should now be much easier to navigate and more pleasant to look at as the text and images are fully scalable. I’ll also take this opportunity to highlight Playing by the book can be found on twitter @playbythebook, Facebook, Pinterest and even (in a very small way) on Youtube – please feel free to follow me wherever it suits you.

    Disclosure: I received a free review copy of The Little Black Fish from the publisher.

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    7. Fish Drive


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    8. SkADaMo 2014 Day 21

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    A pretty obvious one, but hey…

    Wondering what SkADaMo is, check this out.


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    9. This Is Not My Hat - an audiobook review

    Below is my review of This Is Not My Hat, as it appears in the July 2014, edition of School Library Journal.

    This book offers a wonderful opportunity for cross-curricular instruction - adding music knowledge and appreciation to language arts.  Think of it as "Peter and the Wolf lite" for young listeners!

    Listen to an excerpt from This is Not My Hat on Audible's website.

    KLASSEN, JON. This Is Not My Hat. 1 CD w/tr book. 34 min.
    Scholastic Audio. 2014. $29.95. ISBN
    9780545675512.
    PreS-Gr 3— Opening with "This hat is not mine. I just stole it," a small fish takes the listener into his confidence as he makes his getaway toward a place where he thinks that no one will ever find him. This unapologetic thief, his annoyed (and very large) victim, and a stool pigeon crab tell this wryly humorous and cautionary fish story. The outcome contains enough ambiguity that sensitive listeners can believe that the robber has more options than becoming a fish dinner. Irish narrator John Keating does a great job with a title that relies heavily on sight gags. Appropriately, his impudent robber is not particularly likable. Nevertheless, the listener empathizes with the brash little chap. A string ensemble, in a manner similar to Peter and the Wolf, accompanies the narration. A cello represents the larger fish, who never speaks, while a violin characterizes the smaller fish. The music ebbs and flows to match the story. Two versions are included on the CD. A gentle marimba riff signals page turns on the first version. The accompanying hardcover book is a "must" to truly enjoy this Caldecott Medal winner. Humor fans will love it.

    Copyright © 2014Library Journals, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. Reprinted with permission.

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    10. Animal Board Books by the American Museum of Natural History

    Both ABC Animals and Spot the Animals: A Lift-the-Flap Book of Colors are recommended for toddlers, and make unique gifts.

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    11. Fish Noir

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    RED HERRING

    This week’s Illustration Friday theme is “red“ and the first thing that popped into my addled brain was ”red herring”. So I thought, hey,  I’ll redraw and repost this from a couple of years ago. What the heck, I’m on a roll.

    Most mystery novel and film buffs know that a red herring is a plot device used in film noir, murder mysteries and suspense films, to distract the audience away from the more important aspect of the plot. The red herring can sometimes be a character, believed by the audience to be the killer, only to discover later in the film that they are innocent and another character, never even considered is, in fact, the murderer.

    Now that you have your twist ending, do you know where the term red herring originated?

    Wikipedia tells us:

    A tradition whereby young hunting dogs in Britain were trained to follow a scent with the use of a “red” (salted and smoked) herring. This pungent fish would be dragged across a trail until the puppy learned to follow the scent. Later, when the dog was being trained to follow the faint odor of a fox or a badger, the trainer would drag a red herring (which has a much stronger odor) across the animal’s trail at right angles. The dog would eventually learn to follow the original scent rather than the stronger scent.

    I’ve also heard that British fugitives in the 1800s would rub a herring across their trail, in order to divert the bloodhounds pursuing them.

    All this talk is whetting my appetite for a bit of kipperes and toast (NOT!) and a Hitchcock film or two (YES!).

     


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    12. Happy by Mies Van Hout | Book Review

    Happy presents a cheerful introduction to emotions through the portraits of some very colorful and expressive fish that seem to be swimming in the depths of the dark sea.

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    13. SeaBass

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    Tagged: Allen Capoferri, Aquatic Life, Art, bass, Fish, Illustration, Nature, Ocean, sketchbook, sketchbook drawing, underwater life sketches

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    14. Bubbies

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    Tagged: Allen Capoferri, Aquatic Life, Art, character design, Fish, Humor, Illustration, Pre-Vis

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    15. a whole sea full of mermaids....

     one for every month of the year!

    that's what's up next!

    i thought it would be fun to do a series of paintings of beautiful little mermaids, based on the gemstone of the month.

    i always think it's interesting (and inspiring) to see how other artists work...their creative process, if you will. here's a peek at mine...

    from tiny little thumbnails to the sketch outline to a little bit of *coloring* (because i like my sketch books to look pretty) :)

    from there i will trace my sketch directly from my sketchbook and then transfer it to my canvas, so that the painting remains as close to the original sketch as possible.

    can not wait to start paintings these beauties! :)


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    16. Back Then, Castanets


    The time has come to write my autobiography.
    Paper 53 app on iPad. Click to enlarge.

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    17. meet little beryl...

    and her little fish friend, pisces, of course ;)

    she is the fist in a series of mermaids based on birthstones for every month of the year. i chose my favorite gemstone first, the aquamarine. funny, considering i am the biggest PINK fanatic there is. however, i have always been completely entranced by the beauty and serenity of the aquamarine. just a breathtakingly BEAUTIFUL stone!

    ok...back to little beryl here...;)

    the ORIGINAL painting is for sale here:
    and PRINTS ARE AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST. message me through the link above and i can surely accommodate you.

    can't wait to do more of these little beauties....

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    18. Tug and Freddy the fish









    I'm pretty much done with all the kids paper nautical artwork...on to something new. 


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    19. Marlin Monroe


    Two more pages from my autobiography.
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    20. The Special Coffin

    The newest page from my upcoming Memoirs.
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    21. The Mayor of Almussafes

    The cover image for the little book of children's dreams I illustrated entitled Tomato RainIt will be published shortly by the mighty Roger Omar.
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    22. illustration friday~swim

    somewhere deep beneath the aquamarine waters of the sea, a gorgeous mermaid named beryl and her little fish friend, pisces, swim and frolic together endlessly :)

    FOR SALE HERE:

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    23. Have I told you about…

    THE STORY OF FISH & SNAIL?

    Coming from Viking Children’s Books, June 13.

    The Story of Fish & Snail


    Filed under: Random Tagged: fish, fish & snail, picturebook, snail

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    24. Make it, Mister Maker!

    Oh my dears, I'm sorry I've been on the quiet side!  After our five or six years of living & loving the Cornish dream, I've moved out of Falmouth!  Before you ask yes, I miss my seagulls.  Now I'm based in Canterbury, which is lovely to look at & has the most beautiful old buildings.  It's certainly is a lot busier than Cornwall, which so far has only annoyed me, so perhaps I'm learning a lesson about Cathy + Cities.

      But why leave all those beautiful, bounteous seagulls?  Not because I favour the skinny little things in the East, that's for sure.  I got a new job, which isn't in Cornwall, it's at Maidstone T.V studios. Now I am working in the art dept. of the BBC kids art show, Mister Maker!

     

      Seriously, honestly, I am 26 years old & the sped up doodle draws sequence ALWAYS makes me giggle.  Anyway, now I get to design makey stuff & make makey stuff & go home covered in spray paint (& acrylic paint, & poster paint...)every day.  I'm very 'green' compared to the rest of the team, but I really enjoy being constantly amazed by sets & cameras & the fact I get a little beepy card to get into the studio.  I know, way swish.
      Alas, the new series 'Mister Maker Around the World' isn't going to be on telly for a wee while, so I can't update any details about what I'm doing exactly, but I'll still put up anything I make for myself.  So I made you some fish.




     I like the green one best.

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    25. Bubbies

    bubbies Rough characters from “A Fish Story”.


    Tagged: Allen Capoferri, Aquatic Life, Art, character design, Fish, Humor, Illustration, Pre-Vis

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