World of Moose: Fill Me In by Moose Allain

A gorgeous debut book from a well-renowned, charismatic and in-demand illustrator, whose witty tweets have attracted almost 50,000 followers on Twitter.


An original fill-me-in journal from the World of Moose, packed with ideas and complex illustrations to spark your creative imagination. Playful drawings and simple prompts invite creators of all ages to not only colour, but draw, imagine and finish his dense line drawings. Complete your own city, fill it with people, write a comic and more. The ultimate rainy day book, sure to keep little ones busy for hours!

Published by Big Picture Press on the 1st October.

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 About the Author

Moose Allain is a former architect and has taught at the University of North London and the Royal College of Art’s School of Architecture. His illustrations have featured in the Literary Review, Stephen Fry’s 100 Greatest Gadgets and Gadget Man, both on Channel 4.

– Big Picture Press

You can follow Moose Allain @MooseAllain (adults only please!)

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Mix It Up by Hervé Tullet

Who can resist brightly- coloured, gloopy, thick, splodges of paint? Isn’t it everyone’s instinct to shove their hands and face in it and ‘mix it up’, or is that just me?

If you are a fan of Hervé Tullet’s book ‘Press Here’ you will love ‘Mix it up’. Like ‘Press Here’, Hervé Tullet instructs the reader to interact with the book on each page, telling us to tap thumb prints, mix different colours, smear paint, tilt the book and shake it. Using their imagination and what they’ve learnt, the child envisages what they have created.

In my opinion, Herve Tullet’s books contain the essence of childhood; freedom of expression, creativity, innocence, the act of learning through play and exploration, all with plenty of laughter. His books ooze enjoyment and discovery.

Not only does the book offer bundles of magic and wonder, it’s educational! It teaches the child about basic colour mixing in a way that is both charming and engaging.

Visually, the book is spectacular. The colours are striking, bold and cheerful. Finger prints and smudges make up an abundance of beautiful imperfections that are dotted around the edges like little smiling, happy accidents.

As an adult viewing this book, it feels like I’ve been taken back in time to the local village hall playgroup, 1986. 4 years old, I’ve got a green tank top on and I’m wearing a painting apron that looks like Joseph’s technicoloured dreamcoat. My hands are dripping in paint and I’m looking up at a giant sheet of sugar paper with a licence to attack it with all the poster paint in the world. Happy days!

The Messy Monster Book by Rachel Ortas (Books I like)

The Messy Monster Book invites children on an extended adventure with this eponymous character from the cult children’s magazine Okido, combining quirky contemporary illustration with broad thinking for children. Along with Messy Monster himself, his friends Zoe and Felix roam the world and their imaginations, learning lots of new things along the way with the help of Filo, the philospher, and a pair of creative cats called Cutty and Doodle. Whether they’re exploring new planets or tidying their room, Messy Monster shows them that there’s always plenty to learn about in the world while you’re having fun.

Through her colourful screenprints, Rachel Ortas brings to life Messy Monster’s exciting adventures, creating an immediate engagement with education through stimulating visuals and storyboards, proving that learning doesn’t have to be dull.

Rachel Ortas is an illustrator, graphic artist and artist in residence at Central st Martins, in addition to contributing to many art publications. Her screenprinted illustrations include weird and wonderful characters who look cute but have a slightly menacing edge, which is what makes them appealing to adults as well as children. One of her most well-known characters are the AiAis, monsters from outer space, which have been exhibited in London at Magma gallery and the Science Museum. Rachel is also one of the creators and founders of Okido, an educational and fun art and science magazine for children.

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OKIDO The Arts & Science Magazine for Kids

OKIDO magazine for Children

Okido magazine is published every 2 months by OKIDO Studio
Sophie Dauvois: Editor
Rachel Ortas: Creative Director
Alex Barrow:  Art Director
Maggie Li: Design and Illustration

Okido is the brainchild of multimedia designer and scientist, Dr Sophie Dauvois and illustrator Rachel Ortas, and is beautifully illustrated by contemporary artists and designers.

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I would like to give a special shout out to Ottie & the Bea for introcucing me to this fabulous magazine.

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Welcome to your Awesome Robot by Viviane Schwarz

Build your very own awesome automaton step by step from a base unit to the towering, terrifying, tremor-triggering robot of your dreams.

This book provides everything you need to create a robot costume from objects you’d normally just throw out and have a fun day in!

Designed to be enjoyed by children with an adult on hand – this book provides perfect material for a fun family activity day or a kids’ workshop. Viviane Schwarz has illustrated hilarious comics throughout the book to explain the blueprint instruction pages, so this is just as much a story as it is an activity book.

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Help! We Need A Title by Hervé Tullet

I’m a huge fan of Hervé Tullet, noone makes picture books quite like him. They’re playful, imaginative and interactive, they encourage the reader to create through play. His books are a work of art that allow the reader to engage with it and become a part of it. His books are a creative collaboration between him and the child. Help! We need a title is an exciting new book that can be enjoyed by people of all ages.

From one of the most acclaimed and dynamic picture book makers of his time comes a book that tests the very meaning of a picture book story, plays havoc with formal type and design and speaks directly to its readers!

A new picture book from Hervé Tullet! How exciting. Open it up – see what’s inside! Hello! There’s lots of characters. And they’re looking right at YOU. They seem to be a bit surprised… Hmmm, maybe they’re not quite ready? (The drawing’s a bit messy, too. It looks like this illustrator has some more work to do.) Let’s read on and see. Uh-oh – it seems the characters don’t actually know what to DO! Hang on … there’s not even a STORY because – guess what?! – this book isn’t FINISHED! But while you’re here (and because you probably DO want a story, right?) they’re going to try and find one for you. And they might just need the help of a certain author…

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