Guest post: Kieron Black, The Goblin's Blue Blanket

From renowned artist and debut author Kieron Black comes The Goblin's Blue Blanket – a beautifully illustrated new story for Early Years readers. Ogie the goblin and his annoying cat, Gerald, travel through Goblinia in search of Ogie's missing blue blanket but miss out on opportunities to have adventures along the way. With vibrant, magical illustrations alongside a poignant story with a moral, the book is sure to be a hit for all children with an active imagination and a sense of adventure.    Here Kieron gives us an insight into a day in the life of Gerald ... 3.15 a.m.           The small hours can...

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Eight Must-Have Titles For Young Adventurers

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In today’s blog post we dive into the literary world of adventure to give you eight exciting book recommendations. From staple classics to up-and-coming contemporary titles, you’re guaranteed to find something to inspire your inner explorer …

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Here at Shrine Bell, our motto is to inspire adventure. Our titles aim to ignite that wondrous spark and encourage people to discover all that the great outdoors has to offer. From climbing boulders to summiting mountains, walking routes to fell running, or even simply taking in the visual beauty of nature on a quiet, bright day, the outdoors has something for everyone. Oftentimes, our adventurous spirit begins as a young child – when our imaginations are ripe and our inquisitional minds want to see, do and learn. Our books are dedicated to preserving and encouraging this. However, current literary trends tend towards...

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Author interview: Matt Dickinson, Popcorn-Eating Squirrels

Award-winning writer and adventurer Matt Dickinson has been to the top of the highest volcano in the world, he's survived a beaver attack in Alaska and, as anyone who has read his Everest Files books would guess, he's climbed the world's tallest peak but, as a father, what's the best adventure he's been on with his five children? What devices does he use in his writing to try and hold the attention of young readers who are surrounded by so many other distractions? Which children's books has he enjoyed reading? We catch up with him ahead of the release of...

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Internationally renowned artist and illustrator Kieron Black signs two-book deal with fiction imprint Shrine Bell

Kieron Black, a professional artist known around the world for his artwork, has signed with Shrine Bell, to write and illustrate a two-part children’s book series. The first book, The Goblin’s Blue Blanket, will be published in March 2019. With many strings to his creative bow, Black produces exceptional watercolour and acrylic mountain landscapes, cartoon strips, skateboard decks and book illustrations. He has illustrated many books throughout his career, but this is the first time his own words will be published alongside his colourful creations. Ogie is the goblin with the beloved blue blanket. When it goes missing, he and...

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