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Children’s Picture Books by Tom McLaughlin

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front cover of The Cloudspotter by Tom McLaughlin published by Bloomsbury

 

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ISBN 978-1-4088-5496-9

The Cloudspotter

Author – Tom McLaughlin

Published by Bloomsbury in hardback –

Release date 18 June 2015

RRP £10.99

A Picture StoryBook for children aged up to 5 years

OVERVIEW

Franklin is a little guy, who, in his isolation, enjoys getting lost in his imagination when he makes up stories that are centered around the things he interprets out of the cloud formations in his view. We see how he responds socially and emotionally when he has to interact with another; and from then on it becomes a sweet little tale of companionship.

COMMENT AND GUIDE
The book has all the elements which makes for a good children’s picture story book. Told in 200 words or so using typography which intersperses with the illustrative work of the author using the Courier font. Most of the pages are sky blue and white, with strong colour featuring in an array of pastel tones. Characters are comic book style.

 

 

 

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front cover of UP,UP and AWAY by Tom McLaughlin published by Bloomsbury

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ISBN 978-1-4088-7025-0

UP, UP and AWAY

Author – Tom McLaughlin

Published by Bloomsbury in hardback –

Release date 14 July 2015

RRP £11.99

A Picture StoryBook for children aged up to 5 years

OVERVIEW

Orson likes to make things and he is very resourceful. Operating the ‘big bang’ phenomenon in his bedroom he creates the thereon existence of a tiny planet with rings. Orson looks after the planet as best he can but problems arise as it grows bigger and bigger

COMMENT AND GUIDE

McLaughlin is so clever in encapsulating so much in a picture book format. As a grown-up I see that it touches on massively important subjects: science, ethics, and psychology but wrapped up in the shortest and simplest of tales about an enthusiastic and feeling little fella with a social conscience. The story itself is stronger than that of The Cloudspotter but the illustrative style McLaughlin uses is just as identifiable and charming. McLaughlin dedicates Up, Up and Away to his Nan

 

TOM MCLAUGHLIN left art college in 1997 and has since enjoyed many publishing successes for both his writing and his illustrations. He has contributed animation design work with Honeycomb Animation, Red Kite Animation, Adastra, Nick Toons, HiT Entertainment and Cartoon Network. Tom lives in Exeter, Devon with his wife and two children. In his own words Tom says ‘I write pictures & doodle words’. Two limited edition Cloudspotter prints are available to purchase directly from Tom’s website

 

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