We asked our pals in NoBrow for their top Christmas Guide for 2018, so if you are stuck for idea’s on what to buy the person who has everything, you have come to the right place.
Jon McNaught has gained a following around the world for his beautifully illustrated, poetic and atmospheric graphic short stories and he is well known for his striking editorial illustrations. This Bristol-based artist put aside 4 years to create this nostalgic and tender homage to the classic British holiday. A family sets off for a long weekend at a caravan park on the coast. We follow them through the familiar landscapes of a summer holiday: motorway service stations, windswept cliffs, dilapidated museums and tourist giftshops. Kingdom is an ideal gift for the family members who still bring up the caravan holidays you shared as kids; this atmospheric and contemplative work explores the rhythms of nature, the passing of time and the beauty and boredom of a summer holiday.
Through A Life
Tom Haugomat’s elegant, striking illustrations make Through a Life the perfect coffee table book with it’s deep and touching, yet accessible, silent narrative. This title follows the saga of a boy who grows up to be an astronaut, just like he always wanted…until a fatal shuttle crash upends his life, and he begins to find solace in beauty here on earth. Told through a series of poignant vignettes, Through a Life is a sweeping story of dreams, expectations, nature, and loss. The perfect gift for anyone who grew up through the space race or and the dreamers who watch the skies.
An Illustrated History of Filmmaking
This detailed non-fiction title is an exploration and a celebration of everything that led to the way we create motion pictures today. Adam Allsuch Boardman showcases his love of cinema with this beautifully crafted title. With detailed, technical drawings explaining ingenious early filmmaking devices and sweeping spreads that reveal the filmmaking process on huge sets such as Seven Samurai and Star Wars, this makes a must-have guide for any film enthusiast on your gift list.
To celebrate 10 years of Nobrow, the cult publisher curated an extra special covetable edition of the Nobrow magazine. This 10th anniversary edition features 70 established and up-and-coming artists responding to the theme of ‘Studio Dreams’. Artists such as Lisk Feng, Alexis Deacon, Keith Negley, Icinori, David Doran, and Emmanuelle Walker, among many others have painted, drawn and printed their ideal workspace. Available in paperback and hardback, the hardback is individually numbered with a foil-stamped cover and a dust jacket poster.
Gamayun Tales 1 – The King of Birds & 2 The Water Spirit
Based on traditional Russian folklore, Alexander Utkin has created a luscious and lyrical masterpiece. If you’re looking for a gift for someone who enjoys magic and adventure, then the Gamayun Tales series should be the first, and last, place you look! The first title, The King of Birds, introduces our merchant protagonist with a story about how an apple can start a war. The Water Spirit continues the epic adventure with a tale that rejoins the merchant as he unwittingly condemns his son to a life under the sea.
The 2018 Flying Eye Books Christmas Gift Guide
Mount Everest, the most famous mountain on Earth. Hundreds of people clamber to the summit every year, following in Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay’s footsteps… but there is so much more to this mountain than the people who climb it. With sumptuous and stylish illustrations by Lisk Feng, this dynamic book reveals the great mountain’s ancient origins, the flora and fauna that thrive upon its great flanks, and the rich mythology of Sagarmatha, the Goddess of the Sky. This title is a great gift choice for any mountaineering mum or daredevil dad who want to inspire wonderment and a sense of adventure in their child. Sangma Francis and Lisk Feng have created a truly stunning non-fiction title, a real feast for the eyes which offers as much in terms of education as it does with its incredible aesthetics.
Mika: The Bear Who Didn’t Want to Sleep
This is a title that even the toughest Grinch will feel a twinge of nostalgia upon reading. Harking back to traditional illustrated books, Mika showcases Amsterdam-based Erik Kriek’s incredible paintings in this Scandinavian tale. Mika the little bear loves to run and play all about the forest, but she soon learns that winter is on its way, and she is meant to spend these long, cold months hibernating with her mother and father. When the Old Owl tells Mika about the Northern Lights that appear every winter, she can’t stand the thought of missing something so beautiful, and so she sets out on a secret, snowy adventure to find them! Mika is the perfect wintry children’s title to fire up any young child’s Christmas spirit.
Professor Astro Cat’s Human Body Odyssey
The human body is one of the most complicated things in the Universe, which explains why Universe-obsessed Professor Astro Cat and his space-based gang have come together to teach us about all the wondrous parts of our ‘inner-space’! From head to toe and everywhere in-between, there’s nothing left out of this fascinating human body odyssey. This is the newest release in the bestselling Professor Astro Cat series. As well as being visually gorgeous, this title is the perfect gift for to learn essential biology, broken down into accessible and memorable facts by Dr Dominic Walliman and Ben Newman.
Tales from the Hidden Valley: The Artists & Hello Mister Cold
Welcome to Carles Porta’s beautifully imagined world, where and new friends are found in the strangest of ways. The new Tales from the Hidden Valley series from award winning illustrator, animator and graphic designer Carles Porta celebrate each season of the year. This duo of books is a great set for children to connect with nature at a chiller time of year. In The Artists, It’s autumn in the hidden valley and there’s a sense of change in the air. Ticky is about to fly away to warmer places, and Yula is painting him a farewell gift. In Hello Mr Cold winter has blanketed the hidden valley with snow. A strange, trumpet-playing new visitor has appeared, and word is that he has kidnapped Yula! The Tales from the Hidden Valley series has a mysterious folk-tale atmosphere with eccentric characters that make it a great gift idea for fans of Tove Jansson’s Moomins.
Hilda and the Hidden People
For Hilda fanatics, this gift is a ‘no-brainer’! Illustrator Luke Pearson’s beloved blue-haired heroine has gained quite the following since the debut of the acclaimed Netflix series. Made to accompany the Hilda animated series, these fiction titles are great for young readers and gives fans a new insight into Hilda’s world, her thoughts and feelings, and features exclusive duotone illustrations throughout.
This first book in the series, written by established author, Stephen Davies, joins Hilda as she encounters her very first troll, negotiates peace with some very persnickety elves, and reunites two lovelorn ancient giants. Fantastic creatures and daring adventures are all just part of another average day for Hilda…