Mother’s Day Cupcake Recipes with Sky Private Eye

Mother’s Day is all about spoiling your mum!  So why not bake her one of  Sky Private Eye’s favourite cupcake recipes to celebrate?

 Sky Private Eye is here to share her cupcake recipes with you this Mother’s Day! Make sure to find a grown-up in your family who can help, and together bake some yummy Sky Private Eye cupcakes for your wonderful Mum.

 

Chocolate Cupcakes with Creamy Vanilla Frosting

 

No one can resist  Sky Private Eye’s Chocolate Cupcakes with creamy vanilla frosting. In Sky Private Eye and the Case of the Sparkly Slipper, Sky Private Eye bakes her delicious Nice-Not-Nasty cupcakes for Cinderella’s Nasty Sisters, to make sure that they are never nasty again! We know you and your mum are never nasty, but these lovely chocolaty cupcakes are sure to  make this special day even sweeter!

 

 

Fluffy and Light Vanilla Cupcakes

 

Even the scariest wolf will become an adorable Wolfie with these irresistible fluffy and light Vanilla Cupcakes. In Sky Private Eye and the Case of the Missing Grandma, Sky Private Eye quickly whips together these fluffy Vanilla Just-in-Time cupcakes, making it a fantastic Bake-it-Better Day for Little Red Riding Hood and Wolfie. Try it at home and share them with your Mum!

 

 

Gingerbread Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

 

Foxy Loxy loves to gobble down Sky Private Eye’s Gingerbread Cupcakes with cream cheese frosting. In Sky Private Eye and the Case of the Runaway Biscuit the Fairytale Olympics have come to town. Can the Gingerbread Boy out-run Foxy Loxy to win the final race?  Sky Private Eye’s scrumptious Gingerbread Just-in-Time cupcakes will make your Mum run-run-run towards the finish line for more!

 

Don’t forget to also get your grown-up to take pictures of your delicious cupcakes and tag us on Instagram @fivequillsforkids and Twitter @5quills_kids. We love seeing your creations at Five Quills HQ!

The Five Quills Team

 

Illustrating Al’s Awesome Science

Five Quills have just launched a brand new series of fun, messy adventures for younger readers, Al’s Awesome Science. The first book, Egg-speriments! is out now, introducing us to science loving twins Al and Lottie. Beautifully illustrated by James Brown, here he tells us about his process and the stories behind the pictures. 

How did you begin the process of illustrating Al’s Awesome Science?

I like to sketch out in biro first then use my lightbox to trace over once I’m happy with the movement. Read more

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My most enduring memories of beaches as a child are the colourful shells and pebbles I would find, so I wanted this to feature in the beach scenes.

Children’s book illustrator Loretta Schauer gives a little taster of the visual creation behind the soon-to-launch Sky Private Eye picture book series she works on with Five Quills.

Scenes from Fairytale Beach in Sky Private Eye and the Case of the Missing Grandma

The Sky Private Eye picture book series is coming out in Spring 2017 with Five Quills. What aspects of Sky’s personality show through in your drawings?

Sky is very capable and is ready to jump in and help whenever she can, so I hope she looks like a practical person but also someone who is creative and spontaneous. After all, she manages to make all those yummy cupcakes as well as being an ace detective.

Sky has a contemporary look and uses a number of gadgets, how did you develop this detail?

Sky is really smart so it makes sense that she would use the latest magical Fairytale gadgets to help her solve each case. Technology is increasingly a part of our lives now so I think children can identify with Sky in that way. Although my final artwork is digital, most of the elements are hand-drawn or hand-painted, so I try to contrast this with more digital looking elements like dots and patterns for the gadgets. It can be tricky to blend the two. Of course Sky’s biggest helper is her best friend Snuffle the dog, and he was great fun to draw.

When drawing scenes with lots going on, such as Fairytale Beach, what inspires the scene and when do you know when to stop?

My most enduring memories of beaches as a child are the colourful shells and pebbles I would find, so I wanted this to feature in the beach scenes. We also wanted Fairytale Beach to be familiar but not too much like a traditional British seaside. There are some exotic buildings and palm trees in the background, but the little details, the shells and seaweed, could equally be found on a tropical beach, or a beach closer to home.

Lots of Fairytale Town characters auditioned to be in the beach picture, but only a few made it in to the final artwork.

It was important that the viewer could focus on Wolfie and Grandma so I tried not to make the beach too crowded. I think my favourite incidental character is definitely Arthur the inflatable shark though. He’s so cool and collected; he had to be in there somewhere.

What are you looking forward to drawing more of as the Sky Private Eye series develops?

I’m looking forward to creating the new Fairytale Town characters and giving them interesting backstories and personalities!

Edited by Janey Robinson

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Fairy tales with a happy ending are a great way to help children explore good and bad characters.

Children’s book author Jane Clarke shares a pre-publication preview of the characters, setting and development of her new picture book creation with Five Quills, Sky Private Eye, before it hits the shelves.

Illustrations taken from Sky Private Eye and the Case of the Missing Grandma

The Sky Private Eye picture book series is coming out in Spring 2017 with Five Quills, what kind of girl is Sky and what makes her different?

Sky is cute and curious, but also calm and focussed when it comes to detective work- and baking cupcakes! Sky and her dog Snuffle solve mysteries in the world of fairy tales.

Do you think book series and their returning characters offer a different kind of opportunity to engage children?

Yes, they offer a chance for children to become friends with the characters, and enjoy meeting up with them again in different stories

Sky Private Eye is set in a fairy tale world; do you think fairy tale settings are a useful tool for children’s learning and development?

Fairy tales with a happy ending are a great way to help children explore good and bad characters. They provide a satisfying story structure, too.

How do you see the Sky Private Eye series developing?

Sky and Snuffle are ready to help to solve many more fairy tale mysteries, including why Goldilocks broke into the Three Bears House and what happened to Cinderella’s sparky slipper!

Edited by Janey Robinson