Five Quills Represented by Rights People

There’s exciting news at Five Quills HQ: a new deal with rights agency Rights People. The first international outing for Sky Private Eye picture book series is at Frankfurt Book Fair this week when Five Quills foreign rights will be represented by Caroline Hill-Trevor from the agency.

Sky Private Eye is an action-packed detective picture book series, where Sky and her loyal dog Snuffle can solve even the trickiest fairytale mysteries.

Sky Private Eye Picture Book UK Covers 2017

Sky Private Eye Picture Book Covers, Launching in the UK Spring 2017

“We’re thrilled to be teaming up with Rights People to bring Sky Private Eye to the world and hopefully into the hands of children in lots of different countries. The Frankfurt Book Fair is a great place to start.”

Daniela Schneider,  Five Quills

Going to Frankfurt? Caroline and Sky Private Eye will be in the Agents’ Centre at the book fair, do say hello!

Five Quills partners with Rights People

Ifyou would like to get in touch with Five Quills about foreign rights or the 2017 Sky Private Eye UK launch you can contact Daniela Schneider at daniela@fivequills.co.uk.

Edited by Janey Robinson.

Sky Private Eye | Illustrator Preview

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

Sky Private Eye | Author Preview

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