Saturday, 5 July 2014


The Little Football Fan would like to 
introduce you to
chicken! for children is the only free newspaper 
for children in primary school and manages 
to combine newspaper design with children's 
content in a thoroughly unique way!
chicken! is published four times a year.
It can be found in some newsagents, schools and cafés.

It was created by Ken Wilson- Max who writes, 
illustrates and designs books for children. 
He specializes in creating for the very young 
having worked on over 60 books so far. 
Ken's signature style is bright and bold and fun.

Here's the link to 'chicken!', I'm sure you'll enjoy it!

First two Quarter Final matches.

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Down to 8!

Last Group of 16 matches!

Di Maria fired in Messi's pass to clinch a 1-0 win, 
ending stubborn Swiss resistance and setting 
up a quarter-final tie against Belgium. 

Belgium's golden generation earned 
the chance to live up to their billing 
as they reached a first World Cup quarter-final 
for 28 years with an extra-time 
win over a superb USA in Salvador. 

Monday, 30 June 2014

Elaine's Tulip

Written several years ago, I'm finally
ready to do this book. I've looked at it many times, tried 
various ways of doing it but never been happy, 
so back into the drawer it went.

I'm happy to go ahead now. I know what I'm
doing. I'm in the zone.

I hope you enjoy seeing these 
working drawings, a part of the process I love.
I'm a big fan of roughs!

Sunday, 29 June 2014

Rockpool ebooks

Rockpool Picture Board - Elephant

Rockpool Picture Board - Dinosaur

Pip Ahoy

Rockpool Children's Books 
really likes this animated series
from Cosgrove Hall Films.

To quote:
'Pip Ahoy aims to bring fun and laughter into 
every home with its mixture of the extraordinary and the familiar. 
Pip and his friends will carry out a rescue here, 
solve a problem there, taking care of their close-knit 
community and looking out for others. 
But this is not to say that the show 
is anything but warm, boisterous, silly and fun.'

Friday, 27 June 2014

Rupert Bear - Annual Gathering in Warwick 2014

August bank holiday weekend will see the usual gathering
of Rupert Bear followers at Warwick School, Warwick.
An interesting day celebrating this icon character.

When the final schedule is decided I'll 
post the details on the
Rockpool Children's Blog and Facebook.

The above illustration is unique and will
be raffled on the day. 
It's pen and ink/watercolour, bodycolour,
40cm x 20cm and will be beautifully framed.

To be able to buy a raffle ticket you
MUST be a member of the
Followers of Nutwood.
If you wish to take part and possibly win this 
fantastic illustration
details of membership can be found here

Good luck.
Remember, you have to be 'in it, to win it!'

Stuart Trotter
Rupert Bear Annual Author and Illustrator.

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Rockpool Children's Activity Books

Rockpool Children's Books are publishers of fine illustrated picture books, 
and now I'd like to present Rockpool Children's Activity Books.
Quality activities, superb illustration, fun, a little challenging, 
and over 100 stickers in each book! 
 In keeping with The Little Football Fan's aim, 
'to encourage reading through a shared passion for football'
the Little Football Fan Activity book will do just that, 
but with drawing, colouring, counting and much much more.

Publication date to be decided.

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

All about picture books

Newcastle School for Boys

Rupert Bear illustrator Stuart Trotter, from County Durham, 
pictured with pupils from Newcastle School for Boys 
after he declared the new library open.
The artist whose drawings bring Rupert Bear to life for young readers, 
officially opened a Newcastle school library yesterday.
Illustrator Stuart Trotter, from Ferryhill, County Durham, 
was the guest of honour at the official opening of the new 
Newcastle School for Boys Infants Library in Gosforth.
Not only did Stuart – who is also an approved illustrator of Postman Pat, Kipper, 
and Wallace and Gromit – declare the library open, but he also 
lent the pupils a helping hand to create their own illustrated picture books.
Newcastle School for Boys is the city’s only independent all boys school 
for pupils aged between three and 18 and the new library will cater specifically 
for the reading needs of those from nursery to Year 2.
Stuart, who is also an author and publisher of children’s books, 
spent the day at the school working with the children and sharing 
some of the skills which have made him one of the UK’s top children’s book illustrators.
“It is a really nice, well stocked library. It is good for the children to go 
in and read the sort of books that I illustrate” said Stuart.
Sian Woosnam, head of infants said, “I am delighted to have 
the new library open so that boys of all ages are able to 
have access to a wide range of books to encourage 
reading for pleasure and independent research skills.''


Tuesday, 4 February 2014

The Sloth

Fantastic new picture book in production 
here at Rockpool Children's Books!

Saturday, 4 January 2014

FourFourTwo Magazine

We'd like to thank FourFourTwo magazine
for the fantastic feature and review they've done on The Little Football Fan 
in the latest edition, available from all good newsagents, 
and also for the iPad, a wonderful endorsement, we're very grateful.

Launched in 1994 after a no-show by England at the World Cup in the USA, 
FourFourTwo magazine arrived on the newsstands with a fresh, 
insightful approach to football. Now entering its 20th year, 
FourFourTwo has interviewed every single major star of the 
game from Pele to Maradona, Mourinho to Brian Clough and Messi to Ronaldo.
Access to the stars in the game has been won through years of 
hard work by the magazine’s editorial team, gaining the trust and 
confidence of the football community as well as building a contacts 
book that is second to none. People in football like talking to us and, 
quite frankly, we quite like talking to them. But access is only part of what we strive to deliver every month in the magazine.
Our other key aim is to bring a level of insight about the game that is 
impossible to find in any other football magazines, websites or newspapers. 
Our reading of the game and ability to analyse what we see unfolding 
before us allows us to deliver genuine insight that turns our readers into the 
most knowledgeable amongst their peer groups. 
Our readers love FourFourTwo magazine because it gives them 
the information they need to impress and inform their mates.
The core of the magazine’s offering is its heavyweight features section.
 It is not unusual for the editorial team to dedicate 12 pages to a single story 
when necessary, taking the readers deeper than they’ve ever been into the 
chosen topic using the world’s best football writers. This is supported by
fantastic design and photography, creating the perfect package for avid football fans.
FourFourTwo’s readers are knowledgeable about the game and vary 
in age from youngsters to senior citizens and they are all over the world.
FourFourTwo magazine is now published in 15 different territories across the world, 
giving us a global footprint that reaches from Mexico to Thailand. 
Wherever you are in the world of football, FourFourTwo is there.