Interview: Sam Arthur of Nobrow and Flying Eye Books

This London publisher rejuvenates the children's book market with a collection of beautifully illustrated stories

Independent publisher Nobrow has built a solid reputation since its inception in 2008 as a purveyor of beautifully produced image-based books. Now, from its headquarters in a shopfront studio in London’s Shoreditch, it has launched a new imprint, Flying Eye Books, to publish books aimed specifically at children. Here’s a look at the first titles released under the new imprint, plus our interview with Nobrow …

Jemmy Button

Separated by land, sea and language, illustrators Jennifer Uman and Valerio Vidali collaborate on the historical tale

As the incredible true story goes, in the mid-1800s the HMS Beagle, captained by Robert FitzRoy, landed in Tierra del Fuego on the coast of Patagonia. After one of his boats was stolen Fitzroy reportedly took a group of hostages including a boy he paid for with a mother of pearl button. He renamed the boy Jemmy Button and took him back to England to …

A Sky Full of Kindness

Lovely paper cutouts and a bird's-eye view on life from Rob Ryan

For his second book, “A Sky Full of Kindness,” artist Rob Ryan has put his paper-cutting skills to use in a story about a pair of songbirds eagerly awaiting the hatching of their first chick. The intricate illustrations marry words with images to create a seamless tale about family, love and adventure. As the story goes, a soon-to-be mother and father anticipate their first child …