Reasons to be happy: creativity in the wild!

The sun is peeping out from behind the clouds and we're getting excited about some fun, creative outdoor events we're involved with this spring!

THE HAY FESTIVAL
Wales
25 May - 4 June
- In partnership with the Hay Festival, we've challenged the students of Hereford College of Art to create inspiring kids activities for the Festival, with the theme 'Our World'.  We'll be judging our favourite activity, so, good luck to all the students, or as they say in Wales, "pob lwc"!   Festival details here.

DALSTON CHILDREN'S FESTIVAL
East London
27 May - 3 June
- Studio Anorak was chuffed to create the design work for the fantastic Dalston Children's Festival again.  The event runs throughout half term and there's all sorts of free and creative activities to get involved with.  Festival details here

BIG MALARKEY FESTIVAL
Hull  
26 June - 2 July
- As you know, we've been busy creating magazines for all the school kids of Hull to celebrate their City of Culture 2017.  We can't wait to return to the city with free crafty workshops throughout the week of Hull's very first children's literature festival.  Festival details here.

Hope to see you there!

Win Stuff: COMPETITION NOW CLOSED.

THE WINNER IS REBECCA JAMES! Please get in touch to claim your prize! 

Love beautiful books and want to have the chance to win a bag of them? Good news -  we have teamed up again with our friends at Walker Books for your chance to win THREE books by some of Anorak’s favourite writers and illustrators!

Imagine you are a bird for day? You'll need to learn all sorts of tricks such as standing on one leg, waddle and even cluck. Enough to keep you busy for a lifetime! This delightful new picture book by the creator of Maisy, Lucy Cousins, will enchant all budding bird lovers with its bright and beautiful illustrations. 

Imagine you are a bird for day? You'll need to learn all sorts of tricks such as standing on one leg, waddle and even cluck. Enough to keep you busy for a lifetime! This delightful new picture book by the creator of Maisy, Lucy Cousins, will enchant all budding bird lovers with its bright and beautiful illustrations. 

Disaster: Morris Mole has lost his glasses! Ever the optimist, he decides that he can do without them and ends up burrowing his way to some rather incongruous places! This is one FUN picture book from the Master of Fun Picture Books himself, Jarvis (also author of Alan's Big Scary Teeth.)

Disaster: Morris Mole has lost his glasses! Ever the optimist, he decides that he can do without them and ends up burrowing his way to some rather incongruous places! This is one FUN picture book from the Master of Fun Picture Books himself, Jarvis (also author of Alan's Big Scary Teeth.)

Happy News: two of our favourite picture book makers, Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen, are back! With their new book, Triangle, they bring us the story of a cheeky... yes... Triangle... that tries to play a trick on its pal Square. A surreal story and a visual treat: double YES from us! 

Happy News: two of our favourite picture book makers, Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen, are back! With their new book, Triangle, they bring us the story of a cheeky... yes... Triangle... that tries to play a trick on its pal Square. A surreal story and a visual treat: double YES from us! 

If you would like to be in for the chance to win one of these book bags, simply answer the following question:

IF YOU WERE A BIRD FOR A DAY, WHERE WOULD YOU FLY TO?

Please leave your answers in the comments box below. You could also take part by keeping an eye on our Instagram or Facebook feeds where we will publish this competition next week. We will pick THREE lucky winners at random on May 3rd 2017 and each will receive one of these fabulous book bags. Good luck and thank you!

PS - Don't panic if your comments don't instantly appear below. They need to be moderated first so it may take a couple of hours.

Please read this important blurb before taking part:

*This competition will also appear on our Instagram and Facebook feeds. You can participate in any of these. We will only pick THREE winners overall, 1 x Instagram, 1 x Facebook and 1 x from this blog. *All entries to reach us by May 2nd 2017 midnight GMT. *This competition is open to anyone around the world. *Anyone can enter this competition but if you are under 12, please check with your parents/guardians beforehand. *We will notify winners by posting names on this blog or by tagging them on Facebook and Instagram, within 48 working hours of the closing date. if you do not respond within 48 hours of being notified, you will forfeit your prize and we reserve the right to choose another winner. The judges’ decision will be final, and no correspondence will be entered into. *Please note that we do not capture your email addresses and therefore we do not share any data with any 3rd parties. This means that to check if you have won, you will need to check the announcement made on this blog. *No purchase necessary. *The prize will not be transferable to another person. *No part of a prize is exchangeable for cash or any other prize.*If an advertised prize is not available, we reserve the right to offer an alternative prize of equal or greater value. *Incorrectly completed entries will be disqualified. *We will endeavour to send prizes within two weeks of the competition end date but cannot guarantee this delivery time. The prizes will be sent by Royal Mail.

OLD STUFF: KOOKY SPACE CREATURES!

With the newest DOT being all about SPACE,  let’s discuss the kookiest space creatures from classic kid’s TV shows. We’ve chosen one from each decade, starting with the 50s, when the Space Age began with the launch of Sputnik 1 in 1957.

SPACE CREATURE’S NAME: Colonel Bleep
PLANET: Futura
YEAR: 1957
CREATED BY: Fran Noack and Robert D. Buchanan, animated by Soundac, USA.
Colonel Bleep, a unicycle-riding extraterrestrial, protected Earth with the help of his pals Squeek (a mute cowboy puppet boy) and Scratch (a super-strong caveman). The design of the oddball series was classic Raygun Gothic with painterly googie shapes (boomerangs, trapezoids and atoms) galore. 
 

SPACE CREATURE’S NAME: The Clangers
PLANET: Un-named, but it was small, hollow and blue!
YEAR: 1969
CREATED BY: Oliver Postgate and Peter Firmin, Smallfilms, UK.
The Clangers were sweet, pink, knitted space creatures, who talked in whistles, ate green soup and wore armour to protect themselves from falling space debris. The show was created in the year humans first landed on the moon.

SPACE CREATURE’S NAME: Bleep
PLANET: Zelcor
YEAR: 1972
CREATED BY: Hanna-Barbera, USA.
When rock group Josie and the Pussycats were accidentally launched into outer space, they travelled through the galaxy trying in vain to find their way home. Along the way they met robot monsters, space pirates and lots of kooky creatures, including pink-limbed Bleep (so named because he could only say “Bleep”) who became Melody the drummer’s pet and the group’s mascot.

SPACE CREATURE’S NAME: Gilbert
PLANET: Drill
YEAR: 1986
CREATED BY: Phil Cornwell, produced by Tyne Tees Television, UK.
Gilbert, a puppet alien, co-presented Get Fresh, which was set in a spaceship called the Millennium Dustbin. Gilbert produced an endless stream of acerbic gags and green snot. The show featured many cool 80s guests (Housemartins, Public Image Ltd, Bananarama, The B52s and more) and the theme music was written by Mick Jones (The Clash/ Big Audio Dynamite).

SPACE CREATURE’S NAME: Plasmo
PLANET: Plynco
YEAR: 1996
CREATED BY: Anthony Lawrence, Australia (Anthony also wrote, directed, co-produced and co-animated the series). 
Plasmo was a claymation space-shifting orphan polybop, trying to find his parents. His best pal Parsty wore a special headpiece which allowed her to create a protective forcefield. 

By Saskia Ericson