‘A Little Bit Brave,’ is a glorious picture book debut from Nicola Kinnear that celebrates the joy of overcoming your fears and seizing the day. Logan loves to hear about his best friend Luna’s adventures but likes nothing better than staying at home baking biscuits and watering his plants. But one day Luna loses her temper at Logan’s reluctance to be brave and storms out. Logan is desperately unhappy about upsetting Luna and is determined to conquer his fears. He soon discovers that there’s a whole world waiting outside and realises how much he is missing out on. When he discovers Luna in peril, its time for Logan to be truly brave!
Stunningly illustrated this book is so beautiful and thoughtful. It’s the perfect book to share with children who may be unsure about trying new experiences and it’s reassuringly positive even when things go wrong. Sumptuous spreads are filled with the most exquisite details and Nicola captures brilliantly the range of emotions Logan feels on his journey to becoming brave. I particularly love the autumnal palette bursting with colour and life reflecting Logan’s awe and wonder at this world that has been waiting for him.
A Little Bit Brave is such a beautifully illustrated book, and Nicola talks about how some of those illustrations came to be.
This is one of my favourite illustrations from the book. I settled on the idea for this spread quite early on and it didn’t really change much when I did the final version.
This is a work in progress shot of the illustration with the wolf trying to eat Luna. I keep the colour thumbnails close by to reference while I’m working. I used Promarkers and coloured pencils to do all of the final illustrations.
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Thank you to Louisa and Scholastic for inviting me to join in with this blog tour and for sending me a gifted copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. ‘A Little Bit Brave,’ is available to buy now online or from any good bookshop.