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Peanut Jones and the Illustrated City

Written by Rob Biddulph

Illustrated by Rob Biddulph

Key Stage 2 Adventure Stories Art and Design

LoveReading View on Peanut Jones and the Illustrated City

Lavishly illustrated, endlessly inventive and exciting first adventure for a great new character

The first novel from the lockdown #drawwithrob hero for schools and families everywhere, is an absolute triumph. The first in what is sure to become a best selling and popular series introduces us to the amazing Peanut Jones. Her artist father has gone missing, and her own love of drawing is being stifled in her new school and not valued by her mother. The discovery of a magic pencil, that literally brings drawings to life, enables her to draw a door and step through into another world, where she hopes she may be able to find her father. 

Peanut is aided and accompanied by her new science-loving friend, Rockwell, and her genius younger sibling, Little Bit. Together they face many dangers as they travel through the land of Chroma, not least the villainous Mr. White, who wants to extinguish all colour and creativity. Chroma is a superbly imagined world and each district and many of the vivid characters have a distinctly artistic flavour – The Ink District, Warholia, Vincent Fields etc. Little Tail the magic pencil is also known Pencil Number One, the very first pencil created by inventor Nicolas-Jaques Conte. There is actually a glossary at the end of the book to give readers a mini education in Art History and ensure they can appreciate all the references- very useful for parents and teachers! This is a book suffused with the joy of art, by an artist and for budding artists everywhere, but most of all it is a hugely enjoyable, witty and exciting story that will captivate readers of all ages. Highly recommended.

Joy Court

Peanut Jones and the Illustrated City Synopsis

Superstar, author and illustrator Rob Biddulph dazzles in Peanut Jones and the Illustrated City, the first title in an adventure series for boys and girls of 8+.

Fizzing with magic, danger, friendship and art, this exciting, funny, middle-grade debut is from the bestselling creative genius behind #DrawWithRob.

Some legends are born, some are drawn . . . Drawing feels like magic to Peanut Jones. But art can't fix her problems. Her dad has gone missing, and she's stuck in a boring new school. Until the day she finds a unique pencil turbo-charged with special powers. Suddenly she's pulled into a world packed with more colour, creativity, excitement and danger than she could ever have imagined. And maybe, just maybe, she might find out what happened to her dad.

Peanut Jones and the Illustrated City Reader Reviews

In addition to our LoveReading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.

Lovely book, full of beautiful illustrations, but has got a lot of punctuation mistakes! Full review

Thalia S. A. (Age 11 )

Peanut Jones and the Illustrated City Press Reviews

Goodness me, THIS BOOK. Rob Biddulph has only gone & done it again. Committed the ultimate crime of being FAR TOO AWESOME. I mean, look at this utter beauty?! Those illustrations. This book is EPIC -- Laura Ellen Anderson

A wildly imaginative, big-hearted celebration of creativity -- Anna James, bestselling author of the Pages & Co series

A masterful mix of art, heart and edge-of-your-seat adventure. I love Peanut Jones! -- Sibeal Pounder

Fresh and original, it's full of Biddulph's characteristic warmth and, of course, his striking illustrations. -- Fiona Noble - The Bookseller

Book Information

ISBN: 9781529040524
Publication date: 2nd September 2021
Author: Rob Biddulph
Illustrator: Rob Biddulph
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books an imprint of Pan Macmillan
Format: Hardback
Year Groups: Key Stage 2
Topics: Adventure Stories, Art

About Rob Biddulph

By day Rob Biddulph is the award-winning art director of the Observer Magazine. By night he makes up silly stories for his three daughters, and draws pictures to go with them. His first picture book, Blown Away, won the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize in 2015, his second, GRRRR! was nominated for the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal and just released is the wonderful Odd Dog Out. He lives with his wife and daughters in London,

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