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Andy Elkerton Books In Order

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Publication Order of Viking Adventures Books

Bitra and the Witch (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Oolaf the Hero (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Oolaf and the Golden Book (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
The World to the West (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Picture Books

Max Power and The Bagpipes (With: Suse Moore) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Good Night Solar System (With: Mark Jasper,Adam Gamble) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Good Night Great Barrier Reef (With: Mark Jasper,Adam Gamble) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Bigfoot and Burd (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
How to Catch a Garden Fairy (With: Alice Walstead) (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon
How to Catch a Daddysaurus (With: Alice Walstead) (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Candies Books

with James Patterson
The Candies Save Christmas (With: James Patterson) (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Candies' Easter Party (With: James Patterson) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Do Not Books

with Julie Gassman
Do Not Bring Your Dragon to the Library (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Do Not Take Your Dragon to Dinner (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Do Not Bring Your Dragon to Recess (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Do Not Take Your Dragon on a Field Trip (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Do Not Bring Your Dragon to the Last Day of School (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Do Not Let Your Dragon Spread Germs (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of How to Catch Books

How to Catch a Leprechaun (With: Adam Wallace) (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
How to Catch the Tooth Fairy (With: Adam Wallace) (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
How to Catch an Elf (With: Adam Wallace) (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
How to Catch the Easter Bunny (With: Adam Wallace) (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
How to Catch a Monster (With: Adam Wallace) (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
How to Catch a Mermaid (With: Adam Wallace) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
How to Catch a Snowman (With: Adam Wallace) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
How to Catch a Turkey (With: Adam Wallace) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
How to Catch a Unicorn (With: Adam Wallace) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
How to Catch a Dinosaur (With: Adam Wallace) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
How to Catch a Dragon (With: Adam Wallace) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
How to Catch a Yeti (With: Adam Wallace) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
My First How to Catch Santa Claus (With: Alice Walstead) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
How to Catch a Gingerbread Man (With: Adam Wallace) (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
My First How to Catch a Witch (With: Alice Walstead) (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
My First How to Catch the Easter Bunny (With: Alice Walstead) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
How to Catch a Class Pet (With: Alice Walstead) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
How to Catch a Witch (With: Alice Walstead) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
How to Catch a Loveosaurus (With: Alice Walstead) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon

Andy Elkerton is a children’s book illustrator from the west coast of Scotland town of Oban known for its distillery.

He is known for his colorful and bright illustrations for picture books, tv production companies major publishing houses, toy manufacturers, and advertising companies.

Andy got started working as an illustrator in 2003 after he spent more than fifteen years in the computer games industry, where he was a graphic designer.

He credits his success to the hard work of Sylvie Poggio in the United Kingdom and Kidshannon in the United States that have represented him for years.

Still, Elkerton has also done a lot of work to improve himself and become one of the leading illustrators on both sides of the Atlantic. The illustrator has illustrated many Barnes and Noble, USA Today, and New York Times bestselling titles.

He has asserted that he cannot think of a better job than having to doodle illustrations the whole day and being paid handsomely for it.

He lives with his wife and three children in Oban, from where he does his illustrations.

While Andy Elkerton is one of the most respected illustrators today, he did not have an easy time getting to the top.

The thing with the illustration industry is that it is never possible to rely on illustrating work as sometimes it just is not there. Andy remembers sometimes waiting weeks and sometimes months before he got work.

Still, he believes he has been very lucky as the times when he has not had work for long stretches have been few and far between.

Nonetheless, he remembers a time when there was a lull in the illustrating industry that caused a complete drying up of commissions. Things slowed down to slug speeds that he was soon dipping into his savings.

Since the lean times lasted for more than six months, he soon ran out of money and had to go find a proper job if he was not to entirely run dry.

It was a dreadful feeling for the artist who had not left the comfortable and warm glow of his studio for years but he needed to survive.

It was during this time that he found a job with the Oban Distillery and had to work alongside ordinary humans to earn a living.

Surprisingly, he loved his job and colleagues, but when the good times came back, he resigned and went back to illustrating.

Andy Elkerton illustrated “How to Catch A Witch,” the 2022 published work by Alice Walstead.

Just like many of his other works, this one sticks to the tried and tested series formula. It makes use of rhyming four-line verses in the description of seven intrepid treaters or trick efforts to arrest a witch that was disturbing their Halloween celebrations.

She makes use of rhyming roadblocks making for acceptable rhymes that make for some great cadence. Children that have read earlier titles by the author will recognize the Tunnel of Tricks, the box snare, the pulley, and the costume-clad kids.

Ultimately, the children accept the lead character’s invitation to boogie, bump, and floss which ends with a dance party. There is no doubt that the witch throws one of the biggest parties of the years.
At the party, there are all manner of kids with bright and fanciful costumes rather than scary ones.

Some of the characters at the Halloween party include a wizard, a unicorn, a ginger-haired kid in a bow tie and lab coat, a dragon, two space creatures, and a scarecrow.

The monsters, jack-o-lanterns, goblins, and ghosts with a background of purple and turquoise night sky make for an eerie feel.

It is an enchanting story that will have many ardent fans of Halloween in thrall.

“How to Catch a Gingerbread Man” is a work illustrated by Andy Elkerton. At the opening of the story, the lead runs off during storytime at the bookstore as he is pursued by literary characters and young listeners.

Following on from previous novels in the series, Wallace writes of a sometimes tortured Elkerton and doggerel and a set of weird-looking cartoon scenes.

In this work, the narrator is an insouciant kid who scampers through the aisles as he sidesteps many well-set snares set by a range of young, racially diverse audiences.

These are helped by classics such as Alice and several of her friends. Many of the literary helpers do not show any resemblance to their Disney or conventional counterparts in the illustrations.

Nonetheless, Andy Elkerton clearly identifies the characters with visual cues or broad hints such as an unnamed wizard who comes riding in on a broom to kick over Frogwarts, a very famous tower.

Along with playing a little loose and fast with details, the author modifies his stories to make for some unique but very satisfying stories.

“How to Catch a Dragon” is a work that is illustrated by Andy Elkerton.

At the opening of the story, some kid tried to catch a good luck dragon. The family is preparing for the Chinese New Year and the kid is desperate to find the dragon rumored to be hiding around town.

After she heard her mother wishing for a dragon to bring fortune and health for the new year, several friends and a Chinese boy find a dragon hiding in town.

In the beautiful Chinese-type architecture in town, the characters make use of Chinese lures to try to catch the dragon.

They also make use of other things that include dragon dance, a web of sticky rice and noodles, gold coins, and a giant red lantern.

The author writes in simple rhyming lines, which makes it possible to get deeper insights into Chinese culture. Every stanza comes with several highlighted words and within the illustration is found the Chinese translation of some of the words.

The work is translated into simplified Mandarin that is combined with Pinyin, which is used to cross-reference back matter. Andy Elkerton skillfully paints colorful illustrations that show diverse characters set in traditional Chinese settings.

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