The Pikaland Gift Guide for All Seasons: part 5


In this edition of our gift guide, I turn to a mixed bag of books – while most of them are mainly for kids, I think we can all agree we’re all basically kids at heart; so it’s a double win for everyone! I hope you enjoy the picks of these books by indie publishers! For the rest of the gift guide, click here to see the rest!

The Monsters of Tasmania by Rachel Tribout




From the book’s description:

Captain Blueberry is a mighty adventurer who sails the oceans searching for the unknown and unseen things of the world. People think she is crazy because she believes in monsters.

Can Captain Blueberry and First Mate Albert prove to all that monsters do exist?

The Monsters of Tasmania brings folk tales and sea creatures to life and looks at the landscape in a whole new, monstrous way.

The 72-page book is available here.

Let Your Fish Swim Away by Ella Goodwin



From the book’s description:

“Let your fish swim away” houses illustration based on the idea of letting go of your anxieties. (and strongly influenced by Ruth Ozeki’s book “A Tale for the Time Being.

Available to purchase here.

Journal Doodles “The Works” by Marloes De Vries


Marloes has been keeping a doodle journal and this is the complete collection of all her drawings – all 115 of them, bounded together in a hardcover book.

Available to purchase here.

 Ghost Pirate: The Legend of Juana La Loca by Juliana Coles



From the description:

Ghost Pirate: the Legend of Juana La Loca, is the first published collection of the avant garde visual journal pages, paintings and figure drawings of Juliana Coles. Each intricate page is layered with journal writings, narrative and provocative imagery.

This non-traditional non-linear visual narrative of the perils of piracy begins with the burial at sea of the legendary free spirited Juana La Loca. But death is never final, as the Black Swan Pirate returns from the depths with a message for our illustrious hero, Captain Morgan La Fey…

Available from Juliana’s Etsy shop.

Hand/Made: Lisa Solomon, published by MIEL



From the publisher:

Hand/Made, a monograph of Bay-area artist Lisa Solomon’s mixed-media work, showcases Solomon’s attention to the detail and texture of the everyday, and to the feminine as it erupts into that dailyness. Invoking histories both personal and wider, Solomon demonstrates the effect that the smallest things can have. Solomon incorporates thread (alone and as crochet) into drawings and installations, materially bridging craft and fine art, and bringing concerns with domesticity and women’s stories to the fore.

70 pages in an edition 0f 300, available at MIEL Books.

Bill Bear’s Peloton by Wijtze Valkema


From the book’s description:

Meet Bill Bear, the manager of a small group of animal cyclists. Among the peloton you’ll find Elly Fant, who is a very strong elephant, but unfortunately too heavy for her bike. Wally Nut, who brings food from the manager’s car to the animals up front. King Of the Mountain Maus, Super sprinter Chiita, Chick Ann, they all share life on the road.

The 8-panel booklet is available at BlueOn.

Soundimals by James Chapman


From the book’s description:

In English, dogs go woof, cats go meow and mice go squeak. But what about in Hungarian? Or Japanese?
There’s a wide variety of animal sounds you may not have known, and this is a bright and fun way to learn about them all! 

32 pages and available at James’ Etsy shop.

The Colourblind Chameleon by Laura Kantor & Sarah Ray


From the book’s description:

The Colourblind Chameleon is the debut title from up and coming author/illustrator duo Laura Kantor and Sarah Ray.

This is a colourful and imaginative tale of a chameleon who doesn’t fit in with the rest. He realises that it’s not just good to be different… it’s a lot more fun!

Delight in the rhyming verses, vibrant colours and hilarious drawings as you are taken on a wonderful journey with a special little chameleon (wearing fabulous pants).

Available here.

Brockley Foxtrot by Katriona Chapman


From the description:

Brockley Foxtrot is a 24-page book, illustrated and designed by me, and saddle-stitched by hand. It’s an account of my love affair with the urban foxes that shared my garden in London for many years! The illustrations are in pencil with some watercolour elements, and 75% of them are actually recreated from my own photographs of the foxes. It’s beautifully printed on textured creamy paper, with a colour cover and end-papers.

“For about six years I lived in an area of London called Brockley. For most of those years I shared my back garden with several generations of a family of foxes. When I moved house I decided to make this book to mark the end of this phase of my life… it’s a chronicle of my observations of the Brockley foxes, and what they meant to me.”

Available here.

We’re almost done with the gift guide – stay tuned for a few more of our recommendations!

The Pikaland Gift Guide for All Seasons part 4


We’re reaching the fourth part of our all season gift guide, and this time, it’s mainly about stories. Think comics, poems, zines and books – there’s one for each and everyone!


 You Are the Friction by Sing Statistics



From their website:

You Are The Friction is an anthology of collaborative short fiction and illustration. It’s a small, bright red record of what happens when you introduce twelve writers to twelve illustrators, light a match, and run in the opposite direction. Twelve short stories inspired by illustrations, twelve illustrations inspired by short stories, all collected in a handsome paperback edition published by Sing Statistics.

Get a copy (at a steal right now!) here.

Logic Storm by Theo Ellsworth




From Theo’s website:

Logic Storm is a stream of conscious notebook of detailed pen and ink drawings that I finished in July 2011. Making these drawings helped me clarify the themes and characters I was working with and directly led to the creation of my graphic novel “The Understanding Monster, Book One”.

Get your copy here.

Three Very Gruesome Love Stories by Faye Moorhouse



From one of my favourite artists, Faye Moorhouse, comes 3 illustrated books based on the true life stories of three murderers.

Get them over here.


In a Flat Land by Richard Swan



A beautifully detailed comic by Richard Swan – available to view online.

This 64-page black and white zine is available to purchase here.

Fancy II zine by Laura Callaghan



Lose yourself in the colourful world of Laura Callaghan through her zine – Fancy II is the second volume of her zine, available as a full-colour 20-page A4 zine.

Get yours here.

Elephant and Moon by Meera Lee Patel



Elephant and Moon is an original story written and illustrated for both children and adults by Meera Lee Patel. From the description:

The story accompanies Elephant as he searches for his sense of self and belonging in this sometimes-big and sometimes-scary world. Elephant faces mystery and longing, strange loneliness and small, sparkling moments of tranquility.

Get your copy here.

Something Smells Like Pee: and Other Classy Observations by Blythe E. Jewell



Need a little humour this holiday season (or any other season, really)? Pick up Blythe’s book that has 60+ poems that’s rooted in reality, plus sketches to boot.

Get yours here.

Nothing is Forgotten: A collection of short stories by Ryan Andrews




I love Ryan Andrew’s work, and if you haven’t seen his comics yet, check out his website. He has an anthology of his 4 short stories all packed into one 136-page volume.

Get yours here.

Single Black Glove by Kate Hazell



Single Black Glove is a tale of triumph over misfortune for the gloves you see lost and abandoned in the street, written and illustrated by Kate Hazell. Includes a poem by Ed Hawkesworth.

A5, 12 pages, available here.

Misfits of Love by Katherine Dunn of Apifera Farm



From Katherine’s website:

An illustrated journey of one woman as she grapples with the death of her father. At her side were the Misfits she had adopted into her small farm’s barnyard–a grumpy pig, and old donkey, handicapped goats and one very special elderly goat named Old Man Guinnias.

As she cared or hospiced these creatures, she was able to have her own internal conversations with each–helping her understand their journey better, but also that of her father, and herself.

A beautiful, quiet book for anyone who has lost a loved one or parent, or who appreciates the healing power of nature and animals.

This 12-page book is available here.

I hope you’ve enjoyed the selection so far – I’ll see you next week for more! 


The Pikaland Gift Guide for All Seasons part 3



We’re coming on to part 3 of our all season gift guide, and for this issue, I’m going to touch on coloring books! I think that coloring books are fantastic for de-stressing, and also for those who are looking to add their magic touch to other people’s art. They’re great for kids and adults alike too – what’s not to like?

Coloring Book vol. 4 by Doodlers Anonymous

Doodlers Anonymous

Volume 4 of the Doodlers Anonymous coloring book features the doodles and drawings of 60 artists from around the globe – some fresh novices, others seasoned veterans, all of whom share a love for the hand-drawn.

You can get a copy over here.

Cordial Kitten Coloring Book: Animals with Jobs



Have fun coloring in Candice’s book that’s filled with animals (who have jobs – and they seem to be pretty good at it too!)

Get yours over here.

Monsters Behaving Badly, a coloring book by Emma Kidd



If you love monsters and you love coloring them in, Emma’s book is for you! It’s a beautiful book that’s big on monsters and imagination.

It’s printed on recycled paper, 16-pages and available right here.

Botania coloring book by Helena Tay

Helena Tay

From Helena’s description:

Botania is my artistic journey into the things that inspire me the most: nature, trees, the four seasons, woodland animals, the whimsy and the make believe. It took me a year to ink all the pages, including over 150 animals plus insects lost in lush botany! 

This very detailed and playful coloring book features lots of nature and animals in 26 pages – available right here.

The Land of Shining Lakes coloring book by Kamala Caton


From Kamala’s description:

The “Land of Shining Lakes” was inspired in part by the flora and fauna surrounding my home in the romantic Snoqualmie River valley, nestled into the foothills of the Cascades here in the Pacific Northwest, just outside of Seattle, WA. The beginning of the book, however, takes place in a desert land much like Morocco, where King Tilliman hides a dark secret from his three daughters. The story is complete with nymphs, a unicorn, monstrous sea creatures, rebellion, dreams, magical mischief and true love. I dedicate the book to my 11-year-old niece, but you will find it delightful at any age.

The book is 32-pages, a large format book printed on quality heavyweight cover stock (17″x11″ index) with a sturdy bend and finely textured matte surface perfect for crayons and colored pencils, and is available here.

Colour Africa Proverbs


From their description:

Colour Africa Proverbs is a colouring book of  illustrated proverbs from all over Africa. The proverbs are words of wisdom that teach children universal truths in an engaging and interactive way. Respect, compassion and teamwork are central themes. Each of the 10 proverbs appears in its original home language, with an English translation and a picture, and each proverbs are explained at the back of the book.

Available here.

Facts & Feathers: A bird coloring book by Melissa Washburn

Melissa Washburn


From Melissa’s description:

This professionally printed 16-page coloring book includes my illustrations of 12 different bird species that can be found in the Indiana Dunes along Lake Michigan, along with some interesting facts about each bird. As part of a 2012-2013 grant from the Indiana Arts Council, I created a series of mixed media bird illustrations and decided to also create a coloring book to go with the project. A successful Kickstarter launch to get the initial print run followed, and now I have extras for sale here on Etsy! Great for bird enthusiasts and kids of all ages.

Available right here.

Pattern and Design Coloring Book vol. 1 by Jenean Morrison

Jenean Morrison


If you like coloring in patterns, then Jenean’s book is for you – there’s 50 original designs in total that consists of repeat patterns, florals, geometric and abstract prints.

Get yours here.

Games of Thrones coloring book by Team Art

Team Art GoT


If you don’t know, I’m a bit of a Game of Thrones fan, so I literally laughed out loud when I saw that there’s a coloring book on the show! Fill in 14 of GoT’s favourite characters while waiting for the new season to begin: Jaqen H’ghar, Arya Stark, Gendry, Sansa Stark, Joffrey Baratheon, Robb Stark, Catelyn and Eddard Stark, Petyr Baelish, Ros, Melisandre, Stannis Baratheon, Tyrion Lannister, Tywin Lannister, Theon Greyjoy, Viserys Targaryen, Daenerys Targaryen/Khaleesi, Khal Drogo, Ygritte, Jon Snow, Cersei Lannister, Jaime Lannister, Robert Baratheon.

Available here.

Animal Sleep Stories coloring book by Daria Tessler

Daria Tessler

Daria Tessler’s illustrations are incredible detailed and beautiful, and has the ability to transport anyone to a different world. Explore her mysterious characters and settings through elaborate line art. These illustrations are the uncoloured versions of her popular prints – ready for you to jump right in!

Available in a limited edition of 1000, get your signed and numbered copy directly from Daria here.

And there you have it! Make sure you take a look at Part 1, and Part 2 of this gift guide! There’s still more to come so hang in there!