New LaB Idea - Dubravka Kolanovic Jul 14 2019

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We always like to bring you thrilling updates from our talented artists, and this month we’re excited to share an enthralling new LaB idea, illustrated and written by our very own Dubravka Kolanovic! Her new title is A Real Princess, which we developed with our sister studio Collaborate. Read on below to learn more about this engaging new title:

Dragon has been asleep for 100 years. He wakes to find that his magical kingdom has lost all the flowers, fields and space it had before. Instead, he finds skyscrapers, factory fumes and rubbish heaps.

He makes friends with a girl called Emma, who lives in the highest window of the tallest tower (everyone knows that’s where you find princesses) and he feels a little better when she buys him an ice cream.

Emma can tell how sad Dragon is to see that his beautiful Kingdom has deteriorated, so she promises to make the world a better place by the time he wakes from his next slumber.

Being a children's book author illustrator, Dubravka also has passion for conservation. She has volunteered in number of projects for environmental protection animal welfare with Earthwatch, which inspired her to create A Real Princess. Time spent in wonderful parts of the globe including the Amazon rainforest, Borneo, the African Savannah, deserts, coral reefs, Arctic and Antarctica taught her to be aware of current problems we face such as global warming, extinctions, and pollution. Children are our future and Dubravka wants to make them aware of these problems, and to promise to be kind and respectful to our beautiful blue planet just like Emma did. 

Dubravka’s adorable main characters, dreamy watercolor scenes and approach to this important subject matter make her story a perfect fit for picture books, especially those aimed at audiences in the 0-5 range. If you’re interested in learning more about A Real Princess, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our lovely agents for more info! You can also see more of Dubravka’s artwork by visiting her portfolio, and to see more images from A Real Princess, scroll the the above gallery. Dubravka has additionally developed a number of story ideas with Collaborate, including True Friends and There’s No Place Like Home (both published by QED Publishing, an imprint of Quarto) as well as Noah's Message to Monkey and Not So Scary Story.

Want to see more book ideas from our artist? Email our agents and set up an appointment - we’d be more than happy to meet and share!