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Posted by Tom on Dec 22, 2014

Whilst I have every sympathy for those of you are still coming to terms with the fact that Christmas is only THREE DAYS AWAY, we are already looking ahead to next year, and our biggest publishing programme yet. We have some absolutely incredible books out in 2015 – and you can win copies of them all! Our monthly books newsletter competition is back, and January will be one of our busiest publication months ever: we’re kicking off the year with a bang. Here’s what’s out next month – and what you can win!

We’ll be publishing two AMAZING new Bizzy Bear books by Benji DaviesDeepsea Diver and Dinosaur Safari. These are (seriously) my two favourite books in the series so far: the subjects are perfect and the colours and detail on every spread are just brilliant – toddlers will love them.

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Pre-order the book now.

Continuing our dinosaur theme, we’re also publishing Dinosaur Rocket! by Penny Dale. Regular readers of this blog will know how much I love this book: it is one of my favourite picture books of next year, and my absolute favourite in Penny’s dinosaur series so far. It is a masterpiece, and perfect for 2+ year olds. Here’s a look inside:

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January will also see publication of Love Always Everywhere, illustrated by Sarah Massini – a joyful, inspirational book celebrating love in its many forms. Whether quiet, loud, shy or proud, the lyrical text champions love for a faithful pet, a best friend or simply your most favourite person in the WHOLE world. Heart-warming and tender, with charming artwork from Massini, this is a perfect book to share and read aloud. Here’s a look inside:

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We’re INCREDIBLY excited to be publishing beautiful, physical editions of the first two of our award-winning fairytale apps next month: The Three Little Pigs and Cinderella, illustrated by the amazing Ed Bryan. Gorgeously designed, and packaged with delightful detail and drama, these are books to treasure and enjoy over and over again. Here’s a look inside the first two books:

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Pre-order the book now.

And we’ll also be publishing the first paperback edition of Because I Love You, written by David Bedford and illustrated by Rebecca Harry. It’s bedtime for Little Bear, but as his mummy tucks him into bed, he wonders if he’s had enough love that day. So Mummy Bear takes Little Bear on a journey, reminding him of all that they’ve done that day – of the laughter, the discovery, the joy – but most of all of the love they’ve shared. And Little Bear goes to bed happy, warm – and loved. This is an absolutely charming story, beautifully illustrated (and foiled throughout!), about a mother’s love – here’s a look inside:

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For newly-independent readers, next month we’re publishing Zoe’s Rescue Zoo: The Pesky Polar Bear, the seventh brilliant story in the phenomenally successful Zoe’s Rescue Zoo series by Amelia Cobb. These are a great introduction to chapter books for 5-7 year olds – brilliantly-written series fiction with a fantastic premise. Zoe loves living at her uncle’s rescue zoo because there’s always something exciting going on. And Zoe also has an amazing secret… She actually TALK to the animals. These books have wonderfully broad appeal – here’s a lovely recent review by a 10-year-old-boy who loves the series. And here’s a look inside the book:

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We’ll be publishing My Headteacher is a Vampire Rat by Pamela Butchart – the hilarious third book in the sequence begun with the Red House Children’s Book Award-shortlisted Baby Aliens Got My Teacher and continued with the Blue Peter Book Award-shortlisted The Spy Who Loves School Dinners. This time, Izzy and her friends are SHOCKED when they meet their new head teacher. He has black hair, wears a cape, and has horrible, wormy lips. One time, they even hear him hissing in his office, and sunlight makes him go bright red. But it’s when he bans garlic bread on Italian Day that they KNOW. Their new head teacher is a vampire and his army of vampire rats are going to take over the school. EEEK! These are brilliantly funny books for 6 – 9 year olds – and they capture school life PERFECTLY. Here’s a look inside My Headteacher is a Vampire Rat:

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And finally, next month will see the release of Emily’s Dream by Holly Webb – the fourth and final novel in a fantastic sequence of novels about four friends who want to make the world a better place – entertaining, inspirational and ideal for 8+ year olds. Emily loves animals. But she comes from a big family and there’s no room for any pets. So she decides to help at the local animal-rescue centre instead. But the rescue centre is under threat. Can Emily and her friends make sure all the animals don’t end up homeless? Here’s a look inside the book:

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To win any of these books, all you have to do is subscribe to our books newsletter (if you’ve already subscribed you’re still eligible for this competition) and send an email to [email protected] with “Newsletter competition” in the subject heading and the title of the book you’d like to win in the body of your email. So have a good think about which book you’d like to win (we can only accept one entry per person), and good luck – we’ll pick the winners at random in January.

And now… back to some frantic last-minute Christmas preparations!

Festive celebrations at Nosy Crow

Posted by Tom on Dec 19, 2014

On Monday the Crow’s Nest underwent its annual transformation (largely thanks to the beautiful – and laws-of-physics-defyingly-long – paper chains made by our design team), in order for us to mark the end of the year with an evening of festive drinks and home-made canapés. It was as lovely an evening as one could imagine, shared with many of our friends: authors, illustrators, agents, booksellers, journalists, librarians, designers, and many more. And here, by popular demand, are some of the photos taken on the night:

Helen Oxenbury, Nosy Crow Head of Picture Books Louise Bolongaro, John Burningham, and Nosy Crow Managing Director Kate Wilson

My Brother is a Superhero author David Solomons and Nosy Crow Editorial Director Camilla Reid

Pip and Posy illustrator Axel Scheffler and Follow that Car illustrator Stephan Lomp

Nosy Crow Fiction Editor Kirsty Stansfield and The Spy Who Loved School Dinners author Pamela Butchart

Literary Assistant Alice Sutherland-Hawes, The Princess and the Peas illustrator Sarah Warburton, Louise Bolongaro, and agent Hilary Delamere

Bizzy Bear illustrator Benji Davies and Superhero Dad author Timothy Knapman

Baby and Me illustrator Emma Dodd, Playbook Castle paper engineer Corina Fletcher, and designer Giselle Gimblett

Kate Wilson and Andy Stanton

A full album of photos will be posted on our Facebook page later today. And from all of us at Nosy Crow, merry Christmas!

My first Crow Christmas

Posted by Sophie Gordon on Dec 18, 2014

With the festive chill of December well and truly in the air, the Crows of Lant Street set out to throw another unforgettable Christmas party. Talk of canape recipes, party playlists, and the all important party decoration idea floated around the office. The Crows were determined to transform their Nest into a magical winter wonderland…

We thought that it would be great if this year, we could fill the office ceiling with sweeping hand made white paper chains. After ordering a heap of paper and double sided tape from our stationery supplier, we were set. Zoe and I headed to Steph’s house in north London, to make our vision into a reality. We arrived at around 6:15, and after spending the first half an hour pecking away at a very festive cheese board, we set down our plates, picked up our scalpels, paper and tape, and got chaining.

We made two difference sizes of paper chains, each made by cutting strips of A3 pieces of paper, rolling them around into circles and securing with double sided tape, after chaining onto the next piece in the chain. We had a wonderful evening and were very pleased with what we had created.

After transporting the paper chains into the office, we hung them the morning of the party and they looked great teamed with our Fairy lights and decorative trees. The party was a huge success, the paper chains looked great, the canapes were delicious and the prosecco was flowing, everybody had a wonderful time.

My first Christmas as Crow was truly magical. Not only does Nosy Crow know how to throw a wonderful Christmas party, we also have a lovely Christmas Lunch, and eat lots of biscuits, chocolate, and of course, delicious cakes throughout the Christmas period.

With Christmas just over a week away, the Christmas spirit has well and truly set in. So from me and all at Nosy Crow, I hope that you have a wonderful Christmas, and that you eat as much cake and chocolate as we have these last few weeks! Merry Christmas and a happy new year!