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Come to the May Nosy Crow Reading Group!

Posted by Tom on Apr 17, 2014

Would you like to come to the next Nosy Crow Reading Group?

Every month we meet and discuss new and interesting children’s books over a glass of wine – it’s lots of fun. In May, we’ll be discussing a trio of fantastic picture books… with, appropriately enough, the unifying theme of “books about books” (or, as one member of last month’s group pithily described them, “meta-books”).

We’ll be talking about It’s a Book, by Lane Smith – a story which Smith himself describes, rather straightforwardly, as being “about a book loving monkey, a tech savvy jackass and a straight talking little mouse.” But is that really all it’s about? Here’s a trailer:

And you can buy the book online here.

We’ll also be looking at one of our own titles: the recent winner in the picture book category of the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize, Open Very Carefully, illustrated by Nicola O’Byrne with words by Nick Bromley. A crocodile has ended up in totally the wrong story, and his attempts to escape – by eating his way through the pages – make this a fantastic book for sharing and discussing how words and pictures work. Here’s a look inside:

You can buy Open Very Carefully online here.

And finally, we’ll be discussing Press Here, by Herve Tullet – a truly unique picture book about the power of imagination and interactivity. Here’s a trailer:

Press Here is currently only available at a hardback price of £9.99, but we’ve got a limited number of copies for sale for £6.99. If you’d like to come to this month’s book group, you can buy a copy from us in person at any point before the event (just email tom@nosycrow.com for more details) – or, if you’ve come to the book group before, we can post you a copy and you can pay us on the night.

The group will be taking place here at the Nosy Crow offices – 10a Lant Street, London, SE1 1QR – on Thursday, May 15 at 6.30pm. If you’d like to come to the physical event at our office in London, send an email to tom@nosycrow.com and we’ll try to fit in as many people as possible. If we can’t save a place for you this time, we can, if you’d like, keep you on our waiting list for cancellations and add you to our mailing list for future events.

And if you can’t make it here, we’d love for you to join in online, either on Twitter with the #NCGKids hashtag, or in the comments section of our blog for the evening.

We’ll post some discussion points for the book a little closer to the date – we hope you can join us!

Oscar’s First Book Prize

Posted by Tom on Apr 16, 2014

Two Nosy Crow picture books have been longlisted for a new book prize established by the Evening Standard in memory of the son of City editor James Ashton, who died suddenly at the age of three.

Weasels, by Elys Dolan, and Open Very Carefully, illustrated by Nicola O’Byrne with words by Nick Bromley (and recent winner of the picture book category of the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize), are both in the running for Oscar’s First Book Prize, which will reward “the most magical book for pre-school children”. Judges include former Pearson CEO Dame Marjorie Scardino, and the winning book will be awarded £5000.

You can take a look inside Weasels below:


Buy the book online.

And here’s a look inside Open Very Carefully:


Buy the book online.

You can read the full longlist here – good luck to Elys, Nicola and Nick!

Growing up with Nosy Crow - a guest post by Sarah Giddings

Posted by Tom on Apr 15, 2014

Today’s guest post is by Sarah Giddings, a parent who got in touch with us to share her experience of reading Nosy Crow books with her new baby.

My husband and I have always been enthusiastic readers. When we decided to have a baby, we knew we had some book shopping to do. By the day our son was born he already had a large collection of books waiting for him. We started reading to him on his first day home from the hospital. To get him started we showed him high contrast black and white images, which he was fascinated by. We looked forward to the day when he would begin interacting with books as he got older.

We found our first Nosy Crow book at our local independent book store, The Avid Reader Magazines and Books in Cobourg, Ontario (Canada). It was Bizzy Bear: Fire Rescue. We choose this title because it looked like it would be a lot of fun to read with him, and it it was a very well constructed book.

Around the 8 month mark, he started really taking an interest in this book. Because it was so durable, there was no concern that he would damage the book (as a book lover, it pains me to see him tear or bend pages of his other books). The older he gets, the more he can interact with the features, such as pulling back the flaps, turning the wheel, and pushing Bizzy Bear up and down the fire pole.

We started buying more Nosy Crow titles and he loves them all. The Teeny Weeny looks for his mummy! book is another big hit. They are by far his favourite books, and he stays engaged through multiple readings of the same books each time we sit down to read (and sometimes gets grumpy if I try to read him something else!). He is always surprised and delighted to see what is behind the flaps and slides. These books are really helping his vocabulary develop – he now knows what I mean when I say “up and down” and can demonstrate this by pushing Bizzy Bear up and down the fire pole. In Bizzy Bear: Fun on the Farm, he is able to recognize several of the animals, and it is fun for him to find the familiar animals on each page. After months of use, the books all still look brand new which is something we really appreciate. The books have a simple and fun rhyme scheme and very detailed, colourful pictures.

We look forward to exploring the whole Nosy Crow library as he gets older.

Thank you, Sarah! Bizzy Bear: Fire Rescue is available to buy online here and Teeny Weeny looks for his mummy! available here. If you’d like to stay up to date with all of our book news, you can subscribe to our monthly books newsletter here.