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Celebrate Spring with Rounds: Franklin Frog - on sale now!

Posted by Tom on Apr 23, 2014

Spring is in the air, and frogspawn is in the water, and we’re celebrating with a price drop for our Rounds: Franklin Frog app! For one week only, the app will be on sale for just 99¢ (69p) on the App Store.

A fantastic mix of story and non-fiction, Rounds: Franklin Frog follows the life cycle of a frog through three generations, with a highly innovative, looping narrative, a unique, graphic illustration style, lots of interactivity, original animation, music, and children’s voices, and dozens of interesting facts about frogs – did you know that frogs chew by pressing food against the back of their eyeballs with their tongues?

Join in with every stage of a frog’s life – jump, swim, catch flies, avoid predators, find a place to hibernate, croak to attract a mate, lay eggs, hatch, and transform from a tadpole into a frog – and then start from the beginning again! It’s absolutely perfect for 3+ year olds, with easy, intuitive interactivity, lots of helpful dialogue and hints, and a great introduction to biology and life sciences, at home or in the classroom.

You can watch the trailer for the app below:

And you can download Franklin Frog from the App Store for 99¢/ 69p here.

The app will be on sale until Wednesday, April 30 – don’t miss out! And if you enjoy Franklin Frog, you might also like the other app in the series, Rounds: Parker Penguin – learn all about Penguins and the Antarctic! You can find it on the App Store here.

And if you’d like to keep up to date with all of our app news, you can sign up to our Apps Mailing List here, and we’ll let you know whenever there’s a new app, price promotion, or special offer.

We hope you have fun with Franklin Frog!

Win copies of our May titles!

Posted by Tom on Apr 22, 2014

Next month’s new books from Nosy Crow are a very circle-of-life sort of affair – we have two brilliant series drawing to a close, but also an exciting new sequence of novels launching, a brand new picture book series, and new paperback editions of some FANTASTIC existing titles. And so, with Spring truly in the air, it’s time for our monthly books giveaway! If you’re a resident of the UK or Ireland, you can win any of our May releases simply by subscribing to our Books Newsletter and sending us an email with the book you’d like to win. Here’s what’s up for grabs…

You can win Toddler Time: Big Book of Fun by Katie Saunders – capturing all the fun of a toddler’s busy world, this is ideal for dipping into and sharing with pre-schoolers who are ever eager to explore, learn and, of course, have loads of fun! Packed with activities, things to spot and stories to enjoy, this brilliant, bright book helps build essential skills. Here’s a look inside:

We’re publishing the first paperback edition of Princes Penelope and the Runaway Kitten by Alison Murray – a tactile treat of a picture book with glitter on every page! Follow Princess Penelope as she runs through the palace and the palace grounds, including a maze, garden and the royal stables, chasing her naughty runaway kitten – the kitten is all tangled up with wool, which makes a crazy pink glitter trail of shapes behind her as she leaps and jumps through the book. Here’s a look inside:

The Rescue Princesses: The Golden Shell will be out next month – the twelfth and final volume in Paula Harrison’s fantastic Rescue Princesses series, a great introduction to independent reading for 6+ year olds, featuring brave princesses, ninja skills, and animal rescue. This time around, Princess Ella is pretty nervous about starting school, but then she meets some lovely Rescue Princessses, and even has a baby rabbit, Daisy, as a pet! But things take a troubling turn when Daisy goes missing, and Princess Ella’s ninja moves come in very handy… Here’s the first chapter:

And May will also see the conclusion of another great series for early independent readers, Space Pirates: Treasure!, the final volume in the Space Pirates series by Jim Ladd. Sam and his Space Pirate friends have found Planet X (at last)! Now they just have to rescue Sam’s parents and carry off all the lovely treasure. But it’s not that simple. Not when Black-hole Beard is right behind them… A fast-paced, funny series with gags galore, this is a chase through space that will have you cackling from start to finish! Here’s the first chapter:

If you know someone who’s finished the Rescue Princesses series and is looking for something to move onto, Maya’s Secret might be just the thing – the first book in a brand new series by best-selling author Holly Webb. How do you save the planet when your parents have a private jet and couldn’t live without their outdoor swimming pool? And what if you really want to be a vegetarian but you love bacon sandwiches sooo much? Holly explores these questions and MUCH more in this fantastic new sequence of books about four friends who want to make the world a better place – entertaining, inspirational and ideal for 8+ year olds. Here’s the first chapter of May’s Secret:

And here’s a further excerpt:

And finally, you could win the paperback edition of The Grunts all at Sea by Philip Ardagh and Axel Scheffler – the second book in the hilarious Grunts series. Mr Grunt has become a man with a mission. He has to get a Person of Great Importance (or POGI) to someone called Mrs Bayliss by the twenty-fifth. Alive and well. And he can’t tell anyone more than that, not even his lovely wife, Mrs Grunt, because there will be people trying to snatch the POGI and so the POGI must be transported in secret. It’s an exciting adventure, but what interests Mr Grunt most are the silver coins he’s been promised at the end of it. Here’s the first chapter:

To win one 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 tom@nosycrow.com 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 next week.

The Children’s Bookshops of Bangalore

Posted by Nosy Crow Blog on Apr 21, 2014

Today’s guest post is by Maegan Dobson Sippy, on the children’s bookshops of Bangalore. The picture above is of Lightroom Bookstore.

“Use it or Lose it” Nosy Crow tweeted, in response to a sobering report in The Bookseller that the number of indie bookshops in the UK had dipped below 1000 for the first time since records began.

The tweet popped onto my newsfeed just as I was researching and writing a piece about the vibrancy of the literary scene in Bangalore, my home for the last two years. Why was it, I wondered, that the trend in South India is of openings, while back in the UK each month seems to bring news of another bookshop closing its doors?

Although I worked in an indie bookshop in a small English market town before coming to India, my absence from my home country for the last four years has meant that I’ve only been able to keep track of UK developments online and through occasional visits. Here in Bangalore, though, I’ve watched as not just one but three bookshops specifically for children have opened in the city over the last eighteen months.

Just over a year ago Bookalore launched, with the aim of filling the gap that exists between the child and the book, and allowing children to encounter books in new and exciting ways. The idea was to achieve this through monthly events at various locations across the city. Using a book as the inspiration for each event, they’ve since had activities spanning storytelling, craft, art, creative writing and music.

Soon after launching their programme, they realised that parents and children wanted the opportunity to purchase not just the books that had been directly explored in events, but a far wider range of reading material. So emerged Funky Rainbow, a bookshop that travels with Bookalore to its events around the city, run by members of the Bookalore team. They exclusively stock books by Indian writers, believing that these books work best for Indian children in terms of connections and experiences. It’s the first time I’ve known a bookshop to emerge from an events programme, rather than the other way around.


Some of the Funky Rainbow team

A few months later came Lightroom Bookstore, tucked away on a largely residential street near to the centre of town. At the opening I was genuinely stunned by the mass of customers and well-wishers who’d turned out to mark the beginning of a space devoted entirely to children’s literature.


Lightroom Bookstore

Unable to fight my way through the crowd on that first hectic day, I fell in love on later, more peaceful, visits, when I was able to savour the beautifully designed space, and to fully appreciate the love and knowledge that had gone into the curating the selection of books. As far as I am aware, they are the only Indian stockists of books by experimental international publishers such as One Stroke from Japan and Italy’s Corraini Edizioni.

Kutoohala has been the most recent addition to the children’s book map in Bangalore, opening its doors for the first time six months ago. Meaning curiosity in Hindi, the space in South Bangalore aims to bring together a collection of books that nurture creativity, social and emotional development, problem solving and a host of other skills.


Kutoohala

The shop is made up largely of books, but environmentally friendly and educational games – largely with an Indian context – also find space. Unlike Lightroom, there is also a section devoted to used books. They seem to have sourced these internationally, and they are priced extremely reasonably, making it an inexpensive way to pick up picture books from that aren’t usually available in India.

What they’ve become best known for, though, is their programme of events both for children and their parents. These are not strictly book-focused, and have included healthy eating sessions, art classes and science workshops. Next month, during the long summer holiday, they’re holding a five day programme which allows children to put together their own magazine, in collaboration with some of the Bookalore team.

While each of these bookshops has its own personality and specific purpose, all of them offer something above and beyond being a conventional “shop”. In the space of a year they’ve all developed event programmes, identified their niche, and generally bedded into their local communities. In a way, what they seem to be doing is giving their customers a whole range of different ways to use them. I hope against hope that this means Bangalore doesn’t ever lose them.

Thank you for sharing this fascinating trend, Maegan! If you’re interested in learning more about children’s bookshops in Bangalore, you can find Maegan on Twitter here and Tumblr here.