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Take a look inside the fantastic sequel to The Secret Hen House Theatre

Posted by Tom on Oct 22, 2014

Proofs have just arrived for a FANTASTIC book that we’re publishing next February: The Farm Beneath the Water by Helen Peters, the sequel to the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize-shortlisted The Secret Hen House Theatre. And today, for the first time, you can read the opening chapters!

Hannah’s farm is facing a new threat – a water company wants to flood the land to make a reservoir. How can she stand by and watch as the land her family has farmed for generations, and the wildlife, all disappear under a deluge of water? Hannah won’t go down without a fight, and the school play might just be the answer… When the going gets tough, the tough take to the stage!

The book has all the same hallmarks as its predecessor: great writing and an emotionally engaging, entertaining narrative. It’s PERFECT for 9-12 year olds who love a brilliantly-told story.

Here’s a first look inside The Farm Beneath the Water:

You can pre-order the book today here – and if you’d like to be kept up to date with all of our book news, and find out as soon as The Farm Beneath the Water is in shops, you can sign up to our books newsletter here.

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Nosy Crow Jigsaws is about to get even bigger

Posted by Tom on Oct 21, 2014

We’re about to release a special Hallowe’en update of our free Nosy Crow Jigsaws app, with LOTS of fantastic new artwork from some of our spookiest books – and to celebrate the app update, we’re giving away copies of some of our other apps!

To win ANY of our story apps, just download Nosy Crow Jigsaws for free from the App Store and let us know by email to tom@nosycrow.com your favourite puzzle in the app, and the story app you’d like to win. It couldn’t be easier!

Nosy Crow Jigsaws is a free-to-download jigsaw puzzle app, featuring over 200 jigsaws based on artwork from our award-winning apps and print picture books. It’s packed full of great features, which make it incredibly intuitive and unbelievably easy to use, and also a wonderfully satisfying, absorbing jigsaw experience – fun for the whole family!

You can choose the level of complexity for each jigsaw, from 4 to 300 pieces, using an intuitive slider that adjusts the difficulty level. There’s a “piece rotation” toggle, which allows you to start with jigsaw pieces randomly assorted or in the correct position. There’s a very easy-to-use “tray” to search through pieces as you work on your jigsaw. You can zoom in and out to explore detail in each jigsaw and see the whole picture. There are information pages at the end of every jigsaw – learn more about our books and apps and explore more of the picture with “Can you see” questions for young children. And there’s lot’s more! You can watch Ed demonstrate just a few of the great features in the app at the video at the top of this post.

We’ll pick the winners at random once the app update has been released. And if you’d like to be kept up to date with all of our app news (and find out as soon as the new, halloween edition of Nosy Crow Jigsaws has hit the App Store), you can subscribe to our apps mailing list here.

Nosy Crow on the Greenaway and Carnegie nomination lists

Posted by Tom on Oct 20, 2014

The nomination lists for the 2015 CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals – the UK’s oldest and most prestigious children’s book awards – have been released, and we were thrilled to see three Nosy Crow titles included!

Cowgirl, by G.R. Gemin, has been nominated for the Carnegie Medal, and Use Your Imagination, by Nicola O’Byrne, and Nuts in Space, by Elys Dolan, have both been nominated for the Kate Greenaway Medal.

The Kate Greenaway Medal was established in 1955, named after the popular nineteenth century artist, and is awarded annually for an outstanding book in terms of illustration for children and young people. The Carnegie Medal was established by in 1936, in memory of the great Scottish-born philanthropist, Andrew Carnegie, and is awarded annually to the writer of an outstanding book for children.

You can read the full list of titles nominated for the Carnegie medal here, and for the Kate Greenaway medal here.

Here’s the opening chapter of Cowgirl:

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Here’s a look inside Use Your Imagination:

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And here’s a look inside Nuts in Space:

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The winning titles will be announced at an awards ceremony in Summer 2015. Congratulations to Nicola, Elys, and G.R.!

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