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Jack and the Beanstalk receives a Parents' Choice Award

Posted by Tom on Jul 23, 2014

Our Jack and the Beanstalk app is the recipient of a Silver Parents’ Choice Award in the Mobile App category. In their citation, Parent’ Choice write:

“Readers are presented with a treasure trove of interactivity. Prompted to touch a blinking blue button, characters speak and react – with smartly written lines and voices that are well directed and performed … In this nonlinear narrative, the story’s path and outcome are determined by the player; waking the giant has consequences! Once again, Nosy Crow delivers a fairy tale squarely into the 21st century.”

You can read the full review here.

The Independent's Best Children's Books for Summer

Posted by Tom on Jul 22, 2014

The Independent has chosen their picks for the best children’s books this summer, including Mouse’s First Night at Moonlight School, by Simon Puttock and Ali Pye. Nicholas Tucker writes: “Simon Puttock’s Mouse’s First Night at Moonlight School takes a reassuring look at feeling shy on the first day in the classroom. Initially mouse conceals herself behind the curtains but after winning a game of hide-and-seek she decides that school and her new animal friends are a good thing after all. Ali Pye’s dreamy illustrations are as appealing as the child-head teacher Miss Moon, who sports a witch’s hat but is otherwise a model of affectionate understanding.”

You can read the full list here.

Saving Sophia is a Times Children's Book of the Week

Posted by Tom on Jul 19, 2014

The Times have named Saving Sophia by Fleur Hitchcock their Children’s Book of the Week. Alex O’Connell writes: “You’re never too young for crime — the fictional variety, of course. With Dear Scarlett — and now her latest, Saving Sophia — Fleur Hitchcock (talk about nominative determinism) has cornered the market in hard-boilers for beginners. Nosy Crow, a thriving independent publisher, knows how to make a good-looking jacket. I love the retro jacket and the illustrations within … There is much to like about this pacey story. Lottie is a bright and ballsy character and Sophia a suitably kooky sidekick. Hitchcock is good on why children with problems make things up: Sophia reminded me of Astrid Lindgren’s Pippi Longstocking, who boasts that her absent sailor father is a “Cannibal King”.”

You can read the full review here.

Little Red Riding Hood wins Booktrust Best Book Award

Posted by Tom on Jul 02, 2014

Nosy Crow’s Little Red Riding Hood app has won the Booktrust Best Book Award in the Tech Stuff category. The award, celebrating innovative use of technology in children’s books, was voted for by school children across the country, and Little Red Riding Hood beat out the iBook edition of David Walliams’ The Slightly Annoying Elephant to top the poll. You can read more about the awards here.

School Library Journal's recommended apps for Early Learning

Posted by Tom on Jul 02, 2014

School Library Journal have included our Rounds: Franklin Frog and Rounds: Parker Penguin apps in a piece on recommended apps for early learning

Daryl Grabarek writes: “Franklin Frog and Parker Penguin are interactive, circular stories that highlight the habits and life cycle of animals. Children follow the subject creatures, helping them as they search for food, avoid predators, and, in the case of Franklin, locate a spot to hibernate. After the animals find mates and their offspring arrive, the stories begin anew, with attention focused on the newly hatched critters. Hot spots lead viewers to more facts and definitions.”

You can read the full piece here.

The Sunday Times Summer Reads

Posted by Tom on Jun 29, 2014

The Sunday Times have included Nuts in Space by Elys Dolan as one of their top Summer Reads. Nicolette Jones writes: “This enterprising hunt for the Lost Nuts of Legend combines in-jokes with an advent-ure involving a spaceship crewed by animals, a skirmish with The Death Banana, a Darth Vaderish villain, detailed comic strips and a lot of silly speech bubbles. Nuts? It’s crackers.” You can read the full review here.

Nosy Crow Rights Executive Ola Gotkowska is a Bookseller Rising Star

Posted by Tom on Jun 12, 2014

The Bookseller’s 2014 Risings Stars list has been released, and includes Nosy Crow’s Rights Executive, Ola Gotkowska. The Bookseller write:

“Gotkowska may well be the newest member of the book trade in our Rising Stars, having joined Nosy Crow in July 2012. Yet her impact on the children’s publisher has been incalculable. Scratch that, it is calculable: sales to foreign markets surged an astonishing 34% in the first full year after Gotkowska joined the team, and she is solely responsible for opening up a score of new territories for rights and coedition sales, including Poland, the Czech Republic and Hungary. Gotkowska has also become Nosy Crow’s contact for territories—such as Turkey, China and Japan—in which it uses sub-agents; since she has come on board, Nosy Crow has concluded almost 50 deals in those territories.”

Nosy Crow acquires two brilliant fiction titles from screenwriter David Solomons

Posted by Tom on Jun 09, 2014

In a hotly contested auction Nosy Crow has acquired world publishing rights in all languages in My Brother is a Superhero and its sequel by screenwriter David Solomons, whose credits include the film adaptation of the E. Nesbitt children’s classic, Five Children and It. Since Nosy Crow acquired rights in the titles, it has accepted a substantial pre-emptive offer for North American publishing rights from Viking Children’s Books, part of the Penguin Random House Group.

Kate Wilson says: “We are hugely proud to have won these books for the Nosy Crow list, particularly in the face of stiff competition from much bigger publishers. At Nosy Crow, we don’t decide to go all-out for many books – it can be the most enormous expenditure of time and energy for an uncertain outcome – but David’s comedy, great voice and nifty plotting united us in our enthusiasm, and we really look forward to communicating that enthusiasm to customers and readers.”

Both Nosy Crow and Viking Children’s Books plan to publish My Brother is a Superhero in the summer of 2015.

Two Nosy Crow titles longlisted for Oscar’s First Book Prize

Posted by Tom on Apr 16, 2014

Weasels, by Elys Dolan, and Open Very Carefully, illustrated by Nicola O’Byrne with words by Nick Bromley, have been longlisted for a new book prize established by the Evening Standard, Oscar’s First Book Prize, in memory of the son of City editor James Ashton, who died suddenly at the age of three. The prize will reward “the most magical book for pre-school children”, and judges include former Pearson CEO Dame Marjorie Scardino.