Weasels is also out today – a very special picture book debut by Elys Dolan. We bought this book at the Bologna Book Fair almost exactly a year ago (and you can read a bit about how Elys’ incredible bound proof became what it is now here) and today, here it is! This is an absolutely hilarious picture book, featuring a dastardly plot to take over the world, some very big drills, questionable coffee beverages… and LOTS of weasels. There’s a Weasels-takeover of our @NosyCrowBooks Twitter account taking place today – and you can take a look inside the book below:
It’s publication day for Troll Swap by Leigh Hodgkinson, author and illustrator of the Greenaway-longlisted Goldilocks and Just the One Bear. This is another hilarious and heartwarming story with clever fairytale themes, sparkling prose and Leigh’s fantastically distinctive illustration. Timothy Limpet feels out of place in the troll family – he likes things to be just so, and most trolls, frankly, don’t. Tabitha Lumpit likes things to be loud, loopy and messy and she feels a fish out of water in her very neat family. Sometimes they wonder if their families really see them for who they are, so when Timothy and Tabitha meet on the bridge they decide each other’s family is a better fit and they swap places . . . with hilarious and touching results. Here’s a look inside:
The paperback edition of Guinea Pig Party by Holly Surplice is out today – a charming picture book featuring the world’s cutest guinea pigs. Based on a familiar childhood counting rhyme and combining birthday fun, counting and cute fluffy animals, this is the perfect birthday gift for pre-school children everywhere. Here’s a look inside:
And we’re publishing Magical Mix-Ups: Pets and Parties by Marnie Edwards and Leigh Hodgkinson – the third book in the brilliantly innovative drawing-activity-storybook Magical Mix-Ups series. It’s Sapphire’s birthday and she longs for a pet of her own. Emerald’s present is the next best thing – tickets for an amazing animal magic show! But the star – a performing cat! – has mysteriously disappeared. Can the girls find her one their own? They may need you to finish the illustrations and make sure Sapphire’s birthday is perfect… This volume of Magical Mix-Ups is publishing in an EXTRA-large format – even better for doodling and creativity. Here’s the first chapter:
In what’s fast becoming a monthly tradition, we’re running another of our Books Newsletter competitions and giving away copies of our upcoming April titles. If you’re a resident of the UK or Ireland you can win any of next month’s releases simply by subscribing to our Books Newsletter and either tweeting to @NosyCrowBooks or leaving a comment underneath this blogpost, telling us the name you subscribed with and the book you’d like to win. And without further ado, here are the glorious books up for grabs…
It’s publication time for Weasels, the HILARIOUS picture book debut by Elys Dolan. It’s almost impossible to put into words how original and witty this book is: imagine spoof James Bond meets Scaredy Squirrel if you can. It’s packed with cross-over humour that’s guaranteed to amuse the very young and the not-so-young in equal measure, and the art is stylish yet accessible, and full of details for poring over time and time again – there’s always a new joke to find! We posted the Weasels Workplace Survival Guide earlier this month, and you can take a look inside the book below:
We’re releasing Troll Swap by Leigh Hodgkinson, author-illustrator extraordinaire and creator of the Greenaway-longlisted Goldilocks and Just the One Bear. Another fantastic picture book that cleverly plays with fairy tale conventions, Troll Swap tells the story of Timothy Limpet (a troll) and Tabitha Lumpet (a little girl) who both feel a bit out of place in their own families… so they decide to swap! Here’s a look inside:
The paperback edition of Guinea Pig Party by Holly Surplice is also out next month – a charming picture book featuring the world’s cutest guinea pigs. Based on a familiar childhood counting rhyme and combining birthday fun, counting and cute fluffy animals, this is the perfect birthday gift for pre-school children everywhere. Here’s a look inside:
You can subscribe to the books newsletter here (if you’ve already subscribed you’re still eligible for this competition) – and every month we’ll write to you with details of our upcoming titles, author events, exclusive interviews, and all of our news. 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.
Today is Nosy Crow’s third birthday. That is, it’s three years since we announced that Nosy Crow existed, though we’ve only been publishing for two years, so we are sort of two years old as well. There were just four people working at the company on February 22, 2010… and today, as it happens, partly because it’s half-term and lots of us are parents, and partly because we have flexible working arrangements (which is also pretty parent-friendly), there are only four of us in the London office today as well. None of today’s four is one of the founding members, which is perhaps why today’s cake (pictured above, with Ola, Mary and Kristina) is only shop-bought.
We got a birthday card from Benji Davies via Twitter:
We’re pretty proud of what the company has accomplished in such a short time. We’ve just been shortlisted for four IPG awards, for instance, and you can read more about our achievements in 2012, our second year of publishing, here.
But we couldn’t have done without all of the people who support Nosy Crow. So today we’d like to say a very heartfelt thank you not just to our authors and illustrators, but to the agents, retailers, sales organisations, members of the press, librarians, teachers, parents and children who’ve helped to make, sell and share our books, bought our apps, visited our website, talked to us on Twitter, and spread the word.
To really say thank you, we played a small Twitter game. We asked people to complete the sentence “My favourite @NosyCrow book/app is…” in a Tweet with the hashtag #Crowis3, and we gave three people, chosen at random, who Tweeted before the end of the UK working day a Nosy Crow mug.
Even though the competition has finished, we’d love to hear what your favourite Nosy Crow book/app is. Do please use the #Crowis3 hashtag.
Hardly a day goes by in the Nosy Crow nest without someone bringing a cake in but we’d better watch out that Guinea Pig Number 8 doesn’t come out of his book and scoff the lot. If he was going to, today would be the day, as it sees the publication (in padded hardback no less!) of the charming Guinea Pig Party written and illustrated by rising star Holly Surplice.
I’ve always loved Holly’s work and I’ve always loved guinea pigs, not to mention the odd party, so I was thrilled when this was submitted to me at Nosy Crow. It really is the perfect pre-school picture book – it’s got a lovely rhyming text, early years counting, birthday fun and some seriously cute guinea pigs (which I know from Wikipedia are in the top five of favourite pets)! It also features a rather wonderful sub-plot (which will appeal to any adult who has ever given a party for a toddler) of the party going slightly wrong – friends fall out, there’s sugar overload, squabbling over party gifts but it’s all brilliant fun in the end! Thank you, Holly, for this perfect little package for the Nosy Crow list.
We’re launching a new, monthly books newsletter (delivered by email) and, to celebrate, we have lots of things to give away.
As well as covering all our latest releases, the newsletter will include interviews with our authors and illustrators, exclusive competitions, a first look at what’s to come in the months ahead, details of upcoming events, and insights into what we’ve been up to in the Crow’s Nest.
The first bumper issue will cover our June and July titles (shown above in the picture at the top of this post), which are: