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Posted by Tom, July 30, 2012

A busy weekend for the Grunts

It’s been a busy weekend of for The Grunts in Trouble, the first book in the brand new series by Philip Ardagh and Axel Scheffler (out in September).

On Saturday, The Guardian included it in a round-up of Summer reading for under-10s. Julia Eccleshare wrote:

“Their adventures are as unsavoury as they are entertaining, as Axel Scheffler’s illustrations wittily show. Fans of Andy Stanton’s Mr Gum and Roald Dahl’s The Twits will delight in this disgusting but amiable family.”

Meanwhile, our entire apps team has spent the last few days in a closely-fought competition to achieve the highest score in an upcoming Grunts app, which is currently in its testing stage and will be released at the same time as the book. I don’t want to give away too much about the app now, but suffice to say, there are LOTS of bees. You can follow our weekend progress by searching on Twitter for the hashtag #beardofbees.

There’s no trailer for the app yet, but here’s something even better to whet your appetite – chapter one of The Grunts in Trouble:

You can also watch a video of Philip and Axel talking about the series in this earlier blogpost. There’ll be lots more exciting video content coming up soon.

And there are still tickets available for Philip and Axel’s event at the Edinburgh Book Festival on August 16, when they’ll be launching the series. You’ll be able to get your hands on a copy of the book before anyone else!

You can find out more about The Grunts here and pre-order the first book here. Now watch out for bees!

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