Our August titles are out today! We’ve got some truly BRILLIANT books out this month, and something for everyone – picture books, novelty books, and fiction. Here’s what you can find in bookshops now:
It’s publication day for Playbook Castle, the third fantastic Playbook, illustrated by Britta Teckentrup with paper engineering by Corina Fletcher. An ingenious novelty package comprising a pop-up storybook, which then unfolds and transforms into a 3D playmat with cut-out cardboard pieces, this an absolutely BRILLIANT book that will provide hours of fun.
Axel Scheffler’s Flip Flap Safari is out today – the fantastic follow-up to last year’s Axel Scheffler’s Flip Flap Farm. With its sturdy, split pages and spiral binding, 121 possible combinations, silly names and animal noises to make you giggle, this hilarious rhyming flip-flap book in a fun format is perfect for pre-schoolers. Little readers will adore flipping Axel Scheffler’s animals again and again to see what crazy creatures they can create – and to find out what strange noises they make too! And there’s an app, too – you can find out more here.
Use Your Imagination by Nicola O’Byrne may already be in shops today – the brilliant new picture book from the illustrator of the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize-winning Open Very Carefully. It’s official publication date is 21 August, actually – such are the challenges of working with physical book printing: when you want a book to look and feel as good as it can possibly look and feel, there’s sometimes a couple of weeks’ delay involved. Anyway, like Open Very Carefully, Use Your Imagination is another wonderfully clever, inventive picture book all about storytelling and the power of imagination – the story of an imaginative rabbit, who outwits a wolf and becomes the hero of his own adventure. And like Open Very Carefully, this is also a brilliant celebration of the physical book in all its glory, with a STUNNING fold-out final spread. Here’s a look inside:
It’s publication day for My School Musical and other Punishments, the third HILARIOUS novel by Catherine Wilkins, author of My Best Friend and other Enemies and My Brilliant Life and other Disasters. When Jessica gets roped into the school play she finds herself strangely allied with arch-enemy Amelia when her best friend Natalie becomes crazed with stardom. Meanwhile, Jessica’s dad is concerned at plans to build a new road through nearby parkland and is now living up a tree. So far, so normal! Clever, knowing, and wonderfully true-to-life, these books are brilliant for 9+ readers who love funny books. Here are the first three chapters:
And last but not least, The Palomino Pony Rides Out by Olivia Tuffin is out today – the second volume in this fantastic new series that’s absolutely PERFECT for pony-mad 9+ year olds. An exciting sequence of soon-to-be-classic pony books, The Palomino Pony Rides Out is FILLED with action, adventure, and a genuine love of horses. Here’s a look inside:
Congratulations to all of today’s authors and illustrators!