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Come to the May Nosy Crow Reading Group!

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Would you like to come to the next Nosy Crow Reading Group?

Every month we meet and discuss new and interesting children’s books over a glass of wine – it’s lots of fun. In May, we’ll be discussing a trio of fantastic picture books… with, appropriately enough, the unifying theme of “books about books” (or, as one member of last month’s group pithily described them, “meta-books”).

We’ll be talking about It’s a Book, by Lane Smith – a story which Smith himself describes, rather straightforwardly, as being “about a book loving monkey, a tech savvy jackass and a straight talking little mouse.” But is that really all it’s about? Here’s a trailer:

And you can buy the book online here.

We’ll also be looking at one of our own titles: the recent winner in the picture book category of the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize, Open Very Carefully, illustrated by Nicola O’Byrne with words by Nick Bromley. A crocodile has ended up in totally the wrong story, and his attempts to escape – by eating his way through the pages – make this a fantastic book for sharing and discussing how words and pictures work. Here’s a look inside:

You can buy Open Very Carefully online here.

And finally, we’ll be discussing Press Here, by Herve Tullet – a truly unique picture book about the power of imagination and interactivity. Here’s a trailer:

Press Here is currently only available at a hardback price of £9.99, but we’ve got a limited number of copies for sale for £6.99. If you’d like to come to this month’s book group, you can buy a copy from us in person at any point before the event (just email [email protected] for more details) – or, if you’ve come to the book group before, we can post you a copy and you can pay us on the night.

The group will be taking place here at the Nosy Crow offices – 10a Lant Street, London, SE1 1QR – on Thursday, May 15 at 6.30pm. If you’d like to come to the physical event at our office in London, send an email to [email protected] and we’ll try to fit in as many people as possible. If we can’t save a place for you this time, we can, if you’d like, keep you on our waiting list for cancellations and add you to our mailing list for future events.

And if you can’t make it here, we’d love for you to join in online, either on Twitter with the #NCGKids hashtag, or in the comments section of our blog for the evening.

We’ll post some discussion points for the book a little closer to the date – we hope you can join us!

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