Wednesdays are busy days at Nosy Crow: they’re they days with the most people in the office at once, and so, somewhat inevitably, are also the days with the most meetings. And it was during our general publishing meeting this morning that I had one of those things-you-know-to-be-true-but-haven’t-really-comprehended realisations: we are publishing an enormous number of books next year… at least, it certainly feels that way, compared to the 23 titles we published in 2011, our first year. And 2015 is kicking off with some absolutely BRILLIANT fiction, so today I thought I’d share our January titles.
We’ll be publishing My Headteacher is a Vampire Rat by Pamela Butchart – the hilarious third book in the sequence begun with the Red House Children’s Book Award-shortlisted Baby Aliens Got My Teacher and continued with the Blue Peter Book Award-shortlisted The Spy Who Loves School Dinners. This time, Izzy and her friends are SHOCKED when they meet their new head teacher. He has black hair, wears a cape, and has horrible, wormy lips. One time, they even hear him hissing in his office, and sunlight makes him go bright red. But it’s when he bans garlic bread on Italian Day that they KNOW. Their new head teacher is a vampire and his army of vampire rats are going to take over the school. EEEK!
These are brilliantly funny books for 6 – 9 year olds – and they capture school life PERFECTLY. Here’s a FIRST LOOK inside My Headteacher is a Vampire Rat:
We’re publishing Zoe’s Rescue Zoo: The Pesky Polar Bear, the seventh brilliant story in the phenomenally successful Zoe’s Rescue Zoo series by Amelia Cobb. These are a great introduction to chapter books for 5-7 year olds – brilliantly-written series fiction with a fantastic premise. Zoe loves living at her uncle’s rescue zoo because there’s always something exciting going on. And Zoe also has an amazing secret… She actually TALK to the animals. These books have wonderfully broad appeal – here’s a lovely recent review by a 10-year-old-boy who loves the series.
In the Pesky Polar Bear. it’s birthday time at the rescue zoo, and Snowy the polar bear has lots of party ideas and is being a bit bossy! Can Zoe show the other animals that Snowy only wants to have fun? Here’s a look inside the book:
And finally, we’ll be publishing Emily’s Dream by Holly Webb – the fourth and final novel in a fantastic sequence of novels about four friends who want to make the world a better place – entertaining, inspirational and ideal for 8+ year olds. Emily loves animals. But she comes from a big family and there’s no room for any pets. So she decides to help at the local animal-rescue centre instead. But the rescue centre is under threat. Can Emily and her friends make sure al the animals don’t end up homeless? Here’s a look inside the book: