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Posted by Tom, July 1, 2014

Happy Children’s Book Week!

It’s Children’s Book Week, and to mark the occasion, Booktrust have released their annual Best Books Guide – a handy guide to the best books of the past year. And we’re very pleased to see that several Nosy Crow books and apps have made the cut!

The Grunts all at Sea, the hilarious second volume in the fantastic series by Philip Ardagh and Axel Scheffler, is included in the 6-8 category. Booktrust write, “With clever use of language, absurd humour, and plenty of his trademark wit, this is another laugh- out-loud episode of Philip Ardagh’s Grunts series. Wildly inventive and full of bizarre characters and ridiculous twists, it is a wonderfully absurd tale which will delight both existing fans and those who are new to the Grunts.” Here’s look inside the book:


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Baby Aliens Got My Teacher, the brilliant, laugh-out-loud debut by Pamela Butchart, is also recommended in the 6-8 category. Booktrust write, “This wacky novel from debut author Pamela Butchart, with simple cartoon-style illustrations by Thomas Flintham, is packed full of fun. The bold, bright package is particularly enticing, making this a book that children will want to pick up. With quirky characters, lots of humour and a reassuringly familiar primary school setting, it will particularly appeal to young readers with lively imaginations.” Here’s a look inside:


Buy the book online.

Our award-winning Little Red Riding Hood app is also recommended (as well as being shortlisted for a Booktrust Best Book Award, in the Tech Stuff category). Booktrust write, “This interactive storybook app is a completely new take on the classic fairy-tale of Little Red Riding Hood … Full of imagination and fun, this is a hugely appealing example of digital storytelling at its best.” Here’s the app’s trailer:


And finally, the app of Axel Scheffler’s Flip Flap Farm (also shortlisted for the Booktrust Best Book Award) is in the guide – Booktrust call the app “a great fun digital twist on the old fashioned flap book that children will love exploring.” Here’s the app’s trailer:


You can read the full Best Books Guide here – happy Children’s Book Week!