It’s an important day today, and we all have big decisions to make. Decisions that will define our way of life for years to come, and announce to the world what we want to be as a society.
I’m talking, of course, about the fact that it’s publication day – and we have some incredible new books out today! Here’s what you can find in shops:
Superhero Dad by Timothy Knapman and Joe Berger is out today – a vibrant, humorous and warmhearted picture book celebration of all the incredible things a dad can do. Dad might not have a superhero mask or wear his pants outside his trousers, but his super snores can be heard a thousand miles away, he tells super jokes and can even make super-scary monsters go away at bedtime! Here’s a look inside the book:
It’s publication day for Get Out Of My Bath by Britta Teckentrup, illustrator of the brilliant and innovative Playbook series – a BEAUTIFULLY-designed, interactive picture book for 2+ year olds, in which readers are encouraged to get involved in the story by tilting and shaking the book. And it has a very special tactile quality, too – spot UV on every spread creates a wonderful, glistening-water effect that you won’t be able to stop yourself touching.
Ellie the elephant loves to have fun in the bath, but she’s not the only one… Her fun is interrupted when a crocodile decides to join in, followed by a flamingo, then a mouse and even a tiger! Poor Ellie’s bath is ruined. What can she do? Suck all the water into her trunk, of course! Ellie then waits until the uninvited animals have left before squirting all the water back. Finally Ellie can enjoy her bath in peace! Here’s a look inside the book:
You can find The Big Monster Snoreybook, written and illustrated by Leigh Hodgkinson, in shops today – a hugely hilarious new picture book from the creator of Goldilocks and Just the One Bear and the Roald Dahl Funny Prize-shortlisted Troll Swap. This is a brilliantly inventive book in the manner of Rosie’s Walk – while the text introduces the readers to a cast of of curious characters, the illustrations suggest that something monstrous and pretty clever might be going on… Here’s a recent blog post from Leigh on where she works – and here’s a look inside the book:
We’re incredibly proud to be publishing beautiful, physical editions of the second pair of our award-winning fairytale apps today: Little Red Riding Hood and Jack and the Beanstalk, illustrated by the amazing Ed Bryan. Gorgeously designed, and packaged with delightful detail and drama, these are books to treasure and enjoy over and over again. Here’s a look inside the two books:
It’s publication day for Hubble Bubble: The Messy Monkey Business, written by Tracey Corderoy and illustrated by Joe Berger – three more stories of magical mayhem from the creators of the BRILLIANT Hubble Bubble picture book and illustrated fiction series. This time around, Granny gets the monkeys to paint the zoo, takes a wand-wielding toddler to a department store and builds the raft to end all rafts! Thank goodness Pandora’s there to sort things out… Here’s a look inside the book:
The paperback edition of The Grunts in a Jam by Philip Ardagh and Axel Scheffler is out today – the third book in the superlatively silly Grunts series. This adventure sees the gloriously grubby Grunt family head to a country fair so Mrs Grunt’s mother can enter her homemade jam in the Preserves, Jams and Jellies Competition. There’s nothing in that plan to suggest they’ll encounter sabotage, bad poetry and prison, is there? Hmm. This is The Grunts we’re talking about… Here’s a look inside:
And you finally, we’re VERY excited to be launching a brand new young fiction series today – The Secret Rescuers, written by Paula Harrison and illustrated by Sophy Williams. Set in a fantasy world populated by dragons, unicorns, storm wolves and firebirds, this superbly-realised series for 7+ year olds by the author of The Rescue Princesses is packed with magical adventures and baby creatures in peril.
The series stars with The Secret Rescuers: The Storm Dragon. Sophie is a maid at the Royal castle in a magical kingdom. When a small dragon crash-lands in the orchard, not only can she understand it, but she knows she must return it to its family, and protect it from bad-hearted noble, Sir Fitzroy, who wants to destroy all the kingdom’s magical creatures. And soon she realises she’s going to need some friends to help her keep them safe… Here’s a look inside the book:
Congratulations to all of today’s authors and illustrators!