Today our first books of 2015 are published – a very happy day here at Nosy Crow. And we’re starting as we mean to go on with January’s new titles: this is, if I say so myself, a very strong selection. It’s also one of our biggest-ever months for publication – so big, in fact, that some of this month’s books won’t officially publish until the 22nd. But here’s what’s in shops today:
It’s publication day for Dinosaur Rocket! by Penny Dale.. Regular readers of this blog will know how much I love this book: it is one of my favourite picture books of next year, and my absolute favourite in Penny’s dinosaur series so far. Here’s a look inside:
And here’s a special trailer for the book, created by Penny:
Buy the book online.
Love Always Everywhere, illustrated by Sarah Massini is out today – a joyful, inspirational book celebrating love in its many forms. Whether quiet, loud, shy or proud, the lyrical text champions love for a faithful pet, a best friend or simply your most favourite person in the WHOLE world. Heart-warming and tender, with charming artwork from Massini, this is a perfect book to share and read aloud. Here’s a look inside:
And the first paperback edition of Because I Love You, written by David Bedford and illustrated by Rebecca Harry, is also out now. It’s bedtime for Little Bear, but as his mummy tucks him into bed, he wonders if he’s had enough love that day. So Mummy Bear takes Little Bear on a journey, reminding him of all that they’ve done that day – of the laughter, the discovery, the joy – but most of all of the love they’ve shared. And Little Bear goes to bed happy, warm – and loved. This is an absolutely charming story, beautifully illustrated (and foiled throughout!), about a mother’s love – here’s a look inside:
For newly-independent readers, we’ve published 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. And here’s a look inside the book:
My Headteacher is a Vampire Rat by Pamela Butchart is out now – 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 look inside My Headteacher is a Vampire Rat:
And finally, today sees the release of 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 all the animals don’t end up homeless? Here’s a look inside the book:
Congratulations to all of this month’s authors and illustrators – and here’s to a 2015 filled with lots of brilliant new children’s books!