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Posted by Tom, August 4, 2016

It’s our August publication day!

It’s our August publication day!

We’ve got some absolutely AMAZING new books out this month – from board books for the very young, to perfect picture books for toddlers, great young illustrated fiction, and some brilliant novels for older readers. Here’s what you can find in shops in August!

There are two new books in the fantastic Sing Along With Me nursery rhyme board book series illustrated by Yu-Hsuan Huang out this month. Each book comes with five slider mechanisms, and both an instrumental and vocal version of the nursery rhyme – simply scan the QR code on the first page for little ones to listen and sing along! Here’s a look at the two new Sing Along With Me books, Happy Birthday and Hey Diddle Diddle:

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Axel Scheffler’s Flip Flap Pets, illustrated by Axel Scheffler, is out now – the latest book in the fantastic Flip Flap series, with more crazy creatures, made-up animal names and funny rhymes. It’s irresistibly bonkers fun for all the family! What do you get if you cross a rabbit with a dog? Why, that would be a Rog! And how about a snake and a gerbil? Well, that would be a Snerbil, of course! With its sturdy, split pages and spiral binding, 121 possible combinations, silly names and animal noises to make you giggle, this hilarious rhyming flip-flap book in a fun format is perfect for pre-schoolers. Little readers will adore flipping Axel’s animals again and again to see what crazy creatures they can create – and to find out what strange noises they make too!

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It’s publication day for the first paperback edition of Old Macdonald’s Things that Go – a brilliant new take on the old nursery rhyme classic, written by Jane Clarke and illustrated by Migy Blanco. Old Macdonald’s farm is full of pigs, cows, sheep, hens and horses, but what he really loves is his COLOSSAL collection of vehicles! From bicycles, tractors and buses, to boats, fire engines and aeroplanes, there are LOTS of things that go on Old Macdonald’s farm, and the animals love to join in with the fun, too. Perfect for anyone who loves farmyard animals AND vehicles! Here’s a look inside the book:

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It’s publication day for The Doughnut of Doom, the hilarious new picture book by Elys Dolan, the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize-shortlisted author-illustrator of WeaselsNuts in Space, and The Mystery of the Haunted Farm. It’s another ordinary day in FoodTown and Nancy McNutty – peanut butter sandwich and rookie reporter – desperately needs a big break. So, when news comes in of a monster doughnut on the rampage, she’s straight on the case – and boy, is that doughnut hungry! But when Nancy McNutty discovers that the doughnut actually has a nut allergy, a plan begins to form. All they need now is a plucky hero who will sacrifice themselves for the good of all food kind…! Taking inspiration from 1950s B-movies, Elys Dolan’s latest comic classic has pages to pore over, illustrations packed with detail and plenty of crossover humour that will appeal to adult and child alike. Here’s a look inside The Doughnut of Doom:

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We Love Dinosaurs by Lucy Volpin is in shops now – a vibrant celebration of dinosaurs in all shapes and sizes. Whether they’re big, small, fast, slow, stripy, spotty or anything in-between, there’s just so much to love about dinosaurs – and this joyful picture book is PERFECT for little dinosaur experts. With bright and elegant watercolours, loveable dinosaurs full of personality and a rhythmic rhyming text that will have everyone chanting along, this is sure to become a family favourite. Here’s a look inside We Love Dinosaurs:

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It’s publication day for The Invincibles: The Hamster Rescue by Caryl Hart and Sarah Warburton, the incredible author-illustrator duo behind the Princess and the… picture books. In Nell and Freddie’s second adventure, it’s Hamish the hamster to the rescue! It’s Freddie Spoon’s birthday on Friday. But Nell’s been invited to Lucy Perkins’ party and really wants to go. It takes a hamster and her big brother Lucas to show her where the fun really is! Gorgeously illustrated throughout, hilarious, and true to life (just about), these books have the perfect amount of detail and adventure to keep kids coming back to read and read again. Here’s a look inside The Hamster Rescue:

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Witchwild, by Emma Fischel is out today – the third book in a bewitching series that delivers an ingeniously imaginative twist on witch fiction. Witchen Week is here, the best holiday of the year! Flo loves to go swimming in the bright blue seas around Kronebay. But dark secrets lurk in the waters, and Flo will face terrible dangers before the week is out. She fought off ghouls, she fought off the Haggfiend, but can she fight off the most horrifying creature of them all? This is perfect for 9+ readers who like imaginatively-written fantasy – and with fantastic cover and character illustrations by Children’s Laureate Chris Riddell, and stunning neon-pink sprayed edges, it is a simply IRRESISTIBLE book. Here’s a look inside Witchwild:

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And finally, its publication day for Pugly Solves a Crime – the second book in the fantastic series by Pamela Butchart and Gemma Correll. When Pugly hears that Big Sal the guinea pig has been GUINEA PIG-NAPPED he knows it’s time for him to become a PUG-TECTIVE! Is GLITTERPUFF the fancy poodle, or TINY the dramatic chihuahua behind the crime? Maybe it’s Big Sal HIMSELF! Time for Pugly to put on his special DETECTIVE HAT and join forces with Clem the cat to find clues, interview suspects, and have a stake-out with real STEAK. Watch out criminals, Pugly is on the case! Easy to read, laugh-out-loud funny, and hilariously illustrated throughout, the Pugly books are great first readers for 5+ year olds. Here’s a look inside Pugly Solves a Crime:

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Congratulations to all of this month’s authors and illustrators! If you’d like to stay up-to-date with all of our book news, you can sign up to our books newsletter with the form below.