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Posted by Tom, February 2, 2017

It’s our February publication day!

It’s our February publication day! We’ve got a fantastic collection of new books out today – here’s a look at what you can find in shops now…

We’re publishing Can You Say it Too? Cheep! Cheep!, illustrated by Sebastien Braun, today- the latest book in the fantastic Can You Say It Too? series. As all parents know, very little children love to play ‘I-Spy’, but they also adore making animal sounds. So a flap book in which they can spot a bit of an animal, lift the flap to reveal the complete creature, and then make its noise is guaranteed to be a winner! Sturdy flaps and simple texts combine with friendly artwork in these fantastic first books that are great for sharing with children who are just starting to talk.

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Flip Flap Dogs, illustrated by Nikki Dyson, is in shops now – a very silly but absolutely engaging doggy book that will charm the whole family. What do you get when you cross a Labrador with a Beagle? A Labradeagle, of course! What about a Terrier with a Dalmatian? Why, that’s a Terratian!

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We’re publishing Neon Leon, written by Jane Clarke and illustrated by Britta Teckentrup, today. Everyone knows that chameleons are the best at tting in. But not Leon. Leon is NEON! In fact, he’s SO bright that he keeps all the other chameleons awake. Poor Leon is lonely, so off he goes in search of somewhere he can blend in. In this delightful interactive book, filled with vibrant neon artwork, children can help Leon on his journey by counting his steps, suggesting colours for him to turn and giving him lots of reassurance when he’s feeling sad. But will he ever find a place to call home …? Here’s a look inside the book:

And we’re also be publishing a brand new paperback edition of Don’t Wake Up Tiger by Britta Teckentrup this month! Tiger is fast asleep, but – oh dear! – she’s completely in the way. Just how will the animals get past without waking her up? Luckily, Frog has an excellent idea – he holds his balloon and floats right over sleeping Tiger! Fox is next, followed by Tortoise, Mouse and Stork – but it will be tricky for them all to get past without Tiger stirring… This is an absolutely stunning, wonderfully interactive picture book – with a charming text, stylish art, and bright, shiny spot UV balloons throughout, its perfect for the very young. Here’s a look inside:

We’re enormously pleased to be publishing Rose Campion and the Curse of the Doomstone by Lyn Gardner today – the second gripping instalment in the THRILLING Campion series.

Business has never been better for Campion’s Palace of Variety and Wonders – and the music hall is about to open its doors to its biggest act yet: the Illustrious Gandini, the stage magician known as the Great Wizard of the North. But when the Doomstone Diamond – a priceless jewel with a disturbing history – is stolen during one of Gandini’s performances, Campion’s finds itself under threat once more, and Rose Campion and her friends will need all their wits about them as they dash across Victorian London – from high society gatherings to the depths of Newgate prison – in a desperate bid to solve the mystery of the stolen Doomstone Diamond, and save Rose’s beloved home, Campion’s Music Hall, from closure!

Set against a brilliant backdrop of smoky, foggy, fin-de-siecle London, filled with fantastic theatrical detail, and with a cast of rogues worthy of Agatha Christie, this is a can’t-put-it-down mystery from a master storyteller that will have you guessing until the final chapter. Here’s a look inside the book:

And finally, today sees publication of Zoe’s Rescue Zoo: The Scruffy Sea Otter – the latest brilliant story in the phenomenally successful Zoe’s Rescue Zoo series written by Amelia Cobb and illustrated by Sophy Williams.

Zoe is SO excited when Great Uncle Horace brings THREE gorgeous sea otter pups to live at the Rescue Zoo! The orphaned pups are very fluffy and cheeky – and the youngest pup, Sasha, is the cheekiest and fluffiest of all. Zoe uses her special skills to talk to the otters and gets to know them all very well. But Sasha feels sad when her older, more confident, siblings are chosen to take part in a special otter display. Can Zoe and Meep persuade Sasha the scruffy sea otter not to give up and to bring her own special skills to the show?

These are a great introduction to chapter books for 5-7 year olds – brilliantly-written series fiction with a fantastic premise. Here’s a look inside the book:

Congratulations to all of today’s authors and illustrators!

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