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Posted by Tom, July 7, 2016

It’s our July publication day!

It’s our July publication day! We’ve got some fantastic new books out today – innovative new novelty and activity for the very young, beautiful pictures books, and hilarious and exciting fiction. Here’s what you can find in shops now!

Big Bug Log by Sebastien Braun is out today – a brilliantly interactive board book, packed with humour and detail, that will keep little ones entertained for hours.

Little Bugsy has come to visit his grandparents in the Big Bug Log, but he’s not quite sure how to find his way to their house. With the reader’s help – solving puzzles, following mazes and looking behind the flaps – Bugsy follows the right path all the way to the surprise ending!


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It’s publication day for Violet Rose and the Little School by Jannie Ho – the latest addition to the wonderful Violet Rose series, and a gorgeous story-and-activity book in one!

Violet Rose has a new job as the teacher of Sunnyville’s nursery school! Once she’s helped the children find their pegs and taken the register, she has all sorts of things planned for them, from learning about the life cycle of a butterfly, to telling the time. Then, inspired by their trip to the local art gallery, the children even put on their own art exhibition!

With a busy story, puzzles, activities, press-out models, over 175 stickers, and extra printables on the Violet Rose website, this charming book is perfect for inspiring crafty kids – creativity without the mess!


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You can find Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam: The Diamond Chase in shops now – the highly-anticipated third picture book in the fantastic Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam series, the rhyming picture book phenomenon written by Tracey Corderoy and illustrated by Steven Lenton.

Shifty and Sam have swapped their life of crime for a career in cupcakes. But when they’re asked to bake for a seriously swanky party, they find themselves caught up in the middle of a robbery. Somebody has taken Lady Kate’s tiara, and all the cues point to a penguin thief. But it doesn’t look as if it’s going to be a black and white case – there are DOZENS of penguins at the party! Can Shifty and Sam get to the bottom of the mystery, catch the culprit, AND recover the missing diamond tiara?

Here’s a look inside the book:

And here’s our animated trailer for the book:

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It’s publication day for Little Mouse’s Big Breakfast – the first picture book to be written and illustrated by Christine Pym. Hungry Little Mouse is looking for some breakfast and he knows just where to find it. Scampering into the kitchen, he finds lots and lots of delicious things until he spots something that is just perfect. But Little Mouse quickly discovers he’s not the only one looking for breakfast… Smart, funny, and brilliant to read aloud, this is a truly fantastic picture book from an incredibly talented author-illustrator. Here’s a look inside the book:

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And finally, it’s publication day for My Gym Teacher is an Alien Overlord by David Solomons, the highly-anticipated sequel to the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize winning My Brother is a Superhero. It’s another hilarious, exciting adventure – funny, full of heart, and with an absolutely racing plot. Zack and Lara have superpowers. Luke has new school shoes and a burning sense of resentment. He KNOWS that aliens disguised as gym teachers are about to attack Earth but will anyone listen? No. So one dodgy pact with a self-styled supervillain later, and Luke is ready to save the world. He just needs to find his trainers. Here’s a look inside the book:

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Congratulations to all of today’s authors and illustrators!

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