It’s our October publication day! We’ve got some fantastically winter-y and Christmas-y new books out today – so if you’re looking for Christmas gift inspiration, look no further! Here’s what you can find in shops today:
It’s publication day for two new books in Benji Davies‘ fantastic Bizzy Bear board book series – Christmas Helper and Space Rocket. These books are PERFECT for toddlers: Benji’s illustrations are bright, colourful and friendly, there’s lots for toddlers to get involved with in every book, and the sturdy mechanisms and chunky sliders will withstand the roughest treatment!
In Christmas Helper, Bizzy Bear has come to help Father Christmas get ready for a very special day:
And in Space Rocket, you can join in the countdown and help Bizzy Bear’s rocket zoom into space!
We’re launching a fantastic new novelty series this month – the Listen to the… sound books, illustrated by Marion Billet. Adults and children alike will be enchanted by these charming board books which are distinguished by the exceptional quality of the sounds that bring every picture to life. Aimed at the very young, the books have a button on every spread which triggers one of six sounds that introduce a character or object. They’re incredibly simple but utterly seductive, purely because the sounds themselves are so beautiful. A delightful and compelling series that everyone in the family will enjoy reading again and again. The first two books in the series are Listen to the Farm and Listen to the Music:
Violet Rose and the Very Snowy Winter by Jannie Ho is out today – the second book in the brilliant Violet Rose activity series. When Mia has an accident in the snow, Violet accompanies her to the hospital. Happily, Mia is soon on the mend, but Violet notices that the hospital is looking a little drab – perhaps it could do with some decorations to make it look more festive? Back at home, she and her friends get to work on garlands and cards, and they even make gifts for the hospital staff and patients! As Christmas approaches, life in Sunnyville becomes even busier – there’s the shopping to do, a concert to attend, and a feast to prepare. But disaster strikes when Sprinkles and Twinkles get lost in the snow – can Violet and her friends rescue them in time for Christmas?
A delightful, lavishly produced title, designed to get children reading, to inspire imaginative play and to build confidence in craft. Packed with activities, and with more printables on the companion website, this title represents real value for money. Here’s a look inside the book:
It’s publication day for Christmas for Greta and Gracie: a brand new picture book from award-winning author-illustrator Yasmeen Ismail. Greta and Gracie are sisters – Greta is chatty while Gracie is quiet and it’s all fine until, one day, everything changes. It’s nearly Christmas and together the sisters decorate the tree, shop for presents and even try a spot of ice-skating! But Greta, of course, always knows best – poor Gracie can’t get a word in edgeways. Then on Christmas Eve, while Greta is quietly sleeping, Gracie hears a funny noise . . . whatever could it be? She creeps downstairs to investigate, and the next morning her very special revelation leaves chitty chatty Greta lost for words! Here’s a look inside the book:
And Poles Apart, written by Jeanne Willis, and illustrated by Jarvis, is also out today – another truly BRILLIANT new picture book. As everyone knows, penguins are only found at the South Pole. At least, they were until the Pilchard-Brown penguin family get lost on their way to a picnic and end up at the North Pole! Luckily, Mr White, an enormous polar bear, is on hand to help, and so begins a global adventure as he leads the Pilchard-Browns all the way home. Here are the opening spreads:
The first stunning paperback edition of Snow Bunny’s Christmas Gift, illustrated by Rebecca Harry, is out today. Little Snow Bunny loves nothing better than playing with her friends in the wintry forest. Every day holds the promise of adventure for Snow Bunny, Fox, Bear and Mouse. But one particularly cold day, no-one wants to play and Snow Bunny is left all alone. Whatever will she do? With a little luck and a lot of imagination, she makes cosy winter gifts for all her friends, just in time for Christmas Eve. Here’s a look inside the book:
It’s publication day for Hubble Bubble: The Wacky Winter Wonderland, 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. Find out what happens when a naughty toddler waves Granny’s wand in a posh shop. Can Granny build a raft that doesn’t sink? And enjoy a visit to Winter Wonderland with some surprises in store… Here’s a look inside the book:
You can find The Moon-Faced Ghoul Thing, written by Barry Hutchison and illustrated by Chris Mould, in shops now – the third volume in the brilliant Benjamin Blank series. It’s the Feast of Scarrabus, and Ben and his friends are out, stalking the dark streets, armed only with bags of sweets. But Ben doesn’t play by the rules, and soon the Moon-Faced Ghoul-Thing is after him, dragging him into a dark realm from which there’s no return… Or is there? Here’s a look inside:
We’ve published Dark Tree Shining by Paula Harrison today – the sequel to Red Moon Rising, and the second book in an incredible fantasy series. Laney and her friends have to stop the Shadow Faerie hunting down the missing Myricals, or he will harness the power of the magical objects and rule the faerie world. And then darkness will reign… Here’s a look inside the book:
And finally, it’s publication day for The Secret Rescuers: The Sky Unicorn, written by Paula Harrison and illustrated by Sophy Williams – another fantastic Secret Rescuers adventure. Ava is a dancer with a travelling troupe of entertainers. When Clover, a little unicorn, is trapped by Sir Fitzroy and used to lure the other unicorns into danger, Ava hatches a cunning plan. She and Sophy will disguise themselves and foil Sir Fitzroy’s plot, and the unicorns will be safe! Here’s a look inside the book:
Congratulations to all of today’s authors and illustrators!