My Brother is a Superhero by David Solomons was the UK’s Number 1 children’s book bestseller last week, beating David Walliams’ Awful Auntie and Jeff Kinney’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul with 4,356 copies sold.
The book won the overall Waterstones Children’s Book Award last month, which boosted already impressive sales. Rights to My Brother is a Superhero have been sold in 11 languages.
The book is currently shortlisted for both the Independent Bookshop Week and the Bookseller Industry Awards Children’s Book of the Year, and longlisted for the Branford Boase Award.
This is Nosy Crow’s first number 1 children’s bestseller in the company’s 5 year publishing history.
David Solomons’ second novel, My Gym Teacher is an Alien Overlord, the sequel to My Brother is a Superhero, will be published in July 2016.
This sales highlight is set against impressive overall sales performance from Nosy Crow: based on January to March 2016 TCM sales, Nosy Crow has increased its sales to consumers by 100%. This follows a full year’s TCM increase of 54% in 2015, and a 42% increase in 2014. Nosy Crow is currently the UK’s 15th largest publisher of books for children measured by TCM sales and is the 12th largest publisher of fiction titles.
Kate Wilson, Nosy Crow’s Managing Director, said: “We’re so proud of My Brother is a Superhero and of David. This was a book whose combination of high quality writing and commercial potential sang out to our Head of Fiction, Kirsty Stansfield, from the first moment she read it, and it’s very heartening to see all our efforts to bring it to the biggest possible audience coming to fruition. We’re particularly grateful to Waterstones Head Office and Waterstones shops up and down the country for supporting the book so enthusiastically from the beginning.”
Florentyna Martin, Children’s Book Buyer for Waterstones, said, “My Brother is a Superhero is a shining example of debut fiction that Nosy Crow have cared for from acquisition to publication, making it a dream to recommend to readers.”
Nicolette Jones said of My Brother is a Superhero in the Sunday Times, “Full of comic-hero references, the book is a hoot.”