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Posted by Julia, July 17, 2018

Our new August books are almost here!

There are some wonderful new books from Nosy Crow coming out next month – from non-fiction to picture books and middle grade fiction, there’s something for everyone. Here’s a sneak peek at what you can find in shops in August.

To kick things off, we have a pair of captivating new board books in our First Concepts series, featuring objects from the British Museum – Nature and Around the World. Discover amazing objects and simple first concepts in this stylish photographic board book series for curious little ones. Inquisitive toddlers will enjoy learning about different objects from nature and from around the world, with gorgeous photographic images on every page. Scan the QR code on the last spread to find out more about each object.

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Meet Spike: The Hedgehog Who Lost His Prickles, the new book by Jeanne Willis and illustrated by Jarvis. Spike, a little hedgehog, has always had impressive prickles. But one morning, after a particularly scary dream, he wakes up completely bare! Oh no! Feeling very embarrassed, he goes in search of something to cover himself, from a paper lampshade to a tea cup to a very stinky sock. But nothing stops the other animals giggling at him. Poor Spike! Then he discovers a big bunch of balloons, which takes him across the world and ends in a very satisfying POP! and a very prickly party. This book is sure to be read over and over again. Here’s a sneak peek inside:

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Toby and the Tricky Things will be in shops next month – a brand new story written by Lou Peacock and illustrated by Christine Pym. Toby is no longer a little elephant. He’s a Big Boy now, much bigger than baby sister Iris. He can pour his own milk, read his own bedtime stories, and even reach the snacks high on the “just for mummies” shelf. But some things are still very tricky, even when you’re big. And when Mummy is too busy with Iris to help him, Toby ends up with bad buttons, wrong wellies and loo paper everywhere! Then Toby gets very cross . . . This touching tale about growing up is wonderfully brought to life by Christine Pym’s beautiful artwork. Here’s a look inside:

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How to Help a Hedgehog and Protect a Polar Bear is out in August – a beautiful new book created in collaboration with The National Trust. Children can learn about 13 different habitats – gardens, hedgerows, heathlands, woodlands, highlands, wetlands, the coastline, freshwater, seas and oceans, savannahs, jungles and mountains – and how they can be protected. Filled with animal facts and plenty of creative little ways that nature enthusiasts can make a big difference. Learn how to save endangered animals in this timely book by Jess French, presenter of Minibeast Adventure with Jess on CBeebies, and illustrated by Angela Keoghan.

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The new Unicorn Academy book will be hitting the shelves soon! We’re welcoming Layla and Dancer to the series of magical, action-packed adventures perfect for young readers, with sparkly holographic foil covers. Layla can’t believe how lucky she is to be at Unicorn Academy! She adores her lively unicorn, Dancer, though she’s too nervous to go jumping and riding fast like their friends. When the trees around Sparkle Lake start dying, Layla must find her courage and take Dancer on a thrilling adventure to find the cure! Written by Julie Sykes and illustrated by Lucy Truman, these books are sure to strike a chord with young dreamers.

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Olivia Tuffin’s latest A Pony Called Secret adventure, A Ride to Freedom, is out next month. It’s summer time and Alice and Secret are going on a Pony Club trip to France. Alice is over the moon to be show-jumping at an international festival! She soon makes new friends, including the gorgeous Seb. But when Finn gets into trouble, Alice has to work out who her real friends are, and prove just how far she and Secret have come together. A perfect pony story from the author of the much-loved Palomino Pony series.

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The next book in the Rescue Princesses series is almost here, with Rescue Princess: The Star Bracelet coming out next month! We’re also re-issuing stories from the series with wonderful new covers: The Snow JewelThe Magic RingsThe Lost Gold, and The Shimmering Stone. Written by Paula Harrison, this sparkling series for young readers is a winning combination of plucky princesses, animals in danger, and magic jewels! When Princess Lily and her friends find an abandoned baby kangaroo, they must look after the tiny joey and work out who is ruining the palace gardens at night. To solve this mystery the princesses will need a magic jewel, ninja skills and the special power that comes from true friendship!

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And last but by no means least, next month we’ll be publishing A Chase In Time, from multi-award-winning author Sally Nicholls – the first in a brilliant time-slip adventure series for 8+ readers, beautifully illustrated by Brett Hellquist. The old gilt-edged mirror has hung in Alex’s aunt’s house for as long as he can remember. Alex hardly notices it, until the day he and his sister are pulled through the mirror, back into 1912. It’s the same house, but a very different place to live, and the people they meet need their help. Soon they’re caught up in car chases and treasure hunts as they race to find a priceless golden cup – but will they ever be able to return to their own time?

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