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Posted by Tom, February 7, 2013

Our February titles are out today!

It’s an exciting day in the Crow’s Nest – all of our February titles are out today, and there’s something for everyone!

There are two new volumes in Marion Billet’s fabulous touch-and-feel Noodle board book series out today: Noodle Loves the Park and Noodle Loves the Zoo. The photo at the top of this post is of Marion signing stacks of Noodle books before a meeting to discuss some of her other great projects (like the forthcoming Littleland, out next month).

In these wonderful new additions to the series, Noodle visits the zoo with his dad, and the park with his mum. These are lovely books for sharing with very young toddlers – there’s lots to touch and look at on every spread, gentle, reassuring texts, and the opportunity to make lots of animal noises!

It’s also publication day for the board book edition of Penny Dale’s Dinosaur Zoom!, the follow-up to the enormously successful Dinosaur Dig! Bursting with dinosaurs and vehicles of all shapes and sizes, and with a delicious, surprise ending, this is guaranteed to bring a smile to the faces of pre-school readers – particularly, we think, pre-school boy readers – everywhere. Here’s a look inside:

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Open Very Carefully, the incredible picture book debut for illustrator Nicola O’Byrne with words by Nick Bromley, is also out today – and the response to the book on Twitter, Facebook and this blog has been incredible! This beautifully illustrated hardback – with clever die cuts at the end – is a wonderful celebration of books and words that’s great for discussing how stories and pictures “work”. Here’s a look inside:

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There are lots of special Open Very Carefully activity sheet which are available to download and print – have a look at yesterday’s blogpost.

There’s also a fresh crop of fantastic fiction ready to take its place in the world. We have a fifth tale of Nordic nonsense in Vulgar the Viking and the Terrible Talent Show. Has Vulgar got talent? Not really (unless you count his ‘armpit music’) but he’s certainly not going to let that stop him. If you like The Killling, you’ll … find this completely different.

Read the first chapter:

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It’s a good day and a sad day because Mega Mash-Up: Cowboys v Trolls in the Arctic is the last in the marvellously daft Mega Mash-Up series by Nikalas Catlow and Tim Wesson. What would happen if some Cowboys found some gold in the Arctic? Well, the Trolls would not be very happy, obviously. It’s brilliantly bonkers and the series is definitely going out with a bang. And a boom. And even a ker-pow.

And Dear Scarlett is heading off, too. Fleur Hitchcock has written a wonderfully original novel for 9+ readers that is as funny as it is moving, and that’s always brilliantly entertaining. Scarlett is trying to discover more about her dead father by following the clues she finds in a box he leaves her. As she and her friend, Ellie, leaf through the tattered copy of Gone With the Wind and try to find the locker that the small golden key fits, they are pursued by a pair of villains who are also after whatever lies at the end of the trail. There’s a touch of the Ealing Comedy about Dear Scarlett, but I bet you finish the book pretending you’ve got a bit of grit in your eye…

You can watch videos of Fleur talking about the book and reading an extract on Monday’s blogpost, or read the first chapter below:

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Congratulations to all of this month’s authors and illustrators!

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