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A Monster Ate My Packed Lunch is out today!

Today we’re very excited to have published A Monster Ate My Packed Lunch – a laugh-out-loud new instalment in the bestselling Baby Aliens series, from Blue Peter Award winners, Pamela Butchart and Thomas Flintham.

This hilarious, illustrated series for readers aged 7+ follows Izzy and her school friends on various dramatic adventures, from yetis and lollipop men to demon dinner ladies. In this new book, Izzy and her friends suspect there is a monster lurking in the lake…

Izzy and her friends are on a school trip to a big lake. Gary Petrie is excited because the lodges where they’re staying have ROBES AND SLIPPERS! The lake is dark and deep and a bit scary. But it’s when they open their packed lunches that they know! There’s a MONSTER in the lake and it’s coming for their CRISPS!

Read the first few chapters below:

You can order a copy of A Monster Ate My Packed Lunch from Waterstones here, Bookshop.org – an independent bookshop supporter – here, and from Amazon here.

We’ve also created some fantastic activities inspired by the book – draw your monster, solve some monster-themed anagrams, and colour in the book cover – which you can download here.

Two Nosy Crow books shortlisted for the 2022 Laugh Out Loud Book Awards!

The shortlist for the 2022 Laugh Out Loud Book Awards (otherwise known as the Lollies) have been announced today – and we are absolutely thrilled that Octopus Shocktopus, written by Peter Bently and illustrated by Steven Lenton, and Wigglesbottom Primary: Break-Time Bunnies, written by Pamela Butchart and illustrated by Becka Moor, have recognised this year!

Run by Scholastic, the Laugh Out Loud Book Awards celebrate the best and funniest children’s books in the UK and Ireland, voted for by school pupils across the country – and we are delighted to see two of our books make the shortlist this year.

Octopus Shocktopus is a brilliantly bonkers story about an octopus who comes to live on the roof, with a heartwarming message about community and welcoming newcomers. With zingy, fun artwork and witty rhyming story, this picture book is a true joy to read!

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From Blue Peter award winner Pamela Butchart, Wigglesbottom Primary: Break-Time Bunnies is part of the hilarious school-based series where no two days are the same! With three short stories in each book, and fun two-colour artwork throughout, Wigglesbottom is perfect for encouraging independent reading.

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The winners of the Lollies will be announced next year, following voting in schools across the country in December. You can find out more about the awards here.

Congratulations Peter, Steve, Pamela and Becka – and good luck!

Take a look inside A Monster Ate My Packed Lunch – a brand new book in the Baby Aliens series by Pamela Butchart

This July we’re very excited to be publishing A Monster Ate My Packed Lunch – a brand new book in the hilarious Baby Aliens series, from Blue Peter Award winners, Pamela Butchart and Thomas Flintham.

And today we’re sharing an early preview of the book – you can read the first few chapters below!

Izzy and her friends are on a school trip to a big lake. Gary Petrie is excited because the lodges where they’re staying have ROBES AND SLIPPERS! The lake is dark and deep and a bit scary. But it’s when they open their packed lunches that they know! There’s a MONSTER in the lake and it’s coming for their CRISPS!

Take a look inside:

A Monster Ate My Packed Lunch will be out July 1st – you can pre-order a copy from Waterstones here, Bookshop.org here, or from Amazon here. If you haven’t picked up the brilliant Baby Aliens series yet, you can discover the books here.

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Wigglesbottom Primary: Break-Time Bunnies longlisted for the 2021 Alligator’s Mouth Award!

We’re absolutely delighted to announce that Wigglesbottom Primary: Break-Time Bunnies, written by bestselling Pamela Butchart and illustrated by Becka Moor, has been longlisted for the 2021 Alligator’s Mouth Award!

Launched in 2018, the book prize celebrates the very best in highly illustrated children’s fiction for 6-8 year-olds and is run by the Richmond-based Alligator’s Mouth bookshop and The Bright Agency. The award is also supported by Gardeners, who will continue as an official partner.

This year’s judging panel includes acclaimed children’s author Smriti Halls; last year’s winner, Adam Stower; award-winning book blogger and primary school librarian Jo Clarke; primary school headteacher and book blogger Simon Smith; co-owners of The Alligator’s Mouth bookshop, Margaret Wallace-Jones and Tony West; and Director of The Bright Agency, Arabella Stein.

It’s an honour to have the Wigglesbottom Primary series recognised by the award!

Life at Wigglesbottom Primary is often lived on the edge. An unexpected visitor, a bewitched violin and an invasion of bunnies! What can it all mean?

With three laugh-out-loud stories in each book, and fun two-colour artwork throughout, Wigglesbottom Primary is perfect for encouraging independent reading!

Take a look inside the book:

You can buy a copy of Wigglesbottom Primary: Break-Time Bunnies from Bookshop.org, an independent bookshop supporter, here.

The shortlist for the award will be announced in May, followed by the winner’s announcement in July. You can find out more about the award and view the full longlist here.

Congratulations Pamela and Becka!

Wigglesbottom Primary: Dino Chick out now!

Earlier this month we published Wigglesbottom Primary: Dino Chick – a brand new book of three funny school-based stories for young readers, written by bestselling Pamela Butchart and with brilliant colour illustrations by Becka Moor. In this latest instalment, Year Two are chosen to look after some eggs that are about to hatch, but these are no regular eggs…

The strangest things happen at Wigglesbottom Primary! When Year Two is chosen to look after some eggs that are about to hatch, they KNOW something is strange about one of them. What if it’s not a chick egg, but a DINOSAUR EGG???

From dino chicks and magic hamsters to toilet ghosts, this series of hilarious short stories, filled with strange goings-on and lots of fun is perfect for readers aged 5+.

Take a look inside the book:

You can buy a copy of Wigglesbottom Primary: Dino Chick from Waterstones here, Bookshop.org here or from Amazon here. If you’re looking for the rest of the series, you can find all the books here.

If you’d like to stay up-to-date with all of our book news, including early previews, award news, giveaways and more, you can sign up here.

New books out in March!

It’s our March publication day – and it’s also World Book Day!

From board books for babies and toddlers to a new Pip and Posy story, outdoor adventure guides to spooky new fiction, there’s something for everyone this month.

Here’s a closer look at what you can find in bookshops and online from Nosy Crow this month.

Together, by Emma Dodd:

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Where’s Mrs Car, by Camilla Reid and Ingela P Arrhenius:

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Peekaboo Cow, by Camilla Reid and Ingela P Arrhenius:

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National Trust: The Great Big Egg Hunt, by Ekaterina Trukhan:

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Pip and Posy: The Friendly Snail, by Camilla Reid and Axel Scheffler:

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National Trust: Beatrix and Her Bunnies, by Rebecca Colby and Caroline Bonne Müller:

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Go Wild in the Mountains, by Goldie Hawk and Rachael Saunders:

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National Trust: Look What I Found in the Woods, by Moira Butterfield and Jesús Verona:

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Wigglesbottom Primary: Dino Chick, by Pamela Butchart and Becka Moor:

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Congratulations to all of our authors and illustrators with new books out today! If you’d like to keep up-to-date with all of our book news and future releases, you can sign up to our newsletter at the bottom of this page.

New books out in January!

We’re beginning the new year with a bunch of brilliant new children’s books! From new board books to magical picture books, fantastic non-fiction, and four new fiction titles – including a new book in the Baby Aliens series by Pamela Butchart, a thrilling new adventure from Nizrana Farook, and the third magical instalment in The Dragon In the Library series.

Here’s a closer look the new Nosy Crow books available this month.

Love, by Emma Dodd (now available in whiteboard):

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Sing Along With Me! Five Little Ducks, by Yu-hsuan Huang:

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Sing Along With Me! Hickory Dickory Dock, by Yu-hsuan Huang:

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Where’s Mrs Tiger?, by Ingela P Arrhenius:

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Peekaboo Love, by Camilla Reid and Ingela P Arrhenius:

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Make Tracks: Farm, by Johnny Dyrander:

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Out of Nowhere, by Chris Naylor-Ballesteros:

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Making A Baby: An Inclusive Guide to How Every Family Begins, written by Rachel Greener and illustrated by Clare Owen:

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National Trust: The Castle the King Built, written by Rebecca Colby and illustrated by Tom Froese:

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British Museum: Find Tom in Time, Ancient Egypt, by Fatti Burke (now available in paperback):

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Welcome to Our World, written by Moira Butterfield and illustrated by Harriet Lynas (now available in paperback):

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The Boy Who Met a Whale, by Nizrana Farook:

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The Broken Leg of Doom, written by Pamela Butchart and illustrated by Thomas Flintham:

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The Wizard in the Wood, written by Louie Stowell and illustrated by Davide Ortu:

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Zoe’s Rescue Zoo: The Rowdy Red Panda, written by Amelia Cobb and illustrated by Sophy Williams:

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Congratulations to all our authors and illustrators with new books out today! If you’d like to keep up-to-date with all of our book news and future releases, you can sign up to our newsletter at the bottom of this page.

Take a look inside The Broken Leg of Doom – the brand new book from Pamela Butchart and Thomas Flintham

In January we’re very excited to be publishing The Broken Leg of Doom – the TENTH book in the hilarious Baby Aliens series, by the award-winning duo, Pamela Butchart and Thomas Flintham.

And today we’re sharing an early preview of the book – you can read an extract below!

When a session of extreme dancing leaves Maisie in hospital with a broken leg, things take a turn for the weird! Strange noises in the ward at night, missing cuddly toys and a sandwich trolley that only ever has TUNA sandwiches. Could Maisie’s leg be CURSED? If it is, and it DEFINITELY IS, then everything is DOOMED!

Read an extract below:

The Broken Leg of Doom is out in January – you can pre-order a copy from Waterstones here, Amazon here, and Hive here. If you’d like to stay up-to-date with all of our book news, you can sign up to our newsletter here and you’ll never miss a thing.

Eight Nosy Crow Books included in the 2020 BookTrust Great Books Guide

We’re delighted to announce that eight Nosy Crow books are included in the 2020 BookTrust Great Books Guide! This printed guide of the BookTrust’s 100 favourite books from the previous year will be posted to all primary schools in England and Wales – and is also available to read on the BookTrust website, here.

100 First Words by Edward Underwood, Farmyard Friends: Portly Pig by Axel Scheffler, This is a Dog by Ross Collins, Nuts by Lou Peacock and Yasmeen Ismail, Wigglesbottom Primary: Break-Time Bunnies by Pamela Butchart and Becka Moor, I, Cosmo by Carlie Sorosiak, Orion Lost by Alastair Chisholm, and TrooFriend by Kirsty Applebaum have all been included in the 2020 guide.

100 First Words is a beautifully illustrated first words book and must-have for any nursery bookshelf. Featuring gorgeous artwork by homeware designer Edward Underwood, which is sure to appeal to parents and toddlers alike, little ones will love discovering what’s under the bold, easy-to-lift card flaps.


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From award-winning and bestselling illustrator, Farmyard Friends: Portly Pig is one of four in the friendly Farmyard Friends series. These board books are perfect for little ones who are learning about animals and animal sounds.

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This is a Dog is a delightfully silly story about a mischievous dog who loves the limelight, perfect for dog lovers young and old. Created by the winner of the UKLA Book Award and Amnesty CILIP Greenaway Honour, Ross Collins.

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Nuts is a hilarious picture book about learning to share, with deceptively simple text by Lou Peacock and energetic artwork by Yasmeen Ismail.

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Wigglesbottom Primary: Break-Time Bunnies is the sixth title in this fantastic, chaotic, and hilarious series. Written by award-winning Pamela Butchart and beautifully illustrated in two-colour by Becka Moor.

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A moving, funny, and tender story for 9-12 readers, with a wonderfully unique hero and an incredible voice, I, Cosmo is perfect for fans of Rebecca Stead and Kate DiCamillo – Charlotte’s Web meets Little Miss Sunshine.

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Orion Lost is a hugely gripping sci-fi adventure featuring aliens, space pirates, AI, and tons of action. When catastrophe strikes on the spaceship Orion, it is up to Beth and her friends to save the day…

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Unique, gripping, and sinister, TrooFriend is a story about artificial intelligence, friendship, and what it means to be human. From the highly acclaimed author of The Middler, Kirsty Applebaum.

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Congratulations to all our authors and illustrators included in the guide!

New books out in September!

It’s our September publication day! We’ve got a fantastic collection of new children’s books coming your way today – with brand new board books, picture books, illustrated non-fiction, activity books, and middle-grade fiction in shops, there’s something for everyone.

Here’s a closer look at the new Nosy Crow books you can find in bookshops, and online, this month.

Where’s Mrs T-Rex?, by Ingela P Arrhenius

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Jeremy Worried About the Wind, written by Pamela Butchart and illustrated Kate Hindley

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What Are Little Girls Made of?, written by Jeanne Willis and illustrated Isabelle Follath

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We’re Going on a Pumpkin Hunt!, written by Goldie Hawk and illustrated Angie Rozelaar

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Wanda’s Words Got Stuck, written by Lucy Rowland and illustrated by Paula Bowles

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Tiger, Tiger, Burning Bright: An Animal Poem for Every Day of the Year, with poems selected by Fiona Waters and illustrated by Britta Teckentrup

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British Museum: Press Out and Decorate: Fantastic Creatures, by Kate McLelland

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National Trust: Mother and Daughter Dress-Up Dolls: Fashion From Long Ago, written by Gracie Swan and illustrated by Felicity French

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YouthQuake: 50 Children and Young People Who Shook the World, written by Tom Adams and illustrated by Sarah Walsh

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Sticky Pines: The Thing At Black Hole Lake, by Dashe Roberts

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My Life as a Cat, by Carlie Sorosiak

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A Forever Home for Pip, written by Linda Chapman and illustrated by Sophy Williams

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Congratulations to all of our incredible authors and illustrators with books out today! If you’d like to keep up-to-date with all of our book news and future releases, you can sign up to our newsletter at the bottom of this page.

Brand new audiobook editions of Pamela Butchart’s award-winning Baby Aliens series!

Today we’re very pleased to share brand new audiobook auditions of the latest books in Pamela Butchart’s award-winning, best-selling Baby Aliens series.

The first five books in the series are already available as audiobooks – and now you can complete the series, with all of the remaining books available in audio too.

Hilariously read by comedian Susan Calman, these are laugh-out-loud funny stories for 6-9 year olds. They’re perfect for car journeys, days inside, bedtime stories and more – a fantastic way to fill the summer holidays.

You can listen to previews of each of the new audiobooks below.

Listen to a preview of There’s A Werewolf In My Tent:

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Listen to a preview of The Phantom Lollipop Man:

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Listen to a preview of There’s A Yeti In The Playground:

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Listen to a preview of Icarus Was Ridiculous:

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And you can find the first five books in the series for sale here, if you’re new to the series.

Take a look inside Jeremy Worried About the Wind

Today we’re very excited to introduce Jeremy Worried About the Wind – a brand new picture book from Pamela Butchart, bestselling author of the Baby Aliens series and Blue Peter Book Award winner, and illustrated by Kate Hindley. Jeremy Worried About the Wind is a quirky, humorously illustrated story that will open up important conversations about worries and anxiety.

And today, for the first time, you can take a look inside the book!

Jeremy is a worrier. He worries about odd socks, spotty bananas, evil squirrels, burnt toast, dinosaurs and, most of all . . . the wind! His friend Maggie isn’t worried about anything – after all, what’s the worst that could happen? But when Maggie decides to go outside and play in the wind, Jeremy must act fast to keep her out of danger, and he is soon to discover that a bit of courage leads to the most exciting adventures.

Here’s a look inside the book:

Jeremy Worried About the Wind will be published this September – you can pre-order the book from Waterstones here and from Hive here. If you’d like to stay up-to-date with all of our book news, you can sign up to our books newsletter here, or with the form below.