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The Boy Who Met a Whale is World Book Day’s October Book Club Pick!

We’re absolutely delighted by the news that The Boy Who Met a Whale, by Nizrana Farook, has been chosen as World Book Day’s October Book Club pick!

From the author of Carnegie-nominated The Girl Who Stole an Elephant, and with cover art by David Dean, The Boy Who Met a Whale is another brilliant escapade set in fictional Sri Lanka – jam-packed with peril, mystery, and a huge blue whale.

Razi, a local fisherboy, is watching turtle eggs hatch when he sees a boat bobbing into view. With a chill, he notices a small, still hand hanging over the side… Inside is Zheng, who’s escaped a shipwreck and is full of tales of sea monsters and missing treasure. But the villains who are after Zheng are soon after Razi and his sister, Shifa, too. And so begins an exhilarating adventure in the shadow of the biggest sea monster of them all…

Read an extract below:

You can buy a copy of The Boy Who Met a Whale from Waterstones here, Bookshop.org, an independent bookshop supporter, here, or from Amazon here. If you’d like to find out more about the World Book Day’s Book Club, and this month’s pick, visit this page.

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Four Nosy Crow books included in the 2021 BookTrust Great Books Guide

We’re delighted that four Nosy Crow books are included in the 2021 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.

The four books included in this year’s guide are Meekoo and the Little Nursery, by Camilla Reid and Nicola Slater; Octopus Shocktopus, by Peter Bently and Steven Lenton; The Boy Who Met a Whale by Nizrana Farook; and My Life as a Cat, by Carlie Sorosiak.

Meekoo and the Little Nursery is a charming interactive board book, perfect for little ones already at nursery or about to start. With gorgeous artwork by Nicola Slater, and five fun sound buttons to press, this is a wonderful, fun, and reassuring addition to any toddler bookshelf.

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From award-winning and bestselling picture book creators Steven Lenton and Peter Bently, this is a brilliantly bonkers story about an octopus who lives on the roof. Warm and witty, with zingy artwork and fun rhyming text that children will love to join in with!

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From the author of The Girl Who Stole an Elephant, this is a thrilling adventure set in a fictional Sri Lanka, jam-packed with peril, kidnap, and a huge blue whale – perfect for 9-12-year-old readers.

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My Life as a Cat is a wise, funny and moving story about what it means to find a family, from the bestselling author of I, Cosmo, Carlie Sorosiak. With a wonderfully unique hero and an incredible voice, this is perfect for 9-12-year-olds and fans of Rebecca Stead and Kate DiCamillo.

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

Four Nosy Crow books included in the 2021 Summer Reading Challenge

This year’s Summer Reading Challenge book collection has just been announced – and we’re absolutely delighted to see that four Nosy Crow books have made the list!

The Summer Reading Challenge is a Reading Agency initiative, taking place every year during the summer holidays. It encourages children aged 4 to 11 to read six library books during the long summer holiday, to keep up their reading skills and confidence, and to complete the Challenge.

Each year there is a different theme – this year’s theme is Wild World Heroes, a celebration of reading, nature and action for the environment. Developed in partnership with WWF, the world’s leading independent conservation organisation, Wild World Heroes will seek to inspire children to stand up for the future of our planet.

Here’s a closer look at the Nosy Crow books that are included in this year’s collection:

Look What I Found in the Woods, by Moira Butterfield and Jesús Verona, is a beautiful picture book that encourages children to get outside and discover all sorts of natural treasures in the woods. Find prickly pine cones and swirly snail’s shells, then learn more about the object with irresistible illustrated and informative nature notes. Packed with fascinating facts alongside a gentle rhyming narrative, this is the first book in a series of nature treasure hunt books for the whole family will treasure!

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Wigglesbottom Primary: Dino Chick, by Pamela Butchart and Becka Moor, is the latest instalment in this hilarious, illustrated chapter book series for readers aged 5+, with three school-based stories in each book. In Dino Chick, Year Two are chosen to look after some eggs that are about to hatch, but there’s something strange about them… What if it’s not a chick egg, but a dinosaur egg?

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The Boy Who Met a Whale, by Carnegie-nominated Nizrana Farook, is a thrilling escapade set in fictional Sri Lanka, jam-packed with peril, mystery and a huge blue whale. When local fisherboy, Razi, discovers a shipwreck with a mysterious strange inside, it kickstarts an exhilarating adventure filled with of sea monsters, villains and missing treasure…

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And finally, Earth Friends: Fair Fashion, by Holly Webb, the first in a fantastic series about four friends who want to make the world a better place, with themes of environmentalism and friendship. In this first book, Maya, while researching for a school project on Fairtrade, is appalled to find that her favourite sparkly T-shirts are made by poor children in other countries who lead very different lives from her own, privileged one. She knows she must do something about it, but how can she make a difference without revealing her pop start secret to the world?

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You can find out more about the Summer Reading Challenge and this year’s book collection, here.

The Boy Who Met a Whale is now available as an audiobook

Today we’re delighted to share a brand new audiobook edition of The Boy Who Met a Whale, by Nizrana Farook – a brilliant adventure packed with peril and mystery,  perfect for 9-12 year olds. And you can listen to the first chapter of the new audiobook edition below!

Currently being championed as the Independent Booksellers’ Children’s Book of the Month for January, The Boy Who Met a Whale is adventure at its best – a courageous hero, a mystery, and a perilous journey with a huge blue whale.

You can buy the audiobook of The Boy Who Met a Whale from Audible and Amazon now – and you can listen to the preview of the audiobook below.

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Early praise for The Boy Who Met a Whale

We’re delighted that The Boy Who Met a Whale, which we published last week, has been named the Independent Booksellers’ Children’s Book of the Month for January. From Carnegie-nominated Nizrana Farook, with cover art by David Dean, this is a brilliant adventure set in a fictional Sri Lanka, featuring a courageous hero and a huge blue whale!

Razi, a local fisherboy, is watching turtle eggs hatch when he sees a boat bobbing into view. With a chill, he notices a small, still hand hanging over the side… Inside is Zheng, who’s escaped a shipwreck and is full of tales of sea monsters and missing treasure. But the villains who are after Zheng are soon after Razi and his sister, Shifa, too. And so begins an exhilarating adventure in the shadow of the biggest sea monster of them all…

And today we’re sharing some glittery reviews of the book…
“A fabulous fun-filled adventure, crammed with high seas, dastardly villains and loveable heroes!” – Jasbinder Bilan, author of Asha and the Spirit Bird

“The Boy Who Met a Whale is another cracking adventure from Nizrana Farook… Serendib’s shores glow in my imagination.” – Julie Pike, author of The Last Spell Breather

“What a joy it was to return to the beautiful island of Serendib with its endearing child-heroes, extraordinary animal bonds, calamitous peril, and wild adventures unlike anything you’ll have read before – all dished up with Nizrana’s brilliantly deadpan wit. The Boy Who Met A Whale has it all: menace, mayhem, majestic sea-creatures and even a melancholic ox whose dreams of finding adventure are hilariously fulfilled. I absolutely loved it!” – Hana Tooke, author of The Unadoptables

“Such a fantastic book. Filled with the most gorgeous description, heart racing adventure & peril, & such a great gang of characters. Absolutely LOVED their bants & humour. Edge of seat reading” – Yasmin Rahman, author of All The Things We Never Said

“A fast paced, page turning adventure” – A. M. Dassu, author of Boy, Everywhere

Read the first few chapters of this wonderful adventure below:

The Boy Who Met a Whale is available now – you can support independent bookshops by ordering a copy through Bookshop.org, here.

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.

The Boy Who Met a Whale is the Independent Booksellers’ Children’s Book of the Month for January

The Booksellers Association have announced their Independent Booksellers’ Children’s Book of the Month for January – and we’re absolutely delighted that The Boy Who Met a Whale, by Nizrana Farook, has been chosen!

From the author of Carnegie-nominated The Girl Who Stole an Elephant, and with cover art by David Dean, The Boy Who Met a Whale is another brilliant escapade set in fictional Sri Lanka – jam-packed with peril, mystery, and a huge blue whale.

Razi, a local fisherboy, is watching turtle eggs hatch when he sees a boat bobbing into view. With a chill, he notices a small, still hand hanging over the side… Inside is Zheng, who’s escaped a shipwreck and is full of tales of sea monsters and missing treasure. But the villains who are after Zheng are soon after Razi and his sister, Shifa, too. And so begins an exhilarating adventure in the shadow of the biggest sea monster of them all…

Read the first few chapters below:

You can buy a copy of The Boy Who Met a Whale from Bookshop.org, an independent bookshop supporter, here. Alternatively, you can find a copy via your local bookshop here, which may be able to offer delivery or click and collect at this time.

Three Nosy Crow books on Waterstones’ Best Children’s Books to Look Forward to in 2021

Waterstones have shared their lists of the best books to look forward to in 2021 – and we’re delighted to see three Nosy Crow books included! You can read the full list on the Waterstones blog here.

In their round-up of the best children’s books to look forward to in 2021, Waterstones have included The Boy Who Met a Whale by Nizrana Farook, The Secret Detectives by Ella Risbridger, and Pip and Posy: The Friendly Snail by Camilla Reid and Axel Scheffler.

Here’s what Waterstones said about The Boy Who Met a Whale: “The author of former Waterstones Children’s Book of the Month The Girl Who Stole an Elephant serves up a sparkling Sri Lanka-set adventure featuring a mysterious shipwreck, a strange child and a big, blue whale.”

And here’s a look inside the book:

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Here’s what Waterstones said about The Secret Detectives: “A startlingly accomplished children’s debut from Ella Risbridger, The Secret Detectives finds the freshly orphaned Isobel attempting to solve a heinous crime aboard the SS Mariana in a pitch perfect homage to Golden Age crime writing perfect for fans of Robin Stevens.”

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Here’s what Waterstones said about Pip and Posy: The Friendly Snail: “Pip and Posy must learn to value each other’s skills and needs in a triumphant return for Axel Scheffler’s lovable bunny and mouse duo.”

And here’s a look inside the book:

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Take a look inside The Boy Who Met a Whale

In January we’re thrilled to be publishing The Boy Who Met a Whale, by the bestselling author of The Girl Who Stole an Elephant, Nizrana Farook – a thrilling adventure, jam-packed with peril, kidnap, and a huge blue whale!

Razi, a local fisherboy, is watching turtle eggs hatch when he sees a boat bobbing into view. With a chill, he notices a small, still hand hanging over the side… Inside is Zheng, who’s escaped a shipwreck and is full of tales of sea monsters and missing treasure. But the villains who are after Zheng are soon after Razi and his sister, Shifa, too. And so begins an exhilarating adventure in the shadow of the biggest sea monster of them all…

Here’s an early preview of the book – you can read an extract below:

The Boy Who Met a Whale is out on January 14th – you can pre-order your copy from Waterstones here, The Hive here, and Amazon here.

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