Well, we are feeling as happy and proud as anything today.
The shortlists for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize have just been announced, and there are Nosy Crow books in two categories.
Cinderella’s Sister and the Big Bad Wolf, written by Lorraine Carey and illustrated by Migy Blanco, has been shortlisted in the Best Illustrated Book category (previously won by Open Very Carefully in 2014).
In this hilarious laugh-out-loud picture book, nothing is what it seems. Did you know that Cinderella wasn’t actually very nice? And that there were THREE ugly sisters? And that the youngest sister, Gertie, was absolutely the nicest person you could ever hope to meet? Surprising, isn’t it? Come and make friends with Gertie, and find out if she will EVER get to the ball … and, watch out, you might just meet a few favourite fairy-tale characters along the way, too.
Here’s a look inside the book:
And My Brother is a Superhero by David Solomons has also been shortlisted in the Younger Fiction category!
Luke is a comic-mad eleven-year-old who shares a treehouse with his geeky older brother, Zach. Luke’s only mistake is to need a wee right at the wrong moment. While he’s gone, an alien gives his undeserving, never-read-a-comic-in-his-life brother superpowers, then tells him to save the universe. Luke is massively annoyed about this, but when Zach is kidnapped by his arch-nemesis, Luke and his friends only have five days to find him and save the world…
This is an absolutely amazing story: super-exciting, laugh-out-loud funny, and with enough heart to fill an entire galaxy. Here’s a look inside the book:
We are completely thrilled for both Cinderella’s Sister and My Brother is a Superhero – they are two absolutely BRILLIANT books, and to see them recognised by Waterstones in particular is a huge honour.
The winners of the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize will be announced next month – you can find out more about the awards, and read the full shortlists, here.
Good luck Lorraine, Migy and David!