Happy book birthday to I Am Bat!

Congratulations to Morag Hood, whose wonderful picture book I Am Bat is published by Two Hoots today!

Bat’s cherries keep going missing. One by one, the precious red cherries are whisked away by mischievous animal tricksters behind Bat’s back. Bat fruitlessly tries to catch the culprit and rescue those poor cherries – all to no avail. Will the cherries ever be restored to their rightful owner? In the hilarious I Am Bat, super-talent Morag Hood cleverly draws the reader into the story as Bat attempts to track down the guilty cherry thief and everyone’s a suspect – including YOU!

A wonderful and charming picture book destined to become an instant classic, I Am Bat is a surefire delight for children and adults alike.

You can find out more about I Am Bat here and pick up your own copy here . . .

 . . . you can also stay up to date with Morag and see more of her beautiful artwork on Twitter @MoragHood

A Place Called Perfect is a Tom Fletcher Book Club pick!

Helena Duggan‘s debut middle grade novel, A Place Called Perfect (Usborne), has been selected by Tom Fletcher as one of his W H Smith Book Club choices.

Violet never wanted to move to Perfect. Who wants to live in a town where everyone has to wear glasses to stop them going blind? And who wants to be neat and tidy and perfectly behaved all the time?

Violet quickly discovers there’s something weird going on in the town – she keeps hearing voices, her mam is acting strange and her dad has disappeared.

When she meets Boy she realizes that her dad is not the only person to have vanished… and that the mysterious Watchers are guarding a perfectly creepy secret!

Tom has reviewed A Place Called Perfect and described it as ‘a little spooky’ and as being ‘one of those books you think about when you’re not reading it’ – you can read his full review here!

A Place Called Perfect is also featured in Tom’s amazing launch video for the Book Club which you can watch below.

You can get your own copy of A Place Called Perfect here . . .

. . . and you can keep up to date with Helena on Twitter here!

Oliver Jeffers’ Here We Are featured on The Bookseller cover

Oliver Jeffers’ new book, Here We Are: Notes For Living On Planet Earth, was featured as a wraparound cover on The Bookseller‘s 8th September edition.

Here We Are is a moving and thought-provoking book which takes the reader on a journey through a series of heartfelt notes introducing Planet Earth.

From land and sky, to people and time, these notes explore what makes the world and how we live in it, all told in Oliver Jeffers’ inimitable style and accompanied by his stunning artwork. The perfect gift for welcoming children to the world.

Here’s the cover modelled by our office dog, Reg:

You can watch the trailer for the book here . . .

. . . and stay up to date with Oliver via his website

Here We Are is released on 14th November 2017 from HarperCollins Children’s.

Out now in paperback: Quintin Jardine’s Game Over

Many congratulations to Quintin Jardine on the paperback publication day of Game Over, the 27th instalment in the gritty and gripping Bob Skinner detective series.

When supermodel Annette Bordeaux is found battered and strangled in her Edinburgh flat, former Chief Constable Bob Skinner’s old team instantly have a global case on their hands. The victim’s husband, world-renowned footballer and recent Merrytown FC signing, is quickly discounted as a suspect. But there are others in the club with less watertight alibis…

As his old team work to convict the prime suspect, his own daughter, Alex, is the lawyer tasked with leading the defence. The opposing sides must work to find the culprit while the press watch on. But in this game, no one can be trusted, and there are murkier deeds still to uncover before the final whistle blows…

Another cracker from the master of twisty cop drama, Game Over will hold you in suspense to the very last page, and is sure to be a hit with both long-time fans of Bob Skinner and newcomers to the series.

Published by Headline, you can find out more here and buy your very own copy here . . .

. . . and to keep up to date with Quintin, you can follow him on Twitter @QuintinJardine