Welcome to the Jungle, Jo!

It’s publication day for the marvellous Jungle Jamboree by the very talented Jo Empson – we’re thrilled that everybody can visit the colourful jungle and meet the cast of animals who live there!

Who will be crowned the most beautiful of all at the Jungle Jamboree? Lion, Leopard, Hippo, Zebra? The jungle creatures all try to change themselves in this beautiful book, bursting with wild splashes of colour and hilarious animal antics.

But Fly has a surprise in store – soon the animals learn that they are lovely just the way they are, and that kindness is the most beautiful thing of all.

Jungle Jamboree is a treat for eyes and smiles everywhere, and guaranteed to leave all readers cheered by its heartwarming message. You can pick up your own copy here and stay up to date with Jo and her work on Twitter @joempson.

The Taken Girls available on e-readers everywhere from today!

Congratulations to G. D. Sanders, whose debut thriller The Taken Girls is released in ebook form today!

Someone is watching them…
When a missing teenage girl reappears unharmed but pregnant, the case falls to DI Edina Ogborne, the newest recruit of Canterbury Police. But Ed’s already got her hands full with a team who don’t want her, an ex who won’t quit, and terrible guilt over a secret from her past. As Ed investigates the case, she discovers Canterbury has seen this crime not once, but several times before. And when Ed and her detectives encounter missing historic police files, falsified school records, and Ed’s new lover as a prime suspect, it becomes clear that the system has been corrupted.

Can Ed find the kidnapper behind these depraved crimes before he strikes again? Or has time already run out?

We’re delighted to see The Taken Girls published in ebook format, and can’t wait for even more readers to discover it when it publishes in paperback on February 21st next year – mark your diaries!

Mighty Milton embarking on a two book adventure

We’re absolutely thrilled that Chicken House have acquired Milton the Mighty by debut writer Emma Read, a funny, quirky adventure with a uniquely lovable spider hero at its heart.

The novel was shortlisted for the 2017 Bath Children’s Novel Award. Barry Cunningham, Chicken House Publisher, acquired World Rights to Milton the Mighty and a sequel from Lauren Gardner. Line illustrations and cover have been commissioned from illustrator and picture book author Alex G. Griffiths.

Aimed at readers aged 7+, the story explores themes of fake news, phobia and friendship as Milton is falsely accused of being dangerous in the media.

When little spider Milton discovers he’s been branded deadly on social media – and is targeted by pest-killers BugKILL – he fears for his life and the future of his species. Alongside his BFFs, big hairy Ralph and spindly daddy-long-legs Audrey, he searches for a way to clear his name. But to succeed, Milton realises he must communicate with his house humans, a school-girl called Zoe and her arachnophobic dad … Is he mighty enough to achieve the impossible?

Emma Read has previously worked as a biologist, and now uses her transferable skills such as attention to detail, patience and fine motor skills to both write children’s books and extract Lego from under the sofa. She lives in Bath with her young family.

Emma said, ‘As Milton’s house-human, I’m thrilled to be sharing his adventures with the world. Working with Chicken House is a dream come true, and we are celebrating with a double-helping of fruit-fly flan.’

Illustrator Alex G. Griffiths said, ‘Collaborating with such a great publisher and author has of course been very exciting for me. Emma’s story is heart-warming, funny and filled with great characters, and has been such a pleasure to illustrate.’

Milton the Mighty will be publishing in July 2019 with the sequel to follow in 2020.

Barry Cunningham, Chicken House publisher and MD said, ‘Isn’t it exciting to find a whole world of wonder in those dark corners? Milton will change the way we feel about spiders forever – and I can’t wait to show how respect, love and fun are the really right feelings to have about our eight legged companions!’

Lauren Gardner said, ‘Emma and Milton captured my heart in their wonderful web from the very first submission, and I am delighted to have found them a publishing home with the brilliant team at Chicken House.’

Dom & Ink to publish Free To Be Me with Penguin Random House Children’s

Announced today, we’re absolutely thrilled that Dom & Ink has signed a deal for a LGBTQ+ activity book with Penguin Random House Children’s. Scheduled for publication in May 2019, Free To Be Me will be an LGBTQ+ journal for anyone from 13 to 103 – by writer, illustrator and utterly fabulous merman, Dom&Ink.

Every rainbow-coloured page is packed with LGBTQ+ activities, advice and attitude. With spreads to colour, scribble, design and glitter, you’ll meet dancing drag queens, rainbow donuts and the world’s sassiest LGBTQ+ dinosaur: Brett the Sassysaurus! Read quotes from real-life rainbow icons, find out how to throw your own Pride Party, and learn about the history of gay rights. Most importantly: celebrate being yourself and what makes YOU amazing!

Warm, hilarious, caring and insightful, Free To Be Me will fill every reader with self-esteem, confidence, colour and pride.

You can pre-order your copy of Free To Be Me here . . .

. . . and you can stay up to date with Dom’s work on Twitter @dom_and_ink and on Instagram @domandink