19 minutes ago by David Maybury · No Comments
Jean de Brunhoff's Babar turns 80 this year (or 82 if you're counting from French publication) And to celebrate the 80th Anniversary of Babar the Elephant being first published in English - Egmont are on the hunt for original Babar fans from the 1930’s onwards.
The Anniversary will be marked with events across the year, with events designed for a multi-generational army of Babar fans - young and old - as well as new audiences who haven't, yet, met one of the worlds most famous…Continue Reading →
1 day ago by David Maybury · No Comments
It's that time again. Where some of the best books of year are placed head-to-head and given the chance to, well, be judged by the best in the business. It's the Oscars of the UK children's books world. We'll announce the winner later today... but to whet your appetite, here's a reminder of the shortlist for both the CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals:
- A Greyhound of a Girl by Roddy Doyle
- Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner
- Wonder by R.J. Palacio
- The Weight of…
2 days ago by David Maybury · No Comments
I'm not sure how this snuck passed by a month - but in case you have missed them too, you can read three Chaos Walking short stories online!
And a word from Patrick Ness about the three shorts: "They're set firmly in the world of Chaos Walking and star characters you already know – Viola, Mistress Coyle, Wilf, Lee – telling you a little bit more about them and hopefully being exciting in their own right."
It's 7.10am and I've already read the first…Continue Reading →
6 days ago by David Maybury · No Comments
Teen fiction has a new heroine. Cathy Brett, who, admittedly is no stranger to us, Brett is on her fourth novel, but swept in this week with a great article in The Guardian defending artwork in teen fiction.
"Don't get me wrong. I liked words. I liked reading. No, I love reading. But I really love pictures too and I don't mind telling you that the day I discovered grown-up books didn't have pictures was shocking. I wanted my toast with butter… and marmalade."
Can't recommend any stronger…Continue Reading →
13/06/2013 by David Maybury · No Comments
Eoin Colfer talks to PW Children's Editor John Sellars about Artemis, influences (so great to hear Eoin wax lyrical about Douglas Adams and writing his Hitchhiker book), writing for adults, touring the US and his new series WARP. And there are sneak peeks into what Eoin is working on next, including a new book with Oliver Jeffers, a musical and some other new projects.
Have 19 minutes and 32 seconds to spare? This is one great way to spend it!