Sunday 23 October 2016

GUEST POST! Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam by Tracey Corderoy & Steven Lenton

The nights are drawing in and there's a spooky chill in the air, so we've invited top twitterer Danny Pearson and his puggy companion Jess to review their favourite Halloween read for us! 

5 STARS!  *****
(Stars also interchangeable with magnificent pumpkins) 

Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam - The Spooky School 
By Tracey Corderoy and Steven Lenton  
Published by Nosy Crow 
£5.99 PB 

"From the brains which brought you the massively successful Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam picture books comes the first in a new series of two-colour fiction titles. 

Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam: The Spooky School contains three hilarious read-aloud stories. The Spooky SchoolThe Wacky Weather Week and Trouble at the Museum.

Our heroes don’t just make wonderful cakes. They also solve wacky and downright crazy mysteries too. The first of the stories, The Spooky School, is a perfect 
Halloween bedtime read. Halloween at St Spectre’s school will grip young readers as our dynamic duo go on the hunt to find who, or what, is behind the mysterious ghost dog.

The other two stories in this title are equally as thrilling. Readers will be flying through the pages wanting to follow Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam as they go on their adventures. 
Why is the weather going crazy? Who is the mysterious power-grabbing red panda and what are those racoons up to in the local museum?

These beautifully created fiction tales of the much loved pair of pooches is ideal for growing children’s confidence as they move from picture books to longer, independent reads." - Danny Pearson 
Download fabulous Shifty activity sheets
for your little pumpkin HERE

We can't wait! 


Sunday 16 October 2016

Oi Vlog! with Kes Gray and Jim Field

This week Team Book Sniffer were lucky enough to bag VIP passes to the Oi Dog! launch party at Waterston's Piccadilly. 
Between scoffing mountains of quiche and exquisite bone shaped biscuits we managed to grab Author Kes Gray and Illustrator Jim Field to tell us a bit more about the brand new NUMBER ONE best selling hit Oi Dog! Check it out...


Preliminary sketches for the cover 


An absurdly funny follow up to Book Sniffer shelf-essential, Oi Frog which published only last year. 
In this delightful sequel we find (uppity) Frog in a deep and heated dispute with Cat and Dog about where they should be perching and the EXACT rules of this "sitting' lark. 

With alarmingly hilarious illustrations of such oddities as Slugs on Plugs and Cheetahs on Fajitas (certainly a challenge for Jim Field) we explore a myriad of potential combinations each more rib tickling and bizarre than the last.

Kes is nothing but a rhyming wizard as he cleverly builds anticipation which will have little readers chuckling and snort laughing until they are almost in tears. 

This chortle inducing story is one of those books which will be read and LOVED over and over again until the pages fall out. You can't beat that. 

Kes and Jim are a formidable and dynamic duo, setting a high bar in the world of children's picture books. We can't wait to see what they come up with next. 

Hop over to Twitter and find out more

Pug on a Rug - bespoke illo by Jim Field. 

With HUGE thanks to Hachette Children's Books for  hosting such a fantastic party.

Massive HIGH FIVES to Kes & Jim 
who were true gents and had us weeping with laughter.

Special THANKS to Rebecca Logan
never knowingly under catering. 

Saturday 8 October 2016

NEW VLOG POST..PRESENTING Britta Teckentrup & beloved Oskar!

Hello Book Sniffers! 
This week we were lucky enough to welcome delightful illustrator and creator of Oskar Loves.. 
Britta Teckentrup to the Vlog. 
Here she is having a good old catch up 
with Book Sniffer roving reporter Steven Lenton.  

Oskar Loves… 
by Britta Teckentrup Published 
by Prestel £9.99 HB

There is an unadulterated delight in finding joy in the smallest of things; Oskar the crow does just that in this beautifully simple exploration happiness. From the silence of snow to eating sweet red cherries, this beautiful read will encourage young ones to indulge in an new found appreciation of the world around them - 5*s 

Illustrated Fiction Christmas Picks!

Here is a quick vlog just for you Book Sniffers, featuring some lovely seasonal illustrated fiction! 

First up the perfect stocking filler ..
Santa Claude 
by Alex T Smith
Published by Hodder Children's Books

& second up something for older readers ...
The Girl Who Saved Christmas 
by Matt Haig and Chris Mould
Published by Canongate books


Like the sound of these books, you can grab a copy by 
clicking on the links below the images! 



Saturday 1 October 2016

VLOG POST - INTRODUCING Sharon King Chai and Marta Altes!

our 3rd Book Sniffer Vlog

This week we were lucky enough to join delectable illustrators Sharon King-Chai  & Marta Alt├ęs  at the launch for their brand new picture books 


You can buy the books here! 


FOLLOW them on Twitter 

A HUGE Thank You to these two incredibly talented and unprecedentedly delightful illustrators and also THANK YOU to our camera man / presenter and editor the delectable Steven Lenton