I’ve been a huge fan of Kate DiCamillo for many years. I first fell in love with her stories when I read The Tale of Despereaux and have loved all of her books since.
I’m very excited to read her new book, Raymie Nightingale, coming from Walker Books in April. Everything I’ve seen for it so far, from the blurb to the book trailer, makes it sound fantastic.
To whet your appetite check out the blurb and the book trailer below:
Raymie Clarke has come to realise that everything, absolutely everything, depends on her. And she has a plan. If Raymie can win the Little Miss Central Florida Tire competition, then her father – who has run away with a dental hygienist – will see Raymie’s picture in the paper and (maybe) come home. To win, not only does Raymie have to do good deeds and learn how to twirl a baton, but she has to compete with the wispy, frequently fainting Louisiana Elefante with her show-business background and the fiery, stubborn Beverly Tapinski, who’s determined to sabotage the contest. But as the competition approaches, loneliness, loss and unanswerable questions draw the three girls into an unlikely friendship – and challenge them to come to each other’s rescue in unexpected ways.
Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo is available from Walker Books Australia in April.
I am not the world’s biggest Harry Potter fan but I absolutely can’t wait to get my hands on the new, fully-illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. It is illustrated by the wonderful Jim Kay, whose illustrations I first got introduced to in Patrick Ness’ A Monster Calls. Those illustrations were in black and white but his illustrations for Harry Potter are in colour and they look absolutely gorgeous! A number of different spreads from the book have been released recently and with each new page I fall more in love with this book. I imagine it can’t be easy illustrating a hugely popular book like this, especially after all the movies have been released, but it certainly looks like Jim has done an amazing job.
The cover alone shows you the magic that awaits inside the pages of this book:
Check out this sneak peek inside the book from the Bloomsbury UK website!
Watch this short video of Jim Kay explaining his illustrating process for the book:
The Illustrated Edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling and illustrated by Jim Kay is released in October by Bloomsbury Publishers. It is supplied in NZ by Allen and Unwin NZ.
I’m a huge Shaun Tan fan. I love his stories and his artwork is always stunning. The Arrival is one of my absolute favourite books because of the way that Shaun tells his incredible story using just illustrations. I was excited to hear that Allen and Unwin were going to be publishing a very special Shaun Tan book in October, The Singing Bones. It is a collection of the Brothers Grimm fairy tales and it’s unlike any of Shaun’s previous books as he has created sculptures to illustrate each fairy tale. I’ll be reviewing it soon and I hope to be able to show you some of the spreads from inside the book.
In this beautifully presented volume, the essence of seventy-five fairy tales by the Brothers Grimm is wonderfully evoked by Shaun Tan’s extraordinary sculptures.
Nameless princes, wicked stepsisters, greedy kings, honourable peasants and ruthless witches, tales of love, betrayal, adventure and magical transformation: all inspiration for this stunning gallery of sculptural works. Introduced by Grimm Tales author Philip Pullman and leading fairy tale scholar Jack Zipes, The Singing Bones breathes new life into some of the world’s most beloved fairy tales.
The Singing Bones is published by Allen and Unwin in October. You won’t want to miss this incredible book!
Brian Selznick’s books are absolutely stunning! I love his artwork and the way that he tells a story using a combination of illustration and text. The Invention of Hugo Cabret and Wonderstruck are some of my favourite books and they’re the sort of books I love just holding. They are huge books but this is because of the way that Brian Selznick likes to tell his stories, alternating between pages of text and pages of illustration.
Brian Selznick has a new book being released in October, called The Marvels. I can’t wait to hold it in my hands and read what is sure to be an amazing story. Here is the cover, blurb and book trailer:
The journey begins on a ship at sea in 1766, with a boy named Billy Marvel. After surviving a shipwreck, he finds work in a London theatre. There, his family flourishes for generations as brilliant actors until 1900, when young Leontes Marvel is banished from the stage. Nearly a century later, Joseph Jervis runs away from school and seeks refuge with an uncle in London. Albert Nightingale’s strange, beautiful house, with its mysterious portraits and ghostly presences, captivates Joseph and leads him on a search for clues about the house, his family, and the past.
David Levithan is one of those authors whose books I always pick up (I don’t always get round to reading them). I love his writing style and his books stand out as being quite different. Every Day is one of my absolute favourite books. It’s one of those few books that has had a real affect on me and has stuck with me. In Every Day, A is in a different body each day, so it has to get used to being a different person (on the outside) and acting like that person. You can read my very gushing review here on the blog.
Another Day is a companion novel to Every Day and tells the story from Rhiannon’s point of view. I know it will be very different from Every Day but I’m curious to see the story from Rhiannon’s perspective.
Another Day is published by Text Publishing and is available in Australia and NZ now.
Bestselling author David Levithan (co-author of Will Grayson, Will Grayson with John Green) tells Rhiannon’s side of the story as she seeks to discover the truth about love and how it can change you.
Every day is the same for Rhiannon. She has accepted her life, convinced herself that she deserves her distant, temperamental boyfriend, Justin. She’s even established guidelines by which to live: Don’t be too needy. Avoid upsetting him. Never get your hopes up.
But one morning everything changes. Justin wants to be with her for the first time, and they share a perfect day—a perfect day Justin doesn’t remember the next morning.
Confused, depressed and desperate for another great day, Rhiannon starts questioning everything. Until a stranger tells her that the Justin she spent that day with—the one who made her feel like a real person—wasn’t Justin at all.
Patrick Ness is my favourite author. Every time he publishes a new book I rush out and get it and try to find a quiet place to sit to enjoy it. I fell in love with his writing when I first read The Knife of Never Letting Go and then devoured the rest of the series. The thing I love the most about Patrick Ness’ writing is that he isn’t afraid to push boundaries and try something new. His latest book, The Rest of Us Just Live Here, promises to be another highly original and memorable story. I can’t wait to read it! The only problem with reading it is that I then have to wait another year or so to read another new Patrick Ness book. Oh the dilemma!
Check out the blurb and cover for The Rest of Us Just Live Here below:
Award-winning writer Patrick Ness’s bold and irreverent novel powerfully asks what if you weren’t the Chosen One? The one who’s supposed to fight the zombies, or the soul-eating ghosts, or whatever this new thing is, with the blue lights and the death? What if you were like Mikey? Who just wants to graduate and go to prom and maybe finally work up the courage to ask Henna out before someone goes and blows up the high school. Again. Because sometimes there are problems bigger than this week’s end of the world and sometimes you just have to find the extraordinary in your ordinary life. Even if your best friend might just be the God of mountain lions.
The Rest of Us Just Live Here is released on August 27 by Walker Books Australia.
I absolutely love Derek Landy’s Skulduggery Pleasant series! It’s one of the few series that I’ve read every single book of and dropped everything to read the new book when it was released. Derek Landy has been in the world of Skulduggery Pleasant for so long that it will be really interesting to read a completely different story from him with new characters. Demon Road is this new story. I can’t wait to delve into this new world and see where Derek takes us next!
Check out the blurb and the cover for Demon Road below.
Killer cars, vampires, undead serial killers: they’re all here. And the demons? Well, that’s where Amber comes in … Sixteen years old, smart and spirited, she’s just a normal American teenager until the lies are torn away and the demons reveal themselves. Forced to go on the run, she hurtles from one threat to another, revealing a tapestry of terror woven into the very fabric of her life. Her only chance rests with her fellow travellers, who are not at all what they appear to be …
Demon Road is released in New Zealand by HarperCollins NZ on 1 September. Keep an eye out on the blog for an awesome competition coming soon for your chance to win an advance copy of Demon Road.
Morris Gleitzman’s Once , and the sequels Then, Now and After, are some of my favourite books. As soon as I started reading Felix’s story I felt like he was my best friend and I wanted everything to work out for him. If you haven’t read this brilliant series yet (you really should) it’s about Felix, a boy growing up in Poland during World War Two. His story is heartbreaking and harrowing and Morris Gleitzman really tugs on your heartstrings. I wrote a post back in 2013 about the books that hold a special place in my heart and these books certainly do.
I heard Morris Gleitzman talk at the Auckland Writers Festival about Felix and his story. Morris told us that he’s not ready to let Felix go yet (which I can totally understand) and that he has 7 books planned in this sequence. That means we still have 3 books to look forward to about Felix. The next book in the sequence is Soon, coming this month from Penguin Random House. Here is the blurb:
I hoped the Nazis would be defeated.
And they were.
I hoped the war would be over.
And it was.
I hoped we would be safe.
But we aren’t.
Soon continues the incredibly moving story of Felix, a Jewish boy still struggling to survive in the wake of the liberation of Poland after the end of World War Two.
I can’t wait to read Soon to find out what happens to Felix next!
What are your thoughts on the series? Have you read them?