Highlights 2020
Highlights 2020

What’s to come in 2020?

I’ve long wanted there to be a book about a banana who goes rotten, and clever old Scholastic not only had the idea, but asked Michelle Robinson to write it: The Day The Banana Went BAD. Tom Knight illustrates. Can’t wait. Michelle’s other big news is the launch of her first foray into longer writing, with a deeply funny middle grade series for Bloomsbury illustrated by Sharon Davey, starting with Do Not Disturb The Dragons. Bloomsbury are also publishing her sharp diatribe against the gendering of toys, She-Rex with Deborah Allwright.

Eoin McLaughlin begins a new partnership with Marc Boutavant for Walker, starting with a brilliant alphabet-book-turned-detective-story, The Case Of The Missing Cake. There will be more to come from those two. And the paperback of Eoin’s Secret Agent Elephant is in there just because there’s a certain film out next year, from a certain long-running franchise…

Dawn McNiff has written a very moving and tender pet bereavement story about her own much-missed dog – With Love From Alfie McPoonst, The Best Dog Ever. Walker have had it illustrated in a sweet, thoughtful and inimitable style by Patricia Metola. Izzy can’t get over losing her Alfie, but then a letter arrives for her: ‘I’m a sky dog now. I live in doggy heaven, because I died…’ And as it turns out, doggy heaven’s not such a bad place to be.

Sean Taylor’s Good Dog! is very much alive – full of life in fact, as illustrated by Dave Barrow for Frances Lincoln. And Patricia Cleveland-Peck’s unstoppable pachyderm marches on, with David Tazzyman lurching wildly in the saddle, this time with the sage advice that You Can’t Call An Elephant In An Emergency.

Then Emer Stamp roars back into the fray post-Pig with the first of a new MG series called PESTS. The first book, Mouse In Training, introduces us to Stix, who lives behind the washing machine with his grandma, and whose life is, well, just staying alive. It’s hard, being a mouse in the mans’ world. But there’s a school in the basement where pests like Stix are given a new mission: to fight back!

Polly Dunbar has illustrated an autobiographical Michael Morpurgo text for David Fickling, which is pretty much a match made in heaven. It’s about a first school Christmas play, and first love, and it’s called Owl or Pussycat? And Susannah Lloyd has another devilish picturebook coming, this time with Jacob Grant for Frances Lincoln: This Book Can Read Your Mind. It can, too.

Malachy Doyle’s Molly series with Andrew Whitson for Graffeg continues with high drama in Molly and the Lighthouse. And Graffeg are bringing back another old friend: Julia Rawlinson’s Fletcher series, newly republished in this country. We’ve debuts too: one for children’s singer-songwriter David Gibb, whose brilliant bathtime text Too Many Bubbles! is being illustrated by Dan Taylor for S&S – there will definitely be a song with this one.

And one more debut, actually: my own, as author. There are quite a few picturebooks about disability, these days, but still hardly any by disabled authors. When illustrator Karen George came to me with an idea, I saw an opportunity to change that, and wrote What Happened To You? Faber are publishing in August, and I’m all abuzz!

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HIGHLIGHTS 2020

What’s to come in 2020?

I’ve long wanted there to be a book about a banana who goes rotten, and clever old Scholastic not only had the idea, but asked Michelle Robinson to write it: The Day The Banana Went BAD. Tom Knight illustrates. Can’t wait. Michelle’s other big news is the launch of her first foray into longer writing, with a deeply funny middle grade series for Bloomsbury illustrated by Sharon Davey, starting with Do Not Disturb The Dragons. Bloomsbury are also publishing her sharp diatribe against the gendering of toys, She-Rex with Deborah Allwright.

Eoin McLaughlin begins a new partnership with Marc Boutavant for Walker, starting with a brilliant alphabet-book-turned-detective-story, The Case Of The Missing Cake. There will be more to come from those two. And the paperback of Eoin’s Secret Agent Elephant is in there just because there’s a certain film out next year, from a certain long-running franchise…

Dawn McNiff has written a very moving and tender pet bereavement story about her own much-missed dog – With Love From Alfie McPoonst, The Best Dog Ever. Walker have had it illustrated in a sweet, thoughtful and inimitable style by Patricia Metola. Izzy can’t get over losing her Alfie, but then a letter arrives for her: ‘I’m a sky dog now. I live in doggy heaven, because I died…’ And as it turns out, doggy heaven’s not such a bad place to be.

Sean Taylor’s Good Dog! is very much alive – full of life in fact, as illustrated by Dave Barrow for Frances Lincoln. And Patricia Cleveland-Peck’s unstoppable pachyderm marches on, with David Tazzyman lurching wildly in the saddle, this time with the sage advice that You Can’t Call An Elephant In An Emergency.

Then Emer Stamp roars back into the fray post-Pig with the first of a new MG series called PESTS. The first book, Mouse In Training, introduces us to Stix, who lives behind the washing machine with his grandma, and whose life is, well, just staying alive. It’s hard, being a mouse in the mans’ world. But there’s a school in the basement where pests like Stix are given a new mission: to fight back!

Polly Dunbar has illustrated an autobiographical Michael Morpurgo text for David Fickling, which is pretty much a match made in heaven. It’s about a first school Christmas play, and first love, and it’s called Owl or Pussycat? And Susannah Lloyd has another devilish picturebook coming, this time with Jacob Grant for Frances Lincoln: This Book Can Read Your Mind. It can, too.

Malachy Doyle’s Molly series with Andrew Whitson for Graffeg continues with high drama in Molly and the Lighthouse. And Graffeg are bringing back another old friend: Julia Rawlinson’s Fletcher series, newly republished in this country. We’ve debuts too: one for children’s singer-songwriter David Gibb, whose brilliant bathtime text Too Many Bubbles! is being illustrated by Dan Taylor for S&S – there will definitely be a song with this one.

And one more debut, actually: my own, as author. There are quite a few picturebooks about disability, these days, but still hardly any by disabled authors. When illustrator Karen George came to me with an idea, I saw an opportunity to change that, and wrote What Happened To You? Faber are publishing in August, and I’m all abuzz!

The Day The Banana Went Bad

Love From Alfie McPoonst

This Book Can Read Your Mind

Good Dog!

The Case Of The Missing Cake

You Can't Call An Elephant In An Emergency

Do Not Disturb The Dragons

Secret Agent Elephant

Molly and the Lighthouse

PESTS

She-Rex

Too Many Bubbles!

Fletcher

What Happened To You?

Owl or Pussycat?

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