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A laugh-out-loud, fully illustrated collection of stories starring Tom Gates and his friends, family and foes!
“This debut has a terrific voice: very funny and spirited with a sex-positive message.” The Bookseller
“Exactly the book everyone needs right now. Witty, light, clever and absolutely absorbing.” The School Librarian
Love is for Losers by Wibke Brueggemann is a hilarious, life-affirming debut novel about all the big stuff: love, sex, death, family, heartbreak, kittens . . . and kisses that turn the whole world upside down.
As far as Phoebe Davis is concerned, love is to be avoided at all costs. Why would you spend your life worrying about something that turns you into a complete moron? If her best friend Polly is anything to go by, the first sniff of a relationship makes you forget about your friends (like, hello?), get completely obsessed with sex (yawn) and bang on constantly about a person who definitely isn’t as great as you think they are.
So Phoebe isn’t going to fall in love, ever. But then she meets Emma . . .
Fawlty Towers meets Treehouse in Tim Harris’s brand-new series…
Toffle Towers is about to be inherited by the next generation. Chegwin Toffle is only ten years old but he isn’t going to let that stop him from turning this run-down hotel into a success. Chegwin is determined to transform Toffle Towers from a boring hotel for grown-ups into an incredibly exciting destination for children (and their families). But Chegwin has a lot to learn and his tendency to drift off into daydreams isn’t helping. He has plenty of ideas but can he turn his madcap daydreams into reality?
Mr Bunny’s Chocolate Factory by Elys Dolan
The Big, Fat, Totally Bonkers Diary of Pig by Emer Stamp
Tom Gates: Epic Adventure (Kind Of) by Liz Pichon
The shortlist was judged by Michael Rosen, children’s novelist, poet and former Children’s Laureate, and a panel, consisting of CBBC presenter Katie Thistleton and The Sunday Times’ Children’s Books Editor, Nicolette Jones.
Voting on the shortlists is now open and closes on 8th December.
Winners will be announced in January 2018.
Jeff Kinney, interviewed by Scroll
Tell us about the process of putting together each book. Do the illustrations come first or the diary entries? Do you bounce joke ideas off anyone to make sure they are working?
I spend about five months writing the jokes, because humour is the priority in the books. I keep the jokes to myself more and more while writing because I need people to be surprised by them. I write about 350 jokes per book. I throw away about a third of them. Then I write the manuscript for about a month and then the illustrations for about a month and a half.
Do your books require a disciplined writing routine? How do you juggle other work, like your bookstore and the gaming business, with writing?
When I’m writing, I work very hard, but I’m easily distracted. I have ADD (attention deficit disorder), so it’s hard for me to stay focussed. But when I’m illustrating, I can sit there for 13 to 17 hours at a time and just draw. I’m not very structured otherwise (with other projects), I just go where the work is.
Comic writing is tough –making it seem effortless for maximum impact, book after book. What’s your formula?
I hope that I make it look effortless, because there’s a lot of strain behind the writing. It’s very difficult for me to write and come up with good jokes. The way I keep it fresh is to remind myself that there is a lot to childhood, and as long as I am honest about things and kids can see themselves in the characters and situations, then I’m doing my job.
Schoolboy turns secret agent in this hilarious spy spoof!
From the author of The Accidental Prime Minister. McLaughlin is also the illustrator.
An exciting new Tom Gates story – with space for readers to doodle in their own elements! – from award-winning and best-selling author Liz Pichon.
From the celebrated cartoonist Gary Northfield – author of The Terrible Tales of the Teenytinysaurs! – comes a brand-new illustrated chapter book series set in the time of the Romans.