Saturday 22 February 2014

Faber & Faber Afternoon Tea– Picture Books

A few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to be invited along to book blogging event at Faber & Faber, to hear about all the wonderful publications they have coming out in the next few months.  We were treated to cakes and sweets, which is always guaranteed to delight me.
Before we got to hear about all the books, the heavily pregnant but extremely blooming Leah Thaxton, who gets to pick all the titles published, got up to talk to us about Faber & Faber.
For many years, Faber and Faber were better known for their poetry, plays and literary fiction, so the children’s fiction department has been a more recent development for them. Last year, they published 35 books in the children’s section, however this year will see that number rise to 47. Not only will they be publishing sequels, but they will also be introducing new authors as well as debuting in the picture book market with four very special picture books this year.  Leah’s aim is for children’s publishing at Faber and Faber to totally eclipse the other parts of the company. From what I have seen so far, I would say the Children’s publishing team are well on their way to achieving that.
As there are quite a few books to talk about, I am going to split this post into two parts. So this part will  give you a sneaky peek at the picture books while the second post will focus on the Middle Grade and Young Adult books coming from Faber this year. 
Hog in the Fog: A Harry & Lil Story
Hog in the Fog will be the first one to be published in March and is told in rhyme, telling the story of what happens when Harry the Hog doesn’t turn up on time at Candy Stripe Lil’s house for tea. Full of humour and charm with something lovely revealed at the end.
Squishy McFluff: The Invisible Cat!
Now I am not going to tell you anything about Squishy McFluff as I will let Ava tell you all about him herself. I shall just whisper that it is out in February.

The third book to be published will be Macavity, by as most of you know, T.S. Eliot. The poem has been given a new burst of life, being regenerated with lovely new illustrations for the under 5’s. Who hasn’t loved Macavity in the past? This is being published in May.
The fourth picture book is called Dinosaur Rhyme Time which will be published in August. Unfortunately the cover isn’t finalised, so I can’t share that with you yet. However I can tell you that you are about to see all your favourite nursery rhymes invaded by cuddly dinosaurs!
Aren’t they adorable? Come back later today to see all the other delights to be published by Faber and Faber this year.

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