Random House UK Children's Fall 2016

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    The Whales' Song Dyan Sheldon
    9780099737605 Paperback JUVENILE FICTION / Animals Age (years) from 5 - 7, Grade (US) from K - 2 Publication Date: October 27, 1993
    $14.99 CAD 285.75 x 228.6 x 2.54 mm | 32 pages Carton Quantity: 20 Red Fox
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      Lily's grandmother tells her all about the mysterious whales out in the bay, and Lily longs to hear their magical song. Gary Blythe's richly evocative artwork creates an incredibly atmospheric world for a timeless tale of wildlife and wonder.

      This stunning, award-winning picture book has been refreshed and redesigned in a new edition, making it perfect for a new generation to share and fall in love with.

      Bio
      Dyan Sheldon (Author)
      Dyan Sheldon is the author of many books for young people, including Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen and a number of stories for younger readers. She also writes books for adults. American by birth, she lives in north London.

      Gary Blythe (Illustrator)
      Gary Blythe is an award-winning illustrator. His first children’s picture book, The Whales’ Song, written by Dyan Sheldon, won the Kate Greenaway Medal in 1990. Gary lives in the Wirral, near Liverpool.

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      "Sheldon's poetic text manages to overlay a homespun practicality with an ethereal, fairy-tale magic. . . . Blythe's paintings are extraordinary. . . . These vibrant panoramas of the sea and of the whales leaping from the moonlit water possess a rare luminosity and beauty that should not be missed." —Publishers Weekly

      "In a spare, poetic narrative, Sheldon captures a child's wonder at these magnificent creatures, echoed, in a splendid debut, in Blythe's generously broad oil paintings. . . . Outstanding." —Kirkus Reviews
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    I'm Hungry Jorge Martin
    9781780080994 Paperback JUVENILE FICTION / Fantasy & Magic Age (years) from 3 - 5, Grade (US) to K On Sale Date: September 27, 2016
    $14.99 CAD 9.27 x 10.4 x 0.16 in | 32 pages Carton Quantity: 50 Canadian Rights: Y Jonathan Cape
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      A newly-hatched baby dragon is on a hilarious hungry rampage, eating everybody until she is all alone. Will she learn her lesson and discover how to make friends? This bold and brilliant picture book is packed full of loopy laugh-out-loud moments. Just watch out for great big pink elephant!
      Bio
      Originally from Spain, Jorge lived in San Francisco, Mexico City and Hamburg before settling in London in 2002, where he studied at London’s Kingston University and Central Saint Martin’s College of Art. Before becoming an illustrator, Jorge worked in service design, design innovation and advertising. Jorge organises illustration workshops along with his friends, fellow children’s book illustrators Chris Haughton and Benji Davies.
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    Lovely Old Lion Julia Jarman
    9781783442188 Paperback JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes Age (years) from 3 - 5, Grade (US) to K On Sale Date: September 27, 2016
    $14.99 CAD 10.7 x 9.1 x 0.2 in | 32 pages Carton Quantity: 60 Canadian Rights: Y Andersen Press
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      Lenny the lion loves his grandpa, King Lion. But when King Lion starts to forget things, Lenny begins to worry. He can’t understand why Grandpa keeps getting muddled and doesn’t want to play any more. Lenny doesn’t know what to do, but with a little help from Grandpa’s old friends, perhaps he can find a way to help him remember…
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      Julia Jarman (Author)
      Schoolteacher and journalist Julia Jarman has written over 80 books for children. She lives near Bedford and has three grown-up children. She now devotes a lot of time to school and library visits.

      Susan Varley (Illustrator)
      Susan Varley is an award-winning artist who has illustrated many books for Andersen Press. Her picture book Badger’s Parting Gifts is one of the most enduring of all time, winning many prizes, including the Mother Goose Award in 1985.
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    Are you the Pirate Captain? Gareth P. Jones, Garry Parsons
    9781783442201 Paperback JUVENILE FICTION / Action & Adventure Age (years) from 3 - 5, Grade (US) to K On Sale Date: September 27, 2016
    $14.99 CAD 11 x 9.4 x 0.13 in | 32 pages Carton Quantity: 60 Canadian Rights: Y Andersen Press
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      First mate Hugh has got the whole crew and the pirate ship ready, but they can't set sail until they find a captain! Come on this salty adventure as Hugh and his scurvy seadogs try to find the perfect pirate for the job. Rather than a peg leg or a hook, it turns out what their captain needs is the brains to lead.
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      Gareth P. Jones (Author)
      Gareth lives in South East London and divides his time between writing books, producing TV and spending time with his wife and son, Herbie. His books include The Considine Curse which won the Blue Peter Book of the year prize.

      Garry Parsons (Illustrator)
      Garry studied fine art at Brighton College and went on to study illustration. His work has captured the imaginations of children all over the UK, among the bestloved being The Dinosaur that Pooped Christmas, written by Tom Fletcher and Dougie Poynter.
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    Series: Elmer
    Elmer's Touch and Feel World David McKee
    9781783443413 Board book JUVENILE FICTION / Concepts Age (years) from 0 - 3, Grade (US) to P On Sale Date: September 27, 2016
    $18.99 CAD 10.16 x 10.18 x 0.32 in | 10 pages Carton Quantity: 36 Canadian Rights: Y Andersen Press
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      Explore the touch-and-feel world of Elmer and his colourful friends in this bright, fun first concepts playbook. Perfect for parents and babies to enjoy together, this book is jam-packed with stimulating colours and touch-and-feel areas to really engage little ones. Elmer’s World is a great introduction to learning through play and, of course, to everyone’s favourite patchwork elephant.
      Bio
      David is the creator of several well-known characters including King Rollo and Mr Benn. His most famous creation is Elmer the Patchwork Elephant which is now published in more than 50 languages and has its own successful global merchandise programme.
      David McKee was born in Devon and went to Plymouth Art College, where he had a traditional training. On leaving college he drew regularly for, among others, Punch, Reader’s Digest, and The Times Educational Supplement. His drawings were influenced especially by Saul Steinberg and Andre Francois. David lives in Arles, France.
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    9781783444076 Paperback JUVENILE FICTION / Classics Age (years) from 9 - 12, Grade (US) from 4 - 7 On Sale Date: September 27, 2016
    $14.99 CAD 9.1 x 10.7 x 0.2 in | 32 pages Carton Quantity: 60 Canadian Rights: Y Andersen Press
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      Lulu is going to be a bridesmaid, but the night before the wedding she eats too much chocolate and is very poorly. Lulu has a nap to feel better, but before long she is woken up by someone crying. Join Lulu on her very chocolatey escapades as she tries to rescue the wedding cake's sugar bride from some mice who have a very sweet tooth.
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      Posy Simmonds is the author of many books for adults and children, including Gemma Bovery, Lulu and the Flying Babies and Fred, the film of which was nominated for an Oscar. She has contributed a series of weekly cartoon strips to the Guardian since 1977, and has won international awards for her work, inlcuding the Grand Prix 2009 de la Critique Bande Dessiné for Tamara Drewe. She lives in London.
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    Series: Alfie
    Alfie Gets in First Shirley Hughes
    9781782956587 Board book JUVENILE FICTION / Action & Adventure Age (years) from 2 - 5, Grade (US) to K On Sale Date: September 27, 2016
    $14.99 CAD 6.7 x 6.7 x 0.6 in | 30 pages Carton Quantity: 32 Canadian Rights: Y Red Fox
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      Alfie has won the race to be first home but - oh no! - he’s slammed the front door and Mum and Annie Rose are on the other side. Will he be able to solve the problem all by himself?

      This board book edition a classic Alfie story is the perfect present for the little one in your life.

      Bio
      Shirley was born in West Kirby, near Liverpool, and studied fashion and dress design at Liverpool Art School, before continuing her studies at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art in Oxford. She then embarked on a career as a freelance illustrator in London, where she still lives today. She illustrated other writers’ work, including Noel Streatfeild, Alison Uttley, Ian Seraillier, Margaret Mahy and notably Dorothy Edwards’s My Naughty Little Sister series.

      Shirley began to write and draw her own picture books when her children were young. Her first book - Lucy and Tom’s Day - was published in 1960, and she followed it with, among others, Dogger and the Alfie series.

      Shirley Hughes has won the Other Award, the Eleanor Farjeon Award, and the Kate Greenaway Medal for Illustration twice, for Dogger in 1977 and for Ella’s Big Chance in 2003. In 2007 Dogger was voted the public’s favourite Greenaway winner of all time. Shirley received an OBE in 1999 for services to Children’s Literature, and a CBE in 2017. She is the first recipient of Booktrust’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

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    Who's in the Loo? Jeanne Willis
    9781783444205 Board book JUVENILE FICTION / Health & Daily Living Age (years) from 3 - 5, Grade (US) to K On Sale Date: November 22, 2016
    $14.99 CAD 7.49 x 7.47 x 0.45 in Carton Quantity: 49 Canadian Rights: Y Andersen Press
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      ’Who’s in the loo? There’s a very long queue. Is it an elephant having a poo?’

      If your house has many occupants, then this witty rhyme from the irreverent and observant pen of Jeanne Willis will resonate profoundly. Adrian Reynolds’s exuberant illustrations highlight the fun! This special 10th anniverary edition has a downloadable audio book plus tabbed pages (each is a part of the animal on each page) throughout so children can help each animal go to the loo.

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      Jeanne Willis (Author)
      Jeanne Willis is an award-winning children’s author and scriptwriter. She had her first picture book published by Andersen Press at the age of 21, and since then she has won the Silver Medal Smarties Prize (Tadpole’s Promise), the Nasen Special Needs Award (Susan Laughs), the Sheffield Children’s Book Award (Who’s in The Loo) and the Red House Children’s Book Award (Bottoms Up). Jeanne has also worked on scripts for TV, including Polly Pocket and The Slow Norris, and a pilot TV series for Dr Xargle. She lives in North London with her husband.

      Adrian Reynolds (Illustrator)
      Adrian Reynolds was born in South Wales, and after studying at Swansea College of Art and later at Cambridgeshire College of Art and Technology, Adrian worked at Heffers Children’s Book Shop before beginning to write and illustrate his own picture books.

      Adrian’s very first books were published in 1997 and since then he has published more than forty titles, including the hugely popular Harry And The Bucketful Of Dinosaurs series, written by Ian Whybrow. He has won the Red House Picture Book Award and the Sheffield Children’s Book Award.

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      "Funny story and bold drawings." - Lorna Bradbury - Telegraph
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    Series: Elmer
    Elmer (BIG BOOK) Number 1 of the Elmer Picture Books Series David McKee
    9781783444250 Paperback JUVENILE FICTION / Animals Age (years) from 5 - 8, Grade (US) from K - 3 On Sale Date: September 27, 2016
    $41.95 CAD 14.36 x 16.5 x 0.25 in | 32 pages Carton Quantity: 20 Canadian Rights: Y Andersen Press
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      Perfect for sharing together in a classroom, nursery or library, the original classic Elmer is now available as a big book, with notes for grown-ups at the back, created by the CLPE (Centre for Literacy in Primary Education).

      Elmer the colourful patchwork elephant has been a nursery favourite since this first book was published in 1989. This colourful picture book is known to millions and it’s subtle message – that it is OK to be different – has made this first tale about everyone’s favourite patchwork elephant a classic must-read for every bookshelf.

      Bio
      David McKee’s first book was published in 1964. His books are now published in many languages throughout the world, and many of them have been adapted for television. He is one of the leading contemporary children’s book creators.
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    Wonderboy Nicole Burstein
    9781783444465 Paperback JUVENILE FICTION / Fantasy & Magic Age (years) from 12 - 99, Grade (US) from 7 Publication Date: September 27, 2016
    $16.99 CAD 127 x 196.85 x 17.02 mm | 272 pages Carton Quantity: 64 Andersen Press
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      A funny and frank superhero story set in the world of Othergirl.
      Joseph ‘Wilco’ Wilkes is one of life’s losers – he’s picked on, pushed around, and bullied by the rugby boys at the posh private school he attends on a scholarship. But his life is about to change: Wilco learns he can move things with his mind. Will this be his chance to play the hero, get the girl and finally stand up for himself? Or are things just going to come crashing down around his head? Becoming a proper hero will be quite the leap of faith...
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      Nicole is a writer from North London. Over the years she’s had lots of different jobs, including patrolling the Natural History Museum, presenting the traffic news on the radio, and demonstrating toys in Hamleys. Finally, she decided to focus on her passion for stories, and completed a Masters in Creative Writing at Birkbeck College whilst working as a children’s bookseller. Among her other interests are comic books, nineties cartoon theme tunes, and cute pictures of animals wearing funny outfits.
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      "There is no superhero more endearing than Wonderboy." —Sun

      "A sharply-observed comedy of teen life, with a serious undertone. Amongst the comic-book action Burstein shows what heroism - the kind that calls for real courage – really is, and reminds readers that heroes and villains too are often those we least expect them to be." —lovereading4kids.com

      "Wonderboy offers . . . a plot that throws up more than a few surprising twists." —Irish Times

      "Fast-moving and very entertaining comedy." —Bookseller, Bookseller's Choice

      "Witty, enjoyable and fast-moving." —Children's Books Ireland

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