Thursday, 18 August 2016

We Found a Hat by Jon Klassen Book Trailer!


Two turtles have found a hat.

The hat looks good on both of them.

But there are two turtles. And there is only one hat...


We are delighted to share the beautiful book trailer for We Found a Hat,

the third title in Jon Klassen's acclaimed Hat series.


'Jon is [...] the master of deadpan comedy and devastating comic timing. An absolute joy.'
The Irish Independent


To celebrate the upcoming publication of We Found a Hat, Jon was interviewed by the Wall Street Journal. When asked Why Hats? ...

Jon: A hat isn’t a necessary object. It’s not money or food, where you can justify things you might do for it. It’s just about people wanting this thing they have affection for. With this third book, the hat is too big on the two characters kind of on purpose. These characters are so sweet to each other most of the time, and they have this impulse to do this [hurtful] thing to each other, but it’s almost like the thing that the hat has come to represent is too big on them. This betrayal — or whatever it is that the other creatures have been capable of in the other books — these guys can’t do it to each other. The idea of what the hat has come to mean, they try it on, and it’s almost like kids playing around with props that were meant for a more important play. And also the fact that they themselves have made this universe where as far as they’re concerned, it looks really great on them. And that’s all that matters. No one’s going to come along and tell them it’s too big on them. They think it’s the best thing they’ve ever seen.

To read the full article click here.

Hold on to your hats. We can't wait for October!





Thursday, 4 August 2016

Book of the month! Goodnight Everyone by award-winning Chris Haughton

From the multi award-winning picture book maker of A Bit Lost, Oh No, George! And Shh! We Have a Plan, comes a beautifully illustrated bedtime book, Goodnight Everyone.



“Dear me,” says Great Big Bear, “it must be time for bed!” But Little Bear is certainly not sleepy – he’s wide awake! For now…


'Beautifully executed'  

- The Observer

'Chris Haughton has woven his magic yet again...an absolute classic bedtime read.'

- The Irish Times

'Haughton's latest makes eyelids grow heavy, with its poster-art evocation of encroaching night...and gentle progress from playfulness to somnolence among expressive, stylized funny creatures.'

- Sunday Times One to Watch

To celebrate the publication of Goodnight Everyone, we are delighted to be partnered with The Gro Company. 


The Gro Company was founded in 2000, the result of two parents battle to get their baby to sleep at night. Practically unheard of in the UK, an Austrian sister-in-law introduced them to baby sleep bags, and after the amazing 12 hour sleep as a result, Grobag was born. 
From the start the company worked closely with the safe sleep charity the Lullaby Trust, and
so safety and quality has always been important in what we do.
WIN! Enter our fantastic competition to win a glorious Gro Company bundle.
We also have five signed copies of Goodnight Everyone to give to 5 lucky runners up!

To enter email competitions@walker.co.uk with 'Goodnight Everyone' in the subject line, and leave your name and postal address in the email. Good luck!
Closing date: 04/09/16

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Petr Horacek's Busy July!

Walker author and illustrator Petr Horacek has had an exciting month in July with the publication of his glorious new author illustrated title, A Greedy Goat



(I think we can all agree that this cover is divine!)

Petr is an incredibly talented creator and we are delighted to work with him at Walker Books. To celebrate A Greedy Goat, Petr put together a wonderful blog taking us from his inspiration, right at the start of the project, all the way through to being sent finished copies! Check it out by clicking here


A lovely review of a Greedy Goat from blogger Read It Daddy:

Charlotte's best bit: Goat's terrible turn as the awful diet takes its toll and changes her from a beautiful white goat to all the colours of the rainbow. Yikes!


Daddy's favourite bit: A thoroughly entertaining and hilarious romp with a naughty but endearing central character who gets her just desserts (and dinner)!


But Petr has also been a busy bee working with Shakespeare's Globe, teaming up to support the Shakespeare's Telling Tales Festival which has been taking place across July. 



On the 25th of July Petr Took over the Globe's Instragram feed where he showed us all how to make a gorgeous concertina book. There's a little sneak preview below but check the whole thing out here



And also a yummy interview all about Petr's inspiration and even a little look at some gorgeous artwork from The Blue Penguin, which publishes in November. Have a read by clicking here


Overall a massive congratulations to Petr on his very busy month and a huge shout out to the wonderful Telling Tales Festival. 



Get your tickets to Shakespeare's Telling Tales at The Globe!





The main events not only include former and current children’s laureates Chris Riddell, Anthony Browne and Michael Morpurgo, but also David Almond, Marcia Williams, Viv French and Petr Horacek. 

As part of the festival, the Underglobe is being turned into Bottom’s Book Market which will be an interactive space including a bookshop run by Tales on Moon Lane.  There will be a programme of short storytelling sessions from actors, authors and illustrators which include Alex Milway, Gary Northfield, Vivian French, Viviane Schwarz, Timothy Knapman, Chris Riddell, Petr Horacek, Polly Faber and Clara Vulliamy.

Bottom’s Book Market also includes a multi-sensory space accessible for all story lovers with two interactive art installations featuring We’re Going on a Bear Hunt and Five Minutes’ Peace  in extracts in text, braille and audio, in partnership with the RNIB.


Thursday, 21 July 2016

Picture Book Partying!

We've had some wonderful events recently so we thought we'd share some pictures!

Walker Books Marketing team hosted a gorgeous evening of canapes and picture books to preview our Autumn picture book list. Wonderful Oooohs and Aaahs filled the room and we were all absolutely delighted to hear the talented Timothy Knapman and legendary Helen Oxembury talk about upcoming title, Time Now to Dream


Timothy and Helen


All ears open 


Show us your shelves! 
#shelfie

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Celebrating the publication of Daisy Hirst's
 Alphonse That is Not OK To Do, hosted by Gosh! Comics in central London.


Alphonse thoroughly enjoyed his moment in the spotlight.

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Raising a glass to Sean Taylor and Emily Hughes, author and illustrator of 
A Brave Bearat Tales on Moon Lane in Dulwich. 


Shout out to Emily's home-made tofu sushi which was fabulous!



Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Win picture book of the month Miss Hazeltine's School for Shy and Fearful Cats!

Happy publication month to Miss Hazeltine's School for Shy and Fearful Cats, illustrated by the gloriously talented Brigitta Sif and authored by the wonderful wordsmith Alicia Potter!



We've created two very special activity sheets which you can download by clicking here


And, in honour of Miss Hazeltine, we found the best hiding cats on the internet...



1. This guys got this whole hiding thing in the bag. 


2. It's been so long since he's been found he needed sustenance. 


3. Perfect place for a stealth nap.


4. What? It's comfy!


5. Bet you can't find me...


For the full list of weird and wonderful cat hiding places click here to visit bored panda. 


COMPETITION!

We are offering two lucky readers the chance to win a copy of Miss Hazeltine's School for Shy and Fearful Cats. To enter email competitions@walker.co.uk with the subject line WE LOVE CATS. Terms and conditions here. Closing date 19/08/16.



Monday, 20 June 2016

Voices announced for Channel 4's animated film of We're Going on a Bear Hunt!


Olivia Colman, Pam Ferris, Mark Williams and Michael Rosen set for a roaring adventure

The voice cast has been announced for Channel 4, LupusFilms and Walker Productions’ charming animation We’re Going on A Bear Hunt which is set to air this Christmas.

The half hour film will expand the universe of the much-loved book for a truly festive family treat. Olivia Colman (Broadchurch, The Night Manager), Pam Ferris (Matilda, Call the Midwife) and Mark Williams (Harry Potter, Father Brown) will breathe life into the brand new characters of Mum, Grandma and Dad respectively. Michael Rosen, who wrote the best-selling book, will play the Bear.

Based on the hit bedtime book written by Michael Rosen and illustrated by Helen Oxenbury and produced by the makers of the hugely-popular The Snowman and The Snowdog animation, We’re Going on a Bear Hunt follows the intrepid adventures of siblings Stan, Katie, Rosie, Max, the baby and Rufus the dog, who decide one day to go on an adventure in search of bears.

Coming up against a host of obstacles the family ventures through whirling snowstorms, thick oozing mud and dark forests on their ambitious quest.  But when Rosie and Rufus become detached from the rest of the party it looks like bear-hunting might not be such fun after all...

Channel 4 will broadcast the one-off half hour special this Christmas, bringing to life the irresistible story and beautiful artwork of the 25 year-old children’s classic.  Made with exquisite, hand-drawn animation, the film is set to enchant a whole new audience with its story of perseverance, optimism and a love of nature.

At Walker we are thrilled to be a part of such an exciting collaboration and we can't wait to see this classic brought to life at Christmas!


Michael Rosen plays the Bear.