“Fantastical, immersive – and yet with real heart.”
Delighted to announce that not only is Cogheart on the Cover of the Bookseller Children’s Buyers Guide for Autumn 2016, but it’s also on the inside pages… in Fiona Noble’s ‘Ten Titles Not To Miss’ in Autumn 2016. As you can see it’s amongst some great company, with some of my faves, Benji Davis, Reeves and McIntyre, and Neil Gaiman. And on the cover with Tom Fletcher – whose Children’s book The Christmasaurus graces the back of the guide…
This compelling story will hold you tightly in its grasp until you turn over to the very last page and you can finally breathe again. It manages to feel contemporary and vibrant whilst capturing perfectly the Victorian spirt of invention and discovery with the possibility that anything can be achieved and that you are only limited by your imagination… An extraordinary story, exceptionally written it truly is a future classic which will be enjoyed by children and adults alike.
So this week I finally got my hands on a couple of finished copies of the book, and it looks amazing – thanks to Kath Millichope’s fantastic design work and Becca Stadtlander’s stunning illustrations – it even has silvering on the title! Plus, the inside pages look pretty cool too, but I will leave that for you to discover for yourselves. Here are a few of pics – I am so chuffed with the finished thing. Everyone at Usborne has done the most fantastic job on it!
I had a superb time last night at the The Bookseller Buyer’s Guide party launching Cogheart to industry people with the folks from Usborne. The book was introduced by Peter Usborne who said that he loves Cogheart because it’s “Magic but not too magic” in the best possible way!! Then I had to give a speech about the inspirations behind it, which was a bit scary! There were Cogheart Macarons, and stationary, AND… the book is on the cover of the Children’s Buyers Guide!! Plus I finally got to see the finished version with the fab final cover and artwork for the very first time. I am still buzzing from it all because it was a bit too much excitement for one day!! But now can’t wait to finally see Cogheart in the shops. Thanks Usborne Publishing.
Another great review for Cogheart this week over on Mr Ripley’s Enchanted Books blog!
Here are some lovely things he said about the book:
…an enchanting read from the very first page.
…an absolute cracker from a new voice in town.
You can read the whole review here.
Cogheart has been given an excellent review in the New Statesman this week by Amanda Craig in her article on the best new children’s books for summer. You can see the Cogheart review below or read her whole article online here… There’s a lot of great sounding summer reads!
What if Earth were full of clockwork creatures instead of monsters? Cogheart by Peter Bunzl (Usborne, £6.99) goes beyond steam-punk to imagine a world as weirdly inventive as Philip Pullman’s Clockwork and Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner. Lily’s father has disappeared in an airship, and his talking clockwork fox, Malkin, becomes her first ally in a race against evil, silver-eyed kidnappers. Although it overdoes the “steam and steel” idea, this one is marvellous fun for nine-plus readers.