Michael Morpurgo to Publish Retelling of the Wizard of Oz

Toto: The Dog-Gone Amazing Story of the Wizard of Oz on Pre-order Now

HarperCollins has confirmed that it will be publishing a retelling of Frank Baum’s classic The Wonderful Wizard of Oz written by children’s author and former Children’s Laureate Michael Morpurgo. The news was announced at the London Book Fair this week, and is already sending waves of excitement through the industry.

Toto: The Dog-Gone Amazing Story of the Wizard of Oz tells the original tale through the eyes of Toto, Dorothy’s trusted companion and is authored by the War Horse author with illustrations from Emma Chichester Clark.

Toto’s role is a passive one both in the books, and the movie. The little dog is basically just carried around a lot and we don’t really ever know how he feels about things. Morpurgo is well known for bringing animals characters to life with books such as War Horse and Shadow, and he seems the perfect author to tell the story from Toto’s perspective.

Toto: The Dog-Gone Amazing Story of the Wizard of Oz will publish on 7th September in full colour hardback in both the US and UK, and e-book and audiobook versions will also be available. Some illustrations have been released in advance, and these are included in this piece. We also have more news concerning Morpurgo.

If you’re a fan of the author then you may be interested to know he’s the feature of a free exhibition at the Victoria & Albert museum of Childhood, celebrating his life and writing and the exhibition is timed to coincide with the release of this new book.

New John Green Novel Coming October 2017

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John Green is one of the best known YA authors of our time and is responsible for tearjerkers such as Looking for Alaska and The Fault in Our Stars, breaking the hearts of an entire generation. However, it’s been a while since we had a full length novel, the last The Fault in Our Stars was out in 2012, five years ago!

All that changed this week with the news that there’s a brand new full length novel coming from John Green this October, his first for five years! Turtles All the Way Down will be out on October 10th of this year and although there’s not yet a cover reveal, it is available for pre-order now. Read More

4 Bookish Kickstarter Campaigns to Get Excited About!

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Kickstarter is a crowdfunding corporation founded in 2009 by Perry Chen, Yancey Strickler, and Charles Adler. The company is based in Brooklyn, New York, and is focussed on creative projects such as films, comics, journalism, literature, and video games.

It has kickstarted (oh! I see where they got the name from now!) many excellent projects you may have heard of, and a few you may not have. We have gathered a handful of the best literature-based projects out now, or made possible, thanks to Kickstarter. Just click on the heading of each campaign to take you to the corresponding Kickstarter page, or find the Amazon links below each book.

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Barack Obama to Pen Foreword for Upcoming Book Written by Former White House Photographer

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Former White House photographer, Pete Souza, captured some of the most iconic images of the Obama administration and many of his photographs have been seen by million across the globe. Souza is currently working on a book called Obama: An Intimate Portrait, which will give readers a look at some of the more private moments of Obama’s time as President. Read More

Penguin Launch their Vintage Minis Series (and they’re beautiful!)

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A 20 book collection for the bookshelf

In June, Penguin Vintage launched a new range of short books, celebrating their extensive backlist and the Penguin Vintage Minis are absolutely gorgeous! The twenty new titles bring us some essential reading from the world’s greatest writers on the experiences that make us human. Everything is covered, from birth to death and everything in between.

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Enjoy this Excerpt of an Exciting New Fairytale Reboot

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“A feminist reimagining of the Snow White fairy tale, which follows both of the central female characters from the original story: the princess and her stepmother.”

 

This feminist fantasy reimagining of the Snow White fairytale brings us what could be described as a mix of the magical realism of Angela Carter’s The Bloody Chamber, and female-led, powerful beauty of Disney’s Frozen.

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New Book Coming from Lemony Snicket Later this Year

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It’s announced today that author of A Series of Unfortunate Events Daniel Handler – writing as Lemony Snicket – is to release a new book later this year. The Bad Mood and the Stick promises to wow readers in truly Lemony Snickett style.

The Bad Mood and the Stick will be Lemony Snicket’s thirteenth published book after A Series of Unfortunate Events and other works. Read More



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