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.

BBC Books to Publish first Doctor Who Poetry Collection

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With Illustrations by Russell T. Davies!

Books and Doctor Who go together like bread and jam. The Doctor is enthused by knowledge and learning and in his own words “Books, the best weapons in the world!” and so I’m pretty excited to hear the news that the first Doctor Who Poetry Collection is coming and will be published by BBC Books later this year. Read More

A New Jane Austen Biography by Historian Lucy Worsley!

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As we know many of our Reading Addicts are great Jane Austen fans, we could not wait to share some great news with you! The British historian, and BBC history presenter, Lucy Worsley, has written a brand new book all about the life of Austen, and all the places she lived and visited. For a woman of her time Austen was very well-travelled, as Lucy explains in this video she made for the UK book shop, Waterstones.

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On This Day in Literature: 50 Years of May

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It’s that time of the month again, where we look back over five decades of book releases to see what the hot releases of the past were. We’re into May and so this month it’s 50 years of May as we throwback to the past for our monthly feature.

This month’s list contains some well known books and whether you read them as new releases, or they offer some inspiration for the TBR today, we hope you enjoy our literary travel through 50 years.

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Mr Men and Doctor Who Mash-Up Books Are Out Now!

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Since 1963 Doctor Who has been on our screens and in our lives, expanding into books, comics, a movie spin-off, and so much more besides.

A while back we told you about the Roger Heargreaves’ Mr Men/Doctor Who mash up that was in the works, and finally we will wait no longer! They. Have. Arrived!

Before we show you the first lot on offer, let’s have a moment to prepare ourselves, while The Warp Zone sing the song of my people…

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New Kingsman Comic Book and Movie Due in 2017

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Secret Service (later renamed Kingsman: Secret Service to keep in line with the movie adaptation) is a spy adventure comic book for the 21st century.

After the success of the film adaptation of Kingsman: Secret Service in 2015, there is due another release out very soon named Kingsman: The Golden Circle. The latest movie boasts a fabulous cast of Colin Firth, Julianne Moore, Taron Egerton, Halle Berry, Channing Tatum, and more.

The second film does not appear to be a comic book adaptation, but a stand-alone story. Excitingly, along with the film release, Kingsman creator Mark Millar has announced a new comic book release too. This is excellent news for Kingsman fans, as the title seems to hint towards further movie tie-ins… Check out Mark’s tweet below, and the trailer to the newest Kingsman movie.

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