Anne Booth

Christmas wishes...

'The Winter Fox' is a lovely story about friendship. Fox plays all through the summer and all through the autumn. One by one, his friends try to tell him that he needs to prepare for winter, but Fox is having too much fun.

When winter comes, Fox is cold, alone and hungry, wishing he'd listened to his friends. As he wishes upon a star, something magical happens...

This sweet story about friendship, caring and sharing is perfect for spreading the spirit of love, forgiveness and togetherness. Fox doesn't listen when his friends try to help him, but he manages to put things right and is 'never cold, or hungry, or lonely ever again.'

Each page shimmers with sparkly foil, adding a little shine of summer sunshine or the sheen of a winter frost to the illustrations. Just right for this time of year!

The Winter Fox     by Timothy Knapman, illustrated by Rebecca Harry

Nosy Crow      ISBN: 978-0857633965

Clara, the fairy, reminds me of someone...She can't sit still, she's always giggling, singing and dancing when she should be sitting ot standing quietly. She'll NEVER be a proper Christmas fairy and, sadly, wishes she wasn't that way.  However, when Father Christmas appears, he tells her,

We need a special fairy who is full of life and fun,

Who dances, sings and laughs and jokes and cheers up everyone.

Written by Anne Booth, author of the wonderful, Refuge (review here), 'The Christmas Fairy' is about Clara, the perfect fairy for the job of saving the Christmas Show from disaster, making this a lovely tale about valuing everyone for their own uniqueness and talents. Although I would be very sad to think that any teacher would solely value the skills of standing quietly, not laughing and so on, the sentiment of the story is great.

Lovely illustrations mean Clara is beautifully brought to life with her emotions clear for all to see. The story is told in lively rhyme, making it a good read aloud and share story for Christmas bedtimes!

The Christmas Fairyby Anne Booth, illustrated by Rosalind Beardshaw

Nosy Crow    ISBN: 978-0857634115



Children’s Christmas book that retells the nativity with a refugee family makes £30,000 for War Child UK

Having loved 'Refuge' from the moment I bought it, I reviewed it last year, read it in school and bought it for several friends! I was delighted to hear the news in this report- and hope sales continue to be excellent for the paperback!

On 6th October 2016, multi-award winning independent children’s publisher, Nosy Crow, will publish the paperback edition of Refuge, which has so far raised £30,000 for the charity 'War Child'.  
Refuge is a retelling of the Christmas story, but one with a difference: the focus of this short, lyrical picture book is that, after the birth of Jesus, the family become refugees from Herod’s soldiers as they make their way to safety in Egypt. To emphasise the parallels with refugees around the world, the story is told from the point of view of a donkey that travels with them: to the donkey, they are just a ‘man’, ‘woman’ and ‘child’. The intention of the book is to help parents with young children broach the difficult subject of the refugee crisis as children begin asking questions about the news pictures they see of boys and girls their own age in unimaginable circumstances. 

The hardback edition of Refuge, written by Anne Booth and illustrated by Sam Usher, was published on 12th November 2015, just seven weeks after Anne Booth’s story arrived at the publisher’s office. Anne Booth and Sam Usher waived royalties, and Nosy Crow ensured £5 from each copy sold was donated to 'War Child', by taking no profit, and asking suppliers and booksellers to take no profit or minimise costs.  

The book sold out the 6,000 copies printed in two weeks, raising £30,000 for 'War Child'.   
For every copy of the paperback sold, Nosy Crow will donate £1 to 'War Child', and the publisher aims to keep the book in print and the donations to 'War Child' coming as the book becomes a new Christmas classic.  

Anne Booth said about the book: “Whenever I think about refugees, I think about what happened directly after the first Christmas. I hoped that retelling this part of the story would help people empathise with refugees today. I’m delighted Nosy Crow and War Child agreed.”  
Just before illustrating the book, Sam Usher had visited the “Jungle” refugee camp in Calais travelling with a friend who was delivering supplies to refugees, and saw for himself the misery of the refugees there.  

Kate Wilson, Managing Director of Nosy Crow, said: “In a 30-year career in publishing, and having published books as diverse as The Gruffalo and Horrible Histories, Refuge is one of the books I am most proud of. Anne’s story, complemented by Sam’s beautiful illustrations, is a simple way to help children understand what it might mean to be a refugee by linking it to a story that is familiar to so many of us, particularly as we begin to think about Christmas. Publishing Refuge in paperback gives us a sustainable way of communicating the message and continuing to support the excellent work of 'War Child'.”  

Rob Williams of 'War Child' said: “Every day one in every 200 children wakes as a refugeehaving been forced to flee their homeland. In this new book, which beautifully adapts the nativity story to a setting of today’s refugee crisis, readers can find a message of hope about a vulnerable family that is met with kindness and warmth. 'War Child' supports more than 125,000 children and their families around the world who have been affected by conflict, often providing the much needed support and refuge. We’re delighted that this book has already made so much for us and I’d like to thank Nosy Crow for their generosity in helping and would encourage every family to add this to their Christmas wish list.”  

Refuge is published in paperback on 6 October at £7.99.