Archive for June, 2015

Experience the hilarious animal antics of an English county show Farmer David: The Dunst

dunsterCherry Blossom Farm is snuggled in the hills near to the beautiful English village of Dunster in Somerset. Each year Farmer David and his wife Kaci enter both produce and farm animals in the prestigious Dunster Show, a huge summertime event that everyone enjoys! The hilarious antics of animals thrill the crowds of visitors and have them rolling and reeling with laughter.

Stuart Crane’s newly released juvenile fiction book is a wildly entertaining trip to an English county show. Farmer David: The Dunster Show —combines the unpredictable antics of farm animals with the stunning illustrations of leading London artist Zach McLoughlin in a book suitable for a wide age range.

Trouble erupts in the Best Ram in Show competition when a huge, curly horned ram breaks away from his handler and charges wildly at the revelers in the Beer Tent. And why won’t Dougal the Rooster participate in the Crowing Cup competition?

Cherry Blossom Farm’s prize-winning Henry-a-Bull becomes a hero in his competition, while Daisy, the ‘Jersey Gem,’ competes in the Best Milk Cow event. Sheepdog trials (and tribulations) bring screams of laughter as collies attempt to drive sheep into a pen-or a river! There are incredible happenings in the Show Jumping competition for the celebrated Dunster Hunt Cup, the crowds are stunned and amazed as horses and riders bravely attempt to jump the massive Red Brick Wall; the final outcome will leave everyone astounded!

Happy and wholesome, Farmer David features a cast of animal characters performing at an English county show, making this book appealing to middle-school and young adult audiences and anyone who loves animals; it also makes a perfect bedtime story for younger children.

“Wally and Barnstormer were giving a wonderful display of Formula One horse jumping rarely ever recorded at an equestrian event. It was with everyone holding their breath that Barnstormer, now galloping at full chat, came to the wall. Barnstormer’s heroic vault into the air, in true British Airways fashion, astounded everyone attending the event. He hit the middle of the wall with such force that red bricks were shot all over the arena, the crowd and the surrounding countryside! Yes—Wally’s reputation as being the fastest and daftest show jumper in the West was maintained.”

Stuart Crane’s book also includes a fascinating how-to chapter on growing giant marrows—it’s remarkable what effect a mixture of sugar, treacle, and strawberry jam has when fed to these vegetables through a woolly rope!—and eight lighthearted comprehension tests based on each chapter.

Readers of all ages can share in the fun and laughter of this wildly entertaining visit to the Dunster Show.

About the book:
Farmer David: The Dunster Show by Stuart Crane
ISBN: 9781478748335
Publisher: Outskirts Press
Date of publish: April 2015
Pages: 91
S.R.P.: $26.95

About the author:
Stuart Crane was born in Nottingham, England, and now lives in San Diego, California. Married with two sons, he is a group financial director. His hobbies and interests include writing, travel, sailing, current affairs, and red wine.

Illustrators Introduce a New Generation to Margaret Wise Brown

Good Night MoonHarperCollins Children’s Books announced the acquisition of New York Times bestselling and award-winning illustrators Anna Dewdney, Loren Long, Jerry Pinkney, Greg Pizzoli, and Christian Robinson to illustrate several works from Margaret Wise Brown, the beloved storyteller who brought us Goodnight Moon. Starting in 2016, readers are invited to explore the world of Margaret Wise Brown with two reillustrated books and one never-before-published book. These newly illustrated stories will introduce a new generation of readers to Brown’s beloved picture books.

The program will start with The Dead Bird, reillustrated by the critically acclaimed, award-winning illustrator Christian Robinson, and will continue with Christmas in the Barn, reillustrated by Anna Dewdney, and the never-before-publishedNorth, South, East, West, illustrated by Greg Pizzoli. Additional titles with illustrations by Loren Long and Jerry Pinkney are slated for fall 2017 and winter, 2018 respectively.

“We are honored to have such distinguished illustrators imagine the words of Margaret Wise Brown from their unique perspectives,” says Kate Jackson, SVP and Editor-in-Chief. “We’re thrilled to offer a whole new generation of readers the same excitement many of us felt when we first discovered a Margaret Wise Brown story.”

Cherished for her unique ability to convey a child’s experience and perspective of the world, Margaret Wise Brown transformed the landscape of children’s literature with such beloved classics as Goodnight Moon, The Runaway Bunny, Nibble Nibble, My World, Where Have You Been?,and Sneakers, the Seaside Cat.

Anna Dewdney is the author/illustrator of the New York Times bestselling Llama Llama series, among others. All her books focus on the emotional experiences of the small child in a big person’s world. Ms. Dewdney is thrilled and honored to be illustrating the work of Margaret Wise Brown, whom she has always felt was a kindred spirit. Visit her at

Loren Long is the New York Times bestselling author/illustrator of such titles as Otis, Otis and the Tornado, Otis and the Puppy, Drummer Boy, Toy Boat by Randall de Sève, and Mr. Peabody’s Apples by Madonna. He’s also had the opportunity to modernize the classic The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper and had the distinct honor of illustrating Of Thee I Sing by President Barack Obama. A graduate of the American Academy of Art in Chicago, Loren lives in Ohio with his wife, Tracy, and their two sons. Visit him at

Jerry Pinkney is one of the most heralded children’s book illustrators of all time. He has the rare distinction of being the recipient of five Caldecott Honors and the winner of the 2010 Caldecott Medal for The Lion and the Mouse. He has won the Coretta Scott King Award five times and the Coretta Scott King Honor four times, and he has been nominated for the prestigious Hans Christian Andersen Award. He was also the first children’s book illustrator elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He lives with his wife, author Gloria Jean Pinkney, in Croton-on-Hudson, New York. Visit him at

Greg Pizzoli is the author and illustrator of several picture books, including The Watermelon Seed, which received the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award. His other picture book titles include Number One Sam, Templeton Gets His Wish, and Tricky Vic: The Impossibly True Story of the Man Who Sold the Eiffel Tower, which was a Junior Library Guild Selection. He lives with his wife in Philadelphia. Visit him at

Christian Robinson has worked with Pixar Animation Studios and the Sesame Street Workshop and has illustrated a number of award-winning picture books, including Josephine by Patricia Hruby Powell, which won a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor, a Robert F. Sibert Honor, and aBoston Globe–Horn Book Nonfiction Honor; and Gaston by Kelly DiPucchio, which was named a Best Book of 2014 by The Horn Book, Kirkus Reviews, and Amazon. His latest book, Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña, is a New York Times bestseller. Visit him

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