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Astound llustrator Junissa Bianda Featured in The Guardian

Published on 07/09/2023

We are delighted to share that new release ‘Nabil Steals a Penguin’ (Nosy Crow, 3 August), illustrated by the Astound US Inc‘s Junissa Bianda and written by Nishani Reed has been featured in The Guardian.

Read the glowing review below here:

The child hero of Nabil Steals a Penguin (Nosy Crow, 3 August) gets more than he bargains for on a trip to the zoo. A vibrant tale about being welcoming to others (and the deliciousness of curry), Nishani Reed’s debut co-stars Pierre the penguin, a lively chap in a crimson hat who is bored of the fish he’s fed at the zoo. When Pierre tries a mouthful of Nabil’s biryani he’s hooked – his cheeks speckled with rice in one of illustrator Junissa Bianda’s characterful pictures. Pierre promptly launches himself into his new pal’s rucksack, but with all the honking and hopping around, he’s not an easy bird to hide. Thankfully, when he’s finally discovered by Nabil’s parents they’re happy to make him part of the family.

Check out the full review here.

‘Nabil Steals a Penguin’ has also been featured in the Guardian Bookshop, The BookTrust and previewed in The Bookseller. Congratulations to Junissa, Nishani and the lovely team at Nosy Crow.


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