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Foster Blake tops picture book chart

Surely it’s only a matter of time before Australian comedian Hamish Blake decides it might be a good idea to pen a children’s book. His multi-talented spouse, Zoe Foster Blake, rules the picture books chart this month with No One Likes a Fart (illus by Adam Nickel, Penguin Random House), while his comedy partner Andy Lee sits in second place with Do Not Open This Book Again (illus by Heath McKenzie, Lake Press). Lee is also in 10th place on the chart with that book’s precursor, Do Not Open This Book (illus by Heath McKenzie, Lake Press). Aaron Blabey has three books in the top 10, and multiple deals around the world (see rights sales and acquisitions above).

Australian picture book bestsellers: February

  1. No One Likes a Fart (Zoe Foster Blake, illus by Adam Nickel, Penguin Random House)
  2. Do Not Open This Book Again (Andy Lee, illus by Heath McKenzie, Lake Press)
  3. Where is the Green Sheep? (Mem Fox, illus by Judy Horacek, Penguin Random House)
  4. Pig the Star (Aaron Blabey, Scholastic Australia)
  5. Piranhas Don’t Eat Bananas (Aaron Blabey, Scholastic Australia)
  6. Possum Magic 30th Anniversary Edition (Mem Fox, illus by Julie Vivas, Scholastic Australia)
  7. Thelma and the Unicorn with Unicorn Horn (Aaron Blabey, Scholastic Australia)
  8. Hickory Dickory Dash (Tony Wilson, illus by Laura Wood, Scholastic Australia)
  9. Macca the Alpaca (Matt Cosgrove, Scholastic Australia)
  10. Do Not Open This Book (Andy Lee, illus by Heath McKenzie, Lake Press)

© Nielsen BookScan 2018
Period covered: 28 January 2018 to 24 February 2018.
Data supplied by Nielsen BookScan’s book sales monitoring system from 1000 retailers nationwide.

 

Category: Think Australian Junior Bestsellers