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Cicada Books S/S 2019

Hello and happy spring! We’re excited to present our new list, where we have gone all out for kids’ titles. It’s been great fun working with our buddies, Alice Bowsher and Isabella Bunnell, and developing ideas with some new faces - the immensely talented Sven Volker and Matt Hodson. We have a real assortment of things on offer. Family Flip Flap is a reissue of a 1980s classic, in which the faces of grownups and kids can be mixed and matched to hilarious effect. A Million Dots is a design dream bringing numbers to life. And Iced Out, Fly Flies and Don’t Hug the Pug are three hilarious picturebooks for kids young and old. As always, we are putting a lot of thought into how to make the books as beautiful, tactile and accessible as possible. We hope you like what you see. We’re always happy to answer any questions so just drop us a line on Ziggy & Amber

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Fly Flies Ziggy Hanaor and Alice Bowsher Fly is happily practicing her flying in the park, doing some wibbles and some wobbles and some waveys. Blackbird, Stork, Starling and Hawk take turns giving Fly advice about the best way to fly; fly in a straight line, glide on the wind, fly in a flock, dive onto your food.... Fly tries to take their advice on board, but each time finds that this is not HER way to fly. With a witty twist at the end, this is a funny, thoughtful book about mansplaining and staying true to yourself in the face of people who insist they know better.

– Fly just wants to have fun flying, but everyone she meets thinks she’s doing it all WRONG! –

978-1-908714-57-2 / Hardcover / £9.95 / $14.95 / 32pp / 23.5 x 25.5 cm (landscape) / UK: April 2019

Alice Bowsher is a rising star in the world of illustration, with big campaigns for Boden, Byron Burgers and Camden Brewery under her belt. She is the author of The Line (Cicada, 2016) and Read All About It (Cicada, 2017).

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Iced Out C K Smouha and Isabella Bunnell Wilfred Walrus and Neville Narwhal are the only kids in Miss Blubber’s class who are not seals. Life is tough being the odd ones out – lunchtimes and football matches and school photos all present challenges to the two outliers. And they don’t even like each other very much! When Betty Beluga joins the class, everything changes. Betty is smart and independent and amazing at football. As a friendship forms, Betty helps the two boys to recognise that being different isn’t always a bad thing.... A warm, funny and beautifully presented tale about friendship and fitting in that school-aged children are sure to identify with.

– The story of a walrus and a narwhal, who, with the help of a beluga, discover that being different can be cool! – Isabella Bunnell is a Glasgow-based illustrator. She is the author of Disappearing Acts (Cicada, 2016) and Vajournal (Cicada, 2017). C K Smouha is a television writer and author living in London. She is the author of Born Bad (Cicada, 2017).

978-1-908714-62-6 / Hardcover / £11.95 / $16.95 / 40pp / 21 x 28 cm / UK: May 2019

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A Million Dots Sven Völker We start with a single dot; 1. As we turn the page, we are presented with a sum doubling the number on the page before it: 1+1=2; 2+2=4; 4+4=8. In this way, we reach a million (actually 1,048,576) dots within 44 pages. Each sum is illustrated in Sven Völker’s distinctively minimalist style. The dots form the back of a ladybird, the bubbles in a cup of soda and the water in a swimming pool. Gloriously simple in its concept and execution, this is a book that brings numbers alive.

– A stunning graphic visualisation of numbers, in which the number on each page is doubled, going from 1 to 1 million in 44 pages. –

978-1-908714-66-4 / Hardcover / £12.95 / $16.95 / 48pp / 21 x 28 cm / UK: April 2019

Sven Völker is a Berlin-based, award-winning graphic designer and illustrator. He has designed identities and campaigns for Suzuki, Volkswagen and BMW. He is the author of Go Faster (Gestalten, 2010) and There’s a Little Black Dot on the Sun Today (Nord/Sud, 2015).

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Don’t Hug the Pug Robin Jacobs and Matt HODSON Baby likes to cuddle. Grown-Up lets him cuddle the rug, the jug, the bug and the slug. But DON’T HUG THE PUG! Why not? What’s wrong with the pug....? A hilarious and deceptively simple story that will have little ones shrieking with laughter. The combination of speech bubbles, rhymes, very short sentences and a stinky twist makes this a perfect book for both pre-schoolers and early readers.

– Baby likes hugging, but there is one thing that he is absolutely NOT ALLOWED TO HUG! – Matt Hodson is a Leeds-based illustrator operating under the moniker Matthew the Horse. His editorial work has featured in The Guardian, New York Times, The Economist and others. He is a winner of an AOI award, 2016, and the author of a book of poems, Forwards Always. Robin Jacobs is an advertising creative living and working in Bristol. She runs screenprinting workshops around the UK. She is the author of You Are Here (Cicada 2015).

978-1-908714-59-6 / Hardcover / £9.95 / $14.95 / 32pp / 21 x 28 cm / UK: May 2019

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Family Flip Flap Maureen Roffey Family Flip Flap is a re-issue of a limited run book from 1982 by classic children’s illustrator, Maureen Roffey. The tops and bottoms of faces are bisected so that they can be mixed and matched to uproarious effect; Aunt Helen sucks a dummy, Tiny Tess mends a car, Mummy makes a mess and Daddy does his homework. The result is a uniquely hilarious take on the flip-flap book that allows children to subvert traditional adult-child roles.

Maureen Roffey

John mends the car

978-1-908714-64-0 / Hardcover, spiral bound / £9.95 / $15.95 / 32pp / 22 x 22 cm / UK: March 2019

Clear, accessible illustrations maintain their vintage feel whilst being further revived by the use of pantone printing.

– Mix and match the faces of the family to hilarious effect! – Maureen Roffey, born 1936, is the author and illustrator of many classic children’s books including The Grand Old Duke of York, Tinker Tailor Soldier Sailor, I Spy at the Zoo and Look, There’s My Hat.

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Night Windows Aart-Jan Venema

Adjusting to life in a new city is tough… When a young boy moves from the countryside, everyone around him seems so unfriendly. Lonely and homesick, he watches the busy lives going on behind the lit windows of his apartment block, until gradually things start to change.

When a young boy moves from the countryside to the city, everyone seems so busy and unfriendly. Lonely and homesick, he sits on a bench outside the apartment block and watches the lives unfolding behind the lit windows, until gradually he finds a way to make some changes... Written in syncopated, urban rhyme, this book explores the challenges of moving and making friends, and is also a heartfelt love letter to city living. Detailpacked illustrations by Aart-Jan Venema have a warm spontaneity, and add a search-and-find element that will keep children entertained for hours.

A heartwarming tale about fitting in and making friends, told in urban rhyme and brought to life in the joyful illustrations of Aart-Jan Venema.

UK £11.95 / US $16.95

– A lonely boy finds his feet in a new city by watching his neighbours’ lives unfold behind their lit windows. – Aart-Jan Venema is a Dutch illustrator living and working in The Hague. His distinctive watercolour style has featured in The Guardian, the Wall Street Journal, and Zeit Magazine. He was the 2017 winner of the AOI World Illustration Award. This is his first book.

978-1-908714-56-5 / Hardcover / £11.95 / $16.95 / 28pp / 21.5x28cm / UK: October 2018 / USA: March 2019

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Sock Story C K Smouha and Eleonora Marton It’s Phil and Dale’s favourite time of the week - the WASH! The two socks impress each other with their acrobatics; flipping, spinning and shrieking, much to the disapproval of the other clothes in the washing machine. But why should they care? They’ve got each other and that’s all that matters... right? When Phil goes missing, Dale has an encounter with a red shirt, and finds himself alone in the washing machine, lost and pink. When he is finally reunited with his buddy, Phil fails to recognise him and the socks must decide what being a pair means if one of you has changed....

– A humorous, comic-style picturebook about a sock that loses his pair and the identity crisis that ensues. –

978-1-908714-59-6 / Hardcover with die cut / £9.95 / $14.95 / 32pp / 21x27cm / UK: October 2018 / USA: April 2019

Eleonora Marton is an Italian illustrator living and working in London. She is the author of DIY ABC (Cicada, 2016) and Bigger (Cicada, 2017). C K Smouha is a television writer and author living in London. She is the author of Born Bad (Cicada, 2017).

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Festival Folk: an atlas of carnival costumes and customs Rob Flowers All around the world there are little known local festivals, rooted in ancient pagan traditions. At the centre of these festivals are characters dressed in the most remarkable costumes imaginable. The Kukeri in Bulgaria wear enormous headpieces made of goatskin. Burryman festival in Edinburgh features a man covered from head to toe with burrs and thorns and in Austria, the Schnabel Perchten are old bird ladies who carry scissors to slice open anyone who has not cleaned their house properly. 40 remarkable festivals are documented in this offbeat, anthropological atlas that will delight children and travel enthusiasts alike.

Masks vary from village to village. Some villages also perform dances on stilts.

The Yana Gulay mask is made of cotton and cowrie shells and represents a woman from the Fulani people.

Every few years, the Dogon people in central Mali honour dead elders with a performance called a Dama. A masqueraded procession leads the souls to their final resting places. Young men wear elaborate, traditional masks made of wood that they hold in place with their teeth. They represent members of the animal kingdom and ancestor spirits.









When a boy performs in a Dama he becomes a man.

The Sirige mask is a thin, 6 m high mask carved from a single branch. It is worn by members of the village who have been present at a holy Sirige Festival, which occurs once every 60 years.

The dance lasts for three days and involves dozens of dancers. Once the Dama dance is finished, the body of the elder is placed in a sacred cave of the dead.


– A beautifully illustrated compedium of weird and wonderful festivals and costumes around the world. – Rob Flowers is a London-based illustrator whose exuberant, urban graphics have graced the products of Camden Brewery, DC Shoes, House of Holland and the British Museum. This is his first book.

978-1-908714-57-2 / Hardcover / £14.95 / $22.95 / 102pp / 18x25cm / UK: October 2018 / USA: April 2019 / r/s Japanese


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Phone Book! Matilda Tristram The exact size and shape of a mobile phone, this book takes the screen out of screen-time and brings distraction activities firmly into the analogue realm. Draw your best and worst selfie, copy out the funniest text exchange you’ve ever had, design your favourite game and send some tweets to a top celeb! With neon printing and sheets of emoji stickers to colour and complete, this is a delightful activity book that is sure to get your creative juices flowing and bring a smile to the most hardened of screen addicts.

– A screen-free distraction activity book! –

978-1-908714-51-0 / Paperback / £5.95 / $8.95 / 32pp / 82x152mm / June 2018

Matilda Tristram is a writer and illustrator living in London. Her television writing credits include ‘Peppa Pig’, ‘Sarah and Duck’ and ‘Dipdap’. She is the author of Probably Nothing (Viking, 2014), My Year In Small Drawings (Leaping Hare Press, 2017) and the co-author of Santa’s Beard and Reindeer’s Nose (Walker Books, 2014).

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Born Bad C K Smouha and Stephen Smith Wolf wants to change but he’s not sure how. He goes on a journey, meeting members of the animal kingdom that experience change; a chameleon, a salamander, a seal, a reed frog and a flounder, to name a few. They describe their experiences and with their help, Wolf undergoes a magnificent transition. A beautifully packaged, laugh-out-loud tale of identity and acceptance, brought to life in bold, vintage-inflected collage illustrations.

– “Wolf wasn’t happy being Wolf. When he looked in the mirror he looked bad. And when he looked bad, he felt bad, and when he felt bad, he acted bad.” – Stephen Smith is a British artist whose multi-disciplined work under the name Neasden Control Centre has featured in site-specific installations at the Baltic Centre and Royal London Hospital, on the covers of books by Canongate, Little Brown and Gestalten and in editorial work for the New York Times and The Guardian.

978-1-908714-53-4 / Hardcover with quarterbinding / £11.95 / $16.95 / 32pp / 21x28cm / UK: June 2018 / USA: October 2018 / (r/s: Simplified Chinese)

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Flying Colours A guide to flags around the world Robert G Fresson By exploring the patterns, colours and crests of flags, we can learn all about the histories and aspirations of the countries they represent. Did you know that the flag of Nepal is the only one with more than four sides? Or that the flag of Mozambique features a book, a hoe and an AK47? Robert G Fresson’s meticulous, vintage-inflected illustrations provide a refreshingly elegant insight into the fascinating world of vexillology.

– A beautifully illustrated introduction to the history and symbolism of world flags. –

978-1-908714-46-6 / Hardcover / £14.95 / $22.95 / 128pp / 18x25cm / UK: October 2017 / USA: March 2018 / (r/s: Korean, Chinese, Russian, Japanese, French)

Robert G Fresson is a British illustrator whose hand-drawn linework is inspired by early 20th century graphic arts. His editorial work has featured in The Guardian, the New York Times, the New Yorker and the Sunday Times.

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Poster Power Great posters and how to make them Teresa Sdralevich A big, bold, neon activity book that introduces the basic ideas of graphic design to young people. Thoughtprovoking texts explain conceptualisation, composition and typography, alongside examples of classic posters and engaging activities that allow you to put theory into practice. Entirely handwritten and strikingly presented, this is a must-have for any budding design enthusiast.

– A gorgeous, interactive introduction to the art of posters and graphic design. –

Teresa Sdralevich is a poster designer and illustrator whose politically-astute work has brought her clients include Medecins Sans Frontieres, the Wiel Museum and the Economist.

978-1-908714-48-0 / Paperback / £12.95 / $16.95 / 128pp / 23x28cm / October 2017 / (r/s: Italian)

Cicada Children’s List | Selected Backlist

Passport / 978-1-908714-24-4 / Saddle-stitched / £5.95 / $9.95 / 32pp / 12.5x9cm / April 2015 / (r/s French, Spanish)

The New Baby / 978-1-908714-27-5 / Paperback / £9.95 /$14.95 / 32pp / 22x27cm / September 2015 / (r/s French, Spanish, Dutch)

Heroes of the Night Sky / 978-1-908714-32-9 / Hardcover / £12.95 / $17.95 / 32pp / 21x26cm / July 2016

Hidden Museum / 978-1-908714-39-8 / Hardcover / £9.95 / $14.95 / 48pp / 18x11cm / June 2017

Draw Like an Ancient Egyptian, 978-1-908714-49-7 / Paperback / £9.95 / $14.95 / 52pp / 24x20cm / November 2017

DIY ABC / 978-1-908714-37-4 / Boardbook with stickers / £12.95 $17.95 / 56pp / 17.5x21.5cm / October 2016 / (r/s: Chinese)

Disappearing Acts / 978-1-908714-30-5 / Hardcover / £11.95 / $16.95 / 32pp / 21x28cm / April 2016 / (r/s French, Chinese, Korean, Polish)

UK £12.95 /US $18.95

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Read All About It / 978-1-908714-34-3 / Paperback / £12.95 / $18.95 / 80pp / 32x23cm / November 2016

Cicada Children’s List | Selected Backlist

Evolution: A Colouring Book takes the concept of a colouring book and, well, evolves it a bit. As well as colouring in the pages, you can also engage with interactive elements such as flaps to lift, die cut holes and stencils that can be drawn through and decorated. Bold, vivid illustrations by Annu Kilpeläinen are exploding with fun and demand immediate access to the brightest crayons on the market. Clear, accessible text explains the concept of natural selection and describes the evolution of life, as told through fossils, from sea creatures, to land creatures, to dinosaurs, to mammals and eventually to humans.

Holly Maguire UK £9.95 / US $15.95

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Adopt a Dog / 978-1-908714-35-0 / Paperback / £9.95 / $15.95 / 64pp / 22x16cm / November 2016

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Playing With Food / 978-1-908714-31-2 / Paperback / £12.95 / $16.95 / 200pp / 28x21.6cm / April 2016 / (r/s: German, French, Spanish)

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Evolution / 978-1-908714-16-9 / Paperback / £9.99 / $15.95 / 32pp / 30x22cm / October 2014 / (r/s: French)

Kick Off! / 978-1-908714-36-7 / Paperback / £12.95 / $17.95 / 140pp / 21x24cm / October 2016 / (r/s French, Spanish, Polish, Dutch, Korean)

Bigger / 978-1-908714-40-4 / Leporello in slipcase / £9.95 / $15.95 / 14pp / 30.5x23cm / April 2017 / (r/s Spanish, Taiwanese)

ADULT Titles

Cicada Adult List | Current Titles

Motherlode: A maternal journal Georgina McAusland Motherlode provides a canvas on which to explore the vast spectrum of emotions and experiences that accompany the birth of a child. Honest and funny, it helps readers examine the universal anxieties and euphorias of motherhood, and challenge the many silent, toxic societal expectations. Beautiful illustrations run alongside inspirational quotes and thought-provoking activities, with plenty of space to vent!

– “What fabrications they are, mothers. Scarecrows, wax dolls for us to stick pins into, crude diagrams. We deny them an existence of their own, we make them up to suit ourselves -- our own hungers, our own wishes, our own deficiencies.” ­— Margaret Atwood – Georgina McAusland is a young British illustrator whose work has been exhibited in the London Transport Museum and as a mural for the Queens Gallery. This is her first book.

978-1-908714-58-9 / Paperback / £9.95 / $14.95 / 128pp / 14x20cm / October 2018

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Raising a Forest Thibaud Herem Illustrator Thibaud Herem is nurturing a homegrown arboretum in his small London garden. With over 30 species of trees ranging from oak to Japanese maple to giant redwood, this is a documentation of his obsession as well as a visual exploration of the beautiful forms found in nature. Within a personal narrative, this little book includes fascinating information about the trees, the processes of planting and cultivating them, and musings on the nature of nature. Gorgeously illustrated and presented, this is a lovely, thoughtful gift book for gardeners, hobbyists and illustration enthusiasts.

– A personal story detailing an illustrator’s love affair with trees and his attempts at raising them in his back garden. –

978-1-908714-52-7 / Paperback with dustjacket / £9.95 / $14.95 / 48pp /14x20cm (landscape) / April 2018

Thibaud Herem is a French illustrator uprooted and transplanted to East London. He is the author of Know Your Rodent (Cicada 2011), Draw Me a House (Cicada, 2013) and London Deco (NoBrow 2015).

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Untypical Girls: Styles and sounds of the transatlantic indie revolution Sam Knee In an industry traditionally dominated by men, women in music have often had to shout to be heard. This book traces the sounds, attitudes and thrift-store looks of women who refused to be silenced. Critically acclaimed author, Sam Knee, has unearthed hundreds of neverbeen-seen photographs of everyone from Viv Albertine to Kim Gordon, Bratmobile and Bikini Kill. Tracing the journey from punk to riot grrrl, Untypical Girls is a celebration of all things female in independent music.

– A photographic survey of women in independent music from the ’70s to the ’90s. – Sam Knee is a renowned fashion and music writer and a terrier-like picture researcher. His previous books include A Scene In Between (Cicada, 2014), The Bag I’m In (Cicada, 2015) and Memory of a Free Festival (Cicada 2017).

978-1-908714-45-9 / Hardcover / £19.95 / $29.95 / 330pp / 17x21cm / October 2017

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Dirty DIY: A porncard book Lucy Kirk Dirty DIY is a book of sexy postcards for adults to write/draw/otherwise complete and give to their partners/ lovers. Activities such as “When I think about you I.....” or partially drawn illustrations with key anatomical members left blank, will prompt even the most reticent to get in touch with the creative lover within.

Lucy Kirk is a London-based illustrator whose distinctive style has been critically acclaimed on It’s Nice That and Brown Paper Bag. – An adult-themed collection of postcards to doodle, colour and complete. – 978-1-908714-54-1 / Card Book / £8.95 / $12.95 / 44pp / 121x166mm / March 2018

Vajournal: Feminist interactions and interventions Isabella Bunnell Vajournal provides a space in which to express your feminist rage at the injustices of the great gender divide. Thought-provoking activities ask readers to list all the people they have ever slept with, describe their worst and best sexual experiences, to relay their feelings about their bodies and their encounters of everyday sexism. Delightful watercolour illustrations bring this timely and critically lauded book to life.

Isabella Bunnell is a Glasgow-based illustrator and textile designer. She is the author of Disappearing Acts (Cicada, 2016). – A thought-provoking, interactive journal in which to explore female experiences and ideas. –

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Paperback / £9.95 / $14.95 / 128pp / 14x20cm / October 2017 / (r/s: Korean)

Cicada Adult List | Selected Backlist

A Scene In Between / 978-1-908714-06-0 / Hardcover / £14.95 / $24.95 / 196pp / 17x21cm / October 2014

The Bag I’m In / 978-1-908714-26-8 / Hardcover / £22.95 / $29.95 / 330pp / 18x24cm / October 2015

Glyph*/ 978-1-908714-28-2 / Hardcover / £9.95 / $14.95 / 112pp / 12x18cm / October 2015

Baby Journal / 978-1-908714-05-3 / Paperback / £14.95 / $24.95 / 128pp / 15x20cm / May 2013

Memory of a Free Festival / 978-1-908714-43-5 / Hardcover / £16.95 / $22.95 / 144pp / 20x24cm / April 2017

Women Who Kill / 978-1-908714-41-1 / Hardcover / £7.95 / $12.95 / 48pp / 12x16cm / May 2017



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United States Consortium Books The Keg House 34, 13th Avenue NE Minneapolis, MN 55413

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CONTACT Ziggy Hanaor Cicada Books Unit 9, Cliff Road Studios 6 Cliff Road London, NW1 9AN

Cicada Spring 2019  

The spring catalogue for London-based illustraed publishers, Cicada Books.

Cicada Spring 2019  

The spring catalogue for London-based illustraed publishers, Cicada Books.