Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Cover Reveal: Cogheart by Peter Bunzl

Today we are absolutely delighted to welcome writer Peter Bunzl to MGSB to introduce his stunning debut novel Cogheart and reveal the beautiful cover:

“Thanks Middle Grade Strikes back and Darren for hosting the cover reveal, here’s a little bit of info about the book and the fab cover…

Cogheart is a children’s adventure story set in a fantastical Victorian England. It’s filled with murder, mystery and mayhem, airships and automata, mechanical animals and crazy clockwork.

Lily is summoned home from school when her inventor father vanishes in an airship accident. With her friends Robert, the clockmaker’s son, and Malkin, an opinionated mechanical fox, Lily sets out to discover the truth behind his disappearance. But she’s not the only one searching… there are silver eyed men, stalking her through the shadows, who will stop at nothing to find her father and uncover the truth behind his greatest invention. Soon Lily and her friends are plunged deep into a mystery that could change their world in a heartbeat…

I am thrilled with the finished cover of Cogheart. I think it looks absolutely incredible! I really was a little bit teary-eyed when I first saw it. The gorgeous illustrations by Becca Stadtlander are dynamic and quirky and really capture the characters to perfection, and Katherine Millichope’s stunning design has such a strong feeling of movement and adventure. I can’t wait to see the artwork on the finished book, but in the meantime it has been great fun working with Becca’s beautiful drawings to create some some fun content including this animated gif, plus a few other surprises that you can see soon at”

Cogheart by Peter Bunzl is out in the UK on September 1st 2016. Share the adventure with #Cogheart. You can follow Peter on Twitter @peterbunzl


I first found out about Cogheart when I met Peter last summer. I really can't wait to read it as it sounds fantastic. The cover is stunning, and if you come back here next Tuesday you can find out how Usborne designer, Kath Millichope, went about designing the Cogheart cover, and also see a stunning animated version of the book cover.


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