children’s books

A third China Miéville book for 2016! It’s a picture book!

WorstBreakfast-560x800Hold the goddamn presses! I just stumbled across a third book by China Miéville due to be published this year, on Amazon. But it’s not a novel, it’s a children’s picture book called The Worst Breakfast. I also found the official publisher’s page.

Now don’t get too hyped: it’s only 32 pages long and supposedly aimed at 3-7 year olds — not exactly Miéville’s usual fanbase. But still, more work by our favourite author is always newsworthy. Here’s the slightly odd description:

Two sisters sit down for breakfast, and one remembers a really gross breakfast they once had, and reminds her sister about it. But her little sister doesn’t remember. So then she starts describing all of the really gross things that were in the worst breakfast they ever had, until all they can picture is a table piled sky-high with the weirdest, yuckiest, grossest, slimiest, slickest, stinkiest breakfast two kids can ever have. And then they have a really good breakfast.

The illustrations will be by Zak Smith, previously known for the interestingly-titled body of work Pictures Showing What Happens on Each Page of Thomas Pynchon’s Novel Gravity’s Rainbow. His style seems like it would fit with Miéville’s penchant for urban grittiness — and damn, does that cover look cool!

The book is out on October 4th.