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New children's books for August 2017

Written by · Published Jul 31, 2017

Big Box Little Box, The Girl Who Drank the Moon, The Boy with One Name

Board books

Mummy, Baby, by Beth Harwood & Emma Dodd

From the Amazing Baby series is this simple board book for the very young.

“The tabs slide to reveal a parent animal - cat, dog - on one side, with babies - kittens, puppies - on the other side.”

Spot goes to the Fire Station, by Eric Hill

With the double draw of Spot and a fire station, this new board book will prove very popular:

“Spot knows just what he wants to be when he grows up - a fireman, just like his grandpa. When he visits Grandpa at the fire station, cheeky Spot slides down the pole, climbs the ladder, soaks Grandpa with the hose and finally sounds the noisy siren. Spot thinks he’s a very good fireman, but perhaps Grandpa is not so sure!”

Picture books

Ten Little Superheroes, by Michael Brownlow & Simon Rickerty

We can’t wait to see inside this latest exciting title in the Ten Little series, because if the cover is anything to go by, it will be hilarious. Brownlow’s rhyming texts simply roll his plots along with joyous humour ,and as for Simon Rickerty’s illustrations, they are endearing, charming, inclusive, appealing and we LOVE them!

Mouse House, by John Burningham

“In the house there lives a family: a mum, a dad, a girl and a boy. But they are not alone; a secret mouse family is living there too, who only come out when everyone else is asleep. One day they are spotted and the mouse catcher is called. Will they escape in time?”

Big Box Little Box, by Caryl Hart & Edward Underwood

“How many ways can a cat interact with a box? This cat will entrance young readers as it investigates every box it can - and makes a mouse friend along the way. With bright, bold illustrations from Edward Underwood, this is a striking and witty book for children and adults alike.”

School for Little Monsters, by Michelle Robinson & Sarah Horne

“A little boy and a young monster accidentally switch schools on their first day, with hilarious results. The child and the monster play by each other’s rules, at first bewildered, soon horrified - and eventually getting into the swing of things. This madcap tale is perfect for little monsters everywhere!”

Beginner reads

Why the Kangaroo Jumps, by Rob Lloyd Jones & John Joven

This book, in the Usborne First Reading (Level 1) series, has been especially adapted from Kipling’s Just So Stories, for children who are beginning readers. It is a hardback, so it feels like a “proper” book. It’s packed full of illustrations to add interest and aid understanding.

The Princess and the Pea, by Matthew Oldham & Lorena Alvarez

Another super little hardback retelling of a traditional tale that Usborne do so well. I love the cover illustration of all those mattresses – hope the prince has brought a ladder!

Short chapter books

Grandad’s Medal, by Phil Earle & Sarah Horne

“Marvin loves going on his adventures with his grandad - escaping from hairy yetis, taking daytrips to Mars and hunting ferocious tigers - all without leaving the house. Marvin thinks his grandad is the bravest person he’s ever met; he even has a medal from the war to prove it. And, more than anything else, Marvin wants to be brave too.

“But when Grandad must go on his final adventure alone, Marvin finds he has to be braver than he’s ever been before. Until he discovers that Grandad has left behind a very special surprise just for him.”

Toad Hall in Lockdown, by Toby Moorhouse & Holly Swain

“Squirrel skulduggery is afoot when Mr Toad calls in the builders to renovate his home. Why do the squirrels look so strange? Teejay, Mo and Ratty are suspicious and follow the squirrels to Wildwood Industrious HQ where the Chief Weasel has hatched a dastardly plan. Can the children outwit the villains and ensure Mr Toad and his property stay safe?”

Flat Stanley, by Jef Brown & Rob Biddulph

An old favourite re-issued with illustrations by Rob Biddulph.

“Stanley Lambchop wakes up one morning to find a notice-board has dropped on him in the night, leaving him happy and healthy, but only half and inch thick. It’s a little unusual, but he finds he can fly like a kite, be sent on holiday through the post and can use his special new skills to catch art thieves.”

Junior novels

The Guggenheim Mystery, by Robin Stevens

More adventures with Ted Spark, a boy with Asperger’s Syndrome, this is the long-awaited sequel to The London Eye Mystery by the late Siobhan Dowd. Written by Robin Stevens, author of the popular Wells and Wong detective series:

“My name is Ted Spark. I am 12 years and 281 days old. I have seven friends. Three months ago, I solved the mystery of how my cousin Salim disappeared from a pod on the London Eye. This is the story of my second mystery.

“This summer, I went on holiday to New York, to visit Aunt Gloria and Salim. While I was there, a painting was stolen from the Guggenheim Museum, where Aunt Gloria works. Everyone was very worried and upset. I did not see what the problem was. I do not see the point of paintings, even if they are worth £9.8 million. Perhaps that’s because of my very unusual brain, which works on a different operating system to everyone else’s. But then Aunt Gloria was blamed for the theft - and Aunt Gloria is family.”

The 91-storey Treehouse by Andy Griffiths & Terry Denton

The seventh book in the hilarious Treehouse Books series:

“Join Andy and Terry in their now 91-storey spectacular treehouse. They’ve added thirteen new levels, including the world’s most powerful whirlpool, a mashed-potato-and-gravy train and a human pinball machine. Why not try your luck on the spin-and-win prize wheel or hang out in a giant spider web (with a giant spider), or you can always get your fortune told by Madam Know-it-all or eat a submarine sandwich the size of an actual submarine while deciding whether or not to push the big red button. Well, what are you waiting for? Come on up!”

Explorer, by Katherine Rundell

“From his seat in the tiny aeroplane, Fred watches as the mysteries of the Amazon jungle pass by below him. He has always dreamed of becoming an explorer, of making history and of reading his name amongst the lists of great discoveries. If only he could land and look about him.

“As the plane crashes into the canopy, Fred is suddenly left without a choice. He and the three other children may be alive, but the jungle is a vast, untamed place. With no hope of rescue, the chance of getting home feels impossibly small. Except, it seems, someone has been there before them.”

Marge and the Great Train Rescue, by Isla Fisher & Eglantine Ceulemans

The third book in the Marge series:

“Whistles at the ready. Marge is off!

“Have you met Marge? She has rainbow hair, tells wild stories and she’s the best babysitter in the whole world. Things do SOMETIMES go off the rails when Marge is around but Jakey and Jemima don’t mind that. After all, no one else could rescue a train, help Jakey’s wobbly tooth or cause chaos at the zoo!”

The Girl Who Drank the Moon, by Kelly Barnhill

“Every year, the people of the Protectorate leave a baby as an offering to the witch who lives in the forest. They hope this sacrifice will keep her from terrorising their town. But the witch in the forest, Xan, is in fact a good witch who shares her home with a wise Swamp Monster and a Perfectly Tiny Dragon. Xan rescues the children and delivers them to welcoming families on the other side of the forest, nourishing the babies with starlight on the journey.

“One year, Xan accidentally feeds a baby moonlight instead of starlight, filling the ordinary child with extraordinary magic. Xan decides she must raise this girl, whom she calls Luna, as her own. As Luna’s 13th birthday approaches, her magic begins to emerge - with dangerous consequences.”

The Time Travelling Cat and the Great Victorian Stink, The Time Travelling Cat and the Tudor Treasure and The Time Travelling Cat and the Egyption Goddess, by Julia Jarman

This popular series of books is being republished after several years.

The Boy with One Name, by Rupert Wallis

“Twelve-year-old Jones is an orphan, training as an apprentice hunter alongside his mentor, Maitland, tackling ogres, trolls and all manner of creatures that live in the Badlands. All Jones secretly wants to be is an ordinary boy and to leave the magical world forever, so when an ogre hunt goes wrong and Maitland is killed, Jones finally has a chance to find out where he came from.”

Junior non-fiction

The Adventures of your Brain, by Dan Green & Sean Sims

“Find out how fast neurons zip around the body carrying messages and delve into a world of external and internal senses. Explore how the brain controls every thought and every movement, even when you are asleep and dreaming.

“With colourful, graphic illustrations, engaging bitesize facts and surprising statistics covering vital curriculum topics, you’ll never look at your brain the same way again.”

Professor Astro Cat’s Solar System, by Dr Dominic Walliman & Ben Newman

“Welcome planet explorers! Did you know that Venus is covered in volcanoes? Have you ever wondered why Mars is red? Well, you’re in luck! Professor Astro Cat and the gang are about to set off on a journey around our solar system - so buckle up, join the tour, and get your learn on!”

Jo Dixon

I work for Suffolk Libraries Stock Team.