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New children's books for August 2018

Written by · Published Jul 30, 2018

Big Trouble for Nellie Choc-Ice, The Skies Above My Eyes, Peril in Paris

Board books

Wiggly Wiggly: playtime rhymes, by Michael Rosen & Chris Riddell

Rhymes chosen especially for tots from the award-winning book A Great Big Cuddle.

Supertato: Veggies Assemble, by Sue Hendra & Paul Linnet

This humorous title comes out in board book format so it can be enjoyed by even younger readers.

“The Evil Pea is on the loose and there’s anarchy in the aisles! Can our supermarket superhero divert disaster? Or is he going to need backup?”

I’m Starting Nursery, by Marion Cocklico

New in the Big Steps range.

Amazing Animals, by Barbara Taylor & Lon Lee and Giant Dinosaurs, by Naray Yoon

From a new lift-the-flap non-fiction series.

That’s Not My Giraffe…, by Fiona Watt & Rachel Wells

Yet another in the much-loved That’s Not My… series.

Peppa Loves Soft Play

“It’s Richard Rabbit’s birthday and he’s having a party at the soft play centre! Peppa and George are very excited. They love soft play!

“The grown ups are a little bit less excited. They do not love soft play. They know that the children love soft play so much, that when it’s time to go home, the grown ups have to go in after them but they always get stuck!

“Can Daddy Pig rescue the grown ups? Lift the flaps to find out!”

Picture books

Happy Birthday, Boris!, by Sam Lloyd

“Boris - the orange, hairy and over-enthusiastic little monster - has a birthday! Use the puppet to help Boris blow out the candles on his cake, open his presents and sing Happy Birthday.”

More excitable puppet fun from the author of Calm Down Boris.

More Would You Rather…, by John Burningham

A standalone sequel to the classic Would You Rather….

“Would you rather have breakfast with bears, lunch with a lion or dinner with ducks? Would you like to fly with the pelicans or swim with the fish? Would it be worse if an elephant made a terrible smell or you fell over in a field of cows? Ask - and answer - these questions and many more.”

Once Upon a Wild Wood, by Chris Riddell

The former children’s laureate’s first stand-alone picture book for 8 years is packed full of familiar fairy tale characters as you’ve never seen them before. It features a smart heroine and lots of rich and detailed pictures.

One Shoe Two Shoes, by Caryl Hart & Edward Underwood

A rhyming introduction to colours and numbers.

Sweep, by Louise Greig & Júlia Sardà and A Whisper from Grey, by Louise Greig & Lo Cole

Two new titles from the author of the acclaimed The Night Box.

Anna and Otis, by Maisie Paradise Shearring

From the winner of the 2015 International Award for Illustration.

“Will people ever learn to accept a snake as a friend? Anna and Otis the snake are great friends and they love having fun together. But Otis knows people are scared of snakes, so he usually just plays at home or in the garden. He is nervous when Anna suggests a new adventure.

“At first people are afraid, and Otis feels he isn’t welcome in the town. But Anna encourages Otis not to give up, and it soon turns out that maybe snakes aren’t as scary as people thought! The hairdresser enjoys shampooing a reptile for a change, and at the skate shop Sally has a lot of fun fitting Otis with his own set of awesome wheels.”

Princess Swashbuckle, by Hollie Hughes & Deborah Allwright

“Tired of the same old princess-meets-her-prince stories? Bored of princesses in frilly pink dresses? Fed up with princes getting all the action? Yes? So is Princess Swashbuckle. She’s Swashbuckle by name, swashbuckling by nature and she’s about to show the world what a great pirate captain she can be.”

100 Dogs, by Michael Whaite

“Small dog, tall dog, playing with a ball dog, big dog, dig dog burying a bone. Can there really be 100 dogs doing 100 doggy things packed into the pages of this picture book? Follow the bouncy rhyme as it weaves its way through an array of hilarious hounds (from petted pugs to silly sausage dogs) and find out.”

Tomorrow, by Nadine Kaadan

“Yazan no longer goes to the park to play, and he no longer sees his friend who lives next door. Everything around him is changing. His parents sit in front of the television with the news turned up LOUD and Yazan’s little red bike leans forgotten against the wall. Will he ever be able to go outside and play?”

Picture books for older readers

Girls Can Do Anything!, by Caryl Hart

“Do you want to climb a mountain? Drive a fire engine? Become prime minister? Join the girls in the pages of this book to see the incredible things they do every day and find out what you might like to do, too! A picture book for every girl with a dream.”

Short chapter books

Oscar and the Catastrophe, by Alan MacDonald & Sarah Horne

Follow-up to Oscar and the Dognappers.

“Sam had a very ordinary life, until Oscar the dog arrived on his doorstep. Because Oscar has a big secret - he can talk! Oscar usually has a lot to say on any subject, but in this book something makes him speechless - a cat has moved in next door! And Carmen the pampered feline is almost as much of a nightmare neighbour as her owner, Mrs Bentley-Wallop.

“But Sam and Oscar have bigger things to worry about. When a jewel thief strikes, it’s time for the daring duo to turn detective. Can they sniff out the culprit before it’s too late?”

Big Trouble for Nellie Choc-Ice, by Jeremy Strong & Jamie Smith

Sequel to Nellie Choc-Ice, Penguin Explorer. Both titles are optimised so that readers with dyslexia and visual stress can enjoy them.

“When Captain Beardy-Beard rescues Nellie from the North Pole she’s ready to be safe and sound back at home. But mistakes and trouble are never far from Nellie, and when their submarine runs out of fuel in the docks of New York, Captain Beardy-Beard and his crew are a prime target for a hijacking! Looks like Nellie Choc-Ice is in trouble again and this time it’s BIG trouble!”

Junior novels

The Wild Robot Escapes, by Peter Brown

Sequel to the brilliant The Wild Robot.

“Shipwrecked on a remote, wild island, Robot Roz learned from the unwelcoming animal inhabitants and adapted to her surroundings - but can she survive the challenges of the civilized world and find her way home to Brightbill and the island?”

The 104-Storey Treehouse, by Andy Griffiths & Terry Denton

Latest title in the hugely popular Australian series.

“Join Andy and Terry in their now 104-storey spectacular treehouse. They’ve added thirteen new levels, including a never-ending staircase, a burp bank, and even a mighty fortress. But Andy and Terry are in a race against time to find a funny story for their next book - will the tooth fairy, the two-million-dollar shop or even the riddles of the deep-thoughts thinking room be able to help? Well, what are you waiting for? Come on up.”

Peril in Paris, by Katherine Woodfine & Karl James Mountford

First in a new quartet following Sophie and Lil, the heroes of her Sinclair Mysteries series, as they become professional secret agents

“It’s 1911, and the young detectives of Taylor & Rose are turning their talents to espionage. On a case for the mysterious Secret Service Bureau, the daring Miss Sophie Taylor and Miss Lilian Rose must leave London for the boulevards and grand hotels of Paris.

“But danger lurks beneath the bright lights of the city - and intrigue and murder lie in store. As aeroplanes soar in the skies overhead, our heroines will need to put all their spy skills to the test to face the peril that awaits them.”

The Book of Boy, by Catherine Gilbert Murdock

The UK debut from a well-established US author.

“Boy, a hunchbacked goatherd, is content in his quiet country life. But when a shadowy pilgrim arrives on the farm, his world is turned upside down. Secundus enlists Boy as his servant, plunging them both into a perilous treasure hunt - but there is more to the pilgrim’s quest than meets the eye.”

Bee Boy: Attack of the Zombees, by Tony de Saulles

The sequel to Bee Boy: Clash of the Killer Queens is a fast-paced superhero adventure featuring lots of facts about bees.

Knights and Bikes, by Gabrielle Kent & Rex Crowle

“Demelza and her new best friend in the whole world, Nessa, do what no adult has ever been able to do: solve the Curse of the Penfurzy Knights. Their friendship will warm their heart, and their bravery will make them legends.”

Based on the video game of the same name, the Bookseller describes this title as punchy, action-packed, full of laughs and bursting with cartoon-style illustrations – so it should be popular.

Daisy and the Trouble with School Trips, by Kes Gray

“Daisy is on a school trip.

“With lots of other children and few teachers.

“Daisy likes being out of school.

“Daisy also likes TROUBLE!”

Will You Catch Me?, by Jane Elson

From the author of Swimming to the Moon.

“Nell Hobson lives with a tortoise called Bob Marley, guinea pigs Asbo and Chaos, goldfish Beyoncé and Destiny, gerbils Fizz and Tyrone, Aunty Lou the Hamster - and her mum, who drinks too much. Nell wishes she knew who her dad was.

“When new teacher Mr Samuels makes history come alive and tells the class the story of Nell Gwynn, the Orange Girl who became one of the first actresses on the London stage, Nell is captivated and is determined to dress up as an Orange Girl for the Costume Parade. She hatches a plan with her best friend Michael: a way to make her dad step forward and claim her. Will she succeed?”

Secrets of a Sun King, by Emma Carroll

From the author of Letters from the Lighthouse and Sky Chasers.

“It’s November, 1922. In a valley in Egypt the tomb of a long dead pharaoh is about to be discovered. The world watches and waits for news with bated breath.

“Thirteen-year-old Lilian Kaye, who lives in a flat above a shop in London, is eagerly following the story. One morning the news takes a sinister turn: a man - a famous Egyptologist - disappears. All that remains of him are his feet. Then Lil’s grandfather is taken suddenly ill, and when a mysterious package turns up for him from the Egyptologist, Lil starts to believe there is truth to the rumours of a pharaoh’s curse.”

The Girl with the Dragon Heart, by Stephanie Burgis

Sequel to The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart.

“Once upon a time, in a beautiful city famous for chocolate and protected by dragons, there was a girl so fearless that she dared to try to tell the greatest story of all: the truth.

“Silke has always been good at spinning the truth and storytelling. So good that just years after arriving as a penniless orphan, she has found her way up to working for the most splendid chocolate makers in the city (oh, and becoming best friends with a dragon). Now her gift for weaving words has caught the eye of the royal family, who want to use her as a spy when the mysterious and dangerous Fairy royal family announce they will visit the city.

“But Silke has her own dark, secret reasons for not trusting Fairies. Can Silke find out the truth about the Fairies while keeping her own secrets hidden?”

The Star Bracelet, by Paula Harrison

In the latest Rescue Princesses book:

“When Princess Lily and her friends find an abandoned baby kangaroo, they must look after the tiny joey and work out who is ruining the palace gardens at night. To solve this mystery the princesses will need a magic jewel, ninja skills and the special power that comes from true friendship!”


The Skies Above My Eyes, by Charlotte Gullain & Yuval Zommer

Companion title to the awesome The Street Beneath My Feet.

“Have you ever looked up and wondered what’s going on high up in the skies above your eyes? Take a journey up into the air, through the atmosphere, way out into space, and back down to Earth in this richly illustrated concertina book.

“Readers will zoom past the technology that fills our skies, from helicopters, fighter jets, weather balloons, and satellites, hang-gliders and hot-air balloons. They’ll also discover the insects and animals that whizz through the skies, explore the layers of the atmosphere, and travel through the solar system and out to the galaxies far beyond.”

How to Help a Hedgehog and Protect a Polar Bear, by Jess French & Angela Keoghan

“From beetles and butterflies, to puffins and polar bears, animals and habitats all over the world need our protection. In this beautifully illustrated book, children (and adults!) can learn about thirteen different habitats - gardens, hedgerows, heathlands, woodlands, highlands, wetlands, the coastline, freshwater, oceans, savannahs, jungles and mountains - and simple everyday ways to protect them.

“Find out how to help hedgehogs in your own back garden or spread the word about endangered animals further from home, as you discover all the little things you can do to make a big difference.”

The Story of Flight, by Jakob Whitfield

“Trace the history of flight in this illustrated guide, from the Wright Flyer to cutting-edge drones. Along the way, discover how the social upheavals of the past 240 years influenced the flight path: two world wars, equality for women and the fight against climate change. Finally, explore the incredible inventions that await us in the future.”

Pocket Guide to Turtles, Snakes and other reptiles, by Amy-Jane Beer & Alice Pattullo and Pocket Guide to Whales, Dolphins and other marine mammals, by Frances Dipper & Alice Pattullo

Two colourful new guides from natural history experts.

The World of the Whale, by Smirti Prasdam-Halls & Jonathan Woodward

From the team behind The Ways of the Wolf.

“Graceful and serene, intelligent and social, the whale is a wonder of the deep blue sea. And yet, whales rely on air to breathe - they are mammals, just like us. With breathtaking text, Smriti Prasadam-Halls explores the migrations, songs and family life of these mysterious creatures, revealing astonishing facts you’ve never heard before. Wildlife illustrator Jonathan Woodward brings the marine world to life with stunning papercut collage artwork.”

Pokémon: Super Deluxe Essential Handbook

“Everything you ever wanted to know about all the Pokemon in one place! This revised and updated edition has all the stats and facts you need to know about over 800 Pokemon - essential information jam-packed into 496 illustrated, full-colour pages.”

A Kid in My Class, by Rachel Rooney & Chris Riddell

New collection of poems about every kid in every class from the winner of the 2012 CLiPPA.

Sophie Green

Sophie Green

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