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New children's books for February 2018

Written by · Published Jan 29, 2018

Are You There Little Bunny?, Twister, Under the Canopy

Board books

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

Another title in one of our favourite series, in time for Easter. Babies and toddlers love the feely patches and the concept makes it fun to read too.

Busy Baby Animals, by Ag Jatkowska

“Meet lots of cute new arrivals, from lambs and piglets to ducklings and kittens. Young children can join in by pushing, pulling and turning the tabs to really bring the baby animals to life! Children will love playing with this bright and colourful board book with gentle rhyming text and wonderful illustrations.”

Are You There Little Bunny?, by Sam Taplin & Emily Dove

Follow-up to Are You There Little Fox? and Are You There Little Elephant?.

“Children can spot the bunny through a hole on each page - but when they turn the page it isn’t the bunny at all! Very young children will love searching for the elusive bunny, and all the charming details and other animals they discover along the way.”

Picture books

The Pirates of Scurvy Sands, by Jonny Duddle

In the sequel to the smash hit The Pirates Next Door

“Matilda is going on holiday with her friends, the Jolley-Rogers. Their destination is the island of Scurvy Sands - a favourite holiday destination for pirates.

“When Matilda arrives, the swashbuckling residents are none-too-impressed with her. She has clean teeth, tidy clothes and doesn’t smell like she’s been at sea for six months - they are certain she cannot be trusted.

“But when Matilda discovers the secret of the legendary treasure of Scurvy Sands, the pirates are very quick to change their minds.”

Spyder, by Matt Carr

New title from the author-illustrator of the fantastic Superbat.

“It’s not easy being a super special secret agent when you’re only as big as a pin badge. But when a birthday cake is under threat, Spyder is called upon. It’s time to pack the spy-kit with binoculars, a top-secret laser pen and … a banana. Will Spyder save the day, AND the party?”

Frankfurt, by Mia Cassany & Mike Casal

A very fine-looking sausage dog story from the Spanish creative duo.

“Pierre and Frankfurt have lived happily together in their top floor flat, since the first day they met! Frankfurt is the most refined dog you could imagine. But there is one thing that really upsets Frankfurt: his name. How could anyone take a sausage dog seriously with a name like that? But Frankfurt has a plan.”

Ten Fat Sausages, by Michelle Robinson & Tor Freeman

“Come on a great escape through the kitchen as we follow each sausage that decides to make a run for it. Will they succeed or will the cat, blender, plughole or fan prove their downfall?”

This hilariously macabre counting-down book follows the adventures of ten fat sausages as they attempt to escape from the sizzling pan.

Juniper Jupiter, by Lizzy Stewart

New titles from the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize winner:

“Juniper Jupiter is a real life superhero. It’s no big deal. She’s super brave, super fast, super strong, super smart and she can even fly, but something is missing. What is a hero without an amazing sidekick? It turns out that lots of people want to be a superhero’s sidekick, but none of them are quite right. They’re too big, too scratchy, too weird, too scared, or WAY too prepared.

“Juniper is about to give up, but then she hears a familiar bark. Could it be that the sidekick she’s been looking for has been there the whole time?”

Dr. Tenth, by Adam Hargreaves

David Tennant’s Doctor Who gets the Mr Men makeover:

“The tenth Doctor is taking a well-earned holiday - until the Sontarans show up! Can he stop the mighty warriors from invading yet another peaceful planet?”

The Lost Penguin: an Oliver & Patch story, by Claire Freedman & Kate Hindley

In the sequel to Oliver & Patch

“Oliver, Patch and Ruby visit the zoo. They growl at the tigers, smile at the meerkats and laugh at the funny penguins.

“But when Peep, a little penguin who’s new to the zoo, goes missing, the friends must set off together to bring him home. But it isn’t always easy to agree on a plan, and the friends have to overcome some disagreements before everything works out.”

Eric Makes a Splash, by Emily MacKenzie

“Eric is about to make a splash - or is he? The problem is that Eric is a worrier, and nothing worries him more than the thought of swimming.

“So when Eric receives an invitation to a pool party, he is sent into a worrying whirl. What if his fur gets wet? What if water goes in his eyes? What if he sinks to the bottom of the pool?

“Fortunately, Eric has a brave and fearless friend who wants to help. But can she convince Eric that swimming is fun?”

Publisher Bloomsbury have described this book as ‘perfect for sharing with all little worries about to make their first splash.’

Superhero Mum, by Timothy Knapman & Joe Berger

The companion book to Superhero Dad.

“All mums are brilliant, and the mum in this story is no exception. She doesn’t wear a cape or fly to Earth from Outer Space, but she runs for the bus so fast it feels like flying, uses her super strength to carry her daughter’s boots, coat, bag, AND scooter, and can make bumps and bruises better with just a kiss. This mum really does have superpowers!”

Short chapter books

Piggy Hero, by Pip Jones & Adam Stower

In the sequel to Piggy Handsome:

“Piggy Handsome is a very confident guinea pig with a hugely inflated ego - he hails from a long line of very famous guinea pigs. But sadly Handsome STILL hasn’t achieved world renown. Well, now he has a new plan to get his name on the telly - he’ll be someone’s hero!

“When pushing Jeff Budgie off a roof and ‘saving’ him fails spectacularly, Handsome is at his wits’ end. Little does he know, however, that the dastardly Dixons have escaped prison and are seeking revenge for their capture. What’s more, Dan and Dolly’s ghastly greed has led them to kidnapping, and now someone really DOES need saving!

“Can Piggy Handsome save the day for real? And will it earn him the fame he so desperately desires?”

Picture books for older readers

Moomin Winter, by Tove Jansson

The Moomins return in comic book format.

Junior novels

The Nothing To See Here Hotel, by Steven Butler & Steven Lenton

“Welcome to The Nothing to See Here Hotel! A hotel for magical creatures, where weird is normal for Frankie Bannister and his parents who run it.

“When a goblin messenger arrives, announcing the imminent arrival of the goblin prince Grogbah, Frankie and his family rush into action to get ready for their important guest. But it soon becomes obvious that the Bannister family are going to have their work cut out with the demanding prince and his never-ending entourage, especially when it turns out the rude little prince is hiding a secret.”

Bee Boy: clash of the killer queens, by Tony De Saulles

This first book in a new trilogy contains lost of insect facts alongside adventure and drama:

“Half bee. Half boy. Melvin Meadly is - bee boy.

“As a bee, Mel is ready to defend his hive against all enemies taking on killer wasps, terrifying hawkmoths, and battling queen bees. But as a boy, has he got what it takes to protect his bees (and himself) against the greatest menace of all: Nasty Norman Crudwell?”

A Spoonful of Murder, by Robin Stevens

In the sixth Murder Most Unladylike Mystery:

“When Hazel Wong’s beloved grandfather passes away, Daisy Wells is all too happy to accompany her friend (and Detective Society Vice President) to Hazel’s family estate in beautiful, bustling Hong Kong.

“But when they arrive they discover something they didn’t expect: there’s a new member of the Wong family. Daisy and Hazel think baby Teddy is enough to deal with, but as always the girls are never far from a mystery. Tragedy strikes very close to home, and this time Hazel isn’t just the detective. She’s been framed for murder!

“The girls must work together like never before, confronting dangerous gangs, mysterious suspects and sinister private detectives to solve the murder and clear Hazel’s name - before it’s too late.”

Twister, by Juliette Forrest

“A brave, bright girl embarks on a heart-racing adventure to find her missing father - with magic and danger quite literally in the air.”

Battle of the Beetles, by M. G. Leonard

In the final instalment of the Beetle trilogy:

“Arch-villainess Lucretia Cutter has a secret Biome hidden in the Amazon rainforest: can Darkus and his friends, human and beetle alike, find it before it’s too late? If they can’t stop Lucretia, she will release her hoard of giant Frankenstein beetles, and the planet will never be the same again.”

The Phantom Lollipop Man, by Pamela Butchart & Thomas Flintham

In the latest Baby Aliens story from the Blue Peter Award winners:

“Izzy and her friends are shocked when they find their lollipop man has disappeared! Maisie thinks he’s gone to Rome but if that’s true, why do they keep seeing a weird white wispy cloud around the school? And why do Izzy’s legs feel cold even though she’s got tights on? Could it be that the lollipop man is a phantom and he’s come to spook them all?!”

Make More Noise!, by various

“Ten brand new short stories celebrating inspiring female characters by award-winning and bestselling women writers, being published to commemorate the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in the UK.”

Contributors include Patrice Lawrence, Catherine Johnson and Sally Nicholls.

The Stegosorcerer, by Jay Burridge

In the second in the highly-illustrated Supersaurs series, which imagines the world as if dinosaurs had never become extinct:

“After leaving the rainforests of Indonesia, and outwitting the terrible Christian Hayter, Bunty Brownlee takes her grandchildren Bea and Carter, and Carter’s newly domesticated Black Dwarf Tyrant, to a safari reserve in Kenya, built to protect the endangered White Titan Tyrants.

“But soon the children are caught up in a sinister plot involving poaching and diamond-mining. The young heroes require the aid of the Steggi, a nomadic tribe who live in harmony with their prized Stegosaurs.”


Lots of great new releases celebrating women and cultivating a love of life on Earth this month!

Amazing Women: 101 lives to inspire you, by Lucy Beevor & Sarah Green

“Discover the stories of 101 extraordinary women of our time. Featuring an international selection of female figures, this carefully curated collection highlights those who have achieved significantly in their fields, ranging from science and politics to sport and the arts.”

Little Leaders: bold women in black history, by Vashti Harrison

“Featuring 40 trailblazing black women in the world’s history, this book educates and inspires as it relates true stories of women who broke boundaries and exceeded all expectations.

“Debut author/illustrator Vashti Harrison pairs captivating text with stunning illustrations as she tells the stories of both iconic and lesser-known female figures of black history - from nurse Mary Seacole, to politician Diane Abbott, mathematician Katherine Johnson and singer Shirley Bassey.”

What Would She Do?, by Kay Woodward

“Meet 25 of the most powerful and inspirational women of all time. From historical world leaders to modern pioneers and international muses, these are the incredible life stories of women from around the world to inspire and empower.

“From Cleopatra to Amelia Earhart, Marie Curie to Malala Yousafzai, learn about powerful and inspiring women throughout history in this incredible book!”

The Bee Book, by Charlotte Miller

“Bees are incredibly industrious, brilliant at building, super social, and - most importantly - along with other insects, they are responsible for a third of every mouthful of food you eat!

The Bee Book is perfect to teach children age 5 and up all about our fuzzy little friends, how much they matter, why they are declining, and what we can do to help.”

Under the Canopy: tales of trees, by Iris Volant & Cynthia Alonso

“Trees are the lungs of the world. They have inspired our stories, myths and culture. Every climate, every nation has its tales of trees, true or legendary, that help us understand ourselves and the beauty of the natural world around us.

“Beyond their environmental significance, this illustrated book explores the cultural significance that trees have in different societies. From the olive trees of Athens to the Eucalyptus trees of Australia, discover the place of trees in history and mythology across the world.”

The Waggiest Tails, by Brian Moses, Roger Stevens & Ed Boxall

“From huskies, born to run, to those big bad bruisers, the security dogs. Meet Bruno, the smallest dog on the farm, and Charlie, the dancing chihuahua. Find rescue dogs, helping dogs, yappy dogs, happy dogs - and the dog with the waggiest tail!”

This collection of poems is written from the perspective of the dogs themselves and is likely to be as much of a hit with dog-loving adults as children.

What’s Weird on Earth, by DK

“Covering everything from Pangea to the world’s weirdest natural wonders, this is Earth in all its strange glory. ‘What’s Weird on Earth is an entirely new atlas adventure, with maps of UFO sightings, popular foods, every country resized according to population density, and their popularity as holiday destinations. Kids can spot the strangest features on every corner of Earth; from ancient patterns carved in the desert sand to the 29,000 bath toys that sailed the world’s ocean currents after a shipwreck.

“Travel back in time to discover maps from previous centuries or turn the globe upside down - literally.”

Politics for Beginners, by Usborne & Kellan Stover

“What is an election? Who gets to be Prime Minister or President? What does immigration mean? This essential introduction to politics for children answers all these questions and many more. Topics debated include capitalism, socialism, nationalism, terrorism, voting systems, free speech and human rights.”

Sophie Green

Sophie Green

I work for the Suffolk Libraries stock team. I also write children’s fiction, short stories and comedy. Visit my website.