Another beautifully produced board book from the BBC’s Peter Rabbit animation series. Following the theatre production of Mr Tod which was on in Ipswich over the Christmas holiday, this board book is bound to issue well.
Matty is ill and upset that he can’t attend the Queen’s birthday, but things turn around when a crocodile comes to visit.
A heart-shaped, Valentine’s themed board book.
A second book about Mr Panda and manners. Can’t wait to read it!
Nicola O’Byrne’s picture books are witty and original, so this title, described as a “fabulous fairy tale fusion”, is bound to be good.
An ideal bedtime book about four cheeky mice who don’t seem very sleepy.
Written through the eyes of the author’s dog Plumdog, we’re so delighted this title is now available in paperback, we’ve bought lots more copies. Emma Chichester Clark’s illustrations are simply charming and will have sure-fire appeal to dog lovers as well as to fans of her picture books.
Short chapter books
One of the Magic Kitten series, republished this month. They are purrfect for children who have just mastered reading alone and like their stories fluffy. Other titles include Double trouble, Star dreams and A summer spell.
A Stone Age family go off to fish, but there’s trouble when a hungry bear appears!
Pugly is a precocious pug who “bakes cakes, builds space rockets and solves crimes” whilst his owner is at school. Illustrated by the Suffolk-born Gemma Correll.
First in the Scarlet files series. Scarlet McCall is a “schoolgirl by day, cat burglar by night” who embarks on a mission to find her missing dad.
A new time travel book with a difference. Albie sends himself through time and space to find his mum, who apparently exists in a parallel universe.
This brilliant book by a prize-winning Australian author, is the moving, funny and beautifully written “autobiography” of a young teenage girl, who tries to bring happiness to all those around her. A superb read to set you up for a New Year, it would make a superb film.
Terry Deary separates the truth from the myths with quirky facts about life aboard pirate ships.
Delightfully gory book from the Horrible Histories series, covering “gangs of gangsters to maniacs who massacre”.
Aimed for children aged 5 and above, learn how to make origami projects ranging from cute kittens to delicious ice cream cones.
A novel about bullying, friendship and being different. Alex and Bogsey become friends, despite their separate ways of reacting to bullies.
Crime thriller about Mandy, haunted by the disappearance of her friends Petra and Tina who vanished after they explored an abandoned house on Princess Street.
Clare Furniss’ debut novel The Year of the Rat was outstanding; this one looks to be unforgettable too. Described as a mix between Non Pratt’s Trouble and Thelma and Louise, the novel follows Hattie, and her great-aunt Gloria, who is in the early stages of dementia. Together, they set out on a road trip of self-discovery.