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New children’s books for January 2016

Written by · Published Dec 31, 2015

Top 50 villains by Terry Deary

Board books

Snowball fight! by Peter Rabbit Animation

Snowball fight! by Peter Rabbit Animation

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.

The crocodile under the bed by Judith Kerr

The crocodile under the bed by Judith Kerr

Matty is ill and upset that he can’t attend the Queen’s birthday, but things turn around when a crocodile comes to visit.

I love you, Snoopy by Charles Schulz

I love you, Snoopy by Charles Schulz

A heart-shaped, Valentine’s themed board book.

Picture books

I’ll wait, Mr Panda by Steve Antony

I’ll wait, Mr Panda by Steve Antony

A second book about Mr Panda and manners. Can’t wait to read it!

The last book before bedtime by Nicola O’Byrne

The last book before bedtime by Nicola O’Byrne

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.

Goodnight mice by Frances Watts

Goodnight mice by Frances Watts

An ideal bedtime book about four cheeky mice who don’t seem very sleepy.

Love is my favourite thing by Emma Chichester Clark

Love is my favourite thing by Emma Chichester Clark

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

Classroom chaos by Sue Bentley

Classroom chaos by Sue Bentley

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.

Beware of bears! by Vivian French

Beware of bears! by Vivian French

A Stone Age family go off to fish, but there’s trouble when a hungry bear appears!

Junior novels

Pugly bakes a cake by Pamela Butchart

Pugly bakes a cake by Pamela Butchart

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.

Cat burglar by Tamsin Cook

Cat burglar by Tamsin Cook

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.

The many worlds of Albie Brightman by Christopher Edge

The many worlds of Albie Brightman by Christopher Edge

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.

My life as an alphabet by Barry Jonsberg

My life as an alphabet by Barry Jonsberg

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.

Junior non-fiction

Pirates by Terry Deary

Pirates by Terry Deary

Terry Deary separates the truth from the myths with quirky facts about life aboard pirate ships.

Top 50 villains by Terry Deary

Top 50 villains by Terry Deary

Delightfully gory book from the Horrible Histories series, covering “gangs of gangsters to maniacs who massacre”.

10 minute origami crafts by Anna Lees Lim

10 minute origami crafts by Anna Lees Lim

Aimed for children aged 5 and above, learn how to make origami projects ranging from cute kittens to delicious ice cream cones.

Young teen

The Icarus show by Sally Christie

The Icarus show by Sally Christie

A novel about bullying, friendship and being different. Alex and Bogsey become friends, despite their separate ways of reacting to bullies.

YA

Moth girls by Anne Cassidy

Moth girls by Anne Cassidy

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.

How not to disappear by Claire Furniss

How not to disappear by Claire Furniss

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.

Jo Dixon

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