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New children’s books for July 2016

Written by · Published Jul 14, 2016

Sweet Pizza by G R Gemin

Board books

Portly Pig by Axel Scheffler

Portly Pig by Axel Scheffler

If you’ve been to Ipswich recently you may have noticed a joyous collection of pig sculptures dotted about the town. If you haven’t, and you’re feeling left out, just stroll down to your local library and borrow this latest witty board book from Axel Scheffler. It’s a perfect piece of poetry, written in an A-B-A-B rhyme scheme. Axel Scheffler is such a talented illustrator he makes his pig look worried, cross or blissfully happy with just a few on his snout and a dot for an eye. But be warned, the book has a sound button which should never be pressed in an open-plan office.

Junior novels

The crooked sixpence by Jennifer Bell

The crooked sixpence by Jennifer Bell

Following a fall, Ivy and Seb’s grandmother is rushed to hospital, where a bracelet has to be cut from her broken arm; that little snip unleashes some frightening characters from a parallel universe. But as the children discover, it is the parallel universe from which their grandmother came and the rules are different there. If you like Harry Potter books, you should enjoy The Crooked Sixpence with its subterranean London, in fact you might imagine you have walked into a parallel Diagon Alley. It’s a fast-paced, substantial and exciting adventure, perfect for holiday reading. And if it hooks you in, you’ll be pleased to know that it’s the first of a new fantasy series called The Uncommoners.

Erica’s elephant by Sylvia Bishop

Erica’s elephant by Sylvia Bishop

This warm, humorous novel about 10 year Erica who finds an elephant on the doorstep of her small terrace house, is charmingly old-fashioned. Illustrated throughout this would make a great quick read for the last week of term.

Sweet Pizza by G R Gemin

Sweet Pizza by G R Gemin

Already longlisted for The Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize, this is a brilliant story about an enterprising boy who saves his family’s café and their Italian heritage. Just like the author’s first book, Cowgirl, it’s set in South Wales and is a super read.

My gym teacher is an alien overlord by David Solomons

My gym teacher is an alien overlord by David Solomons

With a front cover slogan “Save the world? I can’t even get picked for football”, this hilarious spoof is a laugh-aloud read. Written by the award winning author of My brother is a super-hero, it includes a link to a My Brother is a super-hero game from the App Store. If you now regret booking a holiday in the UK before consulting a weather forecast, take this book to cheer yourselves up. Almost 300 pages should keep a family going through several days of torrential rain.

Wolf hollow by Lauren Wolk

Wolf hollow by Lauren Wolk

Hooked from the very first sentence. Wow.

Junior non-fiction

Circle by Jeannie Baker

Circle by Jeannie Baker

An exquisite illustrated re-telling of the migratory patterns of the Godwit. It’s a beautiful book, and with so many Godwits visiting the Suffolk coast, it’s a most appropriate addition to our stock of non-fiction books for children. Gorgeous.

Usborne junior illustrated grammar and punctuation by Jane Bingham

Usborne junior illustrated grammar and punctuation by Jane Bingham

If your KS2 child knows more than you about modal verbs, countable nouns and the past perfect continuous, this accessible comprehensive guide could help you keep up him or her.

My little book about tractors by Rod Green

My little book about tractors by Rod Green

Well captioned children’s books filled with stunning photographs of tractors, are like hen’s teeth. This title, from QED’s My little book series, and is pretty near perfect.

Minecraft: The survivors’ book of secrets by Stephanie Milton

Minecraft: The survivors’ book of secrets by Stephanie Milton

Minecraft tips and strategies, disguised as a Masonic handbook. Pocket–sized for a long flight or car journey?

Look inside the Stone Age by Abigail Wheatley

Look inside the Stone Age by Abigail Wheatley

“With over 70 flaps to lift”, this simple history book is published as a board book, but aimed at children in Y2 & KS2. It’s filled with fascinating well captioned little pictures to pore over and enjoy.

Yogscast: the diggy diggy book by Yogscast

Yogscast: the diggy diggy book by Yogscast

I don’t understand a word of this graphic joke book, but then I’m not a teenage boy and don’t spend hours watching Youtube. If you are and you do, please borrow this book.

Jo Dixon

I work for Suffolk Libraries Stock Team.