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New children's books for July 2017

Written by · Published Jun 29, 2017

Baby Goes to Market, Fenn Halflin and the Seaborn, My First Coding Book

Board books

Alison Jay’s 123 by Alison Jay

Fans of Alison Jay’s slightly surreal illustrations will be pleased to see her publish a set of early learning board books this month. Other titles are Alison Jay’s ABC, Alison Jay’s Colours and Alison Jay’s First Words.

I Want My Potty!, by Tony Ross

The perennial favourite Little Princess story is being republished with the addition of a sound button. We have ordered loads of copies because we can never have too many Tony Ross books in stock to satisfy our most demanding customers.

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

This is the 50th title in the famous tactile series from Usborne, so we felt it should be on our list for the month even though the object of this one is too fanciful for words!

Picture books

Play, by Jez Alborough

“Bobo the chimp is back in this perfect picture book for every little monkey that doesn’t want to go to bed yet! The sun is still up and this little chimp wants to play with his jungle friends, but then the sun goes down and he’s all alone.”

Baby Goes to Market, by Atinuke & Angela Brooksbank

“Join Baby and his mama at the bustling marketplace for a bright, bouncy read-aloud offering a gentle introduction to numbers. Rhythmic language, visual humour and a bounty of delectable food make this a tale that is sure to whet little appetites for story time.”

Baby bounces along on his mother’s back in this gorgeous rhyming picture book, enjoying secret snacks along the way.

There is no Dragon in this Story, by Lou Carter & Deborah Allwright

“Poor old dragon. Nobody wants him in their story. Not Goldilocks, not Hansel and Gretel - no one. But Dragon will not give up! He shall continue on his course of finding someone who wants him in their story. ANYONE. His boundless enthusiasm surely won’t get him into any trouble. Surely.”

Dragon can’t get into any of the traditional fairy tales, so he decides to write his own. It’s very funny, and young children should enjoy spotting familiar characters.

This is not a Fairy Tale, by Will Mabbitt & Fred Blunt

“Sophie doesn’t want a fairy tale about drippy princesses and pompous princes, she wants the princess to do the rescuing, with a ferocious, fighting transformer!”

This is a hilarious, subversive sequel to This is not a Bedtime Story.

The Hat that Zack Loves, by Michelle Robinson & Robert Reader

“This is the hat that Zack loves. This is the dog that races past and snatches the hat that Zack loves!”

This variant on The House that Jack Built is funny, has lots of repetition and would be perfect to read aloud.

Short chapter books

Battle for the Shadow Sword, by Adam Blade

This book is the first of four from the new Team Hero series by the author of Beast Quest.

“Welcome to Hero Academy! Join Jack and your other new classmates at this secret school, where the lessons are more exciting than Maths and PE. But when a portal from the evil underground realm of Noxx is discovered beneath the school, Team Hero needs your powers. The next invasion is upon us!”

The Picky Puffin, by Amelia Cobb & Sophy Williams

“When Great-Uncle Horace brings back lost and homeless animals from his travels around the globe, it falls to Zoe, and her mum, the zoo vet, to settle them into their new home. Zoe’s very good at this, because she can understand what they say and talk to them, too. But that’s a secret!

“Puffins are Zoe’s favourite ever animal, so when Poppy arrives at the Rescue Zoo, Zoe is very happy to help her settle in. But Poppy is very picky! She doesn’t like her enclosure - or her burrow - or even her food. Can Zoe and Meep work out what is making Poppy the puffin so picky, and come up with a plan to make the little puffin feel happy in her new home?”

Junior novels

School for Skylarks, by Sam Angus

“It is 1939. When she is evacuated from her home in London to her great-aunt’s enormous house in the West Country, Lyla is expecting to be lonely. She’s never been to school or had any friends, and her family has been at the centre of a scandal.

“But with the house being used to accommodate GIs and an entire class of evacuated schoolgirls, there’s no time to think about her old life. Soon there are horses living indoors, the girls have taken over the house, and Lyla finds out that friends come in all shapes and sizes.”

Fenn Halflin and the Seaborn, by Francesca Armour-Chelu

“Fenn Halflin is on the run from the brutal Terra Firma. His survival depends on finding the last of the Resistance, said to be hiding in an ancient, flooded forest.

“Accompanied by his faithful mongoose, Tikki, Fenn must embark on a journey that will take him deep into the treacherous marsh and closer to the secrets of his past. But as the water levels continue to rise, his mission to unite the Seaborn people has never been more desperate.”

Written by Suffolk Libraries’ very own author, Francesca, it isn’t only the people of Halesworth who are eagerly awaiting the arrival of this sequel to Fenn Halflin and the Fearzero.

Letters from the Lighthouse, by Emma Carroll

“February, 1941. After months of bombing raids in London, 12 year old Olive Bradshaw and her little brother Cliff are evacuated to the Devon coast. The only person with two spare beds is Mr Ephraim, the local lighthouse keeper. But he’s not used to company and he certainly doesn’t want any evacuees.

“Desperate to be helpful, Olive becomes his post-girl, carrying secret messages (as she likes to think of the letters) to the villagers. But Olive has a secret of her own. Her older sister Sukie went missing in an air raid, and she’s desperate to discover what happened to her. And then she finds a strange coded note which seems to link Sukie to Devon, and to something dark and impossibly dangerous.”

The Griffin’s Feather, by Cornelia Funke

“The last winged horses are on the brink of extinction. The foals are ill, and Ben - a young dragon rider - volunteers to seek the only cure: a Griffin’s feather. His silver dragon, Firedrake, agrees to help. But Griffins are a dragon’s fiercest enemy, and live far away in the sweltering jungle. A dangerous and exciting adventure begins.”

The long-awaited sequel to Dragon Rider.

Kid Normal, by Greg James & Chris Smith

“When Murph Cooper rocks up to his new school several weeks into the beginning of term, he can’t help but feel a bit out of his depth. And it’s not because he’s worried about where to sit, and making friends, and fitting in, or not knowing where the loos are. It’s because his mum has enrolled him at a school for superheroes by mistake. And unlike his fellow students, who can all control the weather or fly or conjure tiny horses from thin air, Murph has no special abilities whatsoever.

“But just because you don’t have superpowers, it doesn’t mean you can’t save the day. Let’s hope Murph realises that, and quick - because not far away is a great big bad guy who is half man and half wasp, and his mind is abuzz with evil plans.”

This is the debut novel of two Radio 1 presenters, and it looks hilarious.

The Accidental Billionaire, by Tom McLaughlin

“Jasper Spam is mad about science - the problem is that all of his experiments tend to end in a BANG! However, one day - and quite by accident - Jasper manages to invent something that will change the world forever!”

The Accidental Prime Minister was a triumph, so this could be very funny and packed with adventure (and misadventures!).

Picture books for older readers

Bunny vs Monkey book 4, by Jamie Smart

“Another wonderfully entertaining foray into the woods where Bunny and his friends are battling Monkey in increasingly crazy and hilarious ways.”

It all started long ago in book 1 when The British Space Agency sent a monkey into space. The story gathered pace in books 2 and 3, but you don’t have to read them in sequence; just start at book 4 and enjoy.

Junior non-fiction

The Story of the Car, by Giles Chapman & Brian Roberts

“Cars do so much more than get us from A to B: they are vehicles of beauty that allow drivers to determine their own destination. Trace their extraordinary history in this gorgeously illustrated guide, from Benz’s first motor wagon to the jet-propelled ThrustSSC.”

This illustrated social history of the car is filled with swish looking photographs of iconic motors – so it’s perfect for petrolheads too.

Operation Ouch!: the HuManual by Ben Elcomb, Alexander van Tulleken and Christoffer Rudolpho van Tulleken

“Take a tour of one of the most complex, diverse and downright unusual places on the entire planet - the human body. Find out all about what makes you tick, from the wonders of the human brain to the tingling in your ticklish toes. From crazy bodily functions to bizarre real-life medical cases, this is the ultimate guide to getting to know yourself, inside and out”

My First Coding Book, by Kiki Prottsman

This interactive “offline” introduction to coding for children in KS1 has lots of wheels, flaps and sliders to twiddle with. It’s great to find a coding book aimed at this age group, and we are anticipating a high demand!

Jo Dixon

I work for Suffolk Libraries Stock Team.