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New children's books for June 2018

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Something Fishy, 1000 Things Under the Sea, The Boy Who Grew Dragons

Board books

Roald Dahl’s Opposites and Roald Dahl’s 1 2 3

The first two titles in a new series of chunky board books using Dahl’s characters.

My Magical Unicorn, by Yujin Shin

My Magical Unicorn takes readers on a truly fantastical journey with a beautiful unicorn. Young children can join the unicorn as she spreads her magic across the land, meeting many other enchanting creatures on her way. As they push, pull and slide the mechanisms, they can take part in the unicorn’s adventure, from helping a poorly fairy to enjoying a slide down a waterfall.”

Picture books

Supertato: Veggies in the Valley of Doom, by Sue Hendra & Paul Linnet

In the fourth book in the hugely popular Supertato series:

“When a game of hide-and-seek turns into an EPIC treasure hunt, the veggies must face fearsome foes, the impassable Cactus Canyon and the dangerous Valley of DOOM!

“Will our heroes EVER make it to treasure aisle?”

Ten Little Robots, by Michael Brownlow & Simon Rickerty

In the latest of the funny ‘Ten Little’ counting books:

“Learn to count from ten to one and back again with this rhythmic, rhyming robot adventure! Ten little robots set off on a hilarious, madcap adventure through a fantastical factory in this wonderfully wacky rhyming romp.”

How to be a Lion, by Ed Vere

New from the author of Max the Brave and Grumpy Frog.

“Meet Leonard - a lion like no other. Leonard’s best friend is Marianne, a duck. But lions chomp ducks, don’t they? And what will the pair do when their way of life is threatened?”

Billy and the Beast, by Nadia Shireen

From the new BookTrust writer in residence.

“Billy and Fatcat hear a terrible rumble in the woods - it’s a terrible beast making a terrible soup - out of all of Billy and Fatcat’s friends! But luckily Billy is brave and strong, and has something up her sleeve (or in her hair).”

Baby’s First Bank Heist, by Jim Whalley & Stephen Collins

“Move over, Bonnie and Clyde, because there’s a new criminal mastermind in town: Baby Frank!

“Baby Frank’s parents say that he can’t have a pet - ‘Pets are for older kids’, ‘Be happy with your teddy’, ‘They cost too much to keep’ - which leaves Baby Frank with a BIG problem because he REALLY wants a pet. What’s a baby to do? Rob a bank, of course! But will money buy Baby Frank the fluffy pet he so desperately wants?”

Something Fishy, by Polly Dunbar

From the author of Penguin.

“Like all cats, this cat absolutely loves fish. But what do you do when your owners start acting strangely? They don’t seem to understand the importance of fish any more. They are too busy buying tiny clothes, gathering colourful toys, and redecorating in pastel colours. And one owner in particular seems to be getting a lot … bigger.”

Between Tick and Tock, by Louise Greig & Ashling Lindsay

From the author and illustrator of The Night Box.

“High above the bustle of the city, are eyes that watch, and hands that know, it’s time to pause the clock - and for one tiny second between tick and tock, the city stops!

“Liesel notices the things that everyone else is too busy to see. When she hears a stray whimper and watches a lonely boy on a roundabout, she decides it’s time to pause the clock and lend a helping hand. While the city freezes, Liesel quietly carries out little acts of kindness and breathes colour, life and happiness back into the city.”

Going to the Volcano, by Andy Stanton & Miguel Ordóñez

“Join two intrepid explorers as they take a train-o, jump on a plane-o, ride a Great Dane-o (down the lane-o) on their way to look at the volcano. Nothing could possibly go wrong - could it?”

The Station Mouse, by Meg McLaren

From the author of Pigeon P. I..

“Maurice is the Station Mouse, and so he must follow The Station Mouse Handbook - Rule 1: A Station Mouse must remain unseen; Rule 2: A Station Mouse must never go out in the daytime; Rule 3: A Station Mouse must never approach the passengers.

“Now, there’s a reason why these rules exist - people do not like mice. And if Maurice breaks the rules, even to help a little boy who has lost something very important, there’s going to be a price to pay.”

Peppa’s Magical Unicorn

“Join Peppa and her best friend Suzy Sheep for a sleepover in this delightful picture book. Daddy Pig hears them talking about how much they would LOVE a real magical unicorn to play with, and secretly gets to work! When they wake up in the morning, Horsey Twinkle Toes has undergone an incredible, and very sparkly, transformation!”

Picture books for older children

The Day War Came, by Nicola Davies & Rebecca Cobb

“When the government refused to allow 3000 child refugees to enter the UK in 2016, Nicola Davies was so angry she wrote a poem. It started a campaign for which artists contributed drawings of chairs, symbolising a seat in a classroom, education, kindness, the hope of a future. The poem has become this book, movingly illustrated by Rebecca Cobb, which should prove a powerful aid for explaining the ongoing refugee crisis to younger readers.”

The Society of Distinguished Lemmings, by Julie Colombet

“When the lemmings encounter a bear, they are determined to help him be more ‘distinguished’ - just like they are. But little do they realise this bear could be exactly what they need to save them from themselves.”

Junior novels

Sleepy Hummingbirds, by Anne Booth & Rosie Butcher

First title in the new Magical Kingdom of Birds series.

“When Maya receives a special colouring book - The Magical Kingdom of Birds - she is transported to a beautiful realm filled with magnificent birds and their fairy friends.

“But the kingdom is in trouble - evil Lord Astor has a plan to capture and cage the tiniest residents, the hummingbirds - and as Keeper of the Book it’s up to Maya to protect them.”

The Boy Who Grew Dragons, by Andy Shepherd & Sara Ogilvie

“When Tomas discovers a strange old tree at the bottom of his grandad’s garden, he doesn’t think much of it. But he takes the funny fruit from the tree back into the house - and gets the shock and delight of his life when a tiny dragon hatches! The tree is a dragonfruit tree, and Tomas has got his very own dragon, Flicker.

“Tomas soon finds out that life with Flicker is great fun, but also very unpredictable. Yes, dragons are wonderful, but they also set fire to your toothbruth and leave your pants hanging from the TV aerial. Tomas has to learn how to look after Flicker - and quickly.

“And then something extraordinary happens - more dragonfruits appear on the tree. Tomas is officially growing dragons.”

My Arch-enemy is a Brain in a Jar, by David Solomons

In the fourth book in this award-winning series:

“Luke and his brother have swapped bodies by accident. Zack’s got Luke’s weird feet while Luke has Zack’s SUPERPOWERS! Now he needs another world-threatening adventure to try them out. Could a family mini-break at Great Minds Leisure Park be his chance? Probably, because that’s where his super-clever arch-enemy lurks, fermenting dastardly plans and bubbling gently…”

Natboff!: one million years of stupidity, by Andy Stantion & David Tazzyman

Tazzyman and Stanton make a welcome return to Lamonic Bibber, the home town of Mr Gum, and time travel through the maddest moments in its history.

Dork Diaries: birthday drama!, by Rachel Renée Russell

The 13th title in the popular series.

Embassy of the Dead, by Will Mabbit

First in a new series pitched at fans of Skulduggery Pleasant & Darkmouth.

“Welcome to the Embassy of the Dead. Leave your life at the door. J

“ake likes to stay out of trouble, usually. But when he opens a strange box containing a severed finger, trouble comes knocking at his door. Literally. Jake has summoned a reaper to drag him to the Eternal Void (yep, it’s as deadly as it sounds) and his only option is to RUN FOR HIS LIFE!

“Alone (and a tiny bit scared, to be honest), Jake makes another spooky discovery - he can see and speak to ghosts and, with the help of his deadly gang (well dead, at least) - ancient butler Stiffkey, hockey stick-wielding Cora, and Zorro the ghost fox - Jake has one mission: find the Embassy of the Dead and seek refuge. But the Embassy has troubles of its own and may not be the safe haven Jake is hoping for.”

The Last Chance Hotel, by Nicki Thornton

“Seth is the oppressed kitchen boy at the remote Last Chance Hotel. But when a strange gathering of magicians arrives for dinner, their leader is poisoned. A locked-room murder investigation ensues - and Seth is the main suspect. Can he solve the mystery and clear his name, especially when magic’s afoot?”

From the winner of the Times/Chicken House Children’s Fiction competition and described as ‘murder mystery meets magical fantasy’ by The Bookseller.

Junkyard Jack and the Horse that Talked, by Adrian Edmondson & Danny Noble

“Jack has to live with his drippy aunt Violet, his smelly uncle Ted, and his evil cousin Kelly. But one day he accidentally runs away, and much to his surprise finds himself on an adventure to free his mum from prison - with the help of rather a lot of talking animals!”

Sami’s Silver Lining, by Cathy Cassidy & Erin Keen

The sequel to Love from Lexie and the second book in the Lost and Found series.

“Forced to flee his home in Syria for safety in England, Sami attempts to begin a new life but struggles to overcome the pain of the past. Memories of the long and dangerous journey across icy waters, armed with only his dad’s old coat, a flute and the hope of a brighter future, are never far away.

“Can his new friends in the Lost and Found band and a blossoming romance with the girl of his dreams melt his frozen heart or is it too late to find a silver lining?

Junior non-fiction

1000 Things Under the Sea, by Jessica Greenwell & Nikki Dyson

“This beautifully illustrated picture reference book contains exactly 1000 fascinating things that can be found in our seas and oceans. From crabs on the seashore to deep sea creatures, enormous whales, colourful jellyfish and even undersea machines, every page is full of things for children to discover.”

Moth, by Isabel Thomas & Daniel Egnéus

“Against a lush backdrop of lichen-covered trees, the peppered moth lies hidden. Until the world begins to change. Along come people with their magnificent machines which stain the land with soot. In a beautiful landscape changed by humans how will one little moth survive?”

The Funny Life of Pets, by James Campbell & Rob Jones

“Uncover the sidesplitting life of cucumber scaredy-cats, non-stop pooping hamsters, exploding fish and everything in-between (and some things that have nothing to do with pets but are still ridiculously funny). This hilarious book answers all the big questions, like: do sausage dogs eat sausages? Why has my cat done a poo behind my wardrobe? And how can I persuade my parents to get me a pet? For real-life pet facts, imaginary stories, and a generally laugh-so-hard-snot-comes-out-your-nose read, this is the only pet book you’ll ever need!”

Suffragette, by David Roberts

It’s 100 years since the first women won the vote in the UK, and this book tells the story of their fight.

Welcome to our World: a celebration of children everywhere!, by Moira Butterfield & Harriet Lynas

“Children all over the world are very different, but they also have much in common. In this beautifully illustrated book, young children can learn all about what people in other countries eat, wear and play, and how they speak and celebrate.

“From breakfasts to birthdays, cakes to clothes, and hiccups to hellos, there are so many ways to say and do things - but everyone shares a love of family, friends, food and fun. This delightful book teaches us that despite different languages, customs and traditions, it really is a small world, after all.”

Amelia Earhart, by Isabel Thomas & Dalia Adillon

From new series Little Guides to Great Lives.

“The first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean, Amelia Earhart was a superstar of aviation in the 1920s and 1930s and a pioneer of women’s rights. Her disappearance in 1937, while attempting to fly around the world, remains an unsolved mystery.”

Amazing Animal Homes, by Chris Packham & Jason Cockroft

“Get ready to meet some fascinating animals and find out all about their incredible homes in this beautiful and informative non-fiction picture book written by wildlife expert Chris Packham.

“Just like us, animals need a place to call home. From a beaver’s dam and a honey bee’s hive to a red ovenbird’s nest and a snail’s shell, explore the amazing homes of some incredible creatures from all over the world.”

Happy Poems, chosen by Roger McGough

“Poems to make you smile! Critically acclaimed poet Roger McGough has drawn together a collection of upbeat poems to bring happiness into your day. He reminds us that happiness can be found all around us in the everyday, in family, in books in nature and, of course, in our pets!

“Includes gems from the very best classic and contemporary poets, such as John Agard, Adrian Henri, Brian Patten, Carol Ann Duffy, Joseph Coelho, William Wordsworth and William Blake.”

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.