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New children’s books for March 2014

Written by · Published Mar 4, 2014

How to eat fried worms by Thomas Rockwell

Picture books

Millie shares by Claire Alexander

Toddlers can find it hard to share their toys. This sweet picture book resolves an all too familiar scenario with expert ease. Ideal for home or playgroup.

Meet the parents by Peter Bently

This brilliant “user guide” for small children, who use parents as tent poles or foot rests, is set to become a classic. Full of visual jokes, Sara Ogilvie’s illustrations are a treat. Shirley Hughesesque.

Peck peck peck by Lucy Cousins

Lesser spotteds are rarely glimpsed in our gardens now, so look instead at this bright new picture book from Maisy Mouse creator. Encouraged by his dad, this little woodpecker pecks with rash abandon. In fact, he’s single-mindedly ruined the books we bought. Brand new and full of holes already. Disgraceful. Read it, peer through the holes, smile.

Oi Frog! by Kes Gray

Fed up with phonics? Well pity this frog. Hilarious. Hope Gray and Field publish a follow up soon.

Short chapter books

Violet Mackerel’s possible friend by Anna Branford

If you want a change from Rainbow Fairies, Violet Mackerel is perfect. In this title she has just moved house, in Remarkable Recovery she has her tonsils out. A good re-assuring read for the newly independent reader.

Junior novels

How to eat fried worms by Thomas Rockwell

If you’ve read all the David Walliams try this disgusting book in which schoolboy Joe rashly accepts a bet to eat 15 worms in 15 days. Originally published in the 1990s, Tony Ross’s illustrations bring the characters alive for a new audience. Then try How to fight a girl and How to get fabulously rich.

Bully Bait by Michael Fry

Stuck on a Wimpy Kid waiting list? This has cartoons, is funny and no-one else knows about it yet.

Young teen

Dandelion clocks by Rebecca Westcott

If you like Cath Cassidy, you must read this heart-warming novel. Rebecca Westcott finds touching humour in this moving and realistic tale of bereavement.

Rock War by Robert Muchamore

In a complete change of genre from best-selling author of Cherub, Rock War is first of a new series. Published at the end of March, it looks set to appeal to a different audience. All the more fans for Muchamore?

Older teen

Half Bad by Sally Green

With a film already in the making, Sally Green’s compelling debut novel has been hailed by critics. If you’re not squeamish, get your name down quick before it’s published at the end of March.

Light by Michael Grant

If you’ve been hooked since Gone by Grant’s compelling dystopia you probably know the series concludes this month in Light. I can’t wait to find out if Astrid and Sam survive after life in the dome.

Running Girl by Simon Mason

“Bone idle school slacker” Garvie Smith is the latest in a growing cadre of teen detectives. Warning, just one page and you’re hooked.

Jo Dixon

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