This sweet little story about Flo the penguin’s the first day at playgroup is a winner. The simple illustrations convey a host of emotions from confused dismay to blossoming friendship. We’re glad to see it’s the first in a new series about Bob and Flo!
If you want to have a really noisy crash bang of a story time, this book is for you. It’s beautifully produced, features a dinosaur, and deals with the benefits of working together over bullying. What’s not to like?
A rhyming romp through repeated addition that could leave your brain reeling – but just relax and enjoy the fun. When it’s all over, get out your calculator if you really need to know the answer.
If you live in Aldeburgh or Felixstowe or Lowestoft or Kessingland or Woodbridge (or Ipswich come to that), you’re bound to relish a picture book about a dear little mouse who triumphs over a nasty, greedy, snatchy old seagull.
Ben and Bella have a jolly romp of a rhyming bedtime in this joyful addition to the Jarman/Reynolds canon. Boing! Boing! Boing! Boing!
Don’t peg the baby on the washing line, don’t give the baby to a kangaroo or wrap him brown paper and post him. Sensible rules all of them, I’m sure you’ll agree!
When he trips over a perfect stick, Squirrel’s problem of what to give Bear for his birthday is solved. The stick could be a marshmallow fork, a fishing rod, a drum stick, and …oh dear… two sticks…
Subtitled “and other unsuitable pets”, this witty picture book has an old fashioned charm about it. The unsuitability of each pet is described like a joke, with a warm-up followed by the punch line. For example, the elephant who sits sweetly being to read to on one double page spread, whilst on the next he tumbles through the floor.
Short chapter books
Aimed at children who are reading with some support, this little story about a spider is one of Franklin Watts’ Tadpole series, so it uses an easy-to-read, large, clear type. At 21 pages it could be read in one sitting.
More mechanical mishaps from the small town of Stoddenage. Horses turn into zebras? Whatever will happen next!
I was completely hooked by this excellent debut novel in which Ade and his mum are left stranded in a tower block, whilst all around them their city falls prey to a fungal organism, the Blucher. The setting is bleak, but the over-riding theme of the novel is book is the redemptive power of friendship, trust and compassion. A brilliant read and I hope it wins lots of awards. Has shades of John Wyndham The Triffids.
First of a funny new fantasy series about Benjamin Blank, who fancies himself as an adventurer. In this story he sets off to rescue a girl from a neighbouring village from the eponymous monster. Chris Mould has drawn the illustrations – and that always helps, doesn’t it!
A suite of likeable characters and a fast paced plot set in New York in the 1880s are the backdrop for this crime thriller about the young Houdini. Isn’t it a let-down when you finish a real page turner? But great to then discover more books in the pipeline. Pity we’ll have to wait till May.
The Binding by Jenny Alexander (eBook)
When Jack and his family arrive on the remote, blustery Scottish island of Morna, the whole summer holiday seems doomed – until they find the den. The three children who claim it are the only other children their age on the island – and soon Jack, Tressa and Milo are initiated into their secret society, the Binding, which charismatic Duncan presides over with elaborate rules, ceremonies and punishments.
Explosive finale to the series from a New York Times best-selling author. A rousing blend of suspense, paranormal romance, humour and action.
Packed with stunning photographs and gruesome facts, this book will be great for all those scary creature enthusiasts out there. There’s a QR code on the back, but I’m too cowardly to check it out.
Gladiator School Book 2 by Dan Scott (eAudio)
Expect Roman action-adventure in the sequel to Blood Oath.
Schoolboy Topher is called away with his cat to a Saxon village threatened by Norsemen.
Full of suspense, AJ slips from contemporary life in a violent and loveless Stoke Newington back to Dickensian London via a portal off Gray’s Inn Road.