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New children’s books for May 2015

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Lily and Bear by Lisa Stubbs

Picture books

The Princess and the Giant by Caryl Hart & Sarah Warburton

The princess and the giant by Caryl Hart & Sarah Warburton

The story is funny, the text rhymes and the illustrations are gorgeous and packed full of interesting little details. Add a brave, thoughtful and kind young heroine with a passion for books and you’ve got the perfect book for story time.

I need a wee! by Sue Hendra & Paul Linnet

I need a wee! by Sue Hendra & Paul Linnet

I tried to share this with two little boys, but was deafened by their laughter. If the children you share books with are always polite and never joke about toilets, you may have more luck.

Lily and Bear by Lisa Stubbs

Lily and Bear by Lisa Stubbs

Wonderful. Charming. Original.

You can’t take an elephant on the bus by Patricia Cleveland-Peck & David Tazzyman

You can’t take an elephant on the bus by Patricia Cleveland-Peck & David Tazzyman

“It would simply cause a terrible fuss!” This beautifully illustrated book is a riotous rhyming romp, perfect to read aloud or to pore over. Set to become a classic, it would be great for playgroup topics about transport or animals, as well as a joy in itself. David Tazzyman illustrates the Mr Gum books too, so is a master of the joyously daft.

Hippobottymus by Steve Smallman & Ada Grey

Hippobottymus by Steve Smallman & Ada Grey

A repetitive musical rhyme involving a mouse, a bird, a warthog and more. It gets your feet tapping and would be fun to read with a group (as long as you don’t mind rude bits).

The First Slodge by Jeanne Willis & Jenni Desmond

The First Slodge by Jeanne Willis & Jenni Desmond

Jenni Desmond’s simple illustrations bring warmth to this uplifting modern fable about sharing the earth.

Beginner reads & short chapter books

Belinda Bear and the Porridge project by Kaye Umansky & Chris Jevons

Belinda Bear and the Porridge project by Kaye Umansky & Chris Jevons

A revisited and funnier version of Goldilocks, for children who have just mastered reading. The lively illustrations are just right for this reading level.

Junior novels

Puffin patrol by Jennifer Gray & Amanda Swift

Puffin patrol by Jennifer Gray & Amanda Swift

A mystery to solve, cute dogs, a seaside location, and loads of funny illustrations – What’s not to like? Except perhaps the dog poo on the beach. First title in the new Puppies Online series written by Jennifer Gray of Atticus Claw fame.

A whisper of wolves by Kris Humphrey

A whisper of wolves by Kris Humphrey

Discworld meets Narnia in this timeless debut novel. If you can’t put it down, you’ll be pleased to hear that a sequel, Warning Cry, is due out in July. If you enjoyed Paul Torday’s The Dark Wild, this is for you.

Spike the Sea serpent by Ruth Symes

Spike the Sea serpent by Ruth Symes

At the end of the first book of The Secret Animal Society series, Eddie and Izzie’s dad was offered a job running a sanctuary for Secret Animals. This next book opens as the family arrive at their new lighthouse-home, accompanied by Cornflake, their pet dragon. Strong narrative and detailed illustrations make it a good choice for 7 – 9 year olds.

The accidental Prime Minister by Tom McLaughlin

The accidental Prime Minister by Tom McLaughlin

Joe Perkin’s discovery that the local park is to be built over coincides with the Prime Minister’s visit to his school. Joe’s speech against the government is broadcast around the UK and becomes viral. This hilarious book follows Joe’s first year in office, and you won’t believe who he gets to meet.

Younger teen

The crow talker by Jacob Grey

The crow talker by Jacob Grey

This first title in the new Feral series, The crow talker is getting great reviews. But not by me – I’m too wuss to read it. The cover is brilliant though.

An island of our own by Sally Nicholls

An island of our own by Sally Nicholls

Their mum died a few months ago, so Davy and Holly live in the care of their 18 year old brother Jonathan, who works in a café to support them all. Their lives teeter on the brink of insolvency so when they learn that their aunt has bequeathed them some hidden jewellery they begin a quest which takes them all the way to the Shetland islands. Absorbing novel, featuring a Hack Space.

Five things they never told me by Rebecca Westcott

Five things they never told me by Rebecca Westcott

If you read Dandelion Clocks last year, you’ll know you’re in for a poignant read, so get your hankies ready. It’s a beautifully written book, mostly set in the gardens of a care-home, featuring a growing friendship between a teenage girl and a very old lady.

Older teen

The Alex Crow by Andrew Smith

The Alex Crow by Andrew Smith

Sci-fi novel, featuring a teenage boy who escapes his civil-war ridden country to live a strange new life in the USA.

Non-fiction

Jake’s bones by Jake McGowan Lowe

Jake's bones by Jake McGowan Lowe

Fascinating book by a 9 year old blogger, with tons of photos and clear captions.

Jo Dixon

I work for Suffolk Libraries Stock Team.