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 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.
Wonderful. Charming. Original.
“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.
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).
Jenni Desmond’s simple illustrations bring warmth to this uplifting modern fable about sharing the earth.
Beginner reads & short chapter books
A revisited and funnier version of Goldilocks, for children who have just mastered reading. The lively illustrations are just right for this reading level.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sci-fi novel, featuring a teenage boy who escapes his civil-war ridden country to live a strange new life in the USA.
Fascinating book by a 9 year old blogger, with tons of photos and clear captions.