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New children’s books for November 2014

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Here Be Monsters by Jonathan Emmett

Board books

Night Time by Anna Milbourne

Night Time by Anna Milbourne

This lovely hardback board book has flaps to pick at and cut outs to peep through. For the more discerning toddler it’s brimming with interesting facts too.

Picture books

Sam & Dave Dig a Hole by Marc Burnett

Sam & Dave Dig a Hole by Marc Burnett

Sam & Dave hits the mark firmly as a picture book worth your while. Illustrated by the seriously talented Jon Klassen, Sam & Dave provides a picturesque journey of two boys and a dog who set out on a mission to dig until they find something spectacular. The boys believe they are finding nothing, but unfazed by this they keep on digging until eventually they fall asleep. Yet, as reader’s will find out their day turns out to be pretty spectacular after all.

Stanley the Builder by William Bee

Stanley the Builder by William Bee

Trying to find a high quality picture book for children who love tractors, diggers, cars and machinery will place you in a literary desert. That was until now – as the oasis has arrived in the form of Stanley the Builder. Stanley is a sensible work-a-day hamster who in this sweet simple story builds a house for Myrtle the mouse. The bold illustrations of tools, diggers and piles of bricks are perfect for any young child come budding builder. Other titles in the series include Stanley the Farmer and Stanley’s Garage.

Here Be Monsters by Jonathan Emmett

Here Be Monsters by Jonathan Emmett

If you’re looking for an exciting rhyming story to read aloud, you can’t go far wrong with Here Be Monsters. In this Pirate ditty Captain Cut-Throat ignores the pleas of his dastardly crew and sails on in search of Treasure Island, regardless of the dire warnings on his map. This is a witty tale that teaches about greed and its comeuppance.

Use Your Imagination by Nicola O’Byrne

Use Your Imagination by Nicola O'Byrne

Another brilliantly clever picture book from Nicola O’Byrne, this time featuring a wicked librarian wolf who tries to outwit a delightfully innocent rabbit. With beautiful illustrations that will enliven any child’s imagination, this picture book provides laughs from start to finish and morals akin to one of Aesop’s Fables.

Junior novels

The Parent Agency by David Baddiel

The Parent Agency by David Baddiel

The list of things Barry blames his parents for is extensive. He spends most of his day being cross with them until finally his wish to “have better parents” comes true. The Parent Agency is a brilliantly funny novel whose readable style makes it accessible to all.

Five Children on the Western Front by Kate Saunders

Five Children on the Western Front by Kate Saunders

This is a gripping novel that projects the characters from Edith Nesbit’s Five Children and It into the First World War. In this sequel, the Psammead has lost his power to grant wishes and is forced to face his past before he finds it again. Written with passion, sympathy and conviction this book will soon find it’s way onto all “must read” lists. But at 318 pages, it’s a substantial read that doesn’t shy away from the horrors of war, so may be unsuitable for children under 10.

Cornflake the Dragon by Ruth Symes

Cornflake the Dragon by Ruth Symes

When twins Eddie and Izzy take the boring school lizard home for the holidays and feed it with cornflakes, it awakens from its lethargy to grow wings and breathe fire. Their attempt to hide their newly born dragon in their top floor flat causes all kind of drama, with the twins soon encountering a very mysterious man from “The Secret Animal Society”. This book is fantastically funny and a sure hit with all children.

The Royal Babysitters by Clémentine Beauvais and Becka Moor (eBook)

The Royal Babysitters by Clémentine Beauvais and Becka Moor

Anna and Holly have spotted an advert in the paper for a Holy Moly Holiday—the intergalactic vacation of a lifetime. They simply CAN’T not go. But how will they get enough money? Simple: they’ll become royal babysitters for a day. Unfortunately, the girls are in for a shock. Once King Steve and Queen Sheila have left, they discover there isn’t just one prince to look after. There are six. And worse, the country’s arch enemy, King Alaspooryorick of Daneland, has decided to stage an invasion. Will the girls be able to keep their royal charges safe and still go on their dream holiday?

Thursdays with the Crown by Jessica Day George (eBook)

Thursdays with the Crown by Jessica Day George

Castle Glower’s towers have transported Princess Celie, her siblings and her pet griffin, Rufus, to an unknown land—a world of wild griffins, shadowy forests and castle ruins. As they set out on a dangerous adventure to discover their whereabouts, they find an entire lost people, divided by the wishes of two wizards in a centuries-old quarrel over their beloved home—Castle Glower! Why has the castle sent Celie and her siblings here, and will they ever get back home?

Spymaster by Deborah Chancellor (eBook)

Spymaster by Deborah Chancellor

Working in the dark shadows of Elizabeth I’s glory, the spymaster Sir Francis Walsingham protects his queen with plots, entrapment and torture. When Kit is forced into Walsingham’s service, he is horrified at what he sees. Can he work in Walsingham’s police state and live with himself? And what will happen if Walsingham ceases to protect him? Some secrets are deadly…

Junior non-fiction

The Beano Joke Book

The Beano Joke Book

Hurrah for Puffin Books because they have just published several new Beano titles. The new joke book features their all-time favourite punch lines from the last 75 years.
Q What do you give a sick lemon? A “Lemon aid”
Q What do you call bears with no ears? A “B!”

Over the Hills and Far Away by Elizabeth Hammill

Over the Hills and Far Away by Elizabeth Hammill

Elizabeth Hammill has assembled this beautiful anthology of nursery rhymes from around the world. From Japanese haikus to rhymes from Inuit cultures, this fantastic collection also features illustrations from more than 70 top illustrators. The pictures are stunning, the selection of rhymes are diverse and the whole book is a real delight. This anthology provides a treasury item for aspiring illustrators as well as for families and playgroups.

Why? Encyclopedia

Why? Encyclopedia

If you’re looking for a well-illustrated one volume encyclopaedia for 7 to 11 year olds, then this title could be the one for you. Covering topics ranging from dinosaurs to space, it poses and answers questions as diverse as “Why do lions have fur?”, “Where does the sun go at night?” and “Why does fruit rot?”. Each topic has a double page spread, the typeface is clear, and illustrations and captions are excellent and easy to understand.

Can You Lick Your Own Elbow? by Paul Mason

Can You Lick Your Own Elbow? by Paul Mason

I can’t, but after reading the title of this book I did try. This great book also features other questions including “can you pick up a car”, but I didn’t try that. Crammed full with great illustrations, captioned photographs and quirky anatomical questions, this book may be short but you won’t put it down from start to finish.

Young teen

The Calling by James Frey

The Calling by James Frey

Chosen from across the world, a fight to the death is the destiny of the twelve young people who have been selected to represent their families in the Endgame. The Players know who they are and they know which line they represent. The deadly Endgame is a challenge of strength and skill and puzzling unravelling. Each of the Players react differently to their fate and to the journey they have embarked on. Readers, too, will have to follow the clues to tease out the answers to this well-crafted and well-knotted puzzle. Hunger Games fans should enjoy this first novel in the new Endgame series.

Itchcraft by Simon Mayo

Itchcraft by Simon Mayo

This is the third book in the Itch series which features the fearless and honourable chemistry geek Itchingham Lofte. This time the action shifts to Spain where exploding bank notes prompt political unrest. A fast action thriller with a loyal fan base.

The Whispering Skull by Jonathan Stroud

The Whispering Skull by Jonathan Stroud

The Whispering Skull is the second title in the Lockwood & Co series about London’s smallest, shabbiest and most talented psychic detection agency. Stroud delivers once again riveting adventure, and as in the first volume there are plenty of heart-stopping moments and a generous dollop of gore. Rest assured it’s nothing most teens and confident readers can’t handle!

Older teen

Found by Harlan Coben

Found by Harlan Coben

In this third volume of the thrilling Mickey Bolitar crime series, life for Mickey and his friends get more complicated as they are drawn into mystery and intrigue. A real adventure drama full of twists and turns, this novel is gripping from start to finish.

Jo Dixon

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