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New children’s books for November 2015

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Mister Cleghorn’s seal by Judith Kerr

Picture books

The Queen’s handbag by Steve Antony

The Queen's handbag by Steve Antony

We’re so pleased to see another stunning picture book from Steve Antony. I love his limited colour palette, very patriotic. Even the end papers are beautiful and witty. In his first book, we followed the Queen around the sights of London. This time she follows a swan around the major landmarks of the UK. It would make a super Christmas present, because the production is of heirloom quality.

One thing by Lauren Child

One thing by Lauren Child

Charlie and Lola fans will welcome this new outing in which a trip to the sweet shop to buy “one thing” is coloured by Lola’s demands to count and to negotiate.

What a naughty bird! by Sean Taylor & Dan Widdowson

What a naughty bird! by Sean Taylor & Dan Widdowson

A scatalogical tale (toilet humour to you and me). This simple picture book is bound to be popular with young children, though less so for those of us who have ever walked under a bird. The illustrations by Dan Widdowson are full of character and humour. Let’s hope the two of them collaborate on more books soon.

There’s a monster in my fridge by Caryl Hart & Deborah Allwright

There’s a monster in my fridge by Caryl Hart & Deborah Allwright

A few words of warning for you of feint heart. It’s not just the fridge…

Our big blue sofa by Tim Hopgood

Our big blue sofa by Tim Hopgood

Have you ever asked a child to stop jumping on the sofa? Yes? Well, you’ll certainly enjoy this cautionary tale and perhaps the children you share books with will curb their exuberance in future. No? Read it anyway, because it’s super – in a rather Lauren Childesque sort of a way.

Poles apart by Jeanne Willis & Peter Jarvis

Poles apart by Jeanne Willis & Peter Jarvis

A polar bear embarks on a journey around the world to return a family of penguins to the South Pole. (They got lost at the North Pole whilst picnicking.) The story is a delightful read and just resounds with humour, It would be brilliant for topics about journeys, landmarks or countries too, clever old Jeanne Willis.

Beginner reads

How the elephant got his trunk by Anna Milbourne

How the elephant got his trunk by Anna Milbourne

Anna Milbourne has managed to retell the whole of Kipling’s story in just a few words, with the help of John Joven’s bright jolly illustrations. An excellent choice for children who are just learning to read.

Short chapter books

Twit twoo: the owl who was nearly magic by Steve Cole

Twit twoo: the owl who was nearly magic by Steve Cole

With just three sentences on each page, this amusing story about a less than perfect owl is absolutely perfect for children who have just begun to read unaided.

Junior novels

Wilf the Mighty Worrier battles a pirate by Georgia Pritchett

Wilf the Mighty Worrier battles a pirate by Georgia Pritchett

An absolute riot of funny. And that’s actual real laugh-aloud funny which should appeal to boys and girls alike.

Mister Cleghorn’s seal by Judith Kerr

Mister Cleghorn’s seal by Judith Kerr

This enchanting tale of kindness and late flowering romance, in which Mr Cleghorn saves a baby seal from being shot, is enhanced by Judith Kerr’s sweet and evocative pencil drawings. This short novel is a joy to read; another candidate for your Christmas list?

Badly drawn Beth by Knife & Packer

Badly drawn Beth by Knife & Packer

“So, I’m surrounded by crocodiles, holding a briefcase full of fish fingers, I’m wearing a swamp monster mask and Miss Primula is about to call my parents! Meet Beth – and all of her fantastically crazy family and friends – and be prepared to laugh your socks off!”

Megastar: the Fincredible diary of Fin Spencer by Ciaran Murtagh & Tim Wesson

Megastar: the Fincredible diary of Fin Spencer by Ciaran Murtagh & Tim Wesson

Fin has promised never to use his diary again. A little old lady gave it to him at a funfair and it turned out to be magic – it let him change what happened during the day as long as he made a wish that evening. But it was more trouble than it was worth and got him into all sorts of scrapes at school and at home.

Younger teen novels

Jackdaw and the randoms by Stuart David

Jackdaw and the randoms by Stuart David

“Meet 15-year-old Jack ‘Jackdaw’ Dawson. Daydreaming in class one day, Jack is hit over the head with an idea so downright fantastic he knows it can’t fail. It’s his ticket out of school – an app that will stop you from getting into trouble for daydreaming in class. Fame, glory and tons of money seem just around the corner – but then Jack runs into a few problems.”

Railhead by Philip Reeve

Railhead by Philip Reeve

“Zen Starling is a petty thief, a nobody, destined to ride the rails to nowhere special. That is until Raven, a strange and mysterious figure, enlists him for one small job that might just bring everything in this galaxy, and the next, to the end of the line.”

Junior non-fiction

Let’s knit by Dorling Kindersley

Let's knit by Dorling Kindersley

Another brilliantly practical craft book from DK. It’s clear, well-illustrated and the text is very easy to read.

Children’s quick & easy cookbook by Angela Wilkes

Children’s quick and easy cookbook by Angela Wilkes

An excellent cookery book, with enough recipes to feed a family for a year! The layout is simple to use and the photographs look sumptuous, so make sure your children can read and set them to work…

Jo Dixon

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