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New children's books for November 2017

Written by · Published Oct 30, 2017

My Lazy Cat, The Riddler's Battleship Blitz, The Rise of Wolves

Board books

Are You There Little Fox? and Are You There Little Elephant? by Sam Taplin & Emily Dove

“In this beautifully illustrated hide-and-seek series, children can ‘spot’ the animal through a hole on each page - but when they turn the page it isn’t them at all! Very young children will love searching for the elusive animal, and all the charming details and other animals they discover along the way.”

Snow, by Walter de la Mare & Carolina Rabei

A new board book version of de la Mare’s illustrated poem:

“As the day draws to a close, a family prepares for Christmas - decorating the tree, hanging stockings by the fire, putting out a plate of mince pies. Outside, the world turns to white.”

Picture books

Here We Are: notes for living on planet Earth, by Oliver Jeffers

Jeffers’ latest book is inspired by his baby boy’s fascination with the world:

“Our world can be a bewildering place, especially if you’ve only just got here. Your head will be filled with questions, so let’s explore what makes our planet and how we live on it. From land and sky, to people and time, these notes can be your guide and start you on your journey. And you’ll figure lots of things out for yourself. Just remember to leave notes for everyone else. Some things about our planet are pretty complicated, but things can be simple, too: you’ve just got to be kind.”

Evil Pea Rules, by Sue Hendra

New title in the Supertato series:

“It’s all very well being a superhero and saving the day - but what if there was no one there to cause the chaos? To provide these heroes with their chances to shine? Would we even need superheroes?!

“Fortunately, this isn’t something we will have to worry about any time soon. The Evil Pea is back! And this time he has his biggest, most dastardly plan yet to take over the supermarket!”

Richard Scarry’s Best Treasury Ever, by Richard Scarry

Comprising Great Big Mystery Book, Busiest People Ever, Great Big Schoolhouse, Cars and Trucks and Things That Go and Best Lowly Worm Book Ever, this collection “will keep curious minds occupied for hours on end.”

My Lazy Cat, by Christine Roussey

“Meet Boomer, a roly-poly cat. He’s always in a happy mood, and he’s the best friend of one little girl. But boy is Boomer lazy! From morning to night, Boomer can be found lounging around the house, snoring and snoozing. The little girl, on the other hand, is much too busy for a nap. She’s got judo, swimming, yoga, painting, rugby, and biking to do! She does not have a minute to herself, and she can’t be late!

“But one particularly jam-packed morning, Boomer accidentally keeps the girl from getting out the door. Instead of panicking, she decides to take the day at Boomer’s pace for once. They spend the afternoon exploring the garden, and the girl is reminded how nice it is to take time to appreciate life’s simple pleasures every once in a while.”

According to Publishers Weekly, “the story’s slowing pace and emphasis on observation remind children (and their parents) that relaxing means letting go to watch and listen.”

The Stone Bird, by Jenny McCartney & Patrick Benson

“It might look like a pebble from the beach, but Eliza knows this is an egg. And one night when she hears cracking, she discovers the Stone Bird. It might still look like a stone to her mum, but Eliza knows it’s alive. Step into the magical world of one child’s imagination in this stunning debut by exciting new author Jenny McCartney, illustrated by luminary of children’s books Patrick Benson.”

Boogie Bear, by David Walliams & Tony Ross

“Up at the North Pole, a big furry polar bear is swimming, fishing and eating. But when she nods off and finds herself far from home, she thinks things can’t get any worse. But they can. Much worse!

“An outrageously funny picture book with an incredibly heartwarming message about celebrating difference - in all its forms.”

It’s a busy month forc omedian turned TV personality, turned children’s author David Walliams, who also has a new junior novel coming out.

Beginner reads

How to Build a Dragon Fort

First in a new series for early readers, set in the How to Train your Dragon universe:

“Hiccup and the other Dragon Riders think they have finally found the perfect place to build their dragon fort. There’s only one problem: there are wild dragons living there! Will Hiccup and his friends be able to come up with a solution - or will the hunt for the perfect spot for a dragon fort continue?”

Short chapter books

Safari Pug, by Laura James & Eglantine Ceulemans

Third book in the Adventures of Pug series:

“When Pug and Lady Miranda have a scary run-in with a lion one night (it might be hiding under the bed), Lady M decides Pug needs to face his fears and go on safari. Pug goes a bit wobbly when he finds out he’ll be coming nose to nose with Florence, the rare white lion cub, but he soon realises that lions may not be the most dangerous thing in the wildlife park.”

Frost and Snowdrop the Stray Kittens, by Ella Moonheart

Fifth title in the Kitty’s Magic series:

“Kitty is magical! Kitty can turn into a cat! But with this power comes a special role: Kitty is the Guardian of the local Cat Council and must help the cats find the purrfect solution to their feline problems.

“Kitty has noticed that Emerald, one of the cats in the neighbourhood, is acting very strangely - like she’s got a secret! With a little help from her friend Misty, Kitty discovers that Emerald is looking after two adorable stray kittens - Frost and Snowdrop! It’s up to Kitty to help these kittens find their owner. But there’s a scary fox in town and it looks like it’s going to snow. Can Kitty help the kittens in time?”

Poison Ivy’s Rainforest Revenge, by Sarah Hines-Stephens & TIm Levins, Catwoman’s Purrfect Plot, by Sarah Hines-Stephens & Luciano Vecchio, The Riddler’s Battleship Blitz, by J. E. Bright & Tim Levins and Harley Quinn’s Crazy Creeper Caper, by Louise Simonson & Luciano Vecchio

Batman and Robin save the day in these new DC Superheroes short chapter books!

Picture books for older readers

Asterix and the Chariot Race, by Jean-Yves Ferri & Didier Conrad

A new adventure for fans of the original series by Rene Goscinney from its current custodians.

Junior novels

Bad Dad, by David Walliams

David Walliams’ other new title promises to be a hilarious, fast-paced and heart-warming story about a father and son who take on the villainous Mr Big. This is bound to be very popular!

Lucky Button, by Michael Morpurgo & Michael Foreman

“A lonely boy struggles to cope with school bullies and caring for his mother, until a mysterious encounter reveals life in the Foundling Hospital in the eighteenth century and unravels a touching tale about the power of music.”

The Rise of Wolves, by Kerr Thomson

New from the author of The Sound of Whales, winner of the Times/Chicken House Competition 2014:

“Innis Munro is walking home across the bleak wilderness of Nin Island when he hears the chilling howl of a wolf. But there are no wolves on the island - not since they were hunted to extinction, centuries ago. As long-buried secrets resurface, Innis’s adventure truly begins.”

The Polar Bear Explorers’ Club, by Alex Bell

“It sounded like a respectable and worthy enough death for an explorer - tumbling from an ice bridge to be impaled upon a mammoth tusk - but Stella really, really didn’t want that to happen, just the same.

“Join Stella Starflake Pearl and her three fellow explorers as they trek across the snowy Icelands and come face-to-face with frost fairies, snow queens, outlaw hideouts, unicorns, pygmy dinosaurs, and carnivorous cabbages.”

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Getaway, by Jeff Kinney

This successful series is still going strong with its 12th title:

“Life was better in the old days. Or was it? That’s the question Greg Heffley is asking as his town voluntarily unplugs and goes electronics-free. But modern life has its conveniences, and Greg isn’t cut out for an old-fashioned world. With tension building inside and outside the Heffley home, will Greg find a way to survive? Or is going ‘old school’ just too hard for a kid like Greg?”

The Magic Misfits, by Neil Patrick Harris

The A Series of Unfortunate Events, How I Met Your Mother and Doogie Howeser, M.D. actor turns his hand to writing:

“Do you believe in magic? Carter doesn’t. He knows magic tricks are just that - tricks. And as a street magician he’s also pretty good at them. But then Carter runs away from his conman uncle and he finds himself alone and in danger from dastardly carnival ringleader, B.B. Bosso. He could really use some magic now.

“A chance encounter with the mysterious Mr Dante Vernon leads Carter to a magic shop, where he teams up with five other like-minded kids and the MAGIC MISFITS are born! Can the gang use their magical talents to save the day and stop B.B. stealing a priceless diamond?”


Three Cheers for Women!, by Marcia Williams

“Join Marcia Williams as she celebrates incredible women from around the world and throughout history. From writers to warriors and astronauts to activists, discover their awesome stories and be amazed by their achievements. Marcia Williams’ much-loved comic-strip style will encourage even the most reluctant reader to enjoy this inspirational book packed with facts, quotes and jokes.”

Sophie Green

Sophie Green

I work for the Suffolk Libraries stock team. I also write children’s fiction, short stories and comedy. Visit my website.