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New children's books for October 2018

Written by · Published Sep 28, 2018

Wisp: a story of Hope, Rosie Revere and the Raucous Riveters, Animalphabet

Board books

Tess the Tractor and Fergus the Fire Engine, by Peter Bently & Sébastien Chebret

Learn about the jobs of a tractor and a fire engine with the new Whizzy Wheels Academy series.

Where’s the Little Mouse?, by Sam Taplin

“A question-and-answer board book for very young children. On each double-page spread there are two questions to answer by looking at the pictures. There are lots of endearing animals to meet and the illustrations are full of details to talk about and share.”

Picture books

Grandma Bird, by Benji Davies

New from the author of The Storm Whale and The Grotlyn.

“Noi isn’t at all sure about spending the summer at Grandma’s. Grandma boils seaweed for soup, and there’s not much to do on the tiny island where she lives where the wind cuts in and the grass grows sideways.

“But that’s before Noi gets swept up in the dramatic rescue that will mark the beginning of their touching new friendship.”

The Way Home for Wolf, by Rachel Bright & Jim Field

From the illustrator of the ‘Oi’ series.

“Wilf is as strong and independent as a wolf cub can be. He doesn’t need help from his friends and family - whatever it is, he can do it ALL BY HIMSELF.

“But when Wilf finds himself lost and alone in the snow and chill of an Arctic night, he discovers something important - sometimes we all need the help of a friend to keep us safe and show us the way.”

The Antlered Ship, by Dashka Slater & Eric & Terry Fan

With haunting illustrations from the creators of The Night Gardener.

“Marco the fox has a lot of questions, like: how deep does the sun go when it sinks into the sea? And why do birds have such lizardy feet? But none of the other foxes share his curiosity.

“So when a magnificent ship adorned with antlers and with a deer for a captain arrives at the dock looking for a crew, Marco volunteers, hoping to find foxes who are as inquisitive as he is that can answer his questions.

“The crew finds adventure and intrigue on their journey. And, at last, Marco finds the answer to his most important question of all: What’s the best way to find a friend you can talk to?”

The Rescue of Bunny Wunny, by Emma Chichester Clark

“When Bunny Wunny hides from Imelda, she decides that she wants a REAL rabbit instead. But there is something very unusual about the real rabbit that comes to live with Imelda… not least that it can talk! Can the rabbit help Imelda learn to be gentle, and will Bunny Wunny ever be rescued?”

Giraffe Problems, by Jory John & Lane Smith

Another hilarious picture books from the team that brought us Penguin Problems.

“Edward the giraffe can’t understand why his neck is as long and bendy and ridiculous as it is. No other animal has a neck this absurd. He’s tried disguising it, dressing it up, strategically hiding it behind bushes - anything he can think of.

“But just when he’s exhausted his neck-hiding options, a turtle ambles in and tries to help him understand that his neck has a purpose - and looks excellent in a bow tie.”

Dave the Lonely Monster, by Anna Kemp & Sara Ogilvie

“This lively story of a lonely monster called Dave, who lives all alone in a retirement cave, is a lighthearted reminder that we should treat others as we would want to be treated ourselves - and that we could all do with a bit more monster in our lives!”

Rising star Ogilvie has also illustrated The Detective Dog and Izzy Gizmo.

Wisp: a story of hope, by Zana Fraillon & Grahame Baker-Smith

A picture book about a child refugee and the home which comes with imagination from the author of The Bone Sparrow. The Bookseller describes Baker-Smith’s illustrations as ‘spectacular’.

“Idris is a child refugee, born into a world of tents and fences. He has known no other life than this. He has no memories of the world outside. Then the Wisp arrives, floating in on the evening breeze. Everyone who holds it finds their memories reawakened, their hopes of freedom reborn. But what about Idris, who has no memories? What will happen when he holds the magical Wisp?”

When I Was a Child, by Andy Stanton & David Litchfield

“A celebration of the special bond between a grandparent and child as they share the magic, joy and love in the world, both past and present.”

Geronimo: the penguin who thought he could fly, by David Walliams & Tony Ross

Geronimo is a comedic tale of a spirited baby penguin determined to fly, with a little help from his dad.”

Short chapter books

Mr Tiger, Betsy and the Blue Moon, by Sally Gardner & Nick Maland

“When Betsy K. Glory, the daughter of a mermaid and an ice-cream maker, meets the mysterious Mr Tiger they have a giant challenge: a moon to turn blue, berries to collect and wishable-delicious ice-cream to create. The sort that makes wishes come true.

“With Mr Tiger and his troupe of Gonalong circus acrobats, a toad under a spell, a lonely giant, and Mum and Dad, Betsy sets off on her quest.”

A campaigner to make the books more accessible to all readers, Gardner was diagnosed with severe dyslexia when she was 12 and didn’t learn to read until she was 14. This book has been printed in the Dyslexie font, which was specially designed to make reading easier.

Rosie Revere and the Raucous Riveters, by Andrea Beaty & David Roberts

Inspired by the picture book, this Rosie Revere adventure is for children who have started to read by themselves.

“Rosie’s beloved Aunt Rose and her pals make up the Raucous Riveters - a gaggle of fun-loving gals who built airplanes together during WWII.

“When one of their own, June, is injured and can’t paint in the town’s annual mural competition, it’s up to Rosie to design a painting contraption to assist. After various flops, Rosie starts to lose hope. But, thanks to some help from two classmates (and one neighbour who may not be as mysterious as she seems), Rosie creates the Paintapoolza!”

That time of year is getting closer, and the publishing world starts preparing in October…

Hampstead the Hamster, by Michael Rosen & Tony Ross

“Christmas is coming, and what Leo wants more than anything in the world is a pet hamster. And guess what? He gets one on Christmas morning!

“Leo names his new pet Hampstead, after an autocorrect mistake on his wishlist. Everything is great, that is until Leo realises that Hampstead is miserable. What can Leo do to cheer Hampstead up?”

Lucy’s Search for Little Star, by Anne Booth & Sophy Williams

“Lucy’s made friends with a little kitten called Star, but when they get lost in a snowstorm Lucy’s magic snow globe is their only hope. Close your eyes and make a wish for a Christmas miracle.”

Little Llama, by Amelia Cobb

Festive addition to the Zoe’s Rescue Zoo series.

Picture books for older readers

The Bandit Queen, by Natalia & Lauren O’Hara

New from the author/illustrator sisters who created Hortense and the Shadow.

“‘O Bandit Queen!’ the bandits cried. ‘Little horror! Poison weed! We’ll give you everything a queen could ever need’. The bandits give their queen treasure, tigers, mischief and mayhem. But sometimes a little girl needs something more.”

Mary, Who Wrote Frankenstein, by Linda Bailey & Júlia Sardà

From the illustrator of The Liszts.

“Mary loves stories, but the stories in her daydreams are far more thrilling than those in any book.

“After a troubled childhood, eighteen-year-old Mary runs away to Switzerland with the famous poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, her step-sister in tow. One dark and stormy night at his house by the lake, they huddle around the fire, telling ghost stories. But Mary can imagine better than those!

“After learning about electricity that can make dead frogs twitch, she has a nightmare that triggers the birth of one of the greatest scary stories of all time: Frankenstein.”

Ella, Queen of Jazz, by Helen Hancocks

“Ella Fitzgerald sang the blues and she sang them good. Ella and her fellas were on the way up!

“It seemed like nothing could stop her, until the biggest club in town refused to let her play. and all because of her colour. But when all hope seemed lost, little did Ella imagine that a Hollywood star would step in to help.

“The inspiring, true story of how a remarkable friendship between Ella Fitzgerald and Marilyn Monroe was born - and how they worked together to overcome prejudice and adversity.”

Tales from the Inner City, by Shaun Tan

Companion volume to the brilliant Tales from Outer Suburbia.

Tales from the Inner City is a collection of incredibly original stories, rich with feeling, strangely moving, almost numinous. And when the reader comes to the artwork, it’s like walking into an amazing room, and then throwing open a curtain to see a brilliant scene that makes you understand and appreciate everything you’ve encountered in a deeper way.”

Junior novels

There’s a Yeti in the Playground!, by Pamela Butchart & Thomas Flintham

“Izzy and friends are excited! The snow is falling fast and they’re hoping they’ll all be sent home early. But then they hear weird noises in the playground, and find a big footprint in the snow… And that’s when they know! There’s a YETI in the playground and it’s HUNGRY!”

The Meltdown, by Jeff Kinney

13th title in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series.

“When snow shuts down Greg Heffley’s middle school, his neighborhood transforms into a wintry battlefield. Rival groups fight over territory, build massive snow forts, and stage epic snowball fights. And in the crosshairs are Greg and his trusty best friend, Rowley Jefferson.

“It’s a fight for survival as Greg and Rowley navigate alliances, betrayals, and warring gangs in a neighbourhood meltdown. When the snow clears, will Greg and Rowley emerge as heroes? Or will they even survive to see another day?”

What Monster?, by Liz Pichon

15th title in the unstoppable Tom Gates series.

“This book contains: - MONSTERS - MYSTERY - A MUSIC FESTIVAL - MISSING stuff - ME and Marcus (Not necessarily in THAT order). AND a very strict supply teacher - but don’t let that put you off!”

My Mum Tracy Beaker, by Jacqueline Wilson & Nick Sharratt

This should appeal to both children and parents who loved Tracy Beaker the first time around.

“Jess and Tracy Beaker are the perfect team. They do everything together.

“Jess thinks Tracy is the best mum ever, even when she shouts at her teachers!

“Tracy has made the perfect home for Jess, leaving The Dumping Ground far behind her.

“Yes, their flat’s a bit mouldy. It’s only just big enough for two. And the Duke Estate is a bit scary. But it’s their happy home.

“Until Sean Godfrey, Tracy’s rich boyfriend, whisks them away to his mansion, life of fast cars and celebrity stardom.

“Will Jess’s brilliant mum turn into a new person altogether?

“And will Tracy realise that her childhood dream might not be what she needs after all?”

The Tales of Beedle the Bard, by J. K. Rowling & Chris Riddell

The Harry Potter companion book is re-released with full colour illustrations by Chris Riddell.

The Snowman, by Michael Morpurgo

A re-imagining of the classic Raymond Briggs story for older readers.

Matt Millz Stands Up!, by Harry Hill & Steve May

“Matt did it! His performance at the T Factor has given him the fame he dreamed of. Kitty is getting more gigs booked in with a whole new stable of comedic acts.

“Unfortunately, Matt hasn’t had time to come up with new jokes so it isn’t long before he is greeted with the worst heckle for a comedian: ‘heard it before!’.

“But when Kitty suggests he takes a break to work on his routine, Matt can’t stand to go back to his normal life. So he signs up with the stylish Excalibur Agency, brushing his concerns (and Kitty) aside. A life of celebrity awaits!

“But it doesn’t take long for the shine to wear off and when they try and force him on to his first Live At the Apollo. Without any preparation and no new jokes, how can Matt save himself from the ultimate humiliation?”

The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding, by Alexandra Bracken

According to publisher Quercus, this is ‘a darkly comic twist tale for fans of Lemony Snicket.’

“Prosper is the only unexceptional Redding in his remarkable family. So, when he discovers that an 800-year-old demon called Alastar is responsible for their luck - and that this demon is currently living inside him - he’s more than a little surprised.

“Alastar isn’t keen to be banished back to the demon realm and will do anything to try and trick his unwilling host into a contract - from nasty insults to wild promises. And even more unnerving, his power over Prosper seems to be growing with each passing night.

“Prosper has only days to break the curse - a feat that seems impossible. But with the help of a feisty witch-in-training, maybe he can do it?”

Death in the Spotlight, by Robin Stevens

7th title in the sleuthing Murder Most Unladylike series.

“Fresh from their adventure in Hong Kong, Hazel Wong and Daisy Wells are off to the Rue Theatre in London to face an entirely new challenge: acting. But danger has a nasty habit of catching up with the Detective Society, and it soon becomes clear that there is trouble afoot at the Rue.

“Jealousy, threats and horrible pranks quickly spiral out of control - and then a body is found. Now Hazel and Daisy must take centre stage and solve the crime before the murderer strikes again.”

The Way Past Winter, by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

“When Mila’s brother disappears, she believes he’s been taken by the Bear, a hooded stranger of legend who sought shelter at their home. Mila and her sisters follow his trail into the frozen north, determined to find a way past winter and bring their brother home.”

The Dog Who Lost his Bark, by Eoin Colfer & Patrick James Lynch

A collaboration between two giants of Irish children’s books.

“Patrick has been desperate for a dog of his own for a long as he can remember – and this summer, with his father away, he longs for a buddy more than ever. In his short doggy life, Oz has suffered at the hands of BAD PEOPLE. Somewhere out there, he believes, is an AWESOME BOY – his BOY. Maybe when they find each other he will learn to BARK again…”

The Crystal Rose, by Astrid Foss & Sharon Tancredi and The Silver Secret, by Astrid Foss & Monique Dong

First two titles in a new fantasy quartet aimed at fans of Frozen.

The Train to Impossible Places: a cursed delivery, by P. G. Bell

First in an exciting new series.

“Suzy is surprised to find a grumpy troll building a railway through her house - especially when a gigantic steam train crashes into her hallway!

“This is the Impossible Postal Express, the trusty delivery service of the Union of Impossible Places, and Suzy becomes its newest recruit. And with her cursed first package, an Impossible adventure begins.”


Between Worlds: folktales of Britain & Ireland, by Kevin Crossley-Holland & Frances Castle

New from the master of folktales and author of Norse Myths.

“Rich and strange, these eerie and magical folktales from across Britain and Ireland have been passed down from generation to generation, and are gathered together in a definitive new collection from the master storyteller and winner of the Carnegie Medal, Kevin Crossley-Holland.”

Animalphabet, by Julia Donaldson & Sharon King-Chai

“Written as an interactive guessing game, with eye-catching artwork and an exotic array of animals to marvel over, this is a gorgeous book – can you guess who has more legs than a butterfly? And who is wrinklier than a hedgehog?

“Each page draws you further into a beautifully vibrant world of huge elephants, slithery snakes and growling tigers, inviting you to compare one animal to another and learn comparison words and adjectives from the natural world.”

Heroes: incredible true stories of courageous animals, by David Long & Kerry Hyndman

“For as long as there have been wars, animals have been out there saving lives. Courageous dogs, cats, birds, horses, and even a bear have shown courage and devotion, and this book tells you their extraordinary stories. These animals help us to remember that not all heroes are human.”

A Cat’s Guide to the Night Sky, by Stuart Atkinson & Brendan Kearney

“If you look up at the sky on a dark night, what do you see? There’s a whole universe staring back at you.

“In the company of Felicity the cat discover the phases of the moon, the constellations and how to spot the Northern Lights and the Milky Way. This beautiful, fun book will introduce you to the beauty of the night sky and show you the stars like you’ve never seen them before.”

Women in Battle, by Marta Breen & Jenny Jordahl

“Presented as a graphic novel and spanning 150 years of recent history, ‘Women in Battle’ celebrates the fight for women’s rights all over the world. Topics include the suffragette movement, female world leaders, abortion and contraception, gay marriage and #MeToo.”

Dictionary of Dinosaurs: an illustrated A to Z of every dinosaur ever discovered, by Dieter Braun & Matthew G. Baron (ed.)

“From Aardonyx to Zuniceratops, read about when they lived, where they lived, what they ate and much more. Featuring epic artwork from Dieter Braun and up-to-date facts from top dinosaur experts.”

The Silk Roads: a new history of the world, by Peter Frankopan & Neil Packer

Children’s version of the best-selling adult non-fiction book.

“Peter Frankopan explores the connections made by people, trade, disease, war, religion, adventure, science and technology in this extraordinary book about how the east married the west with a remarkable voyage at its heart - the journey along the Silk Roads.

“From ancient world laws laid down by King Hammurabi and the mighty Persian empire, to terrifying huns, the rise of Europe, two world wars and politics today, the book moves through time and history sewing together the threads from different peoples, empires and continents into a phenomenal history of the globe.”

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.