Laura’s house has a new baby and it’s very quiet there, so she practices being a kangaroo, an elephant and a parrot. But when her vivid imagination conjures up a lion, well that practising is not so welcome. A sweet story, tenderly resolved and perfect for bedtime reading.
This rhyming story romps along with the type of humour so loved by pre-school audiences. But will T-Rex be amused? Oh the suspense!
Lily’s grandmother gave her Blue Kangaroo eight books ago, way back in 1998, but the stories are still fresh and always a joy to read, so we just know this one will be too.
Katie doesn’t want just any ordinary old pet, oh no. She wants a zebra. Now this theme may have been covered before, but it’s always good for a laugh, particularly if you no longer have small children! If when you’ve finished it, the subject of pets still won’t go away, why not try the well-loved Inkpen classic The Great pet sale?
Short chapter books
Creating a book that’s short enough to be read by a child who is new to reading alone, and funny enough to make that same child want to read more of the same, is an enviable skill. Stephane Daniel and Christophe Besse have mastered the trick, for Sir Scatterbrain the Hopeless Knight, published a few weeks ago, is packed with appeal for new readers. This new title and it’s sister book Mistress Scatterbrain look set to do the same.
“Claude discovers a film set on the other side of the fence! When the two lead actors are injured, Claude and Sir Bobblysock are asked to take their places. Can they become movie stars with just the simple addition of a wig? Of course they can! Claude was selected for the Waterstone’s Children’s Book Prize.”
Winnie the Witch books only used to be available in picture book format, but as short chapter books for new readers, they’re just alive with ‘pick me up, read me and laugh’ appeal. Korky Paul’s illustrations are as crazy as Winnie, who looks like she takes espresso intravenously. He! he!
“Rachel and Kirsty meet a new Rainbow Fairy in each magical and colourful adventure. Will all seven Rainbow Fairies be reunited or will Fairyland remain cold and grey forever?” And you don’t even have to read it!
Hyenas in disguise as a ‘respectable’ family.
“With his mother missing and his father dead, 12-year-old Flip’s new home is a remote storm-tossed Dutch island. Menaced by the local bullies and with a shadowy mute girl as his only friend, Flip tries to adapt to life on his uncle’s farm – but his whole life changes when a sunken transport ship leaves a drowning stallion floundering in the waves. Risking his life to rescue it, Flip is told he can keep the troublesome horse if he can teach it how to work for its keep.”
“Cabin boy Mel Foster has always been told that he’d come to a bad end – he just never thought it would be as a meal for a giantess from the Arctic wastes! But as Mel is about the find out, looking monstrous doesn’t make you a monster. Eve Frankenstein has no interest in eating Mel. She wants to protect him. And very soon he’ll need as much protection as he can get. While Eve and Mel become firm friends in the Arctic, far away in London Queen Victoria’s strange new butler is hatching a plan that could destroy the British Empire … and only Mel has the power to stop him.”
“Taggie and her younger sister, Jemima, are just like any other girls their age. They live with their mum, go to school, play sports and spend their holidays with their dad in the countryside. But one day, everything changes – when a white squirrel wearing purple glasses turns up in their lives. The next thing the sisters know, their dad has been kidnapped, and it’s up to the girls to get him back.”
From the author of the compelling Holes comes Fuzzy Mud. “Tamaya is on a scholarship to the prestigious Woodridge Academy and every day she and seventh-grader Marshall walk to school together. They never go through the woods. And when they arrive at school they stop talking to each other – because Marshall can’t be seen to be friends with a little kid like Tamaya.”
Third in the 1930s style crime series Murder Most Unladylike, schoolgirl detectives Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong take a trip on the Orient Express, where a locked-room murder mystery needs solving.
Black beauty by Anna Sowell (eBook)
This title is always popular. We loaned the physical editions many times, but this is the first time we’ve been able to offer it in digital format too.
Perfect for family listening, Charlotte’s Web is the inspirational story of Fern, who with the help of a spider, saved her pig from market. It was first published back in 1952, this classic tale is still in demand today, and has been one of our fastest issuing eAudio titles this summer.
Katy by Jacqueline Wilson (eAudio)
Inspired by her childhood reading of Susan Coolidge’s What Katy Did, Jacqueline Wilson has reinterpreted it here for a modern audience. “Katy’s life changes in dramatic and unexpected ways after a serious accident. Jacqueline Wilson creates an irresistible modern version for the twenty-first-century.”
“Kat can’t believe her family are sending her to Sweden for the summer. But without her friends, or even a phone signal, can Kat make it on her own?” Flirty Dancing in Sweden?
The final book of Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series, has been eagerly awaited since his death. How pleasing that his last should feature teen heroine Tiffany Aching.
“Twenty-five years ago, Elmbridge High School burned down. Now, a diary has been found in the ruins of the school documenting the strange and disturbing sequence of events leading to the incident.” A chilling tale by a debut author.
“Set in the Cornish town of Fowey, all is not as idyllic as it might seem. When the body of a young woman is discovered in the nets of a fishing boat, a 12 year old girl is delighted, because she loves murders. Soon she is questioning the inhabitants of the town in her own personal investigation. But it is a bit boring on her own. Then Miles Giffard, a similarly odd twelve-year-old boy, arrives in Fowey with his parents, and they start investigating together.”
With 16 sturdy pages packed with details, domestic and military, this nice little board books should keep young fans absorbed for at least 5 minutes. With flaps to lift too, make that 6 minutes.
“No Rainbow Magic fan should be without this sparkling compendium of fairy fun. From A to Z, this book is jam-packed with magical facts and figures from the world of the fairies and their friends! It’s everything you need to be a true Rainbow Magic expert!”
40 simple lessons on the principles of art, including composition, line, shape and perspective.
We’re so pleased we can buy this in digital format too – the physical format books just fly off our shelves, so perhaps this will last a bit longer. But borrow it quick, don’t delay, once we’ve “owned” it for a year, it will evaporate!