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New children's books for September 2017

Written by · Published Aug 30, 2017

Oi Cat!, Birthday Boy, The Wizards of Once

Board books

Animals, Colours and Opposites, by Britta Teckentrup

Award-winning illustrator and author Britta Teckentrup has written and illustrated over 80 children’s picture books, and is published in over 20 different countries. These bold and colourful books are bound to appeal to both babies and parents.

Beep, Beep, Maisy!, by Lucy Cousins

Another addition to the hugely successful Maisy series:

“Beep, beep! Maisy is going for a drive in her car. She says hello to everyone she sees on the road. There’s Charley riding a motorcycle, Dotty driving a tractor, Peacock cycling a bicycle, Ostrich driving a train, Eddie flying a helicopter, Tallulah driving a fire engine and Cyril driving a bus. Little hands will have so much fun lifting the flaps to search beneath in this large board book.”

Fireman Sam’s Animal Rescues!

“Read about Fireman Sam and these 5 exciting animal rescues in Pontypandy! This brightly coloured chunky tabbed board book features Fireman Sam and the team and all their amazing vehicles. Join Fireman Sam, Elvis and Penny as they rescue a dog, a cat, a horse - and even a beached whale!”

Picture books

The Grotlyn, by Benji Davies

“What is the mysterious Grotlyn? What sort of creature could it be, scuttling across the town, frightening everyone in its path? And why has it stolen PC Vickers’ knickers?! A beautifully illustrated rhyming tale about things that go bump in the night.”

From the illustrator of Goodnight Already! and I Love You Already!

A Dog with Nice Ears, by Lauren Child

A new Charlie and Lola story from our new Children’s Laureate:

“Lola wants a dog - but the qualities of her perfect pooch seem oddly like those of a … rabbit! Silly, surprising, thoughtful and fun, Charlie and Lola are on top form in this fantastically funny story, packed full of dogs of every shape, size and colour.”

Oskar and Mo, by Britta Teckentrup

Oskar, the charming raven who loves the ocean, snow, books, the sun and the rain, has a new friend, Mo:

“Featuring the same gorgeous colors and geometric collages that have made Teckentrup such a popular author and illustrator worldwide, this story will speak to young readers, who will learn about the many forms friendship takes while enjoying Teckentrup’s beautiful illustrations.”

The Ugly Five, by Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler

“Who’s that singing on the savannah? It’s the top-five ugly animals in Africa! The wildebeest, warthog, vulture, hyena and marabou stork swagger proudly across the savannah, rejoicing in their ugliness - and delighting their babies, who think they’re perfect just the way they are.

“Inspired by the real-life Ugly Five safari animals, Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s brand-new picture book is a jubilant celebration of animals who are often rather unloved. The funny, heart-warming rhyme is a joy to read aloud, while bold, comical illustrations bring the savannah spectacularly to life.”

Oi Cat!, by Kes Gray & Jim Field

Another addition to this hilarious, rhyming picture book series from the team behind Oi Frog! and Oi Dog!.

“According to Frog: cats sit on gnats; Dogs sit on logs; Raccoons sit on macaroons; Armadillos sit on pillows; and Chicks sit on bricks. But wait! Cat doesn’t like sitting on gnats, they keep biting his bottom! Will Frog and Dog help him change the rules?”

His Royal Tinyness: a terrible true story, by Sally Lloyd-Jones & David Roberts

“Marianna, the most beautiful, ever so kindest princess, lives happily with her mum, dad and gerbil. Happy, that is, until the new baby comes along. His Royal Highness King Baby is so smelly. He’s so noisy. And all the talk in the Land is about him - non-stop, All the time! Has there ever been such a time of wicked rule?!

“Hilariously told from the over dramatic, reluctant big sister’s perspective, Sally Lloyd-Jones’ unique narrative voice is brought exquisitely, and hilariously, to life by award-winning illustrator David Roberts.”

You Choose in Space, by Pippa Goodhart & Nick Sharratt

“Zoom off into space for an adventure where YOU CHOOSE what happens next. Which alien would you most like to be friends with? And what fantastically freaky food will you decide to much for lunch? The possibilities are infinite in this mesmerising creative toolkit which will inspire children from 3 up to make their own stories time and again.”

Molly Rogers, Pirate Girl, by Cornelia Funke & Kasia Matyjaszek

A ‘super readable’ book from publishers Barrington Stoke, who make books more accessible to children with dyslexia or visual stress:

“Ferocious pirate Captain Firebeard thinks that he and the ruthless crew of the Horrible Haddock rule the high seas. But the dastardly pirates meet their match when they kidnap a small, feisty girl named Molly sailing to visit her granny.

“Even when they threaten to feed her to the sharks, Molly stubbornly refuses to cower in fear. Because she knows something the pirates don’t - the true fiercest pirate on the high seas is none other than Molly’s mother, and she won’t be pleased to find her daughter kidnapped!”

In the Darkness of the Night, by Emily Rand

“This title takes the reader through the sounds that a young child hears whilst curled up in bed waiting to fall asleep. From the familiar, reassuring noises of the family and the home including muffled voices and humming pipes.”

The Snow Lion, by Jim Helmore & Richard Jones

A book about friendship and new beginnings:

“When Caro and her mum move to a new house, she feels lonely and is nervous about meeting new people. One day, an unusual friend arrives and teaches her that she can be brave and make her own friends to play with.”

Franklin’s Flying Bookshop, by Jen Campbell & Katie Harnett

“Franklin the dragon loves stories and loves reading stories to people too, but everyone is too scared to even talk to him. One day, he meets a girl named Luna who, rather than being afraid, is fascinated to meet Franklin, having recently read all about dragons in one of her books.

“They instantly become friends and talk non-stop about what they’ve read: books about roller-skating, King Arthur, spiders and how to do kung fu. Together they hatch a plan to share their love of books with others by opening a bookshop - a flying bookshop, that is - right on Franklin’s back!”

Florence Frizzball, by Claire Freedman & Jane Massey

“Florence’s curly-whirly, wild and crazy hair couldn’t be more different from her brother Ben’s sleek and shiny do. She begs her mum to let a hairdresser try and tame it, but when she gets the restyle she’s after, will Florence be happy with the outcome?”

From the author of Aliens Love Underpants.

Books for younger readers

Alola Adventure and The Guardian’s Challenge

Two new Pokémon titles especially for very young fans. In Alola Adventure, Ash faces exciting challenges and battles while on holiday, while in The Guardian’s Challenge, a surprise guest shows up at a party Ash’s friends throw for him.

Rudyard Kipling’s Just So Stories, by Elli Woolard & Marta Altés

“Delightfully retold in humorous verse, with beautiful illustrations throughout, this is a beautiful reworked edition of Rudyard Kipling’s children’s classic, Just So Stories.

“In this stunning illustrated collection, meet the cat who walked by himself, discover how the lazy camel got his hump, how the elephant got his long trunk, find out why the rhino has such wrinkly skin and how the whale got his teeny tiny throat. These well known, richly imagined stories tell of how the world came to be as it is. This is a smart, funny and younger approach to Kipling’s work, and Just So Stories as you’ve never seen them before.”

The Beast of Bramble Woods, by Caryl Hart & Sarah Warburton

Third book in The Invincibles series.

“Nell and Freddie have the best time camping. They eat all the marshmallows and play tricks on Nell’s big brother and his nerdy friends. But the Beast of Bramble Woods wants to join in the fun too!”

Junior novels

The Wizards of Once, by Cressida Cowell

First in a new series, set in an ancient, magical time, from the author of How to Train your Dragon.

“This is the story of a young boy wizard and a young girl warrior who have been taught since birth to hate each other like poison; and the thrilling tale of what happens when their two worlds collide.”

The Gift of Dark Hollow, by Keiran Larwood

In the latest book in the Five Realms series:

“Podkin discovers a skill for moonstriding - jumping in and out of the shadows with his new gift - and makes new friends and allegiances on the way to becoming leader of rabbits.”

The Secret Diary of Jane Pinny: Victorian house maid, by Philip Ardagh & Jamie Littler

Another title in the National Trust Secret Diary series of ‘faction’ books:

“Jane Pinny has moved to the very grand Lytton House to be a Maid Of All Work. And being a Maid Of All Work means that she has to do - well, ALL the work, obviously! Cleaning, dusting, scrubbing, washing - there’s SO much to do in a Victorian country house.

“But when a priceless jade necklace belonging to the lady of the house disappears, Jane turns accidental detective (with the help of her best friend, a pigeon called Plump) - can she solve the mystery of the missing jewels before it’s too late?”

Greta Zargo and the Death Robots from Outer Space, by A. F. Harrold

The first book in a new, laugh-out-loud, futuristic series from the author of the Fizzlebert Stump books:

“Nobody knew it at that moment, but only three things stood in the way of the complete destruction of the Earth: one elderly parrot; one eight-year-old spelling mistake; and an intrepid young schoolgirl-turned-reporter in search of a story. Greta Zargo needs a big scoop if she’s going to win the Prilchard-Spritzer Medal, the quite famous award for great reporting.

“But big scoops are in short supply in the quiet little town of Upper Lowerbridge, and all Greta’s got to investigate is a couple of missing cakes. But then, with a whoosh of unknown energy, a mysterious silver robot descends from the sky.”

Goth Girl and the Sinister Symphony, by Chris Riddell

In the fourth Goth Girl book:

“Lord Goth is throwing a music festival at Ghastly-Gorm Hall, with performances from the finest composers in the land. Ada can’t wait, but it’s quite distracting when her grandmother is trying to find her father a fashionable new wife, there’s a faun living in her wardrobe and Maltravers is up to his old tricks. Ada must make sure everything goes to plan, and luckily help is at hand from a very interesting house guest.”

Birthday Boy, by David Baddiel

“What if it was every day? This is the story of Sam Green, who really, really, really loves birthdays. He loves the special breakfasts in bed. The presents. The themed parties. Blowing out the candles on his cake. Everything. In fact, he wishes it was his birthday every day.

“So, at first, it’s exciting when his birthday happens again the next morning - and the next and again. But it’s not long before things start to go wrong … threatening something Sam loves even more than birthdays. Sometimes you have to be careful what you wish for.”

Free Lance and the Field of Blood,, by Paul Stewart & Chris Riddell

First published in 2004, this title has been released in a ‘super readable’ format:

“Free Lance enlists in a tournament and cleans up in the jousting and broadsword fighting. That night he is approached by none other than the King’s daughter. She is being blackmailed and needs Free Lance’s help.”

Junior non-fiction

Corpse Talk: ground-breaking scientists, by Adam Murphy

Corpse Talk was the first comic book to be shortlisted for the ‘Blue Peter Award for Book with Facts’. In this latest volume, Adam Murphy from The Phoenix (a wonderful weekly story comic) digs up and interviews scientists.

Beyond the Sky: you and the universe, by Dara O’Briain

“People have been dreaming about space travel for centuries - there’s something amazing about the idea of leaving our planet behind and setting out to explore the Universe - there’s so much we still don’t know. UK and Ireland’s best-loved comedian Dara O. Briain takes you on a journey from the safety of your comfiest chair to the furthest reaches of space (and beyond!).”

Where Football Explains the World, by Alex Bellos, Ben Lyttleton & Spike Gerrell

Following on from Where Football Rules the World, this title teaches children (and adults!) about the world through the prism of Britain’s national sport:

“It is packed with awesome true stories, real science and fascinating facts and will make you laugh loads. Why are footballs round? When do footballers wee? Where are red cards from? You will find the answers to these questions and more in chapters on subjects such as biology, maths and history. Illustrated throughout with hilarious cartoons and filled with laugh-out-loud gags this is the perfect book for any boy or girl who loves football.”

LEGO: absolutely everything you need to know

“The ultimate collection of LEGO facts and figures in brick-sized bites of trivia. Can you believe that a wooden duck was one of the first LEGO toys? Or that the LEGO Group is one of the world’s largest tyre manufacturers? Have you seen the LEGO Batman minifigure with glow-in-the-dark eyes? And do you know where to find the glass slipper in The Disney Castle set? This book is crammed with fun and fascinating trivia for LEGO fans of every age.”

Minecraft Guide to the Nether and the End and Minecraft Guide to Redstone

Two new titles to help children become master engineers in Minecraft.

Where’s the Wookiee 2

“Chewbacca is back and on the loose across the galaxy, and this time he’s brought some Wookiee friends. Find the hairy hero and a host of favourite characters in another search and find adventure.”

William Bee’s Wonderful Book of Trains, Boats and Planes, by William Bee

“William Bee is back and this time he’s showing us his amazing collection of trains, boats, planes and more. There’s his harrier jump jet, which can take off vertically, his World War I fighter plane that can perform amazing stunts, the steam locomotive (peep peep!), the mini submarine, his speedboat (occasionally stolen by Sparky the Dog), and even his space rocket! Blast off! The cone family are helping - or is that hindering? - with the transport, as is Sparky.”

The Awesome Book of Animals, by Adam Frost

“Did you know that there is a tree-climbing fish? Or that some bees drink crocodile tears? Or that a jellyfish was sent into space? Be truly inspired by incredible facts about the creatures that share our planet. Find out disgusting, hilarious, weird and wacky facts with this awesome book!”

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.