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New children's books for September 2018

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The Legend of Kevin, Dog Man: Lord of the Fleas, The Awesome Book of Space

Board books

Axel Scheffler’s Flip Flap Dinosaurs, by Axel Scheffler

“What do you get if you cross a mighty Tyrannosaurus rex with a fearsome Triceratops? It’s a Tyrannotops, of course! And how about a giant Diplodocus with a soaring Pterodactyl? Why, that’s a Diplodactyl!

“With over 121 possible prehistoric creations, silly names and strange noises to make you giggle, this book is perfect for preschoolers and ideal for dinosaur fans.”

Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, by Anna Milbourne & Jessica Knight

“Snow White is the kindest and prettiest girl in the kingdom, but her stepmother soon becomes jealous. The much-loved story is magically brought to life in this gorgeously illustrated book, with delicate cutaways and holes to peep through, layered to create a magical filigree effect.”

Baby’s Very First Slide and See Night Time, by Fiona Watt & Stella Baggott

A new title for the Usborne’s popular interactive series.

Picture books

Oi Duck-billed Platypus!, by Kes Gray & Jim Field

The fourth title in the brilliant ‘Oi!’ series.

“Oi! Where are duck-billed platypuses meant to sit?

“And kookaburras and hippopotamuses and all the other animals with impossible to rhyme with names…

“Over to you Frog!”

First picture book from poet and YA author Dockrill.

“Oh no! Barbra the cactus won’t stop playing her recorder, the yummy strawberry toothpaste has run out and now - to top it all off - Cookie has to have his hair cut! Which all makes for one very angry little cookie!

“But perhaps you, the reader, can find a way to turn his grumpy frown upside down?”

The Bear, The Piano, The Dog and The Fiddle, by David Litchfield

Sequel to the award-winning The Bear and the Piano.

“Hector and his dog Hugo have made music together through good times, bad times and even some crazy times. But when Hugo learns to play the fiddle, and gets the chance to play with Bear’s Big Band, Hector’s jealousy gets the better of him. Can Hector swallow his pride and learn to be for happy for his friend?”

Me and my Fear, by Francesca Sanna

New title from the award-winning author of The Journey. This title will also be useful for exploring fear, empathy and the plight of refugees.

“When a young refugee girl has to travel to a new country and start at a new school, she is accompanied by her Fear who tells her to be alone and afraid, growing bigger and bigger every day with questions like ‘how can you hope to make new friends if you don’t understand their language?’ But this little girl is stronger than her Fear.”

Mr Men: Adventure in Ice Age, by Adam Hargreaves

“When Mr Snow takes his friends on a fishing trip to the North Pole, they accidentally end up in the Ice Age with a friendly woolly mammoth and some cavemen! But not everyone is so friendly. How will the Mr Men escape the scary sabre tooth tiger and find their way back home?”

Super Frozen Magic Forest, by Matty Long

Third in the popular comic fantasy adventure series.

“Join the residents of the Super Happy Magic Forest for epic quests and lots of fun. When the Ice Queen covers the entire forest in snow, can the heroes break her spell before they all freeze?”

We Are Together, by Britta Teckentrup

From the author/illustrator of Under the Same Sky.

“On our own we’re special, and we can chase our dream. But when we join up, hand in hand, together we’re a team. Celebrate the power of love and friendship in this book by award-winning illustrator and author Britta Teckentrup. With vibrant artwork and peek-through pages, this is a picture book to treasure.”

The Monster Mystery, by Valerie Thomas & Korky Paul

“When Winnie and Wilbur see some unexplained footprints going right across the grass, they want to know who had made them. They think they might find the answer in the deep, dark forest that surrounds their home.

“But exploring the forest isn’t easy, especially when Winnie and Wilbur get separated. And will it help them untangle the mystery of the monster-sized footprints?”

The Dinosaur that Pooped a Princess, by Tom Fletcher, Dougie Poynter & Garry Parsons

“Danny and Dinosaur are convinced that a damsel in distress needs their help - they just need to find her. But there are twists in store. Can Dinosaur make it through Fairy Tale Land without eating everything in sight? And do all princesses really need to be rescued?”

Unicorn and the Rainbow Poop, by Emma Adams & Katy Halford

“Unicorn has a secret, and it won’t be long before her new friends find out. Will they still like her once they’ve caught a whiff of her somewhat unusual skill? This funny picture book is perfect for fans of unicorns, rainbows, silliness and mischief.”

The Dam, by David Almond & Levi Pinfold

On a more sombre note is this offering from Carnegie winners, Almond and Pinfold, described by the Bookseller as ‘an exceptional collaboration with a spare, soulful beauty.’

“When a great dam was built by the Kielder Water in Northumberland, the valley below slowly filled with water. But just before this, when the villagers had been moved out, two musicians went back to the abandoned valley. They tore down the boards over the houses, stepped inside and started to play - for this would be the last time that music would be heard in this place.”

Franklin and Luna go to the Moon, by Jen Campbell & Katie Harnett

“Luna and her best friend, Franklin the dragon, love stories and want to visit all the places they’ve read about in books. But for all their reading they still don’t know where dragons come from. And Franklin is now so old - 605 to be exact - he can’t remember himself! They search high and low, but to no avail. Until one evening, Luna’s tortoise, Neil Armstrong, notices something far away in the sky.

“The three friends set out on their biggest adventure yet - all the way to the moon - in the hope of reuniting Franklin with his long lost family.”

The Queen’s Lift-off, by Steve Anthony

“The Queen has been round the UK, and the world - twice! - and now she’s off to space!”

Flying Rabbits, Singing Squirrels and other bedtime stories, by Melanie Von Bismarck, Axel Scheffler & David Henry Wilson (trans.)

“Molly loves to listen to her dad’s bedtime stories. Once upon a time, he says, everyone was green, squirrels sang in choirs, tiny people lived in Aunt Elsie’s pot plant and of course, rabbits could fly… but can all this really be true?

“Molly thinks her dad’s just being silly as usual, but no-one’s bedtime stories are as good as his. So cuddle up on the sofa and pick one of these fourteen fantastically funny stories to read together before bed. Which one will be your favourite?”

Picture books for older readers

Hilda and the Hidden People, by Luke Pearson & Stephen Davies

Hilda is coming to Netflix this autumn – it’s sure to be amazing (but the book will still probably be better!).

“Join our beloved heroine as she encounters her very first troll, negotiates peace with some very persnickety elves, and reunites two lovelorn ancient giants. Fantastic creatures and daring adventures are all just part of another average day for Hilda, but what will she do if she is forced to move to Trolberg city, far away from her beloved valley home?”

Peter Pan, by J. M. Barrie & Caryl Hart

Sumptuously illustrated new edition of the children’s classic.

Junior novels

Twice Magic, by Cressida Cowell

Much anticipated sequel to the glorious The Wizards of Once.

“Witches are creating havoc in the Wildwoods and danger lurks behind every tree trunk. Wish is in possession of a powerful, Magic Spelling Book. Xar has a dangerous Witchstain on his hand.

“Wish and Xar are separated by the highest wall imaginable. But time is running out …

“It was unlikely that these heroes should meet in the first place. Is it possible they are destined to meet TWICE?”

Head Kid, by David Baddiel

“A wildly entertaining wish-fulfilment adventure that asks the question: what would happen if the strictest head teacher swapped bodies with the naughtiest kid in school?”

Big Trouble, Escape the Underdark, Into the Jungle and To Catch a Thief, by Matt Forbeck

A new Dungeons & Dragons choose-your-own-adventure series.

Lord of the Fleas, by Dav Pilkey

Fifth title in the Dog Man series, by the author of Captain Underpants.

“There’s a new bunch of baddies in town, and they have something sinister in store for Petey the Cat. Once again, Dog Man is called into action! With a cute kitten and a remarkable robot by his side, the Supa Buddies must join forces with the most unlikely of heroes to save the day.”

The City of Guardian Stones, by Jacob Sager Weinstein & Euan Cook

Sequel to The City of Secret Rivers.

“Hyacinth has just saved London, and possibly the world, from a magical conspiracy stretching back centuries. Not bad for a week of summer holiday. But why is her family linked to the ancient secrets of London? Hyacinth needs to find out, and when she discovers that Ancient Roman stones are being stolen from all around the city, it’s time for another adventure with the help of friends new and old, including Oaroboarus, a giant pig in a swimsuit.”

The Restless Girls, by Jessie Burton & Angela Barrett

The first children’s book from the author of The Miniaturist and The Muse.

“For her twelve daughters, Queen Laurelia’s death in a motor car accident is a disaster beyond losing a mother. Their father, King Alberto, cannot bear the idea of the princesses ever being in danger and decides his daughters must be kept safe at all costs. Those costs include their lessons, their possessions and, most importantly, their freedom. But the eldest, Princess Frida, will not bend to his will without a fight and she still has one possession her father can’t take: the power of her imagination.

“And so, with little but wits and ingenuity to rely on, Frida and her sisters begin their fight to be allowed to live.”

The Legend of Kevin: a roly-poly flying pony adventure, by Philip Reeve & Sarah McIntyre

New series from the team behind Pugs of the Frozen North.

“Max is a young boy living in an ordinary tower block. He longs for adventure in his life - then one day - DOOF! - a flying pony called Kevin crashes into his flat, blown in by a magical storm! T “he storm causes a huge flood and soon Max’s town submerged by water. Luckily for the town, Max has a flying pony to come to the rescue, and luckily for Kevin, he has a new best friend and a constant supply of his favourite thing - biscuits.”

The Lost Magician, by Piers Torday

“1945. They have survived the Blitz, but when Simon, Patricia, Evelyn and Larry step through a magical library door, they walk into an enchanted kingdom of fresh adventure and danger. A bewitching wonderland of fairies, bears and tree gods, which is now under threat from the mysterious silver robots of the Unreads.

“The many stories of the Library are locked in eternal war, and the children’s only hope is to find the mysterious Librarian. What they discover will change not just their own lives, but the fate of the world, for ever.”

Into the Jungle: stories for Mowgli, by Katherine Rundell & Kristjana S. Williams

Origin stories for some of the best-loved characters in The Jungle Book, from the author of The Explorer.

The Raven’s Children, by Yulia Yakovleva & Ruth Ahmedzai Kemp (trans.)

“Leningrad, 1939. When Shura and Tanya’s parents and baby brother suddenly disappear, it’s rumoured that they have been kidnapped by the mysterious Black Raven - and that their parents were spies. Tanya and Shura are determined to find their family - and so Shura decides to hand himself in to the Raven.

“Flagging down a KGB car, Shura is taken to the Grey House, where everyone is given a new name and a set of grey clothes, and everyone seems to forget their families and who they really are. Now Shura must do everything he can to cling on to his memories, and to escape.”

The Boy Who Lived with Dragons, by Andy Shepherd & Sara Ogilvie

Heartwarming sequel to The Boy Who Grew Dragons.

“Having your own dragon is magical - but Tomas is also about to find out what living with a dragon is really like. When the fire-breathing kicks in and you get singed every five seconds, it’s like having an unpredictable volcano in your pocket. Learning to train the dragons and keep them out of trouble at school and home will take all Tomas’s creativity and patience!”

The Skylarks’ War, by Hilary McKay

“Clarry and her older brother Peter live for their summers in Cornwall, staying with their grandparents and running free with their charismatic cousin, Rupert. But normal life resumes each September - boarding school for Peter and Rupert, and a boring life for Clarry at home with her absent father, as the shadow of a terrible war looms ever closer. When Rupert goes off to fight at the front, Clarry feels their skylark summers are finally slipping away from them. Can their family survive this fearful war?”

An Unexpected Twist, by Michael Rosen & Tony Ross

Prequel to Bah! Humbug!.

“Shona is moving house because her dad’s lost his benefits. At her new school, she finds that keeping out of trouble isn’t easy - just like for Oliver Twist, in her English class readings.

“After Shona is unexpectedly given a mobile phone, she begins to suspect there’s something dodgy about the boys she’s met. Some gifts, she comes to learn, aren’t exactly free.”

Lightning Girl 2: Superhero Squad, by Alesha Dixon, Katy Birchall & James Lancett

Sequel to Lightning Girl.

“Aurora Beam is finding this saving-the-world lark isn’t all its cracked up to be. World-famous overnight after she foiled the Blackout Burglar’s plot to steal a precious stone, she’s living in the full glare of the media’s flash bulbs: everyone wants a piece of the coolest new superhero in town.

“When she attends a global gathering of superheroes, will she find support from new friends who know exactly what she’s going through? Or will there be rivalries and sabotage to deal with? And what on earth is Grandma Beam - who Aurora thought was running a home for retired alpacas deep in the countryside - doing turning up at this top-secret summit?”

Junior non-fiction

Lego Star Wars Ideas Book: more than 200 games, activities and building ideas, by Hannah Dolan, Elizabeth Dowsett & Simon Hugo

“Find a galaxy full of Lego Star Wars ideas to build - from activities and art, games and challenges, to practical makes and your very own inventions! This book features imaginative play and building ideas using your own Lego brick collection, from projects that take just a few minutes, to builds to keep you occupied for hours.

“Set up a game of Star Wars skittles, create a pencil pot shaped like your favourite Sith or Jedi, build a fleet of tiny TIEs, design Darth Vader’s family tree, and customise a podracer. Challenge a friend to take on a rathtar, mix up your minifigures, stage your favourite movie battle scene with Lego Star Wars bricks - and much, much more!”

Nadiya’s Bake Me a Celebration Story, by Nadiya Hussain

“Whether it’s Halloween, Valentine’s Day, Holi, Thanksgiving, Eid or International Friendship Day, there are so many special moments to be enjoyed as a family throughout the year. And what better way to celebrate than to share stories and make delicious food together?

“A unique combination of storybook and cookbook, with all recipes, stories and activities devised and written by Nadiya herself, Bake Me a Celebration Story combines playful photography of Nadiya and her children with vibrant illustrations.”

Lifesize, by Sophy Henn

“Step into the book and see how you measure up against some of the world’s most amazing animals. High-five a polar bear to discover who has the biggest paw and peer through the die-cut to find out how you’d look with a giant squid eye.”

The Awesome Book of Space, by Adam Frost

From the award-winning author of The Awesome Book of Animals.

“Do you know how long it would take you to drive to the sun? Or whether you’d like to go on a space vacation? Be truly amazed by these awesome facts about our planet, our solar system, and our universe!”

Planetarium by Raman Prinja & Christopher Wormell and Dinosaurium by Lily Murray & Christopher Wormell]

New titles for the Welcome to the Museum series.

So You Think You Know About… Velociraptor?, …Spinosaurus? and …Stegosaurus?, by Ben Garrod

Ben Garrod adds more books to his popular dinosaur series.

The Beetle Collector’s Handbook, by M. G. Leonard

For fans of beetles and the Beetle Boy trilogy, this book has lots of facts and information as well as links to the fictional world of Beetle Boy himself.

Beano Joke Academy

“From rib-tickling knock-knock jokes to hysterical Doctor, Doctor gags and everything in between, this book has a joke for every occasion.

“As well as the side-splitting jokes, split into handy categories, this book contains the secrets to becoming a top comedian. With lessons from the Beano Joke Academy, budding comedians can learn how to create their own comic persona, deliver one-liners and even write their own gags.”

The Good Guys: 50 heroes who changed the world with kindness, by Rob Kemp & Paul Blow

“What if we celebrated men for their kindness as well their strength? For their generosity as well as their career success? For their loyal friendship as well as their charisma?

The Good Guys introduces us to fifty men who have showed that changing the world doesn’t require a sword or a corporate jet. Readers will find stories of extraordinary men including David Attenborough, Nelson Mandela, Oskar Schindler and Usain Bolt, as well as unsung heroes such as James Harrison, who has spent 50 years donating his rare blood to save millions of babies.”

Yoga for Kids: simple first steps in yoga and mindfulness

“Yoga is a great way to teach children about relaxation, meditation, and peace - while having fun at the same time. Children are guided through each pose, to make sure they achieve maximum fun and mindfulness in their yoga practice. Parents are given notes on each pose, to let them know what benefits it brings and how to stay safe.”

Amazing Inventions, by James Olstein

First in a new ‘Odd Science’ series.

Amazing Inventions is filled with weird and wacky facts that you’ve never heard before. Read about the trainers made of spider silk, wonder at the first record played in space and tell your friends about the robot built in 1937.”

The Legend of Tutankhamun, by Sally Morgan & James Weston Lewis

Vivid illustrations are sure to bring this story to life for readers interested in ancient history and the boy king.

A History of Pictures for Children, by David Hockney, Martin Gayford & Rose Blake

Children’s edition of the bestselling book for adults.

“David Hockney and Martin Gayford take children on a journey through art history, from early art drawn on cave walls to the images we make today on our computers and phone cameras.”

Old Toffer’s Book of Consequential Dogs, by Christopher Reid

“T.S. Eliot’s bestselling collection of practical cat poems has been one of the most successful poetry collections in the world. Now, for the first time, a companion volume is published. Originally conceived by Eliot himself, the poems in Old Toffer’s Book of Consequential Dogs are as witty and varied as the feline originals.”

I Am the Seed that Grew the Tree: a nature poem for every day of the year, by Fiona Waters & Frann Preston-Gannon

Full of colour illustrations and 366 nature poems spanning 400 years of poetry, this will appeal to fans of The Lost Words.

Sophie Green

Sophie Green

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