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THURSDAY 31st August 2017


If Not for You by Bob Dylan   (Author) David Walker (Illustrator)


Hardcover:           32 pages

Age Range:           4 - 8 years

Publisher:              Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing



Iconic singer-songwriter Bob Dylan and illustrator David Walker team up to present this charming, cozy, and touching interpretation of "If Not for You."


If not for you...

I'd be sad and blue.

 If not for you...

 I just wouldn't have a clue.

If not for you...

What would I do?


In this inventive interpretation of Bob Dylan's 1970 song "If Not for You," illustrator David Walker beautifully imagines Dylan's lyrics as portraying the bottomless love between a parent and a child--and the magical experiences they might share together.


There are a series of such picture books featuring Dylan songs. More will be featured later.

Wednesday 30th August 2017




Pointy-hatted Princesses  by Nick Sharratt  (Author)






Age:                        3-5 years

Paperback:           24 pages

Publisher:              Walker Books Ltd


Princess Trudy is really moody and the other princesses are feeling gloomy too. Can anything brighten their day? With colourful pictures and simple rhymes, this lively story book is perfect for beginner readers.

Tuesday 29th August 2017



Billy and the Minpins by Roald Dahl (Author),    Quentin Blake (Illustrator)

Due Out  7 Sep 2017




Hardcover:           112 pages

Age Range:           5 - 12 years

Publisher:              Puffin


Billy's mum says he must never go out through the garden gate and explore the dark forest beyond. So, one day, that's exactly what he does! There he meets the Minpins, tiny tree-dwelling people whose children are the size of matchsticks. They live in fear of the terrible, galloping GRUNCHER. Will it gobble Billy too - or can he find a way to defeat the hungry beast?


From Matilda to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and The BFG, the collaboration between Roald Dahl and Quentin Blake has captured millions of children's imaginations for nearly forty years. Billy and the Minpins, this new interpretation of Roald Dahl's very last story (originally published in 1991), is just as magical.

Monday 28th August 2017


Island: World Book Day 2017 by David Almond (Author)


Paperback:           176 pages

Publisher:              Hodder Children's Books


Although a book specially published for Book Day 2017 it is still available on Amazon.


A hopeful and moving coming-of-age story set on the island of Lindisfarne, by David Almond, author of the prize-winning Skellig and A Song for Ella Grey.


Sixteen-year old Louise travels with her father to the island of Lindisfarne every year ever since she can remember - it's the place Louise's mother loved best of all.


The arrival of Hassan from war-torn Syria changes everything. Louise is restless and yearning for independence, and the fiercely free and self-reliant Hassan fascinates her. He seems to know the island from long ago as if it were his home from birth. Hassan is an acrobat, maybe a sorcerer, possibly a source of great danger. The wild gang of boys who call the island their home want to cast him out.


The forces of love, death and hope move Louise and Hassan towards a deeper understanding of themselves and their place in a world that is both cruel and compassionate. Lindisfarne will change their lives forever.


David Almond is the author of many beloved and prize-winning books for children and teenagers. His best known work, Skellig, won the Whitbread Children's Award and the Carnegie Medal and was made into a feature-length film. A Song for Ella Grey, a beautiful retelling of the myth of Orpheus, won the Guardian Children's Book Prize 2015.

Sunday 27th August 2017


Tyrannosaurus Drip 10th Anniversary Edition

by Julia Donaldson  (Author), David Roberts  (Illustrator)


Paperback: 32 pages

Age Range: 3 - 7 years

Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books


Celebrate ten roaring years with this special anniversary edition of the rollicking story Tyrannosaurus Drip by the fantastic pairing of Julia Donaldson and David Roberts.


Everyone knows that tyrannosauruses are big and scary, so when a placid duckbill dinosaur's egg ends up in the wrong nest, confusion is sure to ensue! When the baby dinosaur hatches out, he's so out of place that his grisly big sisters call him Tyrannosaurus Drip. Poor little Drip: all he wants is a quiet life munching on water weed . . .


Children will love this rhyming and playful tale from the dynamic picture book partnership behind The Troll. The Tyrannosaurus Drip 10th Anniversary Edition comes complete with special bonus material, including a sneak peek at the illustrator's sketchbook and a letter from the author. With a gorgeous, deluxe cover this is an absolute must for all Julia Donaldson and David Roberts fans!

Saturday 26th August 2017


Wigglesbottom Primary: The Shark in the Pool by Pamela Butchart  (Author), Becka Moor (Illustrator)



Age. 5-8.

Paperback: 112 pages

Publisher: Nosy Crow





Three more stories of primary school mayhem from the Red House Children's Book Award shortlisted author, Pamela Butchart. Is there a shark in the local swimming pool? YES! Can playing with the class parachute make you invisible? YES! Are there dinosaur bones buried in the playground? YES! What are 2F going to do about it all? Have a lot of fun!

25th August 2017


The Queen’s Orang-Utan by David Walliams  (Author), Tony Ross (Illustrator)



Paperback: 32 pages

Age Range: 3 - 6 years

Publisher: Harper Collins Children's Books




Written exclusively for Comic Relief 2015 by David Walliams. From Number One bestselling picture book duo, David Walliams and Tony Ross, comes this spectacularly funny story for children of 3 and up.


A bored queen.


A birthday wish.


An outrageous orang-utan.


Everything’s about to go bananas!


Written by David Walliams as an exclusive children’s picture book especially for Comic Relief – David will be giving all of his proceeds from the book to the charity. The illustrator, Tony Ross, will waive his royalties and HarperCollins UK will also donate all profits from the publishing of the book – at least £3 from each copy sold will go to Comic Relief.

24th August 2017


Help! I'm Trapped in My Best Friend's Nose Paperback by Andy Griffiths  (Author),

Terry Denton (Illustrator)




Paperback: 224 pages

Age Range: 7 - 9 years

Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books


Help! I'm Trapped in My Best Friend's Nose is a collection of nine completely crazy stories from Andy Griffiths and illustrated by Terry Denton - the creators of the smash hit The 13-Storey Treehouse.


Is this the right book for you? Take this test to find out!


Do you ask, 'Are we there yet?' over and over on long car trips?


Do you like to drive people mad by copying everything they say and do?


Do you bounce so high on your bed that you hit your head on the ceiling?


Do you ever look in the mirror and see a maniac staring back at you?


Score one point for each 'yes' answer.


3-5 You are obviously a very crazy person. You will love this book.


1-2 You are a fairly crazy person. You will love this book.


0 You don't realize how much fun being crazy can be. You will love this book.


23rd August 2017




Stardust by Jeanne Willis












Age:                                        3-5+ years

Hardcover:                           32 pages

Publisher: Nosy Crow Ltd (7 Sept. 2017)


One little girl dreams of being a star. But whether it's finding Mum's lost wedding ring or winning the fancy-dress prize, her big sister always shines brighter. Yet for her grandad she is a star and, as he dries her eyes and they both gaze up at the night sky, he tells a story, the story of the beginning of the world. Everything and everyone is made of stardust, and we all shine in different ways. It's a lesson this little girl will never forget ...and one day her dream comes true, and she finally realises her ambition to become an astronaut and fly up to the stars.


19th AUGUST 2017



The Great Granny Cake Contest!: Hubble Bubble by Tracey Corderoy (Author)



Paperback: 114 pages

Age Range: 6 - 9 years

Publisher: Nosy Crow;


Can you keep a secret? Pandora's granny is a witch! She causes magical mayhem wherever she goes. In these stories, she brings comic chaos to a televised baking competition, delightful disaster to a school fair, and tons of trouble to a stately home! But she makes everything right in the end, with a bit of help from Pandora. Everyone loves Granny, especially her long-suffering granddaughter!

18th August 2017


Bubble and Squeak by James Mayhew   (Author),    Clara Vulliamy (Illustrator)


Chosen by my grandaughter Freya Aged 4 going on 16





Paperback: 32 pages

Age Range: 6 - 11 years

Publisher: Orchard Books


People travel from far and wide to watch Bubble, the amazingly graceful elephant, perform her daredevil act, The Pyramid of Peril. But Bubble, although surrounded by friends, is desperately lonely - until an equally lonely little mouse appears. This funny and compassionate story of two unlikely companions is filled with drama, suspense and a touch of tenderness, depicted with stylish illustrations.

Respected children's book creators, James Mayhew and Clara Vulliamy, have produced this stylish story about the true spirit of friendship.


16th August 2017


This Zoo is Not for You  by Ross Collins (Author), Nosy Crow (Illustrator)




Hardcover: 32 pages

Age Range:           3-6+ years

Publisher: Nosy Crow Ltd


When a small platypus visits the zoo, the animals all assume he has come about the vacancy and he is swiftly taken through a rigorous interview process. But the platypus is far too bland for the chameleons, not nearly graceful enough for the flamingos, and his tricks will never impress the monkeys. So, he leaves. The animals soon regret being so unkind, but . . . what's this? The platypus has left an invitation! Oh dear - it seems he had actually come to the zoo to invite them all to his party . . . But with all forgiven and forgotten, the platypus welcomes his new zoo friends to a fantastic party on his Platybus!This rollicking rhyming picture book, from the award-winning creator of There's a Bear on My Chair, combines comic misunderstandings with a heartfelt story about acceptance and belonging.

15th AUGUST 2017




The Owl Tree by Jenny Nimmo  (Author), Anthony Lewis  (Illustrator)








Age:                        7+ Years

Paperback:           80 pages

Publisher:              Walker Books Ltd


An enchanting tale of a young boy's efforts to save a magical tree, winner of the 1997 Smarties Prize.The owl-tree is not like any tree Joe has ever seen. It's huge and leafy and shivers like a person; it even seems to speak. Granny Diamond once saw an owl perched among its branches and she has loved the tree ever since. It means the world to her. But her neighbour, Mr Rock, wants to cut it down. Why does he dislike the owl-tree so much? Does it have a secret to tell Joe? And how can he, a boy too scared even to climb the tree, be the one to save it?


14th August 2017


Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Book? by Lauren Child   (Author)


Paperback:           32 pages

Age Range:           6 - 11 years

Publisher:              Orchard Books



The story of a boy who fell into a book . . . by Children's Laureate Lauren Child. (With a guest appearance from The Little Bad Wolf).


Now if you were going to fall into a book, a book of fairy tales would probably not be your first choice. Because in every story there is always a wicked this, an evil that or a hungry somebody. It could only happen to Herb, child star of that thrilling tale, Beware of the Storybook Wolves.


A brilliantly original fairy tale twist from the creator of the bestselling Charlie & Lola series (as seen on CBeebies). Open it if you dare!


'A thrilling story to scare your socks off.'

The Bookseller


'Wonderfully imaginative... Absorbing and with fantastical, zany pictures.'

The Observer


'Very, very funny and definitely not to be missed!'

Books for Keeps

13th August 2017


Evie Scruffypup's Big Surprise: Book 10 (Magic Animal Friends) by Daisy Meadows   (Author)


Paperback: 112 pages

Age Range: 6 - 8 years

Publisher: Orchard Books


Welcome to a magical world where animals talk and play - just like you and me!


Evie Scruffypup loves surprises, but when horrid witch Grizelda casts a spell to make her act like a naughty creature, all her surprises become nasty!


Can Lily and Jess undo the spell before Blossom Day is ruined?



12th August 2017


Oi! Get Off Our Train by John Burningham  (Author)


Paperback: 48 pages

Age Range: 5 - 7 years

Publisher: Red Fox; New Ed edition


A little boy sets off on a round-the-world night train to dreamland with only his toy dog for company. But soon all sorts of endangered animals are asking if they can jump up and join them on their journey. . .

10th August 2017

Supermarket Zoo by Caryl Hart   (Author),    Ed Eaves   (Illustrator)


Paperback: 32 pages

Age Range: 3 years and up

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's UK


Every little boy knows that going shopping with Mum is the most boring thing in the world. But for little Albie, one trip to the supermarket opens a whole new world of fun! Because this isn't just any supermarket - it's the supermarket zoo - and with a whole trolley full of animals on his list, Albie will never see shopping the same way again.




9th August 2017


Charlotte's Web (A Puffin Book) by E. B. White   (Author),    Garth Williams   (Illustrator)


Paperback: 272 pages

Age Range: 7 - 11 years

Publisher: Puffin Classics


Puffin Modern Classics are relaunched under a new logo: A Puffin Book. There are 20 titles to collect in the series, listed below, all with exciting new covers and fun-filled endnotes.


This is the story of a little girl named Fern who loved a little pig named Wilbur and of Wilbur's dear friend, Charlotte A. Cavatica, a beautiful large grey spider. With the unlikely help of Templeton the rat, and a wonderfully clever plan of her own, Charlotte saves the life of Wilbur, who by this time has grown up to be quite a pig.


A time-honoured classic favourite.


Tuesday 8th August 2017


The Whales' Song  by Dyan Sheldon and Gary Blythe


Paperback:          32 pages

Age Range:          5 - 7 years

Publisher:            Red Fox;


Lily's grandmother tells her all about the mysterious whales out in the bay, and Lily longs to hear their magical song. Gary Blythe's richly evocative artwork creates an incredibly atmospheric world for a timeless tale of wildlife and wonder.


This stunning, award-winning picture book has been refreshed and redesigned in a new edition, making it perfect for a new generation to share and fall in love with.

Monday 7th August 2017


A Girl Called Owl by Amy Wilson


Paperback:          336 pages

Age Range:          9 years and up

Publisher:            Macmillan Children's Books



It's bad enough having a mum dippy enough to name you Owl, but when you've got a dad you've never met, a best friend who needs you more than ever, and a new boy at school giving you weird looks, there's not a lot of room for much else.


So when Owl starts seeing strange frost patterns on her skin, she's tempted to just burrow down under the duvet and forget all about it. Could her strange new powers be linked to her mysterious father?And what will happen when she enters the magical world of winter for the first time?


A glittering story of frost and friendship, with writing full of magic and heart, A Girl Called Owl is a stunning debut about family, responsibility and the beauty of the natural world.


6th August 2017


The Beach Dogs by Colin Dann (Author)

'Now!' he snapped urgently. 'Down to the boat. As soon as you hear the engine start, jump in and get out of sight!'


Zoe and Bertram have embarked on the most amazing adventure of their lives. Egged on by the lively young mongrel Jack, they are escaping heir dull, shorebound lives and are on course for the remote island of Clany.


But what sort of life can the stowaways expect? Winter is coming, and food and drink will be hard to find on the island.

Paperback: 144 pages

Age Range: 9 - 11 years

 Publisher: Red Fox;



5th August 2017

Molly Maybe and the Ghost Train by Kristina Stephenson   (Author)


Paperback: 32 pages

Age Range: 3 years and up


Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's UK

Molly Maybe has a marvellous secret - she and her faithful sidekick, Waggy Burns, are the only ones who can travel to an amazing monster world which mirrors our own. Take a ride in the incredible mundervator with Molly and help her solve a crisis in Undermunder.

 There’s a terrible smell in Smallsbury but Molly knows that it’s not the drains! She ventures down into Undermunder and discovers three little monsters, who can’t stop pumping out pony smells in fear. They’ve lost their kite and too scared of the ghastly ghost, the Ghoulie Gumpus to get it back. Will Molly be able to show them there’s nothing to be scared of? Or is the Ghoulie Gumpus just too ghastly?

4th August 2017


Time Travelling with a Hamster by Ross Welford   (Author)


Age Range: 9 years and up

Paperback: 400 pages

Publisher: HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks


For readers who loved Wonder and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time this extraordinary debut will make you laugh and cry.


A story that crosses time and generations, for adventure-loving readers young and old.


“My dad died twice. Once when he was thirty nine and again four years later when he was twelve.”


On Al Chaudhury’s twelfth birthday his beloved Grandpa Byron gives him a letter from Al’s late father. In it Al receives a mission: travel back to 1984 in a secret time machine and save his father’s life.


Al soon discovers that time travel requires daring and imagination. It also requires lies, theft, setting his school on fire and ignoring philosophical advice from Grandpa Byron. All without losing his pet hamster, Alan Shearer…


Time Travelling With a Hamster is a funny, heart-warming race-against-time – and across generations – adventure that you will won’t be able to put down.



3rd August 2017


Goodnight, Magic Moon

by Janet Bingham (Author)


Rosalind Beardshaw (Illustrator)


Paperback:           32 pages

Age Range:           3 - 6 years

Publisher:              Scholastic


One starry evening, Mummy tells Nibbles about the magical Moon Mice, who nibble away at the moon each night, and then help it to grow back again. So when Nibbles shares his delicious moon-cheese with Mrs Eldermouse, he wonders if the Moon Mice will work their magic on his special cheese. Nibbles learns all about the magic moon and the magic of sharing in this special bedtime story.

2nd August 2017


The Boy Who Sailed the Ocean in an Armchair

Lara Williamson  (Author)




Age Range:           9-12 years old

Paperback:           336 pages

Publisher:              Usborne Publishing Ltd







From Waterstones Book Prize 2014 shortlisted author, Lara Williamson, The Boy who Sailed the Ocean in an Armchair is perfect for fans of Michael Morpurgo, Jacqueline Wilson and Wonder by R J Palacio.


Becket Rumsey is all at sea. His dad has run away with him and his brother Billy in the middle of the night. And they've left everything behind, including their almost-mum Pearl. Becket has no idea what's going on - it's a mystery. So with the help of Billy and a snail called Brian, Becket sets out on a journey of discovery. It's not plain sailing but then what journeys ever are? An extraordinary story of courage, dreams and finding your way, from the bestselling author of A Boy Called Hope (shortlisted for the 2014 Waterstones Book Prize).

1st August 2017


The Emperor's Egg by Martin Jenkins  (Author), Jane Chapman  (Illustrator)


Age Range: 3-5+ Years

Paperback: 32 pages

Publisher: Walker


The Emperor penguin is the only large animal to remain on the Antarctic mainland throughout its bitterly inhospitable winter. Once the female has laid her egg, she heads back to the sea, leaving the male to incubate it. He then spends two months standing on the freezing cold ice with the egg on his feet! This is his story.

When I was a lad at school around 13 years old, our Maths teacher used to call me Wol. At the end of the year as we were moving up a class I plucked up courage to ask why he called me Wol. He told meit was thename of the deslexic owl in Winnie the Pooh. With my Harry Potter glasses he said I looked like the Wise Old Owl in the Winnie the Pooh stories.


Being the vain person I am I took it as a compliment

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