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JULY 2017

31st July 2017


Jim, Who Ran Away from His Nurse and Was Eaten by a Lion by Hilaire Belloc  (Author), Mini Grey  (Illustrator)






Age Range: 

3-5 Year old Even adults


Hardcover & Softcover :  

26 pages



Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers


A fantastically entertaining book for young and old alike


“Contains a Dangerous Beast and a Miserable End,” states a warning on the cover. But if you are strong of heart and like your humor a little on the dark side, jump right into the brilliant collaboration of the Edwardian humorist Hilaire Belloc, dead for the past 57 years, and the very much alive Mini Grey. Grey's sly illustrations, clever type designs, amazing lift-the-flaps, and a roaring lion pop-up, not to mention her zoo map with hilarious Rules and Byelaws, make this edition of the classic cautionary tale a collectible to savor. Decidedly not a lift-the-flap for babies, it will lift the spirits of anyone with a well-developed sense of humor.

30th July 2017


Matilda (Dahl Fiction)  by Roald Dahl  (Author), Quentin Blake  (Illustrator)




Paperback:           256 pages

Age Range:           9 - 11 years

Publisher:              Puffin





Phizzwhizzing new cover look and branding for the World's NUMBER ONE Storyteller!


Matilda Wormwood's father thinks she's a little scab. Matilda's mother spends all afternoon playing bingo. And Matilda's headmistress Miss Trunchbull? Well, she's the worst of all. She is a big bully, who thinks all her pupils are rotten and locks them in the dreaded Chokey. As for Matilda, she's an extraordinary little girl with a magical mind - and now she's had enough. So all these grown-ups had better watch out, because Matilda is going to teach them a lesson they'll never forget.


Now you can listen to MATILDA and other Roald Dahl audiobooks read by some very famous voices, including Kate Winslet, David Walliams and Steven Fry - plus there are added squelchy sound effects from Pinewood Studios!


Also  at the Cambridge Theatre, London  go and see the magnificent Matilda the Musical

Roald Dahl's children's classic has been turned into a stellar musical performance by none other than musical comic Tim Minchin. His virtuosio songwriting and sly humour help breathe new life into one of the most iconic children's tales of all time.


The production has won 7 Olivier Awards, including Best New Musical and currently holds more Olivier Awards than any other musical.

29th July 2017


Sparkle the Seahorse (Magical Horses) by Karen King  (Author), Angie Hicks (Illustrator)




Paperback:           24 pages

Age Range:           5 - 7 years

Publisher:              Award Publications Ltd


Sparkle has lots of friends on the coral reef where she lives, but she longs to meet another sea horse, someone just like her. She sets out to search the ocean for a sea horse friend, but nobody has ever seen one! Then Sparkle's adventure takes a surprising turn when she stops to help a juggling clown fish…

28th July 2017



Magic Animal Friends  

#6 Emily: Prickleback's Clever Idea


Daisy Meadows


Age:                        7+ Years

Paperback:           112 pages

Publisher:             Scholastic

24 Books available in the Magic Animal Friends. More to follow in September 2017



Best friends Jess and Lily visit Friendship Forest, where animals can talk and magic exists!

Jess and Lily can't wait to attend the Rushy River boat race in Friendship Forest! But when Grizelda sends her sand dragon to turn the Prickleback hedgehog family to stone, it's up to the girls and Emily Prickleback to find a way to change them back and save the river!

Spot Loves Bedtime Board book by Eric Hill  (Author)


AGE:                      0-3 years

Board book:         14 pages

Publisher:              Puffin


The perfect bedtime story for all fans of Spot the loveable puppy.


Join Spot for a brand-new story. Spot is ready to snuggle down and go to sleep, but - oh no! - where's teddy . . . ? This simple, reassuring story is perfect for sharing at bedtime with boys and girls aged 0-3.

25th July 2017



M is for Magic Paperback by Neil Gaiman  (Author)



Age:                       10years & upwards

Paperback:           272 pages

Publisher:              Bloomsbury Publishing PLC






In this collection of wonderful stories, which range between fantasy, humour, science fiction and a sprinkling of horror, the reader will relish the range and skill of Neil Gaiman's writing. Be prepared to laugh at the detective story about Humpty Dumpty's demise, spooked by the sinister jack-in -the-box who haunts the lives of the children who own it, and intrigued by the boy who is raised by ghosts in a graveyard in this collection of bite-sized narrative pleasures.


23rd JULY 2017



100 Hugs by Chris Riddell (Author)


Hardcover:           128 pages

Age Range:           9 - 11 years

Publisher:              Macmillan Children's Books





100 Hugs is a gorgeous collection of hugs from Children's Laureate Chris Riddell is the perfect gift for a loved one, or to cheer yourself up on a dark day. The beautiful illustrations from three-time winner of the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal covers every possible type of hug you can think of, but one thing is for certain: every one will touch your heart.

22nd July 2017


The Bad Bunnies' Magic Show


Mini Grey (Author)






Paperback:           32 pages

Age Range:           2 – 5 years and up

Publisher:              Simon & Schuster Children's UK


When the great magician, Hypno, goes missing just before a show, his rabbits Abra and Cadabra step in to save the day.

But are they all that they seem? Or is there more to their sleight of paw than meets the eye?

An exciting new novelty book from British author and illustrator Mini Grey that will have children and parents laughing out loud.

21st July 2017



Violet the Pilot by Steve Breen  (Author)






Paperback: 40 pages

Age Range: 4 - 8 years

Publisher: Puffin Books


By the time she's two years old, Violet Van Winkle can fix nearly any appliance in the house. And by eight she's building elaborate flying machines from scratch - mind-boggling contraptions such as the Tubbubbler, the Bioycopter, and the Wing-a-ma-jig. The kids at school tease her, but they have no idea what she's capable of. Maybe she could earn their respect by winning the blue ribbon in the upcoming Air Show. Or maybe something even better will happen - something involving her best-ever invention, a Boy Scout troop in peril, and even the mayor himself!

20th JULY 2017



Dixie O'Day and the Great Diamond Robbery by Shirley Hughes (Author), Clara Vulliamy (Illustrator)







Paperback:           136 pages

Age Range:           5 - 7 years

Publisher:              Red Fox


Welcome to the world of Dixie O’Day! A world of peril and thrills, friendship and fun…


A new series of adventure stories from mother-and-daughter dream team Shirley Hughes and Clara Vulliamy, published by Random House Children’s Books.


With seven chapters in each book – a chapter for each night of the week – and a whole host of extras, the Dixie O’Day series is perfect for young readers.


Dixie O'Day and his best friend Percy are off on holiday, and drive straight into adventure!


Peaches Miaow, the fabulous pop star, has her pricelss diamond necklace stolen from the Hotel Splendide in the crime of the century. Can Dixie and Percy track down the sinister figures at the heart of the mystery?


Pack your bags for a thrilling trip filled with glamourpusses, cat burglars and seaside fun in this gorgeous chapter book with a chapter for each night of the week, as well as plenty of exciting extra material.

19th July 2017


The Incredible Book Eating Boy by Oliver Jeffers   (Author, Illustrator)




Paperback: 32 pages

Age Range: 4 - 6 years

Publisher: HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks




The mouth-watering new book from acclaimed author illustrator, Oliver Jeffers.


Henry loves books… but not like you and I. He loves to EAT books! This exciting story follows the trials and tribulations of a boy with a voracious appetite for books.


Henry discovers his unusual taste by mistake one day, and is soon swept up in his new-found passion – gorging on every delicious book in sight! And better still, he realises that the more books he eats, the smarter he gets. Henry dreams of becoming the Incredible Book Eating Boy; the smartest boy in the world!


But a book-eating diet isn’t the healthiest of habits, as Henry soon finds out…

18th July 2017


The Painted Garden: A Story of a Holiday in Hollywood by Noel Streatfield (Author),    Shirley Hughes (Illustrator)




Range: 9 - 11 years

Paperback: 304 pages

Publisher: Puffin Books





Jane’s family is all set to go to America for a long time. Everyone is thrilled – except Jane. How can Jane leave behind the only creature that loves her – Chewing-gum, her beloved dog?


Jane’s father, a writer with terrible writer’s block following a bad car accident, is invited to spend a year in America with his family to recover. Jane’s brother and sister are hugely excited, but Jane, the awkward middle child, can only think of the bad things about leaving home. Once in America, however, things change rapidly and Jane lands the star part in a Hollywood film! Before long she becomes much too big for her boots and has to learn about coming down to earth the hard way before the story ends happily.


“Noel Streatfeild’s position in the children’s book world is unique. She is endlessly inventive, full of verve and real understanding of the surfaces of childhood. Her stories are rich in documentary interest and entertainment, escapism of a most satisfying sort.”



17th July 2017


Dogger by Shirley Hughes   (Author)



Age Range:           3 - 5 years

Hardcover:           48 pages

Publisher:            Bodley Head



A very special 40th anniversary edition of one of the nation's favourite stories.


When Dave loses his favourite toy, Dogger, he is desolate. But then Dogger turns up at the school summer fair, and everything seems all right - until someone else buys him before Dave can get the money! A classic picture book from award-winning author-illustrator Shirley Hughes tells the endearing story of how Dogger, the much loved toy dog, was lost and finally found again.


Celebrating 40 years in 2017, this hardback edition contain a letter from Shirley Hughes, extra material, and even a photo of the real-life Dogger!





16th July 2017



Captain  by Sam Angus   (Author)




Hardcover:         240 pages

Age Range:         9 - 12 years

Publisher:       Feiwel & Friends




It's 1915 and British troops are about to sail to Gallipoli. Billy is the youngest soldier in his platoon and is teased for not being old enough to drink or shave. The truth is, at fifteen he's not old enough to be a soldier, either, and he's terrified of the war he's about to fight.


Then he meets Captain, a refugee boy, and his donkey, Hey-ho. Together they teach Billy what it means to be brave, loyal, and fearless, and above all what it means to be a friend.


Sam Angus pulls at heartstrings in this stirring wartime friendship story.


Stick by Irene Dickson (Author)


Age                         2-5 Years

Hardcover:           32 pages

Publisher:              Nosy Crow Ltd




A boy and his dog set off to play together one sunny day, taking nothing with them but a good, useful stick . . . There are SO many things you can do with a stick. You can throw it, balance with it, float it down a stream, draw pictures in the sand and it will even help you make new friends! All it takes is a child's zest for life and a bit of creativity


14th July 2017




The Tale of Angelino Brown by David Almond (Author),    Alex T Smith (Illustrator)




Hardcover:           288 pages

Age Range:           8 - 11 years

Publisher:              Walker Books







Bert and Betty Brown have got themselves a little angel. Bert found him in his top pocket when he was driving his bus.


Bert and Betty's friends think he's lovely. So do Nancy and Jack and Alice from Class 5K. What a wonder!


But Acting Head Teacher Mrs Mole is not so sure. Nor is Professor Smellie. Or the mysterious bloke in black who claims to be a School Inspector.


Then there's Basher Malone - big, lumbering Basher Malone. He REALLY doesn't like Angelino. And it looks like he's out to get him...

13th July 2017



Dangerously Ever After by Dashka Slater   (Author),    Valeria Docampo (Illustrator)






Age Range:           5 - 8 years

Hardcover:           40 pages

Publisher:              Dial Books for Young Readers


Not all princesses are made of sugar and spice--some are made of funnier, fiercer stuff


Princess Amanita laughs in the face of danger. Brakeless bicycles, pet scorpions, spiky plants--that's her thing. So when quiet Prince Florian gives her roses, Amanita is unimpressed . . . until she sees their glorious thorns! Now she must have rose seeds of her own. But when huge, honking noses grow instead, what is a princess with a taste for danger to do?


For readers seeking a princess with pluck comes an independent heroine who tackles obstacles with a bouquet of sniffling noses. At once lovely and delightfully absurd, here's a story to show how elastic ideas of beauty and princesses can be.




12th July 2017


An Elephant in the Garden by Michael Morpurgo   (Author)




Age Range: 7 years and up

Paperback: 240 pages

Publisher: Harper Collins Children's Books


A thrilling and moving novel about an extraordinary animal caught up in a very human war, for anyone who loved The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips or The Butterfly Lion…


By the award-winning former Children’s Laureate and author of War Horse.


Dresden, 1945. Elizabeth and Karli's mother works at the zoo, where her favourite animal is a young elephant named Marlene. Then the zoo director tells her that the dangerous animals – including the elephants – must be shot before the town is bombed. Unable to give Marlene up, their mother moves her into the back garden to save her… and then the bombs start to fall.


Their home destroyed, the whole family must flee the bombed-out city and through the perilous, snow-covered landscape, all the while avoiding the Russian troops who are drawing ever closer. It would be hard enough to do, without an elephant in t


11th July 2017



Poo in the Zoo by Steve Smallman   (Author),    Ada Grey (Illustrator)










Age Range: 3 - 6 years

Paperback: 32 pages

Publisher: Little Tiger Press


There was tiger poo, lion poo, prickly porcupine poo,


 Plummeting giraffe poop that landed with a splat.


 Dollops of gnu poo, bouncy kangaroo poo,


 A trail of drippy droppings from a fat wombat!”


Zoo Keeper Bob is exhausted. There’s too much poo in the zoo – and he’s the one who has to scoop it up. Then one day, a mysterious glowing poo appears! Could it be alien poop from outer space? And what on EARTH will Bob do with it?


Perfect for fans of The Dinosaur who Pooped Christmas, children will laugh out loud at this gloriously poopy, funny picture book! Packed with humour, the romping rhyme and deliciously cheeky wordplay is a joy to read aloud. From the author of Dragon Stew, Steve Smallman and illustrator, Ada Grey (Shh! Don't Wake the Royal Baby).

10th July 2017


The Bookshop Girl  by Sylvia Bishop (Author)




Paperback:           176 pages

Age Range:           7 - 9 years

Publisher:              Scholastic;


This story is about a little girl named Property Jones, so-called because she was left in the lost property cupboard of a bookshop when she was five years old. Property loves living in the bookshop, but she has a whopper of a secret ... she can't actually read! So Property doesn't see the newspaper article announcing the chance to win the Montgomery Book Emporium, the biggest and most magnificent bookshop in the world! When her family win the competition, Property finds herself moving to the Emporium, a magical place filled with floor upon floor of books and a very bad-tempered cat. But all is not at it seems at the Emporium and soon Property Jones finds herself in a whole heap of trouble.


9th July 2017


The Tooth Fairy's Royal Visit by Peter Bently   (Author),    Garry Parsons (Illustrator)


Age Range: 3 - 5 years

Paperback: 32 pages

Publisher: Hodder Children's Books


The Tooth Fairy meets the Royal Family in this hilarious rhyming sequel to The Tooth Fairy's Christmas from Roald Dahl Funny Prize winner Peter Bently and Garry Parsons, bestselling illustrator of The Dinosaur That Pooped Christmas.


The prince has lost his first tooth! He's asleep in his bedroom in the palace ... but the palace is enormous! Will the Tooth Fairy ever find him? And meanwhile can she help find another set of important royal teeth that have gone missing?!


Praise for The Tooth Fairy's Christmas:

'Garry Parsons does the both characters proud with his swirling, atmospheric illustrations.' - Independent

'Lots of fun for young children' - Angels and Urchins


8th July 2017




How to Survive Summer Camp by Jacqueline Wilson   (Author),    Nick Sharratt   (Illustrator)



Age Range: 9 - 11 years

Paperback: 224 pages

Publisher: OUP Oxford






Just one of so many brilliant books by Jacqueline Wilson. How do you decide which one to read . This one’s about summer holidays which we’ll all shortly be on. This book will clearly get you in the mood. The book is a work of brilliant fiction and not an instruction manual.




My new T-shirt was a liar.


Dumped at Evergreen Summer Camp while her mum's off on a swanky honeymoon, Stella just knows she's going to hate it. Being mistaken for a boy and having to share a room with snobby Louise and nasty Karen is just the start . . .


It seems Stella's in for a nightmare summer. How can she possibly survive?


This special edition includes a fantastic section of cool quizzes, yummy recipes, and brilliant activities. It has all you need to create your own summer camp . . . even survival tips!


7th July 2017



The Everywhere Bear  by Julia Donaldson   (Author) Rebecca Cobb (Illustrator)








Age Range:           3 - 7 years

Hardcover:           32 pages

Publisher:              Macmillan Children's Books


The Everywhere Bear has a home on a shelf

But he doesn't spend very much time by himself,

For each boy and girl in the class is a friend

And he goes home with one of them every weekend.


The Everywhere Bear has a wonderful time with the children in Class One, but one day he gets more than he bargained for when he falls unnoticed from a backpack and embarks on his own big adventure! He's washed down a drain and whooshed out to sea, rescued by a fishing boat, loaded onto a lorry, carried off by a seagull . . . how will he ever make it back to Class One?


The Everywhere Bear is a warm and engaging story from Julia Donaldson and Rebecca Cobb, the creators of The Paper Dolls, which has sold over 200,000 copies worldwide and was shortlisted for the Kate Greenway Medal.

6th July 2017





Zoo Boy and the Jewel Thieves Paperback by Sophie Thompson (Author)













Age Range: 5 - 7 years

Paperback: 176 pages

Publisher: Faber & Faber


Eight year old Vince (otherwise known somewhat affectionately as Zoo Boy) can talk to animals. Which is handy, as his dad works at the zoo! The only problem is, the animals are rather demanding... But for once the animals are going to have to put their selfish ways aside, as there's a jewel thief on the loose. Can Vince and the animals catch the crook?


Another hilarious and delightful story for 6+ readers by actress Sophie Thompson, with black and white illustrations by the wonderfully talented Rebecca Ashdown.

5th JULY 2017


Oliver and Patch by Claire Freedman   (Author),    Kate Hindley (Illustrator)








Age Range: 3-5 years

Paperback: 32 pages

Publisher: Simon & Schuster


Oliver is finding the big city a lonely and scary place but when he finds a little lost dog he makes his first friend in the city.

 The trouble is, he knows that somewhere out there someone is missing the little dog just as much as he is loving having him, So, with a heavy heart, Oliver sets about doing the right thing. A beautifully told story with a lovely, uplifting ending from Claire Freedman, the bestselling creator of the Underpants series.


4th July 2017




Hamish and the Gravity Burp by Danny Wallace (Author),    Jamie Littler (Illustrator)












Age Range:           8 years and up

Paperback:           272 pages

Publisher:              Simon & Schuster



Another hilarious adventure from bestselling author Danny Wallace, perfect for fans of David Walliams, Roald Dahl, David Baddiel and David Solomons!


 This may look like just a completely and utterly ordinary book. But it’s not. This book knows something terrifying: that the people of Earth face their gravest, grimmest threat yet!


 When Hamish arrives home to find his mum and his brother lying flat on their backs ON THE CEILING, he knows there’s something seriously wrong (again) in the town of Starkley. What is the strange burping noise he keeps hearing? Why are weird seeds suddenly falling from the sky? And should he be worried about the odd woman with a cone around her neck?


3rd July 2017


 The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch (Author),    Michael Martchenko (Illustrator)



Paperback: 32 pages

Age Range: 4 - 7 years

Publisher: Annick Press Ltd


The Princess Elizabeth is slated to marry Prince Ronald when a dragon attacks the castle and kidnaps Ronald. In resourceful and humorous fashion, Elizabeth finds the dragon, outsmarts him, and rescues Ronald--who is less than pleased at her un-princess-like appearance.


First published in 1980 and with over four million copies in print, The Paper Bag Princess (the story of a resourceful princess and her useless prince) has captured the hearts of readers young and old all around the world. The New York Times called it ""one of the best children's books ever written"" and it has appeared countless times on ""best books"" lists. The story reverses the ""princess and dragon"" folklore stereotype and celebrates feisty females everywhere, making it a firm favourite with female readers of all ages, as well as women's groups, teachers and librarians.

2nd July 2017


Witch Wars  by Sibéal Pounder   (Author),    Laura Ellen Anderson (Illustrator)




Paperback:           272 pages

Age Range:           7 -11 years

Publisher:              Bloomsbury Childrens






When Fran the Fabulous Fairy turns up in Tiga Whicabim's shed to tell her she's a witch, Tiga doesn't believe her. Or at least not until Fran points out that TIGA WHICABIM is actually an anagram of I AM A BIG WITCH and magics her away down the drainpipes to compete in Witch Wars - the competition to crown the next Top Witch of Ritzy City.


Filled with silly spells, delectable dresses, ridiculous riddles and a serious shoe problem, Witch Wars is a witch story like no other. Although if you enjoyed The Worst Witch, you'll love this too!

1st July 2017


The Hundred Decker Bus by Mike Smith (Author)




Pages:                    32

Age Range:           3 - 5 years

Publisher:              Macmillan Children's Books


Every day, the bus driver finishes his cup of tea, puts on his jacket and sets off on his route. Every day , the man with the big red tie gets on at the roundabout, the lady with the pram gets on at the library and the noisy children get on at Clover Drive. But what if one day the driver turned down a new and exciting road, and picked up new and exciting people? So many people that the bus simply wouldn't be big enough? Well, they would only be one solution. . .


The Hundred Decker Bus by Mike Smith is a bright, bold and funny book with a surprise GIANT fold-out ending.


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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