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29th June 2017


  A Bear Called Paddington by Michael Bond   (Author),    Peggy Fortnum   (Illustrator)


Pages:                    160 pages

Age Range:           4 - 7 years

Publisher:              Harper Collins Children's Books


A bear on Paddington Station?” said Mrs Brown in amazement. “Don’t be silly – there can’t be.”


The original story of Paddington, the classic bear from Darkest Peru.


The Browns first meet Paddington on a railway station – Paddington station, in fact. He has travelled all the way from Darkest Peru with only a jar of marmalade, a suitcase and his hat.


The Browns soon find that Paddington is a very unusual bear. Ordinary things – like having a bath, travelling underground or going to the seaside become quite extraordinary, if a bear called Paddington is involved.


Since the publication of his first book "A Bear Called Paddington" in 1958, Michael Bond has written countless further stories about his creation from Peru.


In total, more than 150 titles have been published in a variety of formats ranging from the original novels, which appeal to all ages, right through to board books aimed at Paddington’s very youngest fans.


Many of the books have been translated and some of the stories have been published in over 40 different languages.


There are 15 Paddington novels. The first nine Paddington books to be published were all full length chapter books and each chapter in the books is a story in its own right. The series began with "A Bear Called Paddington" which was published in the UK on 13th October 1958. The fourteenth, and most recent title, 'Love from Paddington', was published in 2014.

28th June 2017




All I Said Was by Michael Morpurgo and Ross Collins



Age: 3 to 5

Pages: 32    

Publisher: Barrington Stoke 





An inspiring celebration of the power of books and the imagination. A boy who dreams of flying meets a bird who dreams of reading a book and they agree to a swap…

This title is part of the Picture Squirrels range, with dyslexia-friendly features to support parents who cannot read confidently to enjoy books with their children.


Category: Dyslexia Friendly 

How do parents who have dyslexia read to their children? Well, one way is by using Barrington Stoke's books which are designed to make reading to children easier - and that's got to be a good thing.

27th June 2017


Half Magic  by Edward Eager   (Author)




Age Range: 7 - 10 years

Paperback: 192 pages

Publisher: OUP Oxford;








Beloved by children (and the parents lucky enough to share it with them) since it was first published in 1954, Half Magic is the uproarious tale of four siblings who discover a charm that grants exactly half of whatever they wish for - with results that are twice as predictable (and hilarious) as you might expect.


Jane, Mark, Katharine, and Martha manage to cope with an unexpected trip to the Sahara and nearly a disastrous trip to the time of King Arthur. But can these plucky and resourceful children deal with the changes magic is bringing to their tight-knit family?


 Set in Ohio in the late 1920s, yet fresh and funny now as the day it was written. Half Magic weaves its spell anew in this full cast recording that will entrance newcomers as well as fans who have loved this wonderful book for decades.


HALF MAGIC, is a clever way to bring math into your young readers literary world. Our kids were using division and problem solving techniques in order to figure out how they too could make a wish that would get them the whole wish when every wish is halved. HALF MAGIC was another homeschool book club book and made for some really fun and silly conversations between the kids, not to mention it sparked some very imaginative play.



 26th June 2017


The Day The Crayons Quit Paperback  by

Drew Daywalt   (Author),   

Oliver Jeffers   (Illustrator)



Age Range: 3 - 6 years

Paperback: 40 pages

Publisher: HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks


Debut author Drew Daywalt and international bestseller Oliver Jeffers team up to create a colourful solution to a crayon-based crisis in this playful, imaginative story that will have children laughing and playing with their crayons in a whole new way.


Poor Duncan just wants to colour in. But when he opens his box of crayons, he only finds letters, all saying the same thing: We quit!


Beige is tired of playing second fiddle to Brown, Blue needs a break from colouring in all that water, while Pink just wants to be used. Green has no complaints, but Orange and Yellow are no longer speaking to each other.


The battle lines have been drawn. What is Duncan to do?


Wonderful hilarious and entertaining book.




25th June 2017



The Person Controller by

David Baddiel   (Author)  

Jim Field   (Illustrator)









Age Range:           9 years and up

Pages :                   384

Publisher:              Harper Collins Children's Books


From the author of THE PARENT AGENCY comes a thrilling, funny and touching new adventure.


Fred and Ellie are twins. But not identical (because that's impossible for a boy and a girl). They do like all the same things, though. Especially video games. Which they are very good at. They aren't that good, however, at much else – like, for example, football, or dealing with the school bullies.


Then, they meet the Mystery Man, who sends them a video game controller, which doesn't look like any other controller they've ever seen. And it doesn't control any of their usual games. When the twins find out what it does control, though, it seems like the answer to all their problems. And the key to all their wildest dreams. At least it seems like that…


24th June 2017


Thunderstorm Dancing Hardcover  by Katrina Germein (Author),    Judy Watson (Illustrator)


Age Range:           3 - 6 years

Pages:                    32

Publisher:              Allen & Unwin Children's Books


When a sunny day at the beach turns stormy, a little girl runs for cover. Her daddy and brothers are wild in the wind and lightning, and her poppy is as loud as thunder. They fill the house with stamping and crashing while Granny plays piano to their riotous thunderstorm dancing... until the storm passes and they all fall down. Then, in the stillness, the girl is ready to play. What will she be, now that the rain has stopped and there's a glimmer of sunlight?

23rd June 2017


Magic!: New Fairy Tales from Irish Writers by Siobhan Parkinson (Editor),    Olwyn Whelan (Illustrator)


Age Range: 6 - 10 years

Pages 64

Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children's Books




Edited by ex-Children’s Laureate Siobhan Parkinson, seven top Irish writers write brand new fairy tales for the 21st century, but with plenty of the magic, wisdom and laughter that we find in the traditional Irish tales. Including wolves and dragons, magic frogs, a kind monster, a mysterious mermaid, a mischievous wee man,  a heroic sky snake, as well as human boys and girls, this is a spellbinding collection of contemporary writing. Each story is beautifully and decoratively illustrated with Olwyn Whelan’s jewel-like, brightly coloured paintings.


 The stories are:


The Princess and the Other Frog by Siobhan Parkinson; Eleanor by John Boyne; Badness, Madness and Trickery by Malachy Doyle; Finbar the Furious by Paula Leyden; The Woman who Stroked Stones by Maeve Friel; The Princess who Wanted to be Queen by Deirdre Sullivan; Nora and the Sky Snake by Darragh Martin.







22nd Jine 2017


Claude Going for Gold!  by

Alex T Smith (Author)




Age Range: 6 - 11 years

Pages:         96

Publisher: Hodder Children's Books








Claude, the bestselling beret-clad canine hero, is aiming for the gold medal - winner of the 5-9 fiction Sainsburys Children's Book Award and soon to be a TV star on Disney Junior.


When Claude and Sir Bobblysock discover a Very Exciting Sports Competition at their local sports centre, they are very excited. They are even more excited when they are asked to take part. But Claude's doggy paddle isn't quite fast enough, and he's not quite as good at gymnastics as he thought he might be. Then some robbers steal the Gold Cup and Claude chases them - can he run fast enough to catch them?


Claude was selected for the Waterstone's Children's Book Prize, the Richard and Judy Book Club and is soon to be a TV star on Disney Junior with 52 episodes airing in 2017. Claude Going for Gold! is the winner of the 5-9 fiction Sainsburys Children's Book Award. Alex T. Smith was the World Book Day Illustrator 2014.


Enjoy further Claude adventures: Claude in the City, Claude on Holiday, Claude at the Circus, Claude in the Country, Claude in the Spotlight, Claude on the Slopes, Claude Lights! Camera! Action!, Claude Going for Gold, Claude All at Sea, Claude Doodle Book

21st June 2017




Ned’s Circus of Marvels (Ned’s Circus of Marvels, Book 1) by Justin Fisher (Author)














Age Range: 9 - 12 years

Paperback: 448 pages

Publisher: HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks; 01 edition (30 Jun. 2016)


From exciting debut author, Justin Fisher, comes this rip-roaring, page-turning new magical adventure. Perfect for fans of House of Secrets.


Ned Waddlesworth has always considered his world to be exceptionally ordinary. Until the day he discovers it ISN’T. AT ALL. Because on Ned’s thirteenth birthday he discovers that everything magical he’s ever read about or imagined is REAL.

And without him, the world will soon be engulfed in monstrous beasts and beings.


So with the help of a robot mouse, a girl witch and a flying circus unlike any other, it’s up to Ned to swoop in and save the day!


Roll up, roll up, and prepare to be AMAZED by Ned and the marvellous, magical, monstrous flying circus!


BOOK 2 is also published now.


20th June 2017


Little Miss Sunshine (Little Miss Classic Library) by Roger Hargreaves   (Author)


Age Range: 2 - 5 years

Paperback: 32 pages

Publisher: Egmont;



No one could be happier than Little Miss Sunshine but can she change the way things are done in MiseryLand?


The Mr Men and Little Miss have been delighting children for generations with their charming and funny antics. Bold illustrations and funny stories make Mr Men and Little Miss the perfect story time experience for children aged two up. Have you met them all?


It all started with a tickle. Roger Hargreaves’ son Adam asked him what a tickle looked like. In response, Roger drew a small orange man with extraordinarily long arms that could reach anywhere and tickle anyone. Mr Tickle, the first of the Mr Men, was born. Mr Tickle was soon joined by Mr. Greedy, Mr. Happy, Mr. Nosey, Mr Sneeze and Mr Bump. When the first Mr Men books were published they became an instant hit. Roger went on to create many more Mr Men and Little Miss characters. What Roger really wanted was to make children laugh, which is probably why his own favourite character is Mr Silly.

19th June 2017


All My Treasures: A Book of Joy by Jo Witek   (Author),    Christine Roussey (Illustrator)



Age Range:           2 - 4 years

Board book:         32 pages  

Size:                       26 x 1.3 x 26.7 cm    

Publisher:              Abrams Appleseed


When a girl receives a beautiful porcelain box from her grandmother, she immediately wants something special to put inside it. But what could it be? What does she love best? She loves jumping in puddles on rainy days, blowing bubbles in the park and watching her little sister s first steps. As it turns out, life s most precious treasures cannot be contained in a box! With a gentle message about the immateriality of happiness, this story reminds us to take pleasure in everyday moments. The book is beautifully packaged with a sparkly die-cut star on the cover, and flaps throughout reveal hidden surprises. The bestselling Growing Hearts series explores all facets of emotional maturity for toddlers from expecting a sibling to dealing with childhood fears.


18th June 2017



Daddy's Little Star by Janet Bingham   (Author),    Rosalind Beardshaw (Illustrator)




Paperback: 32 pages

Age Range: 3 - 7 years

Publisher: Scholastic


While Little Fox is chasing autumn leaves, he plays a game with Daddy and, as they play, Little Fox learns that the sky goes on forever, just like love. A heart-warming story about the special bond between father and son.

17th June 2017


We're Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen   (Author),    Helen Oxenbury (Illustrator)




Ages:                      0-5 years old

Paperback:           40 pages

Publisher:              Walker Books


Follow and join in the family's excitement as they wade through the grass, splash through the river and squelch through the mud in search of a bear. What a surprise awaits them in the cave on the other side of the dark forest!

16th June 2017


Deep Secret


Berlie Doherty


Age:                        From 12 years old

 Pages:                   368

Publisher:              Andersen Press Ltd


Grace put out her hand, almost touching the mirror. Her image did the same.

'There's another world in there.'


'We could float in and out of it.'


Deep in a Derbyshire valley live two girls, twins, so alike they seem like one person, even their family can't tell them apart. But tragedy is waiting.


When Madeleine's twin sister Grace dies after banging her head after slipping on a rock, her family and the village are stunned by the accident, and there is more bad news when they are told that their beautiful valley is to be turned into a reservoir.


Loosely based on the construction of the Ladybower reservoir in Derbyshire, Doherty's story movingly charts the ways in which villagers bear the loss of their traditional way of life. Many mourn the destruction of their homes and livelihoods, but others sense new opportunities. For Madeleine it is the chance to put aside her deep mourning and right a wrong that she carried out compulsively in the wake of Grace's death.


15th June 2017


Isadora Moon Gets in Trouble by Harriet Muncaster



Age:                        8-11 year old

Pages:                    128

Publisher:              Oxford University Press


Half vampire, half fairy, totally unique! Isadora Moon is special because she is different. Her mum is a fairy and her dad is a vampire and she is a bit of both. When Isadora's cousin, Mirabelle, comes to stay, Isadora is really excited. Mirabelle, who is a witch, is older than Isadora and always has the best ideas for things to do. So when she suggests that instead of taking Pink Rabbit Isadora should take a dragon to 'Bring Your Pet to School Day', Isadora ignores her worries and goes along with the plan. But looking after a dragon turns out to be a little bit harder than the pair of them expect ...With irresistible pink and black artwork throughout by author/illustrator Harriet Muncaster and a totally unique heroine with an out-of-this-world family, this is a beautiful, charming, and funny series of first chapter books. Perfect for fans of Claude, Dixie O'Day, and Squishy McFluff, Isadora Moon is the ideal choice for readers who want their magic and sparkle with a bit of bite!


14th June 2017


The Story of Babar  (Babar #1)


Jean de Brunhoff, Merle S. Haas (Translator) 






Pages:    56

Age Range: 3 - 5 years

Publisher: Egmont; UK ed. edition

Originally Published September 12th 1937 by Random House Books for Young Readers  (first published 1931)



The classic first story about literature’s most beloved pachyderm. After his mother is killed by a hunter, Babar avoids capture by escaping to the city, where he is befriended by the kindly Old Lady. He becomes educated and cultured and, upon his return to the great forest, is crowned King of the Elephants. Translated from Jean de Brunhoff's original French, the adventures of the world's most popular elephant and his friends have enchanted generations. Delightfully amusing illustrations make this short collection of classic Babar tales a book to treasure for children young and old. (less)

13th June 2017


The Dinosaur That Pooped Daddy! Board book  by Tom Fletcher (Author),    Dougie Poynter (Author)


Age: from 0 to 5

Board book: 18 pages

Publisher: Red Fox Picture Books (5 May 2016)


The perfect Father's Day gift for cheeky dads! A very funny short Dino story in board book format with just 12 pages, this book is a wonderful introduction to the series for very young children.


Count down from 10 to 1 with Danny and Dino as they look for Daddy's hiding place.

But, wait, what's that rumbling in Dino's tummy?



12th June 2017


Oi Dog! by Kes Gray & Claire Gray (Authors),   

Jim Field   (Illustrator)



Age Range: 3 - 8 years

Paperback: 32 pages

Publisher: Hodder Children's Books


The hilarious sequel to the bestselling Oi Frog! will have children rolling around with laughter.

Shortlisted for the Sainsbury's Children's Book Award 2016.


Frog's had enough, he's the changing the status quo! Cat insists that there are rules - only mules sit on stools, no one but hares should sit on chairs and however irritating, dogs MUST sit on frogs.


'Well, I'm changing the rules,' said the frog.

'From now on, dogs sit on logs, not frogs!'


And everyone else is going to have to sit somewhere else too. Will Cat want to sit on gnats instead of cushy mats? Will spiders like sitting on gliders? Will whales be happy to sit on nails? And, most importantly, where is FROG going to sit?


Praise for Oi Frog!:

'An absolute treat.' - Daily Mail

'Everyone will love it.' - The Guardian


Can't get enough? Find out what cat's got to say in Oi Cat!, coming out autumn 2017.


Kes is one of the Independent's TOP TEN children's authors and winner of the Red House Children's Book Award. Jim's first picture book Cats Ahoy! won the Roald Dahl Funny Prize in 2011.

11th June 2017







An Eagle in the Snow


Michael Morpurgo










Age Range:           9 years and up

Pages:                    272

Publisher:              Harper Collins Children's Books


The powerful new novel from the master storyteller - inspired by the true story of one man who might have stopped World War II.


1940. The train is under attacks from German fighters. In the darkness, sheltering in a railway tunnel, the stranger in the carriage with Barney and his mother tells them a story to pass the time.


And what a story. The story of a young man, a young soldier in the trenches of World War I who, on the spur of the moment, had done what he thought was the right thing.


It turned out to have been the worst mistake he ever could have made – a mistake he must put right before it is too late…


The overall winner of the 2017 CBA Book Award.


10th June 2017





Oh, the Places You'll Go


Dr. Seuss












Age Range:           4 - 7 years

Paperback:           48 pages

Publisher:              Random House


Oh, the Places You'll Go! is a book written and illustrated by children's author Dr. Seuss. It was first published by Random House  January 22, 1990, making it his last book published in his lifetime. The book concerns the journey of life and its challenges.


Though written in the style of classics such as Green Eggs and Ham and The Cat in the Hat, Oh, the Places You’ll Go! has many specific characters including a narrator and the reader. A young boy, referred to simply as "you", initiates the action of the story. However, the presence of a main character helps readers to identify with the book. It is written in second person and uses future tense.


Writer Penny Junor read this book at her son’s wedding, it is often given at graduations, and to a baby at birth.

9th June 2017




The Paperbag Prince by Colin Thompson   (Author)














Age Range: 5 - 7 years

Pages: 32

Publisher: Red Fox Picture Books


This is the story of an old man living in a railway carriage on a rubbish dump who knows that even rubbish can sometimes contain treasure; and that, if he stays long enough, gentle nature will heal the countryside and make it green again.

8th June 2017



Attack of the Demon Dinner Ladies - Baby Aliens  By Pamela Butchart (author), Thomas Flintham (illustrator)











Age Range: 5 – 8 Years

288 Pages

Publisher: Nosy Crow Ltd 


Izzy and her friends have never liked school dinners. And they're getting worse. The dinner ladies are acting strangely (making up random rules, wearing hats, and cooking new food, even more horrible than usual). Lollipop man mentions there is a new head dinner lady and calls her "a bit of a legend" (in a bad way) and that she used to be here a long, long time ago and has returned. Izzy and friends wonder if she is the reason for the strange behaviour. They wonder why she has returned. They find out she was fired. They speculate as to why and decide she's a demon who's returned to do bad things. Because why wouldn't she be?

7th June 2017

Evie’s Ghost


Helen Peters


Age:                        8-12

Pages:                    304

 Publisher:             Nosy Crow


Compelling period fiction for 9+ readers from the Waterstones Children’s Prize shortlisted Helen Peters.


Evie couldn’t be angrier with her mother. She’s only gone and got married again and has flown off on honeymoon, sending Evie to stay with a godmother she’s never even met in an old, creaky house in the middle of nowhere. It is all monumentally unfair.


But on the first night, Evie sees a strange, ghostly figure at the window. Spooked, she flees from the room, feeling oddly disembodied as she does so.


Out in the corridor, it’s 1814 and Evie finds herself dressed as a housemaid. She’s certain she’s gone back in time for a reason. A terrible injustice needs to be fixed. But there’s a housekeeper barking orders, a bad-tempered master to avoid, and the chamber pots won’t empty themselves. It’s going to take all Evie’s cunning to fix things in the past so that nothing will break apart in the future…


Absorbing, brilliant storytelling from the author of The Secret Hen House Theatre, The Farm Beneath the Water and The Jasmine Green Series for younger readers.


6th June 2017




Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam: Up, Up and Away!  

Author  Tracey Corderoy          Illustrator  Steven Lenton  








Series  Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam

Age :                       2-5

 Pages:                   32

 Publisher:             Nosey Crow


Three more stories of bravery and derring-do from our favourite baker boys! The much-loved picture book pair of pooches continue their adventures in a two-colour fiction format, ideal for children growing in confidence as readers and beginning to read alone. In the title story, Shifty and Sam lead the way in a wacky race that has been sabotaged by the one and only Red Rocket! But they soon thwart his dastardly ways and the rightful winner takes home the prize. When a mysterious parcel is delivered to the cafe, both Shifty and Sam claim ownership. A rift grows between the boys until a small knight rides to the rescue. Rich old Mrs Snootington is staying at the posh hotel in town, just as a spate of burglaries takes place. Can Shifty and Sam go undercover to catch the thief? Brilliant stories hilariously told by Tracey Corderoy and beautifully brought to life by Steven Lenton's illustrations.á


5th June 2017



My Grandpa's Amazing Inventions by Richard Johnson   (Author, Artist)







Age: 3 -5 year old

32 pages

Publisher: Templar Publishing;


This is a wonderfully inspirational picture book for any young child. Grandpa is an inventor and has been invited to enter a competition to win the ‘greatest invention prize’. Of course he wins it but that’s not all for something even more special happens to a little girl who just happens to be grandpa’s grand daughter.


4th June 2017



A Sheepdog Called Sky  

By Author:  

Helen Peters  


Ellie Snowdon  




Series  The Jasmine Green Series  


Age   5-8

Pages 144


The third in a fantastic series of animal stories for younger readers by Waterstones Children’s Book Prize-shortlisted author Helen Peters, with beautiful black-and-white illustrations by Ellie Snowdon.


A sick puppy abandoned on Jasmine’s farm urgently needs her help to survive. And though he adores her, Jasmine doesn’t know if Sky will ever trust people again. But it’s not until she gets into terrible danger that she finds out…


Brilliant storytelling that will make you laugh and cry, this is Dick King-Smith for a new generation.


Look out for Jasmine’s other adventures!


A Piglet Called Truffle


A Duckling Called Button

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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