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MAY 2017


31st May 2017


One of Peter Rabbit's friend

30th May 2017


Wonderful SHIRLEY HUGHES picture book

29th May 2017


28th MAY 2017


ONe of the best loved children's book of all time


27th May 2017


Peter Rabbit™ A Big Box of Little Books By Beatrix Potter

A lovely set containing 9 handy little board books all about Peter Rabbit and his friends.

Age: Birth – 3 years old

Publisher M&S/ Frederick Warne & Co

1              Jeremy Fisher

2              Peter Rabbit

3              Jemima Puddleduck

4              Benjamin Bunny

5              Squirrel Nutkin

6              Tom Kitten

7              Mrs Ticklemouse

8              Mrs Tiggy-winkle

9              Flopsy Bunnies

















26th May 2017

Angry Arthur  by Hiawyn Oram   (Author),    Satoshi Kitamura (Illustrator)


Age: 2-5 Years old

Paperback: 32 pages

Publisher: Andersen Press

Once there was a boy called Arthur, who wanted to stay up and watch TV, but his mother wouldn't let him. "I'll get angry," said Arthur, and he did. Very, very angry...






















25th May 2017

Letters from the Lighthouse

by Emma Carroll


Due Out 1st June 2017

Paperback: 288 pages

Age Range: 8 - 11 years

Publisher: Faber & Faber


Waterstones Children’s Book of the Month for May 2017


We weren't supposed to be going to the pictures that night. We weren't even meant to be outside, not in a blackout, and definitely not when German bombs had been falling on London all month like pennies from a jar.


February, 1941. After months of bombing raids in London, twelve-year-old Olive Bradshaw and her little brother Cliff are evacuated to the Devon coast. The only person with two spare beds is Mr Ephraim, the local lighthouse keeper. But he's not used to company and he certainly doesn't want any evacuees.


Desperate to be helpful, Olive becomes his post-girl, carrying secret messages (as she likes to think of the letters) to the villagers. But Olive has a secret of her own. Her older sister Sukie went missing in an air raid, and she's desperate to discover what happened to her. And then she finds a strange coded note which seems to link Sukie to Devon, and to something dark and impossibly dangerous.February, 1941.


After months of bombing raids in London, twelve-year-old Olive Bradshaw and her little brother Cliff are evacuated to the Devon coast. The only person with two spare beds is Mr Ephraim, the local lighthouse keeper. But he's not used to company and he certainly doesn't want any evacuees.


Desperate to be helpful, Olive becomes his post-girl, carrying secret messages (as she likes to think of the letters) to the villagers. But Olive has a secret of her own. Her older sister Sukie went missing in an air raid, and she's desperate to discover what happened to her.


Then she finds a strange coded note – a note that changes everything and which seems to link Sukie to Devon, and to something dark and impossibly dangerous.


Emma Carroll has been steadily carving a niche as a writer of evocative and spine-tingling children’s fiction, justifiably earning her writing comparisons not only with classic Children’s writers including Joan Aiken but also the ghost stories of Susan Hill.  Her prize-winning fiction includes Frost Hollow Hall (Longlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize), The Girl Who Walked on Air, In Darkling Wood, Strange Star and Letters from the Lighthouse

24th May 2017

The Night Pirates by Peter Harris   (Author),    Deborah Allwright (Illustrator)


Age Range: 3 - 5 years

Paperback: 32 pages

Publisher: Egmont


A much-loved adventure on the high seas from Peter Harris and Deborah Allwright. Perfect for every reader who loved Pirates Love Underpants and The Pirates Next Door.


One night, young Tom is awoken by noises outside his house. He peeps out of the window and what should he see but PIRATES. And stranger still – they’re GIRL PIRATES stealing the front of his house! Tom joins their adventure across the high seas to an island where some rather lazy and silly grown-up pirates are guarding their treasure. Not very successfully! Tom and the girl-pirates make a surprise attack and are soon off on the seas once more with the treasure!


This swashbuckling pirate story from Peter Harris and Deborah Allwright has become a modern-day classic. Great fun to read-aloud and entertaining for both boys and girls, The Night Pirates is a bedtime story to inspire the imagination of kids aged 3 and up.


Peter Harris was born in London in 1933. He has written for television, radio and children's comics. His picture books include Have You Seen Max? and Bottomley the Brave.


Deborah Allwright has made a dramatic impact on the picture book scene since the publication of The Night Pirates. Her other wonderful books include Hooray for Knickers and The Witch with an Itch.

23rd MAY 2017


Cinnamon by Neil Gaiman (Author),    Divya Srinivasan (Illustrator)


Age: 3-5+ years

40 pages

Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens


In a hot, hot country, ringed with mountains on one side and jungle on the other, lives a princess called Cinnamon. Her eyes are made of pearls, which means that she is blind. And, for reasons her parents the Rajah and Rani cannot fathom, she will not talk. So they offer a reward to anyone who can teach Cinnamon to speak. People travel from far and wide to attempt it, but nothing works. Until a mighty tiger, huge and fierce, prowls into their palace and announces that he is here to teach the girl-cub to talk ...


A mighty fable from Neil Gaiman, winner of the Newbery and Carnegie Medals, illustrated in vivid colour by up-and-coming talent Divya Srinivasan. Neil Gaiman's work has been widely adapted for film and TV, including films of Coraline and Stardust, and adaptations of American Gods, Good Omens (written with Terry Pratchett) and How to Talk to Girls at Parties are in the works for 2017.


22nd May 2017


MY TRUCK IS STUCK  by Kevin Lewis   (Author),    Daniel Kirk (Illustrator)


Ages 2-5 Years

Paperback: 40 pages

Publisher: Scholastic


My Truck Is Stuck. Rotten luck. Can't go! My truck is stuck. Tug and tow. Two engines roar. But the truck won't go. Not one inch more. Does anyone know how to make my stuck truck go? In this lyrical read-aloud, young drivers are introduced to the ins and outs of hauling, beeping, and repairing -- get ready for a fun ride!


SUNDAY 21st MAY 2017

The Imagination Box by Martyn Ford   (Author)


Age: 9-12 Years

288 pages

Publisher: Faber & Faber


There is a box. Anything you imagine will appear inside. You have one go, one chance to create anything you want. What would you pick?"


That's exactly the question ten-year-old Timothy Hart gets to answer after discovering The Imagination Box. The greatest toy on earth.


The top-secret contraption transforms his life but when the box's inventor, Professor Eisenstone, goes missing, Tim knows he has to investigate.


With the help of a talking finger monkey called Phil, he sets out to find the professor. In order to rescue his friend, he must face his darkest fears and discover the true potential of his own mind.


This stunning debut is first in an exciting new trilogy for readers aged 9+.

Saturday 20th May 2017


The Adventures of Tintin Volume 1


Tintin in the Land of the Soviets, Tintin in the Congo by Herge


Hardcover: 208 pages

Age Range: 8 -12 years and up

Publisher: Egmont


Join the world's most famous travelling reporter in two exciting adventures as he heads for the Land of the Soviets and the Congo. Tintin in the Land of the Soviets. Accompanied by his dog Snowy, Tintin leaves Brussels to go undercover in Soviet Russia. His attempts to research his story are put to the test by the Bolsheviks and Moscow's secret police ...Tintin in the Congo The young reporter Tintin and his faithful dog Snowy set off on assignment to Africa. But a sinister stowaway follows their every move and seems set on ensuring they come to a sticky end. Tintin and Snowy encounter witch doctors, hostile tribesmen, crocodiles, boa constrictors and numerous other wild animals before solving the mystery and getting their story. Join the most iconic character in comics as he embarks on an extraordinary adventure spanning historical and political events, and thrilling mysteries. Still selling over 100,000 copies every year in the UK and having been adapted for the silver screen by Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson in 2011, The Adventures of Tintin continue to charm more than 80 years after they first found their way into publication. Since then an estimated 230 million copies have been sold, proving that comic books have the same power to entertain children and adults in the 21st century as they did in the early 20th.

Friday 19th May 2017

The Birthday Invitation

by Lucy Rowland (Author),    Laura Hughes (Illustrator)


Age 3-5 Year Old

32 Pages

Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens


When handing out the invitations for her birthday party, Ella mistakenly drops one on the forest floor, and who should find it? A wizard, of course ... and a pirate and a parrot and then a whole host of wonderful characters! Join Ella for her very exciting birthday party, complete with a hilarious array of unexpected guests!


LUCY ROWLAND  (Author) grew up in Cheltenham and now works as a children's speech and language therapist in London. She has a great passion for travel and her many trips include backpacking around South and Central America, Indonesia, Asia and Southern Africa. The Birthday Invitation is Lucy's second book for Bloomsbury. Her first, Gecko's Echo, was published in February 2016.


LAURA HUGHES (Illustrator)  is an exciting young London-based illustrator. Originally from Bath, she studied illustration at Kingston University and, since graduating, she has created artwork for children's books, cards, stationery and homewares. The Birthday Invitation is Laura's second book with Bloomsbury; her first was the bestselling We're Going on an Egg Hunt.


Thursday 18th May 2017


by Dick Bruna   (Author)


Age 2-5+ Years

32 pages

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's UK


Mr and Mrs Bunny have always wanted a little baby bunny. When they finally have a special one called Miffy all of their friends cannot wait to meet her.

Award-winning UK poet, Tony Mitton, has worked closely with Dick Bruna's Dutch publisher to create new translations for the classic Miffy stories that are true to the books' original voice, and yet have a contemporary feel to the language that makes them appealing to the modern young audience. The translations beautifully convey the warmth and friendliness of the original Dutch whilst maintaining a style that is inimitably Miffy.

Monday 8th May 2017

Thomas & Friends Noisy Thomas! Sound Book Board book 

by Rev W Awdry


Ages: 1-5 year old


Publisher: Egmont

12 Pages


Puff, puff! Brrm, brrm! Whoosh, whoosh! Join Thomas and Bertie for a noisy day on Sodor! Children will love joining in and making all the puff, brrm and whoosh vehicle sounds as you share the rhyming story. Don't forget to press the sound buttom to hear Thomas puff on his way!

Sunday 7th May 2017


The World’s Worst Children 2 by David Walliams


Due Out – 25 May 2017

Age Range: 7 - 12 years

Publisher: HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks


The brilliant follow-up to David Walliams’ bestseller The World’s Worst Children! Ten more stories about a brand new gang of hilariously horrible kids from everyone’s favourite children’s author, illustrated in glorious full colour by Tony Ross.


If you thought you had read about the World’s Worst Children already, you’re in for a rather nasty shock. The beastly boys and gruesome girls in this book are even ruder, even more disgusting and WORSE than you could ever imagine!


This gorgeous hardback collection of ten stories from the master himself, David Walliams, will make you snort with laughter and thank your lucky stars that you don’t know anyone like Gruesome Griselda or Fussy Frankie in real life. It also features a special appearance from fan-favourite Raj! Gloriously illustrated in full colour throughout by artistic genius Tony Ross, The World’s Worst Children 2 is a side-splitting companion to David’s blockbuster hit, The World’s Worst Children, and the perfect gift for kids aged 9 and up.



Friday 5th May 2017

Tilly and the Time Machine   

by Adrian Edmondson (author)


Age Range: 7 - 9 years

240 pages

Publisher: Puffin (Brand new - 4 May 2017)


Tilly is seven and a half - and about to make history. When Tilly's dad builds a time machine in the shed there's only one place she really wants to go: back to her sixth birthday party, when she ate too many cupcakes and her mummy was still here. But then something goes wrong! Tilly's dad gets stuck in the past and only she can save him ...Will they make it back in time for tea?

4th May 2017

King of the Sky  

Written by

Nicola Davies  Illustrated by

Laura Carlin


Age Range 3-5+ years

56 pages

Publisher   Walker Books Ltd


In a story full of hope against adversity, King of the Sky tells how flying a homing pigeon helps a young boy comes to terms with his life in a strange country far, far from home. Now living under grey skies in a country where he feels an outsider, a young boy misses the blue sky, warm sun and of ice cream of his home in Rome. But when he his racing pigeon returns to him safely from Rome the boy realises that home is where he is and he finds a new sense of belonging. ~ Julia Eccleshare


3rd May 2017

15 Things Not to Do with a Grandma


by Margaret McAllister (author), Dr Margaret McAllister (author), Holly Sterling (illustrator)   


AGE: 3 – 5+ years old

Publisher: Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd


The hilarious follow-up to 15 Things Not to Do with a Baby has all the warmth and humor of its predecessor, focusing on the relationship between children and their granny. DON'T hide an elephant in Grandma's bed. DON'T send Grandma up to the moon in a rocket, or wear her pants on your head, or give her squashed jelly beans on toast for breakfast. But with Grandma, listen to Grandma's stories, hug her and love her lots. She loves you!


BOOK of the - DAY MAY 2017

2nd May 2017


Wave Me Goodbye

by Jacqueline Wilson


Wave Me Goodbye by Jacqueline Wilson

Hardcover  Due Out - 18 May 2017

Age Range: 9 - 11 years

Publisher: Doubleday Childrens



September, 1939. As the Second World War begins, ten-year-old Shirley is sent away on a train with her schoolmates. She doesn’t know where she’s going, or what’s going to happen to her when she gets there. All she has been told is that she’s going on ‘a little holiday’.

Shirley is billeted in the country, with two boys from East End London, Kevin and Archie – and their experiences living in the strange, half-empty Red House, with the mysterious and reclusive Mrs Waverley, will change their lives for ever.



1st May 2017


WORZEL GUMMIDGE by Barbara Euphan Todd


AGE:  7+

PUBLISHER: OUP Oxford; New Ed edition (7 Mar. 2002)


Barbara Euphan Todd's 1936 story Worzel Gummidge.Susan and John are having a very dull holiday in the country until they meet Worzel. They are amazed by the walking, talking bundle of clothes and straw. He's half scarecrow and half human but best of all, he's a wizard!

Susan and John soon grow to love Worzel and share all sorts of magical adventures with their unusual friend.


This was the first PUFFIN book ever published in 1941.



Series No.: PS1 

 Title: WORZEL GUMMIDGE or The Scarecrow of Scatterbrook. 

 Author: Barbara Euphan Todd

 Illustrated: by Elizabeth Alldridge

 Series editor: Eleanor Graham

 Date Published: 16 December 1941 

 Pages: 144pp. 

 Printer: W. S.Cowell Ltd 

 Price: 6d. 


CLICk for: Worzel Gummidge


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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