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Friday 22nd September 2017



King Flashypants and the Toys of Terror: Book 3 by Andy Riley (Author)


Paperback:           192 pages

Age Range:           6 - 8 years

Publisher:              Hodder Children's Books


"Brilliantly original and hilarious. It's nearly as good as one of my books." DAVID WALLIAMS

"Two words - such fun!" MIRANDA HART

"Beautiful, inventive and laugh-out-loud funny." SUE PERKINS


Great to read aloud with children of 5+ and perfect for newly independent readers of 7+.


FOO HOO HOO! King Flashypants is back for his third rib-tickling adventure. Something weird is happening in Edwinland - Emperor Nurbison isn't evil any more! He's doing stuff like smiling and making toys of himself for the peasants. Is he up to something? Probably. But what can it be?

21st September 2017


Don't Forget The Bacon by Pat Hutchins (Author)


Paperback:           32 pages

Age Range:           5 - 7 years

Publisher:              Red Fox


'Six farm eggs, a cake for tea, a pound of pears and don't forget the bacon.' A young boy sets out to do the shopping, determined to remember his simple list but as the sights and sounds of town distract him he finds himself in a terrible muddle.


20th September 2017


Operation Gadgetman! 


Malorie Blackman  (Author)


Paperback: 240 pages

Age Range: 9 - 11 years

Publisher: Yearling


Beans calls her dad 'Gadgetman' because of the weird and wonderful gadgets he comes up with - everything from exploding biscuits to Spy Kits. But when Gadgetman accidentally invents a device that could be used to steal millions of pounds, the wrong people find out and Gadgetman is kidnapped!With the help of her friends - and her special Gadgetman Spy Kit - Beans is determined to track down the kidnappers and rescue her dad. But can she find Gadgetman before he is forced to hand over the details of his invention...?


19th September 2017


The Great Dragon Bake Off  by Nicola O'Byrne (Author, Illustrator)


Paperback: 32 pages

Age Range: 3 - 6 years

Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens; UK


At the Ferocious Dragon Academy, dragons-in-training learn the arts of bone crunching and teeth sharpening. But there is one dragon who harbours a passion for a most undragon-like pastime . . .


Meet Flamie Oliver. To look at, Flamie is as terrifying as a dragon can get. But behind closed doors, Flamie is . . . a stupendously spectacular Star Baker! That's right - choux, rough, salty, sweet and puff - Flamie loves it all. In fact, he loves baking so much that his studies at the Ferocious Dragon Academy are starting to suffer, and there's a chance he won't graduate! Flamie's going to need a real showstopper to get out of this one.


On your marks, get set . . . BAKE!


Fabulously funny and perfect for fans of Great British Bake Off


Monday 18th September 2017

Sunday 17th September 2017



Dear Dinosaur by Nicola O'Byrne and Chae Strathie




AGE:      3-5 Years

Paperback: 32 pages

Publisher: Scholastic


After a trip to the museum, Max writes a letter to his favourite dinosaur, the mighty T. Rex - and the T. Rex writes back! As Max and T. Rex learn about each other's lives, a very unusual friendship develops in this funny and touching story from an award-winning duo. Dinosaur fans will love this interactive picture book with letters and cards to open, and dinosaur facts to discover along the way.

Saturday 16th September 2017


Friday Forever by Annie Dalton  (Author)


Paperback:           64 pages

Age:                        8-13 years old

Publisher:              Barrington Stoke


This book is suitable for reluctant readers of 8-13 with a reading age of below eight years. It is printed on cream paper, which is proven to be more restful on the eye. The font is specially designed to encourage a smooth and easy read. There are frequent page breaks, short, headed chapters and illustrations on almost every page. A wide range of specialists, including children themselves, have read and commented on the book prior to publication.



A different children's book recomended every day All ages

Friday 15th September 2017


Dogs Don't Do Ballet Paperback

by Anna Kemp  (Author), Sara Ogilvie  (Illustrator)


Paperback:           32 pages

Age Range:           3 years and up

Publisher:              Simon & Schuster Children's UK


Biff is not like ordinary dogs. He doesn't do dog stuff like peeing on lampposts, scratching his fleas or drinking out of toilets. If you throw him a stick, he'll just look at you like you're crazy. No, Biff is no ordinary dog. Biff likes moonlight and music and walking on his tiptoes. You see, Biff doesn't think he's a dog, Biff thinks he's a ballerina, which is all very well . . . But dogs don't do ballet - do they? The hilarious story of a small dog with a big personality and even bigger dreams!

14th September 2017


Who Was Roald Dahl?


True Kelley  (Author)


Paperback:           102 pages

Age Range:           8 - 12 years

Publisher:              Grosset & Dunlap


Sorry this should have been book of the day yesterday as it was Roald Dahl Day and celebrating what would have been his 101st birthday.


No apologies that the book is non-fiction, a biography.


Just in time for Roahl Dahl Month!

Roald Dahl is one of the most famous children's book authors ever. Now in this Who Was . . . ? biography, children will learn of his real-life adventures. A flying ace for the British Air Force, he was married to an Academy Award-winning actress. He also wrote books and screenplays for adults. Entertaining and readable, this biography has 80 black-and-white illustrations.


Two books Dahl wrote that were autobiographical are Boy and Going Solo



13th September 2017


Never Tickle a Tiger by Pamela Butchart  (Author), Marc Boutavant (Illustrator)



For ages:                3 – 5

 Paperback:          32 pages

Publisher:              Bloomsbury Childrens


Izzy is always shuffling, jiggling, squirming and twitching. She just can't keep still!

 So when Izzy's school go on a trip to the zoo, her teacher warns her to behave. She must never wriggle, she must never fidget and she must certainly NEVER TICKLE A TIGER!


But does Izzy listen? She does NOT - and what happens next throws the zoo into complete chaos.


With eye-catching illustrations by the internationally acclaimed bestselling illustrator, Marc Boutavant, Never Tickle a Tiger will amaze and delight children and parents alike! It includes a spectacular double gatefold for the grand chaotic reveal.

Tuesday 12th September 2017


The Dreamsnatcher  by Abi Elphinstone (Author)




Paperback: 288 pages

Age Range: 9 years and up

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's UK


Twelve-year-old Molly Pecksniff wakes one night in the middle of the forest, lured there by a recurring nightmare - the one with the drums and the rattles and the masks. The Dreamsnatcher is waiting. He has already taken her dreams and now he wants her life.


Because Moll is more important than she knows… The Oracle Bones foretold that she and Gryff, a wildcat that has always been by her side, are the only ones who can fight back against the Dreamsnatcher's dark magic. Suddenly everything is at stake, and Moll is drawn into a world full of secrets, magic and adventure.


Perfect for fans of J.K. Rowling, Michelle Harrison and Eva Ibbotson.


You can watch the magical trailer for Abi's book on her website:

Poo Bum


Stephanie Blake   (Author, Illustrator)


Age:                        3-5 Years

Paperback:           32 pages

Publisher:              Gecko Press


Once there was a little rabbit who could only say one thing... The little rabbit is loved by his family, even though whenever they ask him a question, he answers very rudely. In the morning his mother would say, Time to get up, my little rabbit! He d reply: Poo bum! At lunchtime his father would say, Eat your spinach, my little rabbit! He d reply: Poo bum! One day, he meets a hungry wolf. Will the little rabbit learn his lesson once and for all?

Sunday 10th September 2017


Toad Delight  by Morris Gleitzman (Author)


Paperback: 144 pages

Age Range: 9 - 11 years

Publisher: Puffin


Cane toads are Public Enemy Number One to most Australians. Limpy the cane toad is on a quest to improve their image - and save his family from imminent destruction! When one of his relatives features on a TV cooking show, destined to star as the main ingredient, Limpy sets out to rescue him and ends up on camera himself. Can Limpy use his 15 minutes of fame to get humans to lay off the cane-toad squashing? Or will that be a recipe for disaster? A stirring story of bravery, sacrifice and prime-time warts-and-all adventure. Morris Gleitzman is the bestselling author of Two Weeks with the Queen, Bumface and Once, Now, Then and Soon.



9th September 2017


I See the Moon by Ros Beardshaw (Author)


Hardcover:           24 pages

Age:                        3-5 Years

Publisher:              Nosy Crow Ltd


A beautifully illustrated collection of favourite night-time rhymes for little ones at bedtime. Rosalind Beardshaw's artwork features wonderful natural scenes, with adorable sleepy animals and babies ready to be lulled to sleep. A sprinkling of silver foil on every page adds a little extra moonlight magic. Includes: I See the Moon * Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star * Hush-a-Bye, Baby * Golden Slumbers * Bed in Summer by Robert Louis Stevenson * Star Light, Star Bright * Girls and Boys Come Out to Play * Hush, Little Baby * Good Night, Sleep Tight

8th September 2017


Clover Moon by Jacqueline Wilson and Nick Sharratt




Paperback: 400 pages

Age Range: 9 - 11 years

Publisher: Yearling


Clover Moon’s imagination is her best escape from a life of hardship in poverty-stricken Victorian London. When tragedy plunges her into a world of grief, Clover realizes that everything she loved about the place she called home is gone. Clover hears of a place she could run to, but where will she find the courage – and the chance – to break free? And could leaving her family be just what she needs to find a place that really feels like home?


Introducing the brilliant and brave new heroine from the wonderful world of the bestselling and award-winning Jacqueline Wilson.


Thursday 7th September 2017


Starting School  by Janet Ahlberg  & Allan Ahlberg (Author)


Paperback:           32 pages

Age Range:           3 - 5 years

Publisher:              Puffin


Janet and Allan Ahlberg's classic, Starting School.


From first day nerves to finding your peg, this reassuring read is full of humour and fun for children and parents alike. A classic picture book which offers advice and enjoyment for the whole family before school starts.


Allan Ahlberg, a former teacher, postman, plumber's mate and grave digger, is in the super-league of children's writers. He has published over 100 children's books and, with his late wife Janet, created such award winning picture books as EACH PEACH PEAR PLUM and THE JOLLY POSTMAN - both winners of the Kate Greenaway Medal. He has also written prize-winning poetry and fiction and lives in Bath.



Wednesday 6th September 2017



Lucy & Tom Go to School by Shirley Hughes   (Author)





Paperback:           32 pages

Age Range:           3 - 5 years

Publisher:              Puffin


Lucy has her school things ready. She has a new grey skirt, a pair of brown shoes, a pencil case and a satchel. Tom wishes that he had a satchel too.


Full of warmth and good humour, the happy simplicity of childhood is captured in this richly illustrated, classic picture book about two young children’s first experience of school.


Tuesday 5th September 2017

The Royal Rabbits Of London

(Royal Rabbits of London 1)


Santa Montefiore (Author), Simon Sebag Montefiore (Author), Kate Hindley (Illustrator)


Paperback:           208 pages

Age Range:           7 years and up

Publisher:              Simon & Schuster Children's UK


Life is an adventure. Anything in the world is possible – by will and by luck, with a moist carrot, a wet nose and a slice of mad courage!


Shylo has always been the runt of the litter, the weakest and queitest of all of his family, his siblings spend their days making fun of him for not being like the rest of them. But when Shylo stumbles across a band of ratzis and overhears their evil plan to take a photo of the Queen in her nightie, it's up to this unlikely hero to travel to London and inform the Royal Rabbits of London about the diabolicial plot! The Royal Rabbits of London have a proud history of protecting the royal family and now the secret society need to leap into action to stop the ratzis... But can a rabbit as feeble and shy as Shylo convince them that Queen is in danger?


The Hobbit meets Fantastic Mr Fox meets Watership Down in this charming novel from bestselling authors Santa and Sebag Montefiore, which shows that even the smallest rabbit can be the biggest hero.


Monday 4th September 2017






Rob Biddulph  (Author)











Paperback:           32 pages

Age Range:           3 - 7 years

Publisher:              HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks


Penguin Blue is back, in a swashbuckling new adventure about pirates, treasure, and friendship!


A pirate hat.

A sunny day.

For Penguin Blue

A game to play.


Your favourite Penguin and his friends are back in a new adventure, and this time they’re pirates – ARRRRR!

Sailing the seven seas in search of treasure, Captain Blue and his friends are unexpectedly SUNK! But with a shipwreck to explore and a mysterious stranger on a desert island to meet, they might still find some treasure after all…


The fourth book from the award-winning, bestselling picture book star Rob Biddulph.

Sunday 3rd September 2017



In Darkling Wood  by Emma Carroll   (Author)





Hardcover: 231 pages

Age Range: 10 years and up

Publisher: Delacorte Press








For fans of Kelly Barnhill's The Girl Who Drank the Moon and Jack Cheng's See You in the Cosmos,  here is "a haunting and poignant exploration of family, loss, and redemption" (Booklist,  Starred Review).


 When Alice is suddenly bundled off to her estranged grandmother Nell's house, there's nothing good about it, except the beautiful Darkling Wood at the end of the garden--but Nell wants to have it cut down. Alice feels at home there, at peace. She even finds a friend, a girl named Flo. But Flo doesn't go to the local school, and no one in town has heard of her. When Flo shows Alice the surprising secrets of Darkling Wood, Alice starts to wonder: What is real? And can she find out in time to save the wood from destruction?


Saturday 2nd September 2017




First Day Jitters by Julie Danneberg   (Author)










Paperback:           32 pages

Age Range:           5 - 8 years


Publisher:        Charlesbridge Publishing,U.S.


American book about starting school jitters, but those jitters are the same wherever you live.


Everyone knows that sinking feeling in the pit of the stomach just before diving into a new situation. Sarah Jane Hartwell is scared and doesn't want to start over at a new school. She doesn't know anybody, and nobody knows her. It will be awful. She just knows it. With much prodding from Mr. Hartwell, Sarah Jane reluctantly pulls herself together and goes to school. She is quickly befriended by Mrs. Burton, who helps smooth her jittery transition. This charming and familiar story will delight readers with its surprise ending.

Fun, energetic illustrations brighten page after page with the busy antics surrounding Sarah Jane. FIRST DAY JITTERS is an enchanting story that is sure to be treasured by anyone who has ever anticipated a first day of school.


Friday, 1st September



The Girl Who Drank The Moon by Kelly Barnhill  (Author)





Paperback: 400 pages

Age Range: 9 - 12 years

Publisher: Piccadilly Press




'This beautifully written, darkly funny coming-of-age story will enchant and entertain' Daily Mail


Every year, the people of the Protectorate leave a baby as an offering to the witch who lives in the forest. They hope this sacrifice will keep her from terrorizing their town. But the witch in the Forest, Xan, is in fact a good witch who shares her home with a wise Swamp Monster and a Perfectly Tiny Dragon. Xan rescues the children and delivers them to welcoming families on the other side of the forest, nourishing the babies with starlight on the journey.


One year, Xan accidentally feeds a baby moonlight instead of starlight, filling the ordinary child with extraordinary magic. Xan decides she must raise this girl, whom she calls Luna, as her own. As Luna's thirteenth birthday approaches, her magic begins to emerge - with dangerous consequences. Meanwhile, a young man from the Protectorate is determined to free his people by killing the witch. Deadly birds with uncertain intentions flock nearby. A volcano, quiet for centuries, rumbles just beneath the earth's surface. And the woman with the Tiger's heart is on the prowl . . .


The Newbery Medal winner from the author of the highly acclaimed novel The Witch's Boy.

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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