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A Hungry Lion : or a dwindling assortment of animals

Once upon a time there was a very hungry lion and a collection of adorable little animals. The very hungry lion is all set to enjoy an exciting day with his little animal pals, but all of a sudden his friends start disappearing at an alarming rate! Is someone stealing the hungry lion’s friends, or…

Arthur and the Earthworms

Arthur and the Earthworms is part of a new series for young readers written by Québécois author Johanne Mercier, translated by Daniel Hahn and illustrated by Clare Elsom. Arthur is a bright and interested seven-year-old who lives with his Grandparents and a pet duck. With Granddad’s encouragement he decides to start a new job selling earthworms…

Atlas of Oddities

The Atlas of Oddities is a unique compendium of some of the most unusual events, objects and people that make our world such a fascinating place. From the prolific pen of Clive Gifford, author of over 150 books, and inspired by both his own travels and those of his parents who worked for an airline,…

Dinosaur Scramble (Downtown Dinosaurs)

Dinosaur Scramble is the latest title in the Downtown Dinosaurs series by author Jeanne Willis and illustrator Arthur Robins. Our hero Darwin, a young stegosaurus, is delighted when his mother lays an egg as he has always wanted a brother or sister to play with. But mayhem ensues when mad Uncle Loops is left in charge…

Draw With Marta Altés: You Are an Artist!

You Are an Artist is based on the bestselling picturebook, I Am An Artist!, and is designed to give budding artists the chance to get creative and make art with award-winning writer and illustrator Marta Altés. An activity book with a difference, each page presents an opportunity for the reader to create their very own…

Frog and Toad Together

The Frog and Toad stories by Arnold Lobel were first introduced to young readers in 1970 and have since come to be recognised as classics of children’s literature, winning many of the genre’s most prestigious awards. Frog and Toad Together is the second book in the series, first published in 1972, and was itself a…

Frog and Toad Together

The Frog and Toad stories by Arnold Lobel were first introduced to young readers in 1970 and have since come to be recognised as classics of children’s literature, winning many of the genre’s most prestigious awards. Frog and Toad Together is the second book in the series, first published in 1972, and was itself a…

I’m a Girl!

The girl in this book is forever being mistaken for a boy. Is it because she is loud and rambunctious, or because she wears shorts and a t-shirt instead of more ‘girlie’ clothes? Or is it because society still sees little boys and girls in terms of traditional gender stereotypes? Our heroine couldn’t care less…

Magic Betsey

(Note: This review also discusses Betsey's Birthday Surprise – ISBN: 9781782951889) Magic Betsey and Betsey’s Birthday Surprise are two of five separate short story collections featuring Betsey Biggalow, from UK Children's Laureate, Malorie Blackman. Betsey is a lovable little girl who lives in Barbados with her mum, grandma Liz, brother Desmond and sister Sherena, while…

Mango & Bambang: The Not-A-Pig

The Not-a-Pig is Book One in a new series from author Polly Faber and illustrator Clara Vulliamy. Featuring a wonderful new heroine called Mango Allsorts, who by her own admission is good at all sorts of things, and indeed she is, as the stories collected here go on to prove.    When Mango finds a…

Monkey Nut

After illustrating for such established children’s authors as Alan Durant, Ann Bonwill and others, Simon Rickerty goes it alone for his new title Monkey Nut. Red spider and blue spider find a single monkey nut and even though they can’t decide what it actually is (A hat? A drum? A boat? A skateboard?) they definitely know…

Mr. Mistoffelees: The Conjuring Cat

T.S. Eliot first published Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats in 1939. A series of whimsical poems written to amuse his godchildren, the book became an enduring classic and has been reprinted several times over the years and also forms the basis for the smash hit musical ‘Cats’. Illustrator Arthur Robins has previously crafted a…

Nothing!

‘Lila, what are you doing?’ ‘Nothing’ Mummy and Lila are going to visit Grandpa, but Lila is too busy in her own imaginative world. Whenever Mummy asks her what she is doing, she always says, ‘Nothing!’ Only the reader is allowed into her colourful, crazy, creative world where she is wrestling an octopus, racing along…

Red Car Red Bus

  Red Car, Red Bus begins with a queue of people at a bus stop, waiting for the red bus to come. After it arrives, we follow its journey down the road where soon a red car joins behind. Then the traffic builds as a yellow car, a yellow van, an orange tuck and so on…

Salty Dogs

The Salty Dogs are a group of canine pirates who have fallen on hard times. Remembering some long-ago buried treasure, the crew set out on an adventurous quest to bring home the booty. However, first they must use all their canine cunning to outwit their pirate foes, including the Feathered Furies, the Crazy Horn Gang…

Soda Pop

Soda Pop is a really great dad who loves bright orange clothes and wears a tea cozy on his head. He has brought up his son Mazarin on sweet buns and love. Grandfather Dartanyong emerges from his woodshed every morning with a new identity, and Great-grandfather has moved into a tree, eats birdseed, and thinks…

Spellbound: Tales of Enchantment from Ancient Ireland

Spellbound is a collection of stories from Ancient Ireland linked by themes of magic and enchantment from Siobhán Parkinson, former Irish Children’s Laureate, and illustrator Olwyn Whelan. Featuring tales and characters familiar from our schooldays such as Fionn Mac Cumhaill and the Children of Lir, these new takes on old classics are fresh and vivid and…

The Buccaneering Book of Pirates

The Buccaneering Book of Pirates is a collection of six swashbuckling adventure stories based on some of the most famous pirate stories and legends. Treasure Island, The Pirate Queen and Davy Jones’ Locker are all included in shortened, simplified versions suitable for both reading aloud or independently. All the usual pirate paraphernalia is here – treasure maps, sword fights, shipwrecks…

The Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen

When this book arrived for review I quite literally squealed with delight. From the cloth bound and vividly embossed cover to the stunning endpapers and all the beautiful illustrations within, this is book as work of art. Containing 23 of Andersen's best known and most loved tales, including such childhood classics as 'The Ugly Duckling',…

The Queen’s Orang-utan (Comic Relief)

It is the Queen’s birthday and she is bored. Feeling trapped and surrounded by so much stuff of one kind and another, she decides that this year for her birthday gift she would like ‘One’s own orang-utan’. And as the Queen must always get what she desires, an orang-utan comes to join the royal household…


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