It’s been a great haul with some wonderful recommendations for our younger readers.. enjoy!!!
The Prince and the Witch and the Thief and The Bears by Alastair Chisholm, Illustrated by Jez Tuya
A bed time story between father and son. A story that keeps getting interrupted by question after question. But the questions are patiently answered by the father.
Even though the father finishes the story to his son, he gets asked another question about the… and the father replies that we find out them tomorrow night. I really want to know.
The witch and her best friend are my favourite characters.
Many thanks to Walker Books Publishers for sending me a review copy of this book.
The Boy who grew Dragons by Andy Shepard, illustrated by Sara Ogilivie
When Tomas discovers a strange old tree at the bottom of his grandad’s garden, he doesn’t think much of it. But he takes the funny fruit from the tree back into the house – and gets the shock and delight of his life when a tiny dragon hatches! The tree is a dragonfruit tree, and Tomas has got his very own dragon, Flicker.. Tomas soon finds out that life with Flicker is great fun, but also very … unpredictable. Yes, dragons are wonderful, but they also set fire to your toothbrush and leave your pants hanging from the TV aerial. Tomas has to learn how to look after Flicker – and quickly. And then something extraordinary happens – more dragonfruits appear on the tree. Tomas is officially growing dragons – very adventurous and a lot of fun!!!
Sad, The Dog by Sandy Fussell, Illustrated by Tull Suwannakit
A clever little dog christens himself “Sad” when his humans fail to give him a name. Although they feed him and wash him, they don’t appreciate his many gifts, like his love of singing. When the people move away and leave Sad behind, Sad is heartbroken. But then a new family with a young boy arrives at Sad’s house in a big truck.
A beautiful written story where the illustrations bring the words to life.
I would love to have this puppy as part of the family. Who wouldn’t?
Special thanks to Walker Books Publishers for sending me a review copy of this book.
The Story Orchestra: The Sleeping Beauty by Jessica Courtney Tickle
A stunning retelling of the classic ballet story brought to life by music! On each page you press the music button and the sound of Tchaikovsky’s original music plays in the background as you read this beautiful ballet story which features the King and Queen as they throw a party for their new baby, Princess Aurora. But when a terrible guest arrives and places a curse on princess, the kingdom must find the one special person who can defeat it… We have it on good authority that it captivates readers as young as 2 years old!!! It’s such a stunning gift book, special thanks to Allen & Unwin Publishers for sending me a review copy of this book.
Interrupting Chicken and the Elephant of Surprise by David Ezra
It’s homework time for the little red chicken, who has just learned about something every good story should have: an elephant of surprise. Or could it be an element of surprise!! As they dive in to story after story, looking for the part that makes a reader say “Whoa! I didn’t know that was going to happen,” Elephant or element, something unexpected awaits Papa in every story, but a surprise may be in store for the little red chicken as well.
A sweet tale of a child who misheard/misunderstood the saying ‘element of surprise’.
An entertaining read for anyone who has ever tried to explain a saying to a young child.
Special thanks to Walker Books for sending me a review copy of this book.
Old Hat by Emily Gravett
Harbet likes his comfy knitted hat, but the others keep jeering at him – OLD HAT! OLD HAT! No matter what headwear he buys – be it a towering fruit platter hat, an old-boot-on-the-head hat or a brightly lit traffic cone hat, Harbet cannot keep up with the latest fashions. As soon as he gets a brand new hat it is already an . . . OLD HAT! It seems that Harbet will never fit in. But when one day he decides to go his own way, Harbet discovers just how much more fun it is to stop following others and think for yourself
A fun read for anyone. Where Harbet tries to keep up with the latest hat trends, but always seems to be one step behind.
It takes a little while for Harbet to come into his own. And it’s fun to see his friends trying to match him.
Special thanks to Pan Macmillan Publishers for sending me a review copy of this book.
Such a great haul- watch this space, more for recommendations for our junior readers coming soon!!!