Kids Bestsellers and New Releases for April

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Lick, Matthew Van Fleet


Give toddlers a taste of this deliciously adorable, interactive novelty book that’s the perfect size for little hands, from bestselling creator Matthew Van Fleet.

From the creator of the New York Times bestselling Heads and Tails, four clever pull-tabs and seven tickly textures put toddlers face-to-face with captivating critters who prove that tongues can do much more than taste! This hands-on read-aloud is sure to become a bedtime—and anytime—favorite.

The Octonauts and the Undersea Eruption

Under the leadership of Captain Barnacles Bear, closely flanked by Lieutenant Kwazii Cat and Medic Peso Penguin, the Octonauts are always ready to embark on an exciting new mission! When a dangerous underwater volcano threatens to erupt, the Octonauts must evacuate all the sea creatures nearby. But there is one creature that won’t budge – a slow-moving, gelatinous Blobfish. Can Captain Barnacles, Kwazii and Peso get the Blobfish to safety before the volcano blows its top? Octonauts, let’s do this!

Snug as a Bug, Tamsyn Murray


Would you prefer to be as snug as a bug rolled up in a rug? Like two cosy bats in thick woolly hats? As hot as three pigs in big purple wigs? Or …Would you prefer to be like ten sneezy kittens without any mittens? Like nine frozen frogs in huge wooden clogs? As cool as eight bees on miniature skis? George has to decide for himself on a day out at the park with Mum. This funny book of crazy combinations is guaranteed to make kids laugh.

The Worst Princess, Anna Kemp

Once upon a time, in a tower near you, Lived a sad princess; the Princess Sue. “Some day,” she sighed, “my prince will come, But I wish he’d move his royal bum.” But when Princess Sue’s prince finally does arrive, he’s not quite what she had in mind. Find out how the feisty princess escapes the clutches of her twit of a prince in this funny twist on the traditional princess tale.

Animal Music, Julia Donaldson, Nick Sharratt

There’s harmony in the air when the animals get together for a concert with a difference! Koala’s playing his flute, Badger’s bashing away on the drums and Squirrel’s strumming on the guitar. Sing and dance along — you’ve never seen a show like it! With trademark Julia Donaldson rhyming text and NIck Sharratt’s bold, funny illustrations, children will love this bright and playful book.

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Sticker Dolly Dressing: Travel, Fiona Watt


Dress the dolls as they travel on holiday in this delightful addition to the incredibly successful “Sticker Dolly Dressing” series. You can design the outfits the dolls should wear as they check in for a flight at an airport, on board a ferry in Greece, as they wait for a vaporetto in Venice, and as they board an intercity train to go snowboarding in France. It is absolutely perfect for any long journey or keeping little girls (and some big ones) busy during the holidays. You can choose the clothes and accessories from over 300 stickers.

The Dark, Lemony Snickett


Laszlo is afraid of the dark. The dark lives in the same house as Laszlo but mostly it spends its time in the basement. It doesn’t visit Laszlo in his room. Until one night it does. With emotional insight and poetic economy, Lemony Snicket and Jon Klassen bring to light a universal and empowering story about conquering fear. Join a brave boy on his journey to meet the dark, and see why it will never bother him again.

The King of Space, Jonny Duddle


The universe is about to be conquered . . .by a six year old.

Rex may look like an average six-year-old, living on his parents’ moog farm and going to mini intergalactic citizen school, but he knows he’s destined to become . . . the King of Space! With the help of his unsuspecting friends, Rex begins his conquest of the known worlds. And when he goes too far, only one person can save him from the wrath of the Galactic Alliance — Mom!

Tongue Twisters For Kids,  Riley Weber


“Rubber baby buggy bumpers” – Say this three times as fast as you can. How about, try saying ” Loopy lizards lying lazily aloft a little lane of logs,” without messing up. This Tongue Twister book is huge collection of funny phrases, ridiculous rhymes, and silly sentences that will have kids laughing for hours. Each one challenges your mouth muscles as you try to say these tongue twisters faster and multiple times. A tongue twister is a phrase that is supposed to be difficult to articulate properly. Often times they take practice to say correctly. Tongue twisters are good practice for children as they learn to form words, phrases, and vowels. It’s hard to say a tongue twister without a smile on your face. Each tongue twister in this book has it’s own silly illustration. Kids will be entertained with these tongue twisters for hours.

Easter Things to Make and Do, Fiona Watt


Lots of inspiring activities to celebrate Easter and springtime. Simple, step-by-step instructions for making gifts and decorations from everyday items. Perfect for parents and teachers to help the kids with.

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Tom Gates is Absolutely Fantastic (at some things), Liz Pichon


This takes the form of Tom’s battered homework diary – crammed with his doodles and stories. “Exciting News! Mr Fullerman announces that class 5F are going on an ‘Activity Break’! Which should be fun. As long as I don’t ge stuck in a group with anyone who snores or worse still with . . . . . Marcus Meldrew. Delia is already threatening to paint my room funny colours while I’m away. Which is annoying. I just hope the only surprise I hae when I get home is the new pet that I hear Mum and Dad talking about. Because I’ve always wanted a pet!”

Infinite Sky, C J Flood


A truly beautiful book about the summer that changed one girl’s life, as her mum leaves home, travellers set up camp in the family’s field, her older brother goes off the rails, and she falls in love for the very first time. Opening with a funeral, Iris is mourning the boy in the casket – but who is it? Sam, her tearaway brother, or Trick, her tentative boyfriend? Over one long hot summer, we find out just how their three lives were turned upside-down.

Missing Me, Sophie McKenzie


Six years have passed since the end of Sister, Missing and Madison is now a teenager. During a visit to older sister Lauren, she learns that their biological father was an anonymous sperm donor and sets out to track him down. Her search bears fruit sooner than she expects, but is the father she discovers all he seems? As Madison gets drawn into a mysterious investigation involving missing girls and secret hideaways, she finds herself in more and more danger…

Ketchup Clouds, Annabel Pitcher


Fifteen-year-old Zoe has a secret – a dark and terrible secret that she can’t confess to anyone she knows. But then one day she hears of a criminal, Stuart Harris, locked up on death row in Texas. Like Zoe, Stuart is no stranger to secrets. Or lies. Or murder.

Full of heartache yet humour, Zoe tells her story in the only way she can – in letters to the man in prison in America. Armed with a pen, Zoe takes a deep breath, eats a jam sandwich, and begins her tale of love and betrayal.

Attack at Shark Bay, Dennis Shuker


This is a high-octane, rip-roaring adventure story for kids eight years and up. When their favorite teacher suddenly goes missing and the police haven’t found him, The Riwaka Gang, four country kids who love adventure, decide to get involved. Jackson, Jessica, Rangi and Sam will need every skill plus a ton of courage. Dangerous situations and extreme challenges confront them. But will they find Mr. Chapman? With so many impossibilities, the odds are stacked high against them. The story is set in a quiet, seaside, country town in New Zealand – in the South Pacific. ‘A gripping, high-speed adventure story with loads of New Zealand imagery – kids will love it.’

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