Come on Mums and Dads – keep them engrossed in these cold and wetter days leading up to Winter – take a look at the best books on offer now (and the best prices)
Look Inside Things That Go, Rob Lloyd Jones
Lift the many flaps in this sturdy, interactive thin board book to discover what happens inside boats, bikes, planes, cars, buses and more. There are lots of things to spot and talk about in the amusing and detailed illustrations by Stefano Tognetti. With over 60 flaps to lift.
Yeti and the Bird, Nadia Shareen
Yeti lives alone in a wintery landscape. Well, maybe not quite alone, but no one is brave enough to go near big, scary Yeti. No one apart from Bird, who gets lost on her way south, makes a special friend, and opens up a whole new world for our Yeti.
Oliver and the Undybed Monster, Jo Ramsey
Every child is scared of the monster under their bed. But Oliver doesn’t have a Bogeyman, or a witch – he has an Undybed Monster! When the Undybed Monster catches Oliver lying awake one night, what will happen to him? Perfect for young children, Oliver and the Undybed Monster is a charmingly short story about monsters, Very Clean Children and new friends. Ideal for younger readers and filled with illustrations, it is perfect for reading to a child before bed time; just make sure to check under their bed first!
Ant and Bee and the Rainbow, Angela Banner
The Story of Prince George
Mummy Pig is telling Peppa and George a bedtime story. Tonight, it’s the story of Prince George the brave knight. Prince George lives in a castle with his sister Princess Peppa, and when a fearsome dragon appears, it’s up to George to save the royal kingdom.
The Night Before Christmas, Clement Clarke Moore, Maggie Downer
This timeless Christmas rhyme is brought to life for children today in this beautiful boardbook edition. There are big, bright illustrations to look at, with sparkly glitter on details such as holly, mistletoe and snow, to really capture the festive feeling. Lift the flaps to see Saint Nicholas approaching and departing, and look inside his sack of presents. With a special felt finish on Santa’s red coat on the front cover, this is a Christmas story to keep and treasure. ‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse. The stockings were hung by the chimney with care, In hopes that Saint Nicholas soon would be there..
The Owl Who was Afraid of the Dark, Jill Tomlinson
Plop, the Baby Barn Owl, is like every Barn Owl there ever was, except for one thing – he is afraid of the dark. “Dark is nasty” he says and so he won’t go hunting with his parents. Mrs Barn Owl sends him down from his nest-hole to ask about the dark and he meets a little boy waiting for the fireworks to begin, an old lady, a scout out camping, a girl who tells him about Father Christmas, a man with a telescope and a black cat who takes him exploring. He realizes that through these encounters that dark is super after all.
Dot, Randy Zuckerberg
Stormchaser and the Silver Mist, Belinda Rapley
The Pony Detectives have a packed Christmas holiday ahead – they’re riding in a show, doing a charity ride for Hope Farm and best of all, they’re going to see their first-ever polo match at Fortnum Abbey with star Argentinian rider Estoni and his horse, Stormchaser. When the girls begin investigating the mystery of ponies being let loose from their fields, the clues lead them inside the closely guarded grounds of Fortnum Abbey. But as they close in on their suspect, events take an unexpected turn, leaving Stormchaser’s life in the balance. The PDs have to act fast if they are to solve the case and save the star polo pony.
Rules of Summer, Shaun Tak
Combining humour and surreal fantasy, Shaun Tan pictures a summer in the lives of two boys. Each spread tells of an event and the lesson learned. By turns, these events become darker and more sinister as the boys push their games further and further.
The Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame
Fleeced, Julia Wills
Aries remains furious Flat the loss of his beautiful golden fleece – stolen by Jason and the Argonauts centuries ago. Desperate to find his beloved fleece, Aries and his best friend Alex, the Underworld zookeeper soon discover the Golden Fleece is in the clutches of evil immortal sorceress Medea – now a world-famous fashion designer.
The Oak Lord, Catherine Cooper
It is written in the Law of Annwn that whoever presents the Lost Treasure the torc of kingship to the Queen at Samhain will be crowned King. Can Jack Brenin keep the torc safe or will Velindur snatch it away from him and claim the kingship of Annwn, which Jack believes is rightfully his? Follow Jack and Camelin on their mission through Catherine Cooper’s beguiling landscape to protect the torc and prevent Velindur from unleashing the woes of the Book of Sorrows. The Oak Lord has a vital role to play in the protection of creatures on Earth, but who is he and why is he so important? The Oak Lord is the conclusion to a much loved and internationally celebrated series, The Adventures of Jack Brenin.
The Iron Traitor(The Iron Fey), Julie Kagawa
After his unexpected journey into the land of the fey, Ethan Chase just wants to get back to his normal life with his girlfriend Kenzie. But when your sister is one of the most powerful faeries in the Nevernever, ï¿½normal’ simply isn’t an option. Ethan’s nephew, Keirran, is missing and on the verge of doing something unthinkable in the name of saving his own love. Something that will fracture the human and faery worlds forever. Now, as Ethan’s and Keirran’s fates entwine and Keirran slips further into darkness, Ethan’s next choice will decide the fate of them all.
Champion(Legend), Marie Luz
She is a Prodigy.
Who will be Champion?
June and Day have sacrificed so much for the people of the Republic – and each other – and now their country is on the brink of a new peaceful existence. June is back in the good graces of the Republic, working within the government’s elite circles while Day has been assigned a high level military position.
But when a plague outbreak, deadlier than any other, causes panic in the Colonies, and war threatens the Republic’s border cities, the two are thrown back together. June is the only one who knows the key to her country’s defence. But saving the lives of thousands will mean asking the one she loves to give up everything he has.
With heart-pounding action and suspense, Marie Lu’s bestselling trilogy, a brilliant re-imaginging of Les Miserables, draws to a stunning conclusion.
Doctor Who: 11 Doctors, 11 Stories, Various
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck, Jeff Kinney
The Wimpy Kid is back! In the most hotly-anticipated children’s book release of the year, the hilarious, globally-bestselling and award-winning Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, sees BOOK 8 hit our shelves this November!
Greg Heffley’s on a losing streak. His best friend, Rowley Jefferson, has ditched him, and finding new friends in middle school is proving to be a tough task. To change his fortunes, Greg decides to take a leap of faith and turn his decisions over to chance. Will a roll of the dice turn things around, or is Greg’s life destined to be just another hard-luck story?