Kids New Books on the Block

Here they are – the latest and greatest new reads for kids of all ages!

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The Odd One Out, Brita Tekentrup

Which bird has caught the worm? Where is the poorly monkey? And can you spot the shy little shrimp? Each spread matches an amusing riddle with a complex patterned artwork, within which the answer lies. Never has a search-and-find game been so pleasing to the eye than with this stylish title presented in an upmarket, contemporary format.

Peep Inside Animal Homes, Anna Milbourne, Simona Dimitri

Peep into nests and inside burrows to see baby animals and where they live in this flap book for young children.

 

 

 

Ten Little Pirates, Mike Brownlow, Simon Rickerty
Ten Little Pirates set out to sea in search of adventure. But what will the ten little pirates do when they meet a hurricane . . . and a giant squid . . . and a HUNGRY SHARK?

This fun-filled rhyming story, which incorporates counting backwards from ten to one, is great to share with young children who are learning about numbers. The colourful, humourous illustrations feature objects to spot and count on every page. With a bouncy, rhythmic text and lots of great sound words, this piratical adventure is perfect for sharing again and again.

That’s Not My Piglet!  Fiona Watts, Rachel Wells

A touchy-feely book with simple, repetitive text. It features bright, colourful illustrations with carefully chosen textures to touch and feel on every page.

 

 

 

Oi Frog! Kes Gray, Jim Field

From the award-winning Kes Gray and the winner of the Roald Dahl Funny Prize, Jim Field, comes an hilarious rhyming tale about a frog who discovers that all animals have their special places to sit!

Cats sit on mats, hares sit on chairs, mules sit on stools and gofers sit on sofas, but Frog does not want to sit on a log! Jam-packed with animals and silliness, this original rhyming story will have young children in fits of laughter.

Itch, Scritch Scratch, Eleanor Updale, Sarah Horne

The kids have got – whisper it – nits! All the mummies are going mad with the nit-combs and the mayonnaise and even the hoover – but these nits don’t care! With a rhyming text that trips off the tongue, this laugh-out-loud picture book is perfect for all the family with an easy-read font.

 

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Gorilla, Anthony Brown

Anthony Browne’s incomparable artwork illuminates the deeply satisfying story of a lonely girl, a friendly gorilla, and their enchanted night out.

Hannah spends all of her time reading gorilla books, watching gorilla TV shows, and drawing gorilla pictures. She has gorillas on her bedside lamp
and even on her box of cereal. Hannah loves gorillas and longs to see a real one, but her father is always too busy – or too tired – to take her to the zoo. Then, on the night before her birthday, something extraordinary happens – and Hannah’s wish comes gloriously true.

The Troublesome Tooth Fairy, Sandi Toksvig, Georgien Overwater

She was a hopeless tooth fairy. A troublesome trainee tooth fairy . . .

When Jessica loses her first tooth, Granny tells her to watch out for a trainee tooth fairy. That shimmering little creature might look the part in her purple and silver outfit but she’s not too sure of her job. As Granny knows, the trainee tooth fairy has been known to whisk away more than just the lost tooth . . .

Melric and the Sorcerer, David McKee

“More power,” demands the king. But Melric the magician thinks that the king has quite enough power already. A sinister visitor called Sondrak boasts that he can easily grant the king’s wish. But when Melric discovers that Sondrak is an evil sorcerer and up to no good, a dramatic battle follows.

 

Samuel Scaredosaurus, Brian Moses, Mike Gordon

Samuel Scaredosaurus was scared of lots of things. He was scared of spiders, strange noises, dark shadows and being left on his own. Would he ever be able to face his fears?

A perfect book to share with children to show that everyone gets scared, but that there are ways of coping with these feelings.

Includes notes for parents and teachers on how to share this book to help children learn about their emotions.

The Boy Who Cried Ninja, Alex Latimer

Once there was a boy named Tim whom no one believed, even when he was telling the truth. No one believed that it was a ninja who snaffled the last slice of cake; or that a giant squid ate his homework; or that it really was a time-travelling monkey who was throwing pencils at Grampa. How can Tim get his parents to believe him – when the truth is too incredible to be true?

Curious George and the Pizza Party, H.A. Rey

George is going to a pizza party! George promises to be on his best monkey behavior, but when he gets to the party and sees all of that pizza dough, George has a big idea. With rolling pin in hand, George rolls and rolls and rolls until his big idea lands him in big trouble. But George’s shaped pizzas turn out to be his biggest hits!This edition features a tasty veggie pizza recipe, put-the-steps-in-order activity, and downloadable audio!

What’s Under the Bed?, Mick Manning, Brita Granstrom

What’s Under the Bed? travels to the mysterious world that is just beneath our feet. Follow the underground adventures of two children and their cat to explore secret caves, fossils and even silver, gold and diamonds before eventually discovering what really is under the bed.

The Wonderwise series presents facts in a way that will inspire young children’s imaginations about the world around them.

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Fourmile, Watt Key

Fourmile is the story of a 12-year-old boy named Foster whose dad has died recently. His mother is about to lose the farm and is dating an unpleasant man named Dax. Foster rightly dislikes Dax and tries to protect himself, his mother, and his dog Joe as best he can–which isn’t much. When a Shane-like character comes walking up the road with his backpack and a dog, Foster instantly latches onto him, and the man, Gary, stays a while doing work on the farm. Naturally, Dax and Gary clash. Gary’s secret past comes back to haunt him, but not before Gary fights back against Dax and his thuggish friends to protect Foster and his mom.

Fourmile is a heart-wrenching story that is ultimately about fathers and father figures, good and bad. Gary can’t solve Foster’s problems or his mother’s–Gary can’t even solve his own. But he can give Foster and his mother a little courage for grabbing hold of the future.

Dirt Diary, Anna Staniszewski

Now instead of spending her weekends trying out new baking recipes, Rachel has to clean the houses of some of the most popular kids in her grade. Yeah, that’s bound to do wonders for her already loser-ish reputation. But being the new maid to the in-crowd puts her in just the right place to stumble on all kinds of secrets, which she records in her newly christened Dirt Diary. She never means to give up her secrets, but when the hottest guy in school pays her to spy on his girlfriend, she convinces herself it’s for a good cause. She needs a plane ticket to visit her dad and make him come back home.

Robin Hoodie, Dave Woods, Chris Inns

It’s Robin Hoodie vs robbin’ Prince John ‘Tis a terrible crime! Prince John has stolen all the sweets from the children of Sherbet Forest. So it’s up to brave Robin Hoodie and his Merry Boyz–Very Little John, Will Starlett, Friar Tuckshop, and Maid Marionette–to get them back. Will Robin Hoodie’s sweet plan go sour?

Truth or Busted: The Fact or Fiction Behind Human Bodies, Paul Mason

Truth or Busted Human Bodies takes popular notions and ideas about our bodies and examines where the idea came from, how or why it has become well known, and finally whether it really is true or false. This title looks at statements like: ‘Sitting too close to the TV will damage your eyes’ or ‘A human bone is 4 times stronger than concrete’. Each statement is evaluated and then awarded a Truth or Busted stamp at the end of each entry.

Oddfellow’s Orphanage, Emily Winfield

What do an onion-headed boy, a child-sized hedgehog, and a tattooed girl have in common? They are all orphans at Oddfellow’s Orphanage! This unusual early chapter book began life as a series of full-color portraits with character descriptions. Author/illustrator Emily Martin has fleshed out the world of Oddfellow’s with an episodic story that follows a new orphan, Delia, as she discovers the delights of her new home. From classes in Cryptozoology and Fairy Tale Studies to trips to the circus, from Annual Hair Cutting Day to a sea monster-sighting field trip, things at Oddfellows are anything but ordinary . . . except when it comes to friendships. And in that, Oddfellows is like any other school where children discover what they mean to each other while learning how big the world really is.

Fizzlebert Stump: The Boy Who Cried Fish, A F Harrold

Fizzlebert Stump lives in a circus. His mum’s a clown, his best friend is a bearded boy, and he sticks his head in a lion’s mouth every night. Other than that, he’s pretty normal.

When Fish the sea lion goes missing Fizzlebert tracks down the runaway beast to the Aquarium, with its piratical owner Admiral Spratt-Haddock, invisible octopus, and colour-coded fish. But the Aquarium has problems of its own. Fish (not Fish the sea lion, fish. Keep up.) are going missing, and the Admiral blames the circus. Can Fizzlebert solve the mystery, avoid an over-enthusiastic crocodile, and find his friend?

Famous Five: George’s Hair is Too Long, Enid Blyton, Jamie Littler

Borrowing some scissors is the beginning of an adventure for the Famous Five, as George manages to get mixed up with some burglars. Julian, Dick and Anne are too busy eating ice cream to realise that George is in trouble!

Will the Famous Five manage to catch up with the burglars and save the day?

In addition to the 21 novels in the Famous Five series, Enid Blyton wrote a clutch of short stories based on the characters. These were published in magazines and were collected in the Famous Five Short Story Collection (Hodder). For the first time, the complete text of George’s Hair is Too Long appears in an individual volume, illustrated in full colour.

A Room Full of Chocolate, Jane Elson

Grace’s fun-loving Mum has found a lump. Her north London world of sleepovers, tap dancing and playing the clarinet fall apart when she is sent to live with her grumpy old granddad on his farm in Yorkshire while her mother goes into hospital to get better.

Grace misses her mother so much it hurts, and doesn’t quite understand what is happening to her. And things go from bad to worse when she starts school and becomes the bullies’ latest target.

But Grace is no longer alone when she meets Rainbow Girl Megan and her pig, Claude – when she’s with them she feels as if she can confront anything.

At Easter time when Grace misses her mum the most, she knows she must find a way to get to London. With Megan’s help, she hatches a plan to run away that involves Claude, chocolate Easter eggs and a risky ID swap. But it’s all worth it if it means that she finally gets to see her mum …

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Never Ending, Martyn Bedford

Shiv’s best mate, her younger brother, Declan, died while their family was on holiday in Greece. Shiv doesn’t know how to live any more – she can only feel self-hatred; she is tormented by guilt. Now she finds herself at the Korsakoff Clinic, with five other teens and young adults who are undergoing a most unorthodox therapy, which is often painful. But this is Shiv’s last chance – the clinic must help her find a way to live again. But first, their methods will make her face what really happened to her brother.

Rock War: The Audition, Robert Muchamore

Two kids, one band, one crucial audition.

Noah’s a natural on the guitar, and he’d give anything to get through the Rock War audition. But when he betrays his best friend to join another band, he knows he’s crossed the line.

Will he risk their friendship for the sake of musical stardom?

Introducing new characters, a never-before-seen band, and a behind-the-scenes look at the Rock War auditions, in a story written especially for World Book Day.

The Dark Inside, Rupert Wallis

The House on the Hill has been abandoned for as long as James can remember. So when he discovers Webster, a drifter, hiding there, he’s instantly curious about the story behind the homeless man. What is he running from? Afflicted by a dark curse, Webster is no longer who he used to be. But there is said to be a cure and it might just be that by helping Webster, James will find some solace of his own. Together they embark on a journey, not knowing that what they discover will impact them both in ways they never imagined…A gripping and haunting story about loss and hope, perfect for fans of Patrick Ness and David Almond.

Bet Your Life, Jane Casey

Jess Tennant has now been living in Port Sentinel for three months, and is just beginning to relax and think of it as home after the murderous events of the summer. But in the small hours of a dark night, a teenage boy is left for dead by the side of the road. Seb Dawson has a serious head injury and may not survive – and Jess decides to find out who beat him up, and why?

As she investigates, Jess discovers that Seb was involved in some very dangerous games. A secret predator around girls, he would do whatever it took to abuse them, from lying and blackmail to spiking drinks. Could a group of vengeful victims be behind his attack? Or is there someone else with a grudge against Seb and who will stop at nothing to silence him?

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, Holly Black

Tana lives in a world where walled cities called Coldtowns exist. In them, quarantined monsters and humans mingle in a decadently bloody mix of predator and prey. It’s an eternal party, shown on TV 24 hours a day – gorgeous, glamorous, deadly! Because, once you pass through Coldtown’s gates, you can never leave…

A wholly original story of rage and revenge, love and loathing from bestselling author, Holly Black. Fans of TRUE BLOOD will love this dark and sexy tale.

Storm and Stone, Joss Stirling

Behind the ivy-clad walls of an exclusive boarding school, lurks a sinister web of corruption, scandal, and conspiracy.

American student Raven Stone has noticed something is horribly wrong. First there were the unexplained disappearances. Then there were the teachers’ lies. And now the death threats . . .

Also entangled in the disturbing turn of events is the enigmatic Kieran Storm – a fellow student with a killer intellect and a body to die for. He’s heading for trouble and taking her with him. Raven can feel herself falling in love, but can she trust a boy she knows almost nothing about?

Thirteen, Tom Hoyle

Born at midnight in London, on the stroke of the new millennium, Adam is the target of a cult that believes boys born on this date must die before the end of their thirteenth year. Twelve boys have been killed so far. Coron, the crazy cult leader, will stop at nothing to bring in his new kingdom. And now he is planning a bombing spectacular across London to celebrate the sacrifice of his final victim: Adam.

 

The Islands of Chaldea, Diana Wynne Jones

How are you supposed to turn into a Wise Woman if your powers just won’t show up? Aileen is convinced she’ll never become as magical as her Aunt Beck.

Then one day her aunt is set a seemingly impossible mission. She must go to the island of Logra and rescue the kidnapped High Prince from the enemy, and Aileen must go with her. They set off along with Ivar, Aileen’s spoilt cousin, and Ogo his clophopping servant, recruiting on their way a huge and elusive cat, a monk with an uncannily wise parrot, and a boy inventor who keeps a pet lizard up his sleeve. But this is no band of mighty warriors, and the evil Lograns and their wizards have blocked their way with an invisible barrier in the sea. Aileen doubts that even with all the magic in the Islands of Chaldea, including Aunt Beck’s, they will be able to penetrate it.

But Aileen is about to discover that she could be more important to the mission than she realises. Perhaps it is her, above all, who is being drawn to Logra, and for a very special purpose…

Divergent, Veronica Roth (First book of 3)

DIVERGENT – a major motion picture in 2014.

For sixteen-year-old Tris, the world changes in a heartbeat when she is forced to make a terrible choice. Turning her back on her family, Tris ventures out, alone, determined to find out where she truly belongs.

Shocked by the brutality of her new life, Tris can trust no one. And yet she is drawn to a boy who seems to both threaten and protect her. The hardest choices may yet lie ahead….

A debut novel that will leave you breathless.

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