Come on Mums take a look at what’s around right now to keep your kids quiet (for a few minutes at least) – We’ve looked for the newest and best of what’s on offer for those Holiday Journeys..
0-4 yrs old
The Puppy Who Was Left Behind, Holly Webb
Anna and her new puppy, Fred, go to spend time on her grandparents’ canal boat during the summer holidays. Anna loves the boat, and so does Fred, but her grandparents have a black Labrador, Sunny, and he’s very grumpy with Fred. It’s decided that poor Fred should go home, but by the time Anna’s parents come to pick up the puppy, Anna is in tears. Fred is upset, and scared of Sunny, and he escapes and runs away to hide in the woods. With the boat needing to move on that evening, the race is on to find the lost puppy before he gets left behind..
The Paper Dolls, Julia Donaldson
A string of paper dolls go on a fantastical adventure through the house and out into the garden. They soon escape the clutches of the toy dinosaur and the snapping jaws of the oven-glove crocodile, but then a very real pair of scissors threatens. A stunning, rhythmical story of childhood, memory and the power of imagination from the author of THE GRUFFALO, and new illustrating talent Rebecca Cobb
Baggy Brown and the Royal Baby
Baggy Brown was born at Better Bears Limited. Only he wasn’t born as Baggy Brown, but Number One. And as a special limited edition bear, he was due to be presented to the Royal Baby, daughter of King and Queen of Thingland. But this isn’t quite what happened.
Dolphin Bay(Secret Kingdom), Rosie Banks
Ellie, Summer and Jasmine are off for a summertime adventure on King Merry’s royal yacht in Dolphin Bay. They have a great time swimming with the dolphins there, until Queen Malice shows up to ruin their fun. Can the girls break Queen Malice’s horrible spells and save the dolphin celebrations?
The Royal Slumber Party, Catherine Hapka
5-8 yrs old
My Brother’s Famous Bottom Gets Crowned, Jeremy Strong
Nicholas’s neighbours are in a royal frenzy! They’re celebrating the Queen’s coronation (whatever that means) and everyone’s gone BONKERS! Dad’s dressing up as a banana and why has Cheese got a crown on his bottom? It’s going to be the biggest street party they’ve ever had, until a letter from the Prince and Princess announcing the arrival of THEIR very own twins adds an extra-special surprise!
Princess Ponies 3, The Special Secret, Chloe Ryder
But the horseshoes have been stolen and must be found before Midsummer Day or the island will lose its magic . . .
The Animal Colouring Book, Beth Gunnell
There’s an animal for everyone in this beautiful colouring book – from fabulous feathers on a peacock’s tail and incredibly colourful koi carp, to bright, bold butterflies and exotic elephants. With a brilliant blend of simple and intricate designs and partially coloured pages, Beautiful Animals Colouring Book is perfect for girls and animal lovers alike.
Rise of the Zombie Rabbit (Undead Pets), Sam Hay and Simon Cooper
Joe is just an ordinary boy until he makes a wish on a spooky Egyptian amulet…Now he’s the Protector of Undead pets! Fluffy’s owner, Olivia, lost a necklace in her back garden and she’s going to get in big trouble if it isn’t found. Fluffy can’t bear to see her owner in distress and she demands that Joe finds the necklace – now! Can Joe do what Fluffy wants or will the undead pet be hopping around forever? Undead Pets is full of animal zombies and pets with one last thing to do before they pass to the other side! Funny, dark and full of adventure this series is ideal for boys seeking a fast-paced and amusing chapter book.
Frankie’s Magic Football, Frank Lampard and Mike Jackson
Frankie and his team love playing football. There’s always time for a game. But when they win an old football at a carnival, they’re going to be transported to a magical world of football they never knew existed!
Can Frankie and his team beat the Pirate Pillagers and make their way home?
May Require Batteries (The World of Norm), Jonathan Meres
What with overdue homework, overdue pocket money and a bag full of overdue newspapers, one thing’s for sure: life for Norm isn’t getting any less unfair. And did he mention the fact that he’s the only kid on the planet without an iPad?
ABSO-FLIPPING-LUTELY RIGHT HE DID!
Horrid Henry’s Nightmare, Francesca Simon
Four hilarious new Horrid Henry stories – HORRID HENRY’S MOTHER’S DAY, probably not the day his mum looks forward to most in the year, HORRID HENRY’S NIGHTMARE where Henry’s chased by a ghost bunny with huge teeth, a wailing graveyard ghost and, for good measure, a slimy zombie, then a new story about one of his greatest enemies in THE RETURN OF THE DEMON DINNER LADY and last but not least FLUFFY STRUTS HER STUFF.
9 yrs plus
Out of This World, Ali Sparkes
Tyrone Lewis is messing about in the woods, trying to keep out of trouble, when he stumbles upon something weird …a glowing lump of rock or metal or something. Whatever it is, it gives him an amazing power. Which is cool at first, until Ty’s new powers start attracting attention, and soon he’s being followed by two sinister agents who seem intent on ‘collecting’ him. But Ty has no intention of letting that happen. So now he’s got to RUN …
Double Disaster (My Sister the Vampire), Sienna Mercer
A killer story to sink your teeth into! Olivia’s living it up in London on the set of her film, Eternal Sunset. But all she can think about his ex-boyfriend and co-star, Jackson. Meanwhile Ivy is in for a shock when she starts High School; suddenly the goths are the in-crowd! How will Ivy cope when she becomes instantly popular and her trademark death-squint loses its power to stop a bunny at ten paces?
The Spider’s Lair (Stitch Head), Guy Bass and Pete Williamson
Join Stitch Head, a mad professor’s forgotten creation, as he steps out of the shadows into the adventure of an almost-lifetime…The Spider’s Lair is Book 4 in the Stitch Head series by award-winning author Guy Bass (Dinkin Dings and the Frightening Things). When Arabella lands up in the orphanage, Stitch Head leaves Grotteskew and its creatures behind and sets out on a daring rescue. But a far more gruesome monster awaits, and soon Stitch Head is trapped in its web with no chance of escape…Praise for Stitch Head: “If you liked Marcus Sedgwick’s The Raven Mysteries, you’ll love this!” Julia Eccleshare
The Taming of the Tights Misadventures, Louise Rennison
Tallulah Casey is putting all thoughts of wild boy Cain behind her. He is literally an animal in trousers… oo-er. Not like nice boy Charlie (who she’s totally not thinking about either).
The Tree Sisters are chasing those golden slippers of applause at performing arts college but Dr Lightowler seems hell-bent on spoiling everything for Tallulah. And with all her mates loved up, can Tallulah resist the call of her wild boy?
Stormbringers (Order of Darkness), Philippa Gregory
Luca Vero is a member of the secret Order of Darkness, tasked with searching out and reporting signs of the end of the world. Breaking his journey in Piccolo, he finds a place filled with superstitious fears: of the unknown, of the forces of the sea and sky, of strangers. With him are his loyal friend and servant, Frieze, and his clerk, Brother Peter, as well as the Lady Isolde and her mysterious servant-companion Ishraq. The five of them are followed into the town by a huge children’s crusade, led by a self-proclaimed saint. Its young leader promises that the sea will part before them, and allow them to walk dry-shod all the way to Jerusalem. Luca and Lady Isolde are swept up in the growing excitement; but something dangerous is brewing far out to sea…