Summer Holiday Books for Kids

Summer Holidays can be challenging when the kids get bored, sowe’ve been looking for the best, most interesting and fun books around right now to suit all ages…..

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The Dinosaur that Pooped a Planet, Tom Fletcher, Dougie Poynter, Garry Parsons

Danny and Dinosaur are back, and this time they are going to space!

But when Danny realises he’s forgotten Dino’s lunch box, the very hungry dinosaur eats everything in sight, including their only way home: the rocket!

How will Dino get them back home?

There’s poop, planets and pandemonium in this supersonic space adventure!

How to Wash a Woolly Mammoth, Michelle Robinson, Kate Hindley

Does your woolly mammoth need a wash? It’s not a very easy thing to do…Find out exactly how to wash your mammoth in this hilarious instruction manual – just remember don’t get any soap in its eyes or it might escape up a tree!

Peter Rabbit Animation: Treehouse Rescue!,  Beatrix Potter Animation

Beatrix Potter’s timeless character Peter Rabbit comes to life in a brand new series based on the well-loved children’s books. Mischievous, charming and brave, Peter is a hero who overcomes obstacles, outwits predators and dodges danger on his exciting adventures.

Peter and his friends embark on a brave and dangerous quest for a secret clubhouse to escape the clutches of the hungry fox, Mr Tod. To help him on his adventures, Peter is never without his cousin Benjamin Bunny and their good friend Lily Bobtail.

Mr Tumble’s Hide and Seek, A Peep Through Book

Mr Tumble is playing hide and seek with his friends! Help him find Aunt Polly, Grandad Tumble and many more in this playful board book. With little die-cut holes for readers to peep through, children will be delighted by the fun of spotting the details though the holes, giving a clue as to where the characters are hiding.

Daisy and the Trouble with Burglars, Kes Gray, Nick Sharratt, Garry Parsons

No matter the occasion, Daisy just can’t help getting into trouble!

When three actual burglaries happen in Daisy’s town, Daisy is beside herself with excitement. Two houses and the fish and chip shop have been broken into (and lots of cods and haddocks have been stolen). Anyone could be next!

Daisy wants to help. Together with Gabby and Dylan, she forms her own detective agency. Armed with a notebook, a magnifying glass, a camera and a box of icing sugar, she sets out on the burglars’ trail.

Trouble is, detective work is hard when you’re not allowed to go further than the end of the road . . .

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Print and Pattern: Kids, Bowie Style

The latest book from the cult Print & Pattern website, Print & Pattern: Kids celebrates beautiful surface design created with little people in mind. This book documents the work of the best designers in the field, featuring both successful commercial designs and previously unseen work. Children’s design is an exciting marketplace, full of cute and colourful patterns, wallpaper, fabrics, clothing, ceramics, greetings cards and in fact just about anything aimed at kids (much of which will also appeal to adults!) Includes work from DG Kids, Marc Boutavant, Laura Ashley, Paapii and Dan Stiles, among other top international designers.

Jo Jo The Melon Donkey, Michael Morpurgo, Helen Stephens

‘Melons. Melons for sale!’ Every day, Jo-Jo brays the same message and carries the heavy melons through the streets of Venice. Bullied by his master and plagued by flies, Jo-Jo is loved by nobody. But one day, somebody notices Jo-Jo. The famous Doge’s daughter herself! And when danger looms, the Venetians need a hero to save them …From the master storyteller himself comes a story about an evolving friendship between Jo-Jo and the Doge’s daughter, who loves the donkey despite his lowly position. A real feeling of of warmth and hope is created in this timeless, classical tale.

Diamond (Hetty Feather), Jacqueline Wilson, Nick Sharratt

Diamond wasn’t always a star. Born to penniless parents who longed for a strong, healthy son, she was a dainty, delicate daughter – and a bitter disappointment.

Discovering she has an extraordinary gift for acrobatics, Diamond uses her talent to earn a few pennies, but brings shame on her family. Then a mysterious, cruel-eyed stranger spots her performing, and makes a deal with her father. Diamond is sold for five guineas, and is taken to become an acrobat at Tanglefield’s Travelling Circus.

The crowds adore Diamond, but life behind the velvet curtains is far from glamorous. Her wicked master forces Diamond to attempt ever more daring and dangerous tricks, until she is terrified to step into the ring.

Extra Special Treats (…Not), Tom Gates

It’s really cold outside and we’re all hoping it’s going to snow. Yeah! Derek and I could make a snow Rooster and have a snowbal fight (look out, Delia!). Granny Mavis has started to knit me a new winter jumper, but by the looks of things I’m not sure it’s going to fit. . .

The Demon Dentist, David Walliams

Demon Dentist is a jaw‐achingly funny and teeth‐chatteringly thrilling tale about an evil dentist who has an over‐the‐top devotion to teeth extractions and how one special boy and his dreamer dad finally stand up to this drilling‐crazed villain. Demon Dentist will be his sixth children’s book and will be illustrated by Tony Ross who has worked with David Walliams on three of his previous titles.

How to Betray a Dragon’s Hero (How to Train Your Dragon), Cressida Cowell

High up in the treacherous mists of the Murderous Mountains, Hiccup and the Company of the Dragonmark are in hiding. The witch’s Spydragons are guarding the shores of Tomorrow – but Hiccup is determined to become King of the Wilderwest. Can Hiccup dodge the dragons and steal the King’s Things back from Alvin before the Doomsday of Yule? And is there a traitor in Hiccup’s camp who in the end will betray them all?

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Angel & Faith, Volume 4 (Death and Consequences), Rebekah Isaacs

A demon from Giles’ past has re-emerged in London, giving Angel the opportunity he’s been waiting for: capturing the final piece of the late Watcher’s soul. For Faith, this is when Angel delivers on his promise – the resurrection of her mentor and friend. This venture draws the attention of Faith’s Slayer comrades, who also seek to bring back a fallen friend. When the Slayers find themselves in the middle of Angel and Faith’s quest, they’re turned into living zombies by the soul-possessing demon Eyghon! It will take everything they have to defeat the demon and escape with their lives – and any part of Giles’ soul!

I am So Over Being a Loser, Barry Loser

The third book in this funny madcap must-read series for 7+ boys and girls. If you liked The Diary of a Wimpy Kid, you’ll love this! ‘My mum’s embarrassing enough just being my mum, but now she’s won The Voice of Feeko’s competition it’s even worse.’ Barry’s mum has become a bit of celebrity, and now he can’t go anywhere without seeing a poster of her eating a chocolate digestive or wiggling her bum in a pair of jeans. It’s so annoy-embarrassing, and everyone at school is making fun of him. But you can’t keep Barry down for long…With the help of his napkin collection, new girl Nancy Verkenwerken and a snail called Snailypoos, Barry is determined to prove once and for all that he is not a loser. Other books in the series are I Am Not a Loser and I Am Still Not a Loser.

The Curse of the Chocolate Phoenix, Kate Saunders

The exciting companion to THE WHIZZ POP CHOCOLATE SHOP. A secret government department, once again, needs the magical help of Oz and Lily in a desperate new mission. Along with everyone’s favourite cantankerous cat, Demerara, her ratty companion Spike, and the help of some powerfully magical chocolate, the children must travel back in time to the height of the Blitz. Can they dfeat some very dangerous supernatural creatures and save London’s famous cathedral from destruction by fireMirror, Mirror, J D Robb

Once upon a time…
In a world far removed from the days when fairy tales were new, five bestselling authors spin versions that take the classic stories into a new dimension. You’ll recognize Hansel and Gretel, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, and other enduring characters, but they’ll exist in realms beyond your imagination, where the familiar is transformed into the extraordinary and otherworldly.

 

Steelheart, Brandon Anderson

Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics. But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his wills.

Nobody fights the Epics…nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them.

And David wants in. He wants Steelheart – the Epic who is said to be invincible. The Epic who killed David’s father. For years, like the Reckoners, David’s been studying, and planning – and he has something they need. Not an object, but an experience.

He’s seen Steelheart bleed. And he wants revenge.

The Times Good University Guide, John O’Leary

An essential tool that gives you all the information you need to make the crucial decisions of what and where to study, and how much it will cost to go to university – bestselling, objective and authoritative.

For 21 years The Times Good University Guide has provided the most accurate and up-to-date information to help make the choice of which universities to apply to as easy as possible. Its university and subject league tables are the most respected and studied in Britain. The book is designed for those who are applying to start courses in 2014.

• How to select the right course and university, including advice on employment prospects
• Universities compared in a league table and university performance assessed in over 60 subject tables
• Clear guidance on the application process
• Comprehensive overview of tuition fees, fee waivers, bursaries, grants and loans as well as advice on living costs

JLS: Forever and a Day, JLS

Since forming in 2007, JLS have achieved everything they’d hoped for and more. From four smash-hit albums and five number one singles, to BRIT and MOBO awards and sell-out tours, Oritsé, Marvin, JB, and Aston have proved themselves as one of Britain’s biggest boybands ever.

But all good things come to an end and in this, their last ever official book together, the boys share their favourite memories with the people they love most: their fans.

Inside, they reflect on everything they’ve experienced in the last six years, as a band and in their own personal lives, while sharing exclusive photos and the secrets they’ve kept. Find out how they feel about juggling family and finding love with life on the road and recording in the studio; how special it feels to step out on stage in front of thousands of fans and why choosing to part from the best friends they could have ever found was the hardest decision of all.

The highs, the lows; the good times and bad, this is JLS like you’ve never seen them before. Older, wiser and hotter than ever, this is their final farewell and a treasured keepsake for years to come.

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