Archive for May, 2008

More exciting news from the world of children’s books

Wednesday, May 21st, 2008

Inconsistent is the word that often best describes the UK’s weather and certainly this Spring has been no exception! However, here at Lovereading4kids, we’re confident of consistently guiding you to the best and most interesting children’s books. Read on for news about the Ian Fleming centenary, enticing younger children into some retellings of classic stories or getting your children to learn to Lovereading with the excellent Usborne Reading Programme.

Pre-PubHaving the opportunity to read books before they are published is incredibly exciting and this month we have 4 absolute crackers. So why not download some free Opening Extracts and let your children discover some of the best new stories before anyone else?

Puppet MasterPuppet Master by debut novelist Joanne Owen is a fairytale mystery for 11+ readers set in 19th century Prague. We were blown away by the lyrical prose, the page-turning story and the description of Prague. Don’t miss this one.

The Scribes from Alexandria is the 15th of Caroline Lawrence’s Roman Adventure series and is perfect for 9+ readers. In the port of Alexandria, a desperate quest begins to solve many riddles and codes. But will it end in treasure…or death?

Paris MatchAgatha Bilke is back for an hilariously dark and destructive adventure, this time in France. Now the 3rd in the series they get better and better. Great for 7+ keen and reluctant readers alike.

Finally the 2nd in the ‘Kumari’ series. The girl goddess is back home after a year in New York but all is not well or as it seems in the Hidden Kingdom. Wild and wacky and full of wit and humour 11+ readers will love it.
Other Highlights this month:

The DFC - The brand new weekly comic book for kids New Voices - The Knife of Never Letting Go Series of the Month - Nemesis
Author of the Month - Michelle Magorian Books of the Month Debutsof the Month

News on three special features:

Ian FlemmingCentenary for Creator of Chitty Chitty Bang and Bond!
Did you know Ian Fleming, the creator of James Bond and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang was born 100 years ago on 28 May? To celebrate we have the most collectible version of his family favourite Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, with illustrations by John Burningham. Also Charlie Higson, the creator of the fabulous Young Bond has the 4th in the series, Hurricane Gold, out in paperback. So indulge your children’s love of this quintessential British hero.

Real ReadsClassic stories retold for younger readers?
Real Reads is a fresh and new approach to reading Jane Austen and Charles Dickens that is sure to appeal to a younger or more reluctant older reader. Real Reads are retellings of classics, shorter with simpler language. The announcement of this new approach caused quite a stir but they are proving popular So, please do have a look. If it gets more people reading, whether children or adults, it has to be a good thing.

Reading ProgrammeLearn to Lovereading with Usborne
The Usborne Reading Programme is a great way to give your child a headstart with reading. From beginner readers moving off picture books, for aspiring young readers to help develop their skills, or for children to read alone, there’s a lovely mix of fiction and non-fiction books, graded in seven levels, from beginner to the newly confident reader. We’ve selected a small range from each level to help you

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May ‘must read’ children’s books

Thursday, May 1st, 2008

One of the best things about childhood and learning to read is being able to visit hundreds of different worlds from the comfort of home. In this single email are books that will transport your children to fantastical places where squirrels plan beach holidays, princesses are brainwashed, and people can hear each other’s thoughts.

the dfc comic coverdfc comic logoWeekly comics used to be part of a lot of children’s lives, and the characters they created live on in our hearts and minds. Comics can also be a brilliant way for reluctant readers to really get into the beauty and imagination of stories. But comics of late have, quite rightly, been criticised as having little literary or educational merit – until now!

The publishing maverick David Fickling, who discovered Philip Pullman, has created a brand new high quality weekly comic aimed at 8-12 year olds and we love it! The DFC will be 36 pages packed with superb stories from some of the greatest storytellers in the world, including Philip Pullman and Nick Sharratt to name but two. Rest assured it will bew full of excitement, adventure, humour, robots and monsters! Find out more on our site and get a special offer just for Lovereading4kids members!

Author of the MonthAuthor of the Month
Michelle Magorian
Michelle Magorian Author of the Month is the critically acclaimed and multi-award winning Michelle Magorian with her long-awaited new novel Just Henry . But it’s been worth the 10 year wait. Brilliantly plotted it’s wonderfully nostalgic of time and place and a magnificent page-turner. We’re also featuring some of her fantastic older titles.

We have a bumper crop of Books of the Month to keep bookworms of every age enthralled, the highlight for us is a new series, Blade , that will be devoured by everyone from the remarkably talented Tim Bowler.Blade: Playing Dead has been receiving some rave reviews and crucial about this new series is the books are short and even the most reluctant reader will find them gripping. Perfect for 12+ readers.

Next up, three brilliant Debuts of the Month:

Milrose Munce and the Den of Professional Help is a twisted, funny and dark modern-day ghost story.

Spud, by John Van Der Ruit, sees 13-year-old John ‘Spud’ Milton make his first steps towards manhood. A wickedly funny and observant coming-of-age novel.

And Mr Peek and the Misunderstanding at the Zoo is an exuberant picture book by Kevin Waldron that parents and toddlers will enjoy together.

And not forgetting our Green Reads category designed to foster everyone’s environmental consciences: The heart-soaring Varmints by Helen Ward is a story about one of the most overlooked environmental problems on earth today: the loss of peace and quiet.

charlie ad lola save the planetFive Little Men is a board book for toddlers to introduce them to green ideas right from the start of their lives.

And Charlie and Lola: Look After Your Planet by Lauren Child, is another great book for 0-5 year-olds to introduce them to environmental themes and there’s a great competition running alongside this one.

This month’s author from Walker’s New Voices, showcasing new talent, is Patrick Ness, whose book The Knife of Never Letting Go is the first in a compelling trilogy in which everyone can hear everyone else’s thoughts, whether they want to or not. Brilliantly written and a book that will stick with you long after you’ve turned the last page.

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This month’s ‘featured books’
Age 0 – 5 years

The Bear In The Cave

Michael Rosen

From the brilliantly talented author of We’re going on a Bear Hunt, comes a wonderfully warm and funny story about a bear who lives by the sea but thinks life in the city will be more fun – until he…

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Mr Peek And The Misunderstanding At The Zoo

Kevin Waldron

Delightful and distinctive retro artwork and stylish typography has helped to create a hugely appealing picture book featuring Mr Peek, the zoo keeper, his son Jimmy and the case of the wrong jacket. Likely to be the first of many…

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Lulu’s Shoes

Camilla Reid

An utterly fabulous interactive book for shoe-obsessed toddlers. Guaranteed to keep toddlers engaged for hours with laces, velcro straps and buckles to name just three.

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Harry And The Dinosaurs Make A Splash

Ian Whybrow

Meet Harry and his bucket full of dinosaurs. They go for a splosh, a splash and a swim, with Nan and they learn how to be brave even when water is scary. This book teaches us how to pronounce words…

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You Can Do It, Lola!

Lindsey Gardiner

Lola is adored by everyone, so much so that all the doggy tit-bits she’s given are making her very out of shape. All her friends seem to be enjoying the doggy playground so much more than her and when it…

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This month’s ‘featured books’
Age 5+ readers

Jamie And Angus Together

Anne Fine

This is a touching collection of stories about a boy Jamie and his very best friend Angus. Angus is a Highland Bull and a soft toy but he and Jamie do everything together. In this delightful book for the newly…

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Beryl Goes Wild

Jane Simmons

A touching story of piggy survival. Daring piglet Beryl escapes from the van on its way to the abattoir. Anything will be better than that, she thinks. Soon she is befriended by a wild pig and meets the Sisterhood of…

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The Practical Princess

Rebecca Lisle

This entertaining and enormously funny story tells how a modern day Cinderella may find her Prince Charming. When the Royal Palace holds a competition to find a perfect princess, farm girl Molly seizes her chance. Luckily, she has long blonde…

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Dilly’s Bumper Book Of Stories

Tony Bradman

Dilly the Dinosaur, famous for his exceptionally loud, 150 mile-an-hour scream when he doesn’t get what he wants, is here celebrated in a dozen stories. Unfortunately, Dilly always attracts disaster so, it is not surprising that in each of this…

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This month’s ‘featured books’
Age 7+ readers

Ordinary Basil and The Island of the Volcano Monkeys

Wiley Miller

Ordinary Basil is an indomitable character who gives up at nothing and here sets off on another action-packed adventure to put the world to rights along with her erstwhile friend, Louise. Basil’s fantastic journey will spark the imaginations of readers…

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Foul Play

Tom Palmer

Football mad boys and girls will devour this all-action adventure novel, virtually in a sitting. Hopefully, even the most reluctant reader, just like the author himself was at school, will devour it too. It’s part of Puffin’s ‘Football Detective’ series…

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Fibby Libby

Ros Asquith

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Fairy Secrets

Gwyneth Rees

Do you believe in fairies? You will when you’ve read Fairy Secrets. Ellie and her brother David are spending their holiday with their aunt in Wales. Ellie meets Bronwen and Myfanwy as soon as she arrives and she very quickly…

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Lotta Says ‘no!’

Astrid Lindgren

These Lotta stories are charming, funny and convincing. Lotta is a little sister who never seems to be far from trouble. In this story Lotta and her younger siblings have all kinds of adventures including making their pancake tree. Astrid Lindgren is best known for…

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This month’s ‘featured books’
Age 9+ readers

Grk Smells A Rat

Joshua Doder

Grk, the loveable doggy star of four previous adventures, is back with a thirst for something new. A great boys-own read, with no magic, no fairies but plenty of fast-paced action. Now in Delhi for a tennis championship, Grk and…

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Monster Blood Tattoo

D M Cornish

Prepared to be scared by this rollercoaster fantasy and the cast of brilliantly conceived and depicted monsters who inhabit it! Orphaned Rossamund must take a trip to the city of High Vesting. It’s a journey fraught with danger and Rossamund…

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Septimus Heap: Queste

Angie Sage

Utterly spellbinding, fast-paced and brilliantly plotted, this is the fourth in the Septimus Heap series, the fantastical adventure that is gripping the nation. Septimus faces yet another fantastical quest to rescue friends trapped back in time. The first was

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Septimus Heap: Physik

Angie Sage

Packed with heart-stopping action and endless wit as well as brilliant characters, this novel continues the magical Septimus Heap series that began with Magyk and continued in Flyte. The author opens up an array of dazzling and bewitching…

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The Tiger’s Egg

Jon Berkeley

The story of Miles, the boy whose home was in a barrel and the only person to see a magical circus roll into town in the wonderfully inventive Palace of Laughter has now joined the circus and along with…

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This month’s ‘featured books’
Age 11+ readers

Blade: Closing In

Tim Bowler

The second in the Blade series, this is another short, very accessible novel for teens. Pacy, gripping and packed with action, and a central character that’s incredibly engaging, even the most reluctant reader will devour it. Blade is on the…

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Fly On The Wall

Emily Lockhart

A fabulous and fun novel. Ever felt like wanting to be a ‘fly on the wall’ in order to glean information? Well art school student Gretchen Yee feels ordinary unlike everyone around her, so much so that despite a crush…

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Dragonfly

Julia Golding

Fun to read, Dragonfly is a sweeping story on an epic scale. Princess Tashi and Prince Rami are forced into marriage for the future of both their countries. Given such an unpropitious start, it is not surprising that they hate…

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Just Henry

Michelle Magorian

Warmhearted and full of period detail, Just Henry is a wonderful story of growing up and seizing life’s opportunities. It’s post war Britain and life should be getting better for all – and some things are. But Henry finds an…

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Spud

John Van De Ruit

There’s a warning attached to this book. It is side-splittingly funny and it will find you rolling around on the carpet – laughing hysterically and gasping for air. Focus on, an elite boys boarding school, a boy called Spud, parents…

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Steel Trapp

Ridley Pearson

A sharp, fast-paced thriller featuring a 14-year old whose photographic memory causes him to get embroiled in a complex puzzle of kidnapping, bribery, terrorism and on the run from the federal agents. The author is an established writer of suspense…

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Milrose Munce

Douglas Anthony Cooper

A hilariously dark tale from the self-proclaimed evil novelist Douglas Anthony Cooper. Milrose Munce is blessed or rather cursed with the ability to see ghosts. Rather unfortunately for him most of his best friends have died in science experiments gone…

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This month’s ‘featured books’
Age 14+ readers

Shooting The Moon

V M Jones

A coming-of-age novel of a young man whose life is a balancing act between his passion – rock climbing – and his domineering father’s ambitions for him. As he confronts his life head on, events spiral out of control and…

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Blade: Playing Dead

Tim Bowler

Totally gripping teens thriller written in a direct and compelling style. Tough kid Blade wants no one to know him. He’s a loner and wants to keep it that way. It’s the best way to keep out of trouble. But…

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The Truth About Forever

Sarah Dessen

A kind-hearted and intuitive account of a young woman dealing with the private issues in her life, chiefly the death of her father. She joins a gang of artistic friends through the Wish catering company and she begins to understand…

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The Amethyst Child

Sarah Singleton

A gripping and thoughtful story about the power of a cult leader on young people. When conventional Amber meets Dowdie she gets drawn into the Community which appears to offer all kinds of interesting alternatives to her own boring, everyday…

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The Hundred-Towered City

Garry Douglas Kilworth

Nail biting adventure powers this time slip story in which three young people are transported back in time to search for their missing parents. Will they find their parents and, even if they do, will they be able to return…

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