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Children’s most popular Opening extracts, by age range, 14 – 20 Dec 2009

Monday, December 21st, 2009

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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Welcome to the Zoo Welcome to the Zoo
Alison Jay
This absolutely gorgeous wordless picture book has now been re-released in a small format rounded-edged board book that’s perfect for babies and tiddly toddlers. Curious eyes will explore the zoo, which is brimming with beauty, humour and high-jinks. Parents will …
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Five Little Ducks Five Little Ducks
Jason Chapman, Jemima Lumley, Francesca Stich
Shortlisted for the Baby Book Award, Early Year Awards 2009
Complete with cleverly cut pages, all with rounded corners so that even the smallest toddler can handle this board book, it tells the story very simply of a duck who starts …
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Baby And Toddler Treasury Baby And Toddler Treasury

A rich resource of stories, poems, action rhymes and more for all new babies and their parents, this Treasury is an excellent ‘first book’. The addition of a scrap book for recording all the babies own milestones is fun too.
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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1001 Children's Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up 1001 Children’s Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up
Julia Eccleshare & Quentin Blake
Fall down the rabbit hole, take flight into Neverland, or follow the yellow brick road to the Emerald City; we all remember what it was like to disappear into the imaginary worlds of the most magical and fantastic type of …
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The Bedtime Collection The Bedtime Collection
Wendy Cooling
A visual treat, this is a rich collection of original stories, rhymes and pictures from some of the best-known and best-loved authors and illustrators of today including Jacqueline Wilson, Michael Morpurgo, Shirley Hughes, Quentin Blake and Malorie Blackman. Each of …
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The Chicken Thief The Chicken Thief
Beatrice Rodriguez
An entertainingly illustrated wordless picture book story which will be loved by all ages. When the daring fox comes by and steals the chicken away from under the noses of her friends Bear and Rabbit, he sets off a dramatic …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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Daddy Lost his Head Daddy Lost his Head
Andre Bouchard & Quentin Blake
What would happen if someone really lost their head? This hilarious and surreal fable tells how one family patches things up and puts them back together again when their father loses his head. Having searched high and low for the …
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Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats
T.S. Eliot, Axel Scheffler
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Daisy and the Trouble with Christmas Daisy and the Trouble with Christmas
Kes Gray
Daisy starts to think about Christmas in september; ideas for presents that friends and family will give, what to ask Santa for, even being told that she’s in the school Christmas play, but can you guess what part? The trouble …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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The Amazing Adventures of Curd The Lion and Us! in the Land at the Back of Beyond The Amazing Adventures of Curd The Lion and Us! in the Land at the Back of Beyond
Alan Gilliland
Reminiscent of the writing of Lewis Carroll and Edward Lear, this brilliant debut children’s novel is completely unputdownable as well as being almost uncategorisable. The author has succeeded in delivering on a book that incorporates a terrifically funny yet mysterious story, full …
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Tim the Tiny Horse at Large Tim the Tiny Horse at Large
Harry Hill
Tiny Tim’s latest adventures are a brilliant and inventive piece of comic writing and illustration. Tiny has done much of everything since the original story about him – everything except grow! Tiny remains very, very small but that doesn’t stop …
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The Best of Times The Best of Times
Michael Morpurgo
Beautifully told and exquisitely illustrated, this is a gem of a book.
Michael Morpurgo weaves a magical story about the unusual way a prince
finds to make his princess happy and so to save her life. Emma
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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The Thirteen Days of Christmas The Thirteen Days of Christmas
Jenny Overton & Shirley Hughes
A charming and deliciously witty story about an unusual Christmas present and the part it plays in bringing a young couple together. Three children long for their older sister to marry her sweetheart but they know that he’ll only woo …
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A Traveller in Time A Traveller in Time
Alison Uttley
One of the first, and finest, of all time-slip stories that travels between the 16th century and pre-war 20th century Britain. It is alive with the sounds and the smells of both centuries making it an incredibly mysterious yet compelling …
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FLIPS: Faraway Tree Stories (Nintendo DS) FLIPS: Faraway Tree Stories (Nintendo DS)
Enid Blyton
The Enchanted Wood is one of Enid Blyton’s most memorable and truly imaginative stories, capturing a world where almost anything can happen if you just believe in the magic of nature and its creatures. Three stories from the Enchanted Wood …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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Under the Weather: Stories About Climate Change Under the Weather: Stories About Climate Change
Tony Bradman
Perfectly pitched for younger readers, this is a timely collection of stories about an urgent matter that will affect everyone’s future. The stories have a global perspective with different authors tackling the different consequences of the world warming up. Crucially, …
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FLIPS: Artemis Fowl (Nintendo DS) FLIPS: Artemis Fowl (Nintendo DS)
Eoin Colfer
Eoin Colfer’s terrific series featuring the teenage criminal mastermind Artemis Fowl has been acclaimed as ‘Die Hard with fairies’! Now that his father has disappeared Artemis must take charge and rebuild his family fortune. Full of lots of interactivity this …
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FLIPS: Cathy Cassidy (Nintendo DS) FLIPS: Cathy Cassidy (Nintendo DS)
Cathy Cassidy
Friends and relationships are the hallmarks of Cathy’s stories as she portrays her characters and their friendships particularly well. The plot lines are easy to get into and there’s often a subliminal message too within the story. They’re cracking, fast-paced …
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Featured Books for 14+ readers

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What I Saw and How I Lied What I Saw and How I Lied
Judy Blundell
Winner of the prestigious American National Book Award – Utterly gripping and beautifully told, this is a stunning rite of passage novel, set just after WW2, full of powerful and conflicting emotions, which captures the dramatic shift from child to …
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Stolen Stolen
Lucy Christopher
This controversial debut is a moving drama about kidnapping, isolation and survival and an extraordinary psychological thriller that will steal the minds of those who read it. Sensitive, intelligent and gripping, Stolen is a contemporary story which will force the …
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Hunger Hunger
Michael Grant
PRE-PUBLICATION – AVAILABLE 4TH JANUARY 2010 – Michael Grant’s GONE was one of the highlights of 2009 and his sequel is, do I dare say it, as good or possibly even better. The series hits the zeitgeist and HUNGER continues …
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From Children’s Picture book to the Silver Screen.

Friday, December 11th, 2009

With Where The Wild Things Are stomping into cinemas on Friday 11 December we take a look at characters that have chomped their way out of the pages of the most beloved children’s illustrated books and gone on to cause a wild rumpus on the big screen.

Gruffalo

If there is one animal in the forest to be afraid of it is the Gruffalo! Following the journey of a mouse as he uses his cunning to fend off suspecting predators by inflating the myth of the gruesome Gruffalo. Little does the little creature know that the Gruffalo is no mere piece of fiction but a monstrous and grotesque creature, intent on devouring our tiny protagonist. Adapted for the stage in 2001, it is currently treading the boards of the Apollo Theatre, but that is not all! The Gruffalo will be stomping its way onto our small screens this Christmas with the voice talents of Robbie Coltrane as the Gruffalo; Helena Bonham Carter, Rob Brydon, James Corden, John Hurt and Tom Wilkinson

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt

Kids love a good rhyme and shout and there is no better way to combine the two than with ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’ by Michael Rosen. Following a family as they trek, splash, jump and shout their way on the search for a bear and leads to a dark cave on the other side of a dark forest. When reading it with kids the use of onomatopoeia (although they may not know it as such yet!) will really draw them in as they “squelch, squerch”, “swishy swashy” their way to the cave and culminating in thrilling chase that will get the whole family looking for a game of hide and seek!

Rupert Bear

The most colour coordinated and immaculately dressed bear you are ever likely to read, Rupert the Bear and his animal friends, Pong Ping the Pekinese and Bill Badger, have been followed in many a magical adventure over the last century. Created by Mary Tourtel in the 1920s and appearing in the Daily Express as a means of grabbing readership from the Daily Mail and Daily Mirror, Rupert went on to be much, much more than a mere comic strip. Over the years Rupert has been reborn into annuals, books and several long running television series and recently making the jump from 2D hand drawn animation and joined the world of CGI!

Mr Benn

Created by David McKee, who was responsible for other childhood illustrated favourite Elmer the patchwork elephant, Mr Benn follows a character who, despite looking smart and ready for work always had time to visit his local fancy dress shop. Once there and donning his costume of choice he would be transported to a world of magical make believe. From clown to cowboy and pirate to wizard Mr Benn always managed to lend a helping hand and come away with a memento to remember his trippy visit. Despite only running thirteen animated episodes, Mr Benn was voted the sixth most popular childrens television series of all time!

Busytown series by Richard Scarry

In a fictional world that has enough mayhem to rival the busy pages of Where’s Wally, the illustrated books of Richard Scarry feature some of the most charming characters ever confined to the pages of a book. Featuring cats, dogs, mice, worms, foxes, sheep and pigs among many more, Scarry portrayed a transnational and happily multicultural world. The chaotic busytown features in several collections and was turned into a short running television series in the nineties that can still be found on select childrens television channels. A true illustrated book if ever there was one, with every new read you will discover something new and hidden in the background.

Winnie the Pooh

Everybody’s favourite honey eating bear has never experienced a dip in the limelight ever since he was first created by A.A. Milne way back in 1926. Bought by Disney in the sixties, Winnie the Pooh has had many an adcenture in the hundred acre wood with the long running television series and big screen outings with the likes of The Tigger Movie and Piglet’s big movie. Surrounded by his friends piglet, eeyore and the hyperactive tigger Pooh is never far from mischief… or a pot of honey.

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Where The Wild Things Are

Maurice Sendak’s original illustrated book caused child psychologists to huff and puff as its protagonist Max argued with his mother, ran away from home and joined a rag-tag group of monsters who made him king. Whilst only twelve pages long the book has touched the hearts of millions, now it is in the faithful hands of director Spike Jonze and novelist Dave Eggers as they endeavor to make the a great book into an even better film. By the looks of the trailer and clips from the film they may have done the unimaginable and turned in a faithful adaptation that promises to not only bring the creatures to life with the help of the Jim Henson company but perfectly transfer the cheeky character of Max from page to screen in the form of child star Max Records. A fantastic soundtrack and gorgeous visuals will mean that Where The Wild Things Are will be the adaptation to watch this Christmas

Most popular Children’s Books, by age range, 29 Nov – 6 Dec 2009

Monday, December 7th, 2009

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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Dear Santa Dear Santa
Rod Campbell
A letter to Santa starts off on a merry chain of gift-wrapping, but nothing is quite right and each time he thinks better of his choice. Lift the flaps to unwrap each present and find out what Santa chooses as …
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Bathtime with Woof Bathtime with Woof
Caroline Jayne Church
Experience bath time with Woof by feeling the slimy soap he washes with, the shiny bubbles he blows

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Rainforest Wonders (A Sparkling Slide Book) Rainforest Wonders (A Sparkling Slide Book)
Erin Ranson and Hannah Wood
Pull out the sliders on each page to reveal a brightly coloured animal of the rainforest. From a purple hummingbird to an orange-spotted gecko it will have lots of appeal and provide plenty of entertainment to children of 3+. It’s …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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1001 Children's Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up 1001 Children’s Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up
Julia Eccleshare & Quentin Blake
Fall down the rabbit hole, take flight into Neverland, or follow the yellow brick road to the Emerald City; we all remember what it was like to disappear into the imaginary worlds of the most magical and fantastic type of …
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The Tear Thief The Tear Thief
Carol Ann Duffy
This is a warm, poignant and beautifully illustrated story set in a magical world where the tears of children arising from every emotion are of a different colour. An underlying thought-provoking message about emotions lies at its heart. The multi-coloured …
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The Incredible Book Eating Boy (pop-up edition) The Incredible Book Eating Boy (pop-up edition)
Oliver Jeffers
Delicious pop-up spreads bring an interactive version of this popular story about a boy who loves books so much that he actually eats his way through them. An entertaining story about different ways of loving reading from an award winning …
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Explore, Dream, Discover Explore, Dream, Discover
Charlotte Samiec, Andrew Pinder
Put quite simply, if you’re looking for a travel diary, a memory-maker, a doodle pad, a story-storer, a brain-engager, a boredom-stopper, a kick-starter, an idea-waker, a picture-keeper, a captain’s log or simply a thought-provoking book then look no further than …
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Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats
T.S. Eliot, Axel Scheffler
These classic cat poems which sum up all the different kinds of cats there can be are given a delightful new look by bestselling Gruffalo illustrator Axel Scheffler. Scheffler’s cats are cuddly creatures with expressive eyes through which the cats …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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Tim the Tiny Horse at Large Tim the Tiny Horse at Large
Harry Hill
Tiny Tim’s latest adventures are a brilliant and inventive piece of comic writing and illustration. Tiny has done much of everything since the original story about him – everything except grow! Tiny remains very, very small but that doesn’t stop …
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The Best of Times The Best of Times
Michael Morpurgo
Beautifully told and exquisitely illustrated, this is a gem of a book.
Michael Morpurgo weaves a magical story about the unusual way a prince
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Grubtown Tales: Stinking Rich and Just Plain Stinky Grubtown Tales: Stinking Rich and Just Plain Stinky
Philip Ardagh
Winner of the 7 – 14 yr old category of the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2009.
You cannot fail to find the town of Grubtown and its inhabitants hysterically funny. What goes on defies belief but if you’ve read books by …
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A Dinosaur Ate My Socks A Dinosaur Ate My Socks
Eric Brown
Space fantasy, dinosaurs and a trip back in time are the elements in this dramatic story about some homework that goes a bit wild. Millie and Mouse disagree about their homework on dinosaurs: Millie who loves them thinks it will …
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FLIPS: Too Ghoul for School (Nintendo DS) FLIPS: Too Ghoul for School (Nintendo DS)
B. Strange
Ghosts, slime and a huge dose of humour is the order of the day in this terrific series for 8-12 year olds. James’ school has a paranormal problem but is he and his gang up to the challenge of finally …
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FLIPS: Faraway Tree Stories (Nintendo DS) FLIPS: Faraway Tree Stories (Nintendo DS)
Enid Blyton
The Enchanted Wood is one of Enid Blyton’s most memorable and truly imaginative stories, capturing a world where almost anything can happen if you just believe in the magic of nature and its creatures. Three stories from the Enchanted Wood …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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FLIPS: Artemis Fowl (Nintendo DS) FLIPS: Artemis Fowl (Nintendo DS)
Eoin Colfer
Eoin Colfer’s terrific series featuring the teenage criminal mastermind Artemis Fowl has been acclaimed as ‘Die Hard with fairies’! Now that his father has disappeared Artemis must take charge and rebuild his family fortune. Full of lots of interactivity this …
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The Graveyard Book (illustrated by Chris Riddell) The Graveyard Book (illustrated by Chris Riddell)
Neil Gaiman
Winner of the prestigious Teenage Book of the Year Award 2009.
Winner of Best Novel at the Hugo Awards 2009.
2009 winner of the prestigious Newbery Medal.
Spooks galore in this brilliant and fantastic story of life in the graveyard. When Baby …
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A Perfect Ten A Perfect Ten
Chris Higgins
Winner of the Young Minds Book Prize 2009.

Chris Higgins’ writing rivals the likes of Cathy Cassidy and Jacqueline Wilson. She’s an author truly in tune with the teen psyche. This is her fourth novel and she gets better and better with each …
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Stolen Stolen
Lucy Christopher
This controversial debut is a moving drama about kidnapping, isolation and survival and an extraordinary psychological thriller that will steal the minds of those who read it. Sensitive, intelligent and gripping, Stolen is a contemporary story which will force the …
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A Christmas Carol (Classics Illustrated) A Christmas Carol (Classics Illustrated)
Charles Dickens
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Solace of the Road Solace of the Road
Siobhan Dowd
Shortlisted for the prestigious Costa Children’s Book Award 2009 – the winner will be announced in early January.

Shortlisted for the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize 2009
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Lovereading4kids launch EA Flips – ebooks for kids

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

Is it a Game, is it a Book? – It’s both!

For a lot of parents games consoles, like the DS, are a living nightmare. They eat into kids free time and do little to help with reading. But ‘times are a changin’ for EA, one of the leading games producers has created the revolutionary FLIPS™ range. Load up the DS cartridge and you will find 6 – 8 interactive books from top name authors including Eoin Colfer, Cathy Cassidy and Enid Blyton.

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