Archive for September, 2012

Most popular Children’s Books, by age range, 16 – 23 September 2012

Monday, September 24th, 2012

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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Too Noisy! Too Noisy!
Malachy Doyle
‘Biscuits and cakes!’ or ‘Spiders and Snakes!’ All readers will love way they can change the pictures in this clever picture book. On every spread there’s a flap which can be opened to reveal some nice or something disgusting. Every …
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Mayfly Day Mayfly Day
Jeanne Willis
September 2012 Book of the Month. Its message is one to treasure. Mayfly lives for only one day. Is she sad? No, everything about that one day is to be celebrated. Mayfly sees buds burst open, she sees babies being …
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3
How Do You Feel? How Do You Feel?
Anthony Browne
Former Children’s Laureate Anthony Browne’s characteristic and affecting illustrations are skilful in capturing simple emotions. Happy, sad, lonely, guilty, confident and shy – all these and more are eloquently expressed on the faces of Browne’s endearing chimpanzees. …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

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What's the Time, Mr Wolf? What’s the Time, Mr Wolf?
Debi Gliori
September 2012 Book of the Month. This enchantingly original story inspired by the well-known playground tag game, this is also perfect for practising

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telling the time. Mr Wolf is revealed to be not so big and not so bad as …
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George and the Knight George and the Knight
Sue McMillan
A touching story of how a timid dragon saves the day when he defends the villagers against a cruel and heartless knight. George is such a kind and gentle creature that all the other dragons who are fearsome and mighty …
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Sad Tales for Me A Bio(dog)raphy Sad Tales for Me A Bio(dog)raphy
James Barklee
This is the story of James the dog told by himself. His heart-warming story will resonate with readers, who identify with many of the feelings James shares. Like when James is sad or scared, or feeling brave, even when he’s …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

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The Snake Who Came To Stay The Snake Who Came To Stay
Julia Donaldson
Interest Age 5-8 Reading Age 6+. When Polly sets up an animal home for pets, she doesn’t anticipate quite how many problems she may face! But then, she doesn’t know she is going to be asked to look after a …
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Superworm Superworm
Julia Donaldson
September 2012 Book of the Month. Award-winning Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, creators of The Gruffalo, tell a romping story of Superworm, a new hero on the block. Good old Superworm! Using his special superpowers, he can rescue Beetle when …
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The BFG 30th Anniversary Edition The BFG 30th Anniversary Edition
Roald Dahl
This is a delightful, funny and exciting story about a special friendship between two people from different worlds – a giant and a child. As the story develops it shows how trust and love develops between them. It also shows …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

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Where My Wellies Take Me Where My Wellies Take Me
Michael Morpurgo, Clare Morpurgo
September 2012 MEGA Book of the Month. Best-selling author Michael Morpurgo’s touching story of a young girl’s exploration of the countryside provides a lyrical link for this rich and varied collection of poems about the countryside which have been selected …
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2
The Odds The Odds
Adam Perrott
September 2012 Book of the Month. The Odd family delight in making mischief, and playing tricks on each other, or on the unsuspecting residents of the town of Trott. But they meet their match in the Plopwells – a seemingly …
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3
Pippi Longstocking Pippi Longstocking
Astrid Lindgren
September 2012 Book of the Month. Pippi Longstocking, Astrid Lindgren’s nine-year-old heroine, burst onto the bookshelf in 1945 and has remained a firm favourite with children the world over. Here her story is illustrated with flair and humour by Lauren …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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The Grunts In Trouble The Grunts In Trouble
Philip Ardagh
September 2012 Book of the Month. Meet the Grunts! Mr and Mrs, their cat Ginger Biscuit, two donkeys Clip and Clop and Sunny, a child Mr Grunt stole off a washing line as a present for Mrs Grunt. The Grunts …
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2
Shrunk! Shrunk!
F. R. Hitchcock
September 2012 Debut of the Month.
With Jupiter in one pocket and a meteorite in the other, both shrunk by him, Tom knows he has a strange power which produces some surprising and dramatic results. How Tom, who already lives …
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3
Ribblestrop Forever! Ribblestrop Forever!
Andy Mulligan
September 2012 Book of the Month. The school where hilarious things happen, is back. Not surprisingly, there are some pretty hair-raising adventures as a result and the setting provides an unusual vision of school and the activities that go on …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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Gods and Warriors Gods and Warriors
Michelle Paver
September 2012 MEGA Book of the Month. By the best-selling author of Wolf Brother, Gods and Warriors is this year’s most hotly anticipated children’s novel. The first book in a breathtaking adventure series set in the Greek Bronze Age: a …
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2
100 Ways for Every Girl to Look and Feel Fantastic 100 Ways for Every Girl to Look and Feel Fantastic
Alice Hart-Davis, Beth Hindhaugh
Beauty journalist Alice Hart-Davis, and daughter Beth, share their 100 top tips for young teens in this new beauty bible. It will appeal to any teenage girl (or parent) who has been left baffled by amount of beauty advice on …
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3
Friend or Foe Friend or Foe
Michael Morpurgo
March 2010 Guest Editor Michael Foreman:
“Towards the end of WWII enemy prisoners of War were brought to our village to help bring in the harvest. We boys played football with them, the enemy, during their break times. Children face-to-face with …
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Featured Books for 14+ readers

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Maggot Moon Maggot Moon
Sally Gardner
September 2012 Book of the Month. Sally Gardner tells a story that is rich in drama and ideas as Standish Treadwell, an unlikely hero, takes on the vicious forces of the repressive motherland in a novel set in a bleak …
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2
Missing Me Missing Me
Sophie Mckenzie
September 2012 Book of the Month. Sophie McKenzie’s ability to tap into the teen pysche is second to none and here yet again in this the third in her Missing series (the first and second were Girl, Missing and Sister, …
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3
Another Life Another Life
Keren David
A roller-coaster, first-person teenage thriller tells the third part of Keren David’s story about teens caught up in the world of crime.
Having been expelled from the boarding school he hates, Archie is delighted to be back in London where he …
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Mid-September email update

Thursday, September 20th, 2012

Mid September and with everyone back at school it’s a perfect time to peruse our email update and pick out some brilliant books for your children to enjoy; after they have done their homework – of course. Read on for exciting new features…

September Pre-Publication exclusives

MEGA this month is Osbert the Avenger by Christopher William Hill the first book in the Tales from Schwartzgarten series. Perfect for 9+ readers.

Macabre and gruesome but wickedly funny, this is a dark story of one boy’s determined quest to destroy those who have hurt him and his family. Osbert Brinkhoff is the unlikeliest of avengers. Like Roald Dahl – but different! we love it and we think, and hope, you will too!

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A Focus on Dyslexia

If you have a child that struggles to love books because of Dyslexia we have a whole section on our website teeming with books from the UK’s pre-eminent dyslexia friendly publisher Barrington Stoke; freshly updated with new books for the autumn including a series called Little Gems with titles written by Julia Donaldson that 5-8 year olds will love. See our shelf below, categorised by reading age and interest age or visit the site for the full selection. You can even enter a competition to win some titles from Barrington Stoke, some of which will be signed by the authors.

Don’t miss these MEGA September Books of the Month

Where My Wellies Take Me by Michael and Clare Morpurgo (6+) – a real illustrated treat from a dream team, brimming with poems, scrap book charm and wildlife adventure.

Michelle Paver, the author of The Chronicles of Ancient Darkness series which began with Wolf Brother has a new book Gods and Warriors which is this year’s most hotly anticipated children’s novel. The first book in a breathtaking adventure series set in the Greek Bronze Age: a time when the lowliest goat herder could rise to become a hero.


Singing the Praises… of special note

We just HAVE to mention the wonderful 7 book series The Dragon Chronicles by Chris D’Lacey. If your kids haven’t discovered them yet – 9+ year olds will love them – they are in for a treat that will keep them reading, imagining and enthusing for months! Amazing characters in magically layered worlds, so real and yet beyond imagination. Latest and the last in the series is: Fire Ascending – a page-turning, sizzling, magical finale and we have the whole series on the site.

…also don’t miss the amazing Monacello series written by Whitbread winner Geraldine McCaughrean and uniquely illustrated by Jana Diemberger. Monacello: The Little Monk (7+) a tale of friendship, adventure and the search for identity and the sequel Monacello: The Wish-Bringer (7+). Discover more of these delightful adventures of Monacello, the slightly supernatural, oddly shaped monk in mediaeval Naples!


Rhyme Time…Poetry Category

Packed with verse for all ages, great titles to get your kids enjoying and creating wonderful poems that will stay with them for a lifetime: one of our favourite sections has even more new titles this month. Among them How Do You Make a Skelton Laugh? (7+ & 9+) and What Wears a Sock on its Bottom? (7+ & 9+)

Poetry P.S. – reluctant readers can often be enticed into reading more if you try them on some poetry.

Talking of which…

…Leads us neatly on to a sparkling if slightly salty trilogy by ocean-loving, Julia Jones. These round-UK adventures under sail were inspired by Swallows and Amazons and were even partly scribed on Arthur Ransome’s old boat, Peter Duck, which Julia owns! They are wonderful stories for kids aged 9+. There is also a new edition of Peter Duck, part of the Vintage Children’s Classics series, is also out this month – perfect timing.



Boy Zone!… Books for boys…not the pop band…

Great Books for Boys is back and it’s got even bigger! Yet more books we’ve selected that we think boys (and tom-boys!) will love. Handily split into age-range, you can find his next read faster than he can put holes in the knees of his trousers!

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Get the Picture?

Don’t forget our Picture Book Picnic category! It’s a feast of amazing picture books and this month you’re in for a treat as the bookshelf is overflowing with stunning NEW titles!

Finally news of a vibrantly beautiful picture book supporting a charity helping Mums and Kids in Malawi written by Tom Pow and illustrated by Malika Favre. Set in a village in Malawi, When the Rains Come shows how love and hard work can help children to grow and to learn. Life can be difficult in Africa, but this story shows there is joy as well as hardship in the ‘sunshine heart of Africa’.

And that, as they say, is all Folks! – Join us in October for more great bedtime reads and after lights-out adventures as the nights draw closer and Hallowe’en approaches!

P.S. Don’t miss the chance to win a Limited Edition Where’s Wally goody bag in our 25th Anniversary competition.

Most popular Children’s Books, by age range, 9 – 16 September 2012

Monday, September 17th, 2012

Books for Babies and Toddlers

1
Too Noisy! Too Noisy!
Malachy Doyle
‘Biscuits and cakes!’ or ‘Spiders and Snakes!’  All readers will love way they can change the pictures in this clever picture book. On every spread there’s a flap which can be opened to reveal some nice or something disgusting. Every …
Download free opening extract
2
I Want a Pet I Want a Pet
Lauren Child
Charlie and Lola’s award-winning author creates some wonderful scenes in her witty story about a child who wants a pet. Mum, Dad, Grandma and Grandpa all have very strong views about pets. Together, and for different reasons, they dismiss the …
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3
Mayfly Day Mayfly Day
Jeanne Willis
September 2012 Book of the Month. Its message is one to treasure. Mayfly lives for only one day. Is she sad? No, everything about that one day is to be celebrated. Mayfly sees buds burst open, she sees babies being …
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Featured Books for 3+ readers

1
The Man from the Land of Fandango The Man from the Land of Fandango
Margaret Mahy
September 2012 Book of the Month. Award-winning Margaret Mahy’s deliciously original creation cavorts across the pages of this exuberant picture book. Told in rhyming a text, the story is set in the wonderful land of Fandango where there’s dancing and …
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2
What's the Time, Mr Wolf? What’s the Time, Mr Wolf?
Debi Gliori
September 2012 Book of the Month. This enchantingly original story inspired by the well-known playground tag game, this is also perfect for practising telling the time.  Mr Wolf is revealed to be not so big and not so bad as …
Download free opening extract
3
Room on the Broom Sound Book Room on the Broom Sound Book
Julia Donaldson
September 2012 Book of the Month. The witch and her cat are a delightful duo and their cheerful story is given terrific additionality by the wonderful sounds that accompany them in this edition. Listen to the cat purr, the wand …
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Featured Books for 5+ readers

1
The BFG 30th Anniversary Edition The BFG 30th Anniversary Edition
Roald Dahl
This is a delightful, funny and exciting story about a special friendship between two people from different worlds – a giant and a child. As the story develops it shows how trust and love develops between them. It also shows …
Download free opening extract
2
Superworm Superworm
Julia Donaldson
September 2012 Book of the Month. Award-winning Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, creators of The Gruffalo, tell a romping story of Superworm, a new hero on the block. Good old Superworm! Using his special superpowers, he can rescue Beetle when …
Download free opening extract
3
The Further Tale of Peter Rabbit The Further Tale of Peter Rabbit
Emma Thompson
September 2012 Book of the Month. Emma Thompson, Oscar-winning actress and screen writer, is a long time admirer of Beatrix Potter’s tales and this title is inspired by the original title. Thompson has a talent for creating engaging narratives with …
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Featured Books for 7+ readers

1
Where My Wellies Take Me Where My Wellies Take Me
Michael Morpurgo, Clare Morpurgo
September 2012 MEGA Book of the Month. Best-selling author Michael Morpurgo’s touching story of a young girl’s exploration of the countryside provides a lyrical link for this rich and varied collection of poems about the countryside which have been selected …
Download free opening extract
2
The Odds The Odds
Adam Perrott
September 2012 Book of the Month. The Odd family delight in making mischief, and playing tricks on each other, or on the unsuspecting residents of the town of Trott. But they meet their match in the Plopwells – a seemingly …
Download free opening extract
3
Pippi Longstocking Pippi Longstocking
Astrid Lindgren
September 2012 Book of the Month. Pippi Longstocking, Astrid Lindgren’s nine-year-old heroine, burst onto the bookshelf in 1945 and has remained a firm favourite with children the world over. Here her story is illustrated with flair and humour by Lauren …
Download free opening extract

Featured Books for 9+ readers

1
The Grunts In Trouble The Grunts In Trouble
Philip Ardagh
September 2012 Book of the Month. Meet the Grunts! Mr and Mrs, their cat Ginger Biscuit, two donkeys Clip and Clop and Sunny, a child Mr Grunt stole off a washing line as a present for Mrs Grunt. The Grunts …
Download free opening extract
2
Ribblestrop Forever! Ribblestrop Forever!
Andy Mulligan
September 2012 Book of the Month. The school where hilarious things happen, is back.  Not surprisingly, there are some pretty hair-raising adventures as a result and the setting provides an unusual vision of school and the activities that go on …
Download free opening extract
3
Shrunk! Shrunk!
F. R. Hitchcock
September 2012 Debut of the Month.
With Jupiter in one pocket and a meteorite in the other, both shrunk by him, Tom knows he has a strange power which produces some surprising and dramatic results. How Tom, who already lives …
Download free opening extract

Featured Books for 11+ readers

1
Gods and Warriors Gods and Warriors
Michelle Paver
September 2012 MEGA Book of the Month. By the best-selling author of Wolf Brother, Gods and Warriors is this year’s most hotly anticipated children’s novel. The first book in a breathtaking adventure series set in the Greek Bronze Age: a …
Download free opening extract
2
100 Ways for Every Girl to Look and Feel Fantastic 100 Ways for Every Girl to Look and Feel Fantastic
Alice Hart-Davis, Beth Hindhaugh
Beauty journalist Alice Hart-Davis, and daughter Beth, share their 100 top tips for young teens in this new beauty bible. It will appeal to any teenage girl (or parent) who has been left baffled by amount of beauty advice on …
Download free opening extract
3
War Horse Film tie-in Edition War Horse Film tie-in Edition
Michael Morpurgo
Best-selling War Horse, a magnificent First World War story of human and animal courage on the battle field in the face of deadly danger will shortly be a film following its sell-out adaptation as a play. This film tie-in edition …
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Featured Books for 14+ readers

1
Missing Me Missing Me
Sophie Mckenzie
September 2012 Book of the Month. Sophie McKenzie’s ability to tap into the teen pysche is second to none and here yet again in this the third in her Missing series (the first and second were Girl, Missing and Sister, …
Download free opening extract
2
Maggot Moon Maggot Moon
Sally Gardner
September 2012 Book of the Month. Sally Gardner tells a story that is rich in drama and ideas as Standish Treadwell, an unlikely hero, takes on the vicious forces of the repressive motherland in a novel set in a bleak …
Download free opening extract
3
Another Life Another Life
Keren David
A roller-coaster, first-person teenage thriller tells the third part of Keren David’s story about teens caught up in the world of crime.
Having been expelled from the boarding school he hates, Archie is delighted to be back in London where he …
Download free opening extract

 


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