One of my personal festive favourites, guaranteed to raise a smile in any child (or adult). Written by the fabulous Nicholas Allan who is also the author of the hilarious 'The Queen's Knickers,' amongst others. Poor Father Christmas has to drink everything left for him by the children of the world. The only problem is that … Continue reading ‘Father Christmas Needs a Wee!’ by Nicholas Allan
Did you know that the Moon is hotter than boiling water during the day and colder than a freezer at night-time? Superheroes need super-knowledge and this book is perfect for learning all about space and the solar system. Keep exploring! Library Girl and Book Boy.
It finally arrived! I became so absorbed that I read it all in one sitting! This brilliant sequel to the original 'The Secret Garden' is perfect for reading whilst snuggled up under a blanket on a winter's day. Set at the start of World War 2, the story follows a group of children who are … Continue reading ‘Return to the Secret Garden’ by Holly Webb
Knowledge is power! This fascinating book is one in a series of unique fold-out books that tell stories through timelines. This one clearly shows how different time periods in history overlap, letting children see what was going on in the world at certain points. A real treat for children of any age. Library Girl.
Tom Gates is a master of excuses, expert doodler, comic story writer extraordinaire – and the bane of his grumpy teacher, Mr Fullerman. If you love the Tom Gates series (by L. Pichon), you'll want to enter this giveaway being run by Scholastic Book Club. http://clubs-kids.scholastic.co.uk/clubs_content/30705
Superheroes need to be super-fit if they're going to be able to do their job properly. That is why Library Girl and I always encourage people to do some exercise and keep healthy. This book is perfect for encouraging young children the importance of exercise in a fun and engaging way. Ogden the Ogre wakes … Continue reading ‘The Yoga Ogre’ by Peter Bently
I was buzzing round a bookshop today when I spotted this beautiful book glimmering in the corner of my eye. I loved Selznick's previous book, 'The Invention of Hugo Cabret' which is definitely worth a read. What makes both these books so fantastic is that the stories are told through a clever mix of prose and illustrated sections, … Continue reading ‘The Marvels’ by Brian Selznick
Use your Jedi skills to win a special bundle of awesome Star Wars books. Follow the link below for details: https://www.thebookpeople.co.uk/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/qs_content1_tbp?storeId=10001&catalogId=10051&langId=100&title=&spotName=wl_competitions_Star_Wars_Giveaway May the force be with you. Library Girl.
What's fun about a book with no pictures? A book that can make whoever reads it look like a monkey and speak like a robot. Adults beware - this book will make you sound very silly! Glluuuurrrr-ga-wocko! You have been warned. Book Boy.
The rather gusty weather we're having today inspired this choice. Winner of the Waterstones 2015 picture book award, this funny tale follows the adventures of Penguin Blue, his friends and a new kite. Watch out if you're off to fly your kite today! Library Girl
As superheroes, we spend a lot of our time battling loathsome beasts but none as foul and disgusting as the goblins of Clovenstone Keep. This book has one of the most gripping openings I've ever read, with the hero plummeting from the tallest tower of the keep. It also features a chapter called 'The Bumwipe Heaps' - … Continue reading ‘Goblins’ by Philip Reeve
News has just reached us via our supersonic listening devices that Usborne Books are offering one lucky winner £100 pounds worth of their best-selling books. http://www.usborne.com/things-to-do/usborne-prize-draw.aspx Good luck! Library Girl and Book Boy.
I'm so excited! I love the classic book,'The Secret Garden' by Frances Hodgson-Burnett and have just ordered an amazing-looking sequel by the talented Holly Webb. In this story, a group of children are evacuated to Misselthwaite Manor during the Second World War and find a mysterious diary written by a girl called Mary. They learn … Continue reading ‘Return to the Secret Garden’ by Holly Webb
Another great read for anti-bullying week: It's Biff's dearest wish to be a ballet dancer but everybody knows that dogs don't do ballet! Or do they.............? This funny and heart-warming book proves that everybody is unique and should follow their dreams. I wish I could pirouette; it would be useful for dodging lasers! Book Boy.
It's Anti-bullying week in the United Kingdom and we superheroes take bullying very seriously. This fab picture book combines the humour and rhyming prose you'd expect from a Julia Donaldson book but also celebrates individual differences and unexpected heroes. Poor peace-loving Duckbill hatches in the wrong nest and … Continue reading ‘Tyrannosaurus Drip’ by Julia Donaldson
If you could be anything, what would you be? 'You choose' is an excellent book for getting children talking. Hours can be spent happily discussing all the detailed illustrations and making up stories. I think I'll be a superhero! Book Boy.
Are you looking for some great Christmas reads this year? Well, you could follow the Twitter hashtag #bookelves16 or take a look at my festive purchases so far (a more in-depth blog post to follow): Another awesome idea for the month of December - The fabulous Book Trust organisation launched an on-line advent calendar featuring … Continue reading Christmas Inspiration and the Book Trust Advent Calendar
This madcap book is full of poems, doodles, and pictures by the inimitable illustrator, Simon Bartram (also the author of the fabulous 'Bob, Man on the Moon' books). A great poetry collection for children aged seven and up, particularly those who think they don't like poetry. The humour and illustrations make this book appealing to … Continue reading Watch Out For Sprouts!
This roarsome read is in another dimension! Download the special app and bring the dinosaurs back to life straight from the pages of a book. Can you imagine velociraptors running around your bedroom or pteranodons swooping through the air? Library girl had a T-rex stomping all over our bookcases! Highly recommended for dinosaur fans of all ages. … Continue reading iDinosaur: An Augmented Reality Book
Do Poems give you superpowers? Read this brilliant A-Z of poems about people, pets and other creatures by John Hegley to find out. My favourite poem is called 'Unusual Unicorn in the School.' What would you think if your school suddenly bought a pet unicorn? Would you be impressed? What magical creature would you like … Continue reading ‘I am a Poetato’