Laika The Astronaut
Some of you may remember the first dog in space but I think you might not know the whole amazing story…..
Laika is a homeless stray living on the streets of Moscow when she is picked by the Russian Space Programme to be the first ever animal launched into orbit! But her rocket disappears and everyone thinks Laika is lost forever – no one knows what happened to her. Now you’ll discover in Owen Davey’s imaginative story that Laika was rescued by a loving new owner and found her true home on a planet far, far away
Sam Taplin & Vicki Gausden
Roll up, roll up for the best show in town! Join the ringmaster as he introduces acrobats, musicians and clowns in this bright, busy picture book with musical sounds, especially composed by Anthony Marks. Little hands won’t be able to resist pressing the buttons to hear all the sounds of the Big Top. Strong tabs at the top of the pages enable children to find their favourite scenes. Gorgeous book that’s lots of fun.
Walk This World
This is a wonderful interactive book with loads of flaps, windows and sliding tabs that celebrates the different cultures in our world. It is one of the most well designed, interesting and creative books I have ever seen – and believe me, I have seen a lot…
There is so much to look at and so much to explore within it: I am sure that it will prizes galore and be in art gallery and museum shops all over the world. Several children in my family are getting this as a gift – and I will be happy to share it with them!
The Slightly Annoying Elephant
David Walliams presents his first picture book, illustrated by artistic genius Tony Ross.
What’s big, blue, bossy, and turns up uninvited? A slightly annoying elephant, of course! But who wouldn’t want an elephant causing hilarious chaos in their lives?
Introducing a magnificently warm and funny picture book from two remarkable talents. This book is full of the slightly rude humour that everyone knows and loves about Walliams and his books – prepare for fart jokes on an elephantine scale.
Margaret Wise Brown
When a book reaches it 65th anniversary you know it has a message that has been a great success. This gentle bedtime story, which has lulled generations of children to sleep, is the perfect first book to share at bedtime. In a great green room a little bunny is tucked up snugly and safely in bed and is getting ready to say goodnight to all the familiar things in his room, one by one. Margaret Wise Brown’s comforting, rhythmical text accompanied by the warmth of Clement Hurd’s classic mid-century illustrations make this a timeless picture book, which is known and loved around the world.
Katherine Holabird and Helen Craig
Of all the Angelina books – and I have seen many – this is my personal favourite. The artwork is just gorgeous and the story is of course delightful.
Angelina and her friends love Halloween – they make sparkly firefly costumes and have a lovely tea party with goblin biscuits and scary games. Angelina’s little sister Polly wants to be a firefly too, but Angelina says she’s too small and clumsy, so her mother makes Polly a spooky Halloween costume instead. Polly ends up giving Angelina a real fright when she gets lost in an old haunted house – but she is soon found and Angelina promises Polly her very own firefly costume next year.
Whizzy Wheels: Tractor
First there was a Taxi and then there was a Bus now Whizzy Wheels goes down on to the farm!
Young children just love things that go, and here is a book they can spend hours pushing along the floor as well as reading! Follow the red tractor as it gets busy helping out around the farm.
There’s masses of detail and plenty to talk about on every page, plus lots of farm animals to spot. The perfect book for vehicle-mad toddlers. They also do a DIgger in the same series.
Doug the Bug that went Boing!
Doug and Trevor are best friends who love playing in the garden. But one day Doug gets dug up! Stuck at the top of a tower block can Doug find his way back to his friend or will he be trapped forever?
Another fabulously funny story from Sue Hendra – with all the things we have loved from her other creations like Barry the Fish with Fingers and No Bot the Robot with No Bottom. Hilarity is guaranteed!
Sugarlump and the Unicorn
Donaldson & Monks
When Sugarlump the rocking horse wishes to see the world, a magical unicorn with a silver horn and sparkling blue eyes turns him into a real horse. But after trotting around the farm, galloping around a racetrack and even dancing at the circus, Sugarlump learns to be careful what he wishes for and realises how much he misses the children he left behind. Luckily the unicorn has one more wish to grant …
A Patch of Black
Rachel Rooney & Deborah Allwright
The perfect bedtime book – especially to read to a little someone who might be just a tiny bit afraid of the lights going out!
What can you do with a patch of black, a moon and a silver star? From a magical wish-granting cloak to a hammock rocked by jungle animal friends, there’s nothing that a patch of night-time sky can’t become with a bit of imagination, and certainly no need to be afraid of the dark. Rachel Rooney’s charming text is accompanied by beautiful, evocative illustrations from Deborah Allwright.
Mixed Up Nursery Rhymes
Hilary Robinson& Liz Pichon
First came the phenomenal bestselling Mixed up Fairy Tales with sales over 100,000 copies to date, and now comes Mixed up Nursery Rhymes! This ingenious split-page book lets you create your own hilarious versions of the most-loved rhymes. The total number of mix ups is 1728 combinations! What would happen if Little Miss Muffett went up the hill to fetch an army of ten thousand men? Includes: Jack and Jill, Little Miss Muffett, The Grand Old Duke of York, Little Jack Horner, Polly Put the Kettle On, Old Mother Hubbard, Mary, Mary, Yankee Doodle, The Crooked Man, Wee Willie Winkie, The Queen of Hearts and Doctor Foster.
Mr. Wolf’s Pancakes
Mr Wolf fancies some tasty pancakes but he doesn’t know how to make them. Asking his neighbours is no use – they’re a mean and horrible lot who refuse to help. Poor Mr Wolf. He has to work it out, all by himself. So what happens when those nasty neighbours want to help Mr Wolf eat his delicious pancakes …?
We organised a school event with the lovely Jan Fearnley recently and she was kind enough to sign some copies of her books for us. So right now you can buy signed editions of this and the equally funny sequel Mr. Wolf’s Enormous Turnip.
Noodle Loves the Beach
Loveable little Noodle our favourite Panda shows us what happens when we go to the beach for a day of fun at the seaside. Gorgeous illustrations with touch and feel patches on every page make us all want to go and play in the sand.
My First Book of Animals
A new series of bright little books illustrated by French artist Alain Gree. They have a lovely vintage look and are the perfect size and shape for little hands . The whole series Numbers, Colours etc., just bursts with quirky Gallic charm.
Babies, Babies, Babies!
Catherine and Laurence Anholt
We love babies! Babies love to play, laugh and cuddle, and this book is full of all the things that babies love best. The bright and cheerful illustrations are packed with details for little ones to pore over and explore. There’s even a game for parents and babies to play together as they read: a special funny bunny is hiding in the illustrations. Can you find him? With colourful pictures and an upbeat, rhythmic text, this book is a perfect gift for all little ones and their parents.
This traditional verse is retold with wit, filled with charm and illustrated with tremendous style by an exciting debut artist. Follow the funny exploits of the utterly lovable pup as he does his best to get his paws on the pie! Apple Pie ABC is bound to be loved by young children and adults alike who will undoubtedly savour the story again and again.
There’s a boy who seems quite ordinary: he looks like me or you, but in secret…he is SUPERKID! There’s nothing he can’t do! With x-ray vision, super speed and bravery by the bag-load, Superkid is always on hand to save the day. He can spot bullies trying to steal your bubblegum, he knows just what to do with a plateful of broccoli, and he can make even pirates surrender. An encouraging message about every child’s potential to be a hero.
The Astonishing Secret of Awesome Man
Michael Chabon/Jake Parker
Meet Awesome Man – a brand new superhero, who’s out of this world! The first picture book from Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Michael Chabon perfectly captures the fantasy life of young superhero fans. Awesome Man can shoot positronic rays out of his eyeballs, fly as straight as an arrow and hug mutant Jelly! Even villains like Professor Von Evil and the flaming Eyeballs are no match for this caped crusader. But Awesome Man also has his secret…Can you guess what it is?
Creepy Monsters Sleepy Monsters
Jane Yolen/Kelly Murphy
Meet two young monsters who are far from scary – they’re too busy having fun! They go to school, play outside with their friends and eat after-school snacks. But like human children they also have a bedtime, whether they’re ready for it or not! This is a great read-aloud for bedtime.