Reviews Age 5-7

Claude on the Slopes

Alex T. Smith


ClaudeEverybody’s favourite hound is back and on the trail of something new!

In this latest adventure, on a winter’s day, Claude goes from throwing snowballs and making snowmen to causing an all-out avalanche!  A perfectly timed present for a white Christmas – or a slightly snowy New Year.

In a stunning hardback edition for the first time. Claude was selected for the Waterstone’s Children’s Book Prize and the Richard and Judy Book Club.


Spooky Winnie

Lara Owen  Illustrated by Korky Paul


WinnieHallowe’en is coming! Here’s just the book to enjoy whenever you feel like adding a little spookiness to your life. Whether she’s telling ghost stories, turning back time, battling with mischievous wands, or getting ready for a night of trick-or-treating, Winnie brings her very own brand of muddled-up magic to everything she does. Fans who have grown up with Winnie, or those new to her charms, can enjoy her chaotic capers in this latest young fiction title, perfect for reading alone or for sharing at bedtime.

Korky Paul’s exuberant black line illustrations complement the humour, slapstick, and moments of real drama that run through each story. Pure magic!


The Worst Witch and the Wishing Star

Jill Murphy


WITCHThe Worst Witch by Jill Murphy is back in an exciting, very funny adventure.

In The Worst Witch and the Wishing Star, Mildred, notoriously the worst witch at Miss Cackle’s Academy for Witches, makes a wish on a shooting star – and to her great surprise it comes true! But it also spells trouble. Mildred’s wish-come-true is a delightful but mischievous little dog who she loves but she has to keep him a secret from her friends, and especially the formidable Miss Hardbroom.

It’s a disaster waiting to happen…and of course it does…!


Daisy and the Trouble with Burglars

Kes Gray


DaisyThe irrepressible Daisy is back!

No matter the occasion, Daisy just can’t help getting into trouble! When three actual burglaries happen in Daisy’s town, Daisy is beside herself with excitement. Two houses and the fish and chip shop have been broken into (and lots of cods and haddocks have been stolen). Anyone could be next! Daisy wants to help.
Together with Gabby and Dylan, she forms her own detective agency. Armed with a notebook, a magnifying glass, a camera and a box of icing sugar, she sets out on the burglars’ trail. Trouble is, detective work is hard when you’re not allowed to go further than the end of the road…


Just So Stories

Rudyard Kipling


JUst SoA childhood favourite of mine is back in great style! A wonderful new hardback edition of Rudyard Kipling’s beloved stories brought to you by Templar and beautifully illustrated by Robert Ingpen. These are the best ever stories for reading the aloud – the prose is practically music as it flows off the page. The stories themselves are enchanting and very witty. This makes them perfect for bedtime. Just read the first two sentences of How the Whale Got His Throat and you will see and feel exactly what I mean. A true classic that will be loved by children of all ages.


Atticus Claw Lends a Paw

Jennifer Gray


PAWAtticus Grammatticus Cattypuss Claw, the world’s greatest police cat, is back. When the kittens at the local cats’ home are wrongly suspected of a knitting crime spree, Inspector Cheddar is baffled. Atticus must step in to find the real culprits.

In an adventure that takes him from Littleton-on-Sea to the sands of the Egyptian desert, Atticus has to use all his tabby talents to keep one paw ahead of Ginger Biscuit and Jimmy Magpie and his gang. Can Atticus reach the lost city of cats and save the priceless treasure from the villains before it’s too late?


My Town

Ellen Giggenbach


TOWNThis is a brilliant new series from Templar which is perfect for creative play. Every part of Ellen Giggenbach’s innovative model book, including the cover, can be used to create your very own play-town with over 40 separate models and a host of buildings, vehicles and people. Which shop has its grand opening today, who has got lost and which vehicle is making a special trip? You decide in this inspirational model kit designed to awaken the storyteller inside all kids (even grown-up ones). If you like animals, there is also My Zoo!


Dirty Bertie: Dinosaur!

Alan MacDonald


BertieGreat news for Dirty Bertie fans – he’s back again with his 20th book!

This time we get three hilarious stories about our favourite mucky kid. Dinosaurs!, Chocolate! and Pet Sitter!  As usual Bertie finds a way to get himself and others in a mess  despite his best efforts to be a nice, clean, good little boy.

Excellent stories for beginning readers and any little ones who like to get grubby before wash-up and bedtime!!



Spy Pets: SPY CAT Summer Shocker!

Andrew Cope



Anything dogs can do, cats can do better – can’t they? Spy Cat is the first exciting adventure in this brand new series by Andy Cope, author of the bestselling Spy Dog and Spy Pups series for young readers of 7+. The purrrfect spy is prowling a neighbourhood near you. There’s a new secret agent in town. And this one has whiskers. Shakespeare, the ginger tabby, otherwise known as Agent 009, never officially signed up to protect the Cook children but in the world famous Spy Dog’s absence, he was most definitely the best pet for the job. Shakespeare has some very big (and furry) boots to fill. And with a dangerous criminal on the loose near by to where the Cooks are camping, he may need all nine lives to do it!



Frankie’s Magic Football:

Frankie vs. The Pirate Pillagers

Frank Lampard


FrankFrank Lampard turns his footballing skills to writing a children’s book! And who better to tell a tall footballing tale? This is the first in a series which I am sure will be a winner, good subject, fun illustrations and a fast paced adventure! Frankie and his team love playing football. There’s always time for a game. But when they win an old football at a carnival, they’re going to be transported to a magical world of football they never knew existed! Can Frankie and his team beat the Pirate Pillagers and make their way home in time for tea?


Wendy Quill is a Crocodile’s Bottom

Wendy Meddour / Mina May


Wendy Quill

Wendy’s plans don’t always work out but that’s never stopped her having the best time ever! When she fails to get the lead part in the school production, Wendy stuns the audience with her debut as a crocodile’s bottom! Then Wendy is dragged along to her best-friend Florence’s tap-dancing class and somehow manages to wow the teacher with her dancing skills and land a part as a tap-dancing munchkin in their show. If Florence Hubert hadn’t been allergic, Wendy would have been famous for a whole summer season. And when Wendy dresses up for a school project she makes the headlines, all thanks to Kevin, the school rat, and a ‘Primary Plague Fiasco!’


The Great Galloon

Tom Banks



The Great Galloon is an enormous airship, built by Captain Meredith Anstruther and manned by his crew, who might seem like a bit of a motley bunch but who are able to fight off invading marauders whilst drinking tea and sweeping floors! Captain Anstruther is preparing to marry the beautiful Lady Isabella, but disaster strikes when his evil younger brother steals Isabella away onto his underwater Sumbaroon. Stanley, a clever boy, and Rasmussen, a reluctant Countess-to-be have to fight off BeheMoths, avoid enormous Seagles, encounter the terrifying (but nice really) Brunt and save their airship  from sinking. The Great Galloon is a humorous Pugwash meets Python adventure perfect for reading aloud and for growing readers looking for a silly, funny book.


Operation Bunny

Sally Gardner & David Roberts


Operation BunnyEmily Vole makes headline news in the first weeks of her life, when she is found in an abandoned hatbox in Stansted Airport. Then, only a few years later, her neighbour Mrs String dies leaving Emily a mysterious inheritance: an old shop, a small bunch of golden keys and a cat called Fidget. It’s the beginning of an adventure of a lifetime as the old Fairy Detective Agency comes back to life.
It is up to Emily to reopen the shop, and recall the fairies to duty. Together they must embark on their first mystery and do battle with their great fairy-snatching enemy, Harpella.


Pea’s Book of Best Friends

Susie Day


Pea's Book of Best FriendsWhen Pea Llewellyn’s dizzy but dazzling single mum becomes Marina Cove, author of the bestselling “Mermaid Girls” books, everything changes. It’s time to leave their tiny flat in Tenby for a proper house in London, and a whole new life. Pea likes the red front door, and the attic bedroom all to herself. She even likes her hideous new school uniform, in a masochistic Malory Towers sort of way. But there’s an empty chair beside her in every lesson, and no one seems to want to fill it. In the absence of volunteers, Pea is going to have to acquire herself a best friend…