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When I Grow Up, by Tim Minchin, illustrated by Steve Antony, published by Scholastic

This hugely exciting picture book collaboration by internationally celebrated musician-comedian Tim Minchin and award-winning illustrator Steve Antony is an absolute treat for all ages. Inspired by Tim Minchin’s hit song When I Grow Up from Matilda The Musical, the book takes a humorous yet moving look at adult life from a child’s perspective. Grown-ups surely have all the fun as they must eat sweets every day, climb the biggest trees and watch cartoons till their eyes go square. But do they really…? A truly magical picture book by two incredible talents.

Enter our competition for your chance to win a copy of the book (closes on the 31st October 2017).

The Wolf, the Duck and the Mouse, written by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Jon Klassen, published by Walker 

Early one morning a mouse met a wolf and was quickly gobbled up…

When a woeful mouse is swallowed up by a wolf, he quickly learns he is not alone: a duck has already set up digs and, boy, has that duck got it figured out! Turns out it’s pretty nice inside the belly of the beast – there’s delicious food, elegant table settings and, best of all, dancing. And there’s something more: no more fear of being eaten by a wolf! Life’s not so bad, considering the alternatives. That is, until a hunter shows up… With a nod to traditional fables and a wink to the reader, the award-winning Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen of Sam and Dave Dig a Hole, Extra Yarn and Triangle offer a tale of cooperation and creative cuisine that is sure to go down easy.

That’s Not My Otter…, published by Usborne

A charming new addition to the best-selling That’s not my… series. Babies and toddlers will love turning the pages and touching the feely patches as they try to find their cheeky friend, the otter.

Download a lovely colouring sheet for That’s Not My Otter and enter our competition for your chance to win a copy of the book (closes 31st October 2017).

 

The Tale of Kitty in Boots, by Beatrix Potter, illustrated by Quentin Blake, published by Warne

“A serious, well-behaved young black cat, who leads a daring double life defeating vile villains.”

When  Miss Kitty sneaks out to go hunting in her beautiful boots, she gets  herself into all sorts of scrapes, but on this particular night she  meets the foxiest hunter of them all – Mr. Tod!

This utterly entertaining tale is filled with mistaken identities, devious villains and even an appearance from Peter Rabbit.

Told  with Beatrix Potter’s trademark dry humour and wry observations, this  brilliant tale is sure to become as popular as her original classics and  is illustrated by the best-loved Quentin Blake.

Enter our competition for your chance to get your mitts on a copy of the brand new paperback edition, plus a super-exclusive hardback edition signed by Quentin Blake (closes on 15th October 2017).

The brand new paperback edition comes with an audio CD narrated by Helen Mirren.  Listen to an extract here. Read an extract here

Find out how to make your own Kitty-in-Boots snow globe below:

Hide and Seek, by Anthony Browne, published by Double Day

When their dog goes missing, Cy and Poppy play hide and seek to distract themselves. Poppy counts to ten and looks for Cy – but she can’t find him anywhere. But then there’s a rustling from the woods – maybe someone else can help her find him…?
A reassuring tale of sibling love by the master Anthony Browne.

The Turkey That Voted for Christmas, by Madeleine Cook, illustrated by Samara Hardy, published by Oxford University Press

Can Timmy Turkey use the power democracy to save Christmas in this funny festive story?

The animals of Pear Tree Farm love a vote – they’ll vote for almost anything! Timmy Turkey would love to bring Christmas to the farm, but how can this happen when all his family always vote ‘NO’? Timmy leads a brilliant campaign, but how will the animals vote? And how will they escape Farmer Carver’s turkey twizzling plans? An appealing, timely, and laugh-inducing seasonal story from the duo who created The Mouse That Cancelled Christmas.

Luna Loves Library Day, by Joseph Coehlo, illustrated by Fiona Lumbers, published by Andersen Press

Every week, Luna looks forward to one special day: the day when she discovers magic among the library shelves; the day she gets to spend with her dad. An inspiring story from one of the UK’s greatest up-and-coming poets for children, captured in all its flights of fancy by newcomer Fiona Lumbers.

Be Brave Little Penguin, by Giles Andreae and Guy Parker-Rees, published by Hachette

Little Penguin Pip-Pip would love to join in with all his friends swimming in the sea, but there’s just one problem . . . he’s scared of water. Can Pip-Pip overcome his fears and finally take the plunge?  This irresistible story shows that sometimes all it takes is a little bit of encouragement – and a whole lot of heart – to finally make that leap!

The SACCONEJOLYs and the Great Cat-Nap, by SACCONEJOLYs, illustrated by Francesca Gambatesa, published by Egmont

An exciting new picture book from the UK’s best-loved family vloggers, the SACCONEJOLYs, packed full of fun, adventure and mischief.

Welcome to the world of the Friendliest Friends – six Maltese puppies on a mission to be the Best. Dogs. Ever!

Emilia wants something that only a girl with six dogs would want – a cat! Her six dogs make it their mission to help, and they attempt to cat-nap a local moggy. But no matter how hard they try, they are foiled by cunning cats…

How will the Friendliest Friends help Emilia get her wish?

Goodnight Baby Moon, published by DK

A wonderfully charming bedtime story to share with children 2 and up, with a light-up LED jacket.

Learn about the different phases of the moon in Goodnight Baby Moon as you follow a family of little rabbits taking a night-time stroll through the woods. With easy-to-follow text, simple repeated phrases and beautiful spread designs, young children will be fully engaged by this delightful story that is perfect for reading aloud. See the crescent moon change to a full moon and discover tiny surprises along the way, such as friendly owls in trees and fluttering butterflies.

Charming and unique, Goodnight Baby Moon will appeal to the imagination of any pre-schooler eager to learn about the natural world around them.

Watch the trailer below:

The Elephant in the Room, by James Thorp and Angus Mackinnon, published by Templar

Someone has smashed Father Giant’s favourite elephant. It wasn’t Olive and her brother Grub. Nor was it the naughty newt, the laughing lady or the yucky yak.

So WHO is the culprit?

A magnificently madcap mystery that will keep readers guessing until the very end.

Do Not Open This Book, by Heath McKenzie, published by Studio Press

Oh! You opened the book.
I assume that was an accident?
No problem, accidents happen.
I’m not even angry.
Just please don’t turn the page!

Monster will do anything for you to not open this book, but what will happen if you do?

Young readers will love doing everything they are asked not to, and turning the pages to discover Monster’s hilarious secret at the end of this funny picture book.

Do Not Open This Book is the hilarious, best-selling new book from Australian radio DJ and comedian Andy Lee.

A ridiculously funny story for kids, big and small… do you dare open this book?!

Scary Hairy Party, by Claire Freedman and Sue Hendra, published by Bloomsbury

You’re invited to a party.
What fun! Hip, hip, hooray!
So come along to Monster’s house
at three o’clock today.

Raymond the hairdresser is scarily busy. Everyone wants to look their best for Monster’s party. But a series of disasters at Raymond’s hair salon – Oops, too much hair gel! Oops, the dyes have been muddled! – leave his customers disappointed until … they discover Monster’s party has a very special theme!

A very silly, slightly spooky story that is perfect for youngsters at Halloween! From a bestselling author (Aliens Love Underpants) and illustrator (Barry the Fish with Fingers, Supertato).

 

12 Dogs of Christmas, by Alison Ritchie & Marisa Morea, published by Simon & Schuster

The big day has almost arrived and one little puppy is very excited about his first EVER Christmas. But with three drooling Dalmatians, six sausage-snaffling Scotties and every dog in town helping out, the festive season is a shambles! Will everything be ready in time for Christmas Day?

Mr Pattacake: 10 Book Set, by Stephanie Baudet, published by Sweet Cherry

The Mr Pattacake series tells the delicious stories of a goodhearted, eccentric chef and his lazy ginger cat, Treacle, who loves to eat! Something always goes wrong when they’re on the job, so it’s up to Mr Pattacake and Treacle to save the day … and the food!

Full of bizarre characters and disastrous adventures, join in the hilarious antics as chaos is dished up with a double helping of madness, and a side-serving of fun.

The Bear and the Piano Sound Book, by David Litchfield, published by Frances Lincoln Children’s Books

Hear the best-selling book The Bear and the Piano come to life with this special gift-edition sound book.

David Litchfield won the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize (Illustrated Book Category) with The Bear and the Piano, and became a best-seller in the UK and US. It was shortlisted for 8 other awards in the UK including the Sheffield Children’s Book Award and the Independent Bookshop Week Award, and has sold in over 20 languages.

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