NEW BOOKS FOR 5-8 IN OCTOBER

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Malala’s Magic Pencil, by Malala Yousafzai, illustrated by Kerascoët, published by Puffin

As a child in Pakistan, Malala made a wish for a magic pencil that she could use to redraw reality. She would use it to give gifts to her family, to erase the smell from the rubbish dump near her house, to sleep an extra hour in the morning. As she grew older, Malala wished for bigger and bigger things. She saw a world that needed fixing. And even if she never found a magic pencil, Malala realized that she could still work hard every day to make her wishes come true.

This beautifully illustrated picture book tells Malala’s story, in her own words, for a younger audience and shows them the worldview that allowed her to hold on to hope and to make her voice heard even in the most difficult of times.

Classroom display packs are available including poster, word bank, post-it notes, change-maker stickers and a magic pencil!  (first-come, first-served). Request it here: st/MalalaSchoolsDisplayKit

Witch for a Week, by Kaye Umansky, illustrated by Ashley King, published by Simon & Schuster

When Elsie Pickles offers to house-sit the mysterious home of local witch Magenta Sharp, she has no idea what she’s getting herself into. Left with a talking raven and a scruffy dog for company, a magical tower that has a mind of its own and a book of instruction called Everything You Need to Know, what could possibly go wrong?

With an assortment of weird and wonderful neighbours banging at the door and a box of volatile magical ingredients that must be used immediately, Elsie finds out that looking after Magenta’s home might not be as easy as she first thought … does she have what it takes to be a witch for a week or will it all end in a magical disaster?

Spooky Night! (The Not-So-Little Princess), by Wendy Finney & Tony Ross, published by Andersen Press

The Little Princess is not so little any more! Perfect for newly independent readers, this full-colour series brings Tony Ross’ beloved character to a whole new audience.

Princess Rosie is woken in the night by a very strange noise. Just what could it be? Together with her best friend Ollie, she goes on hunt round the royal castle to find out. It’s going to be a very spooky night!

One Christmas Wish by Katherine Rundell, illustrated by Emily Sutton, published by Bloomsbury

It’s Christmas Eve and Theo – left at home with a babysitter – sees an odd-looking star out of his window and decides to make a wish. He wishes that he had some friends to keep him company. Moments later the Christmas decorations begin to disentangle themselves from the tree behind him, ready to wreak a little havoc …

Written with generous helpings of warmth and humour, this is a story about treasuring the people and values that really matter at this time of year from master storyteller and bestselling children’s author Katherine Rundell. Emily Sutton’s breathtaking illustrations perfectly capture the magic of Christmas in stunning detail.

The Real Boat, by Marina Aromshtam and Victoria Semykina, published by Templar

When the paper boat learns that there is such a place as the ocean, he is determinded to go there so he can be a real boat.

On his journey he meets all sorts of friends, from the strong little tug boat to the glittering ocean liner. But he also learns that the real ocean is huge and deep and full of dangers.

The lyrical text and illustrations of this modern fable create a world of wonder.

DK Children’s Encyclopedia, published by DK

The ultimate book of knowledge  full of information and amazing images on over 250 key topics arranged from A to Z. This is the book that explains everything for kids aged 7 to 9.

Packed with thousands of incredible and essential facts on favourite – and KS2 – subjects, DK Children’s Encyclopedia covers nine different colour coded subject areas: art, people, history, earth, nature, science, technology, space and human body.

Arranged alphabetically, every page in this children’s encyclopedia is packed with fun facts and amazing photographs. Your child can dive straight in working from the front to the back or jump to a page that catches their eye to discover all about our wonderful world. If they are not sure where to go next, the ‘See also’ boxes will suggest related topics. This lets children make links across topics and subject areas and create their own journey through DK Children’s Encyclopedia.

Inspiring and informative, the DK Children’s Encyclopedia is a classic encyclopedia and a book of wonder that will absorb and engage children for many hours.

Where’s Wally? Destination: Everywhere!, by Martin Handford, published by Walker

Join Wally as he handpicks his most amazing twelve journeys of all time, with lots of terrific twists! Fantastic scenes are revisited in Wally’s very own scrapbook bursting with art, new things to search for and additional eye-boggling games to play. A great gift for the ultimate fan of the bespectacled red-and-white striped traveller in his 30th anniversary year!

To win a copy of the book, click here (closes on the 31st October 2017).

       

Amelia Fang and the Barbaric Ball, by Laura Ellen Anderson, published by Egmont

A gorgeously gothic, wickedly funny new series from Witch Wars illustrator Laura Ellen Anderson

Welcome to the world of Nocturnia, where darkness reigns supreme, glitter is ghastly, and unicorns are the stuff of daymares!

Amelia Fang would much rather hang out with her pet pumpkin Squashy and her friends Florence the yeti (DON’T CALL HER BEAST!) and Grimaldi the reaper than dance at her parents’ annual Barbaric Ball.

And when the King’s spoiled son Tangine captures Squashy, Amelia and her friends must escape the party to plan a daring rescue! In their race against time, they begin to realise things in Nocturnia may not be quite what they seem . . .

Join Amelia on her very first adventure. She won’t bite!

Geronimo Stilton 10 Book Set, published by Sweet Cherry

Geronimo Stilton is not strong, he’s not bold, and he’s DEFINITELY not brave. Adventure?! What’s wrong with staying at home with a box of cheesy chews? Too bad the rest of his family don’t agree. From the peak of Mouse Everest to the deserts of Egypt, it looks like this fabumouse journalist is going places!

The Adventures of Egg Box Dragon, by Richard Adams, illustrated by Alex T Smith, published by Hachette

Whatever you’ve lost, Egg Box Dragon will find it. He’s retrieved missing footballs, glasses and watches aplenty. He’s so expert at cracking mysteries that the Queen herself requests his services. Will Egg Box Dragon find the missing diamond from the Queen’s crown?

From the author of Watership Down, Richard Adams, comes an enchanting picture book about the adventures of a mischievous homemade dragon. Illustrated by Alex T. Smith, creator of Claude, the bestselling beret-clad canine hero.

Greatest Magical Stories, chosen by Michael Morpurgo, published by Oxford University Press

A selection of stories to treasure, chosen by Michael Morpurgo.

A treasure trove of magical delights chosen by the UK’s best-loved storyteller Michael Morpurgo. From tiny heroes to talking frogs and meddling fairies to mysterious sea creatures, all the wonders of the magical world are here. With a new story from Michael Morpurgo himself, Greatest Magical Stories is a timeless collection, beautifully illustrated in full colour throughout.

 

Jack Beechwhistle: Rise of the Hairy Horror, by Kes Gray, published by Red Fox

The second brilliant book in the Jack Beechwhistle series.

The world’s a dangerous place. Luckily, Jack Beechwhistle is around to protect it. He might look like an ordinary boy, but really he’s a junior secret agent. He’s tackled all sorts of missions – exploding conkers, zombie sweet-shop owners, and man-eating giant slugs – with a bit of help from his best friends and sidekicks, Colin and Harry (as long as it’s not past their bedtime).

Then Jack notices something strange and suspicious about the hairdresser in town, Valentino. Every time Valentino cuts someone’s hair, he sweeps the hairs up and collects them in a big plastic bag. But what is he using them for?

Everything points to Valentino being an evil enemy agent! And Jack Beechwhistle’s on the case…

Look and Find Jungle, published by Usborne

A wonderfully illustrated puzzle book teeming with jungle animals to spot, count and match. An activity book children will want to share and enjoy with friends and family. Spot a pair of parrots with matching party hats, a frog playing the violin and many more eye-catching challenges.

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

A World Full of Animal Stories, by Angela McAllister, illustrated by Aitch, published by Frances Lincoln Children’s Books

A beautifully illustrated and culturally rich anthology of animal-themed folk tales, myths and legends from a diverse range of world nations.

Angela McAllister took a degree in Humanities at Middlesex College and then began illustrating books. She has written over 30 books for children, some of which she has also illustrated.

Aitch originally hails from Romania but prefers not to put down roots in any one place; new scenery inspires and invigorates her tactile, folky illustrations and a constant string of exhibitions in cities across the continent pushes her technique further.

       

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