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My Colourful Chameleon by Leonie Roberts, published by Quarto

Showcasing bright artwork and a fun spot and find element, My Colourful Chameleon is perfect for storytime and the classroom. A child describes her pet and it’s funny colour changing habit, only problem is, it keeps getting lost! Mum is angry at the disappearing critter, and the girl must convince her that the pet can stay. Can they find a way to stop losing the chameleon?

Leonie Roberts is the author of funny, teaching-related poetry and picture books for children. Mike Byrne graduated with a degree in children’s book illustration and now works as a full-time illustrator. He has always loved experimenting with design, combining his passions for art and his computer! He lives in Hertfordshire with his wife and two cats, and spends his days doodling and creating fantastical characters to bring his books to life.

Enter our book bundle competition with Quarto to win a copy of My Colourful Chameleon and two other fantastic Quarto books (closing date 23rd January 2018).

The Care and Feeding of a Pet Black Hole by Michelle Cuevas, published by Simon & Schuster 

“So wait,” said Cosmo. “If we go in that door, we might exit on the other side of the galaxy?”’

“I don’t know,” I said. “But we currently live in a tub in a black hole, so what do we have to lose?”

When eleven-year-old space mad Stella Rodriguez shows up at NASA to request that her recording be included in Carl Sagan’s Golden Record, something unexpected happens: A black hole follows her home, and sets out to live in her house as a pet. The black hole swallows everything he touches, which is challenging to say the least – but also turns out to be a convenient way to get rid of those items that Stella doesn’t want around. Soon the ugly sweaters her aunt has made for her all disappear within the black hole, as does the smelly class hamster she’s taking care of, and most important, all the reminders of her dead father that are just too painful to have around.

It’s not until Stella, her younger brother Cosmo, the family puppy and even the bathroom tub all get swallowed up by the black hole that Stella realizes she has been letting her own grief consume her. And that’s not the only thing she realizes as she attempts to get back home…

From the author of Confessions of an Imaginary Friend comes an astonishingly original and funny adventure with a great big heart.

The Treehouse Fun Book by Andy Griffiths, illustrated by Terry Denton, published by Macmillan

Plunge into the crazy world of the bestselling Treehouse series by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton in The Treehouse Fun Book – an activity book like no other. Andy, Terry and Jill have brought you all their favourite treehouse things to do: create your own treehouse levels; imagine some amazing ice-cream flavours; draw yourself with Andy, Terry and Jill; spot the difference; find your way out of the Maze of Doom and and answer treehouse trivia.  So what are you waiting for?  Come on up!

The Goozillas!: Attack on Fungus Fort by Dexter Green, illustrated by Jake Dash, published by Oxford University Press

Gooey and green – the ultimate team! Meet the Goozillas!

Max and the Goozillas are on a mission to banish the cute-but-evil Sicklies from their World of Slime home. In order to win back Fungus Fort they’ll need an amazing plan, they’ll need to be brave… and they’ll need to be super-stretchy!

The Travels of Ermine: Trouble in New York by Jennifer Gray, illustrated by Elisa Paganelli published by Usborne

Ermine the Determined is off to explore New York! She can’t wait to visit Central Park Zoo, ride in a yellow taxi and zoom to the top of the Rockefeller Centre! But when her suitcase is switched, Ermine finds some robbers are hot on her tail… There are giggles galore in this delightfully quirky new series for fans of Shifty McGifty.

Ermine: one fabulously funny and furry heroine who can’t help but find adventure wherever she goes. First in a new series from best-selling and award-winning Jennifer Gray, with gorgeous black-and-white illustrations from Elisa Paganelli throughout.

Enter our competition for your chance to win a copy of The Travels of Ermine: Trouble in New York (closing date 31st January 2018).

The Princess and the Crocodile by Laura Amy Schlitz, illustrated by Brian Floca, published by Walker

Princess Cora is sick of boring lessons. She’s sick of running in circles around the dungeon gym. She’s sick, sick, sick of taking three baths a day. And her parents won’t let her have a dog. But when she writes to her fairy godmother for help, she doesn’t expect that help to come in the form of a crocodile – a crocodile who does not behave properly. With perfectly paced dry comedy, children’s book luminaries Laura Amy Schlitz and Brian Floca send Princess Cora on a delightful outdoor adventure – climbing trees! getting dirty! having fun! – while her alter ego wreaks utter havoc inside the castle, obliging one pair of royal helicopter parents to reconsider their ways.

Read an extract here.

Ask Oscar by Alan MacDonald, Illustrated by Sarah Horne, published by Egmont

A brilliantly funny new series from Dirty Bertie author, Alan MacDonald, featuring a pig on a bike, a Poopomatic, and a talking dog!

Sam has wanted a dog for AGES, so when Oscar turns up on this doorstep he can’t believe his luck.
And when he finds out Oscar’s secret he can’t believe his ears! Oscar thinks humans are silly and rather badly trained – but when the freedom of the town’s dogs is under threat, Oscar’s about to discover that a dog’s best friend is his boy.

For your chance to win a new year book bundle from Egmont, including a copy of Ask Oscar, enter our competition here (closing date 26th January).

The Disappearing Daughter (No. 1 Boy Detective) by Barbara Mitchelhill, illustrated by Tony Ross, published by Andersen

Damian Drooth, the one of a kind, clean-up-the-world hero, has arrived. Criminals beware – and be very afraid.

In his first case, Damian finds himself in the glamorous world of filmmaking. But it turns out to be a den of deceit. Damian needs all his mind-boggling skills to keep himself out of trouble and to rescue Trixibelle, the daughter of a crazy, mega-rich director.

Packed with rib-tickling pictures from Tony Ross, this is perfect for newly confident young readers of 6 and up!

Meet the… Egyptians by James Davies, published by Big Picture Press

There’s so much to digest when it comes to History – how do you know where to begin? These incredible short introductions are just the thing for readers who are beginning to explore ancient history.

Get to know the basics on Ancient Egypt from gods and worship to mummification, with easy-to-digest, humorous text that is reminiscent of the best-selling Horrible Histories series. James Davies’ stunning artwork and infographics provide a fresh nonfiction approach that is sure to captivate young readers.

Win a copy of Meet the… Egyptians and Meet the… Romans in our competition (closing date 30th January 2018).

Emmeline and the Plucky Pup by Megan Rix, published by Puffin

Meet the leader of the Suffragettes, Emmeline Pankhurst, and a particularly plucky pup, during a momentous time in history!

Alfie can’t believe his luck when he is allowed to keep a tiny puppy he finds abandoned on the street. Rascal is cute as a button and has lots of attitude, and Emmeline Pankhurst is thrilled that her ward Alfie has a new friend. Alfie and Rascal deliver messages between the Suffragettes as they organise their ‘Votes for Women’ campaign. But it’s sometimes dangerous work, and it’s not long before Alfie and Rascal find out the true cost of the fight.

Full of adventure, fascinating history and lovely animals, this is the perfect read for young fans of Dick King-Smith and Michael Morpurgo.

Roald Dahl’s Glorious Galumptious Story Collection by Roald Dahl, published by Puffin

Five fantastic Roald Dahl favourites come together in this very special box set: James and the Giant Peach, Fantastic Mr Fox, The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me, The Magic Finger and Esio Trot. Complete with fun and fascinating extra material offering a sneak peek into the wonderful world of Dahl, this is a collection to treasure forever.

Dog Man: Dog Man and Cat Kid by Dav Pilkey, published by Scholastic

Hot diggity dog! Dog Man, the newest hero from the creator of Captain Underpants, is back and this time he’s not alone. The heroic hound with a real nose for justice now has a sidekick in the form of a super-cute kitten, and together they have a mysterious caper to sniff out! When a new kitty sitter arrives and a glamorous movie starlet goes missing, it’s up to Dog Man and Cat Kid to save the day! Will these heroes stay hot on the trail, or will they be thrown off the scent and start barking up the wrong tree?

DK findout! Robots, published by DK

Kids get an up-close look at all kinds of cool robots, from humanoids to drones, and discover how robots use AI (Artificial Intelligence). With amazing images and mind-blowing facts DKfindout! Robots will satisfy any child who is eager to learn – and keep them coming back for more!

Find out why and how robots are made, how they help humans and what they will do in the future. A great addition to any home library, school’s robotics club book list, and classroom’s STEAM library.

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