There is No Dragon in this Story, by Lou Carter & Deborah Allwright, published by Bloomsbury
Poor old dragon. Nobody wants him in their story. Not Goldilocks, not Hansel and Gretel – no one. But Dragon will not give up! He shall continue on his course of finding someone who wants him in their story. ANYONE. His boundless enthusiasm surely won’t get him into any trouble. Surely …
A glorious story about dragons, heroes and ice cream with sprinkles. From author Lou Carter, a phenomenal new talent, and Deborah Allwright, illustrator of the bestselling The Night Pirates.
Lou Carter studied medicine for three years then took a PGCE in primary education. Her work as a schoolteacher sparked her love of children’s picture books and There Is No Dragon In This Story is her first (of three) picture books with Bloomsbury. Lou lives in Cambridge with her husband and two children.
Deborah Allwright has become a star of the picture book world following the publication of the bestselling The Night Pirates. She has been shortlisted for the V&A Illustration Award, and illustrated the hugely successful Don’t Read this Book! Deborah works in a studio in Islington, stopping only to attend designer clothes sales, and to do a spot of DJing at music festivals.
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Did you know that they don’t give away goldfish at the fairground anymore? You can win a giraffe instead. So much better! Although, you might come across a few problems when you bring your cute new pet home. Giraffes tend to be big and clumsy, so here is a handy guide of all the best places to hide them…
In this gorgeous book by award-winning author Michelle Robinson, with illustrations from the brilliant new one-to-watch picture book talent Claire Powell, learn what to do when you find yourself with a pet giraffe in need of a hiding place!
The 50th title in the internationally bestselling That’s not my… series. This sparkly, touchy-feely book features a magical unicorn to talk about, and a little white mouse to spot on every page. Babies and toddlers will love turning the pages and touching the textured patches as they try to find their unicorn.
Why not colour in your own unicorn?
My Animal Book and My Head-to-toe Body Book, by OKIDO, published by Thames & Hudson
These popular OKIDO books, now in paperback, take an energetic, bold and contemporary approach to the scientific topics of the animal world and the human body for young children aged 4+ to enjoy.
My head-to-toe body book is a look at the body inside and out, the book asks many questions and encourages children to find the answers. How many teeth do you have? What happens to the food you eat? How do you wee? A little girl called Koko asks questions to make children think about the body, while three intrepid explorers go on adventures to find out what makes it work. Children investigate each topic by playing and learning – the book is packed with things to do on and off the page, including games, recipes and craft activities.
In My animal book there’s a big surprise: a human being is an animal! Then come all kinds of questions and activities to encourage children to think about where different animals live, what they eat and how they have families. The reader will meet Koko again who will help them think about animals and make comparisons with their own lives, while the three explorers go on another adventure to a variety of places to find out about different species.
Original, imaginative and lots of fun, My head-to-toe body book and My animal book take a hands-on approach to learning about science.
Find out how to win copies of the book here (closing date is 23 July 2017).
Dino, by Diego Vaisberg, published by Templar
A story about a pet unlike any other. A large egg appears in the backyard. Is it a giant canary? A large lizard? A huge turtle? It’s not any of those kinds of things… It’s a DINOSAUR! Follow a day filled with mayhem, excitement and fun in the life of Dino, as he causes havoc in the house, makes new friends and learns right from wrong (the goldfish is not food!).
This is Diego Vaisberg’s first picture book. His quirky screen-printed illustrations in red and blue are exciting, inventive and gloriously original.
Where’s the Baby?, by Britta Teckentrup, published by Big Picture Press
Britta Teckentrup returns with a fourth spotting book in her bestselling series. Can you spot the baby animal? On every one of the brilliantly patterned pages of this book,there is a mother animal with a baby. Children will love searching for the baby animal in this spot-and-find book.
Enter our competition to win a bundle of books by Britta Teckentrup here (closing date is 30th July 2017).
Mr Men Adventure in Space & Mr Men Adventure Under the Sea, by Roger Hargreaves, published by Egmont
The Mr Men and Little Miss Adventures take Roger Hargreaves’ beloved characters on amazing trips to other worlds and different times where they have all kinds of funny and exciting escapades.
Join them on two new adventures where they find themselves on a mission to Mars and underwater to discover a lost city!
Enter our Mr Men competition to win copies (closing date is the 21st July 2017).
Big Stickers for Tiny Hands: Down on the Farm, published by Pat-a-Cake
This brilliant book is full of exciting farmyard scenes and activities. The big ready-cut stickers are easy for little fingers to find, peel off and stick, putting an end to the frustration of fiddly stickers that are tricky to remove and easy to tear.
From farmyards and fields, to cute animal families and busy farm machines, there is plenty to spot, talk about and do inside. Words and sounds that match the scenes help build vocabulary and a huge, fold-out picture to decorate will keep little ones entertained for hours.
Cat in a Box, by Jo Williamson, published by Scholastic
A loving look at what our feline friends really do all day, with heaps of humour and CATtitude. “I am a cat, and I have a busy, busy life. Looking after my family is a full-time job. They just couldn’t do without me!” The hugely talented Jo Williamson has created a joyful picture book packed with peek-a-boo boxes, quick cat-naps, stretching on keyboards… and hating baths!
Hip and Hop: You Can Do Anything, by Akala, illustrated by Sav Akyüz, published by Oxford University Press
Hip, a wise hippo, and Hop, his energetic bird friend, are taking part in the Blueberry Hill bike race. Hop struggles at first, but with help from Hip, they learn that you can achieve anything if you put your mind to it!
Hip and Hop need your help! Practise your colouring skills by giving them cool new outfits, have a go at rhyming, or try your hand at rapping. Remember: you can do anything!
I Dare You, by Reece Wykes, published by Andersen Press
Two bored gorillas decide to play a game of dares. Eating dares. Who will end up the big-bellied winner and who the sore-bellied loser?
The razor-sharp wit of this picture book debut is pitch perfect for children who love outsmarting their friends.
Dogger, by Shirley Hughes, published by Bodley Head Child
When Dave loses his favourite toy, Dogger, he is desolate. But then Dogger turns up at the school summer fair, and everything seems all right – until someone else buys him before Dave can get the money! A classic picture book from award-winning author/illustrator Shirley Hughes tells the endearing story of how Dogger, the much loved toy dog, was lost and finally found again.
Celebrating 40 years in 2017, this hardback edition contains a letter from Shirley Hughes, extra material, and even a photo of the real-life Dogger!
William Morris ABC, published by Puffin
With this beautifully illustrated board book, learn your first words with William Morris and his lovely designs. Starting with a for apple and ending with z for zebra, this is the perfect introduction to first words for very young children.
Dinosaur Munch!, by Peter Curtis, published by Macmillan
The huge Diplodocus called Dinosaur Munch, had a tummy that never felt full after lunch.
The World of Dinosaur Roar! is a brand new collectable series of books created by Peter Curtis and produced in association with the Natural History Museum in London. Inspired by the classic picture book Dinosaur Roar! by Paul Stickland and Henrietta Stickland, this colourful series introduces a range of authentic dinosaur characters to very young children.
The wonderful rhyming text has been written by award-winning author Jeanne Willis, and introduces Dinosaur Munch and various other dinosaur characters in a story suitable for the very youngest children. Very funny, and great to read aloud, Dinosaur Munch! The Diplodocus has been approved by the Department of Earth Sciences at the Natural History Museum in London, and the book includes a spread of simple dinosaur facts and a pronunciation guide.
Play, by Jez Alborough, published by Simon & Schuster
From the award-winning creator of Hug, Tall and Yes comes another classic picture book for the very youngest children. Using only a handful of words, Jez Alborough skilfully tells the bedtime tale of Bobo the chimp. The sun is still up and this little chimp wants to play with his jungle friends, but then the sun goes down and he’s all alone… The perfect bedtime read for every playful little monkey!