[New books in October for 0-5, 8-12 and 12+]
How to Raise Your Grown-Ups, by Lauren Child, published by HarperCollins
Hubert Horatio Bartle Bobton-Trent is back in this hilarious and gloriously illustrated book for ages six and up from the superstar creator of Clarice Bean and Charlie and Lola, Lauren Child.
The Bobton-Trent seniors certainly know how to make the most of their extravagant wealth – socialising, doing things, buying things and generally being more than a little bit … irresponsible…
Luckily for them, their son Hubert Horatio is an exceptionally intelligent, talented and sensible child. Unluckily for Hubert, this tends to mean that a lot of his spare time is spent steering his rather unruly set of grown-ups out of trouble.
Legendary children’s writer and Waterstones Children’s Laureate 2017-2019 Lauren Child revisits one of her most popular characters in these brand-new, laugh-out-loud stories about the rather unconventional Bobton-Trents! The perfect gift for children aged six and up.
Read an exclusive extract here
Matilda at 30: Chief Executive of the British Library, by Roald Dahl, illustrated by Quentin Blake, published by Puffin
October 2019 marks 30 years since Matilda was published! This brand new jacket comes with a never-before-seen illustration of Matilda as the Chief Executive of the British Library – one of the careers that Quentin Blake himself has imagined that Matilda might have at 30 years old.
Matilda Wormwood’s father thinks she’s a little scab. Matilda’s mother spends all afternoon playing bingo. And Matilda’s headmistress Miss Trunchbull? Well, she’s the worst of all. She is a big bully, who thinks all her pupils are rotten and locks them in the dreaded Chokey. As for Matilda, she’s an extraordinary little girl with a magical mind – and now she’s had enough. So all these grown-ups had better watch out, because Matilda is going to teach them a lesson they’ll never forget.
The Snowman, by Michael Morpugo, illustrated by Robin Shaw, published by Puffin
When James wakes to see snow falling one December morning, he is delighted and rushes outside to make a snowman. With coal eyes, an old green hat and scarf and a tangerine nose, he is perfect and James can hardly bear to go inside and leave him. In the middle of the night, he wakes and creeps out to see his Snowman again – and to his amazement, the Snowman comes to life… This special tale of true Christmas magic will bring everyone’s favourite childhood festive character to a brand new audience.
Disney Ideas Book, published by DK
Bring your love of Disney to life with more than 100 amazing and creative projects and activities. Let your imagination run wild with Disney inspired arts and crafts, party games, puzzles, papercraft, and many more fun and practical activities. With clear, step-by-step instructions, the Disney Ideas Book guides you through each exciting activity from creating a recycled Wall-E robot and performing a puppet show in an Aladdin shoebox theatre, to playing skittles with the Seven Dwarfs and growing grass hair on Frozen Trolls. Featuring family favourite characters from animation and live-action movies and TV, including Frozen, Toy Story, Moana, Inside Out and Cinderella.
The activities are suitable for kids and adults alike, whatever their level of ability. There are top tips on every page from expert crafters to help make your creations a success, as well as fun Disney facts to pore over. With the Disney Ideas Book, your family will never be bored again.
© 2018 Disney/Pixar
A House for Mouse, by Gabby Dawnay, illustrated by Alex Barrow, published by Thames & Hudson
A House for Mouse tells the story of a little grey mouse who leaves his tiny hole in the forest to explore the wider world. On his search for a new home he unwittingly encounters some of the biggest stars in the fairy tale genre.
The little grey mouse is about to give up his search for a new home when he comes face to face with the most spectacular house of all: a glorious, towering castle (Sleeping Beauty’s). Its ballrooms, turrets and drawbridge win him over, and he moves in immediately. But the little grey mouse feels terribly alone in his roomy new digs – until there is a knock at the door. His friends from the forest, and all those he has met on his journey, descend on the castle. Their feasting and dancing are so happy and lively that they even wake Sleeping Beauty, leading the little grey mouse to conclude that it is family and friends that turn a house into a home.
Enter the competition to win a copy (closes 31 October 2018)
Witch Tricks, by Sibeal Pounder, illustrated by Laura Ellen Anderson, published by Bloomsbury
Felicity Bat’s cool big sister, Idabelle, is always up to no good, but when Tiga and Fluffanora are invited to join her secret clique, The Points, they can’t resist.
But soon they realise that Idabelle doesn’t really want to make friends. She’s using them – and a bit of magic – to bring back the infamous outlaw witch gang, the Ritzy Six!
Tiga and Fluffanora are going to need all the help they can get to magic history’s most mischievous witches back to the past. Unfortunately, Felicity Bat is furious with them and Fran is just a teensy bit busy starring in the TV wrestling event of the century … FAIRY FIGHTZ!
Join all your favourite Witch Wars witches on their sixth adventure.
Read an exclusive extract from Witch Tricks here
Download the party pack and throw your own witchy celebration
The Elf on the Shelf Activity Guide, published by Hachette Children’s Group
Discover games, puzzles, colouring and more with Santa’s special Scout Elves. Write a letter to Father Christmas, decode a message from the Santa’s helpers, design your own Christmas cards and more. Plus, use the special chart to record where your Scout Elf has been hiding each day running up to Christmas and enjoy over 150 stickers!
Based on the tradition Carol Aebersold began with her family in the 1970s, when a family adopts a Scout Elf and gives it a name, the Scout Elf receives his or her Christmas magic and can fly to the North Pole each night to tell Santa Claus about all of the day’s adventures.
The Sound of Magic: Cinderella, by Sanna Mander, published by Lincoln Children’s Books
Experience the magic of Cinderella like never before with this gorgeous interactive sound book! Bring this classic fairy tale to life with music by using your magic wand! Simply tap the wand on the musical note to activate the sounds. Become the Fairy Godmother’s assistant and help Cinderella go to the ball and meet her prince: just turn the page and see the magic happen!
Sanna Mander is one of Finland’s most prolific illustrators working today. Her cheerful work is inspired by the luscious flora and fauna surrounding her in her native Finland, and evokes catalogues and editorial illustration of the 1960s with a contemporary twist. In 2006 she won Cannes Young Creatives and was awarded Junior of the Year in 2007 at the Finnish Best of the Year advertising and design competition. Her clients include New York Magazine, Isetan, La Cucina Italia, Condé Nast, Converse, Arla, Rolling Stone Magazine, Fazer, and The Wall Street Journal. Sanna lives in Helsinki, Finland.
Enter the competition to win a book bundle that includes a copy of The Sound of Magic: Cinderella (closes 31 October 2018)
Endangered Animals, by Martin Jenkins, illustrated by Tom Frost, published by Walker Books
From the mighty Asian elephant to the tiny rosalia longicorn beetle, creatures all over the world are under threat like never before in human history. Travelling around the world in a series of striking graphic stamps from printmaker Tom Frost, this timely book introduces some of the threatened species and explores why they are in danger. Written by conservation biologist and award-winning author Martin Jenkins, this is a beautiful and illuminating journey through the world of endangered animals.
Truth Pixie, by Matt Haig, illustrated by Chris Mould, published by Canongate
A very funny and lovable tale of how one special pixie learned to love herself. The Truth Pixie is an enchanting, rhyming story that will delight younger readers (5-8) – with words by the bestselling mastermind Matt Haig and pictures by the inky genius Chris Mould.
Download the Christmas pack for festive activities
Search and Find: The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, by Hannah Pang, illustrated by Frederica Frenna, published by Studio Press
The popular Christmas tale is retold in beautifully illustrated search and find scenes where you can find the characters on the busy pages, and follow them through the story. Each page is full of characters to find and details to spot in the busy scenes, such as Marie and Fritz receiving gifts, the battle between the dolls and the mice and Marie’s journey to Candyland.
How to Make Friends with a Ghost, by Rebecca Green, published by Andersen Press
What do you do when you meet a ghost? If you follow the essential tips in this book, you’ll learn how a ghost can be the best friend you’ll find.
Download the activity pack to find out how you can make friends with ghosts
Amelia Fang and the Memory Thief, by Laura Ellen Anderson, published by Egmont
A brand new title in the bestselling gorgeously Gothic and wickedly funny Amelia Fang series.
Amelia and her friends are taking part in a competition to visit Pumpkin Paradise Park – the most bloodcurdingly brilliant theme park ever! All they have to do is sell as many cookies as possible.
But the creatures of Nocturnia have begun to act very strangely . . . No one can seem to remember anything – including their own names or even Amelia’s big birthnight party!
Where have everyone’s memories gone? And how can Amelia save them when they have all forgotten who she is?
How Winston Delivered Christmas, by Alex T. Smith, published by Macmillan Children’s Books
How Winston Delivered Christmas by Alex T. Smith is a festive book written in 24½ chapters – one to share every day leading up to Christmas.
Follow Winston the mouse as he sets out to deliver Oliver’s letter to Father Christmas on Christmas Eve. He has a lot of Very Exciting Adventures on this Very Important Mission and makes some wonderful friends along the way.
Like an advent calendar counting down to Christmas, each day also features festive things to make and do – you can write a letter to Father Christmas and make mince pies, Christmas cards, presents and decorations.
It is a heart-warming tale to share every year in the run up to Christmas, and is full of gorgeous colour illustrations and activities to do together that will become festive family traditions.