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New Books in December 2018

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For Readers 0-5

Erik the Lone Wolf, by Sarah Finan, published by First editions 
NOW IN PAPERBACK

Everybody knows that wolves live in packs. But one little wolf cub dreams of setting off on his own adventure… all by himself!  Will life as a lone wolf be everything he hoped, or will he miss the rough and tumble of the pack? This fun adventure story featuring a cute wolf cub teaches young readers about the value of friendship, showing how good friends can still be with you, even when they’re not!

Finan’s watercolour illustrations are soft around the edges, creating a wonderfully friendly pack of wolves, individuated by size and expression. The central theme of the book, meanwhile, will resonate with young introverts attempting to accommodate solitary impulses with the social demands of family life and pre-school. – The Irish Times

Sarah Finan worked for several years as a graphic designer before studying for an MA in Children’s Book Illustration at Cambridge School of Art. In June 2015 she subsequently won second prize in the Macmillan Prize for Illustration.

   

The Night Before the Night Before Christmas, by Kes Gray and Claire Powell, published by Hachette Children’s Group

Twas the night before the night before Christmas (That’s Christmas Eve Eve). And Santa was wiping his brow on his sleeve. Green elves were sewing, Blue elves were counting, Red elves were carving, the pressure was mounting! It’s the day before Christmas Eve and Santa is ever so busy … he’s got presents to wrap, reindeer to wake and a sleigh to start. But has he forgotten something? And, more importantly, will he be ready in time?

Baby Touch and Feel Merry Christmas, published by DK

This Christmas book is the perfect stocking filler for babies and will make sure baby’s first Christmas is full of festive fun!

Inside you’ll meet jolly characters and Christmassy things, all with touch and feel patches or sparkly areas to explore. There’s a toy snowman with a fleecy scarf, a bright sparkly star, a Christmas tree with shiny baubles, a velvety Christmas stocking filled with treats, a fluffy toy Christmas pup, a toy elf with glittery clothes, a toy reindeer with bumpy antlers, Santa with a soft white beard, and more! The perfect first book to share with little ones this Christmas time.

Santa Claus vs the Easter Bunny, by Fred Blunt, published by Andersen Press

The holidays just aren’t fair! While Santa gets lots of help, the Easter Bunny has to struggle on alone. There’s trouble ahead in this egg-celent adventure.

Santa has it so easy: a workforce of elves to make the presents, a team of reindeer to deliver them, even a hi-spec factory! The Easter Bunny has to make and wrap all the chocolate eggs in his garden shed, and deliver them himself on foot. No wonder you often find them thrown all over the place in your garden! Now Bunny has had enough – he hatches a genius, chocolately plan with unexpected results.

Download the festive activity pack here

For Readers 5-8

The You Are Awesome Journal, by Matthew Syed, published by Hachette Children’s Group 

Boys and girls everywhere have been discovering that they can be awesome thanks to bestselling author Matthew Syed. Now he’s created an interactive journal full of life hacks, challenges and activities to give kids the confidence to come up with their own plan of action to be the best they can be. Because, with the right mindset, you really CAN do (almost) anything, whether you want to supercharge your maths, try out for the team or be the first person to walk on Mars.

Whether setting out their goals, planning the best practice ever, keeping calm with breathing exercises or making paper aeroplanes to understand marginal gains, readers will love the brilliant activities in The You Are Awesome Journal. This is the perfect toolkit for anyone who dreams big – and who wants to make those dreams come true.

Crafty Science, by Jane Bull, published by DK

Award-winning author Jane Bull combines art, craft, and cooking activities with gentle scientific learning, showing children that science, technology, engineering, art, and maths are all around us – and in everything we make and do!

This hands-on crafty science book reveals the wonders of science through 20 fun-filled craft projects with everyday objects. Each project is accompanied by a ‘What’s the science?’ section too – explaining just how it works! Children can learn how to make a toy raft and discover what makes their boat float, design and colour a paper butterfly and watch it balance on the tip of a pencil, and even create an ice sculpture and learn about the changing states of matter!

With Crafty Science, young children will discover the world around them like they have never seen it before!

Hampstead the Hamster, by Michael Rosen & Tony Ross, published by Andersen Press 

 Christmas is coming, and what Leo wants more than anything in the world is a pet hamster. And guess what? He gets one on Christmas morning! Leo names his new pet Hampstead, after an autocorrect mistake on his wishlist. Everything is great, that is, until Leo realises that Hampstead is down in the dumps. What can Leo do to cheer Hampstead up?

 
The Story Orchestra: The Sleeping Beauty, by Katy Flint, illustrated by Jessica Courtney Tickle, published by Lincoln Children’s Books

A stunning retelling of the classic ballet story brought to life by music! Set to the sound of  Tchaikovsky’s original music, this favorite ballet story features a a musical note to press on each spread. Join the King and Queen as they throw a party for their new baby, Princess Aurora. But when a terrible guest arrives and places a curse on princess, the kingdom must find the one special person who can defeat it…

Read the story, listen to accompanying music, then turn to the back of the book to find out more about the Tchaikovsky musical clips in this stunning gift book.

For Readers 8-12

Toto The Ninja Cat and the Incredible Cheese Heist, by Dermot O’Leary, published by Hachette Children’s Group

Toto is no ordinary cat, and she can’t wait for you to join her on her SECOND ninja adventure! From one of the UK’s best-loved broadcasters, purrfect for fans of The Aristocats, The Secret Life of Pets and Atticus Claw Breaks the Law.

Toto, the amazing ninja cat, is back and cooler than ever! Toto is almost blind, but that doesn’t stop her having brilliant adventures.

Something CAT-ASTROPHIC has happened: ALL the cheese in the world has been stolen. Join Toto, her brother Silver and their best-friend Catface on a secret mission to save the day. Toto is going to need all her ninja skills to defeat the fur-midable cheese thief …

Wreck-It Ralph 2: Ralph Breaks the Internet: The Official Guide, published by DK

Join Wreck-It Ralph as he leaves his arcade and goes on a wild internet adventure! Say hello to old friends, such as Vanellope von Schweetz, and meet tons of new characters. Explore the amazing world of the internet, learn about cool vehicles and relive the movie’s most unforgettable moments.

Discover everything you need to know about the awesome new Disney movie, Ralph Breaks the Internet, in this fun-packed, fact-filled book. Wreck-It Ralph 2: Ralph Breaks the Internet: The Official Guide is the ideal companion to Disney’s Wreck-It Ralph movie sequel.

© 2018 Disney

Famous Family Trees, by Ms. Kari Hauge, illustrated by Vivien Mildenberger, published by Lincoln Children’s Books

Explore the fascinating family histories of Ada Lovelace, Charlotte Bronte, John F Kennedy and many more with 30 family trees from around the world. This accessible, visually-stunning compendium of family trees features some of history’s most loved — and loathed — famous faces and is great fun for the whole family to explore. Genealogy and history combine to make a fascinating, fact-filled treasury of family trees belonging to famous people throughout the ages.

The Nights Before Christmas, by various authors, illustrated by Tony Ross, published by Andersen Press

This lavishly produced book is the perfect keepsake gift to treasure. Fully illustrated in colour throughout by acclaimed illustrator Tony Ross, The Nights Before Christmas has twenty-four classic festive tales, songs and stories to read throughout Advent or keep as a family Christmas anthology. There are festive extracts from much-loved books including A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, Little Women by Louisa May Alcott and The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame; yuletide poems (‘A Visit from St. Nicholas’) and carols (‘Good King Wenceslas’), together with traditional tales from Hans Christian Andersen and the Brothers Grimm. This is the ultimate gift for Christmas.

For Readers 12+

Queen of Air and Darkness, by Cassandra Clare, published by Simon & Schuster

Innocent blood has been spilled on the steps of the Council Hall, the sacred stronghold of the Shadowhunters. In the wake of the tragic death of Livia Blackthorn, the Clave teeters on the brink of civil war. One fragment of the Blackthorn family flees to Los Angeles, seeking to discover the source of the disease that is destroying the race of warlocks. Meanwhile, Julian and Emma take desperate measures to put their forbidden love aside and undertake a perilous mission to Faerie to retrieve the Black Volume of the Dead. What they find in the Courts is a secret that may tear the Shadow World asunder and open a dark path into a future they could never have imagined. Caught in a race against time, Emma and Julian must save the world of Shadowhunters before the deadly power of the parabatai curse destroys them and everyone they love.

Evermore, by Sara Holland, published by Hachette Children’s Group 

Jules confronts the girl who is both her oldest friend and greatest enemy in the highly anticipated sequel to the Top Ten Bestseller Everless.

Jules Ember was raised hearing legends of the ancient magic of the wicked Alchemist and the good Sorceress. But she has just learned the truth: She is the Alchemist, and Caro – a woman who single-handedly murdered the Queen and Jules’s first love, Roan, in cold blood – is the Sorceress.

The whole kingdom believes that Jules is responsible for the murders, and a hefty bounty has been placed on her head. And Caro is intent on destroying Jules, who stole her heart twelve lifetimes ago. Now Jules must piece together the stories of her past lives to save the person who has captured her heart in this one.

The Dinosaurs Book, published by DK

Encounter some of the most incredible creatures ever to exist with The Dinosaurs Book!

Discover recent prehistoric finds such as the amazing discovery of a 110 million-year-old dinosaur named Nodosaur as well as some of the remarkable feathered dinosaurs recently unearthed in China! Packed with images, explore fossil fragments, full skeletons, and CGI renderings of dinosaurs from the deadly Tyrannosaurus to the plant-eating Diplodocus as you travel on your prehistoric journey throughout the book.

Everything you need to know about dinosaurs, pterosaurs, marine reptiles, and mammals is all here in this stunning prehistoric encyclopedia.

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