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NEW BOOKS IN FEBRUARY 2019 (0-5)

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[ New books in February for 5-8, 8-12, 12+]

The World Book Day Monster, by Adam and Charlotte Guillain illustrated by Ada Grey, published by Egmont

What will you wear on World Book Day? This magical rhyming picture book is the perfect story for sharing around World Book Day celebrations.

Anna can’t decide what to dress up as, but her dad knows just what to do to help . . . He takes Anna to a bookshop where a friendly bookseller helps her to pick out the perfect book for her. Now she knows exactly what to dress up as! But when she goes to school in her monster costume, no one knows what character Anna is supposed to be. Can Anna find someone to share her favourite story with and discover just how much magic is hiding inside a book?

There’s a Dragon in Your Book, by Tom Fletcher, illustrated by Greg Abbott, published by Penguin

OH LOOK, there’s an EGG in your book! But this isn’t any old egg – there’s a dragon in it . . . And pretty soon she has set your book ON FIRE. OH NO!

Tom Fletcher and Greg Abbott have created a fantastically interactive sequel to their bestselling There’s a Monster in Your Book. Children will love stroking, poking and flapping the book to make magic happen as they turn the pages. Can they help Little Dragon find a way to stop the fire and fly off on her own adventure?

Think Big, by Kes Gray, illustrated by Nathan Reed, published by Hachette Children’s Group

Humpty Dumpty and his nursery rhyme friends are discussing what they want to be when they grow up. Humpty wants to be a boiled egg, but his friends are encouraging him to think bigger!

“You could be an artist!” said Little Boy Blue. “Look for clues and become a detective!” said Little Bo Peep. “Buy a pair of football boots and become a footballer,” said Wee Willy Winky.

Will Humpty think big and reach for the stars?

Superkitty, by Hannah Whitty, illustrated by Paula Bowles, published by Simon & Schuster

Kitty is fed up of answering phones at the Sensational Superhero Agency and dreams of catching criminals with the superhero gang. But they ALWAYS leave her behind!

Then a call comes in about a stolen dinosaur bone . . . and Kitty takes matters into her own paws, following the superheroes in their pursuit of devious criminal Nefarious Norman! Will she save the day and prove that small is MIGHTY?

Download this activity sheet and make your own mask

Hop Little Bunnies, by Martha Mumford, illustrated by Laura Hughes, published by Bloomsbury

There are lots of sleepy animals to wake up in this bouncy, energetic picture book. Lift the flaps, then hop with the little bunnies, cheep with the chicks, baa with the lambs and mew with the kittens.

An interactive book, full of non-stop fun, based on the popular nursery rhyme ‘Sleeping Bunnies’. This is full of the joys of spring and the perfect Easter gift. From the illustrator of the bestselling We’re Going on an Egg Hunt.

Download the activity pack
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Do Not Open this Book Again, by Andy Lee, illustrated by Heath McKenzie, published by Studio Press

It’s time to visit Monster again, but he still insists that you shouldn’t open this book, and you definitely shouldn’t turn the page! But what will happen if you do?

Young readers will love doing everything they are told not to and turning the pages to discover Monster’s hilarious secret at the end of this funny picture book.

Written by the Australian radio DJ and comedian, Andy Lee, this is a funny story for kids, big and small… do you dare open this book!?

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A Little Bit Brave, by Nicola Kinnear, published by Alison Green Books

Logan is a stay-at-home bunny – but he’s about to discover how brave he really is. It’s time for his first adventure, and he doesn’t want to go. But there’s an amazing world outside, if he can just pluck up courage to look . . . A LITTLE BIT BRAVE is a funny, reassuring picture book which shows that we’re all a lot braver than we think. Nicola Kinnear is a fabulous new talent – Scholastic are thrilled to be publishing her début picture book.

 

Terry and the Brilliant Book, by Nicola Kent, published by Macmillan Children’s Books

Terry and the Brilliant Book is a warm and witty book about sharing and the joy to be found in reading and playing with friends.

Terry and Sue are best friends. And every year, for their birthdays, they give one another a ball. They love playing ball together! But then, one birthday, Sue gives Terry . . . a book! At first Terry is confused. You can’t bounce a book, and you can’t bat a book. What on earth is he meant to do with it? But when he eventually starts reading it, he finds the book is so good that he just can’t put it down. And this brings a host of problems all of its own . . .

Nicola Kent’s wonderfully imaginative rhyming text, bright, jewel-like colours and eye-catching illustrations make this a truly stunning picture book – perfect for sharing.

Kiss the Crocodile, by Sean Taylor, illustrated by Ben Mantle, published by Walker Books

Down in the jungle, three best friends – Monkey, Tortoise and Anteater – are playing silly games together. After Stick Splash, Scary Monsters and Silly Dancing, Monkey is feeling especially cheeky and, with a twinkly glint in his eye, invents a new game … a DARING game: KISS THE CROCODILE. Who is brave enough to steal a peck from the sleeping croc, with his big tail, pointy teeth and sharp claws? MWAH! 

Brimming over with the thrill of friendship and play, this hilarious new story from the author of Hoot Owl, Master of Disguise demands to be re-enacted, and is the perfect match for the animated, visually-rich artwork of Ben Mantle, illustrator of Follow the Track All the Way Back.

Pop-up Peekaboo Unicorn, published by DK 

Meet the colourful unicorns as they explore a magical kingdom in this cute baby board book with flaps to lift and pop-ups to enjoy. Join Moonbeam the purple unicorn as she searches for a friend in the enchanted forest and Sunshine the yellow unicorn as she discovers a secret castle. Which unicorn is hiding behind the colourful rainbow? Lift the flap to see!

A magical addition to the best-selling Pop-up Peekaboo series, Pop-Up Peekaboo! Unicorn is a read-aloud children’s book that encourages first learning by introducing little ones to colours and adorable characters. The perfect gift for preschoolers, this book is certain to make them giggle in delight!

Are You There Little Unicorn? published by Usborne

Little unicorn is hiding! Children will love searching for the elusive little unicorn as they peep through the holes in the pages of this magical book. There are fairies and mermaids and butterflies to meet along the way, until they finally find the unicorn at the end.

 


Stanley the Postman, 
by William Bee, published by Random House
It’s still dark outside, but the lights are on in Stanley’s Post Office. What a lot of letters and parcels Stanley has to deliver!

Join Stanley and friends for another busy adventure in this colourful new story from William Bee.

 

 
This Book Just Stole My Cat, by Richard Byrne, published by Oxford University Press 

The world’s first ticklish book is now available in paperback! When Ben, his cat and his best friend Bella disappear inside the pages of the book, there’s only one person left to help… You, the reader!

 

 

 

My Mum Always Looks After Me So Much, by Sean Taylor, illustrated by David Barrow, published by Lincoln Children’s Books

Little Gorilla is going to the doctor for an injection. His mum says it’s because she has to look after him. But that’s the problem – his mum always looks after him so much. First she makes him eat broccoli, then whenever he sneezes he has to put on an extra sweater. And now an injection! But it’s not all bad – the doctor gives Little Gorilla a stick-thing that smells of strawberries for being brave. He loves it – but then he leaves it on the bus on the way home! Little Gorilla is distraught – but his mum takes him back to the doctor for another stick thing. His mum really does look after him so much.

Stay, Benson! by Thereze Rowe, published by Thames & Hudson

Flick’s dog Benson is a very good boy. He waits for her at home and he never chases anything… or so Flick thinks. One day, when Flick leaves for school, Benson chases a cat into the back garden, over the fence and into the park, where he chases a squirrel. A ball catches his eye and he follows it into the pond – and then he runs, dripping wet, through the middle of a picnic lunch, stealing a sausage! The picnickers shout ‘GO HOME BENSON’, and he races back across town, hopping through the window to his house just as Flick arrives home from school. ‘Have you been a good boy, Benson? Did you stay?’ Only the reader really knows what Benson, the naughty dog, has been doing all day.

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Ten Fat Sausages, by Michelle Robinson & Tor Freeman, published by Andersen Press

Ten fat sausages sizzling in the pan… decide to escape, if they can!

Come on a great escape through the kitchen as we follow each sausage that decides to make a run for it. Will they succeed or will the cat, blender, plug hole or fan prove their downfall? Michelle Robinson’s no-holds-barred humour is perfectly matched by Tor Freeman’s mad-cap artwork. Hilarious and merciless, this tale will have you hooting out loud.

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