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

Ducktective Quack and the Cake Crime Wave, by Claire Freedman, published by Macmillan Children’s Books

There’s a crime wave in the town and Ducktective Quack needs your help to solve the mystery. Follow the clues in the pictures and see if you can work out who-done-it! Someone has been helping themselves to all the cakes and sweet treats and it’s down to Ducktective Quack and her sidekick, Constable Crackling, to catch the culprit.

A hilarious and engaging story full of clues to spot and a delicious crime to solve. Written by Claire Freedman, the award winning and bestselling author of the Aliens Love Underpants series, and illustrated with wit and humour by Mike Byrne.

I Want My Bunny, by Tony Ross, published by Andersen Press 

Little Princess visits a friend who has a rabbit, and comes home obsessed with getting one herself. She’s given a stick-insect, a goldfish and a few other low-maintenance pets, but she still wants a bunny. But sometimes getting exactly what you wished for is a lesson in itself…



by Chris Saunders, illustrated by Chris Saunders, published by words & pictures

Wish is a touching story about the power of kindness and the magic of friendship with beautiful and emotive illustrations from Chris Saunders. Rabbit has never had a wish before but one day he gets not one, but three! He asks his friends what they would do if they had a wish and, being selfless and kind, Rabbit grants all three wishes to his friends. They are so grateful for his kindness and generosity they share their wishes with him.

The Astro Naughty Naughty Baddies, by Mark Sperring, illustrated by David Tazzyman, published by Bloomsbury

The Naughty Naughty Baddies are wickedly wicked, awfully awful and diabolically dreadful, and they have just come up with a mischievous plan to blast off to the moon and to stitch up the President. But will our fiendish fraudsters come undone? Aliens, badmobiles, rockets . . . Mwa-ha-ha! 

Be part of the intergalactic impishness in this astronomically funny adventureIt’s out of this world!


A Song for Bear, by Gabby Dawnay and Alex Barrow, published by Thames & Hudson

Bear wakes every morning to beautiful birdsong, and longs to join in. He stretches his legs, puts on his cap and braces and thinks he must try to join in with the beautiful bird song all around him in the forest. But he is downhearted to discover his song is more of ‘a holler, a howl and rumbling growl; With a sort of snore, all combined in a “ROAR!”’.

His wise friend, Owl, tries to encourage him by pointing out that Bear is not a bird, but Bear gets the wrong end of the stick and attempts to fly, as if that might improve the quality of his song by making him more bird-like. In the end, Bear concentrates on what he does best. All of the forest animals gather to watch him perform his new song, and cheer in amazement at his newfound talent. Satisfied with finding what makes him unique, Bear smiles to himself and promptly falls back to sleep.

Crunch! Munch! Bunny, published by DK

An ideal Easter gift for pre-schoolers aged 2-4 years who love animals,cuddly toys, and interactive lift-the-flap board books.

Watch as Baby Bunny meets cute baby animals in this early learning lift the flap sound book; containing five large and sturdy flaps, with a surprise character and sound hiding underneath each. Read the rhymes aloud before lifting the flaps to find out who is hiding! With adorable photographic toys of favourite baby animals, and beautifully illustrated scenes, there are lots of things for little ones to look at – perfect for reading together.

Circle by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Jon Klassen, published by Walker Books

Triangle and Square are visiting Circle, who lives at the waterfall. When they play hide-and-seek, Circle tells the friends the one rule: not to go behind the falling water. But after she closes her eyes to count to ten, of course that’s exactly where Triangle goes. Will Circle find Triangle? And what OTHER shapes might be lurking back there?


The Brontes, by Anna Doherty, published by Hachette Children’s Group

Meet the incredible Brontë family – Charlotte, Emily, Anne and Branwell Brontë are no ordinary children. Growing up on the wild, lonely moors of Yorkshire, they have nothing to entertain them but their imaginations and each other. So they invent extraordinary imaginary worlds, full of wars and love stories, soldiers, heroes and villains, ruled over by powerful women. As they grow up, the Brontës discover that the real world isn’t such a great place to be a girl. But they are so determined that their voices be heard, they overcome almost unbeatable odds to be bestselling authors.

Peter Rabbit: Easter Egg Hunt, published by Penguin 

Peter Rabbit and his friends love Easter, and this year the race is on to find as many Easter eggs as possible. There are lots of fun flaps to lift and pop-ups to discover in this playful eggstravaganza!

Children can lift the giant flaps to reveal Peter Rabbit’s burrow, then help Peter to pull up some radishes and turnips before Mr McGregor catches him! Next they can help Jemima Puddle-Duck to find her naughty little ducklings, and join Peter and his friends to find the ten hidden Easter eggs! Make sure they look out for the amazing pop-up surprise!

Willbee the Bumblebee, by Craig Smith and Maureen Thomson, illustrated by Katz Cowley, published by Scholastic

From the bestselling author and illustrator behind the million-copy THE WONKY DONKEY book comes WILLBEE THE BUMBLEBEE, a catchy rhyme with endearing illustrations that will leave you buzzing!

Willbee the Bumblebee is so embarrassed when he realises that his stripy jumper has caught on a rose thorn and completely unravelled, showing his bare bum! With help from Monica the butterfly and Steve the spider, Willbee recovers his jumper and is back to buzzing around the garden in no time.

Ollie’s Magic Bunny, by Nicola Killen, published by Simon & Schuster 

Ollie and her toy bunny have been waiting for the day that the rain would stop so they can play in the puddles… Finally that day has arrived!

But when a magical breeze of blossom turns Bunny into a real rabbit, Ollie’s day takes an unexpected turn. After Bunny runs off with the other rabbits, Ollie has to find and save her beloved pet toy!

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Captain Sparklebeard, by Timothy Knapman, illustrated by Sam Lloyd, published by Egmont


ARRRRR you ready for this unmissable girl power adventure?

When the pirates come to town, Peg can’t wait to join their crew. But they won’t let her join because she’s small, she loves to read and she doesn’t even have a beard! 

Can Peg outwit the pirates to find the treasure and prove that she’s the greatest pirate there ever was?

Peppa Pig: Peppa’s Fairy Tale, published by Ladybird

Once upon a time, Peppa, George, Mummy Pig and Daddy Pig were on a magical adventure in the fairy-tale woods . . .

First they met a big (but not very bad) wolf, and then they bumped into three hungry bears! What will they find when they reach Granny and Grandpa Pig’s house?

Little Red Riding Hood meets Goldilocks and the Three Bears in this new magical picture book that all fairytale fans will adore. With a very glittery cover, it’s the perfect gift for sharing with little readers.

Jane Foster’s Pets, illustrated by Jane Foster, published by Templar Books

This beautiful board book is the perfect introduction to Pets. From cute guinea pigs to colourful fish, explore the vibrant artwork created by acclaimed artist Jane Foster. The perfect gift for little ones.