[New books in April for 0-5, 8-12, 12+]
Kind, by Alison Green, illustrated by Axel Scheffler (along with 38 other kind illustrators), published by Alison Green Books
Imagine a world where everyone is kind – how can we make that come true?
With gorgeous pictures by a host of top illustrators, Kind is a timely, inspiring picture book about the many ways children can be kind, from sharing their toys and games to helping those from other countries feel welcome. The book is endorsed by Gruffalo illustrator Axel Scheffler, and one pound from the sale of each printed copy will go to Three Peas, a charity which gives vital help to refugees from war-torn countries.
Fabio The World’s Greatest Flamingo Detective: Mystery on the Ostrich Express, by Laura James, illustrated by Emily Fox, published by Bloomsbury
It’s the height of summer and Fabio and his associate Gilbert are taking a relaxing holiday journey on the fastest train in the world! But no sooner does the conductor call ‘All aboard’ than a very expensive ruby necklace disappears and the great detective is back on the case!
The second book in the hilarious illustrated mystery series by the author of Captain Pug.
It’s 2099. Lyla lives in a world of robocats, flying sweets and instant snow, but some things never change. Little brothers are still annoying, school teachers make you cringe, and, when your best friend deserts you for the new girl, it still HURTS. Especially when that new girl is from the Moon. But Lyla’s problems lead her into unexpected adventures…
Little Explorers: When I Grow Up, by Dynamo Limited published by Templar Publishing
Little Explorers is a first information series for curious youngsters. With sturdy flaps to lift on every page, little ones can have hands-on fun discovering the fascinating world of work. Readers can explore the diverse range of jobs that they could do when they grow up. By lifting the flaps, they can uncover fascinating facts about some amazing careers, including firemen, astronauts, artists, architects and more.
This book features over 30 sturdy flaps to lift, along with charming artwork that introduces new concepts and vocabulary in a simple and accessible way.
Around the World in 80 Ways, by Katy Halford, published by DK
A fascinating and engaging picture book exploring 80 exciting ways to travel, both past and present – from the obvious, to the crazy!
Travel around the world by yacht, tram, train, unicycle, jetpack, camel… any way you can imagine, in this beautiful non-fiction children’s book.
Every mode of transport is part of a charming scene. See how astronauts travel around space, watch surfers ride the waves at the beach, and race to an emergency with the firefighters.
Illustrator Katy Halford’s beautiful drawings bring the scenes to life and fun complementary facts will prompt discussion and laughter between readers. How would you choose to travel? Donkey, pedalo, moon buggy?
From the small to the big, the familiar to obscure, take your pick from the amazing 80 shown in DK’s Around the Way in 80 Ways!
Naughty Amelia Jane, by Enid Blyton, published by Egmont
She’s a (mischievous) Strong Independent rag doll and she’s about to enchant a whole new generation of readers!
Amelia Jane has an uncanny knack for getting herself into mischief and into trouble with the rest of the toys in the playroom – from snipping off pink rabbit’s tail to tipping a bucket of sea-water over Tom the toy soldier on a trip to the seaside. But really, Amelia Jane has a brave and adventurous heart of gold – and when the toys need rescuing from naughty goblins or big waves, it’s Amelia Jane to the rescue!
The Treehouse Fun Book, by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton, published by Macmillan Children’s Books
There are lots of laughs at every level in this third amazing activity book in the Treehouse Fun Book series – The Treehouse Fun Book 3 has stuff to write, pictures to draw, puzzles to solve and loads more!
Grab your Treehouse passport and jump into the wonderful world of the bestselling Treehouse series by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton. Join Andy, Terry and Jill for an activity adventure like no other, as they combine animals, create magical kingdoms, time travel, solve crosswords, colour, scribble, and so much more!
So what are you waiting for? Come on up!
Little Green Donkey, by Anuska Allepuz, published by Walker Books
“Why don’t you try some other food?” suggests his desperate mum, putting on a juggling display of colourful fruit as a way to entice her little one to eat something new. But Little Donkey sees no need. Until, that is, he catches a glimpse of his reflection…
Tony T-Rex’s Family Album, by Roy Hodgson, published by Thames & Hudson
So Spike packed a bundle full of flutterberries, and the three of them set off in search of a story.
This delightful book by the acclaimed illustrator Mandana Sadat follows three friends as they head off in search of adventure down Fairytale Trail, Poetry Path, Bedtime Boulevard, Future Freeway and the Maze of Mumblings. They soon find out that ‘what ifs’ are what stories are all about…
Planet Fashion, by Natasha Slee, illustrated by Cynthia Kittler, published by Wide-Eyed Editions
Travel through 25 scenes in fashion history, circling the globe with your two young stylish travel companions – one boy and one girl, dressed the part in every picture. Each lavishly illustrated scene captures the mood and style of a unique time and place, accompanied by a trove of fashion history facts.
Your journey begins over one hundred years ago, twirling around the ballroom in gowns and tailcoats. Travel on to dress up in Oriental silks to see a performance of the Ballet Russes, shimmy down in the flapper fashion of the Harlem Renaissance, fling your feather boa as you schmooze with movies stars on the Hollywood red carpet and glue your hair into spikes as a London punk in this celebration of fashion and culture.
Each vibrant, style-defining setting shows an array of characters showing off the distinguishing fashions of the time. Captions point out key fashion features, accessories and cultural influences – like the cycling bloomers of the active and career-driven New Woman at the start of the twentieth century, the morale-boosting felt hats worn during the Second World War and the plastic sunglasses inspired by space goggles from the Space Race era. Fact boxes give the time, place, key designers, and trends in silhouettes, hemlines, and sleeves for each fashion scene.
Use the timelines at the back to see how historical events intersect with the evolution of fashion. One timeline summarizes the formative events of the twentieth century and three others highlight trends in shoes, hats and bags.
A Can You Find? page gives you motivation to study the scenes even more closely. Can you find a waiter dropping his tray of coffee on the streets of Paris? And a pair of roller skates at the dazzling disco jam?
From Bollywood to Hollwood, suburban Canada to the French Riviera – embark on a voyage of discovery. A century of inspiring style awaits…
The Magic Faraway Tree: Adventures of Goblin Dog by Enid Blyton published by Hachette Children’s Group
Discover the magic! Travel to the top of the Magic Faraway Tree with Peter and Mary on their quest to rescue a princess.
Explore Fairyland in this truly magical story, where you’ll encounter the Goblin Dog, rescue a princess and visit the Land of Storytellers.
This is an irresistible story for all who’ve ever stepped into the Enchanted Wood and a fantastic introduction to the Magic Faraway Tree stories for new readers.
This story first appeared in 1936 and was made part of the Magic Faraway Tree world in 1952, featuring different children discovering the Faraway Tree. The Magic Faraway Tree series is one of Enid Blyton’s best-loved and most enduring creations.