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New books in June (5-8)

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[New books in June for ages 0-58-12 and 12+]

Evie and the Animals written by Matt Haig and illustrated by Emily Gravett, published by Canongate

Eleven-year-old Evie has a talent. A SUPERTALENT. A talent that can let her HEAR the thoughts of an elephant, and make friends with a dog and a sparrow. The only problem is, this talent is dangerous. VERY dangerous. That’s what her dad says.

So when she frees the school rabbit from its tiny hutch, she vows to keep her talent a secret. But after a face-to-face encounter with a lion, things start to go very wrong. Her dad – and every animal in town – is now in danger. Evie is determined to save them. And to find the truth of her own past. To do that she must battle a mysterious man with a talent more powerful than any other.

As time runs out, she must seek help from the animals, and finally DARE TO BE HERSELF?

Read our Q&A with Matt Haig here and download a fab Evie and the Animals resource pack here.


The Jolley-Rogers and the Pirate Piper by Jonny Duddle, published by Bonnier

An infestation of…….wait for it……RATS. Big rats, small rats, fierce rats, hungry rats!

A swashbuckling story of treachery and ship’s rats, from Waterstones Prize winning author-illustrator Jonny Duddle. One morning the townspeople of Dull-on-Sea wake to find that their town is overrun with rats. Just when everyone is at their wit’s end, a nautical stranger who plays the pipe turns up and is ready to solve the problem. Will he free the town of the pesky rodents?

The fourth book in Jonny Duddle’s bestselling Jolley-Rogers fiction series will take the reader on a roller-coaster adventure of fun and squirming chaos!


Elmer’s Doodle Book, written and illustrated by David McKee, published by Andersen Press

The wonderful world of Elmer is brought to life for you to doodle, colour and create! 

Unleash your creativity as you learn to draw an elephant, help Elmer’s Birds dress up for the parade, invent a new jungle fruit and more… With a different colour on each page, join Elmer and his friends to draw, doodle and colour-in Elmer’s rainbow world.


LEGO Amazing Vehicles, published by DK

Discover the world’s most incredible things that go with specially commissioned LEGO® models. Children will love learning about their favourite modes of transport, including airplanes, trains, boats, cars, and even futuristic and fantasy vehicles. LEGO® Amazing Vehicles is packed full of fascinating facts and images of more than 100 models of cool things that go. Best of all, it comes with bricks to build four exclusive LEGO mini-vehicles!

A combination of clear photos, authoritative text, fun facts, and classic LEGO humour help children learn as they build and play. ©2019 The LEGO Group.


A Planet Full of Plastic by Neal Layton, published by Wren & Rook

Everything is made of stuff. Some things are made of paper, like this book. And some things are made of PLASTIC. If you look around you, plastic is everywhere. Even in places where it’s not meant to be. If it drops to the ground, it doesn’t rot away – it sticks around for ever.

Our world is drowning in plastic, and it’s a big problem. Award-winning author-illustrator Neal Layton is here to explain where plastic comes from, why it doesn’t biodegrade, and why that’s dangerous for animals and humans alike. But he’s also FULL of ideas for how you can help! From giving up straws in juice cartons to recycling all we can and taking part in a beach clean, A Planet Full of Plastic will get young readers excited about how they can make a difference to keep Planet Earth happy.


Stories from Moominvalley, published by Macmillan Children’s Books

A beautiful collection of three classic Moomin stories, based on Tove Jansson’s original works.

Join Moomintroll, his charming family and his eclectic band of friends on a series of adventures in a picturesque land where anything can happen: a father can be washed away in a flood, electric Hattifatteners can appear on a desert island, and a hat with magical powers can transform a house into a jungle! Moomin lovers of all ages will delight at the stunning artwork that accompanies the lively, witty writing, and become fully immersed in the beautiful Moominvalley.

Sensitively adapted for a younger audience by Alex Haridi and Cecilia Davidsson, Stories From Moominvalley is both perfect as a gift and is a must-have for fans of Tove Jansson’s enchanting world.


Arabel and Mortimer Stories written by Joan Aiken and illustrated by Quentin Blake, published by Penguin

When Arabel’s father drives his taxi home late one night he comes across ‘a large black bird, with a hairy fringe around its beak.’ He takes it home and, from that moment on, life is never the same again for the Jones family. Arabel’s raven is called Mortimer – and he’s one in a million. ‘Nevermore!’ he cries when astonished or upset, ‘Down the hatch’ he thinks before gobbling bowler hats, stairs, telephones. He dislikes flying except in emergencies, and with disasterprone Mortimer around there are plenty of those.


The Way to Treasure Island by Lizzy Stewart, published by Frances Lincoln Children’s Books

Matilda and her dad are very different. Matilda is fast and Dad is slow. Matilda is tidy and Dad is messy, and Matilda is quiet and Dad is very, very loud. They’re off to find treasure, but Dad keeps getting distracted. Soon, they’re lost and Matilda is getting crosser and crosser… Will they ever find the way to treasure island? This funny, adventure-packed story teaches children that even though people are different, they can still have fun together. By the author of the best-selling There’s a Tiger in the Garden and Juniper Jupiter.


The Adventures of Harry Stevenson by Ali Pye, published by Simon & Schuster

Meet Harry Stevenson. At a first glance, Harry doesn’t seem any different from your average guinea pig. But don’t be fooled! Harry may just want to sleep and eat (and then eat some more) but somehow he always manages to get swept up in adventures: whether it’s surfing the Pacific on a picnic plate or accidentally attaching himself to a helium balloon.


Mr Dog and the Seal Deal written by Ben Fogle with Steve Cole and illustrated by Nikolas Ilic, published by HarperCollins Children’s Books

You can always count on Mr Dog to help an animal in trouble…

Mr Dog is spending some time out at sea, riding the waves with the fishermen. But when a local seal goes missing, he has to spring into action – fast… Anchors aweigh!

Inspired by Ben’s real-life animal experiences, Mr Dog follows the story of a scruffy mutt as he travels around the country helping animals in peril. The series is based on stories that Ben has shared with his own children.