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New books in July (ages 5-8)

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Mr Pattacake and the Space Mission by Stephanie Baudet, published by Sweet Cherry Publishing

Mr Pattacake and his ginger cat Treacle have been invited to join a mission into outer space! Whilst the scientists collect samples from the planet Collywobble, Mr Pattacake tries to show the Collywobblians what food from planet Earth is like. But as ever with Mr Pattacake, disaster strikes and he must find a way to rescue the mission and save Treacle from the evil CATerpillar! 

Join Mr Pattacake and his lazy cat, Treacle, as they go into space, chase a floating pile of vomit and discover some delightfully disgusting dishes.

Click here to read an extract from Mr Pattacake and the Space Mission

 

My Parents Cancelled My Birthday, written by Jo Simmons and illustrated by Nathan Reed, published by Bloomsbury

Tom can’t wait for his LUCKY BIRTHDAY. It’s an EPIC family tradition and he’s dreamed up an UNFORGETTABLE party!
Only, after several disasters involving a flattened chihuahua and a curse from the tooth fairy, it’s been CANCELLED. 
But Tom won’t give up. With the help of his friends (and a pig painted like a zebra), Tom decides to throw himself the party he deserves. 
What could possibly go wrong?

 

Walk this Underground World, published by Big Picture Press

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.

 

The Sherlock Holmes Children’s Collection by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Stephanie Baudet, published by Sweet Cherry Publishing

A simplification of Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes, perfect for young fans of mystery books. A great introduction to classics for children aged 7+.

This ten book set includes A Study In Scarlet, The Sign of the Four, The Blue Carbuncle, The Speckled Band, The Naval Treaty, The Sussex Vampire, The Red Headed League and The Three Students. 

Win 1 of 5 copies of The Sherlock Holmes Children’s Collection

Click here to read an extract from Sherlock Holmes: A Study in Scarlet
Click here for Sherlock Holmes activities

 

Ariki and the Island of Wonders, written by Nicola Davies and illustrated by Nicola Kinnear, published by Walker Books

Ariki and Ipo are making the most of a beautiful day, sailing the sea near Turtle Island on a “borrowed” boat. They’re too busy daydreaming to spot the grey clouds gathering overhead – but then a terrible storm breaks, carrying them miles from home. After days without food or drink, they are washed up on an unfamiliar island. The island is beautiful beyond belief: they see butterflies, each one lovelier than the last, lizards chasing across the rocks and, most wonderful of all, a gigantic blue bird with eyes that glow purple. When they meet another castaway, however, the children discover this island is no paradise – there are dangers lurking in the shadows!

 

LEGO Harry Potter Ultimate Sticker Collection, published by DK

Bring a little magic into your life with this brand-new sticker collection featuring more than 1,000 stickers of LEGO Harry Potter minifigures, vehicles, and amazing locations.

Journey to Hogwarts with LEGO Harry Potter and all of your favourite minifigure characters, including Ron Weasley, Hermione Granger, and Professor Dumbledore. Jump aboard the LEGO Hogwarts Express, attend magical classes, join in a thrilling Quidditch match, and help defeat evil Lord Voldemort. With all-new LEGO Harry Potter sets to celebrate, LEGO Harry Potter Ultimate Sticker Collectionmakes the perfect gift for fans of Harry Potter and LEGO bricks alike!

HARRY POTTER characters, names and related indicia are © & ™ Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Publishing Rights © JKR. (s19). ©2019 The LEGO Group.

 

Beast Quest: New Blood by Adam Blade, published by Orchard

Meet three new heroes with the power to tame the Beasts! Amy, Charlie and Sam – three children from our world – are about to discover the powerful legacy that binds them together. They are descendants of the Guardians of Avantia, an elite group of heroes trained by Tom – the star of Beast Quest. Now the time has come for a new generation to unlock the power of the Beasts and fulfil their destiny.

Nearly a hundred years ago, the Guardians escaped from the evil wizard Malvel and sought refuge in our world, along with their hoard of magical Beast eggs. Living among non-magical humankind, the Guardians adapted to Earth society. But they knew that one day their descendants would unlock their connection with the Beasts … and have to face Malvel once more.

For Amy, Charlie and Sam, that time has come.

 

Sounds of Nature: World of Oceans, written by Rob Hunter and illustrated by Claire Grace, published by Wide-Eyed Editions

The Sounds of Nature series brings the natural world to life with the sounds of real animals recorded in the wild. Press the note in each of the 10 ocean habitats to hear vivid recordings of over 60 different marine animal sounds, including:

  • Booming snorts, roars and growls of the northern elephant seal(Pacific Ocean)
  • Happy squeaks, chirps, whistles and clucks of the ghostly white beluga whales (Arctic Ocean)
  • Angry hissing noise of a common snapping turtle warning off intruders (Florida swamp)
  • Scuttling noise of a giant spider crab (Mariana Trench)
  • High-pitched clicking sounds of poison dart frogs (Brazil)
  • Loud splash of a great white shark as it falls back into the water (South Africa)

Dip your toe in, hold your breath and get ready to plunge into the deep blue oceans that cover our planet!

 

Dog Man 5: Lord of the Fleas,written and illustrated by Dav Pilkey, published by Scholastic

There’s a new bunch of baddies in town, and they have something sinister in store for Petey the Cat. Once again, Dog Man is called into action–but this time he isn’t alone. With a cute kitten and a remarkable robot by his side, the Supa Buddies must join forces with the most unlikely of heroes to save the day. But will that villain Petey avoid vengeance and finally venture toward virtue?

 

Photo Adventures by Jan von Holleben and Monte Packham, published by Thames & Hudson

Photo Adventures is an activity book by photographer and professional fun-maker Jan von Holleben, who reveals the secret to bending reality using nothing more than a simple smartphone and a playful approach. With the aid of props lying about the house, and a generous dose of imagination, children will discover how to fly like a superhero by turning the ground into the sky; create a ‘brain portrait’ of what’s hiding in their heads by re-photographing an existing photo; put their parents up a pole using tricks of perspective; devise an impossible pinball machine by combining some junk with a tight picture crop; and transform siblings into one-eyed, three-legged monsters with only a mirror and a sharp camera angle!

Featuring pro tips and secret tricks from von Holleben, whose trademark photos fill the book with energy, colour and creative inspiration, Photo Adventures shows that there’s more to photography than tech wizardry or applying a filter. Using just a camera phone or basic digital camera, Jan’s addictively playful projects are readily accessible, not to mention enormous fun, for the whole family.

 

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