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New books in September, ages 5-8

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Epic Tales of Triumph and Adventure, written by Simon Cheshire and illustrated by Fatti Burke, published by Bloomsbury

Prepare to meet 66 exceptionally brave adventurers in this celebration of monumental achievements from around the world. Mountaineers, conquerors, explorers, sailors, pilots and many others who accomplished amazing feats of bravery and triumph are waiting to be discovered in Simon Cheshire’s outstanding, Epic Tales of Triumph and Adventures, vibrantly illustrated by Fatti Burke. 

These are the astonishing true stories of just a few of the world’s most daring men and women who defied all odds to achieve their goals and make their dreams come true. Drive across the world, avoiding danger around every corner, with Aloha Wanderwell on The Million Dollar Wager, dive to the deepest depths of the dark and unexplored ocean with Jacques Piccard, climb to the highest peak of Mount Everest with Junko Tabei or tumble over Niagara Falls in a barrel with Annie Edson Taylor. There is no adventure too big or small for this fearless group of men and women!

This collection of outstanding adventurers is sure to inspire the next generation of courageous risk takers. With bright and vibrant artwork from the effortlessly talented Fatti Burke, Epic Tales of Triumph and Adventure will make you want to reach for the stars … and don’t let anyone stand in your way!

 

Poems Out Loud! illustrated by Laurie Stansfield, published by Penguin Random House

A diverse, contemporary collection of first poems for young children, perfect for performing out loud.

From rockets to mermaids and everything in between, there’s something for everyone in this diverse and contemporary collection.

Perfect for children aged 4+ who are approaching poetry for the very first time, these poems can be performed out loud, shared with others or simply read in your head. Featuring award-winning poets, brand new voices, hip-hop artists and spoken-word performers, this is a wonderfully fresh, diverse and relevant new anthology that will get children laughing, thinking, sharing and performing!

With gorgeous illustrations by Laurie Stansfield, and an accompanying CD that features performances from the poets themselves.

 

Toto the Ninja Cat and the Superstar Catastrophe by Dermot O’Leary, published by Hodder Children’s Books

Toto is no ordinary cat, and she can’t wait for you to join her on her THIRD ninja adventure! From one of the UK’s best-loved broadcasters, purrfect for fans of The Aristocats, The Secret Life of Pets and Atticus Claw Breaks the Law.

After months of keeping London safe from notorious animal bad guys, Toto the Ninja Cat is going on a well-earned holiday to the world’s most famous music festival – Catstonbury!

But a villain has a dastardly plan to hypnotise the crowd when a world-famous band is on stage, turning them into evil minions. How can Toto possibly prevent the catastrophe when everyone thinks the band is the cat’s pyjamas?

It will take all Toto’s ninja skills – and some help from a friendly otter – to save the day…

 

Trouble In New York, by Sylvia Bishop published by Scholastic

Jamie Creeden has always wanted to be a reporter – so when he is given a tour of the famous YORKER newspaper, he can’t believe his luck. But a chance phone call draws him into the mystery of the missing actress. Soon Jamie, along with his new friends Eve and Rose, must navigate a tense world of infamous villains, double crosses and carefully planted clues – a world in which he can trust absolutely no one. He still longs to be on the front page – but at what cost?

 

The Misadventures of Frederickby Ben Manley and Emma Chichester Clark, published by Two Hoots 

A poetic and playful tale about the joys of going outside and having adventures – beautifully illustrated by Emma Chichester Clark, creator of Plumdog.

In a mansion surrounded by lakes and forests, Frederick is very bored. He leads the most sheltered life imaginable: and when Emily invites him to play outside he has no choice but to refuse – what if he hurts himself? Much better to stay safely indoors. But Emily is not one to take no for an answer.

A series of brilliantly funny and evocative letters between Frederick and Emily form the frame of this unique story which weaves together the colourful, adventurous world of Emily with Frederick’s drab life of boredom and safety.

 

Icarus Was Ridiculous, written by Pamela Butchart and illustrated by Thomas Flintham, published by Nosy Crow

A laugh-out-loud retelling of Greek myths from Blue Peter award-winner Pamela Butchart.

Izzy LOVES all the stories the Ancient Greeks told! She can’t wait to tell her friends about Icarus, who was a TOTAL NUMPTY, and the Trojan Horse, which ended a war and wasn’t even REAL! So pull up a plinth and enjoy all the DRAMA of the original Greek myths, as told by Pamela Butchart and Thomas Flintham, in collaboration with the British Museum. Now with even more SANDALS!

Click here to download Icarus Was Ridiculous activity sheets

 

The Royal Rabbits of London: The Hunt for the Golden Carrot, written by Santa Montefiore and Simon Sebag Montefiore and illustrated by Kate Hindley, published by Simon & Schuster

Now that Shylo is a Royal Rabbit, his life is full of adventure and new friends, but he still misses his mother and family. So he jumps at the chance to visit his home warren!

As soon as Shylo arrives he finds something strange and dark going on. A mysterious bunny called Harlequin is on the farm, attracting many followers with his crazy singing and loopy dancing. But Harlequin is also digging for the Golden Carrot, which, says an ancient legend, will give him power over all humans and animals. As more followers flock to the warren, Shylo wonders if the hunt for the Golden Carrot is a fun game or if Harlequin is plotting world domination…

And when the quest turns deadly, Shylo calls in the Royal Rabbits. Can they stop power-mad Harlequin? And who will find the Carrot first?

Win 1 of 5 copies of Royal Rabbits of London: The Hunt for the Gold Carrot

 

The Herring Hotel by Didier Levy and Serge Bloch, published by Thames & Hudson

Set in a run-down hotel, similar to Wes Andersen’s Grand Budapest Hotel, this story is told from the perspective of hotel owner’s son, Gabriel. Despite the state of the hotel, Gabriel and his parents look after the old and eccentric residents very well, including Mrs Kettle who believes she is a former queen in exile from Kettlonia. As the hotel crumbles around them, the family and residents realise it’s time to say goodbye. Until they receive the surprise of their life: Mrs Kettle really is a queen and her country has been freed – her people are asking her to come back home! Gabriel, his parents and the Herring residents build the hotel afresh next to Mrs Kettle’s palace and they all live happily ever after in Kettlonia.

Win 1 of 4 copies of The Herring Hotel, age 5-8

 

Ladybird Tales of Super Heroes by Sufiya Ahmed, Yvonne Battle-Felton, Sarwat Chadda and Maisie Chan, published by Penguin Random House

Six tales of mythical and legendary super heroes from around the world, in a beautifully illustrated collection.

Superheroes have always been with us, from gods with mighty powers to human heroes who don disguises to save the day . . . Join six larger-than-life mythic and legendary heroes from around the world in this colourful, illustrated collection of Ladybird Tales. Meet tricksters, fighters, shape-shifters and even people who save the day with just the power of speech. With an introduction from award-winning author David Solomons.

Anansi the Spider-Man
Loki and the Magical Hammer
Hanuman, Demon Fighter
Inanna in the Underworld
Shahrazad the Storyteller
The Legend of Hua Mulan

Perfect for bedtime, to read aloud or enjoy alone, these thrilling tales breathe marvellous life into ancient tales.

 

Lights on Cotton Rock by David Litchfield, published by Frances Lincoln Children’s Books

Heather is a little girl who wants to go to Outer Space, where the stars sparkle with magic and wonder. When a spaceship lands at Cotton Rock, it seems that all of her dreams have come true. But soon the alien has to leave. Will the spaceship ever come back? And if it does, is Heather ready to leave everything on Earth behind?

In this new story, best-selling author and illustrator David Litchfield travels into space and through time to show that what we are looking for might be closer than we think.

Win a bumper bundle of Quarto books including Lights on Cotton Rock

 

Lu La’s Guide to Space, an official Shaun the Sheep Movie 2: Farmageddon book, published by Sweet Cherry Publishing

Official movie-tie in for the Shaun the Sheep Movie 2: Farmageddon. Learn all about space with Lu-La! This guide is packed with interested facts, colourful images, stickers and posters. Packed with scientific facts to inspire a love for space for inspiring young minds! Perfect for children aged 6+.

Win a Shaun the Sheep Movie 2: Armageddon bundle!

 

Fingerlings Ultimate Collectors Guide, published by DK

Jump into the world of the Fingerlings and learn everything there is to know about your favourite characters.

Let the Fingerlings guide you around the dazzling Melody Village. Hang out with Gigi and her Unicorn friends, discover mischievous Monkey Boris’ biggest secret, and take it s-l-o-w-w-w at Sloth Beach with Kingsley and Marge. The Fingerlings Collector’s Handbook also includes the new ‘Flings on the block, from dazzling Narwhals and friendly Foxes, to cute Minis and paw-some Pairs! This is the place to read about all your Fingerlings friends.

Packed with images, biographies, quotes, and fun facts about all the amazing characters, this colourful guide has everything fans of the fantastic world of the Fingerlings need to know. Including the very latest 2019 characters and a colourful double-sided poster, this is the perfect gift for the Fingerlings fanatic in your life!

Fingerlings® and all product names, designations and logos are trademarks of WowWee Group Limited. Copyright 2016-2019 WowWee Group Limited. All rights reserved.

 

Show and Tell by Rob Biddulph, published by HarperCollins

All children know that Show and Tell day is the best, and every member of Class 2L is sure they’ll BE the best… But who, and what, will really impress the teacher and win the prize? From aliens and parrots to robots and carrots, there’s an impressive collection on show. But can this small class learn a big lesson in what really matters?

An out-of-this-world adventure about finding the hidden magic of life, from the bestselling and award-winning Rob Biddulph – who also currently holds the title of World Book Day’s official illustrator! This brand new picture book is packed to the brim with Rob’s trademark warm humour, life lessons and pitch-perfect rhyme, making it the ideal book to read together, laugh out loud at, and enjoy over and over again.

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