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NEW BOOKS IN DECEMBER

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The Creature Choir, by David Walliams, illustrated by Tony Ross, published by HarperCollins Children’s Books

Sing your heart out this Christmas with a whole choir of characters in this show-stopping new picture book from number one bestselling author David Walliams, illustrated by artistic genius, Tony Ross!

The Underhills: A Tooth Fairy Story by Bob Graham, published by Walker Books

April and Esme are staying at Grandma and Grandad’s for a whole weekend! A visit to Grandma and Grandad’s is always special for the two sisters. There’s the mixing of fairy cakes, pancakes with syrup for breakfast and a chocolate waiting on each of their pillows. And this weekend, when Mum calls with an urgent tooth fairy job, there’s an exciting trip to the airport with Grandma to make sure one little girl has her tooth collected.

Children are sure to love this thrilling and tender new story, so full of hope, possibility and the magic of a secret fairy world, from master storyteller Bob Graham.

5-8

The Princess Rules, by Philippa Gregory, illustrated by Chris Chatterton, published by HarperCollins Children’s Books

Once upon a time… there was a princess who BROKE all the rules and DARED to be different. From international bestselling author Philippa Gregory and illustrator Chris Chatterton comes The Princess Rules, a beautifully illustrated anthem to independence! 

Win 1 of 5 copies of The Princess Rules

World In Danger: Tomorrow could be a very different day, by Frankie Morland, published by DK

Discover the beauty of the world around us and why we must protect it, in this magical, sing-along picture book. Eight year old environmentalist, Frankie Morland wants to make a difference to the world. So, he decided to write a song…

In this colourful book, Frankie’s thoughtful lyrics sit alongside beautiful illustrations which remind us of all there is to love about planet Earth and just how urgent it is that we take care of it. World In Danger features facts about Frankie’s favourite endangered animals from cute red pandas, to colourful toucans, to buzzing bees, and simple activities you can do at home to do your bit to save the environment.

Budding musicians can even learn to play Frankie’s song on the guitar or piano by following the musical score at the back of the book – and everyone can follow the lyrics and sing along!

Magical Kingdom of Birds: The Snow Goose, written by Anne Booth and illustrated by Rosie Butcher published by Oxford University Press

Every year the magnificent silver Snow Goose brings winter to the Magical Kingdom of Birds. But this year something is wrong: why hasn’t he arrived? Lord Astor must be up to his tricks again. Can Maya and her friends uncover the mystery behind the missing snow goose, and bring winter to the kingdom?

The Hero’s Quest by Jeffery Alan Love, published by Walker Books

Join our every-hero Rider on their quest through the story worlds of fantasy and myth. Packed with vivid dragons, wolves and sea-monsters from the stunning imagination of celebrated cult fantasy artist, Jeffrey Alan Love (Norse Myths: Tales of Odin, Thor and Loki), this book immerses readers into a picture-book Game of Thrones world for children aged 6 and up.

 

8-12

The Beast of Buckingham Palace, by David Walliams, illustrated by Tony Ross, published by HarperCollins Children’s Books

Fly into a fiery and fantastical future with number one bestselling author David Walliams and artistic-genius illustrator Tony Ross! The Beast of Buckingham Palace is an epic adventure of myth and legend, good and evil, and one small boy who must save the world…

Oxford Roald Dahl Thesaurus, compiled by Susan Rennie published by Oxford University Press

This is a phizz-whizzing thesaurus of words invented by No.1 storyteller, Roald Dahl and hundreds of real synonyms gathered together in themes. It’s jammed full of words, Quentin Blake’s illustrations, and language snippets to inspire children to write about anything – from human beans to witches, to outerspace, to food, giants and more!

Click here for a Roald Dahl Wonderous Words Activity Sheet

Click here for a Roald Dahl Wonderous Words and Delumptious Doodles Activity pack

A World of Plants by Martin Jenkins and illustrated by James Brown, published by Walker Books

Discover incredible facts and marvel at what plants can do in this beautiful book from conservation biologist and award-winning author Martin Jenkins, stylishly illustrated by print-maker James Brown.

Covering over twenty-five topics, learn all about the different types of plant – from carnivorous, to climbing, to tropical; explore the world of trees; discover how plants have evolved and continue to survive in extreme environments and most importantly, how crucial they are to our life on Planet Earth. From the domestic to the international, there is something for the whole family here. Whether you want to learn the basics of photosynthesis, or explore the hidden world of Victorian plant hunters, this is a lively, engaging and visually stunning look at the world of plants.

12+

Star Wars The Rise of Skywalker The Visual Dictionary: With Exclusive Cross-Sections, published by DK

The most authoritative and comprehensive guide to the highly anticipated Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: The Visual Dictionary is a 200 page definitive guide to Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, revealing the characters, creatures, droids, locations, and technology from the new film. Packed with information and 500+ images, plus cross-sections of new vehicles, as penned by Star Wars scribe Pablo Hidalgo, it’s a must-have for all fans who want to go beyond the movie experience.

 

The Toll by Neal Shusterman, published by Walker Books

It’s been three years since Rowan and Citra disappeared; since Scythe Goddard came into power; since the Thunderhead closed itself off to everyone but Grayson Tolliver.

In this pulse-pounding finale to Neal Shusterman’s internationally bestselling trilogy, constitutions are tested and old friends are brought back from the dead.

 

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