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September 2020 Book of the Month | Cally and Jimmy are twins but more different people it would be hard to meet. Cally is generally quiet and well-behaved, while Jimmy is anything but (his ADHD doesn’t help). It’s Cally who narrates the four separate stories contained in this very enjoyable new book, and she gives us a really good idea of what it’s like to live with the most-annoying-brother-in-the-whole-wide-world, describing the many times he gets them both into trouble, but she absolutely captures the fun they have together too. There’s a starring role for their wonderful grandma, or Yiayia as they know her (Mum is Greek) and just a lovely sense of this family. Recommended reading and hopefully there’ll be more adventures to come for the twins.
Book Band: Grey Ideal for ages 8+ | Maxx the alien is sent to earth to study humans and specifically to learn about their feelings. His education comes on in leaps and bounds when he makes a human friend, Jibreel. The two have fun together, but there are real worries and sadnesses in Jibreel’s life too – he’s a refugee and is separated from his mother, and to a group of boys in his class, he’s the ‘alien’. Fortunately, Maxx is there to apply his other-worldly logic to the problem. Zanib Mian has a real gift for comedy and dialogue too and this is extremely funny, while at the same time it makes some very serious points. In the new Bloomsbury Readers series, the story is perfect for children growing reading confidence and understanding, with short chapters and frequent illustrations. A separate ‘Reading Zone’ section at the end lists discussion points and also encourages readers to think about the book’s narrative structure.
The classic fairy tales of The Brothers Grimm are now re-imagined through the deft illustrations of internationally recognized artist Yann Legendre, in Classics Reimagined, Grimm's Fairy Tales. French artist Yann Legendre takes readers on a beautiful journey through the classic stories of the brothers Grimm with his superbly illustrated insight. These stories take on a whole new meaning when accompanied by Legendre's mystical, colorful interpretations; you've never seen illustrations of Cinderella or The Frog King like this before! Light a fire in the fireplace, get cozy with a blanket in your favorite chair, and enjoy this collection of the best known fairy tales out there. The Classics Reimagined series is a library of stunning collector's editions of unabridged classic novels illustrated by contemporary artists from around the world. Each artist offers his or her own unique, visual, interpretation of the most well-loved, widely read, and avidly collected literature from renowned authors.
A beautifully illustrated collection of one hundred of the best-loved stories ever told, from Grimm's Fairytales to Aesop's Fables, from Arthurian Legends to Greek Myths and from Hans Christian Andersen's Ugly Duckling to Aladdin from the Arabian Nights. Perfect for parents to read to younger children as bedtime stories as none of them are more than 6 pages long, or for older children who can discover the wonder and magic of these classic tales for themselves. Beautifully presented with enchanting full colour illustrations on every page that capture the warmth and wonder of these classic tales.
Romance with all its advantages – and all its difficulties - is in the air in this anthology of stories about falling in and out of love. Hearts flip-flopping, getting noticed – in the right way, surviving school, being in cool and non-cool crowds – each of these stories by best-selling teen authors including Dyan Sheldon, Sarah Webb and Joanna Nadin will set the heart fluttering.
There’s a wonderfully varied set of stories in this jolly-looking collection, by some of our very best authors for children. Pirates make an appearance in Adele Geras’s contribution, while a boy has an unusual and rather magical encounter with Father Christmas in Malorie Blackman’s story. Also included is a favourite Just William episode by Richmal Crompton in which William is forced to celebrate with one of his worst enemies, but triumphs over the boy in spectacular fashion! There’s also a typically fine cat story by the master of the genre Robert Westall, and more treats from Julia Donaldson, Philip Ardagh, Rumer Godden and others - indeed, storytelling this good is for life, not just for Christmas! ~ Andrea Reece
If there’s any likelihood of rainy days on your holiday, be sure to pack a copy of this sparkling collection of stories written by some of our wittiest and most inventive authors, as it’s certain to brighten the mood until the sun is shining again. There are eight different stories by stars including David Solomons, Joanna Nadin, Jonathan Meres and Steve Cole. Subjects are varied and while each story is funny, they’re differently funny – you’ll find sitcom, comedy of manners, the absurd, farce and a bit of black humour too – and each one is good enough to stand repeated reading. Summer holidays were made for books like this! ~ Andrea Reece
It’s the perfect time of year for scary stories and there’s a wonderfully varied selection in this excellent collection all written by prize-winning children’s authors. For example, Michael Rosen retells a couple of scary folk tales to deliver thrills with a moral, while Jamie Rix describes the misery suffered by a man whose school dinners return to haunt him – a ghastly thought indeed! Bel Mooney’s story shows that a powerful imagination is not always a good thing, while Ruth Ainsworth tells a ghostly story of loss and remembrance. Chosen by an experienced children's bookseller, the stories are just right for either newly confident independent readers or for sharing with an adult. ~ Andrea Reece
Longlisted for the 2015 CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal | Although this collection of stories about the First World War opens with familiar lines from Wilfred Owen’s Anthem for Doomed Youth, it offers new ways to consider the war and the effect it had on the generation who lived through it, powerfully reminding us too why it’s so important we still remember them. Eleven authors have contributed, acclaimed writers from the UK and overseas. Each takes as inspiration an object connected to the war, something iconic like the Victoria Cross featured in Timothée de Fombelle’s story, oras personal as a compass, which indirectly inspires A. L. Kennedy’s, or the soldier’s writing case at the heart of David Almond’s superb A World that Has no War In It. Illustrations are by award-winner Jim Kay, sharp, stuttering shapes that break into the stories, or beautiful full pages, atmospheric and raw. Unmissable. Stories of World War One, edited by Tony Bradman and War Girls edited by Adele Geras are also fine collections featuring first-class authors, the latter telling stories through the eyes of women. Barroux’s striking graphic novel Line of Fire, based on the real diary of an unknown French soldier, makes one man’s experiences into something that all can understand. ~ Andrea Reece --------------------------------------- What did living through the First World War feel like for relatives at home, especially children, as well as for the soldiers fighting at the Front? Eleven stories inspired by objects from the time of the war are beautifully told by internationally acclaimed authors including David Almond, Tracy Chevalier and Michael Morpurgo. From a butter dish made by a young girl whose life is changed by the war in Maud’s Story by Adele Geras to a Brodie helmet complete with a bullet hole in Our Jacko by Michael Morpurgo the stories bring alive the profound effect of the 1914-18 years. ~ Julia Eccleshare
July 2019 Book of the Month | It’s more than 150 years since the publication of Alice in Wonderland and it is delighting today’s readers as much as it ever has. Both a tribute to and a celebration of Lewis Carroll’s story, this collection includes new adventures by eleven favourite contemporary children’s authors, each of whom has been inspired by Alice. With such an extraordinary set of characters and scenes to take as starting points, the stories are wonderfully varied. Pamela Butchart chooses to write about the Queen of Hearts in a follow up story, while Swapna Haddow picks the Mock Turtle. There’s an environmental message in Lauren St John’s lively story ‘Plum Cakes at Dawn’, while Robin Stevens puts the real Alice into her Oxford set story. Together they make for a sparkling collection, one well worth tumbling back down the rabbit hole to enjoy.
Five tales pefect for bedtime, handsomely packaged in a gift box to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Usborne Publishing. Each hardback book is colourfully illustrated and has a ribbon page marker. Excellent value but great quality too. These sturdy hardback books in a slipcase make a perfect gift at any time of the year.
It’s more than 150 years since the publication of Alice in Wonderland and it is delighting today’s readers as much as it ever has. Both a tribute to and a celebration of Lewis Carroll’s story, this collection includes new adventures by eleven favourite contemporary children’s authors, each of whom has been inspired by Alice. With such an extraordinary set of characters and scenes to take as starting points, the stories are wonderfully varied. Pamela Butchart chooses to write about the Queen of Hearts in a follow up story, while Swapna Haddow picks the Mock Turtle. There’s an environmental message in Lauren St John’s lively story ‘Plum Cakes at Dawn’, while Robin Stevens puts the real Alice into her Oxford set story. Together they make for a sparkling collection, one well worth tumbling back down the rabbit hole to enjoy.