Mini Classic Box Set by Miles Kelly Children’s Books

Mini Classics, including The Jungle Book, Alice in Wonderland, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and The Wind in the Willows is a great introduction to some of our best-loved children’s classics. Wonderful characters and scenes have been reimagined in 25 charming colour plate illustrations.

Published by Miles Kelly Children’s Books.

Rabbit and Bear: 1: Rabbit’s Bad Habits By Julian Gough Illustrated by Jim Field

What a marvellous surprise to receive this beauty in the post. I’m a huge fan of the brilliantly funny Jim Field and I had no idea this book had been in the making.

Out now!

Published by Hodder Children’s Books.

From novelist and playwright Julian Gough, and the winner of the Roald Dahl Funny Prize, Jim Field, comes a brilliantly funny story of a rabbit and bear who discover that things are always better when they’re shared with a friend …

Bear wakes up early from hibernation. If she can’t sleep, then at least she can make a snowman. Rabbit has never made a snowman, but he definitely wants to make one that’s better than Bear’s. But with an avalanche and a hungry wolf heading his way, Rabbit soon realises that it might be nice to have a friend on your side.

A tale of friendship, gravity, and just a little bit of poo.

  • Hodder Children’s Books

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness, Siobhan Dowd, Illustrated by Jim Kay

An extraordinarily moving novel about coming to terms with loss.

The monster showed up just after midnight. As they do. But it isn’t the monster Conor’s been expecting. He’s been expecting the one from his nightmare, the one he’s had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments, the one with the darkness and the wind and the screaming… The monster in his back garden, though, this monster is something different. Something ancient, something wild. And it wants the most dangerous thing of all from Conor. It wants the truth. Costa Award winner Patrick Ness spins a tale from the final idea of much-loved Carnegie Medal winner Siobhan Dowd, whose premature death from cancer prevented her from writing it herself. Darkly mischievous and painfully funny, A Monster Calls is an extraordinarily moving novel of coming to terms with loss from two of our finest writers for young adults.

Walker Books

Stanley & Me: Misty by Christine Dencer, Illustrated by Jessica Meserve

Sophie has to make an important delivery to her best friend Stanley. There is just one problem: Stanley has a dog. And Sophie is afraid of dogs. Find out if the power of friendship will be enough to help Sophie confront her fear.

Simply Read Books

The Adventures of Shola by Bernardo Atxaga, illustrated by Mikel Valverde

Shola is a little dog with attitude. Frustratingly for her, she loves both comfort (mainly in the form of food) and adventure (in theory, at least), and spends much of her time trying to decide between the two. Whether she is faced with the possibility that she may really be a lion or the prospect of a boar-hunt, with eccentric American visitors or insufferable country bumpkins, Shola is not afraid to pursue her dreams … up to a point.

Published by Pushkin Children’s Books

TIM’S FRIEND TOWSER by Edward Ardizzone, audio by Stephen Fry

Tim and Ginger are working cabin boys on the S.S. Royal Fusilier when they find a puppy in one of the lifeboats. They decide to call him Towser and smuggle him on board, avoiding the watchful eyes of Captain Piper, who hates dogs. But as time goes on, Towser grows bigger and bigger…

Frances Lincoln