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

LITTLE TIM AND THE BRAVE SEA CAPTAIN by Edward Ardizzone, audio by Stephen Fry

A young boy wants to be a sailor, but his parents say he is much too young. Tim grabs the chance to stow away on a steamer, but little does he expect the hard work, stormy sea and sinking ship to come.

Frances Lincoln

Timeless classics, reissued with exquisite, high production value. The illustrations switch between black and white and colour line drawings – in 1956, Edward Ardizzone received the prestigious Kate Greenaway medal for the illustrations in Tim All Alone.

The stories capture children’s imaginations with their spirit of adventure and the great outdoors. The tangible objects, coupled with the audio link where you can listen to the books told beautifully by the brilliant Stephen Fry, make these reissues a treasure for anyone’s bookshelf.

Personally, I could listen to Stephen Fry reading the shipping forecast and I would be on the edge of my seat.

The Terrible Two by Mac Barnett & Jory John Reviewed by Romeo (age 9)

The Terrible Two

Synopsis: This amazing book that I have been reading is called The Terrible Two. It is about a young boy named Miles who moves from his house and lives in a strange valley called Yawnee valley. Did you know there are more cows than there is to humans? As I was saying, Miles moved into the valley, but started school not the best way.

What I liked about the writing is that the author used very descriptive language such as adjectives to describe the feelings of the character and even adverbs to show how the character is saying the speech. Furthermore, I also liked the way the author wrote that Josh Barkin threw Miles food on his clothes because it serves him right for shoving his backpack into Miles face. Moreover, I like the way that Barry Barkin,[Principal of the Yawnee valley   science and letters academy] was embarrassed by the whole school when his car was parked right in front of the school entrance and when it was April fool’s day there were one hundred cows mooing inside the school.

What I liked about the illustrations is that on the second page of the book, there is Niles Spark prank wall and the illustrator, Kevin Cornell, turned it into the title of the book and added extra detail. Additionally, I truly like the picture when Miles is covered with Macaroni and tomato soup all over is clothes. The reason I like this image is because you could also see the look at Josh’s face expressing how VEX he looks and the students surrounding him are shocked.

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes to read a funny book and just enjoys it.

I give this book 9.9/10

Reviewed by Romeo, age 9

TIM ALL ALONE by Edward Ardizzone

Edward Ardizzone, Illustrator of more than 170 much-loved children’s books, was awarded the Kate Greenaway Medal in 1956 and the CBE in 1971. He died in 1979.

His simple adventure stories are warmly coloured by the gentle humour of his classic pen and ink drawings.

Tim arrives home after a long holiday to find that his parents have vanished. He is determined to search, if necessary, the whole wide world, until he has found them.

– Frances Lincoln