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Autumn 2017

Fall into a good book this autumn…

Age 3+
Something’s Fishy By Jean Gourounas
HB £11.95, published by Phaidon

Shhh… an ice-fishing penguin is waiting patiently, but nothing is biting – something’s fishy! Join a clever cast of polar characters (including a very grumpy penguin!) in solving a curious mystery which will have little detectives giggling and guessing throughout.

Age 4+
Hide And Seek By Anthony Browne
HB £12.99, published by Penguin Random House

From former Children’s Laureate Anthony Browne, Hide and Seek is a striking, haunting tale of sibling friendship and overcoming fear. When their beloved dog goes missing, brother and sister Cy and Poppy decide to play hide and seek to take their mind off things. In the forest Poppy counts to ten… but now where has Cy gone? A happily resolved story that will keep you guessing until the very end.

Age 4+
The Grotlyn By Benji Davies
HB £12.99, published by Harper Collins Children’s Books


What is the mysterious Grotlyn? What sort of creature could it be, scuttling across the town, frightening everyone in its path? And why has it stolen PC Vickers’ knickers?! This beautifully illustrated rhyming tale from picture book superstar Benji Davies is atmospheric and nostalgic in style. A stunning picture book about things that go bump in the night, full of mystery and suspense.


Age 4+

Hortense and the Shadow By Natalia and Lauren O’Hara
HB £10.99, published by Puffin

Hortense is a small girl who lives in a big wood. She is kind and brave and clever. But one thing makes her unhappy. Hortense hates her shadow. Everywhere she goes, it goes. Everything she does, it does. And every time night falls it grows… tall, dark and crooked. A deliciously dark fairy tale with beautiful illustrations for long winter nights.

Age 7+

Coder Academy By Sean McManus
£7.99, published by Ivy Kids

When kids join the Coder Academy they undertake a series of imaginative and challenging activities that help them begin to write code in Scratch and HTML. Encouraging kids to be creative with code, and learn a new skill in a fresh and playful way, there’s also a robot model to press out and make, a game, poster and stickers.

Age 9+

Birthday Boy By David Baddiel
HB £12.99, published by HarperCollins Children’s Books

Sam Green really, really, really loves birthdays. He loves the special breakfasts in bed. The presents. The themed parties. Blowing out the candles on his cake. Everything. He is so excited about his 11th birthday, in fact, that he wishes it was his birthday every day. So, at first, it’s quite exciting when his birthday happens again the next morning. And again. And again. And again. But soon disaster strikes, threatening something Sam loves even more than birthdays. Sometimes you have to be careful what you wish for!


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