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August 2016

Sizzling new reads for lazy hazy summer days...


Pom Pom is Super by Sophy Henn £6.99
AGE PRE-SCHOOL

Sophy Henn’s much adored little panda is back – and now he’s a superhero! All his friends were coming round to play and he couldn’t wait! When everyone arrived in superhero costumes, Pom Pom thought he might like to be super too. There was just one problem – Pom Pom didn’t know what he was super at… A sweet and funny story about friendship, finding your talents and being a superhero in your very own way.

Goodnight Everyone by Chris Haughton £12.99
AGE PRE-SCHOOL

From the multi-award winning picture book maker of A Bit Lost, Oh No, George! and Shh! We Have a Plan, comes a stunningly illustrated bedtime book, perfect for sending toddlers off to dreamland. Little Bear is certainly not sleepy – he’s wide-awake! For now… With sublime, starry night time scenes and an infectious repeating yawn for readers to join in on; this lulling bedtime read is perfect for parents and children to share together.

Jim Reaper 2: Saving Granny Maggot by Rachel Delahaye £5.99
AGE 7+

What would you do if your dad was…Death? Jim is getting to grips with his father’s rather unusual job at the Dead End Office and is keeping the truth secret as a promise to Dad. But when Jim sees that Will’s grandma is next on the list of Death Dates, he springs into action. Even though Granny Maggot is smelly, mean-spirited and very unfriendly, his best friend Will adores her. Jim has to do something! If the boys can keep Will’s granny safe until midnight, can they save her life?

Build Your Own Website: Create With Code £9.99
AGE 7+

Learn to code with this new book from the fast-growing coding movement, CoderDojo. In this handbook readers will learn how to put together their own websites using HTML, CSS and JavaScript – as well as how to start their own CoderDojo Nano club with friends. The series of coding handbooks bring together values of teamwork, creativity and entrepreneurship, along with top tips and clear step-by-step guides to build your own website, and make it fun!

A Whisper of Horses by Zillah Bethell £12.99
AGE 9+

Serendipity loves horses. No one in Lahn Dan has ever seen one, apparently they died out – but there are statues of them around the city, paintings and drawings too if you know where to look. When Mama dies, hidden among her few possessions is a map that suggests there is life outside of Lahn Hahn, and a place where horses live and roam freely. So with the help of a trader boy Tab and his little dog Mouse, Serendipity heads into the unknown, searching for the beautiful creatures she’s always dreamed of. A gorgeously told journey of discovery across a reimagined Great Britain, raising topics and questions about society, class, environment and power.


Specsavers News

Finding Dory on kid’s glasses!
FINDING Dory is the big hit of the summer in which Dory, the friendly-but-forgetful blue tang fish begins a search for her long-lost parents and everyone learns a few things about the real meaning of family along the way.

And young spectacle-wearing fans are in for a treat as Specsavers launches an exclusive new range of children’s glasses featuring much-loved characters from the hit Disney film.

The collection includes four different underwater-inspired frames in turquoise, deep blue, purple and vibrant blue with different designs on the arms and kids can choose from specs which feature some or all of their favourite fishy characters - Nemo, Dory and Hank the octopus.

The glasses are designed to ensure the best anatomical fit for young faces and are priced at £64 and free for under-16s with an NHS optical voucher. All come fitted with flex-hinges and scratch resistant lenses with a UV filter and children can also choose an additional free pair of frames in the Specsavers’ kids get two free pairs offer.

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Champion boxer Carl Frampton joined Specsavers Victoria Square store director Neal Kerr to present St Matthew’s Primary School pupil Ellie Frances Turley with her Ni4Kids Reading Corner prize. Ellie’s prize-winning book review appeared in the summer issue of Ni4Kids and, in addition to a book token for herself, Ellie won £100 of Scholastic vouchers for her school, St Matthew’s PS. Congratulating Ellie, Neal Kerr, store director at newly opened Specsavers in Victoria Square said, “Specsavers is delighted to support NI4Kids Reading Corner. It’s vitally important for young people to read as much as possible and enjoy a wide variety of books.”

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