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Winter 2016

Wonderful winter reads to snuggle up with…

Miles & Mia A to Z by Michaela Alexander & Sarah Croker £8.99
AGE PRE-SCHOOL

Take on the traditional ABCs with a twist inspired by real life brother and sister, Miles and Mia. Author Michaela Alexander decided to create these books as she found it difficult to answer Miles and Mia when they asked why there were not many books with children that ‘looked like them’. With inclusions from ‘A’ is for Afro hair to ‘Z’ is for Zephyrosaurus, Michaela ensures a representation of personal themes suggested by her children, while capturing the diversity of their upbringing and background of blended Caribbean and British culture.


The Twelve Days of Christmas by William Morris & Liz Catchpole £14.99 published by Penguin Random House Children’s UK
AGE 4+

Combining handpicked patterns from the V&A’s William Morris archive with stunning new illustrations in keeping with the timeless designs, this beautiful book brings the words of the classic Twelve Days of Christmas song to life. With a gilded fabric cover, thick matte pages full of gorgeous finishes, and brilliantly bold endpapers, this edition is made to be treasured by children and parents of all ages, and all who are fans of art and design. The Twelve Days of Christmas would make a striking and impressive addition to any coffee table, fireplace or bookshelf this Christmas.


Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Double Down by Jeff Kinney £12.99,
AGE 8+
Double the laughter this Christmas with the eleventh book in the phenomenally successful children’s book series. The pressure’s really piling up on Greg Heffley – his mom thinks video games are turning his brain to mush, so she wants her son to put down the controller and explore his ‘creative side’. When Greg discovers a bag of gummy worms, it sparks an idea. Can he get his mom off his back by making a movie… and will he become rich and famous in the process? Or will doubling down on this plan just double Greg’s troubles?


LEGO® Star Wars™ Build your own Adventure £17.99, published by DK, dk.com
AGE 8+

The perfect gift for any LEGO or Star Wars fan this Christmas, this set combines over 50 inspirational building ideas with exciting stories. A Rebel Pilot minifigure and exclusive Y-wing Star fighter come with the set for readers to build, plus there are plenty of tips and ideas on how to build other inspiring LEGO Star Wars models. From a podracer to junk recycler, there’s an appropriate mix of easy, medium and hard models to help children of all building abilities create scenes. The book also includes ‘what else will you build’ prompts to encourage children to have a go at creating their own stories using LEGO sets.
© & TM 2016 LUCASFILM LTD. ©2016 The LEGO Group. Manufactured by Dorling Kindersley under licence from the LEGO Group.


The Magic Show Book £16.99 published by DK, dk.com
AGE 8+

This fun book is full of pop-ups, pull-outs and props to perform flawless tricks – turn the pages to amaze your audience whilst secretly following hidden instructions! With over 12 different tricks, The Magic Show Book is the perfect place to begin your “trick training” and become a great magician. Based on the original trick of slicing a lady in half, this paper adaptation slices a snake into pieces but without harming the animal at all. With tricks simple enough for a child to perform but clever enough to elude their audience, this book will lead to hours of family fun. It is time to make the ordinary, extraordinary.



Young Reader Review

Prom King: The Fincredible Diary of Fin Spencer by Ciaran Murtagh £5.99 published by Piccadilly Press

Caitlin Boyd, aged 9 from St. Comgall’s Primary School in Antrim gets the giggles with this fabulously fun tale of how to survive Prom Night…

This book is about a boy called Fin Spencer. He wanted to be the Prom King at his School Prom. A week before the prom, Brad made fun of Fin and he became very upset. He decided to make cookies but they turned out to be a complete disaster. While he is writing in his diary, things go disastrously wrong! I really enjoyed reading this book because it was very funny and it made me laugh out loud. My favourite character was a girl called Claudia. I liked her because she always made people happy and when she was hit with a ball she wasn’t upset. I would definitely recommend this book for other children my age to read.

Inside star – Thanks to her fantastic review Caitlin has won a £100 book voucher for her school courtesy of her local Specsavers store in Castle Mall, Antrim.





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