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January 2017

Big new adventures for a brand new year…

Thomas and Friends: Thomas’ Big Pop-Up Journey £14.99 published by Egmont UK

AGE Pre-school

Where is Thomas going today? Join Thomas and Friends and turn the pages to follow Thomas’ travels around the Island of Sodor; through the station, over the level crossing, under the bridge and past the water tower, docks and windmill. Then fold out the pages to create an amazing 3D play mat. And with nine impressive pop-ups and lots of play pieces of all your favourite engines, readers can make up their own adventures for Thomas and his friends!


Push, Pull, Empty, Full & Inside, Outside, Upside Down by Yasmeen Ismail £8.99 published by Laurence King

AGE 4+

Take little artists on big adventures in and out, up and down, left to right, and back again! These are the first two books in the Draw and Discover series, as a new set of activity books by internationally-bestselling children’s author, Yasmeen Ismail. In this fun new series, Yasmeen’s simple and amusing drawings encourage children to identify word meanings and express themselves. And in each book, little artists can join Rabbit, Duck and Bear on an adventure through 30 fun drawing activities. This activity book is creative, smart, and fun from every angle.


The Carpet People by Terry Pratchett £6.99 published by Penguin Random House

AGE 7+

Co-written by a 17-year-old Terry Pratchett and the 43-year-old master storyteller Terry Pratchett, this story of imagination places goodies and baddies within the fronds of a carpet. In the beginning, there was nothing but endless flatness. Then came the carpet… That’s the old story everyone knows and loves. But now the carpet is home to many different tribes and peoples and there’s a new story in the making. The story of Fray, sweeping a trail of destruction across the carpet. The story of power-hungry mouls, and of two Munrung brothers, who set out on an amazing adventure. It’s a story that will come to a terrible end – if someone doesn’t do something about it.



Marge and the Pirate Baby by Isla Fisher £5.99 published by Piccadilly Press

AGE 5+

Yo ho ho, me hearties, Marge is back! This time there's a baby on the loose in the second fun family story in the hilarious series by actor and comedian Isla Fisher. Marge, the mischievous babysitter with rainbow hair, is exploring the neighbourhood with the kids. Meet Zara, the naughty little cousin, who never sleeps and loves to steal treasure. Marge thinks she's a pirate and maybe she's right. With some help from Jemima and Jake, can she stay in charge and keep ‘pirate’ baby under control? And can the children make sure Marge behaves at Uncle Desmond and Annie’s wedding?


Romans on the Rampage: Chariot Champions by Jeremy Strong £5.99 published by Penguin Random House

AGE 7+

The perfect mix of education and adventure, Jeremy Strong returns to the wacky world of Ancient Rome with this follow-up to the bestselling ‘Romans on the Rampage: Jail Break! Crazy capers abound in Ancient Rome as Croakbag the amazing talking raven tells the hilarious story of Perilus, the boy charioteer, his unpredictable family and Tiddles, the widdling elephant who’s befriended them all. Another irresistible story from the original king of comedy for young readers.

Mark of the Plague by Kevin Sands £7.99 published by Penguin Random

AGE 10+

Uncover hidden secrets and solve the puzzles of the breathtaking sequel to the acclaimed historical adventure, The Blackthorn Key. Boils, blood and a burning fever – the Back Death has returned to London… As the dreaded sickness spreads through the city, striking down rich and poor alike, an unknown man arrives with a miracle cure. But when an assassin threatens the life of the city’s new saviour, young apothecary Christopher Rowe and his faithful friend Tom must risk their lives to untangle another dark conspiracy. And when the plague strikes close to home, the stakes are raised higher than ever before.

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