Books of the Month - <b>December</b> Books of the Month - December

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Danny McGee Drinks the Sea
Andy Stanton
December 2016 Book of the Month Andy Stanton, that maestro of absurdity, teams up with Neal Layton, an illustrator who also has a direct line to preposterousness, to create a picture book that takes a simple idea and follows it... Featured in: 3+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 03/11/2016
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Word of Mouse
James Patterson
December 2016 Book of the Month | In a nutshell: you'll believe a mouse can be a hero! | There are fast-moving, grab-you-by-the-eyeballs-first-page-in reads, then there's James Patterson! Boy, does this man know how to tell a story in a way... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 01/12/2016
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The Giant's Necklace
Michael Morpurgo
December 2016 Book of the Month | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month November 2016 Former Children's Laureate Michael Morpurgo's short story is a small gem. Part adventure, part ghost story it slips easily between past and present as... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 03/11/2016
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Penguin Problems
Jory John
December 2016 Book of the Month | One of our Books of the Year 2016 | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month November 2016 Ever thought you had problems? Try being a Penguin! There's too much snow,... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 03/11/2016
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A Miscellany of Magical Beasts
Simon Holland
December 2016 Book of the Month | In a nutshell: beasts, magical beasts, in words and pictures | This very handsome book, wonderfully illustrated by some of the top artists of today, is a must-have for anyone fascinated by the... Featured in: 9+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 20/10/2016
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Papa Panov's Special Day
Mig Holder
December 2016 Book of the Month Just the right size to slip into a stocking or hang on a tree this little book beautifully conveys the real message of Christmas. Papa Panov has everything he needs in his little shoemakers... Featured in: 7+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 16/09/2016
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Winter Magic
Amy Alward, Emma Carroll, Berlie Doherty & others
December 2016 Book of the Month I've always thought books were magical. It's always a wonder that a simple combination of words can have such meaning, take us on so many adventures. This short story collection encapsulates that belief... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 03/11/2016
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A World of Information
Richard Platt
December 2016 Fascintating Facts Book of the Month A visually stunning collection of facts and figures for all the family to enjoy. Do you know how many bones there are in the human body or how clouds form? Or about... Featured in: 7+ readers | 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 03/11/2016
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Lie Kill Walk Away
Matt Dickinson
December 2016 Book of the Month A non-stop, action packed, thrilling tale of a race to save humanity from a deadly virus. 15 year old Rebecca Eden and 16 year old Joe Fontana tell their own tales in alternate very... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/10/2016
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Last Month's Featured Books

The Fox and the Ghost King
Michael Morpurgo
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | A Julia Eccleshare Book of the Month October 2016 Award-winning Michael Morpurgo weaves a charming and witty story around sport and...
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Motor Miles
John Burningham
October 2016 Book of the Month There's a perfect simplicity to this book, the work of a picture book genius. Miles is a difficult dog, won't come when called, doesn't...
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Reader Reviewed Darkness Follows
L. A. Weatherly
October 2016 Book of the Month Absolutely thrilling! This is the second in the truly wonderful ‘Broken Trilogy' and is just as captivating and if possible, even more gripping than...
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They All Saw a Cat
Brendan Wenzel
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | October 2016 Book of the Month A stylized, colourful picture book that highlights the power of perception and will gently introduce...
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Reader Reviewed The Deviants
C. J. Skuse
October 2016 Book of the Month | In a Nutshell: Revelations | Revenge | Rebuilding relationships Masterfully suspenseful rollercoaster of a read, with a genuinely jaw-dropping finale. Once thick...
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We Found a Hat
Jon Klassen
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | A Julia Eccleshare Book of the Month October 2016 Award-winning Jon Klassen is as witty, engaging and subtle as ever in...
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Queen Munch and Queen Nibble
Carol Ann Duffy
Queen Munch has cheeks as red as tomato ketchup, eyes the colour of chutney and a laugh as loud and deep as the moo of a cow on its way...
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There's a Snake in My School!
David Walliams
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | October 2016 Book of the Month David Walliams has his finger firmly on the funny bone of the nation's youth, and...
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More Featured Books

Again!
Emily Gravett
Prize-winning Emily Gravett has hit the jackpot again with a brilliant and original picture book that will delight adults as much as children. Everyone knows that the best bedtime stories...
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The World's Worst Children
David Walliams
Julia Eccleshare's Book of the Month June 2016 Ten wickedly funny and wonderfully surreal stories of truly terrible children show best-selling David Walliams's amazing gift for spinning entertaining stories. Contained...
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Such Stuff A Story-Maker's Inspiration
Michael Morpurgo
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | Julia Eccleshare's Book of the Month July 2016 Award-winning former Children's Laureate Michael Morpurgo gives all those who love his books...
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The Tale of Kitty in Boots
Beatrix Potter
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | September 2016 Book of the Month There was great excitement in the literary world earlier this year at the news that...
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Reader Reviewed Grandpa Was an Astronaut
Jonathan Meres
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | September 2016 Book of the Month | In a Nutshell: Grandparents | Fun | Poignant | Interest Age 5-8 Best known...
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Reader Reviewed Mango & Bambang: Tiny Tapir Trouble
Polly Faber
September 2016 Book of the Month Polly Faber and Clara Vulliamy's Mango and Bambang stories are perfect for newly independent readers. There are four funny, entertaining stories in each collection,...
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Reader Reviewed Beck
Mal Peet, Meg Rosoff
*** Suitable for ages 16+ One of our Books of the Year 2016 | Julia Eccleshare's Book of the Month September 2016 In turns brutal and passionate, Beck is an utterly...
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Reader Reviewed Amazing Abby: Drama Queen
Emma Moss
In a nutshell: friendship | fun | growing up in the 21st century | Bubbly Abby takes centre stage in the second book in this new series for young girls....
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Reader Reviewed Shadowsmith
Ross MacKenzie
September 2016 Book of the Month In a nutshell: good versus evil, spiders, finding courage Ross MacKenzie won the Blue Peter Best Story Award for The Nowhere Emporium and...
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Reader Reviewed Sir Dancealot
Timothy Knapman
September 2016 Book of the Month Little Sir Dancealot would fit right in on Strictly! This nimble-toed young knight has a novel approach to combat – he dances his...
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Wide-Awake Hedgehog
Rosie Wellesley
September 2016 Book of the Month Isaac the hedgehog made his debut in The Very Helpful Hedgehog which was much liked at Lovereading4kids. He's back in a new adventure...
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Reader Reviewed The Haunting of Jessop Rise
Danny Weston
September 2016 Book of the Month In a Nutshell: Historical haunting | Eerie intrigue | Sinister secrets Chilling historical novel in which an orphan becomes entangled in a web of...
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Reader Reviewed A Child of Books
Oliver Jeffers, Sam Winston
Julia Eccleshare's Book of the Month September 2016 Award-winning storyteller and artist Oliver Jeffers and typographic fine artist Sam Winston have created an extraordinarily adventurous and original picture book which,...
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Gruffalo Crumble and Other Recipes
Julia Donaldson
Julia Eccleshare's Book of the Month September 2016 Young cooks will love first to create and then to feast on delights such as Fox's Sandwiches, Scrambled Snake and the awesome...
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Jinks and O'Hare Funfair Repair
Philip Reeve
Julia Eccleshare's Book of the Month September 2016 Bestselling Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre have created a fabulous feisty new heroine in Emily who is determined to be as helpful...
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Tom's Midnight Garden Graphic Novel
Philippa Pearce
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | Julia Eccleshare's Book of the Month September 2016 Philippa Pearce's classic novel of the 1950s is newly minted for today's readers...
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Reader Reviewed As I Descended
Robin Talley
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | September 2016 Book of the Month In a Nutshell: Deadly Ambition | Scheming with Spirits | Descent into Darkness Thrilling, chilling,...
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Destination: Space
Christoph Englert
Shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Award 2017 - Best Books with Facts | September 2016 Fascinating Facts Book of the Month Astrophysicist and illustrator, both leaders in their field,...
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Reader Reviewed The Wolf Wilder
Katherine Rundell
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | Longlisted for the UKLA 2017 Book Award and September 2016 Book of the Month Wolves, wildness and freedom are at the heart...
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Super Skills: How to Create Animation in 10 Easy Lessons
William Bishop-Stephens
September 2016 Fascinating Facts Book of the Month Anything you can imagine, you can animate says this stimulating book, and it explains clearly and simply the ten key skills readers...
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