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All the books we feature on LoveReading4Kids are selected because we think they deserve to stand out from the crowd of the many thousands of other titles published each month.
A little girl finds the courage to stand up to a bully with the help of a clever plan. About to become lunch for Lion, Sarah has to think fast to save herself. What can she do in the jungle that no other animal can? Sarah can draw and soon she’s made all the animals happy with her pictures. Except for Lion. Lion hates the way he looks cross and angry in Sarah’s picture. But the picture doesn’t lie and all the other animals tell Lion so. Lion must change his ways to get a better picture of himself. And he does! Happiness all round.
Best-selling author and illustrator Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler have teamed up again to create a heart-warming story about loyalty and friendship. When Tabby McTat the busker’s cat gets separated from the busker he begins a new life on his own. But though the new life with Sock and her owners has great attractions, McTat misses his singing partner and the times they had together. Luckily he comes up with a neat solution for putting the two parts of his life together. Other Axel/Julia collaborations can be found here.
Step right into the celebrity life of teenage supermodel Nikki. Apparently the golden girl of the catwalk Nikki looks like an absolute airhead but that’s just the surface. Underneath there’s nerdy Emmerson Watts who somehow got trapped in the wrong body and is finding out that being in the spotlight is not as easy as it looks. A hugely entertaining story full of surprises and love and passion.
This is an excellent, fast-paced adventure fusing past and present in a swift moving plot which tells how a sixteen year old contemporary hacker gets involved in the story of a daring gold robbery from an ancient temple in Timbuktu. Contemporary Danny is not only quick with computers he is also quick on his feet and his code breaking is only successful because he is able to keep one step ahead of his pursuers as they chase him from London to Africa in the hope of getting to the gold first. Lovereading comment: The best thing though about Stephen’s writing is that you really feel a part of the boy protagonist as he runs headlong through the book. This is almost certainly because the author, although English, lives a nomadic life in West Africa among the herders and speaks their language. For younger readers try his series of novels featuring the adventurer Sophie, again set in Africa. Click here to see all his titles.
A stunning collection of poems for children by the Poet Laureate. Carol Ann Duffy’s collection opens with ‘The Words of Poems’, which is a perfect introduction to the feast of delights found within this anthology. Duffy’s poems encompass everything from ‘The Good Child’s Guide to Rock’n’ Roll’, which is at least as much fun for adults as children, and the more obviously child directed, ‘The Sock’. This really is an anthology to treasure.
A visual treat and a wonderfully witty story, this is also a wonderfully liberating story and a good warning to all about over-pampering and protecting a dog – or anyone else! Trixie Twinkle Toes is loved and cherished and petted and pampered. She is groomed and dressed and medicated and cosseted. But Trixie Twinkle Toes yearns for a real life. She wants to roll in the mud and catch sticks and, most of all, to step in puddles… Can she persuade her owner to let her?
A thrilling story of survival against the odds in a world in which adults have been killed or brain-crazed leaving only children under fourteen and with no one to look after them. How a bunch of children survive as they travel across the dangerous city trying to find a safe place is thrilling; how they survive the terrifying zombies is spine chilling. If you enjoy this one, then take a look at Gone for slightly older readers and the Lovereading4kids book of 2009. A message from the Publisher: The Enemy is the first title in a chilling series of books which will have you on the edge of your seat from start to finish. It is set in an eerie, modern-day London after a mystery illness attacks everyone over the age of fourteen. Those afflicted either die or become so crazed by disease they are little more than wild animals. Gangs of kids are left to fend for themselves, dodging the zombie adults who remain. From the author who brought you the bestselling Young Bond series, this sensational new book about an epic fight for survival will keep readers hooked from page one.
A visual treat, this is a rich collection of original stories, rhymes and pictures from some of the best-known and best-loved authors and illustrators of today including Jacqueline Wilson, Michael Morpurgo, Shirley Hughes, Quentin Blake and Malorie Blackman. Each of these contributions is perfectly pitched making them ideal for sharing with the very young at bedtime.
Amaze your friends and family with hundreds of astonishing facts, figures, firsts and lasts with Whitaker’s World of Facts. It is based on the bestselling Whitaker’s Almanack. Published annually since 1868, the Almanack has been buried in a time capsule beneath Cleopatra’s Needle in London and used by Sherlock Holmes.
Bob, the Man on the Moon, has already had several prize-winning adventures. Now he and his extra special dog Barry are back in a new format for more surprises about a very special place. Bob and Barry have to use all their skill to find out what has happened to the moon after the magician The Stupendous Alacazamo causes it to disappear from the sky. An attractive and easy-to-form chapter book with a real sense of action.
Amaze your friends and family with 100s of astonishing facts, figures, first and lasts ranging from why is 13 unlucky, how do astronauts go to the loo and who had hiccups for 68 years and did you know that the author of this immense tome has a great, great, great, great uncle who invented false teeth? It’s not just fantastic, it’s fact-tastic. The book is based on the Whitaker’s Almanac, which in turn has been published annually since 1868!
An inveterate collector of facts and figures, Russell Ash has been a renowned author of popular reference titles, including the best-selling Top Ten of Everything and related titles until his sad death earlier this year. Whitaker's World of Facts 2011 is full of the most up-to-date, ‘must have’ information on every important subject on earth,with lashings of fact files, world record-breakers and ‘top ten’-style lists – all lavishly illustrated with full colour photographs. It is one of the biggest and the best reference title for all the family, perfect for study, for general knowledge or just plain pleasure..
An absolutely gripping spy adventure packed full of mystery, intrigue and high paced drama. It combines the action-packed exploits of Alex Rider, with the historical advnetures of Young Indiana Jones, in a classic story of one boy's fight to find his father. Trey is off on the Orient Express to take a tour of Europe with his father. Even before the train has left the Gare de Lyon, Trey has a strong feeling that he is being watched… Should he behave like Trent ‘Pistol’ Gripp, his favourite fictional character, and confront the man. Soon Trey has to take brave decisions of his own – when he finds himself on the run in very dangerous circumstances. Talking about his new book Graham says: ‘I Spy gets its inspiration from a number of places, not least is just the idea of Constantinople; it was so exotic and seemed to exemplify the whole spy genre. And that’s why the book is set in 1927, because Constantinople’s name was changed to Istanbul in 1930.’ Graham travelled to Istanbul to research the book: ‘a lot of the city hadn’t changed much since the time when the story takes place. I came back with a head full of history, and an imagination totally fired up and ready to go.’ Graham also acknowledged a debt to the pulp fiction era which he loves â€ John Buchan stories, Erskine Childers’ ‘Riddle of the Sands’, tales by Anthony Hope and Eric Ambler – the fantastic covers and ripâ€snorting storytelling. ‘I see I Spy as a roaring homage to all of this’ Marks said.
Kindness works like a magic charm on the grumpy old Gruff, a growly, grizzly grump of a bear. When Gruff the Grump unexpectedly does something kind and rescues a rabbit stuck in a tree, the rabbit repays him by bringing him a fallen star. For each act of kindness the rabbit brings another star. Something is changing in Gruff. Soon he isn’t a Grump anymore. Lovereading comment: Gruff is grumpy and all the other animals in the wood know that and keep away, but one little rabbit is determined to cheer him up through whatever means he can - and that includes being stuck up a tree, clinging to a log on the river and even knocking on Gruff's cave door. Wonderfully vibrant illustrations complement the lovely storyline, it’s sure to melt the hearts of both parent and child.
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All the books we feature on LoveReading4Kids are selected because we think they deserve to stand out from the crowd of the many thousands of other titles published each month. However, sometimes in a month, we wish to give that little bit more emphasis to a title or titles and to make it a 'Book of the Month' within its age range.
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