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Chosen by Michael Rosen. Winner of The Blue Peter book award 2009 'most funny book with pictures' category - Mr Gum is off on his fifth best-selling adventure. And it is as zany and ridiculous as any that have gone before. This time, a gigantic bear arrives in the small town of Lamonic Bibber, a bear who is as tall as forty hamsters and as heavy as two hundred water melons or nineteen thousand grapes. Soon the nasty Mr Gum has all kinds of unpleasant plans for turning the bear into a dancing pet and making loads of money out of him. As ever, stopping him involves some wild action including a trip in a hot air-balloon and some daring adventures on the high seas. Click here to view the other Mr Gum titles by Andy Stanton. What Michael Rosen says of one of his all time favourite books: 'a wild, eye-watering comedy.' And a must for ALL Mr Gum fans - the Mr Gum Quiz book - FREE TO DOWNLOAD - and test your knowledge - click here (but it's pretty big so it might take short while!)
Quirky, original and hugely entertaining, this is a debut novel of fantastical proportions. The first in a secretive series, The Name of this Book is SECRET is accompanied by a website, part of which is in code so important information is only given to the brave (or foolhardy). It provides even more insight into the twisted villains and their lair. But shhh ... maybe I have said too much, tell no-one what I have told you and whatever you do, don’t visit: www.thenameofthisbookissecret.co.uk. The sequel to this novel is also now published. To view it click here. A piece of passion from the Editor:The Name of This Book is Secret is a wildly original romp of an adventure, filled with colourful characters, but it’s Pseudonymous Bosch’s wickedly witty and hugely entertaining narrative voice that really kept me giggling away with every read.
Interest Age 9+ Reading Age 8+. This is non-stop comedy involving twin boys who discover that when they reach 12 and a half they have the most extraordinary talents, but using their powers without causing chaos all around could be more difficult. You’ll laugh-out-loud, in fact you may even cry with laughter so be prepared. Rest assured you’ll be hooked from page one. Author Michael Lawrence and illustrator Chris Mould are both hugely respected and liked in the children’s book world. Be sure to check out other titles by this author, including The Killer Underpants and Jiggy McCue: Kid Swap. Perfect for Reluctant Readers as well as keen readers. To view other titles we think are suitable for reluctant readers please click here.
In this special edition there's a page of disgustingly smelly scratch-and-sniff stickers to decorate Mr Twit's beard included too! Yuck!. Mr and Mrs Twit are possibly the vilest of all Roald Dahl’s creations. They are ugly on the inside, as is evident from the cruel tricks they play on each other and the way they treat the Muggle-Wump monkeys, and utterly disgusting on the outside! The very thought of Mrs Twit’s cooking is enough to make grown-ups turn green, and as for Mr Twit’s beard … It’s hard to think of a book that is better suited to the addition of scratch and sniff stickers than this viscerally effective tale! It should probably come with a warning for adults but children will relish using the very stinky stickers to make Mr Twit’s beard even more disgusting! ~ Andrea Reece
With Rudolph on strike Rover comes to the rescue of Father Christmas but how can he possibly deliver all the presents with so little time left. You’ll laugh your socks off with Doyle’s brilliant storyline and one-liners to boot. This sequel to The Giggler Treatment also stands alone as a fantasmogorical read for everyone from 6 upwards.
A breath of fresh air in teen girls’ fiction and one of the funniest things we’ve read in the Lovereading office this year. Tipped to be the Adrian Mole for today’s teenage girls, My So-Called Life charts the side-splitting consequences of one girl’s quest to inject more drama into her tragically normal life. It captures brilliantly in laugh-out-loud diary style the angst of any teenager. A definite rival for bestselling teen novelists Louise Rennison and Sue Limb. Finally, don’t panic when you’ve finished this one for Rachel’s story will continue in the sequel The Life Of Riley. Click here to find out more about Rachel Riley herself in her very own website!
The eighth title in this fantastic Princess Diaries series. If you’re looking for books to get a reticent reader into the reading experience then the Princess Diaries series is a great way to do that. This is number eight but there is no need to have read the other seven to enjoy this one, which by the way is every bit as good as the earlier ones. The writing style is straightforward and the characters are a joy to meet. Other titles in the fabulous Princess Diaries series include Seventh Heaven and the final installment Ten Out of Ten.
Dumped by her parents at Evergreen Summer Camp, Stella is sure she is going to have a miserable time. But, despite herself, she finds she not only makes great new friends but also starts to really enjoy herself. A funny and warm hearted story from best-selling Jacqueline Wilson.
Four Christmas stories about the mayhem everyone’s favourite bad boy causes at Christmas. In the count down to Christmas, Horrid Henry deals with the Christmas play, with presents, sets out to ambush Father Christmas and deals with Christmas lunch itself. Christmas will never seem quite the same after reading of his hilarious exploits.
Mrs Croc wants a better life for herself and her children so Mr Croc needs to make some money – fast! How best to do it? Mr Croc has no intention of working for a living but robbing a bank sounds quite easy. But being a croc who is a crook isn’t as easy as it sounds. Told through words and pictures with speech bubbles to enjoy for shared reading, this is an entertaining story for beginning readers.
Penelope Lively is the only author to have won both the Booker Prize and the Carnegie Medal, the two most prestigious awards, one for an adult book and the other for a children’s book. It was this novel, The Ghost of Thomas Kempe, that won the Carnegie Medal and if you read it you’ll know why. This is a story that will keep the reader gripped to the page as it builds to an incredibly exciting climax as Thomas Kempe the ghost seems intent on getting James into awful trouble with his family.
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