Harold’s turning seven and he WILL have a party – his first one, and it turns out to be unforgettable, as a cavalcade of animals disrupts his ordered life, eating the chandelier, trying on his mother’s pearls, breaking the crockery… Will triumph be snatched from the cake-filled jaws of catastrophe? Ages 3-7.
A new collection of short stories about children around the world in WW2, by an accomplished author of historical fiction for children whose books include ‘Letters from the Lighthouse’ and ‘Secrets of a Sun King’. Ages 8-10.
First published in New York in 1865 and influenced by the author’s Dutch immigrant neighbours, this is the story of Hans Brinker and his sister Gretel, two impoverished children growing up in Holland. Who has never dreamt of skating for miles on frozen canals? And racing to win?
Raj Haldar & Chris Carpenter, illustrated by Maria Beddia
A is for absurd, clearly, only that is too straightforward. Expect clouds of gnats, knots and homophonic extravagances. Ages – rather hard to say as some might say that the book will undo years of patient spelling bees, but how about 4+?
A boy walks out one sunny morning in Tyneside: this is a lyrical and expansive novel about a day of encounters and contradictions, light and also shadow. By the author famous for ‘Skellig’ and many others.
Intelligent non-fiction with many of Dieter Braun’s excellent illustrations. Iceland to Vietnam, the Alps to Kilimanjaro and includes waterfalls, the Northern Lights, icebergs, flora, fauna, glaciers, dunes. This is wonderful! Ages 7-9