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When you set out to fracture a fairy story there is none better than Neil Gaiman to do the job.With this very grown up  fairy story he has managed to combine both the Sleeping Beauty with Snow White and come up with a very, very plausible yarn, which is something…
This is a fairy story which has definitely grown up under the talented imagination of Brand and his partner in re-creation Riddell, as they have woven their magic to create a Pied Piper for today’s young readers. The astonishing, descriptive graphics illustrate a tried and true tale of arrogance and…
When Alberta gets a non-birthday card and letter from her cousin Coco, the Police Chief in a city of Buenos Aires she decides the best thing to do, after figuring out just what his letter meant, was to go and visit him. She packs her few things and sets off…
This is a delightful book of rhymes to suit young children and introduce them to a collective of different animals found around the world. Each of the simple rhymes introduces the animal and some of their characteristics, making the animal into something special as they flap, flip, clap, snuffle and…
Tashi is a well-known, well-loved character who has been facing danger and adventures for many years. He is small in stature and his friends are the same size. This makes no difference when Tashi outsmarts wicked magicians or dragons.  His stories are imaginative and contain cellars and dungeons and a…
Just in time for Christmas reading or giving is the latest from well-loved author Sophie Tilley and her much loved Amelie and Nanette as they too start to get ready for the Christmas season. The two best friends are very excited as the end of the school years has come…
Originally released over forty years ago, this story has never lost its appeal or become dated. At that time, most children's books told stories that were sweet or sometimes adventurous or classic tales and mostly uplifting. Maurice Sendak broke that mould with “Where the wild things are”!  Judith Viorst recognized…
This is NOT the story of Jack and the beanstalk! 'It is a beautifully illustrated children’s picture book about a boy called Jack and a magic bean. Each double page features some print and at least a full coloured page of bright illustration.
With Christmas fast approaching this is a fresh new take on the traditional story of three little pigs, except in this case there are five little pigs who are busy getting into the Christmas spirit, as they sing and dance their way towards Christmas, having fun buying their presents and…
In wartime we tend to focus on the human perspective but behind that there is a different tale to tell; that of the animals that have made such a difference to the outcome for so many, not just over the centuries but in recent time. Presented in a slightly ‘old…
As a Children's Librarian, a new Roland Harvey book in the Library signalled a routine. At lunch time a bean bag would be pulled out in the middle of the floor and I would sit and look at the book. Gradually the curious would arrive and begin to curl up…
Although this is billed as the first book in a Fantasy Series for 7-12 year olds, it’s a great read for anyone who loves Fantasy Sci-Fi, as it holds the interest right up until the final word, something that is not always achievable and while definitely Fantasy, could almost be…
Numbers, numbers, numbers, say that to most kids and they will freak out. If you are a teacher you will know the truth of that statement. But here Liz Strachan in her “Numbers are Forever”, has shown us what every reasonable teacher can do to take the drudgery out of…
Mr Chicken is off on another one of his adventures when he decides to grab his camera and head off to see the sights of London, his favourite city in the entire world. He finishes his breakfast, and flies off to London as only Mr Chicken can do, splash landing…
Crikey and Cat are off on an adventure when they go out one night and realise all the stars are gone from the sky, so they set out to try and find just where they have gone.
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