Author – Dermot O’Leary
Illustrator – Nick East
Age – 6+
Toto and her brother Silver have just moved from Italy to London. When they hear something in their bins outside one night, they go to investigate.
Little did they know they would make a friend called Catface. Catface is keen to show them the wonders of London and before they know it they are caught up in an adventure to save the small creatures of the city from an escaped King Cobra!
Toto’s eyesight isn’t that good, but she has razor sharp reflexes and was trained by a Ninja Master in Italy when she was small. Her skills come in very handy along the way.
A fun adventure above and below the streets of London, to find a giant snake escapee from London Zoo. Toto and Silver are based on the illustrator’s own cats. His Toto couldn’t see very well either, but had the reflexes of a fully-sighted cat.
(Animals, Cat, Snake, Rat, London, Sewers, Humour, Funny, Adventure)
Author – Ross Welford
Age – 9+
Would you want to live forever? Alfie is 11 years old and has been 11 for 1000 years. He lives with his mum who is also a ‘Neverdead’ and they keep to themselves in a small house in the woods.
When there is an accident, Alfie is left alone, frightened and desperate to find what he needs to finally grow up and grow old normally. He makes two friends who help hide him from the police and social services while he figures out what to do.
But there is someone else who wants what Alfie needs – someone who has been searching for Alfie for hundreds of years. Someone who will do anything to get what he wants.
An intriguing story about friendship, family, and history, all rolled up with a mystery and a heart-stopping conclusion. Be careful what you wish for! Great read!
(History, Friends, Mystery, Action)
Author – Hayley Scott
Illustrator – Pippa Curnick
Age – 6+
Stevie isn’t happy about moving from the city to the country to be closer to her dad. She is a dreamer and loves watching the clouds from her 18th storey apartment window and thinking about stuff. Will she be able to do that in the country?
Her grandmother gives her a moving gift – a teacup that opens up into a dolls house. Stevie is also given 4 rabbit figures for the house, but she knows this is a plan between her mum and grandmother to try and make her feel better about the move.
When they arrive at their new cottage, Stevie carries the teacup house and rabbits carefully inside and sets them up in her new room. But one of the rabbits is missing! While she’s frantically searching, something magical happens!
The first story in a sweet new series. Think Toy Story inside a teacup house. With colour illustrations throughout this is an ideal early chapter book.
(Magic, Moving, Adventure, Danger, Garden, Series)
Author – Julian Gough
Illustrator – Jim Field
Age – 6+
Rabbit & Bear are swimming in a lake, enjoying the summer, when a THING whizzes past their heads. It screams, hits a tree and lands in the water.
What is it, they wonder as Bear plucks it from the lake. It’s unconscious. It’s small. Its face is flat. It has bird feet. Suddenly Rabbit recognises it. It’s a creature that he’s always been told to avoid. They are 6 ft tall and will terrorise you! They eat you alive and burp up your bones!
I don’t think so, says Bear having a closer look at the small, still, fuzzy bundle.
As always, Rabbit gets himself all worked up in a tizz, while Bear looks on figuring things out properly. Slowly but surely they work out the truth as the thing awakes, and Rabbit learns that he actually may have something (embarrasing) in common with it.
Just as good as the first two stories – Funny, thoughtful, and endearing, as these two friends learn about acceptance, no matter what they’ve always believed.
(Animals, Humour, Funny, Series, Acceptance, Prejudice)
Author – Jen Storer
Illustrator – Mitch Vane
Age – 6+
4 more stories about a young boy called Danny Best. Danny is full-on and always first to do anything. He is always after a challenge and keen to beat everyone and then crow to the world!
1) Tongue Tied – Danny is determined to beat the World Record at talking with his tongue hanging out. And if it annoys his big sister, it’s a bonus!
2) Old Yellow Eye is a revered fish in Danny’s town, so when the annual fishing content rolls around, Danny is keen to catch this cunning creature. But when the time comes, he has to choose between Old Yellow Eye and someone close to him.
3) Bum-Free – Danny’s teacher gives his class a task. Write a story about a wholesome family – keeping to the class rules of course. No exploding bums, monkeys with guns, squashed kittens etc. So Danny begins with a very angry vacuum cleaner…..
4) Boy Vs Wild – Danny is bored. So he ventures out into the baking Aussie outback (his backyard), to brave any creatures (the chickens) that come along, and try and find water. His friends are watching through the fence as he acts out his adventure, and he soon has more water than he knows what to do with!
Anyone funny set of stories about this crazy kid. There are quizzes along the way to make sure you’re paying attention!
(Funny, Humour, Full-on, Friends, School, Fishing, Sibling, Series)
Author – Julie Leung
Age – 8+
Two stories in one that entwine as the lives of two kingdoms are at stake.
Calib Christopher is a shy, quiet mouse – nothing like his father or grandfather who were brave mouse knights in battle, and strong rulers of their kingdom – under the floors of Camelot.
Calib wants nothing more to be a honoured knight and carry on the revered Christopher name, but courage is something he hasn’t found yet. When there is an attack on one of their leaders, their kingdom is quick to blame the Darklings – another band of animals they signed a truce with years before.
But the clues left by the assassin weren’t left by a Darkling. Calib tries to convince the knights, but no-one will listen. Can he stop a war with the wrong kind? Can he discover who the true assassin is?
Galahad is a young boy returning to Camelot without his famous father Sir Lancelot. He is scoffed at by the other pages and squires who know he has been living in a nunnery for protection. He is soon banished to the kitchens when unsuccessful at early knight training. When he discovers a mouse that seems to be trying to talk to him, he knows that something important is happening. Can they work together to save Camelot?
A fantastic story! A cross between Narnia and The Knights of the Round Table with a quest to achieve, courage to find and epic battle scenes. Loved it! 1st in a series.
(Series, Knights, Bravery, Magic, Courage, Camelot, Assassin, Revenge, War, Animals, Mice)
Author – Caryl Hart
Illustrator – Sarah Warburton
Age – 6+
Nell and her best friend Freddie are The Invincibles – not scared of anything, and keen to try everything.
When Nell’s big brother Lucas plans to camp out in the back lawn with a campfire and marshmallows, Nell uses her Pester Power to convince her dad that they should be allowed to join them. Bramble Woods is right behind their house and they’ve seen an article about a strange black hairy creature spotted by a local in the woods.
After ghost stories by the fire, The Beast is clear in their imaginations – but is it real? They are soon to find out!
A fun story about siblings, getting your parents to say yes, and vivid imaginations!
(Blended family, Friends, Scary, Monster, Camping)