Author – Adrian Edmondson
Illustrator – Danny Noble
Age – 6+
Tilly’s dad is an inventor. One night she is woken by a loud bang and showers of sparks. Her dad had invented a time machine. When he tries to show her how it works, it breaks down. With a promise to show her in the morning, he sends her back to bed.
But Dad isn’t there in the morning – or after school. Tilly knows she has to go and find him. Dad has programmed interesting times and events through history into the machine and Tilly follows him onto a ship being cannonballed, a world cup football match, up victorian chimneys and to her own 6th birthday party. Will she ever catch up to him?
With B&W illustrations throughout and written by a master UK comedian and actor, Tilly’s tale is fun, dangerous and sweet as she searches for her dad and remembers her mum.
(Humour, School, Science, Time Travel, One-parent Family)
Authors – Kate & Jol Temple
Illustrator – Jon Foye
Age – 6+
Jimmy is at it again. Doing stuff he shouldn’t, causing chaos and mayhem and not understanding what the fuss is all about. He’s found a dinosaur print. Any decent explorer knows that all you have to do when you find a footprint is start digging to find the rest of the dinosaur. Easy right?
But in pursuit of explorer fame, Jimmy discovers a treasure map, causes a craze at school, tries to contact a pirate, and once again is in a competition against Alice Toolie (the most annoying girl in school and his nemesis.) The result is laugh out loud hilarious and results in his suspension, which Jimmy thinks is very understanding of his principal to give him a few days off while he recovers from the stress of it all.
Loved this even more than the first Captain Jimmy Cook. Full of funny illustrations and would be great as a Year 3-4 (NZ) read aloud – age 7-8
(Humour, School, Explorer, Family, Secret)
Author – Kristina Ohlsson
Age – 7+
Aladdin’s family owns the Turkish restaurant ‘Turk in the Tower’ in an old water tower in Sweden. They don’t know that the tower was built on land that held an age old mystery. A silversmith used to live there and one night a lightning storm destroyed his home and all his silver was stolen. It was never found.
Who is the strange boy hanging around the restaurant? Is he one of the refugees in town or is he ‘The Silver Boy’ – the ghost of a young boy searching for the silver? Aladdin and his friend Billie are caught up in the mystery, and he’s determined to find the silver to help save the family restaurant.
A ghost, a mystery, a family problem to solve. Twists and turns will intrigue young mystery fans.
(Friendship, Mystery, Ghost, Sweden, Refugees)
Author/Illustrator – Andy Riley
Age – 7+
Edwin is trying to eat his boring vegetables (a new rule by Minister Jill to stop Edwinland subjects eating so much junk food), when he hears someone crying for help. An old hermit called Baxter runs into town yelling about a terrible monster that has gobbled up his goats and cow. It’s called a Voolith.
Edwin – sick of his vegetables, and wanting to be a true king (who doesn’t have to eat vegetables) announces that he will go and defeat this Voolith in single combat (not actually knowing what that means.) But Emperor Nurbison (from Nurbisonia next door), sees another chance to defeat Edwin and takeover Edwinland. And if he can get Edwin gobbled up by a Voolith, all the better!
Another zany, wacky adventure with King Flashypants Edwin and his crew. Super funny with hilarious illustrations.
(Humour, Kingdom, Jousting, Monster, Courage, Quest)
Author/Illustrator – Elise Gravel
Age – 6+
Olga LOVES animals. She prefers them much more than people and then proves her point quickly to the reader with funny pictures and diagrams. Olga considers herself an animal scientist and would much rather make observations about animals than go to school and talk with girls like her annoying neighbours Shalala and Farla (lalas) who only care about clothes, and hair and a Korean popstar they both think is adorable. But according to Olga, he’s got nothing on animals!
When Olga finds a small, strange creature who says nothing but ‘Meh!’ – that is what she names it. But where is it from? What does it eat? After a trip to the library and the local store, her friends try to help. Even the Lalas begin to help, with very pink consequences….
(Humour, Animals, Mystery, Science, Series)
Author/Illustrator – Donovan Bixley
Age – 6+
Fantastic illustrations fill this series, as always with Donovan Bixley’s work. There’s tons of action, likeable characters and the beginnings of other storylines are threaded through these stories about the never ending battles between cats and dogs – but set in wartime.
Each mission is set in a different country and also contains a non-fiction element in the way of illustration. There is funny cat and dog themed word play, which will add to the enjoyment of these books which would make great read-a-louds for year 3-4 children.
The next instalment of this exciting series called Unmasked about the never ending rivalry between cats and dogs is out mid April 17!
(Cat, Dog, Animal, War, Humour, Funny, Kiwi, NZ, Series)
Author – Mo Willems
Illustrator – Tony Diterlizzi
Age – 5+
Diva is a small dog who lives with the gardienne of an apartment building in Paris. A gardienne is someone who lives on the ground floor and makes sure everything is neat, tidy and safe. Diva takes her job very seriously. If she sees anything outside or nearby or even inside their small fenced garden at the front of the building, she will bark (yelp) and run away. Her biggest fear are feet, and the thought of leaving the safety of her garden has never crossed her mind – until she meets Flea.
Flea is a street cat but also a flaneur. This is someone (or somecat) who wanders the streets and lanes and tops of walls to see what there is to see. And that job never stops as there is always more to discover. Flea’s biggest fear is brooms, as he has been chased by brooms many times and they are very scary things.
Set in the beautiful city of Paris, France, this is a funny story about two very unlikely friends and how they help each other overcome their fears. Both New York Times bestsellers, Mo Willems and Tony Diterlizzi make a wonderful team and wonderful stories. Young readers will enjoy these characters and how they meet. The few exotic french words in this story add a little of magic too!
(Animals, Cat, Dog, Fears, Friendship, Paris, Courage)