King Flashypants (3) and the Toys of Terror

King Flashypants and the Toys of Terror: Book 3Author / Illustrator – Andy Riley
Age – 6+

Emperor Nurbison is up to his old, evil tricks again – or is he? Suddenly after years of being horribly mean and dastardly, he seems to have turned over a new leaf. He’s opened a toy store, changed his evil laugh to a giggle and has declared himself NICE!

Everyone in Edwinland are buying his new dolls and loving them too. Edwin isn’t happy that his best friend Megan the Jester would much rather play with her Nurbison doll than the super hero costume he made her. He’s determined to find out what Nurbison is up to.

Jam-packed with hilarious illustrations and slapstick humour, this is the 3rd book in this series and even funnier than the last. Would make a great (silly) read a loud.

(Humour, Funny, Silly, Evil, King, Best friends, Toys, Series)

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The Wizards of Once

Author/Illustrator – Cressida Cowell34455798

Age – 8+

Xar is selfish, impulsive and full of himself. After all, he is the son of Encanzo, the King Enchantor. But he is the youngest son, and his magic hasn’t come in yet, causing him embarrasment and worry.

Wish is the daughter of Queen Sychorax, the most evil queen in the Warrior Empire. Wish is also impulsive, daring, and rebellious, but also caring and kind.

They are taught from birth that the other is a foe, an enemy, one to be slain if need be. But these two venture out into the darkness on the same night, breaking the strict rules of their forts. Wish is looking for her friend, a magical spoon that has run away. Xar is hoping to catch a witch. Everyone knows witches are extinct, but Xar believes if he can catch one and harness its magic, he will finally make his father proud of him and quieten his older brother’s taunts.

But there is something else out in the darkness. Something wild and evil, which throws them together into a uneasy pact to help the other. Not only do they have to face their angry parents, the something’s power has been growing their whole lives and they have unwittingly unleashed it.

Told directly to the reader, this is an exciting story about a prince and a princess unlike any other. Xar is a weedy, annoying brat and Wish has a limp and an eye patch. But both have loyal sidekicks who will defend them to the death. Xar’s magical creatures are funny and fantastical and Wish’s assistant bodyguard is new at the job and trying to be brave. Full of mystical pencil sketching illustrations, this was a great read with an unanswered question at the end – who is narrating the story?

(Courage, Bravery, Wizards, Witches, Magic, Warrior, Friends, Magical Creatures, Series, Scary, Humour)

Maybe

Author – Morris Gleitzman36125803

Age – 10+

It’s 1946. The war is over and Felix and his friends Gabriek and Anya are heading back to Gabriek’s farm – keen to live a life without fear. But all does not go to plan and they are soon running for their lives.

The 6th in Morris Gleitzman’s ‘family’ of books about Felix’s life – before, during and after World War 2, Maybe he’ll finally be able to find a life without having to look over his shoulder, avoid death all around him and become the doctor he wants to be?

Maybe this will happen when he wakes up in an airbase? Maybe it will happen when he flies to Australia? But there is always the threat of Zliv, the younger brother of a man they killed in Poland, who does not care that it was in self defense.

Drawn right into the continuing narrative on the very first line, the reader is back in Felix’s life. At age fourteen, he has seen terrible things, lost loved ones and suffered throughout the war. But the war has ended and now he has hope for the future. This ‘family’ of books has been written and intended to be able to be read in any order. Once, Then, After, Now, Soon are as beautiful and heartbreaking as each other. Maybe they’ll be one more in this family?

(War, Loyalty, Courage, Australia, Series)

Charlie and the Karaoke Cockroaches

Author / Illustrator – Alan Brough35492510

Age – 7+

Charlie has been given a strange, shiny, black box to look after by his even stranger friend Vivien. She gave him strict instructions to guard it – then disappeared! Something else strange happened too. A huge man arrived at their classroom yelling – “Where are they?”

Where are who, and who is he? Why did Vivien give him the intensely stressing responsibility of looking after the box and where has she gone? These are just a few of the trillion questions Charlie wants to ask. But as he’s ready to explode with the worry of it all, his army-mad friend Hils (Hilary) just might be able to help.

Just like the first story in this series (Charlie and the War against the Grannies), this adventure is just as crazy-zany-bonkers! Charlie has been given the job to protect three ancient singing karaoke cockroaches, while their real protector (Vivien) tries to lead a determined cockroach exterminator away from them. Full of charts, lists and musings from Charlie along the way, this episode is hilarious!

(Humour, funny, crazy, Friends, Mystery, Quest)

 

Dino Hunter (1) D-Bot Squad Series

Author – Mac Park35852499

Age – 6+

Hunter Marks had no idea when he dressed as a dino hunter for his school Book Week Parade, that he’d soon be chasing a real dinosaur. The school librarian, (Ms Stegg) guides him towards a computer game that involves building a dinosaur robot that captures dinosaurs.

When he captures the dino on screen in the allotted time, Ms Stegg explains what’s going on. She works for a top secret agency called Dino Corp. They have brought dinosaurs back to life, but some have escaped!

His love of dinosaurs makes him perfect to join the D-Bot Squad, to help Dino Corp capture them again before anyone is in danger!

With 8 books in this series, all ending on a cliffhanger, D-Bot Squad is designed specifically for reluctant readers -“A world kids will love, using words they can read.” Full of B & W illustrations and topics kids will identify with – school, friends, coping with new challenges, and asking for help when you need it. 

(Dinosaurs, Courage, School, Series, Reluctant readers)

 

The Traitor and the Thief (1) The Sin Chronicles

Author – Gareth Ward35296530

Age – 10+

Caught stealing at Coxford’s Corn Market, 14 yr old Sin is hunted across the city. But his street skills can’t evade his pursuers. They want Sin to join their Covert Operations Group (COG) and train to become a spy. Used to his life of crime on the streets he’s not sure of these people, (but he does enjoy a nice warm bed and plenty to eat for a change.)

Wary to begin with, Sin soon makes a friend in Zonda Chubb, and an unlikely alliance with the school bully Velvet Von Darque. But there is an assassin among them, and he’s not sure who he can trust. Is his own life in danger?

A rip-roaring steampunk adventure by the winner of the Storylines Tessa Duder Writing Competition for Young Adults in 2016! With rich writing, well developed characters and awesome world building, The Traitor and the Thief is a fantastic read and not to be missed!

(Series, Friendship, Spy, Assassin, Courage, Conflict, Adventure, Action, Betrayal)

Glitterwings Book Week Blunder (1) Miniwings

Author – Sally SuttonImage result for glitterwings book scholastic

Illustrator – Kirsten Richards

Age – 6+

When Sophia and Clara are given 6 small plastic unicorns by their Nana, they think they are sweet little toys, but little do they know, they are naughty, cheeky, and bound to get them in a LOT of trouble. In the 1st episode of this series, it is book week at their school and there is a dress-up parade on the last day. What will they go as?

They ask Mum to help, but the Miniwings spoil things. The next time Mum agrees, the Miniwings are even worse! Will they ever get a costume ready or will they have to wear their school uniforms in the parade?

These fun, coloured illustrated chapter books are great for budding readers. No. 1 & 2 are on the shelves with four more adventures to come.

(Unicorns, Series, Siblings, School, Magic, Fantasy, Fun, Mischief, Family)