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Saturday, 3 October 2015

The Reading Chair Children's Book Column for South Wales Evening Post Oct 3rd

The Reading Chair Children's Book Column for   South Wales Evening Post Oct 3rd
My pick of childrens books for this week ranging from picture books for toddlers to young adult fiction.

BOOK OF THE WEEK

MISTER CLEGHORN'S SEAL BY JUDITH KERR
Inspired by her father the legendary author of The Tiger Who Came to Tea tells a heartwarming story of Mr Cleghorn who rescues a seal pup called Charlie and takes it home to his flat. A poignant tale full of adventure and mishaps highlighting the special bond we can share with animals. Is there a happy ever after? The audio book is delightfully read by the actor Bill Nighy and has an afterword by Judith Kerr
ISBN: 9780008157302 HB HarperCollins £12.99
5/5 Stars

Picture Book 2+


PLEASE MR PANDA BY STEVE ANTONY
A deceptively simple tale teaching pre schoolers the rewards of good manners as delivered by a deadpan panda. When he offers his friends doughnuts why won't he give them one? Maybe because they won't say the magic word? Will spark discussion and deserves multiple readings. I love Mr Panda's expression's and have felt that way myself when people aren't polite. Your best buy BEFORE Christmas especially for little ones yelling I WANT!
ISBN 9781444916652 PB Hachette Children's Group £6.99
5/5 Stars

Childrens Book 6+



MEET AT THE ARK AT EIGHT! BY ULRICH HUB

This is an unusual and comical retelling for the young of Noah and his ark as seen through the eyes of three penguins! Two of the penguins who have tickets smuggle their friend onto the ark while having all sorts of theological debates but they stick together in the growing crisis. Full of dry wit and clever insights this is one to be shared and enjoyed by both children and adults
ISBN 9781782690870 PB Pushkin Children's Books £6.99
4/5 Stars


Young Adult fiction 13+


FROZEN BY MELISSA DE LA CRUZ AND MICHAEL JOHNSTON

A hybrid book mixing dystopian with fantasy. Think Mad Max meets X Men meets The Wild West! Nat is in Las Vegas hiding her special skills that are hunted and used by the brutal authority. The only way to survive is to find a mythical land called Blue with the help of mercenaries who harbour their own secrets. A unique mix of genres that sets it apart and is suitable for boys and girls.
ISBN 9781408334669 PB Hachette Children's Group £6.99

4/5 Stars