This week in my children's book column for The South Wales Evening Post I feature an adventurous pidgeon, a fun memory game, a colouring book for Asterix fans and a magical wintery adventure. My column can be found in the weekend section. Enjoy!
BOOK OF THE WEEK
DAVE PIGEON (NUGGETS!) BY SWAPNA HADDOW
This plucky pigeon makes a whirlwind return in an hilarious sequel with his best friend Skipper. When they run out of food they must find an new owner but is Reginald Grimster all he seems? Why is he feeding them and what is with all the cookery books? The new adventure is peppered with wonderful cartoon style illustrations by Sheena Dempsey as the pair directly address the reader in between chapters. This is a flurry of feathery fun!
ISBN 9780571324439 PB Faber & Faber £5.99
PAIRS! UNDERWATER BY SMRITI PRASADAM-HALLS
This lovely new series combines informative rhyming text and a fun memory game all in one. Explore the underwater world of crabs, starfish and seahorses. Lift the flaps to find matching pairs and discover the odd one out. The stylish and bright illustrations by Lorna Scobie are really attractive adding to the enjoyment. Also in the series is ‘In The Garden’ in which you can look for caterpillars, butterflies and beetles. Perfect for inquisitive pre-schoolers.
ISBN 97891847808820 HB Frances Lincoln £6.99
ASTERIX: A WHOLE WORLD TO COLOUR IN
A big, bold colouring book bursting with beloved scenes and characters from the iconic Asterix series. With over eighty drawings from the famous strip cartoons you can choose to colour battles, banquets and favourite characters. You can even find the odd Roman…Being able to personalise the illustrations will delight children and the titbits of backround information will also satisfy adults. This is a treasure trove for Asterix fans young and old.
ISBN 9781510102385 Orion Childrens Books PB £16.99
A GIRL CALLED OWL BY AMY WILSON
A magical debut about a girl called Owl who discovers she is the daughter of Jack Frost. Entering a magical winter world can she control her own icy powers and will her father help or reject her? Can Mother Nature nurture their bond or will the others powerful elements thwart their relationship? A chillingly good adventure about family, friendship and the delicate balance of nature. An engaging read for fans of Narnia.
ISBN 9781509834068 PB Macmillan Childrens £6.99