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Holiday reading part two: Ask the book buyer about the best children's reads for your holiday...

Dear reader,

As promised, this fortnight we’re continuing with our summer reads theme for the book edit, turning the focus now to children’s books. We’ve put our heads together to recommend a selection of our latest, favourite books for young readers here – and of course we’ll be instore all summer with more ideas!

A big hitter this summer already for children is David Walliams’ latest rip-roaring read, The World’s Worst Teachers - ‘terrifying tales’ of ‘gruesome grown-ups’ (half price at Jarrold, with a free whoopee cushion while stocks last). While for little ones we are running a buy one get one free offer across a selection of picture paperbacks here in the department, with plenty to choose from.

On the road, round the pool, or hanging out at home, these books are perfect for distracting and entertaining young readers over the summer holidays.

Enjoy.

Holly

The Umbrella Mouse

 

The Umbrella Mouse

Anna Fargher

£6.99


Ages 8-12

A plucky mouse called Pip Hanway proves that you don’t have to be big to be brave. After her home at umbrella shop James Smith & Sons is destroyed in the Blitz, Pip joins a secret gang of animals called Noah’s Ark led by hedgehog Madame, to fight alongside the Resistance in France during World War II. A perilous journey ensues crossing the English Channel in her antique umbrella with Hans a German refugee rat to deliver a top secret message.

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The Good Thieves

 

The Good Thieves

Katherine Rundell

RRP £12.99
£9.99


Ages 8-12

Grandpa Jack has been cheated out of his home, Hudson Castle, and possessions by Mafia conman, Sorrotorre. Vita and her mother arrive in New York to take him back to England but Vita is determined to steal his home back. Joining forces with a pick-pocket and two child circus performers, Vita and her gang go to extreme lengths to right a wrong. Katherine Rundell is a prize-winning author and Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford has also written a persuasive, mini-book for adults, Why You Should Read Children’s Books, Even Though You Are So Old and Wise.

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50 Things to do on a plane

 

50 Things to do on a Plane

Usborne Activity Cards

£6.99


Ages 5+

Waiting at airports can feel unmanageable, even with the best behaved children, and once you get on a plane, entertainment is limited. Which is why these cards are a genius solution! 50 wipe-clean cards along with a pen, full of puzzles and games, each with clear instructions on the back. Play golf, doodle pictures, complete a word search, graffiti passport photos (not your own!), spot the difference and guess the silhouettes (plus 44 other activities). So simple, yet so effective for the plane, train, car or just a rainy day.

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AA Travel Activity Book

 

AA Travel Activity Book

Usborne

£7.99


Ages 8+

Continuing the theme of entertaining children while on the move, this full colour activity book comprises puzzles, mazes, doodling and colouring, quizzes and word searches. For ages 8+ it is themed by travel subjects and destinations: identifying animals and giving a jaguar his spots in South America, going walkabout and adding koala sums in Australia, hiking and biking through obstacles in a forest to locating the lost ship of a great explorer. A paperback, just under A4 size, this book is jam-packed with games and goodies.

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Hotel Flamingo

 

Hotel Flamingo: Holiday Heatwave

Alex Milway

£6.99


Ages 5+

The second in an enchanting new series about a little girl Anna, who inherits the dilapidated Flamingo Hotel on Animal Boulevard from her Great Aunt Mathilde and is determined to restore it to its former glory. But it’s no ordinary hotel – all the staff and guests are animals! In this instalment, the hotel is buzzing with excitement as the King and Queen Penguin are coming to stay, but the hot weather, and a lion and chameleon working in cahoots, soon throw a spanner in the works. Milway writes and illustrates his books, so there are charming little drawings throughout. Funny, uplifting and the ideal summer read!

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Field Trip to the Moon

 

Field Trip to the Moon

John Hare and Jeanne Willis

£6.99


In honour of the 50th anniversary of the moon landings this July, there are lots of new books featuring characters journeying into outer space. None are as delightful as this in our opinion – the story of how a schoolchild brings colour to aliens living on the moon. Narrated by the aliens, who watch with interest as ‘earthlings’ (children in space suits) land on their terrain, the whole book is told in rhyme. When one earthling is left behind, the aliens share his set of crayons, drawing on each other and seeing colour for the first time. Heart-warming and a perfect way to introduce the subject of the moon landings.

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