NEW TITLES

Something Different
Jill Lewis

Egmont Books Ltd

ISBN 9781405268080

In Something Different, we make a welcome return to the world of the 'Little Somethings' that you may have already met in Jill Lewis's earlier title, 'Something Delicious'. This time, it's a night for star gazing and the Little Somethings are excitedly sitting on a hillside when they spot a very bright and very different star, heading straight towards them. They soon discover that it is an alien, not a star, and that the little alien seems to be very different from the rest of them, with its pointed black ears, curly antennae and many legs. Until Bob points out that many of their own Little Somethings also share these 'differences'. This is a fun and warm story whose distinctive approach to 'differences' provides a great way to start discussions on this topic. Perhaps children could be encouraged to create their very own Little Something and explore what makes their Little Something so special - see the competition here: http://readingzone.com/index.php?zone=sz&page=fullnews&id=1927

Something Different
Say Hello Like This!
Mary Murphy

Walker Books Ltd

ISBN 9781406347463

Mary Murphy has one of the most distinctive styles of illustration, with bright vibrant colour and thick black outline it is one that is particularly suited to the very young reader and her books are ones they will choose to pick up again and again. This book shares the same clever design as 'A Kiss Like This' from 2012, where a half page is inserted into each spread. So we have different animals on each spread and you turn the flap to find out just how they do say 'hello' to each other, giving the opportunity for excited guessing and lots of noisy joining in. Each animal is full of character and their greetings are exuberant and very expressive. The rhythmic patterned language throughout is a delight to read aloud from the 'prissy and proud' cats, the 'licky and loud' dogs to the 'silly and happy' donkeys in their flowered hats. A cacophonous finale invites the reader to join in and say 'hello' back to their animal friends. The paper is sturdy and toddler proof, which thankfully means that it will be able to withstand the inevitable multiple repetitions! Young children will enjoy extending the range of animals and deciding and acting out just how they would say 'hello' too. Picture book / Reviewed by Joy Court, consultant

Say Hello Like This!
Dino-Baby
Mark Sperring

Bloomsbury Publishing PLC

ISBN 9781408836729

In perfect time for Mothering Sunday, comes this follow up to Dino-Baby, to help small dinosaurs everywhere celebrate their mummies and all the amazing things they do. From being a sing-song superstar to a conjurer-upper of amazing food and a master of disguise as she plays dino-pirates, Dino-Mummy is great in every way! Looking after two little dinos is hard work, but she makes it look so easy and everything is done with love. Bursting with energy and bright, colourful pictures, this humorous book captures the chaos of family life with young children, or dinos, and encourages them to think about everything a mummy does. All dino-mummies need a great big hug at the end of the day! Picture book / Reviewed by Jayne Gould, librarian

Dino-Baby
Gigantosaurus
Jonny Duddle

Templar Publishing

ISBN 9781848771635

This latest tale from Jonny Duddle (The Pirates Next Door) is an engaging dinosaur romp, every bit as entertaining as his earlier picture books, and with his trademark edge as the four young dinos we meet confront one deadly pickle after another.... The rhyming text and gloriously colourful spreads make this a great read-aloud. Children will be reminded of some other favourites including The Gruffalo ('Beware my child of the Gigantosaurus, so fierce and wild!') and The Boy Who Cried Wolf as one of the young dinosaurs, Bonehead, fools his friends, again and again, into thinking the Gigantosaurus is on its way. The repeated phrases, 'There was no stomp, there was no crunch. No carnivore with a whiff of lunch' etc ratchet up the tension as each encounter with the threatened Gigantosaurus proves to be a false alarm - until the inevitable 'crunch time' occurs and all the little dinos learn a valuable lesson. They all survive, but there is one more twist in the tale.... On the final pages we are told that the Gigantosaurus was made up for this book - although a Giganotosaurus did once exist. Picture book / Ages 4+ / Reviewed by ReadingZone

Gigantosaurus
Zoom Zoom Zoom
Katherina Manolessou

Macmillan Children's Books

ISBN 9780230763784

Zoom Zoom Zoom is an ideal book to share with young children in a nursery setting. Based on a well-known children's song it has repetitive, rhyming phrases and a short count down for young children to join in with. The story is about the friends Monkey and Bird who cannot get to sleep, so Bird suggests they travel to the moon. The intrepid pair put on their air suits and fly up to the moon where they meet a friendly alien who knows about their sleep problems. The alien suggests a trip in his spaceship and this is where children can be involved in the countdown to launch it. The wonderful spaceship experience sends the pair to sleep and then the alien gently guides them back to the forest to sleep, wishing them good night as he departs. Katherina Manolessou's bright, colourful images bring the story to life for young readers and will encourage them explore some of the detail particularly in the forest images. Picture book / Reviewed by Fiona Collins, educational consultant

Zoom Zoom Zoom
Driftwood Ball
Thomas Docherty

Templar Publishing

ISBN 9781848779884

This story, from the illustrator of The Snorgh and the Sailer, reminds us about differences and how we can overcome the perception of difference. Each year, the badgers and the otters gather to dance at the Driftwood Ball. However, the two groups never mix and each has their own way of dancing. One little otter called Celia decides that she wants to dance differently, just as badger George decides that his wants to dance in his own way. When they meet, they discover that they are perfectly in tune with each other - if not with their own groups, and they surprise everyone with their new moves at the Driftwood Ball. Eventually, all the otters and badgers accept that everyone should enjoy their own way of doing things. The story could be used to encourage children to discuss differences and similarities among their friends and groups of people, and also about having the courage to be different. Picture book / Ages 4+ / Reviewed by ReadingZone

Driftwood Ball
Lost For Words
Natalie Russell

Macmillan Children's Books

ISBN 9780230712195

Lost for Words is a delightful book and which will entertain young readers through many readings. The story centres on the main character Tapir and his relationship with writing. He has a new notebook and some well sharpened colouring pencils but he cannot think what to write about. His friends, Giraffe, Hippo and Flamingo, find it easy to write but it seems Tapir is stuck for inspiration. His friends are very kind to him and try to give him advice but he becomes sad and wanders off to be by himself on top of a hill, which looks over the plain where they all live. Here Tapir gets inspiration and starts to draw the scene that he sees below; he draws the tree that Giraffe wrote his poem about, the mud which featured in Hippo's story and the sun that Flamingo sang about. The story ends happily with Tapir's friends congratulating him on his creative achievements: "'How wonderful you are!' said Giraffe". Throughout the story we see the impact on Tapir of not being able to write and the effort he puts into getting inspiration; one particular image reflects his despair as he stands with a broken pencil in his hands accompanied by the text: 'But no words came. And the harder he tried the crosser he felt'. Many young children will relate to the frustration of not knowing what to write and for them drawing first, either in a small book or on a story board, will give them inspiration as it did for Tapir. Natalie Russell's childlike colourful illustrations add greatly to this narrative as they are extremely accessible and the detail will entertain a child reader over many sharings. Picture book / Reviewed by Fiona Collins, educational consultant

Lost For Words
Off to Market
Elizabeth Dale

Frances Lincoln Childrens Books

ISBN 9781847804389

This picture book - now available in paperback - offers a wonderfully colourful glimpse into another culture and provides an energetic take on the traditional 'trip to market' story. The story is set in an unspecified country in Africa and is about a bus journey to the market. As people and goats, vegetables and suitcases. hussle for space on the bus going to market, it gets more and more crowded. The story is told in verse whose rhythms reflect the speed of the journey to market - quickly at first but then slower and slower as the bus makes its way up a steep hill - and then stops. At this point the bus driver realises the bus is too heavy to go any further and that someone must get off and walk to market to lighten the load, but no one volunteers. It is left to young Keb, sitting right at the back of the bus, to find a solution. There are abundant things to explore in this story, not just the gentle art of persuasion and getting people to collaborate as Keb does, but in the day to day realities of a different culture. As the story is focused on the bus, children could be encouraged to discuss the similarities and differences between what we expect to see on our buses compared to Keb's journey, and how Keb's bus journey and visit to the market reflects his very different ways of life. Keb is also offered one gift to take home from the market. He chooses a goat - what would children reading this have chosen? Picture Book / Ages 4/5+ / Reviewed by Lynnette Voisey, EY and KS1 teacher

Off to Market
Meet the Parents
Peter Bently

Simon & Schuster Childrens Books

ISBN 9780857075826

This is a wonderfully rich celebration of the parent-child relationship, exquisitely portrayed with humour and warmth bursting out of every page. A flawless rhyming text leads the reader through the myriad ways in which parents are precious. From a child's familiar experience of parents as the ones responsible for the fixing of broken toys and readers of bedtime stories, the gaze widens to see them also as '...towels for wiping your grime on. They're whirlers and twirlers and tree trunks to climb on." Weary parents will be affirmed and reminded of the privilege and joys of parenthood and small children will identify with all the things parents can do. Sara Ogilvie's bright and breezy illustrations leap off the page and are crammed full of things to talk about, and although the text reads well on its own, talking about the pictures will richly enhance the reader's experience of the text. A perfect 'tickly' ending will ensure giggles and cuddles all round. This book is gold dust - it cannot fail to bring love and delight to any parent and child. If you don't have your own children of this age, buy this book for someone who does - they will thank you for it! Picture book / Reviewed by Lucy Russell, teacher

Meet the Parents
Hooray for Bread
Allan Ahlberg

Walker Books Ltd

ISBN 9781406337990

Hooray for Bread (now available in paperback) is the fifth book from the collaboration between the duo Allan Ahlberg and Bruce Ingham. This charming tale tells the story of a loaf of bread over a day: from the making until the final slice is eaten. At the centre of the tale is a baker's family with two children and their relationship with bread. The story illustrates all the ways bread is used to accompany different meals through the day: as a sandwich; with beans on toast and bread-and-butter soldiers for boiled eggs. The language lightly rhymes and will encourage young readers to join in. Included within the narrative are three refrains which link with the way the bread is feed to different animals:dogs, duck and birds, and the sounds that these animals make. The use of relevant vocabulary throughout the story will also give the adult reader an opportunity to discuss and explore the meaning of words such as: wheat, dough, baker and slice with young readers. Bruce Ingham's illustrations add greatly to the story as they bring the characters, including the slices of bread, to life as well as adding a touch of humour to the story. The use of a water colour wash makes the illustrations light in style and gives space for individual responses. This book will beguile both young children and adult readers with its clever story line and engaging characters, definitely one for the book corner. Picture book / Reviewed by Fiona Collins, educational consultant

Hooray for Bread