Thursday, 8 January 2015

Kiddy Corner - Issue 1: Jan 2015

Hi all!
Welcome to our first ever kiddie corner!
Below you'll find a random selection of books released (or re-issued) in Dec/Jan that sound interesting and/or are receiving good chatter.
I hope this proves useful to mums, like me, or anyone who interacts with kiddies who love books on a regular basis!

Age Range: 0-2 years

Wanted! Ralfy Rabbit, Book Burglar by Emily MacKenzie 

Released: 18th Dec 2014
Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens
Format: Paperback / Hardback

*UK release at the moment. US release scheduled for 17th March 2015*

Some rabbits dream about lettuces and carrots, others dream of flowering meadows and juicy dandelions, but Ralfy dreams only of books. In fact, he doesn't just dream about them, he wants to read them ALL THE TIME. Soon his obsession sends him spiralling into a life of crime!

Age Range: 3-5 years

Little Miss Splendid and The Beast by Alice Downes (Author)

Released: 26th Dec 2014
Publisher: Price Stern Sloan
Format: Paperback

Little Miss Splendid is out for a walk when she encounters the Beast in a dark castle. She wants nothing do with him, so she screams and runs away. But the Beast is quite friendly and even invites Little Miss Splendid to a banquet—and she does love banquets. Little Miss Splendid is in for a surprise when she finds out that the Beast is actually . . . Mr. Perfect!

Age Range: 6-8 Years

Warhorse by Michael Morpurgo

Released: 18th Dec 2014  (this edition)
Publisher: Harper Collins Unabridged edition
Format: Audiobook

A powerful tale of war, redemption, and a hero's journey.

In 1914, Joey, a beautiful bay-red foal with a distinctive cross on his nose, is sold to the army and thrust into the midst of the war on the Western Front. With his officer, he charges toward the enemy, witnessing the horror of the battles in France. But even in the desolation of the trenches, Joey's courage touches the soldiers around him and he is able to find warmth and hope. But his heart aches for Albert, the farmer's son he left behind. Will he ever see his true master again?

Age Range: 9-11 Years

White Wind Rising by Dan Davis

Released: 1st Dec 2014
Publisher: Dan Davis (2nd Edition)
Format: ebook

WHITE WIND RISING is part one in the coming-of-age fantasy series GUNPOWDER AND ALCHEMY from author Dan Davis set in a vivid alternative history of 17th Century Civil War England where magic and dragons are a reality. 

Archer simply wanted to ask the Alchemist for a little more food for his family this winter. For his troubles he is thrown into prison and must escape from the Alchemist’s Tower armed with nothing more than his bow and his wits. 

As he does so he discovers he is not the only captive in the tower and gathers to him a band of unlikely heroes in the form of Writer, Weaver, Keeper and Burp. Only by using the skills of each can they take flight in a dragon balloon and quest home from deep within the Moon Forest. 

During their travels they are shocked to discover that the Alchemist has dominated their home, the Vale, for a thousand years conducting experiments on their families and keeping them isolated from the world. But for what purpose? And what is this unknown place known as England that lies outside the Vale? 

Join them in their journey as they each learn to bend the very elements to their will, and with them discover that together they can become more powerful than they could have imagined… 

Featuring historical figures Oliver Cromwell, King Charles I and the Witchfinder General, the GUNPOWDER AND ALCHEMY series will delight fans of all ages of the genres of children’s fantasy, historical fantasy, alternative history and steampunk. 

Rise of the Dragons by Morgan Rice

Released: 22nd Dec 2014
Publisher: Morgan Rice
Format: ebook

Kyra, a 14 year old girl who dreams of following in her father’s footsteps and becoming a famed warrior, is a finer archer than all the others. As she grapples to understand her skills, her mysterious inner power, and what secret is being kept from her about her birth, she comes to realize that she is different than the others, and that hers is a special destiny. 

But her people live under the thumb of oppressive noblemen, and when she comes of age and the local lord comes for her, her father weds her off to save her. Kyra, though, refuses, and she journeys out on her own, into the dangerous wood—where she encounters a wounded dragon and ignites a series of events that will change the course of the kingdom forever. 

15 year old Alec, meanwhile, sacrifices for his brother, taking his place in the draft, and is carted off to The Flames, a wall of flames a hundred feet high that keeps back the army of Trolls to the north. On the other side of the kingdom, Merk, a mercenary striving to leave behind his dark past, quests through the wood to become a Keeper of the Towers and help guard the Sword of Fire, the magical source of the kingdom’s power. But the Trolls want the Sword, too—and they have other plans, preparing for a massive invasion that could destroy the kingdoms forever. 

With its strong atmosphere and complex characters, RISE OF THE DRAGONS is a sweeping saga of knights and warriors, of kings and lords, of honor and valor, of magic, destiny, monsters and dragons. It is a story of love and broken hearts, of deception, of ambition and betrayal. It is fantasy at its finest, inviting us into a world that will live with us forever, one that will appeal to all ages and genders. 

House of Robots by James Patterson

Released: 4th Dec 2014
Publisher: Cornerstone Digital 
Format: ebook & Hardback

In this new illustrated middle-grade series from James Patterson, an extraordinary robot signs up for an ordinary fifth grade class... and elementary school will never be the same!

It was never easy for Sammy Hayes-Rodriguez to fit in, so he's dreading the day when his genius mom insists he bring her newest invention to school: a walking, talking robot he calls E – for "Error". Sammy's no stranger to robots – his house is full of a colourful cast of them. But this one not only thinks it's Sammy's brother... it's actually even nerdier than Sammy.

Will E be Sammy's one-way ticket to Loserville? Or will he prove to the world that it's cool to be square? It's a roller-coaster ride for Sammy to discover the amazing secret E holds that could change his family forever... if all goes well on the trial run!


If you have any suggestions on kiddie books to feature, news on up-coming releases or feedback on the books featured this week comment / drop me an email! (email button in sidebar)

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