Brilliant books for kids
If you can prise their fingers off their smartphones and iPads for a few minutes, slip one of these brilliant books (as recommended by Frome’s independent Hunting Raven Books) into their hands and look forward to some quiet time that doesn’t involve a Clash of Clans or a Pixel Gun.
Harper and the Circus of Dreams by Cerrie Burnell
This is an irresistible tale about Harper and her friends’ adventure in the spectacular Circus of Dreams. Acrobats tell their stories and wild storms take Harper on a journey to solve a fantastic mystery.
My Gym Teacher is an Alien Overlord by David Solomons
The sequel to the award-winning My Brother is a Superhero finds brothers Zack and Luke entangled in another adventure packed with superpowers, a super villain and the search for a lost pair of trainers – everyone will enjoy this super funny book!
Beetle Boy by M.G. Leonard
Darkus knows it’s crazy to be friends with a beetle, but he is. What’s more the beetle may hold clues to the disappearance of his dad. Can Darkus get to the bottom of it all before Lucretia Cutter turns his beetle friends into fiendish jewellery? With a villain reminiscent of Cruella de Vil, this story is perfect for fans of Roald Dahl.
The Monstrous Child by Francesca Simon
Francesca has branched out from her bestselling series, Horrid Henry, to give older children’s fiction a go. And give it a go she has! The Monstrous Child follows the story of Hel, daughter of Loki. Half-skeleton-half-human, sister to a wolf and a snake, daughter of a giantess and a god of chaos, Hel’s life isn’t exactly normal. What’s more she’s about to become queen of the underworld. Monstrously funny, Simon crafts a heroine you can’t help but root for in this delightfully dreadful tale.
The Hunting of the Snark by Lewis Carroll & Chris Riddell
Lewis Carroll’s classic tale is brought to life by the Children’s Laureate Chris Riddell’s wonderful illustrations. Join the hunt with this beautiful gift edition.
For older readers (young adult/crossover)
Library of Souls: The third novel of Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
Jacob, a 16-year-old boy with extraordinary powers, Emma, a girl with fire at her fingertips and Addison MacHenry, a human mind trapped in a dog’s body with a powerful nose for sniffing out lost children, travel from modern-day London to the alleys of Devil’s Acre, the most wretched slum in Victorian London to stage a daring rescue. All three novels in the trilogy blend exciting fantasy with never-before-published vintage photographs to create a very special kind of reading experience. The first book, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, is being given the film treatment (directed by Tim Burton, who else?) this September.
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