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Brilliant kids’ books for World Book Day – it’s today

I dreaded World Book Day when the bratlets were at primary school. Don’t get me wrong,  I love books. (I’ve got a big pile by the bed, unread, to prove it). And the kids (two of them at least) read books.  I sometimes have to turn their lights off at midnight because they’ve got to a good bit and don’t want to stop. It’s the flipping costumes. I hate making the costumes. We’ve done everything from Anne of Green Gables to Zagazoo and everything in between. So if you’ve been up late making a Harry Potter or a Matilda, I’m hearing (if not sharing) your pain.

But late night sewing panic aside, it’s actually all about fostering a love of reading in kids isn’t it?  So I asked Claire over at the stupendous Bailey Hill Bookshop in Castle Cary to come up with a list of newly published brilliant kids books that will help do just that. If you’ve got one of the World Book Day £1 book vouchers, bring it in to get £1 off the price of the book.

Over to you Claire…


When Grandpa was a Penguin by Morag Hood,  Pan Macmillan

A very funny story about Grandpa and a penguin  changing places and getting mixed up.  Fun, gorgeously bold lino cut artwork (she was runner up in The Macmillan Prize for Illustration) and a silly but thought-provoking story with an ingenious twist in the tail.

Everywhere Bear by Julia Donaldson & Rebecca Cobb, Macmillan

Everywhere Bear has a wonderful time with Class One until one day he gets more than he bargained for when he falls unnoticed from a backpack and embarks on a solo adventure – will he ever make it back? This collaboration between superstar author Julia Donaldson and illustrator Rebecca Cobb brings a class of kids to life in a funny and touching tale.

Noggin and the Dragon by Oliver Postgate and Peter Firmin, Egmont

We love these new editions of the classic books. There are six in the series, each wonderfully illustrated and appeal to children and adults of a certain era –remember Noggin the Nog series on TV? Noggins son Little Knut is going on a dragon hunt with his Friends, but are dragons always what they seems?

Henry and the Yeti by Russell Ayto, Bloomsbury

Henry loves yetis. The problem is nobody knows if yetis actually exist. Henry is sure they do and is going to find one! This is a story about believing in yourself (and yetis). You might recognise the style of illustration – Russell Ayto also wrote and illustrated the excellent The Witches Children and Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs.

Flip Flap Dogs by Nikki Dyson, Nosy Crow

What do you get when you cross a Labrador with a Beagle? A Labradeagle, of course! What about a Whippet with a Chihuahua? Why, that’s a Whippihuahua! A very silly but fun book.


Mostly Mary by Gwynedd Rae by Clara Vulliamy, Egmont

Mary Plain is an orphan who lives with her relatives in the bear pits at Berne Zoo, Switzerland. A delightful but rather unusual bear, with a huge personality and an appetite to match, you never quite know what escapades she’ll get up to next. We love Clara Vulliamy’s energetic and fresh illustrations.

Me and Mister P by Maria Farrer, Oxford University Press

When Mister P stumbles through Arthur’s front door an interesting and fun new friendship is born. Arthur could do with someone to talk to and Mister P is a good listener – as well as being amazing at football, scared of spiders, extremely messy at eating, and the best at hugs when you need them! There are times when only a polar bear will do.

The 78-Storey Treehouse by Andy Griffiths, Macmillan

Join Andy and Terry in their spectacular new 78-storey treehouse. They’ve added 13 new levels including a drive-thru car wash, a combining machine, a scribbletorium, an ALL-BALL sports stadium, Andyland, Terrytown, a high-security potato chip storage facility and an open-air movie theatre. Well, what are you waiting for? Come on up! This is the sixth book in the series by the famous Australian author.


Alice Jones: The Ghost Light by Sarah Rubin, Chicken House

Five days before opening night at refurbished old theatre the Beryl, ghostly activity unnerves the cast. Alice’s detective skills are secretly enlisted. But as she digs into the Beryl’s past, she discovers an unexpected mystery with a stolen diamond at its heart …This is the sequel to Alice Jones: The Impossible Clue.

Who Let the Gods Out by Maz Evans, Chicken House

A shooting star crashes to earth and changes Elliot’s life forever. The star is Virgo – a young Zodiac goddess on a mission. When the pair accidentally unleash the wicked death daemon Thanatos, they turn to the old Olympian gods for help. But after centuries of cushy retirement on earth, are Zeus and his crew up to the task?  A hilarious way to introduce Greek mythology to kids.

Blade and Bone by Catherine Johnson, Walker Books

Young surgeon Ezra McAdam must hasten to France to find his missing friends but revolutionary Paris is a dangerous place to be if you’re English. This is a gripping atmospheric adventure by an award-winning author.  Ezra experiences the war first hand on the battlefields of Northern France, where his surgical skills are in high demand by the beleaguered French army. Your kids will probably love the bits about medical practices of the time, like experiments on guillotined heads!

Bailey Hill Bookshop,  Fore Street, Castle Cary  BA7 7BG. Tel 01963 350917. Open Mon-Fri 9.30am-5.3-pm; Sat




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