10 CHILDREN’S BOOKS FOR HOLIDAYS AGE 2-12 YEARS
jeanniejeanniejeannie.co.uk BLOG 31st July 2019
But now on to 10 CHILDREN’S BOOKS FOR HOLIDAYS COVERING AGES 2-12 YEARS
RUMPLE BUTTERCUP: A STORY OF BANANAS, BELONGING, AND BEING YOURSELF
The #1 New York Times bestseller written and illustrated by Criminal Minds actor/director, Matthew Gray Gubler. This charming and inspiring story is the perfect gift for kids (and grown-up kids) alike!
Hardcover: 128 pages
Age Range: 9 – 12 years
Rumple Buttercup has five crooked teeth, three strands of hair, green skin, and his left foot is slightly bigger than his right.
He is weird.
Join him and Candy Corn Carl (his imaginary friend made of trash) as they learn the joy of individuality as well as the magic of belonging.
THE LAST KIDS ON EARTH SURVIVAL GUIDE
by Max Brallier (Author)
Hardcover: 192 pages
Age Range: 8 – 12 years
Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers
See if you have what it takes to survive the monster-zombie apocalypse in this interactive guided journal from the New York Times bestselling Last Kids on Earth series, soon to be a Netflix original animated series!
You’ve read all about the Last Kids on Earth’s adventures in the post-zombie-monster-apocalypse, and now it’s time to get in on the action! In this interactive journal, readers will feel like they’re part of the Last Kids world by taking part in creative exercises that are based on the characters and settings that they’ve come to know so well. They’ll draw their own inventions in Quint’s workshop, design their perfect kids-only hangout that will rival Jack’s treehouse, put together their dream post-apocalyptic warrior outfits and weapons that will give the Louisville Slicer a run for its money, imagine themselves and their friends as zombies, and so much more. The perfect creative outlet for every Last Kids fan.
by Matthew Cherry (Author), Vashti Harrison (Illustrator)
Paperback: 32 pages
Age Range: 5 – 7 years
“I love that Hair Love is highlighting the relationship between a Black father and daughter. Matthew leads the ranks of new creatives who are telling unique stories of the Black experience. We need this.”
– Jordan Peele, Actor & Filmmaker
It’s up to Daddy to give his daughter an extra-special hair style in this ode to self-confidence and the love between fathers and daughters, from former NFL wide receiver Matthew A. Cherry and New York Times bestselling illustrator Vashti Harrison.
Zuri’s hair has a mind of its own. It kinks, coils, and curls every which way. Zuri knows it’s beautiful. When Daddy steps in to style it for an extra special occasion, he has a lot to learn. But he LOVES his Zuri, and he’ll do anything to make her — and her hair — happy.
Tender and empowering, Hair Love is an ode to loving your natural hair — and a celebration of daddies and daughters everywhere.
JASPER & OLLIE
by Alex Willan (Author)
Hardcover: 40 pages
Age Range: 4 – 7 years
Publisher: Pisces Books
Two funny, unlikely friends—a thoughtful sloth and an impatient fox—make their big debut in this hilarious new picture book celebrating friendship and the wonderful ways in which we’re all different.
Best friends Jasper and Ollie decide to go to the pool. On your mark, get set . . . WAIT! As Jasper races ahead—crashing into the mailman, speeding past the ice cream truck—Ollie takes his sweet time, pausing to admire a butterfly, smell a daisy, and help the mailman pick up his letters!
With a clever design that shows Jasper’s hectic rush compared with Ollie’s casual stroll, this hilarious story allows young readers to easily recognize the differences between the two pals. It’s a smartly paced, hugely funny celebration of what makes each person special. Kids AND grown-ups will giggle as they decide if they’re more of a “Jasper” or an “Ollie.” It’s also a great story to share the concept of “taking time to smell the roses”—a perfect lesson in our overly scheduled world.
And look for book two from this exciting new author-illustrator, coming in summer 2020: Jasper & Ollie Build a Fort.
Critics love Jasper & Ollie!:
“A hilarious and lively romp that sneaks in a message about the importance of patience and will have its readers hoping for some follow-up adventures of the ‘odd couple’ friends.”—School Library Journal
“Forget the tortoise and the hare, this tale of friendship between an unhurried sloth and a wild fox is a funnier version of those famous opposites, and one that will have kids wondering whether they’re more like the deliberate Ollie or the frenetic Jasper.”—ReadBrightly.com
Children’s Book Council “Hot Off the Press” selection
- LEMONCELLO’S ALL-STAR BREAKOUT GAME
by Chris Grabenstein (Author)
Paperback: 304 pages
Age Range: 7 – 12 years
Publisher: Bantam Dell Publishin
Mr. Lemoncello is going live with a brand-new televised BREAKOUT game! Discover what James Patterson calls “the coolest library in the world” in the fourth puzzle-packed adventure in Chris Grabenstein’s New York Times bestselling MR. LEMONCELLO series!
Greetings, boys and girls, gamers of all ages–are you ready to play Mr. Lemoncello’s BIGGEST, most dazzling game yet? After months of anticipation, Mr. Lemoncello is taking his games out of the library and going LIVE across the nation on the world-famous Kidzapalooza Television Network! Everyone’s invited to audition, but only a lucky few will be chosen to compete in front of millions of viewers in a brand-new, completely immersive live-action breakout game–with real kids as the playing pieces! Kyle Keeley is determined to be one of them.
Each of the winning teams must make it through five different rooms in Mr. Lemoncello’s fantastic new Fictionasium by solving a puzzle to unlock each room and, in the end, break out of the library! But nothing is ever as it seems with Mr. Lemoncello, and the surprises in store just might stump even the game master himself. Can Kyle break out of his own expectations–and win Mr. Lemoncello’s ultimate game show?
THE UNBELIEVABLE OLIVER AND THE FOUR JOKERS
by Pseudonymous Bosch and Shane Pangburn
Hardcover: 192 pages
Age Range: 7 – 9 years
Publisher: Dial Books
From the author of the bestselling Secret Series comes this funny chapter-book mystery about a third-grade magician and the wisecracking rabbit who is the secret brains behind his act.
Eight-year-old Oliver dreams of being a professional magician, even though he has terrible stage fright. And now, his friends Teenie and Bea have gotten him invited to a classmate’s birthday party as the paid entertainment! Desperate for help, he visits The Great Zoocheeni’s Magic Emporium, but comes away with nothing more than a moth-eaten top hat.
Oliver is in for a lucky surprise, though. Inside that top hat hides a wisecracking rabbit named Benny, who agrees to help Oliver with his act. But at the party, Oliver is accused of robbery! He’ll need to solve the mystery of the missing robo-cat to clear his name before he and Benny can amaze the crowd with their grand finale.
WHAT KIND OF CAR DOES A T. REX DRIVE?
by Mark Lee (Author)
Hardcover: 40 pages
Age Range: 3 – 7 years
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books
Dinosaurs find their ideal vehicles in this hilarious, crowd-pleasing read-aloud, perfect for fans of Dragons Love Tacos and Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site. It’s the perfect gift for dinosaur lovers and fans of cars, trucks, and all things that go!
When a stegosaurus, a pterodactyl, and a triceratops all show up at Uncle Otto’s car lot, he doesn’t have a clue how to help them. After all, he’s never sold a car to a dinosaur before. Luckily, Ava and Mickey–two kids with a lot of dino knowledge–are there to help pair each customer with the perfect vehicle. But here comes the T. Rex, and he wants to buy a car too! And he’s surprisingly hard to please… So what kind of car does a T. Rex drive? A microcar? A convertible? A minivan? You’ll just have to read to find out!
“A delightful blend of dinosaurs with things that go, sure to entertain aficionados of both.” —Booklist
“Only the extinct would fail to enjoy this kicky amalgamation of dinos, deals, and automobiles.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Smashed cars, expert kids, dinosaurs! Customer satisfaction guaranteed!” –The Horn Book Magazin
DOUGAL’S DEEP-SEA DIARY
by Simon Bartram (Author, Illustrator)
Paperback: 32 pages
Age Range: 5 – 7 years
Publisher: Templar Publishing
The follow-up to Man on the Moon, featuring Bob’s cousin Dougal, who shares the family trait of being unable to see what’s going on behind his back. Count the hidden mermaids and mermen guiding Dougal on his search for the lost city of Atlants. Man on the Moon was shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Award in 2003
HARRY THE HAPPY MOUSE: Teaching children to be kind to each other
by N G K (Author)
Paperback: 36 pages
Age Range: 3 – 6 years
Publisher: n.g.k. Medi
Teaching children to be kind to each other! Harry The Happy Mouse is a cheerful, traditional story about a mouse called Harry who lives in the colorful English countryside. Harry helps a Frog, but asks the Frog to repay the kindness to someone else. We follow the good deed as it moves through other characters, who each selflessly help someone else, making themselves feel happy in the process! We learn that a little bit of happiness can go a long way! Harry The Happy Mouse is illustrated by the award winning Janelle Dimmett, bringing the beautiful story to life. Harry the Happy Mouse is 32 beautifully illustrated full colour pages.
THE FED-UP COW
by Peta Lemon (Author), Maria Dasic Todoric (Author)
Paperback: 34 pages
Age Range: 3 – 6 years
Publisher: Quirky Picture Press
“Simply brilliant & very cleverly written”
“Absolutely hilariously funny and brilliantly illustrated with a subtle message at the end”
“An amazing children’s book”
“Fantastically clever story with a moral for every one of us”
“Bright, colourful, funny and brilliant”
Hilda is FED-UP with being a cow. Spending all day doing not much but moo. There has to be something more she can do.
So she decides to be a sheep…
… then a pig
… and even a chicken.
Is the grass any greener on the other side?
Join Hilda, the fed-up cow, on her voyage of self-discovery in this daft but timeless children’s picture book, written in rhyme.
The Fed-up Cow is a bright and colourful, beautifully illustrated book for kids that contains an important message: be happy with who you are.
This funny children’s book is perfect as a bedtime story and suitable for girls and boys age 3-5, ages 5-7 or for an early reader 6+.
AND don’t forget he Wonky Donkey by Craig Smith (Author), Katz Cowley (Illustrator).
Even if you’ve read this one before it’s worth reading again and again and again especially at the seaside.
INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE FOR THE DAY
The trouble is you think you have time.
Happiness is…a wonky donkey
GRANDAD’S ONE LINER JOKE OF THE DAY
Say what you want about deaf people…
Love is… something you need on life’s journey
TRACK OF THE DAY
Next To Me – Emeli Sande
Highest Chart Position: No.1 25th February 2012
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Wednesday 31st July 2019
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