For younger children
Oliver Who Travelled Far and Wide
By Mara Bergman, Nick Maland
- ‘Oliver Donnington Rimington-Sneep tossed and turned and woke from his sleep. Though Bat and Owl and Fox were there, he couldn’t see Ted anywhere.’ So begins an incredible night time journey for Oliver to find Ted. His train is toot tooting and ready to go so they set off on a journey through mountains, desert and jungle.
- Oliver’s adventure ends successfully when he rescues Ted from an eagle’s nest and brings him home safely.
- It’s good to see a story where the child is the hero and the adventurer. The beautiful, bold spreads draw readers into the story and children will be alongside Oliver every step of the way.
- Oliver’s return journey is reassuringly cosy and the ending – he is safely tucked up in bed and asleep with Ted – is perfect for getting little ones into their own beds. Adventure, and storytime, over.
Published by Hodder Children’s Books
For older children
Why do Farts Smell Like Rotten Eggs?
By Mitchell Symons
- Why do farts smell? Why do we burp? Do lemmings really jump off cliffs? This is a smart and funny approach to trivia with buckets-full of answers to the kinds of questions that kids ask.
- You can leave them to read the book, or swot up some interesting facts to impress them. When they are doing their History homework, be ready to explain that Egyptian mummies were so called because of the ‘mum’ or wax that was smeared onto the bandages to waterproof them; or that the Jack and Jill nursery rhyme was based on King Louis XV1 of France who lost his ‘crown’.
- It’s a perfect read for children who avoid fiction – or even books – as the layout invites them to ‘dip in’ to the pages when they want. Boys will, of course, be impressed by the title.
Published by Red Fox
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