‘Blue Chameleon’ and ‘How to Train Your Dragon’

For younger children

BlueChameleonBlue Chameleon
by Emily Gravett

Blue Chameleon is, well, blue. He’s lonely and does everything to fit in to try to find a friend. He turns stripy with stripy sock, swirly with swirly snail, and green with the green grasshopper. Nothing seems to work. But just as he’s about to give up, he discovers a true friend. The beautiful artwork and humour gives this story as much appeal to adults as the young children they are sharing the story with. The illustrations are distinctive, clever and funny and also provide a wonderful introduction to colour.

Macmillan Children’s Books
£10.99 (hardback)
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For older children

HowToTrainYourDragonHow to Train Your Dragon
by Cressida Cowell

How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell is about to be released as an animated film, so you can encourage your children to read the book before they see the film. Not that they will need much persuasion to read this story, once they start. Cowell has produced a believable and heartfelt hero in Hiccup who many children will identify with, even if his lifestyle as the son of a Viking chieftan is not one they recognise. In this story, Hiccup has to first catch and then train a dragon to prove himself worthy of the name, Viking. The story is full of surprising twists, and very funny. Children aged 7+ will love it.

Hodder Children’s Books
£5.99 (paperback)
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