For younger children
Dear Zoo Noisy Book
By Rod Campbell
Age – 1+
Ever wondered what sound a camel makes? Or a giraffe? Try out the Dear Zoo sound book to find out.
In Dear Zoo, a boy tries to find the perfect pet by writing to the zoo to send him a pet. Each time he receives a cage / basket / box, we have to guess what is inside and you can lift a flap to find out.
In the sound book version, there are also buttons to press to hear the sound the animal makes. All eight animals the boy is sent have their own noise, but the lion was the stand-out one for us for its throaty growl. We were also impressed by the camel’s breathy snort and the giraffe’s chewing.
Published by Macmillan Children’s Books – £12.99
For older children
The Misadventures of Winnie the Witch
By Laura Owen, Korky Paul
Age – 5+
The Misadventures of Winnie the Witch is a treasury of eight illustrated stand-alone stories about Winnie for children age five to eight years.
Winnie is never short of mad-cap schemes to put her magic to good use and Wilbur the cat, her long-suffering best friend, is witness to most of them.
These stories range from Winnie’s Reinforced Knicker Emporium, where spiders sew up lacy trims, to an unexpected spot of waterskiing in Wilbur’s Birthday.
Look out for lots of lace, even more number 13’s (it’s Winnie’s favourite number) and Winnie’s specially adapted broomstick – fit for a truly modern (and mad) witch!
Published by Oxford University Press – £10.99
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