For younger children
Frank ‘n’ Stan
By MP Robertson
Frank often asked his mum if he could have a brother and sister but, without a proper answer, he eventually decides to make his own brother, a robot called Stan.
Stan turns out to be quite unusual as far as brothers go – he drinks oil for dinner, goes to bed cuddling a toy robot and most unusual of all, he helps with the housework!
But when a little sister called Mary eventually arrives in the household, Stan starts to feel left out. That is when Frank has to show what an amazing brother he can be – to his brother Stan as well as the newer arrival.
See if you can spot all the different places the very active cat ends up in this story – on top of piles of laundry, under the drum kit and even inside the hoover!
Published by Frances Lincoln – £11.99
For older children
By Philip Reeve
Enter a world of goblins, giants, wizards, princesses and heroes. But don’t expect the princesses to need rescuing, the wizards to be very good at magic or the hero to be terribly good at being heroic. Or even all the goblins to be bad news.
The ancient Keep of Clovenstone oozes magic, but the inhabitants of Clovenstone Castle (the goblins) are pretty clueless what it’s all for or how to harness its spectacular power. However Skarper, unlike most goblins, is clever and cunning, and he realises the magic of Clovenstone is building once again – but will he convince his fellow goblins of the danger ahead? Enter a giant, a clever princess and a clueless hero, and things are bound to get messy.
Look out for the goblin king wearing pink frilly knickers, a giant cheese monster and a very small dragon called Nuisance.
Published by Scholastic – £6.99
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