For younger children
By Sue Mongredien, Caroline Pedler
A story about doggy stars, circus tricks, showing off and learning to share the limelight.
Dudley the dog is a superhero and loves being the main attraction – so his nose is a bit out of joint when he discovers that his side kick, Bonzo, is a bit of a star in his own right. Bonzo can play the piano brilliantly, and the other animals love listening to him.
With just a moment’s paws for thought, Dudley thinks up a dog-tastic plan to get himself back in the limelight. But when it all goes wrong for Dudley, it’s his friend Bonzo who saves the day.
Look out for a dog wearing flippers, walking a tightrope, skateboarding – and playing a piano, really, really badly.
Published by Little Tiger Press – £10.99
For older children
By Simon Mayo
Simon Mayo’s day job is as a DJ and radio presenter but now he’s also writing books for children. He started writing this book, Itch, for his son, who is science-mad but couldn’t find books he wanted to read.
Itchingham Lofte – known as Itch – is fourteen, and loves science – especially chemistry. He’s also an element-hunter – a collector of the elements in the periodic table, so things like gold, lead, chlorine and copper.
This is more dangerous than you might think, as he also likes to conduct experiments with them – the story begins with a little incident with Potassium, an explosion and missing eyebrows…. Itch goes on to accidentally poison his classmates and teachers, but it gets much worse when Itch discovers a new and highly dangerous radioactive element, making him the most sought-after child on the planet.
Look out for lots of explosions, some really nasty characters, a clever trick with anaesthetics and much more than you ever wanted to know about radiation sickness…
Published by Doubleday Children’s – £10.99
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