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In The Lion

in-the-lionBy: James Foley

This is a story about a brave boy and a greedy lion. Richard is at the zoo where the lion has been swallowing other animals and people as well. Richard goes on a hunt to find them all.

This story is one of courage and fun. It has simple, clear and appealing illustrations, accompanying the easy, and repetitive text. A fun book to share.

Publisher: Walker Books

Published: 1 August 2012

Format: Paperback, 32 pages

Category: Animal Stories, Bravery

ISBN: 9781921720321

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We Love You Hugless Douglas

9781444908299By: David Melling

Douglas is helping Flossie find her best friend, as they search he realised everyone else seems to have a best friend and Douglas decides he would like one of his own. Feeling a little sad he he starts to think about it all and wonder why he doesn’t have one. Maybe though for Douglas the answer is right under his nose, even if it isn’t the answer he was expecting.

Hugless Douglas books are great. Douglas is just a wonderful character who has an incredible spirit, his stories are of family and friendship, they are warm and inviting. The illustrations a bright and welcoming. Together the whole package is a real joy to share with little ones.

Highly Recommended.

Publisher: Hodder Children’s Books

Published: 03 January 2013

Format: Hardback 32 pages

Categories: Animal Stories, Friendship

ISBN 13: 9781444908299

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Little Elephants


By: Graeme Base

Jimmy and his mother live on a farm. It’s almost harvesting time and their harvester is broken. If they can’t think of a way to bring in the crop they may lose their farm. Despite the difficult time Jimmy shows kindness to a stranger and this simple act may be the thing that helps change their fortunes. Though who would have thought the answer would lie with elephants.

This is a magical and wonderful tale from the creator of  Animalia and The Legend of the Golden Snail. Base has given us a truly inspirational tale. Jimmy is a great character with a generous heart. The art work as always is wonderfully detailed and incredibly imaginative. Base’s stories draw you in on all levels. What’s not to love about tiny elephants?

Highly recommended.

Publisher: Abrams

Published: 01 September 2012

Format: Hardback 40 pages

Categories: Animal stories

ISBN 13: 9781419704635

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The Enormouse Pearl Heist

9780545341035By: Geronimo Stilton

Geronimo Stilton series Book 51

Geronimo goes on a trip with beautiful Petunia, his nephew Ben and Aunt Sweetfur. Petunia is hoping Geronimo will get some time to relax and she sends him scuba diving. Geronimo isn’t very happy with this idea, even less so when he believes he has seen a huge blue fish. It turns out that Geronimo has made a find of the century – an enormous oyster. Geronimo has discovered the famous Eye of the Ocean. The problem with such a find is that someone may try to steal it.

Another fun adventure in the Geronimo series. These books are colourful, fun and full of action. The presentation of the text and the coloured illustrations are very appealing to children. As always this series is well worth a look.

Publisher:  Scholastic US

Published: 01 December 2012

Format: Paperback 109 pages

Categories: Reading Schemes, Adventure

ISBN 13: 9780545341035

The Scallywags

9780340884065By: David Melling

When the Scallywags ruin yet another thing, this time a group photo, everyone decides that maybe it is time to stop inviting them places. The Scallywags miss their friends, so they put into place a plan. They follow their friends around in secret to find out how they should behave and they practice their manners very hard.

A delightful tale about fun and friendship. Accepting others for what they are and trying to do the right thing. Melling’s characters are a lot of fun. The story is entertaining and the illustrations convey the joy of life the Scallywags have. A thoroughly enjoyable read.

Publisher: Hodder Children’s Books

Published: 19 May 2007

Format: Paperback 32 pages

Categories: Friendship

ISBN 13: 9780340884065

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A Hare, A Hound & Shy Mousey Brown

9781921541384By: Julia Hubery & Jonathan Bentley

Mousey Brown is shy. He watches the wonderful Hare as she dances for joy. He wishes he were brave enough to say hello. He watches as she gets close to the Hound, he knows the Hound is mean and tricky and dangerous. Will Shy Mousey Brown get up the courage to save his beloved Hare?

A truly delightful story of difference, courage and how love can conquer any thing. The illustrations are simple, plainly coloured and somehow incredibly expressive. The text, simple, rhyming and captivating.

A great book to share.

Publisher: Little Hare

Published: 01 October 2012

Format: Hardback

Categories: Animal Stories, Courage

ISBN 13: 9781921541384

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Bella’s Blessings

9781897476611By: Brenda Stokes & Trisha DesRosiers

When Bella is born, her grandmother makes her a blessing bag and promises to give her a different blessing each spring. First love then dedication and on we go. Each year Bella learns something according to these blessings. Bella’s grandmother can’t live forever though and can her last blessing be something Bella can learn from?

This is a beautiful and touching book about life and growing. Dedication, love, beauty, honesty, kindness and courage are all traits for Bella to develop and the message comes clearly to the readers through the gorgeous text and charming illustrations. A heartwarming story. For older picture book readers because it has plenty of text.


Publisher: Simply Read Books

Published: 05 November 2012

Format: Hardback 50 pages

Categories: Animal Stories, Growing Up, Family

ISBN 13: 9781897476611

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Marmaduke Duck and Bernadette Bear

By: Juliette MacIver

Illustrated By: Sarah Davis

On top of Hollyhock Hill Marmaduke Duck has a marmalade shop and animals come from near and far to buy his jams and marmalades. One day Bernadette Bear turns up and declares she is going to open a honey shop right next door. When she does Marmaduke has to close his shop because no-one buys from him any more. As he leaves he finds she has pulled a dirty trick on him. He goes to confront her and a very unexpected thing happens, proving that friendship can sometimes be found in the most unexpected pf places.

A wonderful story of standing up for yourself and allowing yourself to see things from another side. The text is rhyming fun, which is so enjoyable to read out loud. The illustrations are toned perfectly to convey everything from a crowded shop to the sad lonely duck. A fun one to share.

Publisher: Scholastic New Zealand

Published: 01 October 2011

Format: Paperback 32 pages

Categories: Rivalry, Friendship

ISBN 13: 9781775430339

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The Very Ugly Bug

By: Liz Pichon

Our bug is a very ugly bug. She wonders why she is so different to the other bugs. Why doesn’t she have teeny, tiny eyes so she can hide in the berries, or a shiny green back to hide in the leaves. Instead she has boggly eyes, a wibbly head and a hairy back. Then a big hungry bird comes looking for a yummy snack and bug finds out just how remarkable she is.

This is a cute story about being different and discovering yourself in the strangest of circumstances. Bug searches for her identity in a story that is simply told. This is easily relatable and enjoyable. It is wonderfully and quirkily illustrated.

Publisher: Little Tiger Press

Published: 07 June 2004

Format: Hardback 25 pages

Categories: Picture Books, Self Discovery, Identity

ISBN 13: 9781845060169

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Two Little Monkeys

By: Mem Fox

Illustrated by: Jill Barton

Two little monkeys named Cheeky and Chee are hiding in a tree. That’s not where they started though. They were playing by a tree until something came along and sent them scrambling up into the branches.

A simple little story about two mischievous monkeys. The text is basic and full of repetition making it suitable for the very young. The illustrations are simple and clearly expressive. if you are a fan of Mem Fox’s other works for the very young then certainly give this a look.

Publisher: Beach Lane Books

Published: 01 May 2012

Format: Hardback 32 pages

Categories: Animal Stories

ISBN 13: 9781416986874

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