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The Singing Mermaid


By: Julia Donaldson

Illustrated by: Lydia Monks

The Singing Mermaid loves to sing for an audience. The sea creatures adore her. Sam Sly is a wicked circus owner who lures the Singing Mermaid away from her friends to join the circus. The crowds love her but she isn’t happy living in a fish tank rather than the ocean. She needs to figure out how to escape back to her ocean home of SIlversands. How can she do this when she has a tail and no leg? It is a good thing she is friends with a clever seagull and a talented acrobat.

A fun rhyming story that is full of drama as first the mermaid is lured away and then tries to return home. A wonderfully entertaining tale from the writer of The Gruffalo and the creative team that gave us the best selling What the Ladybird Heard. I’m yet to come across a Donaldson book that is a miss rather than a hit.


Publisher: MacMillan Children’s Books

Published: 04 November 2013

Format: Paperback 32 pages

Categories: Mermaids

ISBN 13: 9781447210856

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Pirates Love Underpants

9780857072658By: Claire Freedman & Ben Cort

This time underpants are favoured by pirates. There is a treasure involving gold underpants and like any good pirate story the treasure is found by following map, heading out on a quest. The thing is not just one group of pirates are after this treasure.

Another addition to the very popular ‘Underpants’ series. If your kids loved the others they will love this one. It has all the strengths of the previous books: fun, rhyming text; bold and appealing illustrations, in addition to this are various pirate cliches.

Great fun.


Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children’s Books

Published: 28 February 2013

Format: Paperback 32 pages

Categories: Pirates, Sharks

ISBN 13: 9780857072658

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Where’s My Teddy?

By: Jez Alborough

Eddy has a teddy named Freddy but he has lost him. So off he goes into the dark and horrible wood to find him. In the wood a gigantic surprise is waiting for Eddy, he isn’t the only one who has lost their teddy. Will Eddy find Freddy before he has to go home to sleep?

A delightful story about a boy and his teddy. The text is emotive and descriptive, it has the appealing addition of rhythm and rhyme so reading it aloud has an easy feel to it. The illustrations are full page, sometimes broken into panels, and create the dark atmosphere of the woods without appearing too dark or scary. They also show wonderfully the size comparisons of the two teddy owners. This was a favourite read in our house for quite a while.

Publisher: Walker Books Ltd

Published: 06 December 2004

Format: Paperback 32 pages

Categories: Picture Books

ISBN 13: 9781844284818

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