Book of the Week

Each week our librarian Ann picks a Book of the Week to showcase a book that's newly in our library. Often the book is pertinent to the week or season too. If you are looking to be inspired by some of the best new publishing explore her recommendations below. 

Where Zebras Go by Sue Hardy-Dawson - Mon, 30/01/2017

Sue Hardy-Dawson ranges across a variety of themes and poetic forms in her first solo collection. Shape poems are scattered throughout, their subject matter sometimes softly segueing into the surrounding stanzas.

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Welcome to Nowhere by Elizabeth Laird - Tue, 10/01/2017

Refuge by Anne Booth and Sam Usher - Tue, 20/12/2016

Le Facteur de l'Espace par Guillaume Perreault - Fri, 09/12/2016

A visit to City Farm by Verna Wilkins and Karin Littlewood - Fri, 25/11/2016

Rainbow Class has an enjoyable day out in this picture book from a new publishing house founded to produce multicultural books that celebrate diversity in our inter-connected world.

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The White Fox by Jackie Morris - Fri, 18/11/2016

When his father tells him he has seen a white Arctic fox down at the Seattle dockside, Sol seeks out the animal for himself. From then on the lives of boy and fox become intertwined as both need to return to their Alaskan home. As Sol and his father travel north the emotional story of their past gradually unfolds, and when he becomes reacquainted with his grandmother he discovers why he feels such an affinity with the white fox.

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Tomi Ungerer. A Treasury of 8 Books - Fri, 04/11/2016

This magnificent treasury celebrates the work of world famous picture book creator Tomi Ungerer, winner of the 1998 Hans Christian Andersen Award. The eight books collected here show the wide range of his work. 

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Who Are Refugees and Migrants? by Michael Rosen & Annemarie Young - Fri, 14/10/2016

A much needed look behind the headlines raising questions which will help young people think deeply and constructively about what is happening in the world today.

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A Child of Books by Oliver Jeffers and Sam Winston - Fri, 07/10/2016

A picture book which celebrates the power of stories and imagination. Threading through it is a narrative spoken by a child who invites her friend on a journey through landscapes where all types of tales can take place, etched in a font that will be familiar to those fond of Oliver Jeffers’ previous books. The illustrations are full of words and letters, shaping extracts from well-known books into whatever environment the children are exploring, using typography in playful ways.

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Wonderland: Alice in Poetry edited by Michaela Morgan - Fri, 30/09/2016

In a variety of ways, modern poets provide their own take on Carroll’s poems, many of which were parodies of verse from his own times. As editor and contributor Michaela Morgan says in her introduction: ‘here are Lewis Carroll’s playful responses to the poems that Victorian children read, and here are modern poets’ responses to Lewis Carroll’s poems.’  Robert Stevens has a modern young lad chide Carroll in a similar way to that in which an earlier young man mocked old Father William (a poem which in turn was modelled on one by Robert Southey). Stevens also ends the poem with a sly reference to a significant Carroll character.  There are two responses to the famous nonsense poem ‘Jabberwocky’. Joseph Coelho employs made up words to create a poem that feels full of action and to which the reader can supply their own meaning, while Michaela Morgan uses the same pattern and rhyme scheme as Carroll to express the horrors of hay fever.

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The Singing Bones by Shaun Tan - Fri, 16/09/2016

Stunning sculptures evoked by the dark side of the tales of the Brothers Grimm.

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The Tree by Neal Layton - Wed, 29/06/2016

The importance of inference in reading a picture book is superbly demonstrated here. The written text is minimal. It begins with a lone tree and then drills down to the names of animal homes within it, while the pictures portray their occupants. Then come some new arrivals – what changes might they bring and will they be for good or ill? There’s a wonderful wordless central moment when the protagonists realise what they have done and before they are galvanised into affirmative action. 

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Discover ... The Roman Empire by Isabel and Imogen Greenberg - Fri, 27/05/2016

A entertaining and informative guide to the Romans illustrated by an artist to watch out for.

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The Journey by Francesca Sanna - Tue, 17/05/2016

In her stunning first picture book the author/illustrator Francesca Sanna has drawn on the experiences she heard about from recent refugees from many countries.

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Little Red by Bethan Woollvin - Thu, 24/03/2016

A feisty and knowing little girl, sets off through the forest and meets a wolf. Who will come off best in this twist on the traditional tale.

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Outside: A Guide to Discovering Nature by Maria Ana Peixe Dias and Inȇs Teixera Do Rosário, illustrated by Bernardo P. Carvalho - Thu, 17/03/2016

A terrific compendium with a striking design that encourages exploration and observation of nature while explaining background facts.

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Blackbird, Blackbird, What Do You Do? by Kate McLelland - Wed, 24/02/2016

Pip is a cheerful and curious young blackbird who leaves the nest to go out into the world and find out what birds of his ilk do best.

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How to look for a lost dog by Ann M. Martin - Wed, 03/02/2016

Rose has an obsession with homonyms, prime numbers & rule-breaking. Then her dad brings home a dog she names Rain (Reign, Rein).

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Time Travelling with a Hamster by Ross Welford - Wed, 20/01/2016

Al Chaudhury’s dad died twice. How could this happen and can Al use his dad’s time machine to put things right?

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Confessions of an Imaginary Friend. A Memoir by Jacques Papier as told to Michelle Cuevas - Thu, 14/01/2016

When Jacques hears his mother musing about whether it’s possible to have too much imagination, he discovers that his twin sister Fleur appears to have an imaginary friend and that their parents are beginning to feel that perhaps they have been too indulgent about this.

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