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Get lost in the imaginative world of the Fan Brothers: a place you’ll want to revisit again and again.

“Something was happening on Grimloch Lane. Something good.”

One day, William discovers that the tree outside his window has been sculpted into a wise owl. Each day, more topiaries appear, each one more beautiful than the last. Soon, William’s grey little town is full of colour and life. And, though the mysterious night gardener disappears as suddenly as he appeared, William and his town are changed forever. With breathtaking illustrations and spare, sweet text, this masterpiece about enjoying the beauty of nature is sure to become an instant classic.

A best-selling picture book about an orphan whose life is transformed by a mysterious night gardener bringing colour and life to his town.

Poetry

Inspiring poems to connect with nature.
This collection of 50 poems will spark a love of nature, bring calm and happiness and let the outside in.

Beautifully illustrated, it is filled with poems for children to read alone or enjoy with the whole family.

With poems about the seasons, senses, wildlife, weather and the joys of mud, it’s the perfect gift book for children to treasure.

From poet, Daniel Thompson, author of Being You: Poems of Positivity – 2023 City Kids Green Awards Winner and selected for the Reading Agency’s 2023 Summer reading challenge.

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Picturebook

Winner of the Klaus Flugge Prize for Illustration 2023

A new book from award-winning illustrator Mariajo Ilustrajo, Lost is the story of a polar bear who finds himself lost, in a big concrete city.

He politely asks the city folk for help but everyone is much too busy and impatient to help the newcomer. He finds himself travelling on the subway only to be noticed, finally by a little girl.

The girl takes the homesick bear by the paw and under her innocent wing. Under the nose of her seemingly unaware mum, she feeds him dinner, gives him a bath and they read stories together.

When the polar bear wistfully looks at a poster of the North Pole on her bedroom wall, the little girl realises that her friend needs help to get home.

This is a story about the power friendship has to help you feel found, and even to transport you home.

Picturebook

Waterstones Children’s Laureate, Joseph Coelho, tells the story of a hairy monster that rips two best friends apart. And there’s only one little word that can make it go away!

This big hairy monster slowly balloons in size, ruining everyone’s fun.
But this isn’t any old monster. This is a hairy argument that just won’t go away. They try calling it names, yelling at it, and even ignoring it. Nothing works.

“The argument came from nowhere.
It sat huge and bloated
in the middle of the playground
between me and my best friend.”

Until… the best friends say that one little word that makes everything better. They learn how to shrink the monster until it vanishes completely. And soon, they can’t even remember what it looks like!

We all know how an argument can balloon into something we never expected. What starts as a simple tiff has the power to really hurt our feelings. This book describes those intense feelings perfectly and provides a comforting solution in the form of an apology, which serves to cool down and reunite the friends.

The perfect metaphor for difficult discussions that can get in the way of daily life, and a gentle way to introduce your child to the concept of compromise. Coelho’s gentle and lyrical verse pairs perfectly with Allison Colpoys’ classic illustrations to create a book which will be treasured by young readers. This is an ode to the power of an apology, and to treasuring a special bond that runs deeper than even the friends realized.

Chapter book

An action-packed new adventure series from Blue Peter Award-winning author Kieran Larwood and Waterstones Children’s Book Prize winner Joe Todd Stanton. Young readers will love discovering the world of the Dungeon Runners!

CALLING ALL DUNGEON RUNNERS – There’s space for a new team of heroes. This is your chance to enter the leagues and fight your way to the top!

Kit has dreamed of being a Dungeon Runner all his life, although being a gnorf (part gnome, part dwarf) means he’s much smaller than the other competitors.

But when a space opens up for a new team in the Dungeon Running League, Kit doesn’t want to miss this chance to try out! With his new friends Sandy and Thorn, they’re ready to take on anything – mazes, puzzles, monsters, treasure and most of all adventure!

Are you ready for the games to begin? Welcome to the Dungeon!

Picturebook

One day Mia and her mum are walking home to their new house when they find a dolls’ house on the side of the road. It looks sad with its broken shutters and peeling paint, but Mia falls in love and takes it home to fix it up. The next morning a little boy is looking at the dolls’ house on Mia’s porch. Soon more and more children arrive, and they spend the long summer days playing together. Just one child does not join in, and nothing Mia does can persuade him to overcome his shyness. Then, one night, there is a terrible storm and the dolls’ house is damaged. Mia learns that kindness can come from the most unexpected places.

Picturebook

Do you wanna see a llama? Then come this way, as our self-described ‘llama expert’ takes her friend on a chase around the city. They discover wild and wacky animals around every corner – but are any of them really llamas? Llamas are highly sociable animals, though, and where there’s one, there’s often more … Readers will be shouting at the book with delight as more and more llamas gather in the background, until a whole parade of partying llamas is revealed. But will the children ever find what they’re looking for? Children will love guessing what each new animal is from the glimpse given in the artwork, before turning the page to find out and there are fun facts about all the animals at the end of the book. A fantastically funny follow-up to Wanna See a Penguin? by the award-winning author of You Must Bring a Hat.

Poetry

A marvellous new collection of poems by Joshua Seigal, two-time winner of the Laugh Out Loud Awards – the UK’s only prize for funny children’s books. Someone has let the words out… and they’re going to have some fun!

‘Joshua Seigal is definitely my new favourite poet.’ Books for Keeps ‘Joshua Seigal is a rising star in the children’s poetry world…’ lovereading4kids

In this brand new collection of poems words take on a whole new meaning; enter a world of creative word play with silly, funny and downright hilarious poems! With poems about cuddling tigers, pesky pet fleas and even what to do if your teacher is ever turned into a chicken, Who Let the Words Out? is a must-have for imaginative young readers aged 7+. Joshua Seigal is a two-time-winner of the Laugh Out Loud awards (also known as the Lollies) in 2020 with I Bet I Can Make You Laugh and in 2023 with Yapping Away.

Picturebook

Stink loves trucks. Stink has HUGE trucks, FAST trucks, NOISY trucks, even special SPACE trucks. He has BLACK, BLUE, RED and little WHITE trucks. But Stink likes PINK . . . Can trucks be PINK?

When Stink’s quest for a PINK truck leads to a dead-end, his big sister helps him to make one out of recycled toys. In a surprising plot twist, Stink reveals his new PINK truck to his friends hidden under a truck-print blanket, which his friend Ned cannot wait to wrap around his dolly!

Chapter book

Lola can’t believe her luck – the rabbit she’s rescued is actually a fairy in disguise. Now she has her very own fairy! There’s just one problem. Larch, the rebellious fairy she’s rescued, is convinced that Lola is her human…

But while Larch and Lola discuss the merits of snail slime for breakfast and try to decide who should be in charge, there’s a bad fairy on the loose. Evil Euphorbia Spurge wants magic, and Larch is full of it. Soon it’s a battle of wits, wands and fairy wings as the new friends take on the wildest fairy in the woods…

Beautifully illustrated throughout, Lola and Larch is a heart-warming, funny celebration of friendship. It’s the perfect series for 7+ readers who like fairies, magic, and very naughty rabbits!

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