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New Book Releases – April 2016

Hopefully this post will keep you up to date with titles coming out next month and will be divided into categories of Picture books, Children’s books and Young Adult Books. Some may be new authors or titles which seem to be creating a lot of buzz (or just look really good!) and some will be new books from an ongoing series. Please comment and let us know if they were worth waiting for or if there are any other books we should be getting excited about!

Picture Books for Younger Readers

Where’s the Starfish? – Written and Illustrated by Barroux  (Released 7th April 2016)

‘Barroux tackles ocean pollution in the stunning follow-up to the critically acclaimed Where’s the Elephant? – recommended by The GuardianSunday Times and The Sun. Find the whale, the clownfish and the starfish on every page – until the piles of rubbish start to make it much too difficult. Both a Where’s Wally-style spotting game and a striking work of art, this almost wordless tale puts the power back in the hands (or fins) of the natural world, with a boldly beautiful twist ending.’ (Synopsis and image from Amazon)

I absolutely loved Barroux’s previous book Where’s the Elephant? (reviewed here) and was disappointed that it wasn’t shortlisted for Kate Greenaway medal but I am definitely excited to read this one and hope it gets children thinking as much as the last.


The Royal Baby
The Royal Baby’s Big Red Bus Tour of London – Written by Martha Mumford and Illustrated by Ada Grey (Released 21st April 2016)

It’s a beautiful day, and the Royal Family are sunning themselves in the Palace Gardens. The royal babies’ grandad is even having a bit of a snooze – what bliss! When all of a sudden –BEEP BEEP! BEEP BEEP! -It’s the Big Red Bus, and it’s come to take the Royal Family on a tour of London! With so much to see, the city is their oyster, with the Royal Family hopping off at the Natural History Museum, London Zoo, the London Eye and Tower Bridge. They even ride a water taxi to Greenwich, before it’s finally time for – you’ve guessed it – a spot of shopping! (Synopsis and image from Amazon)

This is the 4th in the Royal Baby series which has so far been entertaining and beautifully illustrated and this new book looks like it would be great for getting children excited about visiting London!

Nibbles the book monster
Nibbles: The Book Monster -Written and Illustrated by Emma Yarlett (Released 7th April 2016)

Nibbles is a very naughty book monster – he’s chomping, munching and nibbling his way through fairy tales that don’t belong to him! Can you help catch him and put him back in his own story? Children will love to lift the flaps, peek through the peep holes, and chase Nibbles through a fantastical world of books, in this quirky story, exquisitely illustrated by Emma Yarlett (My Daddy’s Going Away and Bear’s Big Bottom). Jam-packed full of your kids’ favourite fairy tales including Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk and Goldilocks and the Three Bears. (Synopsis and image from Amazon)

Originally spotted in The Bookseller (a fantastic resource for future releases), it stood out as something to get excited about. The idea of travelling to different well know stories (in this case fairy tales) always seems to go down well with children and this seems like it is something they’ll really be able to engage with. Plus any book about books is good by us …. even if it does involve eating them!  

Children’s Books

Sputnik’s Guide to Life on Earth – Written by Frank Cottrell Boyce and Illustrated by Steven Lenton (Released 7th April 2016)

An out-of-this-world funny book from master storyteller Frank Cottrell Boyce, with illustrations throughout by Steven Lenton. The Blythes are a big, warm, rambunctious family who live on a small farm and sometimes foster children. Now Prez has come to live with them. But, though he seems cheerful and helpful, he never says a word. Then one day Prez answers the door to someone claiming to be his relative. This small, loud stranger carries a backpack, walks with a swagger and goes by the name of Sputnik. It turns out that Sputnik is writing a guidebook to Earth called Ten Things Worth Doing on Earth, and he takes Prez on a journey to discover just those ten things. Each adventure seems to take Prez nearer to the heart of the family he is being fostered by. But they also take him closer to the day that he is due to leave them forever . . . (Synopsis and image from Amazon)

Frank Cottrell Boyce rarely disappoints so there’s no reason to think that his new book will be any different. Originally spotted on a fantastic Guardian article highlighting important literary events and releases in the year to come.

Boken Heart Club
Broken Heart Club – Written by Cathy Cassidy (Released 21st April 2016)

Andie, Eden, Ryan, Tasha and Hasmita love being part of the Heart Club. They’ve promised to stay best friends forever and nothing can tear them apart. But sometimes things happen that you couldn’t ever have expected and forever might not be as long as you think. Now, two years later, Eden and Ryan are haunted by memories of the past. Can they find a way to bring the club back together or is it too late to mend a broken heart? A gorgeous new story from the bestselling author of The Chocolate Box Girls series. (Synopsis and image from Amazon)

Cathy Cassidy has been popular ever since she visited Guernsey and students fell in love with her stories; I doubt this new stand alone story will be any different. Would recommend this book for ages 9+ due to some of the sensitive subjects involved.

To Wee or Not to Wee
To Wee or Not To Wee – Written by Pamela Butchart and Illustrated by Thomas Flintham (Released 7th April 2016)

When Izzy (star of the Baby Aliens series) is asked to tell her friends some exciting stories, she thinks of Macbeth – there are battles, loads of gore, excellent witches and even walking trees! Soon her friends want more, so she moves on to A Midsummer Night’s Dream (a man with a donkey’s head called Bottom!), Romeo and Juliet (kissing – eew!) and Hamlet (who left that skull lying about?) and now everyone wants to know more about the Bard!Four hilarious retellings of Shakespeare’s plays by the Blue Peter Award-winning duo Pamela Butchart and Thomas Flintham. (Synopsis and image from Amazon)

Just the title of this book had me hooked after spotting it in The Bookseller. It definitely looks like it will be a fun re-telling of some of Shakespeare’s well known plays and aptly timed to correspond with 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.

Young Adult Fiction

The Bombs That Brought us Together
The Bombs That Brought Us Together – Written by Brian Conaghan (Released 21st April 2016)

Fourteen-year-old Charlie Law has lived in Little Town, on the border with Old Country, all his life. He knows the rules: no going out after dark; no drinking; no litter; no fighting. You don’t want to get on the wrong side of the people who run Little Town. When he meets Pavel Duda, a refugee from Old Country, the rules start to get broken. Then the bombs come, and the soldiers from Old Country, and Little Town changes for ever. Sometimes, to keep the people you love safe, you have to do bad things. As Little Town’s rules crumble, Charlie is sucked into a dangerous game. There’s a gun, and a bad man, and his closest friend, and his dearest enemy. Charlie Law wants to keep everyone happy, even if it kills him. And maybe it will … (Synopsis and image from Amazon)

Brian Conaghan wrote the Carnegie shortlisted ‘When Mr Dog Bites’ which was really popular with the teenagers in our shadowing groups. This is on the list because Conaghan writes about serious issues in a style which teenagers can really understand and relate to; not always a given with teenage fiction and hopefully his new novel will do the same.  


Chasing the Stars
Chasing The Stars – Written by Malorie Blackman (Released 21st April 2016)

Olivia and her twin brother Aidan are heading alone back to Earth following the virus that wiped out the rest of their crew, and their family, in its entirety. Nathan is part of a community heading in the opposite direction. But on their journey, Nathan’s ship is attacked and most of the community killed. Only a few survive. Their lives unexpectedly collided, Nathan and Olivia are instantly attracted to each other, deeply, head-over-heels – like nothing they have ever experienced. But not everyone is pleased. Surrounded by rumours, deception, even murder, is it possible to live out a happy ever after . . . ?  (Synopsis and image from Amazon)

‘Chasing the Stars’ is a science fiction novel based on Shakespeare’s Othello and as with any book written by Malorie Blackman it is highly anticipated.  

When We Collided
When We Collided – Written by Emery Lord (Released 7th April 2016)

Seventeen year old Jonah Daniels has lived in Verona Cove, California, his whole life, and only one thing has ever changed: his father used to be alive, and now he’s not. Now Jonah must numbly take care of his family as they reel from their tragedy. Cue next change: Vivi Alexander, new girl in town. Vivi is in love with life. A gorgeous and unfiltered hurricane of thoughts and feelings. She seems like she’s from another planet as she transforms Jonah’s family and changes his life. But there are always consequences when worlds collide. A fierce and beautiful love story with a difference, When We Collided will thrill fans of All the Bright Places and I’ll Give You the Sun. (Synopsis and image from Amazon)

A great way to keep up to date with new books is usually by following publishers on twitter. Bloomsbury have been tweeting a lot about this book, whether this means it will be good is another thing but initial reviews look positive. Recommended for Older Teenage Readers.

If any local schools would like to order any of the books on the list then please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Written by Jodie

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