Chatterbooks Reads is our monthly promotion with publishers that brings some of the best in children's publishing to libraries, schools, parents, reading groups and book clubs. Each month librarians, publishers and children's reading groups select their favourite new titles. Chatterbooks Reads are a great way to help you find a good read for your children.
Welcome back from the summer. We hope you all kept reading over the holiday with the Summer Reading Challenge. We have chosen five top reads for our September Chatterbooks Reads selection, click on the book title to find out more about each book.
Books for younger readers
For younger readers we chose Matilda's Cat by Emily Gravett. A funny and touching story about Matilda and her cat - a cat who doesn't seem very enthusiastic about tree climbing or playing with wool. So Matilda must think up new ways to amuse her reluctant playmate. Tea parties? A nice bike ride? A great read! If you're looking for something similar, why not try Anna Kemp? She's written some funny picture books like Rhinos Don't Eat Pancakes and Dog's Don't Do Ballet both with excellent illustration by Sara Ogilvie. There's also the brilliant Blue by Michael Rosen, the tale of a magical flying cat called Blue, who visits Raffi in the middle of the night and takes him on an adventure.
Our other choice for younger readers was Just Imagine by Nick Sharrett and Pippa Goodhart, a wonderfully interactive book filled with bright illustrations and fun ideas for children to make up their own stories. Just imagine what it would be like to be as small as a mouse; or as big as a house. Perfect for sharing. If you liked this book, why not try You Choose also by Pippa Goodhart and Nick Sharrett. Imagine you could go anywhere, with anyone and do anything. Where would you live? What games would you play? You Choose has many more great ways to flex your imagination muscles. Or why not spend hours of fun creating wacky combinations in The Big Book of Crazy Mix-ups? All are prefect for reading and discussing aloud.
Books for older readers
Our first selection for older readers is a book full of humour called Atticus Claw Breaks the Law by Jennifer Gray. When Atticus, world's greatest cat burglar, receives a mysterious message asking him to a meeting in a sleepy coastal town, he packs his bags and sets off. Atticus likes a good mystery and this time curiosity has got the better of him. We think you'll enjoy a mystery adventure with Atticus. If you enjoy Atticus Claw why not try The Dragonsitter by Josh Lacey. Edward has to look after Uncle Morton's exotic pet. It sounds easy but it's not because this pet is actually a dragon - a dragon that eats everything in the fridge and burn the curtains. A really funny book. We would also recommend reading One Dog and His Boy by Eva Ibbotson. A charming tale of Hal and his rental dog, Fleck, running away together.
The second pick for older readers is the brilliantly fun and zany story of Fizzlebert Stump: The Boy Who Ran Away from the Circus (and Joined the Library) by A. F. Harrold. Fizz is bored of his life in the circus and, sure, he gets to stick his head in a lion's mouth every night and hang out with acrobats, but Fizz is the only kid there. If you had fun reading about Fizz, why not try Dark Lord: the Teenage Years by Jamie Thomson. Dirk Lloyd s the earthly incarnation of a Dark Lord, supreme ruler of the Darklands and leader of great armies, intent on destruction and devastation. The fact that he's trapped in the puny body of a schoolboy doesn't help. Or maybe you'll like reading The Incredible Luck of Alfie Pluck by Jamie Rix. An eccentric and laugh-out-loud funny story about how Alphie goes from being the unluckiest boy alive to the luckiest after eating a lucky chicken.
And finally we chose the latest book by Alan Snow, How Dinosaurs Really Work. It's not only fun to read but full of interesting facts and quirky details that you might not have thought about before. For more dinosaur fun why not read Dinosaurs Love Underpants by Clair Freedman, a whacky and fun picture book which will make you laugh. We also enjoyed Uneversaurus by Aiden Potts. Everyone thinks they know what dinosaurs looked like, but how can we be sure? In this brilliant and clever book, Professor Potts investigates.
Well that's it for this month. Happy reading!
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Find out more
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Alan Snow - here or here