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New books we love: December 2019

Madame Badobedah

Here are the books we reviewed and loved this month. Happy reading!

  • A Most Peculiar Toy Factory

    Author: Alex Bell Illustrator: Nan Lawson

    Interest level: 6-11

    Reading age: 5+

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  • A Most Peculiar Toy Factory

    Author: Alex Bell Illustrator: Nan Lawson

    Interest level: 6-11

    Reading age: 5+

    Hoggle’s Happy Toys is a creepy toy factory that has been closed for five years, ever since the toys came to life and started to a…

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  • Angel on the Roof

    Author: Shirley Hughes

    Interest level: 6-8

    Reading age: 7+

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  • Angel on the Roof

    Author: Shirley Hughes

    Interest level: 6-8

    Reading age: 7+

    When Lewis finds an angel living on the roof of his house, they form a quick friendship. Soon, the people living under the an…

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  • Deeplight

    Author: Frances Hardinge

    Interest level: 12+

    Reading age: 12+

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  • Deeplight

    Author: Frances Hardinge

    Interest level: 12+

    Reading age: 12+

    Hark and his best friend Jelt spend their days on a strange island hunting for magical "godware". But everything is about to chang…

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  • Hidden Planet

    Author: Ben Rothery

    Interest level: 6-11

    Reading age: 7+

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  • Hidden Planet

    Author: Ben Rothery

    Interest level: 6-11

    Reading age: 7+

    A self-confessed wildlife obsessive, Rothery’s book isn’t just a collection of his gorgeous illustration but rather a study of the…

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  • How About A Night Out?

    Author: Sam Williams Illustrator: Matt Hunt

    Interest level: 2-4

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  • How About A Night Out?

    Author: Sam Williams Illustrator: Matt Hunt

    Interest level: 2-4

    Reading age:

    This rhyming book about what cats do at night hits all the right notes – the rhyme is bouncy, quirky and original and the cat…

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  • How to be Extraordinary

    Author: Rashmi Sirdeshpande Illustrator: Annabel Tempest

    Interest level: 6-8

    Reading age: 5+

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  • How to be Extraordinary

    Author: Rashmi Sirdeshpande Illustrator: Annabel Tempest

    Interest level: 6-8

    Reading age: 5+

    This inspirational non-fiction picture book introduces children to extraordinary people from across the world and throughout histo…

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  • Level Up! Block and Roll

    Author: Tom Nicoll Illustrator: Anjan Sarkar

    Interest level: 6-11

    Reading age: 5+

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  • Level Up! Block and Roll

    Author: Tom Nicoll Illustrator: Anjan Sarkar

    Interest level: 6-11

    Reading age: 5+

    Best friends Max and Flo find themselves trapped inside Max’s favourite construction video game, Blocktopia. How will they leave? …

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  • Madame Badobedah

    Author: Sophie Dahl Illustrator: Lauren O'Hara

    Interest level: 6-8

    Reading age: 6+

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  • Madame Badobedah

    Author: Sophie Dahl Illustrator: Lauren O'Hara

    Interest level: 6-8

    Reading age: 6+

    This beautiful and poignant picture book – made extra special and lush with Lauren O-Hara's dreamy, charming illustrations&nb…

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  • My Monster and Me

    Author: Nadiya Hussain and Ella Bailey

    Interest level: 3-5

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  • My Monster and Me

    Author: Nadiya Hussain and Ella Bailey

    Interest level: 3-5

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    A boy introduces both himself and his monster, who has been with him for as long as he can remember. An all-round perfect pic…

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  • Nevertell

    Author: Katharine Orton

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 10+

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  • Nevertell

    Author: Katharine Orton

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 10+

    After a daring escape, Lina and her best friend Bogdan find themselves on a quest to reach Moscow and find Lina’s grandmother.&nbs…

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  • Perfectly Polite Penguins

    Author: Georgiana Deutsch Illustrator: Ekaterina Trukhan

    Interest level: 2-5

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  • Perfectly Polite Penguins

    Author: Georgiana Deutsch Illustrator: Ekaterina Trukhan

    Interest level: 2-5

    Reading age:

    Most penguins are perfectly polite. But then there is Polly. This silly, chilly story will have little ones laughing out…

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  • Sulwe

    Author: Lupita Nyong’o Illustrator: Vashti Harrison

    Interest level: 4-8

    Reading age: 5+

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  • Sulwe

    Author: Lupita Nyong’o Illustrator: Vashti Harrison

    Interest level: 4-8

    Reading age: 5+

    Sulwe is anxious: why is her skin so dark, and why is she bullied? But a visit from a star reassures her that she is beautiful exa…

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  • The Blanket Bears

    Author: Samuel Langley-Swain Illustrator: Ashlee Spink

    Interest level: 3-5

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  • The Blanket Bears

    Author: Samuel Langley-Swain Illustrator: Ashlee Spink

    Interest level: 3-5

    Reading age:

    Alone in the snow, two little bears are cold, scared and missing much of their fur. Thankfully, help arrives in the form of Tilly,…

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  • The Fowl Twins

    Author: Eoin Colfer

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 9+

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  • The Fowl Twins

    Author: Eoin Colfer

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 9+

    The Fowl twins are completely unlike each other, but they make the perfect team when the evil ACRONYM attacks them. Readers will f…

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  • The Frozen Sea

    Author: Piers Torday

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 9+

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  • The Frozen Sea

    Author: Piers Torday

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 9+

    This brilliant sequel to The Lost Magician is a nail-biting adventure of twists and turns from award-winning author Pier…

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  • The Somerset Tsunami

    Author: Emma Carroll

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 9+

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  • The Somerset Tsunami

    Author: Emma Carroll

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 9+

    This is another glorious example of historical fiction from Emma Carroll: a feisty, female-led adventure based on the real-life ev…

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  • Tiny and Teeny

    Author: Chris Judge

    Interest level: 2-4

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  • Tiny and Teeny

    Author: Chris Judge

    Interest level: 2-4

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    At the edge of Glengadget, the incredibly helpful Tiny lives with her pet fox Teeny. The colourful imagery in this wonderful …

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  • Unseen Worlds

    Author: Hélène Rajcak Illustrator: Damien Laverdunt

    Interest level: 6-11

    Reading age: 7+

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  • Unseen Worlds

    Author: Hélène Rajcak Illustrator: Damien Laverdunt

    Interest level: 6-11

    Reading age: 7+

    Meet the microscopic creatures living in your mattress and the miniature mites that are feasting on your skin in this extraordinar…

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  • We Are the Beaker Girls

    Author: Jacqueline Wilson Illustrator: Nick Sharratt

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 8+

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  • We Are the Beaker Girls

    Author: Jacqueline Wilson Illustrator: Nick Sharratt

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 8+

    The sequel to My Mum Tracy Beaker is another Jacqueline Wilson classic, handling serious issues in a humorous, accessibl…

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  • What I Like Most

    Author: Mary Murphy Illustrator: Zhu Cheng-Liang

    Interest level: 4-8

    Reading age: 5+

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  • What I Like Most

    Author: Mary Murphy Illustrator: Zhu Cheng-Liang

    Interest level: 4-8

    Reading age: 5+

    A little girl ponders the everyday wonders she likes most – friends, pencils, staring out of windows – and the person who remains …

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  • White Eagles

    Author: Elizabeth Wein

    Interest level: 12-15

    Reading age: 8+

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  • White Eagles

    Author: Elizabeth Wein

    Interest level: 12-15

    Reading age: 8+

    It’s the summer of 1939. Germany’s troops have gathered near Poland’s borders and their air force is making increasingly daring fo…

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  • White Fox

    Author: Chen Jiatong Translator: Jennifer Feeley Illustrator: Viola Wang

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 9+

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  • White Fox

    Author: Chen Jiatong Translator: Jennifer Feeley Illustrator: Viola Wang

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 9+

    After tragedy strikes, white fox cub Dilah sets out on an epic quest to become human. A classic animal adventure with themes of fr…

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