Children’s Books We’re Loving This Month: November

Children’s Books We’re Loving This Month: November

Bad Dad – David Walliams

A high-speed cops and robbers adventure with heart and soul about a father and son taking on the villainous Mr Big – and winning! This riches-to-rags story will have you on the edge of your seat and howling with laughter! 

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Getaway – Jeff Kinney

To escape the stress of the holidays, the Heffleys decide to get out of town and go to a resort instead of celebrating Christmas at home. But what’s billed as a stress-free vacation becomes a holiday nightmare.

The Christmasaurus – Tom Fletcher

The Christmasaurus is a story about a boy named William Trundle, and a dinosaur, the Christmasaurus. It’s about how they meet one Christmas Eve and have a magical adventure. It’s about friendship and families, sleigh bells and Santa, singing elves and flying reindeer, music and magic. 

Undercover Princess – Connie Glynn

Lottie Pumpkin is an ordinary girl who longs to be a princess. Ellie Wolf is a princess who longs to be ordinary, attending Rosewood Hall to avoid her royal duties. When fate puts the two fourteen-year-olds in the same dorm, it seems like a natural solution to swap identities.

Caraval – Stephanie Garber

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. But nonetheless she quickly becomes enmeshed in a dangerous game of love, magic and heartbreak. And real or not, she must find Tella before the game is over, and her sister disappears forever.

Joe Weller Explores: Haunted Hotel – Joe Weller

Join Joe as he explores a haunted hotel, where petrifying paranormal surprises can lurk in every dark corner. You can stick with Joe or you can choose your own path and make your way through the building as you encounter long eerie corridor and experience horrific chills.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – J.K. Rowling & Olivia Lomenech Gill

With this dazzling illustrated edition, readers can explore the magical fauna of five continents from the comfort of their own armchairs. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is essential reading at Hogwarts. 

Kung Fu Hero and the Forbidden City – Deji Olatunji

If Deji is going to survive the night he must triumph over his greatest foe of all, his brother, KSI. Can Deji overcome years of being a slacker and become a kung fu hero to save a world?

Asterix and the Chariot Race

Join Asterix and Obelix on a wacky new journey with your favourite characters, packed with laughs by the bucket-load and all the usual adventure and action!

Boogie Bear – David Walliams

Up at the North Pole, a big furry polar bear is swimming, fishing and eating. But when she nods off and finds herself far from home, she thinks things can’t get any worse. But they can… Much worse! 

Flying Fergus: The Wreck-It Race – Chris Hoy

Charlie is the successful captain of the Paralympic wheelchair basketball team and has some interesting training methods. She gets the team doing yoga and wheelbarrow races, and enters them in the Wreck-It Run.

The Polar Bear Explorer’s Club – Alex Bell

Join Stella Starflake Pearl and her three fellow explorers as they trek across the snowy Icelands and come face-to-face with frost fairies, snow queens, outlaw hideouts, unicorns, pygmy dinosaurs and carnivorous cabbages . . . 

Supertato: Evil Pea Rules – Sue Hendra

The Evil Pea is BACK! And this time he has his biggest, most dastardly plan yet to take over the supermarket…

Lucky Button – Michael Morpurgo

A lonely boy struggles to cope with school bullies and caring for his mother, until a mysterious encounter reveals life in the Foundling Hospital in the eighteenth century and unravels a touching tale about the power of music. 

Dog Man – Dav Pilkey

When Greg the police dog and his cop companion are injured on the job, a life-saving surgery changes the course of history, and Dog Man is born. With the head of a dog and the body of a human, this heroic hound has a real nose for justice. But can he resist the call of the wild to answer the call of duty?

You’re a Bad Man, Mr Gum! – Andy Stanton

Mr Gum is a complete horror who hates children, animals, fun and corn on the cob. This book’s all about him. And an angry fairy who lives in his bathtub. And Jake the dog, and a little girl called Polly and an evil, stinky butcher all covered in guts.

Mr Brother is a Superhero – David Solomons

Luke’ s only mistake is to go for a wee right at the wrong time. While he’ s gone, an alien gives his undeserving, never-read-a-comic-in-his-life brother superpowers and then tells him to save the universe. Luke is massively annoyed about this.

I Am Not A Loser (Barry Loser) – Jim Smith

 ‘I’ve never minded that my name’s Barry Loser because my coolness has always cancelled it out, but ever since Darren Darrenofski joined school with his horrible little crocodile face he’s been completely ruining my life about it.’

La Belle Sauvage: The Book of Dust – Philip Pullman

Philip Pullman returns to the world of His Dark Materials with this magnificent new novel, set ten years before Northern Lights and featuring his much-loved character, Lyra Belacqua.

Harry Potter: A History of Magic – British Library

Packed with unseen sketches and manuscript pages from J.K. Rowling, magical illustrations from Jim Kay and weird, wonderful and inspiring artefacts that have been magically released from the archives at the British Library. 

Jacky Ha-Ha: My Life is a Joke – James Patterson

Jacky Hart has found a hidden talent in the performing arts! She wants nothing more than to act and sing all summer – but her parents have other plans.

The Magic Misfits – Neil Patrick Harris

Do you believe in magic? Carter doesn’t. He knows magic tricks are just that – tricks. And as a street magician he’s also pretty good at them. But then Carter finds himself alone and in danger from dastardly carnival ringleader, B.B. Bosso. He could really use some magic now . . . 

Little Miss Stubborn and the Unicorn – Roger Hargreaves

Little Miss Stubborn doesn’t believe that unicorns exist. But when her friends say that they have met one, she is determined to meet this strange horse.

Quentin Blake’s A Christmas Carol

 A beautiful luxury edition of Dickens’s timeless Christmas classic. A Christmas Carol is the book that defines the Christmas spirit. Ebenezer Scrooge, a mean-spirited miser, is visited by three ghosts one Christmas Eve. 

Safari Pug – Laura James

When Pug and Lady Miranda have a scary run-in with a lion one night, Lady M decides Pug needs to face his fears and go on safari. Pug goes a bit wobbly when he finds out he’ll be coming nose to nose with Florence, the rare white lion cub, but he soon realises that lions may not be the most dangerous thing in the wildlife park …

The Bad Mood and the Stick – Lemony Snicket

Lemony Snicket’s simply told story offers a refreshing, thoughtful, and hilarious look at the ways in which a bad mood wreaks havoc as it moves from person to person, leaving an unexpected trail of surprise in its wake: opportunities for laughter, forgiveness and even love. 

The Hippo at the End of the Hall – Helen Cooper

The invitation was delivered by bees. It wasn’t addressed to anyone at all but Ben knew it was for him. It would lead him to an old, shambolic, museum, full of strange and bewitching creatures. It would lead him to curious family secrets, and mysteries – and some really quite dangerous magic. 

Can Doctor Proctor Save Christmas? – Jo Nesbo

Mr Thrane says that the only people who can celebrate are those who buy 10,000 crowns worth of presents from his department store. For anyone who doesn’t – or can’t – spend that much, it’s no tree, no presents, no carols, and no Christmas pudding.

Rainbow Magic: Christina the Winter Wonderland Fairy – Daisy Meadows

Kirsty and Rachel are very excited to be spending Christmas together. But when Jack Frost steals Christina the Winter Wonderland Fairy’s magical objects, the magic of winter is under threat!

Paddington 2: The Story of the Movie

Join the irresistible Brown family and their adopted bear, plus a whole new cast of heroes and villains. Bigger and better than ever, the story of the new Paddington movie is both hilarious and heart-warming. 

Defenders Pitch Invasion – Tom Palmer

A tense Seth is waiting to hear if his mum’s got the ‘all-clear’. When Seth meets two football-crazy brothers from Aleppo their stories offer him a new sense of courage. Can he look death in the face and restore calm to the present?

Greek Tales: The Tortoise and the Dare – Terry Deary & Helen Flook

Terry Deary’s Greek Tales explore the world of Ancient Greece through the eyes of children who could have lived at the time. These stories feature real people and take place in some of the most recognisable Greek settings. 

Elf on the Shelf

Ever wondered how Santa knows up at the North Pole if you’ve been naughty or nice each year? Well Santa’s little helper, Elf on the Shelf, is Santa’s eyes and ears in your home and will report back to him on your behaviour. 

Stanley’s Christmas Adventure – Jeff Brown

It’s not every Christmas you get flown to the North Pole to meet Santa. But Santa is fed up. No one appreciates Christmas any more. Why should he deliver any presents? It’s up to Stanley to persuade Santa . . . and save Christmas!

Barry Loser’s Christmas Joke Book – Jim Smith

It’s the keelest time of the year, so why not celebrate with this collection of Christmas crackers from everyone’s favourite loser? A festive feast of puns, one-liners, cartoons and funny tales, all with a Barry Loser twist.

Be Cool Be Nice – The Be

The official Be Cool Be Nice book is for people who: Deal with drama Have experienced bullying Suffer from selfie addiction Experience Chronic Bad Attitude Syndrome (CBAS) Have goals (squad or otherwise) Part journal, part interactive manual, and part friend, Be Cool Be Nice is as beneficial as it is beautiful.