World Book Day 2016

World Book Day 2016

Kipper’s Visitor – Mick Inkpen (Pre-School)

Kipper has a visitor – a slightly dirty gosling in need of a bath. But the gosling doesn’t say very much. ‘Honk!’ is about all he can manage! Created for World Book Day 2016 and starring the much-loved Kipper, this charming story follows Kipper and an adorable gosling through a bubbly bathtime.

“Finley loved this book – it was short enough to keep his attention and he loved the “honk” theme throughout, and went around honking for the rest of the morning. Kipper books are always fun and this didn’t disappoint.”

Andrea, mum of Finley aged 3

“This is such a sweet book. Really lovable and touching. Babies and toddlers will love it. I’d forgotten how sweet the Kipper books are, and really looking forward to rediscovering. Drawings absolutely lovely too. A delight.”

Rebecca, mum of a girl aged 1

Read if you loved: Kipper

Supertato to the Rescue – Sue Hendra & Paul Linnet (Pre-School)

It’s night-time in the supermarket and Supertato is on the hunt for the perfect bedtime story. But, what’s this…all the books have disappeared! It can only be the work of The Evil Pea! Can Supertato save the books? Will the supermarket ever get to sleep? Find out in this un-PEA-lievable new adventure.

“I like Supertato and I like the broccoli and the cucumber and the pictures of all the vegetables. The story is good and funny. I think my friends would like this book a lot.”

Minnie aged 5

“I read this book to my two year old and he absolutely loved it. The book has fantastic, colourful illustrations. My little one has asked me to read it again and again.”

Amy, mum of two boys aged 2 and 5

Read if you loved: Supertato

Daisy and the Trouble with Jack – Kes Gray (KS1)

Daisy can’t believe it! Mrs Peters is making her sit next to Jack Beechwhistle – the naughtiest boy in the school, and possibly the whole world! Jack is so mad! Mrs Peters is making him sit next to Daisy Butters – she’s such an annoying tell tale! As the lesson goes on, Daisy and Jack think of more and more ways to get one up on each other. Then they both have a brilliant idea! Trouble is, Daisy and Jack might be more alike than they realised… A funny, mischievous and totally troublesome tale for girls and boys.

“I liked the book because it was funny. There was nothing I didn’t like about the book. The characters were good and I liked them. The story made me laugh. I read the book all in one go as I enjoyed it so much. I would recommend the book to my friends my age.”

Edward aged 6

“This book is really funny, it is really good the way it is written by Daisy and Jack and they are both telling there [sic] sides of the story. I would recommend this book to boys and girls aged 6+.”

Daria aged 7

Read if you loved: Daisy and the Trouble with Life – Kes Gray

The Great Mouse Plot – Roald Dahl (KS1)

‘You had the idea – so you can be the one to put the mouse in the jar.’ This is a true story. Every day the boy walks past a sweet shop filled with jars of delicious gobstoppers and sticky treacle toffees. But there is one terrible problem. The shop is owned by Mrs Pratchett, a skinny old hag with filthy finger nails. She is so mean that the boy decides to trick her – and he’s got the perfect plan… Did you know that this boy grew up to become the writer Roald Dahl? Discover secrets about the World’s Number 1 Storyteller and start your Roald Dahl 100 celebrations in 2016 with this very special World Book Day story!

“I thought that it was a really funny book and it made me laugh a lot. It would have been good if this was a bit longer as I was enjoying it so much. My favourite character was Thwaites. I know that all my friends would enjoy reading this book.”

Joy aged 6

Read if you loved: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory  /  Fantastic Mr Fox  /  George’s Marvellous Medicine

Welcome to the World of Norm – Jonathan Meres (KS2)

Norm knew it was going to be one of those days when he woke up to find a half-Polish Cockapoo sat on his head. But that’s OK. Because at least there’s biking with his best friend Mikey to look forward to. Or at least there was until Norm discovers he has to stay in and wait for some stupid parcel to arrive. Just as well he hasn’t got two irritating little brothers and the world’s most annoying next door neighbour. Oh wait a minute. He has.

“I really like the World of Norm books, Norm always has some drama to deal with. I really liked his Grandpa in this book. It was very funny and the pictures were really fun too.”

Lydia aged 9

Read if you loved: May Contain Nuts (The World of Norm) – Jonathan Meres

Star Wars: Adventures in Wild Space – Cavan Scott (KS2)

When their parents are captured by the evil Galactic Empire, brother and sister Milo and Lina Graf must set out on an epic quest to free them. Menaced by Imperial agents, bounty hunters, and gangsters, they will have to travel across the galaxy uncovering clues to rescue their parents and aid the Rebellion in the fight against the Empire…

“A good book with adventure, danger and excitement. The words build a picture in your mind and help you to see what’s going on. As soon as I read the first few pages I was gripped and I knew I was going to like it. There were some especially funny parts which I enjoyed. I would recommend this book to people who like a bit of Star Wars, and even those who aren’t really into it too.”

Kian aged 7

Read if you loved: Star Wars

Harper and the Sea of Secrets – Cerrie Burnell (KS2)

The Songs of the Sea festival is about to start, but disaster has struck! The royal musicians will be performing, but all their instruments have disappeared! Harper and her friends use the flying umbrella to come to the rescue, and that very night they start hearing beautiful music coming from Melody Bay. Will they have the courage to walk along the pitch-black smugglers’ tunnels passing under the sea to find out who has stolen the instruments? A captivating adventure story all about friendship, creatures of the sea and magic.

“This book was a good mystery full of secrets. I liked listening to the story to hear all the secrets. This book is good for an adult to read to their children because I liked cosying in to bed and just listening and imagining what is going on. I would have liked it to be longer.”

Connor aged 7

Read if you loved: Harper and the Scarlet Umbrella

The Boy Who Could do What He Liked – David Baddiel (KS2)

Alfie has a routine. To be honest, he has a lot of routines. There’s the waking-up routine, the getting-dressed routine, the cleaning-his-teeth-in-the-morning routine, the getting-his-school-bag-ready-routine… and that’s all before 8:30am. But then one day Alfie’s usual babysitter is unavailable, and Alfie’s parents get Mrs Stokes instead. Mrs Stokes doesn’t do routines. Instead, she just tells Alfie to do what he likes. Over and over again. Eventually, Alfie decides to take her at her word. And that’s when things start to go weird. Does everything get out of control and Alfie learn his lesson and realise that routines are really quite important to stick to after all? Nah. This isn’t that kind of story… Written especially for World Book Day 2016, this is a fabulously entertaining and touching novella from David Baddiel, author of the bestselling The Parent Agency and The Person Controller.

“I liked this book because it is extremely funny! There is no way you can guess what will happen next in this book and that made me want to keep reading (I read it in two evenings!). I love imaginative books and this is now one of my favourites! I can’t wait to read more books by this author! It’s definitely getting 5 stars from me!”

Neave aged 9

Read if you loved: The Parent Agency  /  The Person Controller

Spot the Difference – Juno Dawson (KS3)

An exclusive World Book Day story from UK Queen of Teen Juno Dawson. Avery has always suffered at the hands of the bullies, so when she’s given a seemingly-miraculous opportunity to join the ‘A-list’ she grabs at it with both hands. But appearances can be deceiving, and soon Avery’s not so sure she likes this new version of herself. And it’s only by overcoming her fears that she can learn the true meaning of being comfortable in your own skin.

“The story deals with issues that me and my friends deal with everyday in school. The characters and problems are in every school in the world. The lesson of the story is a good one. A lesson that we all need to learn.’ (Miranda, age 14)”

Miranda aged 14

Read if you loved: Under my Skin  /  All of the Above

Kindred Spirits – Rainbow Rowell (KS3)

‘Everybody likes everything these days. The whole world is a nerd.’ ‘Are you mad because other people like Star Wars? Are you mad because people like me like Star Wars?’ ‘Maybe.’ If you broke Elena’s heart, Star Wars would spill out. So when she decides to queue outside her local cinema to see the new movie, she’s expecting a celebration with crowds of people who love Han, Luke and Leia just as much as she does. What she’s not expecting is to be last in a line of only three people; to have to pee into a collectible Star Wars soda cup behind a dumpster or to meet that unlikely someone who just might truly understand the way she feels. Kindred Spirits is an engaging short story by Rainbow Rowell, author of the bestselling Eleanor & Park, Fangirl and Carry On. Kindred Spirits has been specially produced for World Book Day.

“Three strangers who are brought together by their love for Star Wars. Spending time together, they realize that judging people without knowing them is wrong.”

Miranda aged 14

Read if you loved: Eleanor & Park  /  Fangirl  /  Carry On  /  Landline