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New books published: May 2012

This month's book picks are educational, interactive and most of all fun! You can teach your tots the 1,2,3s with a beautifully illustrated story, take them on a trip to the zoo without leaving the house, or better yet, join a  go on an adventure in the high seas, you won't want to miss out on May's new book releases. 



By Ellen Giggenbach

Published by TemplarReading Zone May 2012
ISBN 9781848770904
RRP £6.99

This is a gorgeous first counting book that will be enjoyed by tiny tots and toddlers alike thanks to its sumptuous pages and colourful illustrations. It comes as a board book, so it’s also very sturdy.

A little boy is going shopping with his mum and along the way they see one car, two houses, three trucks etc. The pages are filled with fabulous detail and it’s a very sensory experience as each of the spreads includes a number of raised surfaces for children to feel. Because it’s so beautifully designed, mums will love it just as much!

The final spread provides an illustrated summary of all the things you’ve seen in the previous pages, from bright red balloons to the boy and mum in a car.



Who Lives Here

By Michael Terry

Published by Bloomsbury and London ZooReading Zone May 2012
ISBN 9781408819432

RRP £6.99

This is a colourful and interactive book about creatures from around the world. It has been published in partnership with London Zoo and depicts the wildlife you would find in a number of different settings including jungle, farm, wood and the ocean.

The animals and fishes are shown in their natural settings, but behind each of them is a small surprise and children will enjoy lifting the sturdy flaps to find out what other creature they are hiding: behind the monkey is a small chameleon balancing on a branch; when the crocodile dives you see a pink butterfly, while a woodpecker chips away at a tree behind the owl.

Who Lives Here? delivers a fun, shared experience for children  learning about the world around us.


3 - 5 years

Small Knight and George and the Pirates

By Ronda Armitage and Arthur Robins

Published by OrchardReading Zone May 2012
ISBN 9781408312735
RRP £10.99

This story has pirates galore, bags of treasure and peril on the high seas!

Small Knight’s mum and dad are worried – their castle is old and in danger of falling down but they don’t have any money to repair it. So they come up with a plan – Small Knight and his dragon, George, can become pirates and steal some treasure!

Now, while Small Knight’s favourite game is pirates, he’s not sure about being a pirate for real but he sets sail with a ship and a map and a pirate crew, and hopes for the best. Soon he’s on the trail of the Smelly Rose pirate ship which is laden with treasure! But then, things take an unexpected twist.

Look out for parrots galore, the nasty Captain Swashmebuckle, and treasure on the high seas!


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