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Friday, December 7, 2012
There are new books out to suit children of all ages, from enchanting Christmassy novels to eye-catching animated animals. In the latest of our guide to the top 10’s at Christmas, books editor KEIRON PIM suggests 10 ideal gifts for youngsters.
The By-Mistake Guide to Norfolk: Demon Dogs, Dragons and Ducks
Jim (with Caroline Davison)
Black Dog Books, 7.99.
This is an original and amusing travel guide for children that takes the form of a fictional romp through the Norfolk countryside from the perspective of 10-year-old Jim. He describes his adventures during a year of family outings in the county that take in wildlife spectaculars, spooky castles and impressive forts, windmills, demon dogs, dragons and ducks. The book was shortlisted in the recent EDP-Jarrold East Anglian Book Awards and is a clever way of introducing children to a range of fun family excursions to be had in Norfolk.
The Compleat Ankh-Morpork
Terry Pratchett & The Discworld Emporium
Any child - or adult - who loves Terry Pratchetts books will want this beautifully designed book, lavishly produced in full colour. It features a map and comprehensive street of every district in Pratchetts imaginary twin cities of Ankh and Morpork, from Unseen University to the Shades, and major landmarks such as the Patricians Palace to little-known places like Dwarf Bread Museum in Whirligig Alley.
Will We Ever Speak Dolphin?: and 130 other science questions answered
Profile Books, 7.99
Published in association with New Scientist magazine, and following on from successes such as Why Dont Penguins Feet Freeze?, Do Polar Bears Get Lonely? and Why Cant Elephants Jump?, this book reveals the answers to a host of intriguing questions. If youve ever wondered why birds sing at dawn, what the slowest speed a plane can fly at without falling out of the sky, or how long you can keep a tiger cub as a pet, then youll find all the answers here. Ideal for any child with an enquiring mind.
The Paper Dolls
Julia Donaldson (illustrated by Rebecca Cobb)
Macmillan Childrens Books
The latest from the prolific author of The Gruffalo and many other titles is a beautiful story of one little girl and her five paper dolls, which go on a fantastical adventure through the house and out into the garden. They soon escape the clutches of the toy dinosaur and the snapping jaws of the oven-glove crocodile - but then a very real pair of scissors threatens. This looks like being another hit with young children.
The Moomins And The Great Flood
Sort of Books, 9.99.
Written in 1945, Tove Janssons first Moomin book has just been published in the UK for the first time with this beautiful hardback edition. The magical Finnish characters remain popular with children and adults, long after they Jansson wrote them as a piece of escapism during post-Second World War gloom. This story follows Moominmamma and little Moomintroll as they travel through dark forests and serpent-infested waters in search of Moominpappa. Their travels through a colourful dream-like world are complemented by cheerful watercolour and ink illustrations. A perfect introduction to the Moomins world for children today.
Star Wars Origami: 36 Amazing Paper-folding Projects From A Galaxy Far, Far Away
Workman Publishing, 15.59.
This unique tribute to the Star Wars films should keep children (and inner adults children) occupied for hours over the winter. Its very simple: 72 sheets of specially designed paper and step-by-step instructions to make your very own versions of Yoda, Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader and even the Millennium Falcon, along with quick quizzes to test the familys Star Wars knowledge. With Disneys recent takeover of the franchise, another generation is set to grow up watching new Star Wars films, so this book is likely to prove popular for years to come.
Jonathan & Martha
This picture book may look derivative of The Very Hungry Caterpillar at first sight, only replacing the caterpillar with worms - but but once you start reading, its clear this is a very different tale altogether. Jonathan and Martha (the worms) meet when they chomp their way through a pear from opposite sides and end up getting tangled. Its a very sweet love story which will teach little ones how to share.
When Grandma was Little
Running Hare Press, 5.50
This sweet book by a small Gressenhall-based publisher is intended to be read by grandparents and grandchildren together, and reveals to children how rural life in Britain today compares with in the 1950s. Its told in funny and quirky rhymes and charmingly illustrated by the author, who was a retired GP. Anne Basketts died in October, not long after this books publication. At the time of its release in the summer it quickly topped Jarrolds book departments local bestseller list.
Safari: A Photicular Book
Carol Kaufmann (created by Dan Kainen)
This has been hailed as something extraordinary - it uses unique Photicular technology to create images of animals that move when you turn the page. From the cheetah on the cover, who races in slow-motion and then speeds up when you open the page faster, to a gorilla who chomps away, an elephant who flaps his ears and a baby zebra who trots and nods his head, Safari brings to life Africas best-loved creatures. Each of the eight animals is described, with a fact box charting details including their life span and top land speed. Its truly magical and will delight children young and old for years.
Mark A. Pritchard
Alan Squire in association with Santa Fe Writers Project, priced 14.50.
Its the week before Christmas and nearly a year since teenager Billy Christmass dad mysteriously disappeared on Christmas Day. With his mum suffering from depression, Billy hopes to bring a little festive cheer to their lives by bringing home a Christmas tree. But this is no ordinary tree - it comes with 12 of its own special decorations, and comes to life every day after midnight and gives Billy a task connected to each of the decorations. When all are completed it will reunite him with his lost father. But the tasks, from chopping up his garden fence to fighting the school bully, seem destined to get him into trouble. And as Christmas gets nearer, theres no guarantee Billys father will be found. Pritchards debut novel is a magical treat in the grand tradition of childrens Christmas tales
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