Hansel and Gretel

Anthony Browne Hansel and Gretel is perhaps the darkest and greatest of the fairy tales from the Brothers Grimm. This extraordinary book brings the classic childhood tale to a new generation courtesy of one of the world’s greatest picture book artists, Hans Christian Andersen Award-winner Anthony Browne. Amazon link  

The Abominables

Eva Ibbotson The Abominables follows a family of yetis who are forced, by tourism, to leave their home in the Himalayas and make their way across Europe to a possible new home. Siblings Con and Ellen shepherd the yetis along their eventful journey, with the help of Perry, a good-natured Read more…

The Sheep-pig

Dick King-Smith When Farmer Hogget wins a piglet at the fair, he is amazed that Fly, his sheep-dog, welcomes him as one of her own pups. Fly names the piglet Babe and teaches him all he needs to know about the farm and its animals. As he watches his ‘mum’ Read more…

Mr Majeika and the Haunted Hotel

Humphrey Carpenter ‘Oh, don’t be cowards,’ said Jody. ‘I’m sure it’s perfectly safe.’ Mysteriously stranded in the fog at night. Mr Majeika and Class Three find themselves in a creepy hotel near Hadrian’s Wall, where some very spooky things start to happen. Strange lights, ghostly sounds and vanishing people…

Mr Majeika and the Music Teacher

Humphrey Carpenter ‘Music teacher? What music teacher?’ The sudden arrival of a new music teacher throws St Barty’s School into confusion. Mysterious smells start coming from the staffroom and creepy-crawlies appear out of nowhere. The new arrival is, of course, Wilhelmina Worlock, a wicked witch with some nasty tricks. It’s Read more…

Dinosaur Olympics

Jeanne Willis When a Stegosaurus family, Mr and Mrs Stigson and their son Darwin, throw a party for Uncle Loop’s 150th birthday, it is gate-crashed by Flint Beastwood, the gangster-like T-rex, his thuggish sidekicks Mr Cretaceous (a terrifying Dinoscuchus) and Terry O’Dactyl (a psychotic Pteranodon). War seems to be on Read more…

How to Train Your Dragon

Cressida Cowell Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III was an awesome sword-fighter, a dragon whisperer and the greatest Viking Hero who ever lived. But it wasn’t always like that. In fact, in the beginning, Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III was the most put upon Viking you’d ever seen. Not loud enough to make Read more…

Astrosaurs

Steve Cole Meet Captain Teggs Stegosaur and the crew of the amazing spaceship DSS Sauropod as the ASTROSAURS fight evil across the galaxy! Flesh-chomping raptors have kidnapped two top dino athletes. With the Great Dinosaur Games about to start, Teggs and his friends must race to the rescue. But there’s Read more…

Ug

Raymond Briggs Ug and his parents are living in the Stone Age. And that means stone blankets, stone cold food, an even colder cave and, worst of all, hard stone trousers! Being an inquisitive and intelligent child, Ug suggests a series of modifications to improve the quality of family life. Read more…

Please Mrs Butler

Allan Ahlberg This witty collection of poems about school is full of typical classroom events that will be recognized and enjoyed by everyone: the candid revelations in a pupil’s newsbook, the problem of copycats, bickering, making up, swaps, picking teams and forming gangs. Fritz Wegner’s line drawings beautifully complement the Read more…

Cliffhanger

Jaqueline Wilson From climbing and abseiling to canoeing and a Crazy Bucket Race, Tim’s adventure holiday promises to be full of action. There’s just one problem: he is hopeless at sports of any kind. Can Tim survive the horrors of a week absolutely packed with activity? Can his team – Read more…

Game Boy

Alan Durant JP can’t wait to play his new computer game. But the adventure on this game is for real! It’ll take all his gaming skills to get to the end of the level – Fun adventure Amazon link