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Wild Wolf

Wild Wolf

Fiona French

When Proud Girl refuses Bravest Warrior as a suitor, he becomes angry and creates Ice Man in revenge who leads her into great danger.

Mrs Noah’s pockets

Mrs Noah’s pockets

Jackie Morris, illus. James Mayhew

Imagine what Mrs Noah was doing while Noah was building the ark.

Shakespeare’s Bear

Shakespeare’s Bear

Harry Oxford

This delightful story is narrated by Mummer, a bear adopted as a cub by the Shakespeare family in Stratford-on-Avon.

The visitor

The visitor

Antje Damm

A unique and beautifully illustrated picture book about loneliness and friendship.

Travels with my granny

Travels with my granny

Juliet Rix, illus. Christopher Corr

A young child joins her granny on her reimagined journeys from a time before dementia took over her life.

Wild world

Wild world

Angela McAllister, illus. Hvass & Hannibal

An exploration of some of the last great wildernesses of the world explored through stunning images and lyrical poetry.

The Thief, the Witch and the Shop of Curiosities

The Thief, the Witch and the Shop of Curiosities

Mark Isherwood, illus. Drew Sinclair

When Peter wakes in the middle of the night, he is sure he can hear an intruder – but time has been frozen; no one else is aware of this and no one hears him speak to Peter.

Quill Soup

Quill Soup

Alan Durant, illus. Dale Blankenaar

Noko the Porcupine is tired and hungry. Surely, he will find a welcome from the other animals. Sadly, not. One by one, they turn him away making excuses. Something has to be done.

High-Rise Mystery

High-Rise Mystery

Sharna Jackson

Norva (age 13) is the emotional one who believes in intuition, Nik (11) her younger sister looks to facts to make her deductions. Together they act as a detective agency for the housing estate that is their home.

Old man of the sea

Old man of the sea

Stella Elia, illus. Weberson Santiago

Grandfather is old; often visits pass in silence. It is far from exciting. Until one day, Grandfather starts to tells stories of his youth when as a sailor he travelled the world.

You’re strong with me

You’re strong with me

Chitra Soundar, illus. Poonam Mistry

The baby giraffe is very young and the world is a new exciting place to be explored, but frightening as well. Luckily mother is there to support and encourage. “You’re strong with me”, she reassures her little one.

Fiddle Dee Dee!

Fiddle Dee Dee!

Dianne Hofmeyr, illus. Piet Grobler

Monkey makes an exciting find – a musical bow which makes magical sounds; finders keepers surely? But no, Hyena lays claim to the bow. How can the dispute be resolved?

Tiger walk

Tiger walk

Dianne Hofmeyr, illus. Jesse Hodgson

A little boy visits an art gallery to see the painting “Surprise” by Rousseau, and the tiger in the picture draws his attention. In his dreams the tiger comes to him and together they go on various adventures. But there is always something that scares him – what does he actually fear? 

White horse

White horse

Yan Ge, ill. James Nunn, transl. Nicky Harman

Yun Yun is ten. With her older cousin she is looking forward to “growing up”. But then her cousin does grow up, leaving her behind.

Sinbad the Sailor & Other Stories from the Arabian Nights

Sinbad the Sailor & Other Stories from the Arabian Nights

Transl. Laurence Housman, ill. Edmund Dulac, intro. Marina Warner

We all know The Arabian Nights – or do we? Though today we are most likely to meet the stories in collections made for children, the originals were for an appreciative adult audience.

Shadow

Shadow

Lucy Christopher and Anastasia Suvorova

After the move to a new home, Ma seems completely preoccupied. She doesn’t see the Shadow; the Shadow that lures the child into the forest to become truly lost and alone.

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