Make lists, monstrous laughs and mystery chambers by various authors – book reviews –
Andrew Pettie and Andrés Lozano
Our world is just great… but can you list the best ones?
If that seems like an impossible task, let this gloriously geeky, giggling guide to the most extraordinary parts of the universe take you on a journey you won’t forget!
Listing ! – a remarkably intelligent and entertaining book that was written by journalist, editor and author Andrew Pettie and fabulously illustrated by Andrés Lozano – comes from Britannica Books, an exciting reference imprint for young readers published by a creative partnership between What on Earth Publishing and the famous Encyclopedia Britannica.
Their mission is to inspire curiosity and passion for children’s learning, by delivering engaging non-fiction books that you can trust, with experts behind every page, and this mind-boggling collection of three hundred unexpected lists and Witty is a really fun game full of facts. reading adventure.
Curious young readers will be surprised, amazed and amused by the imaginative lists that curate the best pieces in the world.
Have you ever wondered which are the ten biggest dinosaurs and their weight… in cats? Or how much of your DNA do you share with other animals… and bananas? Discover nine surprising things that fell from the sky, that three animals don’t poop, the eleven languages that are now only spoken by one person, and the five things scientists would need to clone a T-rex.
Simply enter the ‘listiverse’ and get ready to see the world in a whole new way, from erupting volcanoes, medieval machines, jumping spiders, exploding stars and all. rest.
Listing ! organizes them into an original list for curious kids, their friends and family to enjoy, each presented from new and unexpected angles, and brought to life by Lozano’s imaginative and hilarious works of art.
From the human body and prehistoric creatures to planet Earth, outer space and the mysteries beyond, this exhilarating collection of amazing facts and anecdotes provides entertainment for the whole family.
(Britannica Books, hardcover, £ 18.99)
Immerse yourself in the witty, wacky adventures that spring from the pen of multi-million dollar bestselling author David Walliams in a monstrously wonderful new novel for the intermediate level.
From the heroism of a little girl with a penchant for jokes to mind-blowing action and suspense-filled mystery, Walliams takes young readers on a thrilling journey through danger, heart-wrenching action and comedy … in classic style.
And with the gloriously lawless illustrations by Tony Ross to bring this formidable and timeless story to life, Megamonster is another release full of energy, laughter and imagination for the army of Walliams fans.
On an island, amid shark-infested waters, The Cruel School stands atop a dormant volcano. The classes are appalling, the school dinners are appalling and the teachers are terrifying… especially the mysterious science teacher Doctor Doktur.
When Larker is sent to school for pranking, she quickly realizes that something very strange is going on… something involving the evil Doctor Doktur, a pair of strange glasses and a “Monsterfication Machine”.
And finally, the intrepid schoolgirl comes face to face with a real Megamonster. It seems there is no escape… but for Larker, nothing is impossible. And with her love for jokes that makes her endearing to everyone, she sets out to unravel the mysterious events of the Cruel School.
Walliams is in his best storytelling form in this action-packed surreal adventure featuring a hilarious cast of characters, borderline thriller, and plenty of taller mysteries.
Get ready for an explosive roller coaster ride!
(HarperCollinsChildren’sBooks, hardcover, £ 14.99)
Stephen Mangan and Anita Mangan
Open the door and step into an exciting and fun adventure created by the sensational fraternal team of beloved actor Stephen Mangan and his talented artist sister Anita Mangan.
Escape the Rooms is Mangan’s first children’s book and it’s an enthralling tale of thrilling adventure starring two unlikely friends who find themselves trapped in mysterious rooms where they face mind-boggling puzzles, dangerous traps and amazing characters as they try to get home.
Jack is struggling to cope with the recent death of his mother and the last thing he expected when he bungy jumped at the fun fair was to collapse through the floor in the weird rooms and wonderful.
And that’s where he has to solve a series of puzzles and negotiate evil traps alongside a mysterious and very angry girl called Cally to get out of the spooky rooms. Add a deadly polar bear and hundreds of tiny but fierce lions, and the young can enjoy a hilarious, energetic and unparalleled adventure.
Anita Mangan’s original and engaging illustrations are the perfect pairing for her brother’s witty and wonderful story that celebrates the rewards of friendship and is punctuated by moments of gripping pathos and poignant emotion as Jack and Cally come to terms with a personal loss.
(Scholastique, paperback, £ 6.99)
Robin des Bois: Jet Skis, Marshes & Smugglers
He might be a modern day Robin Hood … but he’s always looking to catch the bad guys who cheat on the poor and vulnerable!
Welcome back to international bestselling author Robert Muchamore’s contemporary take on the old legend of the Sherwood Forest in the third book in an exciting series that delivers a captivating formula of fun, action and thrill.
In their action-packed new mission, Robin and Marion face off against the authorities once again, but Robin’s head comes at a price, one that has attracted a gang of ruthless mercenaries who are determined to find him and hand him over to the evil boss of the underworld Guy. Gisborne.
Robin is hiding by the sea, but trouble has a way to find him. In no time, he helps rescue refugees and tries to avoid the attention of customs and immigration officials. Then he and Marion discover an operation to smuggle people… desperate people brought to the country to work in conditions close to slavery and to make cheap products.
It’s only a matter of time before the two attempt to find out who is behind it all, and Robin is once again making headlines with spectacular raids on the rich and powerful.
Overflowing with guts, excitement, gags and captivating adventures, here is Robin Hood and his merry companions like you’ve never seen them before… enjoy!
(Keyboard shortcuts, paperback, £ 7.99)
Can a greedy frog resist a greedy snack? Never!
Welcome to the wacky world of Bug Belly, the hilarious, hungry, and accident-prone star of a fabulously funny fictional series from enthralling Barnsley-based author and illustrator Paul Morton who has produced dozens of children’s board games, some for Disney and Pixar, as well as illustrations for educational books.
Larger than life and adorably silly, this devilishly funny frog with a ferocious appetite is an ingenious and inventive creation, and his frenzied antics as an uncle to all of Top Pond’s little tadpoles and frogs will make youngsters laugh out loud.
The frogs are having a sleepover and wish shooting stars with their favorite uncle. Splish dreams of an exciting adventure, Splash wishes he was not afraid of water and Splodge wants to FLY! If only Bug Belly’s hungry belly hadn’t gone, he wouldn’t have missed Magpie pouncing on the unsuspecting little Splodge.
Now Bug Belly and the frogs must cross Whispering Woods on a dangerous rescue mission. Will his cool gadgets be enough to fly safely to save Splodge from Magpie’s nest, or will Bug Belly’s penchant for delicious snacks lead him straight into the hungry jaws of Sneaky Snake? Fortunately, no one at Top Pond has more ingenious plans than this Top Frog!
Illustrated throughout Morton’s two-tone high-octane images and action-packed adventures written in a wonderfully humorous, alliterative style, this series is great for reading aloud and a favorite at home and in. the classrooms.
(Five Feathers, paperback, £ 6.99)