With National Reading Day on 23 January, National Storytelling week from 20 January – 6 February and then World Book Day on 4 March there are plenty of reasons to find a new book to settle down and enjoy – if you needed an excuse!
The Great Dog Bottom Swap
Peter Bently and Mei Matsuoka
This is a great favourite of ours at Kenilworth Books, we sell huge numbers of copies because we keep recommending it! It is absolutely the silliest book ever written by an adult, and an example childish toilet humour at its most accomplished. The story is an attempt to explain why dogs sniff each other's bottoms; it involves all the dogs in the world going to a party for which there is No Growling Allowed, No Cocking of Legs - and they have to hang their bottoms up on the wall when they go in. The party gets a little out of hand and culminates with a huge mix up of dog bottoms. It's a fun rhyming story, which will have children of three upwards hooting with laughter - and it is quite amusing if you are 43 too.
National Geographic children's range
A range of subjects for ages 6 and up. Not all people enjoy fiction. There is a huge emphasis in our education system on reading fiction over and above books about science, history or geography for example. But for a child who loves their science subjects there is no reason at all why they shouldn't benefit from enjoying the many beautifully written and engaging books that will open up a world of interest and knowledge. The National Geographic society has a vast range of really innovative books - from the annual ‘Infopedia' to specialist publications on animal biology and the history of inventions, there will be something to engage the interest of everyone.
Noughts and Crosses
Young teenagers and adults will find this book both powerful and alarming. It deals with themes of racism and prejudice, division and the meaning of privilege. Sephy and Callum have been bestfriends since childhood – but they live on different sides of a huge social divide. Sephy is a Cross: she is dark skinned, beautiful and from a powerful, wealthy family. Callum is a Nought: he is pale-skinned and poor. His role is to serve the Crosses. In spite of a world that is fiercely against them, these star-crossed lovers choose each other. But that choice puts them in terrible danger! Malorie Blackman is one of the most important writers working today; and the Noughts and Crosses series was recently dramatized by the BBC. For readers aged 13 and up – but we believe that this is a book that all adults should read as well!
The Book Case
Written and Illustrated by Dave Shelton
St Rita's isn't an ordinary school. For a start it only invites exceptionally-spirited girls to be educated there, and the students can choose what lessons to go to - Chemistry is popular because there are almost always dramatic explosions! The school is also unusual in that there is a huge and hazardous hole in the floor of the dorm, the West Staircase is crumbling to bits, and a mostly-invisible beast inhabits the library. Talking of the library, one of the books is missing - as is one of the students! Can Assistant Librarian, Emily Lime, new girl Daphne (Assistant, Assistant Librarian in training) and the only boy in the school, George, solve the mystery? After dodging the terrifying Head Girl, taking advice from the gambling, cigarette-smoking R.E. Teacher, Sister Adelaide, and drugging the teacher taking their detention class, the three school-friends realise that the best course of action is to break out of school, and break into the town bank. This is a hugely fun and totally off the wall story of bookish detective work. Ages 8+.