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Age 1-5 years
Cake is delighted when he receives his first ever party invitation. Keen to look his best, he buys a special new hat for the occasion which, according to the shop assistant, makes him look irresistible.
Cake excitedly skips off to the party, where he has a great time and thoroughly enjoys the dancing and games. However, he begins to feel uneasy when the other guests advance on him, singing ‘Happy Birthday’ – and it dawns on him that being a cake at a birthday party may not end well for him…
Observant readers will spot a variety of undercover party food dotted throughout the tale, keeping an eye on proceedings. Lots of humour, vibrant illustrations and a sparkly front cover combine to create an enjoyable picture book, which will have children giggling in anticipation as they wait to discover Cake’s fate.
Little Rabbit has fallen over. He’s hurt his elbow and it’s bleeding. Oh no! A plaster will definitely help – and maybe you could also try saying the magic rhyme…
Muhle’s ingenious Little Rabbit books aim to make reading a really interactive experience, and demonstrate how interactive books for little ones can be original and accessible at the same time.
In this new story, children can play along with making Little Rabbit better as they wipe away his tears, brush off the dirt and stick a plaster on his elbow – simple gestures, interacting with the book as a tool as well as a story – that nonetheless take an ordinary event and make it relatable for toddlers.
The brightly coloured pages look really fresh and it’s such an imaginative way to engage little readers – it’s sure to be a hit.
Released 17 May 2018
Rose Rivers by Jacqueline Wilson
A wonderful new story starring old friends and new from the much-beloved Victorian world of Hetty Feather.
Rose Rivers lives in a beautiful house with her artist father, her difficult, fragile mother and her many siblings. She has everything money can buy – beautiful dresses, horse-riding lessons, books – but she’s not satisfied. Why can’t she be sent away to a good school like her twin brother? Why can’t she learn to become a famous artist like her father or his friend Paris Walker. Why is life so unfair for people who were not born rich? When a young girl, Clover Moon, joins the household as a nursemaid to Rose’s troubled sister Beth, Rose finds a true friend for the first time and she starts to learn more about the world outside. Will Rose finally achieve her dreams? And will she be able to help Clover find her own dream? Beautifully illustrated by Nick Sharratt, Rose Rivers is a brilliant new addition to Hetty Feather’s world, by the award-winning and bestselling Jacqueline Wilson.
Ages 5-11 yrs
Released May 2017
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