Great new books on our shelves

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The Parrot Street Support Crew were lucky enough to unwrap loads of new books this Christmas. Whilst some were devoured almost immediately, others have now been happily settled on bookshelves and will be opened and enjoyed later in the year.

We thought it would be fun to share a few of the highlights:

The Book With No Pictures

The Book With No Pictures by B. J. Novak

Having enjoyed this book at least 25 times with the kids over the last few days, I'm left wondering why on earth it's taken 3 years to add it to our collection? It is hilarious and has the kids screaming with laughter each and every time!

Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea!

Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea! by Ben Clanton

This slim, graphic novel-style story is a brilliant first chapter book for those wanting to take their first steps away from picture books. Alongside his pal Jelly, Narwhal features in 3 short stories about friendship, adventure and imagination. It's first in a series too, which really helps with building enthusiasm for chapter books.

Icarus was Ridiculous

Icarus was Ridiculous by Pamela Butchart

This was one of the few books from the brilliant Baby Aliens series that my almost 8 year old hadn't read. It's a collection of short stories, each based on a Greek myth and her verdict: hilarious! It's produced in association with the British Museum so I think she probably absorbed some useful knowledge too.

Mia Mayhem is a Superhero!

Mia Mayhem is a Superhero! by Kara West

This is the start of a great series for newly independent readers. Mia discovers she's a superhero and has to learn how to keep her new identity secret. It's illustrated in black and white throughout. One thing my daughter noticed: it's printed on thinner paper which makes it quite floppy and feel different to the other books she reads but that's certainly not stopped her from diving in!

Sofia Valdez, Future Prez

Sofia Valdez, Future Prez by Andrea Beatty

We love the other books in the Questioneers series featuring Iggy Peck, Rosie Revere and Ada Twist and this one certainly didn't disappoint. Disturbed to discover a mountain of trash in her town Sofia wants to replace it with a community park. But she has to take on the bureaucracy of City Hall and discover hew own inner strength to make it happen. Featuring cameos from Iggy, Rosie & Ada it's a beautifully illustrated, rhyming story with an important message.

The Tales of Beedle the Bard

The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J. K. Rowling

With beautiful illustrations by Chris Riddell, this hardback edition is one for Harry Potter fans to treasure forever. It's a collection of fairy tales from the Wizarding World and includes notes from Professor Dumbledore! Needless to say it's been a huge hit.

The Story of Paintings

The Story of Paintings: A history of art for children by Mick Manning and Brita Granström

This was one of a handful of non-fiction books the kids received and it's a perfect introduction to art history. Highlighting the most famous pieces of art from prehistory to the modern day it's beautfully laid out and will allow the kids to dip in and out as they see fit.

Did your kids receive lots of great books this Christmas too? We'd love to hear about it, so please get in touch on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook and get in touch!

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