Book of The Month

Book of the Month - April
'The wolves in the walls'

If the wolves come out of the walls, it's all over," is the repeated prediction in Neil Gaiman's picture book that cleverly balances humour and spookiness.

The author introduces an inquisitive girl who lives in a creepy, old house with her distracted family. When Lucy hears "squeaking, creeping, crumpling noises" from inside the house's walls, she's convinced it must be wolves.

Lucy's parents and younger brother, who don't share Lucy's sharply attuned ear, but have heard bad things about wolves in people's walls, insist any noise must be coming from something more logical, like rats or mice. But when Lucy's hunch comes true, the family flees—until brave, determined Lucy hatches a plan to turn the tables.

Gaiman's text leads readers into a bizarre and potentially spine-tingling scenario suitable for children of all ages.

Dave McKean, the illustrator, expertly matches the tale's funny-scary mood. Lucy shines as a heroine, standing tall among somewhat tuned-out supporting characters that are an inventive mixture of ordinary and odd. Against shadow-filled backdrops that blend paint, digital manipulation and photography, his stylized human figures look right at home. His pen-and-inks of the wolves, often with a dash of colour, suggest that they inhabit a world apart—or perhaps unreal?

The book ends leaving the reader in suspense with a further question about what else may live in the walls…

 

 

 

Book of the Month - February
 Pippi Longstocking

Pippi Longstocking is 9 years old. She has just moved into Villa Villekulla where she lives all by herself with a horse, a monkey and a big suitcase full of gold coins. The grown-ups in the village try to make Pippi behave in ways that they think a little girl should but Pippi has other ideas! She would much rather spend her days arranging wild, exciting adventures to enjoy with her neighbours, Tommy and Annika, or entertaining everyone she meets with her outrageous stories. Pippi thinks nothing of wrestling a circus strongman, dancing a polka with burglars, or tugging a bull's tail.

 Generations of children have fallen in love with Pippi Longstocking. Just like Tommy and Annika, readers are instantly charmed by her warmth and sense of fun. Astrid Lindgren's children's classic first appeared in 1945.

 Astrid once commented, 'I write to amuse the child within me, and can only hope that other children may have some fun that way, too.' When she was growing up, award-winning illustrator, Lauren Child loved Astrid Lindgren's books. She remembers: 'I discovered Pippi when I was about eight years old and found her completely inspiring.' Known and loved as the creator of some equally feisty little girls - notably Clarice Bean and Lola - Lauren has brought her own inimitable style to this beautifully-illustrated edition of Pippi Longstocking.

Book of the Month - January
 The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

The most loved of all The Chronicles of Narnia, this wonderful tale can be enjoyed again and again. It is a contemporary version for younger children to have read to them or independent readers to read to themselves.  

Lucy steps into the Professor's wardrobe but steps out again into a snowy forest.  She has stumbled upon the magical world of Narnia.  A land of unicorns, centaurs, fauns and a wicked White Witch who terrorises them all. 

Lucy soon realises that Narnia, and in particular Aslan, the great Lion, needs her help if the country's creatures are ever going to be free again.

Book of the Month - December
 The Night Before Christmas

'Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house,

Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.

This glorious publication of Clement C Moore's timeless verse sees it brought to new life by the beautiful illustrations of Christian Birmingham. 

Every Christmas Eve brings with it hushed anticipation and wonder.  This poem tells the story of the magical night, Christmas Eve, when children around the world await the arrival of the gifts that symbolise all the warmth and love of Christmas.

 It is a very special Christmas read that conjures up everything that is great and magical about Christmas past, present and future.

Book of the Month - November
 
The Ugly Five
by
Julia Donaldson and Alex Scheffler