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My Presents by Rod Campbell, the creator of preschool classic Dear Zoo is a delight for young children and would make the perfect birthday gift.

It's my birthday! I'm having a party. All my friends have brought presents ...shall we open them? Lift the flaps and find out what's inside all the presents. Then open the very last one and look inside the basket to find the best present of all. Full of delight surprises, the author's books are perfect introduction to concepts, numbers and letters. First published in 1988, this is the new 2015 edition.

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Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll celebrates its 150th anniversary this year!

Here, for younger readers, is a new introduction to the magical universe created by the author, retold by Joe Rhatigan & Charles Nurnberg.

Bestselling illustrator Eric Puybaret's rich, jewel-like illustrations perfectly capture the wit and whimsy of Wonderland, while the elegantly simplified text retains Carroll's most memorable lines, such as "Curiouser and curiouser" and "Oh dear, oh dear, I shall be too late" . Fresh, modern and gloriously colourful, this is an enchanting first step down the rabbit hole and into the topsy-turvy world of Alice.
This edition comes with a CD read by Downton Abbey's Joanne Froggat.

Rodney Ram is gorgeous, from his ear tips to his toes. But there's just one problem; he is shy and he doesn't want to lead his flock! When famine grips Guangdong province, the sheep are in danger and they want a sturdy leader instead. Poor Rodney is forced to leave the farm, but with an awful lot of luck he finds his place in the world, at the same time saving the villagers in Guangzhou!

The Tale of Rodney Ram, the latest and the ninth in the Chinese Calendar Tales, is yet another of Sarah Brennan's entertaining and unique concoction of facts and imagination. Readers can enjoy a great story and learn about the background of this fun read - the Legends of the Five Ram of Guangzhou and the history of how rice become an important staple in China.

Come and meet Sarah Brennan at our Story Time: The Tale of Rodney Ram on 31 Jan 2015.

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According to the opening page of Dory Fantasmagory by Abby Hanlon, "Fantasmagory" is a dream-like state where real life and imagination are blurred together. So readers, you know you are in for a new reading experience.

Six-year-old Dory's older brother, Luke, and sister, Violet, think she's a baby. They won't play with her and call her "Rascal". But Dory has a big imagination and plays with her imaginary friend, Mary. Her siblings try to scare her out of acting like a baby by telling her about Mrs. Gobble Gracker, a 577-year-old who has sharp teeth and robs baby girls. How is Dory going to defend herself when Mrs. Gobble Gracker comes to the house? Read the book to find out the irresistible Dory's antics for yourself.

Young readers won't be able to get enough of this quirky character is this new chapter book series, with its great plot, adorable characters, and charming pencil illustrations as well as Dory's hilarious antics.

This is only the second book by first-grade teacher, Abby Hanlon, who is inspired by her students ‘ storytelling and imagination. This book will draw new readers in with its charm and humour or delight the whole family as a read-aloud.

This has just been voted the bestselling title of the season by Publishers' Weekly and Book People's Best of 2014.

Nathalia's Dad has been embarrassing her since she was born. For instance, it's his fault that she has the world's worse surname and has collected more hideous nicknames than she can count on both hands and feet. It's not easy making friends when you're (not exactly affectionately) known as Nathalia Buttface. Or worse.

Not only that, Dad's old van is so full of junk it's like a bin on wheels – and prone to do things like burst into flames in the school car park, in front of everyone in Nat's classs.

Now, finally, Nathalia has a chance to start afresh… at a new school… in a new town…but with the same Dad. Unfortunately. This isn't going to end well.

Nathalia Buttface and the Most Embarassing Dad in the World by Nigel Smith is genuinely laugh-out-loud. Children 9+ can relate to 11-year-old Nathalia Buttface and her Dad's daily happenings which are often packed with fun and moving moments. Most likely they are glad that their Dads are not nearly as embarrassing.

The Dark Wild by Piers Torday is the winner of the Guardian Children's Book Award 2014 joining the likes of Mark Haddon for The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Philip Pullman for Northern Lights and Meg Rosoff for How I Live Now!

The Dark Wild is the sequel to the author's critically acclaimed debut novel The Last Wild. Having discovered the last wild animals in the land, twelve-year-old Kester thought his adventure was over but he was wrong. Below the sparkling city of Premium, deep underground, a dark wild remains hiding from the deadly Red Eye virus that killed other animals so that people have to eat fake replacement food in the pretext of starvation prevention. They believe the time is right to rise up against their human enemies. And soon Kester realises that he is the only one who can stop them. Kester Jaynes who can communicate with animals saved them. Can he save the humans too? Together with his best ever friend Polly, they have to find a way out.

The Dark Wild is a spectacular adventure which is full of suspense that hooks from the start as Kester, his Dad, Professor Jaynes who designed a cure for the virus, and Polly face the menacing villains Selwyn Stone, Captain Skuldiss, and the cullers who come in a purple helicopter announcing that they have 48 hours to save their animals. Do not miss this brilliant and original page-turner.

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Advertised as The Fault in Our Stars meets Eleanor and Park, All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven is so much more than just that.

Picture the opening. Theodore Finch and Violet Markey, two totally different seniors in high school, meet by chance on the ledge of the bell tower in school, each one having death on their mind; it is not clear who saves whom. One is considered a freak and fascinated by death but each time something good stops him. The other is a popular girl who grieves with guilt about the recent loss of her older sister.

Pairing up to do a school project to discover the "natural wonders" of their state, Indiana, the two discover more importantly about themselves as well as each other. It's only with Violet that Finch can be himself—a weird, funny, live-out-loud guy who's not such a freak after all. And it's only with Finch that Violet can forget to count away the days and start living them. But as Violet's world grows, Finch's begins to shrink.

This exhilarating and heart-wrenching love story about a girl who learns to live from a boy who intends to die tackles a lot of important issues apart from suicide – mental illness, love, loss, domestic violence, bullying, growing up – yet it doesn't lose its wit and humour. The two characters are well developed and they remain in your mind long after the last page is turned.

Jennifer Niven has brought out the reality of and attention to a lot of stigma surrounding suicide and mental illness. Her great-grandfather was killed by a self-inflicted gunshot and she has the experience of having found a loved one who killed himself. It was too painful for her to talk about. Families of people who killed themselves are always being talked about and sometimes ostracized. Through writing this book, she is making sense of the tragedy and letting people know that there are resources to help people who suffer like her.

This beautiful book needs to be read. Recommended for 14 +.