September 2021 Books Monthly Review of books and stories magazine - on the web since 1998...
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Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler: The Gruffalo and Friends Advent Calendar Book Collection

 Published 2nd September 2021

Count down to Christmas with this advent calendar collection of twenty-four mini activity, song and rhyme books, based on the bestselling picture books by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.

Enjoy a book every day with this fantastic festive collection, including colouring, drawing and activity books based on the family-favourite picture books, The Gruffalo, Room on the Broom, The Snail and the Whale and more. Plus lots of family fun with songs and rhymes to enjoy together, including The Gruffalo Song.

With twenty-four mini books collected together in a beautiful hardback presentation case with tie ribbon, The Gruffalo and Friends Advent Calendar Book Collection is perfect for sharing together every day of advent.

Nick's tale of Lily has elements from just about every classic children's story that involves animals, plus a good dose of tension and fantasy thrills that make this a modern-day classic and a "must read" - the animal characters are reminiscent of those in Wind in the Willows, but this time, they can communicate with Lily, and the results are humorous, sometimes laugh-out-loud funny. I cannot remember enjoying a brand new children's adventure story quite as much as this... Absolutely brilliant!


J K Rowling: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Minalima Edition

 Published 26th October 2021

Prepare to be dazzled by this new edition of J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, designed and illustrated by MinaLima. With over 150 full-colour illustrations and eight exclusive, interactive paper-engineered elements, readers can travel via the Floo Network, encounter the Whomping Willow, reveal the spiral staircase to Dumbledore's office and even pull Mandrakes from their pots!

This spectacular edition is the perfect gift for Harry Potter fans of all ages, a wonderful addition to any collector's bookshelf and an enchanting way to introduce this beloved series to a new generation of readers.





J K Rowling: The Christmas Pig

 Published 12th October 2021


One boy and his toy are about to change everything...

Jack loves his childhood toy, Dur Pig. DP has always been there for him, through good and bad. Until one Christmas Eve, something terrible happens - DP is lost. But Christmas Eve is a night for miracles and lost causes, a night when all things can come to life... even toys. And Jack's newest toy - the Christmas Pig (DP's annoying replacement) - has a daring plan: Together they'll embark on a magical journey to seek something lost, and to save the best friend Jack has ever known...

A heartwarming, page-turning adventure about one child's love for his most treasured thing, and how far he will go to find it. A tale for the whole family to fall in love with, from one of the world's greatest storytellers.

A gorgeously gifty hardback, with full-colour jacket and featuring 9 black and white spreads and decorative inside art from renowned illustrator, Jim Field.


Tom Fletcher: The Christmasaurus and the Naught List

 Published 14th October 2021


Join The Christmasaurus is back! Get ready for the magical NEW festive adventure from bestselling author, Tom Fletcher!

You know about the Naughty and Nice List, right? Santa's top-secret tracker that he ALWAYS checks twice? 
Well, this year, the Christmasaurus is on a mission to track down children who have found themselves on the Naughty List to help them put wrongs to rights, naughty to nice!

This is a story about mischievous kids learning the error of their ways, but it's also about sharing the true spirit of Christmas and realising that sometimes things aren't quite as they first appear...

Everyone loves The Christmasaurus!
'Redemption, magic and gleeful silliness' - The Observer
'Genius' - The Sun
'Grown-up readers will love reading this charming, heart-warming book aloud' - The Daily Express



Rick Riordan: Daughter of the Deep

 Published 5th October 2021


From Rick Riordan, the bestselling author of PERCY JACKSON, comes a brand-new adventure, inspired by Jules Verne's Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea.

Ana Dakkar is a freshman at Harding-Pencroft Academy, a five-year high school that graduates the best marine scientists, naval warriors, navigators, and underwater explorers in the world.

Ana's parents died while on a scientific expedition two years ago, and the only family's she's got left is her older brother, Dev, also a student at HP.

At the end of her freshman year, her class will be sent on a top secret weekend trial at sea. She only hopes she has what it'll take to succeed.

All her worries are blown out of the water when, on the bus ride to the ship, Ana and her schoolmates witness a terrible tragedy that will change the trajectory of their lives...

But wait, there's more!

The professor accompanying them informs Ana that they and their rival school, Land Institute, have been fighting a cold war for a hundred and fifty years.

But now the heat is on and the freshman are in danger of becoming fish food.

In a race against deadly enemies, Ana will make amazing friends and astounding discoveries about her heritage as she puts her leadership skills to the test for the first time.

Rick Riordan's trademark humour, fast-paced action, and wide cast of characters are on full display in this undersea adventure.


Rick Riordan has now sold an incredible 180 million copies of his books worldwide.


Doctor Who Annual 2022

 Published 2nd September 2021


The official annual, and the must-have gift for Doctor Who fans of all ages!

Hello! I'm the Doctor, and this is my book.

Only it isn't like other books, because I'm going to tell you what happens at the end first - I escape! From space prison!

Amazing eh? But while I was locked up I kept a diary, and you can read some of it in the pages that follow - along with loads of top-secret intelligence reports from my friends (and even some enemies). Enjoy!


The ultimate guide to all things Doctor Who - from the Doctor herself whilst she's locked up in space prison!

Jam packed with activities, puzzles, stories and all your favourite characters from series new and old, your journey through time and space starts right here.



Jamie Littler: Frostheart

 Published 30th September 2021


The bestselling Frostheart trilogy concludes in this epic story of bravery, loyalty and friendship.

Ash faces his greatest challenge yet as the evil Wraith leader Shaard unleashes the dreaded Devourer from its centuries-long imprisonment. Only by uniting can the peoples of the Snow Sea hope to stand against the monster's wrath, but as the Devourer targets the stronghold of Aurora, the tribes remain as divided as ever.

In a last desperate move, Ash and the crew of the Frostheart journey to the yeti lands, where humans are forbidden, in search for the truth about the Devourer's origins, and the one weakness that may prove its undoing...




Alex T Smith: Mr Penguin and the Tomb of Doom

 Published by 2nd September 2021


From the internationally bestselling creator of Claude comes a hero like no other: Mr Penguin. Indiana Jones meets Hercule Poirot in this series from Alex T. Smith.

Follow Mr Penguin and his trusty sidekick Colin (the spider) as they head into the desert! When their good friend Edith is kidnapped, they're on their most important mission yet. Can they survive a perilous train journey to the great pyramids? Will Mr Penguin complete the three impossible tasks - and get home in time for a fish finger sandwich ...?

Find out in the fourth Mr Penguin book with plenty of slapstick humour, mystery and adventure.

Highly illustrated throughout with a striking black and orange design.



Kieran Larwood: Uki and the Ghost Burrow

 Published 7th October 2021


From bestselling author and winner of the Blue Peter Book Award, this is the sixth adventure set in the world of Podkin One-Ear.

After capturing Charice, there is only one spirit left for Uki to find: Mortix, the most dangerous of all. With his friends Jori, Cole and Kree, Uki heads to Eisenfell - the greatest city in Hulstland - only to find that Mortix has taken control of Emperor Ash and is plotting to conquer the whole Five Realms with her terrifying army.

Uki must dodge the Endwatch, the Shrikes, Clan Septys and the guards and find a way to complete his quest before all is lost.

'Storytelling perfection.' Sophie Anderson

'One of my sons very favourite authors.' Romesh Ranganathan

'Superb.' Max Porter

'It's jolly good fun . . . expect sequels to breed like . . . well, rabbits.' SFX on The Legend of Podkin One-Ear


Phil Hickes: The Bewitching of Aveline Jones

 Published 7th October 2021


Turn on your torches and join Aveline Jones! Aveline is thrilled when she discovers that the holiday cottage her mum has rented for the summer is beside a stone circle. Thousands of years old, the local villagers refer to the ancient structure as the Witch Stones, and Aveline cannot wait to learn more about them. Then Aveline meets Hazel. Impossibly cool, mysterious yet friendly, Aveline soon falls under Hazel's spell. In fact, Hazel is quite unlike anyone Aveline has ever met before, but she can't work out why. Will Aveline discover the truth about Hazel, before it's too late? The second in a deliciously spine-tingling, spooky series, where mysteries are always solved, spirits are always laid to rest, and everybody gets to bed on time.





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