Exciting Early Chapter Titles to Enjoy – October Half Term Reads (2/2)

Sam Wu is NOT afraid of SPACE – Katie and Kevin Tsang, illustrated by Nathan Reed

  • Published 6th August 2020 by Egmont
  • RRP – £5.99

The sixth title in the Sam Wu series sees the namesake head to Space Camp over the summer with his friends, and he is determined to prove he is not afraid of Space. Having faced ghosts, sharks, the dark, spiders and zombies in the other titles of this series, we have come to love the fun layout of text and illustrations throughout these books, with varied font uses and fantastic illustrations adorning most pages. These are great titles to pick up when venturing on to chapter books as the total book size isn’t off putting, and the pages being broken up in content make sure readers feel comfortable, and not overwhelmed at all. This is a really fun story to read, and children that love adventures, humour, and of course space will love this choice.

Super Cats V Dr Specs – Gwyneth Rees, illustrated by Becka Moor

  • Published on 3rd September 2020 by Bloomsbury
  • RRP – £6.99 (pb)
  • Additional titles in the series available

With 114 pages in total, this book is an ideal size to introduce readers to early chapter books, and the illustrative content frequenting the pages not only helps children to envisage the story as it develops, but also breaks up the text allowing readers to feel comfortable with the amount of content. Cat lovers will doubtless enjoy this book that tells of how the Super Cats must locate and stop Dr Specs from using a new device he has invented. The invention will remove the special powers the Cats have, and that would be awful for all those depending on them, so they know there is a lot at stake. Adventures, Felines, and Superheroes combined into one story ensure this will be a popular title amongst 5-8 year olds.

The Nine Lives of Furry Purry Beancat – Philip Ardagh and illustrated by Rob Biddulph

– The Pirate Captain’s Cat

– The Railway Cat

  • Both titles published simultaneously on 17th September 2020 by Simon and Schuster
  • RRP – £6.99 (pb)
  • Perfect for Children aged 5+

This is a new series based entirely on Furry Purry Beancat, a cat like everyone else’s with the exception of her catnaps. Every time Furry Purry Beancat closes her eyes she wakes to find herself in a different one of her nine lives! With book one themed around Furry Purry becoming a Pirate Captain’s Cat, she must help her fellow crew members defeat a rival crew of pirates. In the second of the series, Furry Purry becomes a Railway Cat, and must help save a train from disaster. With iconic Rob Biddulph illustrations adorning the pages of the book, children are in for an incredible treat with this author/illustrator team. Fans of adventures will love these books, especially those that love Cats.

The Nothing to See Here Hotel Fiend of the Seven Sewers – Steven Butler, illustrated by Steven Lenton

  • Published on 3rd September 2020 by Simon and Schuster
  • RRP – £6.99 (pb)
  • Additional titles in the series available

Book four in the The Nothing to See Here Hotel series has arrived! This incredibly popular series combines humour with mayhem, and magic with monsters to give you the best hotel stay of your life! With fantastic content combined with stunning illustrations this is the perfect title to offer readers looking to enjoy earlier chapter books, and the humour threaded throughout the story ensures children are constantly borrowing these titles from our school library. The layout helps break up the pages to deter reluctant readers from being put off, and draws your attention with every turn of the page. Returning to the characters children have come to know well, this is the latest installment in a fantastic series that offers children some welcome escapism.

Unicorn Academy : Phoebe and Shimmer – Julie Sykes, illustrated by Lucy Truman

  • Published by Nosy Crow on 6th August 2020
  • RRP – £5.99 (pb)
  • Additional titles in this series available

With a sparkly cover to really excite readers, this is the latest installment in the Unicorn Academy series that readers of early chapter books will adore – especially if they ask for a unicorn themed title. There being 10+ titles in the series to date means those new to this series have plenty of choice and longevity with the characters they come to love. With strong female role models, and friendships and problem solving included, this is wholesome feel-good content for early chapter book readers to enjoy.

Zoe’s Rescue Zoo : The Helpful Hedgehog – Amelia Cobb, illustrated by Sophy Williams

  • Published on 6th August 2020 by Nosy Crow
  • RRP – £5.99 (pb)
  • Additional titles in the series available

With Zoe having the secret ability to talk to animals, living at her Uncle’s rescue zoo is always full of excitement and adventure, keeping her on her toes from the moment she wakes up. When Zoe has her friends from school visiting the Zoo it quickly becomes apparent that Hugo the Hedgehog wants to join in helping to ensure they all have a great time, but all the help preparing for the arrival of the other children just ends up in chaos and mess with Hugo trying to help. After Mr Pinch declares Hugo has made more work then helping them prepare the little hedgehog curls up in a ball, and refuses to join back in. When Zoe’s friends arrive it seems that Hugo’s antics aren’t the only dramatics going on at the Zoo!

Happy Half Term everyone!

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