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The Waterstones Round Up: August's Best Children's Books

 

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Aug 10, 2020


This August, Rowley Jefferson rides again in the second instalment of Jeff Kinney's Awesome Friendly Kid series, whilst we bid a sad but typically engrossing farewell to Wells and Wong in Death Sets SailTom Fletcher and Dougie Poynter unveil the latest bottom-related adventures of a certain pooping dinosaur, as Little Badman does battle with a time-travelling teacher and Gyles Brandreth gathers together his favourite groan-worthy gags. And that, dear reader, is not even the half of it... 

 

Older Fiction

Rowley Jefferson's Awesome Friendly Adventure
£12.99 £6.49
 
The laugh-out-loud sequel to Rowley Jefferson’s (by way of Jeff Kinney) Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid, Rowley Jefferson’s Awesome Friendly Adventure boasts barbarian hordes, white warlocks and a mum-in-distress. Bursting with wit and invention, the imaginings of Greg Heffley’s best buddy show every sign of reaching the same stratospheric levels of success as the evergreen Diary of a Wimpy Kid.
 


Death Sets Sail
£6.99 £5.49
 
The final chapter in the beloved Murder Most Unladylike series finds Wells and Wong cruising along the Nile in the company of a mysterious and mystical society. With more than a nod to Agatha Christie’s Death on the Nile, Death Sets Sail is the perfect conclusion to a sequence that has become a modern children’s classic.
 


The Tyrant's Tomb (The Trials of Apollo Book 4)
£7.99 £6.99
 
Coming soon - 20/08/2020
Awaiting publication
 
The eagerly awaited return to the world of Percy Jackson is a typically spectacular, high-octane thrill-fest with plenty of wisecracks and suspense along the way. There is still much work to do before Apollo can once again ascend to the heavens and, with Caligula speeding towards San Francisco, the auguries don’t look good.
 


Villains in Venice (Taylor and Rose Secret Agents 3)
£6.99 £5.99
 
The third compelling instalment of Katherine Woodfine’s electrifying Edwardian mystery series finds Taylor and Rose smoking out a double agent at the Secret Service Bureau whilst pursuing a fresh line of enquiry through the piazzas and canals of Venice. Wonderfully entertaining and blessed with a sure grip of time and place, Villains in Venice is a great addition to a winning series.
 


Return to Roar
£6.99 £5.99
 
The thrilling follow-up to former Waterstones Children’s Book of the Month, The Land of Roar, sees Arthur and Rose journey back to the magical land they discovered in their grandad’s attic. Packed full of adventure, entertainment and evil scarecrows, Return to Roar fizzes with invention and wit.
 


The Time of Green Magic
£7.99 £6.99
 
Sprightly and magical, this story of hauntings and house-guests finds the author of former Waterstones Children’s Book of the Month, The Skylarks’ War, at the top of her game. Spooky shenanigans abound when our young heroes find themselves alone in their new home, as McKay judges the jumps and the giggles to absolute perfection.
 


When Secrets Set Sail
£7.99 £6.99
 
Tackling themes of immigration, colonialism and unfulfilled promises, this striking novel from former Waterstones Children’s Book Prize winner Sita Brahmachari features bickering ghosts, a vitally important quest and a race against time through the streets of London. Written with both intelligence and assurance, When Secrets Set Sail is a scintillating adventure and a superb introduction to comple
 


 
Pizazz
£6.99 £5.49
 
The irreverent genius behind Bad Nana and Pom Pom enters the middle grade world with a bang. Revolving around a child superhero who really wishes they could just be normal, Pizazz showcases both Henn’s wicked wit and engaging visual style perfectly.
 

Teen & YA

Midnight Sun
£20.00 £14.99
 
Return to the world of the Twilight Saga in this compelling companion to the bestselling YA phenomenon. Recounting the vampiric love story at the heart of Stephenie Meyer’s epic series from Edward’s point of view, Midnight Sun casts a whole new light on one of the great literary romances of the twenty-first century.
 


Nick and Charlie
£6.99
 
The breakout stars from Oseman’s Solitaire and subsequent graphic novel icons return in a typically tender and absorbing novella which finds the couple questioning whether their seemingly-perfect relationship can survive Nick’s departure for university. Written with all of Oseman’s characteristic candour and insight, Nick and Charlie is a beautifully realised miniature, essential for all Heartstop
 


Eight Pieces of Silva
£7.99 £6.99
 
Former Waterstones Children’s Book Prize category winner Patrice Lawrence serves up a deftly constructed YA thriller centred on a missing girl and the eight clues which may, or may not, help her stepsister find her. Courageous, perceptive and nimbly plotted, Eight Pieces of Silva is a superbly wrought novel of loss, estrangement and self-discovery.


The Black Kids
£7.99 £6.99
 
Set during the Los Angeles race riots of 1992, Hammonds-Reed’s incendiary novel brilliantly captures the moment when circumstances force your hand and make taking a stand a necessity. Febrile, unflinching and yet sensitive and compassionate, The Black Kids is a masterclass in narrative tension perfect for fans of The Hate U Give.
 


Boy Queen
£7.99 £6.99
 
Sassy, sexy and spectacular, Lester’s irresistibly gleeful YA debut is a sequin-saturated coming-of-age tale about embracing your true self and having a ball. As much a tribute to the vibrant world of drag as a feelgood romp, Boy Queen is a glitter-strewn joy from start to finish.


Contender: The Challenger
£12.99 £10.99
 
As the brutal tournament becomes ever more dangerous, Cade Carter must face his most terrifying opponent yet in the heart-pounding second instalment of The Contender series. High-octane and action packed, The Challenger confirms Matharu as a leading exponent of YA fantasy fiction.
Wayward Son
£7.99 £6.99
 
Spawned by a starring role in Rowell’s Fangirl, the Simon Snow books have taken on a life of their own. Hip, funny and action packed, Wayward Son reveals what the Chosen One did after winning the day in Carry On, and treats the reader to a rollicking trip through an American west complete with dragons and vampires.


Mad, Bad & Dangerous to Know
£7.99 £6.99
 
Coming soon - 27/08/2020
Awaiting publication
 
Gliding seamlessly between the nineteenth-century Ottoman Empire and modern-day Paris, this sweeping novel from the former Waterstones Children’s Book Prize nominee is an evocative and captivating read. Painting a vivid picture of strong womanhood across the centuries, Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know is an intelligent, stirring adventure.
 


Entwined
£7.99 £6.99
 
Coming soon - 27/08/2020
Awaiting publication
 
A remarkable debut steeped in romance and myth, Entwined follows a descendant of the Greek Gods on a perilous mission through a corrupt and dangerous Court. Perfect reading for fans of Leigh Bardugo and Sarah J Maas, Rosen’s dynamic debut heralds the arrival of an exciting new voice in YA fantasy.
 


Challenge Everything
£7.99 £6.49
 
Uncompromising, impassioned and, above all, practical, Challenge Everything is a handbook for green living and environmental protest from Extinction Rebellion Youth. From peaceful protest to business boycotts and fundamental lifestyle changes, this is an essential guide to tackling climate change and changing the world forever.
 

Picture Books

The Dinosaur that Pooped a Pirate
£6.99 £5.99
 
Coming soon - 20/08/2020
Awaiting publication
 
That permanently pooing dinosaur returns in another side-splitting story of fecal fun from picture book kings Tom Fletcher and Dougie Poynter. Featuring brilliant rhyming text and suitably hilarious illustrations from Garry Parsons, The Dinosaur the Pooped a Pirate is a buccaneering blast of superbly silly shenanigans.


If I had a unicorn
£10.95 £8.95
 
From the author and illustrator of If I Had a Dinosaur comes another spellbinding picture book that wonders what having a unicorn as a pet would be like. Thoroughly charming and truly magical, If I Had a Unicorn is a winning addition to a sparkling series.
 


Ten Little Monkeys
£6.99 £5.99
 
More mirthful counting fun from Mike Brownlow as the hugely popular Ten Little series takes a trip to the jungle. Read along as our monkey chums disappear one-by-one in boldly drawn landscapes courtesy of Simon Rickerty.
 


The Mega Magic Teacher Swap
£6.99 £5.99
 
The charming sequel to The Mega Magic Hair Swap, Humes’s tale of starting a new school year is a great guide to embracing big changes in young lives. With gentle, warm illustrations from Rachel Suzanne, The Mega Magic Teacher Swap will be a big comfort to many anxious children.
 


Arlo The Lion Who Couldn't Sleep
£12.99 £10.99
 
Coming soon - 20/08/2020
Awaiting publication
 
Imbued with a timeless, classic feel, Katherine Rayner’s exquisitely illustrated picture book features an insomniac lion and his new nocturnal chum, who might just be able to help him sleep. Perfect bedtime reading for all little ones struggling to get some shut-eye.
 


Jonathan the Magic Pony
£6.99 £5.99
 
Coming soon - 20/08/2020
Awaiting publication
 
A fabulously entertaining tale of a horsey magician who is not quite as accomplished as he thinks he is, Jonathan the Magic Pony is a hilarious exercise in escalating silliness. The debut picture book from Stuart Heritage is a laugh-out-loud treat with a distinctive and endearingly hapless hero.


This is a Dog
£6.99 £5.99
 
An anarchic, laugh-out-loud picture book featuring a problematic pooch who just doesn’t reckon other animals should be allowed in a reference book. Bursting with Collins’s trademark humour and buoyant artwork, This is a Dog is a pedigree champion amongst children’s tales.


The Incredible Hotel
£6.99 £5.99
 
A sumptuous, stunningly illustrated picture book about an exclusive establishment that always runs like clockwork, The Incredible Hotel evokes Belle Époque glamour and old-fashioned charm. Follath’s intricate artwork packs so many small details onto the page that every read reveals something new, whilst Davies’ text is warm and witty. A feast for the imagination.


I Am Perfectly Designed
£7.99 £6.99
 
Heart-warming and inclusive, the debut picture book from Queer Eye’s Karamo Brown explores the bond between father and son and all the things they can enjoy together. A joyous affirmation of parental love and loving yourself for who you are, I Am Perfectly Designed enchants and moves profoundly.


All Kinds of Families
£6.99 £5.99
 
Coming soon - 20/08/2020
Awaiting publication
 
Reflecting the diverse and varied households that children the world over live in, Sophy Henn’s brightly illustrated book demonstrates that the animal kingdom have a multitude of family set-ups also. A life-affirming hymn to inclusion and love, All Kinds of Families is the perfect way to teach young children about domestic difference.


Peppa Pig: Peppa's Summer Holiday
£6.99 £5.99
 
Peppa and family are off for a spot of fun in the sun in this bright and summery addition to her piggy adventures. Packed with fun and well-loved characters, Peppa’s Summer Holiday is a must for all of her legions of fans.


Mr. Men Little Miss go Dancing
£6.99 £5.99
 
The Mr Men and Little Misses are showing off their moves in this dance-filled ballroom spectacular. From the tango to the twist and the Charleston to the cha-cha-cha, this delightful entry in the classic series is never out of step.
 

Activities & Reference

My First Cook Book: Bake, Make and Learn to Cook
£14.99 £12.99
 
Coming soon - 20/08/2020
Awaiting publication
 
A fresh, fun collection of recipes for adults and children to follow together, My First Cook Book brings all of The Great British Bake Off winner David Atherton culinary skills to the table. Extensively illustrated with charming and delightful illustrations, this is the perfect introduction to cookery for little ones.


A Poem for Every Autumn Day
£14.99
 
Coming soon - 20/08/2020
Awaiting publication
 
From the masterful curator of A Poem for Every Day of the Year and A Poem for Every Night of the Year, comes a wonderful seasonal selection of verse from a diverse collection of legendary poets. From William Shakespeare to Imtiaz Darkher, these are poems to evoke falling leaves and harvest festivals.
 
What's Black and White and Red All Over?
£9.99 £7.99
 
Coming soon - 20/08/2020
Awaiting publication
 
The ultimate children’s joke book, What’s Black and White and Red All Over? is a compendium of gags both brilliant and terrible, compiled by legendary raconteur and humourist Gyles Brandreth. From ‘knock, knock’ to ‘doctor, doctor,’ these jokes will have you howling and groaning on every page.
 

Younger Fiction

Sam Wu is Not Afraid of Space
£5.99
 
The final book in the endearing Sam Wu series sees our nervous hero joining his friends at space camp in a bid to win a prestigious trophy. Brilliantly tackling common childhood fears with laugh-out-loud humour and reassuring warmth, Sam Wu is Not Afraid of Space is a sheer joy from first page to last.
 
Zoe's Rescue Zoo: The Helpful Hedgehog
£5.99
 
Another instalment of the bestselling Zoe’s Rescue Zoo series finds a cute hedgehog in danger of scuppering Zoe’s friends' desire to pick a class pet. Perfect reading for all animal fans, The Helpful Hedgehog is an adorable tale of misplaced enthusiasm and trying your best.


Little Badman and the Time-travelling Teacher of Doom
£6.99 £5.99
 
Coming soon - 20/08/2020
Awaiting publication
 
The second outing for Humza Arshad’s deliriously loopy Little Badman swaps killer aunties for time-travelling teachers. This wildly anarchic and utterly hilarious romp finds our eleven-year old rapper hero and his best friend Umer stranded at a summer school in Pakistan, where there are some very strange goings-on indeed.


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