Lula and the Sea Monster

Lula and the Sea Monster

Alex Latimer

OUP Children’s Books

Age 3+

Lula loves her beautiful home on the beach front where she lives with her family. She likes nothing more than strolling along the shore looking for sea life amongst the rock pools. But Lula is on a countdown to leaving her home as the builders will soon arrive to bulldoze it to the ground. They are building a highway along the beach front but Lula doesn’t want to leave.

One day, while out for a walk Lula discovers a new sea creature in a shallow rock pool. She feeds it a sandwich from her packed lunch.

On her return the following day Lula discovers the creature is too big for the rockpool, so she moves it to a bigger one. This keeps happening until the sea creature is huge.

The day finally arrives for Lula and her family to leave and she protests in front of the construction workers to stop them knocking down her home. Guess who turns up to protect Lula’s home?- That’s right-the sea creature!

A colourful and heartwarming story that we really enjoyed sharing.


Ottie the Elephant

Ottie the Elephant in the town.

An Interactive Story Book

Melissa Crowton

Nosy Crow

Age 1+

Colourful, interactive and educational this board book includes a variety of activities for toddlers to engage in. There are lift the flap sections, What can you see sections and textured surfaces.

Ottie teaches your child their colours and food names and familiarises them with the vocabulary used on a trip to the town shopping.


Interactive Board Books with Bizzy Bear 🐻

Bizzy Bear Deepsea Diver

Bizzy Bear Happy Holiday

Benji Davies

Nosy Crow

Bizzy Bear is back with two new fantastic stories! Our youngest cheered when he saw these books. We often have to read the whole set in one sitting as he can’t just stop at one. They are firm favourites in our house. Written and illustrated by the amazing Benji Davies these books are so colourful and give you lots to talk about and share on each page. Even though the scenes are busy they never feel cluttered or overwhelming for little ones. With sliders, tabs to push and pull and wheels to turn this is a fantastic series of books to develop your toddler’s motor skills whilst helping immerse them in an exciting book!

Deepsea Diver takes us to the bottom of the ocean in a delightful yellow submarine. Accompanied by his friends cat and mouse we get to swim with whales and sea turtles. Bizzy Bear even discovers a shipwreck and a beautiful treasure trove. What will your little one discover lurking inside of the sunken ship?

Happy Holiday takes your child on planes, trains and automobiles finally

ending on a sailing boat in the sun!


The Princess and the Shoe

The Princess and the Shoe

Caryl Hart

Sarah Warburton

Nosy Crow

Age 3 and over

Why shouldn’t a Princess roll down hills or climb mountains? And why do they have to wear dresses all of the time? Princess Jasmine just hates her frilly, unpractical wardrobe and all of the boring duties she has to perform as a member of royalty. She doesn’t want to sit in the royal box all dressed up,but instead longs to play care free in the fields with all the normal boys and girls. But most of all she just wants to run! As you can imagine, it’s pretty difficult to run in sparkly shoes with a heel and the Queen doesn’t want her expensive outfits to be covered in mud. One day Jasmine decides to run, becoming lost in the woods. She returns home muddy and has to have a big bubble bath!

One day Jasmine has a visit from her Fairy Godmother who brings her the most beautiful running shoes. Bright red and perfect for sprinting, Princess Jasmine decides to enter the local running race. Half way around the course she loses a shoe but determined as she is this will not hold her back. To everyone’s surprise she wins!

The King and Queen are proud as punch and the Prince retrieves her running shoe, declaring his intention to marry whoever the shoe fits! In a brilliant twist to the classic tale of cinderella, Jasmine refuses to marry the Prince and instead attends the ball on her own wearing her favourite red dungarees!

This is a fantastic picture book that turns old fashioned stereotypes on the head. Perfect for both girls and boys this delightful rhyming story is a gorgeous read with beautiful illustrations and a very important message:

A Princess can be just as adventurous as a Prince!


Oh the Places You’ll Go!

Oh the Places You’ll Go! Dr Seuss’ Universal Guide to Life

Harper Collins Children’s Books

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go…”

This Dr. Seuss classic is available in an amazing slip case. This is the perfect story to share with your children about dreaming big and preparing them for the next stage in their lives.

Competition Giveaway

Harper Collins have given Books for Boys two copies to giveaway just in time for the end of the school year.

To be in with a chance of winning like and share this post by Friday 12th July at 5pm

One lucky girl in America received a very special graduation gift from her dad.

For 13 years, Bryan Martin kept the book hidden from his daughter, dutifully taking it to her teachers, coaches and school principals every year to have them append it with positive comments and messages.

Finally, on the day of her graduation from North Johnston High School in Kenly, N.C. — Brenna Martin received a special copy of the Dr. Seuss classic “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!’’

“At first I just smiled and said that it meant a lot and that I loved that book,’’ Brenna wrote on her Imgur.com page. “But then he told me ‘No, open it up.’

“On the first page I see a short paragraph written by none other than my kindergarten teacher. I start tearing up, but I’m still confused. He tells me, ‘Every year, for the past 13 years, since the day you started kindergarten, I’ve gotten every teacher, coach, and principal to write a little something about you inside this book.’’’

13 years in the making
Initially thinking she was just going to get a “cheesy card” when her dad said he had a present for her, Brenna received a heartfelt gift more than a decade in the making. Her father turned a children’s book that sells for about 10 bucks online into the gift of a lifetime.


Tilly and the BookWanderers

Pages & Co Tilly and the BookWanderers

Anna James

Illustrated by Paola Escobar

Harper Collins Children’s Books

Age 9 and up

‘There’s nothing like getting lost in a good book…

As long as you can find your way out.’

This is the first of a magical trilogy of books by new middle grade author Anna James. We say never judge a book by it’s cover but with this it really is as fantastic as the cover suggests. A must for book lovers this spectacular story allows readers to join Matilda Pages on a truly wonderful adventure.

Have you ever wanted to walk straight into the story that you are reading and become a character in your favourite book? Imagine being a part of that fictional world for one day or whenever it takes your fancy!

Tilly Pages can do just that as she has inherited a very special gift; the ability to read herself right into the pages of any book she wants.

Orphaned as a child, Tilly lives above her family’s bookshop with her Grandad and Grandma who surround her with love.

Tilly first realises she is not your average little girl when she notices strange visitors in her grandparents book store Pages & Co.

Then one day her favourite characters Anne Shirley from Anne of Green Gables and Alice from Wonderland appear in her home. Tilly is quickly swept into a fantastical world of book wandering. She must learnt the skill of this special gift and follow the rules laid out by the secret society.

Curious about her mother’s disappearance when she was a baby, Tilly learns that her mother fell in love with a Captain Crewe a character from her favourite book The Little Princess and became pregnant with his baby. She made a huge sacrifice for Tilly so that she could lead a normal life in the real world. This makes Tilly half human and half fictional giving her special book wandering abilities. Unable to shake the feeling that there is much more to her mother’s story she investigates further. When Tilly and her friend Oskar find themselves in hot water prying around the offices in the Underlibrary they cross the sinister and suspicious path of Enoch Chalk. What does he have to do with her mothers disappearance? Will he lead them to her.

This book was a real page turner and had such a brilliant concept that I can’t wait to see where we travel to in the sequel. Pages and Co cleverly demonstrates so clearly what the power of imagination can do . Books for Boys highly recommends this book that is sure to become a future classic!

Thanks to Anna James for writing this beautiful story and to Sam White Head of Media at Harper Collins for our competition copies.


Harry Stevenson Blog Tour

Harry Stevenson

Ali Pye

Simon & Schuster

The Names Harry…. Harry Stevenson

You might think Harry is an every day, run of the mill guinea pig but you would be very mistaken. Harry has ginger fur, lives with seven year old Billy and his mum and dad but don’t be fooled! Whether it’s surfing the Pacific on a picnic plate or accidentally attaching himself to a helium balloon he is always on an adventure.

Ali Pye is the author and illustrator of a number of picture books, including You Can Never Run Out of Love and Rosie Is My Best Friend. The Adventures of Harry Stevenson is her first fiction series and was inspired by a real-life guinea pig (who turned out to be a girl and was re-named Harriet Stevenson). She lives in Twickenham with her husband, children and two guinea pigs: Beryl and Badger.
Read on to see how Ali works on her books.

My writing day

When I was a teenager in the 1980s I wanted to be a writer and illustrator. At the time, the BBC dramatized some of Dorothy L Sayers’ ‘Lord Peter Wimsey’ novels and I remember being struck by the character Harriet Vane, a mystery writer. That was how an author lived, I thought, admiring her curly bob, woolly beret and scarves. Harriet Vane made a big impression on me: I daydreamed about driving a vintage car, I wore scarves, tapped out stories on an antique typewriter, and I even got a curly bob, thanks to a very bad perm. I played at being an author: it was fun!

Thirty years later, the reality of being a writer is of course very different. For a start, there’s a Honda Civic parked outside rather than that lovely open-topped car. Never mind: we couldn’t fit two teenage boys in the back of a vintage motor, anyway. My fantasy writer’s life now involves a tidier office, a healthier lifestyle and better organisation.

My working day starts at 8.30am after I’ve walked my youngest son to the station. I’d like to go to the gym around the corner a few times a week before settling down to write, but that ambition is a work in progress. I work at my desk in our boxroom office until 4pm when I head back to the station to collect my son.

During the day I often pop into the garden to see the guinea pigs who inspired ‘The Adventures of Harry Stevenson.’ We have two – Badger and Beryl. They live outside in the day and in a large cage in our dining room overnight. We always enjoy watching them at mealtimes – we call it ‘Petflix’ or ‘GPTV’.

I work most evenings. I’m an illustrator too – the artwork takes up a lot of time and I can spend hours and hours on it, unlike writing which seems to flow best in short, intensive periods of work. The process of writing is less angst-ridden than illustrating, thankfully.

I write on a Mac, which has a big screen for my illustration work. I’ve tried writing on laptops in cafes but I need my surroundings to be quiet so I can focus. When I’m illustrating I like to listen to music and can get into a subconscious flow, but with writing I’ve found I have to concentrate and use a different, more aware part of the brain.

There’s a lot to be said for working at home, but it can get isolating and you have to make yourself take breaks, go outside and take exercise – again that’s work in progress. Writing is a very enjoyable job, even without the glamour I imagined as a teenager. I hope you enjoy reading about Harry Stevenson as much as I did writing about him, if you come across the book


Bad Nana

Bad Nana Older not Wiser

Bad Nana All the Fun of the Fair

Sophy Henn

Harper Collins Children’s Books

Age 6+

Fantastic fun and marvellous mischief with Jeanie and her bad Nana. There’s never a dull moment with bad Nana around.

Armed with her huge black hand bag of weird and wonderful things she knows just how to bring naughtiness and laughter to any situation.

Bad Nana likes everyone to be fair and kind and if they upset her she will lose her pip! When she loses her pip with someone then she seeks revenge with hilarious consequences.

Take Mrs Farquar-Haha for example. In All the Fun of the Fair snooty Mrs Farquar-Haha selects her grandaughter Georgina to win every competition. Bad Nana won’t stand for it and manages to get her own back!

With plenty of comical illustrations to help tell the story and add that extra humour, these books are a joy to read. With fluorescent pink and green colours bad Nana really stands out in her black dress and huge glasses!