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New Little Gems for March 2015

New Titles for March 2015

We have a host of new gorgeous full colour Little Gems this month for 5-8s with two ‘Monster’ hits from international bestseller Cornelia Funke, The Monster from the Blue Planet and Monster Busters, with stunning illustrations from Elys Dolan and Glenys Ambrus respectively. From the critically acclaimed Ros Asquith and Katie Morag creator Mairi Hedderwick comes another tale about life in a small highland village with The Big Fib. And from Dick King-Smith of The Sheep-pig fame we have The Rats of Meadowsweet Farm where grubby Farmer Green wages war on some very determined rats with illustrations from the renowned illustrator and painter Victor Ambrus.

The Little Gems series for 5-8s bring together a host of the best-loved authors and illustrators with a clutch of clever design techniques, including dyslexia-friendly features, to support all young readers. Each book conceals activities in its jacket flaps and there are jokes and facts galore to up the fun factor. Read on to find out more about each title and read a chapter sample.

The Monster from the Blue Planet by Cornelia Funke and Elys Dolan
Zaleb is fascinated by the  solar system and when she gets her very own spaceship for her birthday, she decides to go on an adventure! She’s always loved the tales about the little blue planet called Earth and the monsters that live there, so she decides to catch one to be her pet. But Izzy isn’t about to be anybody’s pet! Can the two become friends? Hugely fun space adventure, with fun, quirky full colour illustrations from the award-winning Elys Dolan.

You can read a sample from The Monster from the Blue Planet below, or buy The Monster from the Blue Planet by Cornelia Funke here.

Monster Busters by Cornelia Funke and Glenys Ambrus
When Rosa comes across a real live monster in the fun fair Ghost Train, she and her friend Ivan manage to fight it off and become the monster busters! And it turns out that there are monsters everywhere they look ”“ but not all of them need busting… Thrilling monster tale from Inkheard author Cornelia Funke with beautiful, full colour illustrations by the brilliant Glenys Ambrus.

You can read a sample from Monster Busters below, or buy Monster Busters by Cornelia Funke here.

The Big Fib by Ros Asquith and Mairi Hedderwick
Robbie’s been spending lots of time with Uncle Poached Egg, who has a bad habit of exaggerating a lot of stories. When Robbie gets caught up in a fib of his own, it’s bound to spell trouble! Light-hearted tale about the dangers of telling fibs with spectacular full colour illustrations by Mairi Hedderwick.

You can read a sample from The Big Fib below, or buy The Big Fib by Ros Asquith here.

The Rats of Meadowsweet Farm by Dick King-Smith and Victor Ambrus
Life on Meadowsweet Farm has always had a balance ”“ Farmer Green turns a blind eye to the messiness of his farm and the rats run the show, glorying in the muck and the mire. Well, one rat in particular ”“ Ripper the King Rat. But one day things turn upside down when Farmer Green kills some of Ripper’s best men. Now the rats are out for revenge… Dark comedy from a popular and prolific author with spectacular illustrations by Victor Ambrus.

You can read a sample from The Rats of Meadowsweet Farm below, or buy The Rats of Meadowsweet Farm by Dick King-Smith here.

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