8 brilliant reads for kids who love to settle down with a book

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Here's a great mix of fiction and non-fiction books your little ones will love (Photos: Penguin books/Wren & Rook)
Here's a great mix of fiction and non-fiction books your little ones will love (Photos: Penguin books/Wren & Rook)

Books that will leave young readers totally spellbound!

Revolting Things to Touch and Feel 

By Roald Dahl, Puffin 

Kids absolutely love anything that’s rude and gross, so this book is bound to be a winner.  

From slippery snails to bushy beards, it’s full of the most revolting things to touch and feel.  

What does a giant’s foot feel like? How about a rotten egg, or a bumpy crocodile? This fun book is a great way to introduce children to the delights of Roald Dahl and when they’re a little older, they can progress to Matilda, The Witches and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. 

Revolting Things to Touch and Feel
Revolting Things to Touch and Feel


The Ickabog 

By JK Rowling 

Hachette 

The Ickabog is a monster that, according to myth, lives in a remote corner of the kingdom of Cornucopia. It’s a convenient way of accounting for lost sheep but mostly it’s used to scare children into being obedient.  

But one day something happens and the myth takes on a life of its own, throwing everything into disarray. With a clueless king and his conniving advisors causing even more chaos, it’s up to two kids to save the day. But can they do it? 

Rowling released the tale online to give children something to read during lockdown but that free version is no longer available,so if you want to find out what happened you’ll have to buy the book. 

The Ickabog
The Ickabog


Museum Kittens: The Pharaoh’s Curse 

By Holly Webb, Little Tiger Press 

Kittens combined with ancient Egypt – talk about a winning combo. When the museum’s visitors are gone, it’s time for the cats to come out and play.  

But things go awry when a rare Egyptian papyrus comes to the museum on loan. From the moment it arrives there’s trouble and it’s not long before rumours of an ancient curse begin to spread.  

The kittens are desperate to find out more but when a pipe leaks and the Egyptian gallery is flooded, they find themselves trapped. Will they be able to avoid being the next victims of the pharaoh’s curse? 

Museum Kittens: The Pharaoh’s Curse
Museum Kittens: The Pharaoh’s Curse

The Unadoptables 

By Hana Tooke 

Puffin 

Five new babies arrive at the Little Tulip Orphanage in Amsterdam. All have something about them that makes them unique. When they’re older, a sinister man arrives at the orphanage, threatening to separate them. Determined to stay together, they escape and embark on an incredible adventure. 

The Unadoptables
The Unadoptables


The Trials of Apollo: The Tower of Nero 

By Rick Riordan, Puffin 

The battle for Camp Jupiter is over. New Rome is safe and Tarquin and his army of the undead have been defeated. But although Apollo has made it out alive, he’s not off the hook yet. Now in this fifth and final instalment, he and Meg must face the last emperor, the terrifying Nero, and destroy him for once and for all. 

The Trials of Apollo: The Tower of Nero
The Trials of Apollo: The Tower of Nero
 

NON-FICTION 

Dare to Be You 

By Matthew Syed 

Wren & Rook 

Childhood isn’t for sissies. From exams that your parents expect you to ace to always feeling judged by your classmates about your looks, who you’re friends with and what you’re wearing.  

The aim of this book by the award-winning author of You are Awesome is to challenge kids to worry less about what other people think and develop the confidence and emotional resilience to just be themselves. 

Dare to Be You
Dare to Be You


Ripley’s Believe It or Not!  

Ripley  

Publishing 

Here’s one way to get your kids off their cellphones.  

Find out about the man who drove a lawnmower across Britain, the woman who is so strong she can crush apples with her biceps and the two childhood besties who are making art with their beards. Guaranteed to provide hours of happy reading. 

Ripley’s Believe It or Not!
Ripley’s Believe It or Not!


Let’s Cook 

By Siba Mtongana 

Penguin 

Here’s a great way to zap holiday boredom. The celebrity chef serves up a smorgasbord of yummy and nutritious meals and treats that have been specifically selected to appeal to kids’ and teens’ taste buds.  

From some truly delicious-looking frittata tartlets to sandwiches on a stick, sticky ribs and chicken wraps – Siba’s got you covered, morning, noon and night. 

Let’s Cook
Let’s Cook

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