Here’s a few that have proved popular so far this summer:
The Unlikely Adventures of Mabel Jones
Will Mabbitt, Puffin £6.99
Mabel Jones has committed ‘The Deed’. And for that reason she is kidnapped by a band of pirates who are not quite what you would expect from pirates – for a start, they are an odd band of animals, ranging from a silent loris and an orangutan. But why has she been ‘bagged’ by Omynus Hussh, the silent loris – and what do the pirates plan to do with her?
Find out in the Unlikely Adventures of Mable Jones - a rip-roaring, swashbuckling funny adventures that will have your under-tens turning the page to find out more.
The Diary of Dennis the Menace
Steven Butler, Puffin £5.99
The Beano’s naughtiest boy comes to life for children of the 21st century in this book by Beano fan, actor dancer and circus performer Steven Butler. The diary format that was made by so popular by Wimpy Kids et al works well in this book – and makes it an easy read – especially for readers who are daunted by full pages of text.
In this episode – the fifth book in the series, Dennis’s furry friend Gnasher is in trouble. If he doesn’t watch out he’s going to get Dennis and the Dinmakers kicked our of the Fame Factor competition!
Danger is Everywhere
David O’Doherty/Chris Judge, Puffin £7.99
Why does Dr Noel wEAR a helmet at all times? Because danger is everywhere! He sees danger in everything, so the best place to be is in his wardrobe, where he is relatively safe – dare we add that his wardrobe actually has a name? Dr Noel is writing a handbook on dangerology, In order to inform all pupils of dangerology (POD) on what to watch out for – pretty much everything. But when Napkin the dog comes to stay he finds it hard to get on with his book – because every POD knows that the only safe pet is a pet stone!
This bizarre book will have your boys laughing out loud. Laid out with plenty of pictures and whacky text, it’s another format that will appeal particularly to reluctant readers – but will delight most children aged seven and over.
Diary of a Minecraft Zombie
Herobrine Books, Herobrine Publishing £4.69
Ever wondered what Minecraft Zombies get up to? Here, a 12-year-old Zombie describes their life. How to get a day off school when you’re a zombie – just let the odd body part fall off – but make it something important – an eyeball isn’t enough – legs are a far better bet! Mind you, when school includes trips out to scare people in a nearby village, who’d want to miss school? An easy read for all Minecraft fans. If your creeper-in-training likes it this is just the first in the series. Also look out for The Endermen Invasion and Treasure Hunters in Trouble – two unofficial Minecraft adventures published by Bloomsbury, £4.99 each.
Hacks for Minecrafters
Megan Miller, Bloomsbury £6.99
There are lots of Minecraft books on the market – but this one is particularly aimed at the younger age group. These easy-to-read guides feature plenty of colour images and short passages of text that are more accessible to younger readers. Aimed at ages seven and over, there are three books in the series: Hacks – featuring tips and tricks; Combat edition – learn to build weapons, set traps and escape from your enemies; and Master Builder – how to build cool stuff such as a pirate ship and underwater house!