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No Alibis Children’s Picks

May 4 @ 8:00 am - September 30 @ 5:00 pm

Picture Books

The Bear And The Piano
David Litchfield

When bear finds a piano in the forest, he discovers he is a virtuoso and sets out on a journey playing in all the great concert venues of the world. Yet the other animals in the forest miss their friend, and he begins to miss home. With wonderful illustrations throughout, this is a beautiful book about friendship and belonging which any child will love.


The Disgusting Sandwich

Gareth Edwards & Hannah Shaw

A book that will have parents and kids laughing out loud, The Disgusting Sandwich is a riotously funny book which always manages to raise a smile. When a hungry badger spots a young boy dropping his sandwich into a sandpit, he isn’t going to let a little bit of sand put him off. Too late, the sandwich is picked up and dropped again. With the desired sandwich getting ever more disgusting, will the badger even want to eat it anymore? You’ll just have to read to find out!


There’s A Shark In The Bath
Sarah McIntyre

When Dulcie discovers a family of sharks living in her bath, she knows she will have to think quickly to outsmart them before she becomes a tasty snack. Luckily, Dulcie’s quick wits and the shark’s curious minds come together to save the day. Instead the sharks learn about the wonder of brushing your teeth and have an awful lot of fun. Wild and wacky, this is the perfect book for cheeky monkeys and imaginative kids.


Troll And The Oliver
Adam Stower

Every day Troll has been trying to eat Oliver, putting into action many ingenious plots to catch the poor boy. When he finally does catch him, Troll discovers something very peculiar, Oliver tastes YUCK. Thankfully, Oliver is great at baking cakes though, and a long-lasting friendship ensues. Gloriously tongue-in-cheek, this first in a series picture book is a lovely play on traditional fairy tales.



A Visitor For Bear
Bonny Becker

The first in the Bear and Mouse series is a beautifully illustrated tale of friendship and the perils of being alone. Bear is very strict, there are ‘No Visitors Allowed’ in his home. But when mouse comes to visit, they won’t take no for an answer and bear discovers that having company really isn’t so bad. Warm and cosy, this is a wonderful book for reading together before lights out.



The Hundred Decker Bus
Mike Smith

Tired of always following the same route, one day the bus driver decides to take the bus on an adventure instead. It is not long before other people want to join. So many in fact that they won’t all fit on the bus. Luckily, you can always add extra decks. With a wonderful pull out poster showing the

full wonders of the 100-decker bus, Mike Smith’s warm hearted and imaginative tale superbly illustrates the joys of everyday life.


Fairies Don’t Exist
Michael O’Neill and Stephen Pierce

Kitty just can’t get to sleep… It’s the fairies you see, they’re everywhere. Messing about, playing games, singing songs and demanding some very unusual snacks. She knows she should be asleep, but what can she do? Dad will have to come and sort the fairies out. If he’d just believe her… The first picture book from Armchair & Rocket.


Age Five to Nine

Pugs Of The Frozen North

Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre

If you are in a race to the Top of the World you don’t want to rely on poor old huskies to pull your sledge. Especially if, on this particular journey, you are going to be faced with trolls, sea monsters and yetis with an appetite as big as their teeth. No, what you need are pugs. 264 of them to be exact! Join Shen and Sika or a fun and exciting adventure full of mishaps, danger, and loveable dogs.


Super Narwhal And Jelly Jolt

Ben Clanton

The second book in the excellent Narwhal and Jelly series finds our unlikely heroes setting out to be superheroes. The only problem with being a superhero though is trying to work out what your superpower would be. In these delightfully illustrated series of underwater adventures for younger readers, Ben Clanton has created an inviting world full of humour and warmth.


Rabbit’s Bad Habits

Julian Gough & Jim Field

The first in the marvellous Rabbit and Bear series is full of gentle humour, heart and warmth. When Bear wakes up early from her hibernation, she discovers that all of her food is gone. Who could have taken it? Not her new friend, the wonderfully cynical Rabbit, that is for sure! When Bear decides to make a snowman to keep herself amused, Rabbit gets competitive and discovers the joy of making a new friend. Perfect for early readers, each book’s mix of text and illustration make reading together or alone an awful lot of fun.


The Magician’s Elephant
Kate DiCamillo

With wonderful imagines by Yoko Tanaka featured throughout, Kate DiCamillo’s book is a fabulous bedtime read. When orphan Peter spends the shopping money on a fortune teller, asking her how to find his long-lost sister, little does he realise the adventures about to ensue. Telling him to ‘follow the elephant’ Peter thinks he has been conned. That is until the circus comes to town. When one of their elephants escape Peter knows exactly what he must do. Thoughtful and inspiring, this is a beautiful novel to warm the soul.



The Truth Pixie
Matt Haig

For the Truth Pixie, having to always tell the truth is a bit of a drag. Nobody likes you for a start. I mean, would you want to be friends with someone who told you your hair was a mess or that your nose sits funny on your face? When the Truth Pixie meets a grumpy troll the fact that they must tell the truth doesn’t go down so well. Flung all the way into the land of the humans, there the Truth Pixie finds something they could only have dreamed of, a friend. Told in humorous rhyme, this is a great story about friendship and dealing with change.



The Poet’s Dog

Patricia MacLachlan

When siblings Flora and Nickel find themselves lost and alone during a fierce winter storm, salvation comes in four-legged form. Raised by a poet, Teddy leads the children to shelter, to the home where he has always lived. While there is food, water, and love to be found in the cabin, the poet himself is nowhere to be found. Told in language so beautiful you want to keep it close to your heart, this novel by former Newbery Medal winner Patricia MacLacklan already feels like a timeless classic.


Nine and Older

Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made

Stephan Pastis

The first in the hilarious Timmy Failure series is a must read for any fan of Dog Man, Captain Underpants or Wimpy Kid. Timmy and his pet polar bear Total are the best detectives in town, together they are Total Failure Inc. Using their trusty Failuremobile (Timmy’s mum’s Segway) they set out on their very first case. Genuinely laugh out loud funny, Timmy and Total are a team that will have you giggling long into the night.


The Wild Robot

Peter Brown

With beautiful illustrations throughout, The Wild Robot tells the tale of Roz who finds herself alone on a small island. With no idea how she got there, she sets about attempting to orientate herself within this strange place. At first the local animals are distrustful of this huge, lumbering robot, but over time a friendship forms. This is a gentle, heart-warming book about belonging and friendship which makes for a great bedtime read.



The London Eye Mystery

Siobhan Dowd

When their friend Salim disappears after going on the London Eye, Ted and Kat don’t know what to do. The police seem uninterested and are not much help, so the budding detectives decide to uncover the truth about what happened to their cousin all on their own. With Ted having some pretty unique skills, the pair must learn to work together if they are to save their friend. Already considered a modern classic, The London Eye Mystery is a thrillingly good read.


Fizzlebert Stump: The Boy Who Ran Away From The Circus (And Joined the Library)

A.F. Harrold

Fizzlebert Stump isn’t like other children, he grew up in a circus for a start. Each evening he puts his head in a lion’s mouth (most people don’t know that the lion no longer has any teeth), hangs about with clowns and acrobats, and lives life on the road. What he craves for more than anything though is to be normal like other boys and girls. When he decides to join a library, things do not turn out as planned! Witty and irrelevant, the first of Fizzlebert Stump’s adventures will leave you wanting more.



The Goldfish Boy
Lisa Thompson

The world is a strange place for twelve-year old Matthew. Stuck in his bedroom due to OCD, he spends his time looking out his window noting down his neighbour’s routines. This earns him the cruel nickname Goldfish Boy. When a local toddler goes missing Matthew thinks he might have the answers to help find the missing kid. But, when all else fails, will he have the courage to go out and face the world? Warm, compassionate, and thrilling, The Goldfish Boy is a book I’ve already read numerous times. And now that I have finished this review, I think I will read it again.



The Wolf Wilder
Katherine Rundell

Feodora has grown up living in the woods of Russia. Full of snow and silence, she and her mother are happy there. Together they look after the local wolf wilder, training wolves before they are let loose into the wild. But the world is changing dramatically, and before she knows it Feo finds herself on the run from the Russian army, murderous soldiers on her tail. Beautifully written and wonderfully realised, Wolf Wilder firmly establishes Katherine Rundell as one of the greatest writers of our time.


Eleven and Older


Andy Mulligan

Raphael and his friends live in the local dump. Every day they sift through the rubbish looking to find cardboard, paper, or things they can sell. When they make a fresh discovery of a wallet full of cash, credit cards and a key they realise their lives are about to change. With the local police and gangsters showing a keen interest, the trio are going to have to use all their wits if they are to survive. A modern day Stig Of the Dump and highlighting lives lived in extreme poverty, Trash is an edge of your seat thrill ride.



Viper’s Daughter

Michelle Paver

Michelle Paver returns to the acclaimed Wolf Brother series with an exciting book which keeps you on the edge of your seat throughout. When their friend Renn mysteriously disappears, Torak and Wolf set off on a perilous quest to find her. Travelling through a vividly realised Arctic landscape the duo encounter hungry ice bears, mammoths, demons and danger at every turn. Perfect for long-time fans and first-time readers alike, Viper’s Daughter is full of adventure, excitement, and will have you eagerly turning each page.


The Spook’s Apprentice
Joseph Delaney

The opening chapter of Joseph Delaney’s wide-ranging series is a spine-tingler which wastes no time in getting under the skin. The seventh son of a seventh son, Thomas Ward is to be trained in the art of battling the dark by cantankerous old Spook John Gregory. When he comes to the attention of the witch Mother Malkin, Thomas finds himself in a battle for his very soul. With danger and excitement lurking around every corner, The Spook’s Apprentice creates a richly detailed and fully realised world.



The Knife Of Never Letting Go

Patrick Ness

Todd has grown up in Prentisstown, a place populated only by men and where everyone can constantly hear each other’s thoughts. He has been told there is no-one else on the planet and that all the women are dead. When something unexpected happens Todd and his canine friend Manchee (one of the most beautiful friendships in children’s literature) find themselves on the run. In the process Todd discovers he has been lied to, in a very big way. Unrelentingly thrilling, the first in the Chaos Walking trilogy is perfect for anyone looking for some excitement in their life.



Geek Girl

Holly Smale

Harriet Manners is a self-confirmed geek! While she has a wealth of knowledge about all manner of subjects, the one thing she does not have is lots of friends. Spotted by a modelling agency, Harriet suddenly and catastrophically finds herself thrust into a world she could never have imagined, somewhere she isn’t completely sure she fits in. Smart and witty, the first in the Geek Girl series is a fresh and funny look at friendship, belonging and the perils of the fashion world.



Being Miss Nobody

Tamsin Winter

Picked on in school for her inability to speak in front of others, Rosalind finds respite from her troubles by writing a blog. When her musings become a hit, she suddenly finds herself thrust into the spotlight, with more power than she has ever held before. As the writing on her blog becomes more personal and nastier about her classmates Rosalind begins to worry if she has become that which she used to hate. With a very important message about power and bullying, Being Miss Nobody is a thought-provoking yet very entertaining read.



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