Book Advent: Week 2!

As you may have seen last week, our book advent has returned for a fifth(!) year and as usual, we’ll be counting down the weeks to Christmas using our university challenge topic of choice: BOOKS!

Last Monday, our library assistant Zoë shared four books she’d like to receive this holiday season and this week, our manager Caroline has let us know what she’s hoping to find under the tree this year. You’ll be able to follow along with these posts using the #Advent2018 tag and don’t forget: if any of the books take your fancy, they might be available for loan from us along with thousands of other books- just get in touch!


  • The Night Before The Night Before Christmas by Kes Gray, illustrated by Claire Powell

I always love to read the classic The Night Before Christmas by Clement C Moore at some point in the run up to THE DAY and I wasn’t disappointed when I read this new twist on the original.

It’s the 23rd December and Santa and his helpers are madly preparing for Christmas Eve, but Santa has a sneaky feeling that he has forgotten something!

You’ll never guess what it is he’s forgotten!

Another book to bring out every year!

(Hodder, £6.99 paperback, ISBN 9781444939231, find it at a Norfolk Library)

  • The Polar Bear Explorers’ Club by Alex Bell

Orphan Stella Starflake Pearl just knew that she was destined to be an explorer, after all that must be why the fairies gave her a middle name. Only explorers have three names.

This follows Stella and her fellow adventurers, Shay Silverton Kipling: wolf whisperer,

Ethan Edward Rook: magician and Ocean Explorer and Beanie; half elf, medic and well you need to meet Beanie… on their journey to the Icelands.

There they encounter the Frosties, fairies with rows glittering needle sharp teeth whose bite will give you frostbite, carnivorous cabbages (no explanation required here!), visit the Yak and Yeti tavern where convicts, saved from the prison colonies, hide from the authorities and get trapped in an ice castle.

Loved this book, comical as well as fantastical

(Faber, £6.99 paperback, ISBN 9780571332540, find it at a Norfolk Library)

  • Mrs Blackhat by Chloe and Mick Inkpen

Mrs Blackhat is a witch and in true tradition is dressed completely in black, her wand is black, her toad is black, her broom is black, her mat is black, her cat is GINGER!

Now the fun starts, after buying various magic books and potions via mail order from ‘Shopalot’ all promising to turn her cat black and none of which work she decides to give up. However the marketing department of ‘Shopalot’ don’t want to lose her custom and send her a free gift, another potion to try. This potion works but in not in the way Mrs Blackhat was hoping!

A story in rhyme appealing to online shoppers everywhere and their little ones for obviously very different reasons. Great fun!

(Hodder, £12.99 hardback, ISBN 9781444940091, find it at a Norfolk Library)

  • A Cat’s Guide to the Night Sky by Stuart Atkinson

If you look up at the sky on a dark night, what do you see? There’s a whole universe staring back at you.

In the company of Felicity the cat, discover the wonders of the night sky and how to spot them, from constellations to distant galaxies. The perfect introduction to stargazing with lots of fun facts and practical tips to help you see the stars like never before.

Beautifully illustrated by Brendan Kearney and dedicated to Felicette, a stray cat plucked from the streets of Paris in 1963 to become the first cat in space and the author’s cat Peggy.

(Laurence King, £14.99 hardback, ISBN 9781786270726)


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