A fab­u­lous haul of rip­ping yarns

The best chil­dren’s books this year of­fered high ad­ven­ture, in­no­cent plea­sure and some fun facts. By Emily Bearn

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Has chil­dren’s fic­tion be­come too glum? That was the view of the judges of this year’s Bran­ford Boase Award, who com­plained that chil­dren’s nov­el­ists were spurn­ing ad­ven­ture sto­ries for “claus­tro­pho­bic” do­mes­tic dra­mas. But this year’s high­lights re­veal a much jol­lier lit­er­ary scene, with a feast of uplift­ing new pic­ture books and rip-roar­ing thrillers. World War. Hughes’s fa­mil­iar drawings poignantly con­trast the charms of the VE Day cel­e­bra­tions (“the de­li­cious sand­wiches, cake and even choco­late bis­cuits!”) with the dev­as­ta­tion of the Blitz. At 95, Ju­dith Kerr – au­thor of The Tiger Who Came to Tea – is also still fir­ing on all cylin­ders. Her lat­est,

(HarperCollins, £12.99), is a teas­ing ob­ser­va­tion of mod­ern par­ent­ing, fea­tur­ing a mother glued to her phone.

For an­i­mal lovers,

(Hod­der, £12.99) by Cres­sida Cow­ell tells of a stray cat who soothes her kit­tens’ hunger by teach­ing them the value of courage; and

(Thames and Hud­son, £10.95) by Gabby Daw­nay, in jaunty rhyming cou­plets, de­picts a grey mouse who sets out to dis­cover the world: “I was born in this tree – now it’s time to ex­plore/ All the nooks and the cran­nies from for­est to shore!”

Mummy Time Tantrum O’Fur­rily The Story of A House for Mouse The Ele­phant that Ate the Night

(Ev­ery­thing With Words, £7.99) by Bing Bai is the cau­tion­ary tale of an ele­phant who gob­bles up the night, ideal for those scared of the dark.

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