CHIL­DREN’S books of the week

Gloucestershire Echo - - FAMILY MATTERS -

THE SEA BOOK

by Char­lotte Mil­ner, pub­lished by DK, hard­back £12.99 (ebook £6.99)

IN THE same se­ries as The Bee Book, The Sea Book sees il­lus­tra­tor and writer Char­lotte Mil­ner ex­plore Earth’s oceanic depths, and what we can do to sup­port them and their ecosys­tems.

Su­per colour­ful and easy to di­gest, you can flick through and dip-in, eas­ily pick­ing up facts – in­clud­ing “The vi­o­let seal snail makes a bub­ble raft”, and sea cows “greet each other with kisses” – along the way, whether you’re a child or a grown-up.

It’s non-fic­tion with a con­science too – a sec­tion at the back is de­voted to ways you can cut down on plas­tic, in­clud­ing a how-to on mak­ing a T-shirt into a re­us­able shop­ping bag.

Prac­ti­cal, in­trigu­ing and beau­ti­ful to pe­ruse.

CLAUDE: ALL ABOUT KEITH

based on the se­ries of books by Alex T Smith, pub­lished by Ha­chette Chil­dren’s Group, pa­per­back £6.99

CLAUDE is an or­di­nary dog with an ex­tra­or­di­nary life. He’s al­ready fea­tured in a best-sell­ing se­ries of books and now stars in his own TV show on the Dis­ney Ju­nior.

In this bright and colour­ful sto­ry­book, based on the TV se­ries, the pup and his pal Sir Bob­blysock are hap­pily tak­ing a stroll in sunny Pawhaven when they come across a lost duck­ling.

Can the friends keep lit­tle Keith happy while their buddy Benny Be­go­nia finds his mummy?

A trip to the cafe and story time at the li­brary should serve as the per­fect dis­trac­tion!

A fun and amus­ing tale which fans of Claude will love.

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