CHILDREN’S books of the week
STORIES FOR BOYS WHO DARE TO BE DIFFERENT 2
by Ben Brooks, illustrated by Quinton Winter, Quercus, £20 (ebook £11.99) SUBTITLED ‘Further tales of amazing boys who changed the world without killing dragons’, this collection of one-page biographies of men who ought to inspire – but often aren’t given enough credit – is as bold and brightly coloured as the first instalment.
There are names you’ll likely recognise, like artist Jackson Pollock, singer Ed Sheeran and Prince Harry.
However, it gets more interesting when you stumble across the likes of Cuban ballet dancer Carlos Acosta, novelist Jean Genet, and Ruben Figueroa, whose organisation aims to reunite missing migrants with their families.
It dumbs down nothing, with suicide, race, homophobia, abuse, disability, incarceration, police brutality and homelessness recounted matter of factly, and in a way that’s accessible, however old the reader.
STAR WARS CHARACTER ENCYCLOPEDIA NEW EDITION
Dorling Kindersley, £12.99 FROM legendary Jedi-turned-Sith Anakin Skywalker to shapeshifting assassin Zam Wesell, this new and updated Star Wars Character Encyclopedia is the perfect guide to the characters, droids and creatures from a galaxy far, far away.
Featuring more than 200 characters from the hit franchise, the book covers all the films from Episode I to Solo.
Each page is packed with photos and facts so if you have ever wanted to know why AT-AT pilots wear insulated suits, where the Emperor was born or how tall Lando is without his Cuban heels, then this is the book for you.