THE HOOPLA LITERARY SOCIETY
“I started writing for children because someone asked me to. I thought it was a different skill set, even though it’s really not. I asked the editor to send me a bunch of children’s books that the publishing house had published. And they were all terrible. Every single one of them. Which inspired me.”
- Daniel Handler AKA Lemony Snicket.
Ho! Ho! Ho! Looking for gifts for bookish loved ones? The Hoopla Literary Society brings you season’s joy and gift ideas. This week we look at children’s books.
Playbook Farm (Preschoolers)
Playbook Farm takes pop up books to a whole new level. The graphics are bright and charming and it’s interactive. Share it as a storybook and then fold it out into a play mat farm with all the pop ups popped.
There is an enveloped with farm animals, a tractor, a truck and a farmer so your preschooler can oink, moo and bark and create their own farmyard fun.
The Dreadful Fluff by Aaron Babley (Children 3 to 7)
Serenity Strainer is perfect in every way until the day she discovers she has belly button fluff. But this isn’t ordinary belly button fluff, this belly button fluff is evil.
Kids love icky stuff so a ball of belly button fluff that farts and eats the cat will have them in fits of giggles.
Beautifully written and illustrated.
The Princess and the Peas by Cheryl Hart and Sarah Warburton (children 3 to 7)
Lily-Rose May is a sweet little girl who lives with her dad in a cottage in the woods and lives a wonderful life until the day her father tries to feed her peas. Poor Lily Rose cannot swallow one and the doctor’s diagnoses a pea allergy meaning Lily-May must be a princess. She is immediately sent to live at the Royal palace, a pea-free zone, but life as a princess turns out to be not as fun as it sounds.
A delightful twist on an old fairy tale. A totally PC Princess and Peas!
A Room at Guardian Angel Inn by Countess de Ségur (ages 7 to 12)
Originally written in the mid 1800s, this French children’s classic chronicles the adventures of the soldier Moutier, the completely mad General Dourakine and two lost boys.
This book is lots of fun, full of mischief making, thieves and lashings of yummy things to eat.
A Very Unusual Pursuit by Catherine Jinks (ages 9 to 12)
In 1870s London, children are disappearing everywhere- up chimneys, down sewer pipes. There are bogles about and everybody knows that bogles love eating children. The only solution is to call the bogle-catching expert, Alfred Bunce. His apprentice, ten-year-old Birdie, is the bait and singing with the voice of an angel lures the bogles into Alfred’s trap. Their friend Miss Eames feels sure there must be a safer way than to continuously risk Birdie’s life but there are enemies too and one particularly terrifying and deadly bogle to catch.
This is the first in a new trilogy of historical fantastical adventure with great characters and lots of laughs.
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