Welcome to the July edition of the Mums NI Book Nook where you will find all the latest reads for your family as recommended by our resident Book Worm.
We kick start with a delightful book for babies all about bedtime for little mermaid and move our way up to the familiar face of Pete the Cat. For older kids it's time to take a look at the World's Worst Teachers and finish off with the eagerly awaited new cookbook from Nadiya Hussain.
Read on to find out more!
Written specifically for mermaid loving little ones for bedtime, join Splash the littlest mermaid as she dives and leaps through the underwater kingdom. It's only ten minutes to bed, but with so many distractions it looks like bedtime could be quite a way away...
Count down from ten as you journey through the beautifully illustrated, gradually calming pages of this gorgeous bedtime story.
Pete the Cat’s cool adaptation of the classic children’s song "Itsy Bitsy Spider" will have have young readers laughing and singing along.
The itsy bitsy spider climbed up the water spout. Down came the rain....
As the itsy bitsy spider struggles, Pete and his friends know just what to do to help out!
The brand new, laugh-out-loud story of a boy, a rabbit, and a lot of bad luck, from the one and only, the late Judith Kerr, creator of The Tiger Who Came to Tea and Mog the Forgetful Cat…
It all started with the school rabbit…
Snowflake is the school rabbit and Snowflake is TROUBLE! At least that’s what Tommy thinks, and when Snowflake is unexpectedly left for him to look after and EVERYTHING starts to go wrong, it looks like Tommy might be right. Even if he is getting more pocket money for feeding it and might be able to afford a new bike after all.
With a sick sister left in bed, a snobby actor left with suspiciously damp trousers, and no rabbit anywhere to be seen, Tommy can see his hopes of a new bike disappearing as fast as Snowflake.
Will Snowflake turn up and turn out to be more good luck than bad? Or are Tommy and his family DOOMED by the curse of the school rabbit?
Millions of young readers have loved the World’s Worst Children tales – now they will revel in this delightfully dreadful collection of the most gruesome grown-ups ever: The World’s Worst Teachers. From the phenomenally bestselling David Walliams and illustrated in glorious colour by the artistic genius, Tony Ross.
Think your teachers are bad? Wait till you meet this lot. These ten tales of the world’s most splendidly sinister teachers will have you running for the school gates. Dr Dread teaches science and is half man, half monster… Watch out for the ghastly Miss Seethe. She is ALWAYS furious – and she’s on a detention rampage. And as for Pent, he’s a teacher with a real difference. He is bone-shakingly terrified of… children!
I'm going to tell you the word that ruins my entire life: BIG. Because my name is Jemima Small. But I am exactly the opposite.
Jemima Small is funny and smart. She knows a lot of things. Like the fact that she's made of 206 bones, over 600 muscles and trillions of cells. What she doesn't know is how that can be true and yet she can still sometimes feel like nothing… Or how being made to join the school's "special" healthy lifestyle group - aka Fat Club - could feel any less special. But Jemima also knows that the biggest stars in the universe are the brightest. And maybe it's her time to shine…
Now in print for the very first time, this unmissable collection brings together seven short stories from the internationally bestselling Chronicles of St Mary's series, and one special guest tale from somewhere completely different.
From riotous misbehaviour in Victorian London to ingenious feats of scientific invention (powdered water - just add water!), and from a chaotic Nativity play starring a vengeful Angel Gabriel to an illegal expedition to Mars, Jodi Taylor knows how to spin a good yarn.
Christmas Past The Farrells are together at last for their first St Mary's Christmas, a time of riotous misbehaviour and the traditional illegal Christmas jump - this time to Victorian London.
Battersea Barricades A glimpse into the past of some of your St Mary's favourites characters in the throes of Civil Uprisings.
The Steam-Pump Jump St Mary's Max is injured and tied to Sick Bay but obviously a good historian would never let that get in her way. Step forward, Mr Markham...
And Now For Something Completely Different Who would the St Mary's team be to turn down a little Christmas expedition to Mars? An illegal Christmas jump is traditional, after all.
When Did You Last See Your Father? Have you ever wondered how things would go if Max's husband met Max's father? This is the story of what can happen if St Mary's doesn't like someone...
Desiccated Water Professor Rapson breaks astonishing new ground with his latest feat of scientific invention.
Markham and the Anal Probing When Markham disappears in the middle of nowhere, Max jumps to the logical conclusion - alien abduction.
Little Donkey A chaotic Nativity play like no other, starring a donkey intent on eating the baby Jesus and a vengeful Angel Gabriel.
Meet Nina Hill: A young woman supremely confident in her own... shell.
Nina has her life just as she wants it: a job in a bookstore, an excellent trivia team and a cat named Phil. If she sometimes suspects there might be more to life than reading, she just shrugs and picks up a new book.
So when the father she never knew existed dies, leaving behind innumerable sisters, brothers, nieces, and nephews, Nina is horrified. They all live close by! She'll have to Speak. To. Strangers.
And if that wasn't enough, Tom, her trivia nemesis, has turned out to be cute, funny and interested in getting to know her...
It's time for Nina to turn her own fresh page, and find out if real life can ever live up to fiction...
Feeding a family and juggling a busy work load can be really tricky so Nadiya has crafted over 100 recipes that will teach you how to be time-smart in the kitchen.
Featuring recipes that are both quick and easy to make, as well as those that have shortcuts to creating second - and even third - delicious meals without any additional preparation, Nadiya will share with you all her tips and hacks for making meal prep as simple as possible.
Each recipe also includes how long it will take to prepare and cook, making planning easy.
Spin leftovers into completely new meals, learn the most effective way to use your freezer and discover just how easy it can be to batch cook without needing to have the same meal every night.
Covering breakfast, lunch, dinner, desserts and basics - with recipes that will give you leftovers to have as snacks in between - Nadiya shows you how she manages to always have home-cooked food at hand for her family.
· Avocado Pesto
· Berry Breakfast Trifle
· Bao Buns with Spicy Tuna
· Prawn Malay Rice
· One Tray Peanut Chicken
· Jackfruit Curry
· Nutella Mousse
· Mango Peach Mint Sorbet
Nadiya will show you how you can always make time to cook and eat delicious food.
We hope you've enjoyed this months selections. If you've read any of them, let us know.