ReadPlus is a collection of selected books and films arranged under themes. This web site provides lists, reviews and resources for librarians, teachers and parents about books for young people aged 5 to 18.
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Mar 22 2017

I'm going to eat this ant by Chris Naylor-Ballesteros

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Bloomsbury, 2017. ISBN 9781408869901
(Age: 4+) Highly recommended. Ants. Anteater. Food. Cooking. Anteater is hungry. He is sick of licking up wriggly, squirmy ants, but he is hungry. He puts all of his efforts into just one ant - the trouble is that it is the wrong ant. This ant is cunning and ties the anteater in knots avoiding being licked into his mouth. This very funny look at the contest between an anteater and his quarry will have kids rolling in the aisles as they watch the contest between the eater and the (usually) eaten.
Anteater imagines all the different ways he can eat this ant: in a sandwich, sucked up through a straw, simmering in a soup, stir fried, or in a sorbet. But the ant has other ideas. While anteater is dreaming up the different ways of eating the ant, his long tongue has been wrapped around a tree, making it an excellent bridge for the ant and his friends.
Boldly outlined but spare drawings give a good impression of the antics behind the words, and small differences in the way the eyes are drawn for both creatures tells the readers lots about what they are thinking, adding to the laughs for the readers.
They will learn lots about the two animals and the story will have them seeking out more information, while the list of ways the ant will be cooked will find favour (flavour) amongst the readers.
Fran Knight



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In death bk 44. Little, Brown, 2017. ISBN 9780349410869
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Mar 22 2017

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Hot Key Books, 2015. ISBN 9781471402692
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Mar 20 2017

Seven days of you by Cecilia Vinesse

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Hachette, 2017. ISBN 9781510200395
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Mar 20 2017

The apprentice witch by James Nicol

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Chicken House, 2017. ISBN 9781910655153
(Age: 9+) Highly recommended. When we doubt ourselves we lose confidence. When others seem to succeed more than us we doubt ourselves. Arianwyn doubts her abilities as a witch. Her school enemy, Gimma, has berated Arianwyn throughout school and...
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Mar 20 2017

Antoinette by Kelly dePucchio and Christian Robinson

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Simon and Schuster, 2017. ISBN 9781481457835
(Age: 4-8) Recommended. Paris. Bravery. Family. Dogs. A charming tale of being yourself, of following your heart has Antoinette, despairing of her place in the household, where her three brothers are known for their strengths. Rocky is clever,...
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Mar 20 2017

A tragic kind of wonderful by Eric Lindstrom

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Harper Collins, 2017. ISBN 9780008183011
(Age: 13+) Themes: mental illness, bipolar disorder, friendship, family, love.
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Mar 20 2017

The Great Shelby Holmes girl detective by Elizabeth Eulberg

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Ill. by Matt Robertson. Bloomsbury, 2017. ISBN 9781408871478
(Age: 8-10) Recommended. Shelby Holmes is a feisty nine-year-old girl detective who loves to solve mysteries in her local neighbourhood. She lives upstairs in Apartment 221B Baker Street Harlem, New York City, with her family,...
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Mar 20 2017

I don't know what to call my cat by Simon Phillip

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Ill. by Ella Bailey. Simon and Schuster, 2017. ISBN 9781471124136
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Mar 17 2017

Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton

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Rebel of the Sands bk 2. Faber and Faber, 2017. ISBN 9780571325412
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Mar 17 2017

Triangle by Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen

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Walker Books, 2017. ISBN 9781406376678
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Mar 17 2017

Witch glitch by Sibeal Pounder

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A Witch Wars Adventure series. Bloomsbury, 2016. ISBN 9781408880340
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Stormwalker by Mike Revell

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Quercus Children's Books, 2016. ISBN 9781784290696
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Bloomsbury, 2017. ISBN 9781408868409
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