Each month award-winning children’s author Giles Paley-Phillips picks three of the best reads for kids.…
The Curious Tale of Fi-Rex by Various Celebrities, illustrated by Julia Patton (In aid of Children in Need)
Fat Fox Books £7.99
Written as a game of consequences by some of the biggest names in showbiz and sports, this innovative picture book takes the reader through many twists and turns for the half-girl, half dinosaur girl, Fi-Rex. With the wonderful illustrations of Julia Patton, this is a must have for any child. All proceeds from this book are going to Children In Need.
For age 2-6 yrs
The Pomegranate Tree by Vanessa Altin, Illustrated by Faye Moorhouse (Book of the Month)
Blanket Press £12.99
In the summer of 2014 a black plague swept across Syria, a killer cult spreading misery and murder. Sitting in the shade of the Pomegranate Tree, we meet Dilvan, a young Kurdish girl. Through the pages of her diary, we follow her quest to find her family with a determination to fight, maybe even to die – but never to surrender. An incredible piece of writing by Vanessa Altin, harrowing, heart-breaking and utterly compelling.
For age 12+
The Marvels by Brian Selznick
Scholastic Press £5.99
I’ve been a huge fan of Brian Selznick ever since I discovered The Invention of Hugo Cabret, some years ago, and this book is every bit as magical as his previous work. His sublime pencil drawings and gentle story telling combine to make truly unique and inspiring books, can’t wait for the next one.
For age 10+
Giles was born in East Sussex in 1977 and grew up on the south coast. His book ‘The Fearsome Beastie’ (Maverick Arts Publishing) won The People’s Book Prize 2012, as well as the Heart of Hawick Children’s Book Award 2013, the Bizziebaby Gold Award, and Highly Commended in The Forward National Literature Award in the US. 2016 will see the release of a CG animated short film of ‘The Fearsome Beastie’ starring Brian Blessed and Alison Steadman.