Filleted extracts from ST Easter roundup by Nicollete Jones. To read the full piece you will need to be a Times subscriber.
0- to 5-YEAR-OLDS
In Chris Haughton’s Shh! We Have a Plan (Walker £11.99, ST Bookshop price £10.79) three dinky, bobble-hatted hunters with a net pursue a bird. Irresistible for 2+ … ….
Alex Latimer’s stylish, unexpected tale Pig and Small offers lots to think about…
In Emma Levey’s crisply illustrated, lively and amusing Hattie Peck , a vivid blue-green hen with an orange-red crown searches the orld — rowing, trekking, parachuting — to collect abandoned eggs…
Rachel Bright’s scrumptious Love Monster and the Last Chocolate… with its comical, grainy images and lovely retro typeface, will be as enticing as a strawberry swirl.
6- TO 10-YEAR-OLDS
Wry cartoonist Stephan Pastis’s pathetic boy detective Timmy Failure, returning in Now Look What You’ve Done, misreads every clue in the school detecting competition….
Cliff McNish’s Going Home is a fresh “buddy movie” told with smart repartee…
In Lilliput Sam Gayton brings a lively cast — including a boy rescuer, a chatty parrot and a kind chocolate-shop owner — to the appealing scenario of a tiny person in a giant world.
Every building has a story to tell, reveals Patrick Dillon in his beautiful and illuminating history The Story of Buildings.
Sophia McDougall’s comic debut fantasy Mars Evacuees… Witty and well observed, it injects science fiction with the recognisable everyday experience of ordinary youngsters.
Anne Booth’s involving Girl with a White Dog about Jessie’s life in year 9 and her relationship with her beloved grandmother, is a clear and compassionate plea for tolerance.
The Madness by Alison Rattle is rich in characters and the evocation of time and place.
Stories of WW1 edited by Tony Bradman brings together a dozen acclaimed writers for young adults, who powerfully explore the experience of the trenches…