This Summer’s Hottest Children’s Books

We've reviewed some of the best children's books available this summer and have a pile of them to giveaway!

Over the past ten days, ten of our favourite Mummy bloggers have each reviewed one of this year’s hottest reads as part of this year’s Summer Reads Book Tour from Harper Collins.

In case you missed them, we’ve summarised each review to bring you our very own review of reviews! And we’ve even a little video too.

PLUS we’re giving one of our readers the chance to win ALL the books to enjoy over the summer holidays.

Here goes… (and don’t miss the competition at the end)

The World’s Worst Children 2, David Walliams

Meet even more of the world’s worst children in David Walliams’ second installment of grisly boys and gruesome girls.

It’s perfect for a good giggle before bedtime, or by the pool, and parents…just try not to whiz on ahead and read it without your children. It will make you mop your brow with relief that you don’t have a Humbert the Hungry Baby or Cruel Clarissa of your own. Or maybe you do?

  • Read Emmysmummy’s review of it here 

AniMalcolm, David Baddiel

If your child loves animals and even better, if they don’t, then this is the book for them.

We meet Malcolm, who absolutely hates animals. He has been really looking forward to his school trip, particularly as it takes him away from his house full of pets.

Malcolm only realises when it’s already too late that the school is taking them to a farm! Uh oh.

Follow Malcolm’s peculiar adventure with your children and try not to laugh out loud.

  • Read the Reading Residence’s review here 

Radio Boy, Christian O’Connell

Meet Spike, a very awkward 11-year-old who, when he gets sacked from the hospital radio station, decides to continue broadcasting from his garden shed.

Renaming himself Radio Boy, Spike begins to gather a huge following but it all starts to unravel when, after he mocks his headteacher, he becomes public enemy number 1 and the hunt to unmask Radio Boy begins!

  • Watch the full review here 

Grandpa’s Great Escape, David Walliams

Jack’s Grandpa does some very odd things like wearing his slippers to the supermarket and forgetting Jack’s name.

Grandpa’s dementia means he eventually gets sent to a care home, and this is when Grandpa begins his escapades.

His experience as a WW2 fighter pilot comes in very handy and it’s full of fun, frolics and adventure.

At its heart however is the touching story of a relationship between a little boy and his beloved Grandpa.

  • Read Missie Lizzie’s review here 

The Ghost And The Fox King

Where else but in Michael Morpugo’s latest book can you can learn about foxes, William Shakespeare AND Leicester City football club?

One for football fans, this tale is inspired by Leicester City’s historic premiership win (after the threat of relegation) all mysteriously happening after Richard III’s remains are found in the club’s car park.

Enter a world where every fox is a football fan, and wishes can come true.

  • Read Mummy Mama Mum’s review here 

Pirate Blunderbeard: Worst. Pirate. Ever. (Book 1), Amy Sparks and Ben Cort

Blunderbeard is already under investigation from PARPS (Pirates Against Rubbish Piracy Society) when he is entered for the Pirate of the Year award.

Blunderbeard has a lot of work to do…he needs to stop fainting at the sight of fish, getting lost at sea and look for treasure instead of baking.

Will he win? We’re rooting for Blunderbeard!

Goodly and Grave In A Bad Case Of Kidnap, Justine Windsor

After a game of cards Lucy Goodly finds herself living in Lord Grave’s mansion. Full of moving statues, magical books and mysterious rooms Lucy befriends all the other people living in the mansion.

However, children across the country begin to disappear – does the mansion and the people living in it have anything to do with it?

The first in a new series this book combines the magical with the detective to create a classic mystery adventure.

  • Read Not A Notting Hill Mum’s review here 

Darkmouth – Hero Rising, Shane Hegarty

The fourth book in the fantasy-adventure book series Darkmouth.

Best enjoyed after reading the other three titles in the series (The Legends Begin, Worlds Explode and Chaos Descends).

Follow Finn, a 12-year-old boy who would much rather be a vet than the last Legend Hunter, on his quest to save the little Irish town of Darkmouth.

  • Read Really Friendly Kid’s review here 

Paddington’s Finest Hour, Michael Bond

This beloved bear does it again with a run-in with the local police, a stint on a TV cooking show and an appearance on stage with a hypnotist.

Sadly, this will be the last ever Paddington book as Michael Bond recently died at the age of 91.

From the first book A Bear Called Paddington to Paddington’s Finest Hour there have been endless scrapes for this cute little bear from Peru, whom we have all grown up with and grown to love.

  • Read Like Love Do’s review here 

Finding Gobi, Dion Leonard

Dion Leonard is an extreme runner, and he is running the Gobi desert ultra marathon.

Gobi is a little stray dog, a mix of Pug, Shih Tzu, and Chihuahua, who decides to run with him. Initially put off by this eager little pup Dion eventually falls in love and so his journ y to bring Gobi home begins.

This is a feel-good book that will leave you longing for your own little Gobi.

Follow #HCSummerReads this July for reviews, activities, exclusive interviews and awesome prizes!

Win the Harper Collins Summer Book Bundle by entering our competition below.

The giveaway is open to UK entrants only and will close on 30th July 2017. Good luck!

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