Take a read Thursday: books for children

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This week, we’ve found a trio of books for children of all ages


Knock Knock Dinosaur by Caryl Hart
Little people learning to count will be delighted by the first collaboration between illustrator Nick East and children’s writer Caryl Hart. ‘Four velociraptors are drawing on the wall. Five allosauruses skateboard down the hall. The kitchen’s in chaos, the dining room’s a mess, and who’s in the garden is anybody’s guess!’ With a nod to The Cat In The Hat, our narrator answers a knock at the door to find a gigantic T-Rex outside (‘I say “Hi,” and he says… ROARRRR!’). No sooner has he gobbled up mum’s apple pie, than two triceratops come charging in, followed swiftly by 51 other dinosaurs (yep, there’s 54 in the whole book).


See You In The Cosmos by Jack Cheng
Alex Petroski is an 11-year-old would-be rocket scientist from Colorado, who leaves behind his seemingly idle mum to attend a rocket convention in the New Mexico wilderness, with his dog Carl Sagan (named after the astronomer). He’s soon on an impromptu road trip that takes him to Las Vegas and Los Angeles. In the true tradition of the bildungsroman, Alex’s journey is much more than physical and largely shaped by the people he meets along the way, from Buddhist Zed, who’s taken a vow of silence, and his entrepreneurial friend Steve, to 19-year-old waitress Terra, who may or may not be his half-sister.


Good Night Stories For Rebel Girls by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo
Once upon a time there were two young women, who were fed up with the same old stories that girls were told about princesses who sat around waiting for the boys to come back from slaying dragons. So they decided to do something about it. Having tried to raise money from investors to set up a children’s media company, they were told their idea was no good. So they launched campaigns on Kickstarter and Indiegogo and raised over a million US dollars. The result is this book, which tells the story of 100 extraordinary women from around the world, including Jane Austen, Malala and Cleopatra. E