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The Waterstones Round Up: February's Best Children's Books

Posted on 1st February 2021 by Mark Skinner

With the return of Tom Gates and Miss Peregrine's peculiar children, February boasts some eagerly anticipated children's books, alongside exciting debuts from the likes of Hannah Gold, Zillah Bethell and Namina Forna. 

Please Note: Due to the ongoing situation concerning the Covid-19 pandemic, publication dates are liable to change at short notice. 

 
 
 
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Liz Pichon’s schoolboy hero returns in ten side-splitting tales featuring ant-infested underwear, a seriously delicious chicken pie and the enigmatic Wafer Boy.

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From comedian Helen Rutter comes the hilarious yet moving story of Billy Plimpton, who is desperate to make it as a stand-up comic - despite the fact that he has a pronounced stammer.
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The third instalment of Michelle Harrison’s bewitching fantasy series finds the Widdershins sisters far from misty Crowstone yet in peril in an eerily perfect village.
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Magical milliners abound in this endlessly inventive and thoroughly charming debut about enchanted headwear, vanished ships and the dark rumblings of war.
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Both absorbing animal adventure and subtle commentary on climate change and the plight of endangered species, The Last Bear revolves around April, the daughter of an Arctic researcher, and her chance encounter with a lone polar bear.
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The author of Who Let the Gods Out? unleashes a fast-paced and funny new series about the adventures of a girl whose parents are a former secret agent and a reformed bad guy.
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Pairing an orphan bent on avenging the death of her parents with an awkward newcomer, Bethell’s compelling tale of deadly sharks and the humans who would master them is an exotic, evocative delight.
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Set in a West African-inspired Ancient Kingdom under oppressive patriarchal rule, Forna’s breathtaking novel follows sixteen-year-old Deka and her quest to discover her destiny as a near-immortal with magical powers.
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The iconic YA series reaches its thrilling conclusion as Jacob Portman, Miss Peregrine and the peculiar children reunite in Devil’s Acre for the final clash with the villainous Caul.
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A hip, gripping story of a teen con-artist in hiding and what happens when her and her old and new loves find themselves entangled in a bank heist.
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A genre-bending winner from the author of Scythe, Game Changer features a high school American football player sent spinning into a host of parallel dimensions after an on-field collision.
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The iconic author and activist deconstructs climate change for teens in this clear and practical guide to the scale of the crisis and what young people can do to make their voices heard about it.
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Once more unafraid to tackle complex themes in picture book form, Tom Percival delivers a deeply moving and inspiring tale of a young girl living at the edge of society and a message of hope and understanding for young and old alike.
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Boasting vibrant illustrations, Harkness’s story of a very hungry creature on the prowl for something tasty is fantastically funny reading for all little ones with rumbling tummies.
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Rapunzel gets a rabbity reworking in this delightful story of a long-eared bunny forced to live in a sky-scraping hutch to avoid the attentions of hungry predators.
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Boasting breathtaking illustrations, the third and final part of the heartwarming Bear and the Piano trilogy finds Bear set to retire from musical performance – until Little Bear hatches a plan to show how loved Bear’s concerts really are.
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Adding a level of anticipation and mystery to the world of push, pull and slide board books, I’m Thinking of a Farm Animal is the first in a charming new series where little ones follow the clues to guess the animal before pulling the slider to reveal the answer.
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The unstoppable combo of Walliams and Ross serve up a side-splitting story about a horribly spoiled girl and the mysterious creature she commands her parents to find for her.
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Meet intergalactic sleuths Connor and Ethan in the fun-filled first instalment of a new series illustrated by Waterstones Children’s Book Prize-winner Dapo Adeola.
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A reassuring and accessible guide to the minefield of puberty from the beloved TV medic Dr Ranj Singh, Grow Up and Feel Amazing is essential reading for boys aged 10 and older.
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The descendent of Emmeline Pankhurst and author of the Fantastically Great Women picture books delivers a fascinating and accessible guide to great female scientists for young readers.
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