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Bright New Books for September


We are so lucky at the Bright Emporium to be linked directly with the authors and illustrators behind the books you love- this also means that we are the first to know about the new books coming out that you need to know about.  These titles will be wining their way to The Emporium this September. There are some really beautiful and inspiring books here that we are really excited about. So come in store to raid our shelves and find the book for you, as there is a story for everyone.


What is the mysterious Grotlyn? What sort of creature could it be, scuttling across the town, frightening everyone in its path? And why has it stolen PC Vickers’ knickers?!

A beautifully illustrated rhyming tale about things that go bump in the night. From picture book superstar, Benji Davies, of The Storm Whale and Grandad’s Island. Winner of Oscar’s First Book Prize 2014 and Sainsbury’s Children’s Book of the Year 2015.

This book is for 4+ years old.

Count your way through the seasons! From spring, when the leaves appear one by one – to summer when the whole canopy sway’s in the breeze. Then that breeze goes way to strong gusts of Autumn wind, making the leaves disappear as quickly as they came. Through to the bare trunks in winter. There’s lots to see and do, spot he animals through the seasons too. Bouncy rhymes and bold illustrations make learning to count easy.

This book is for 1- 3 year olds.

Every year when Moonlight Pond freezes over, a talent contest takes place — ducks dance, mice perform… But there is one animal that never competes. Toad watches the talent show from behind his rock, careful to keep himself hidden. But when toad is discovered hiding, he slips on the icy pond and realises he does have an incredible talent…ice-skating! This hilarious, heart-warming, story shows the reader that you never know what you can achieve.

This book is for 2 – 5 year olds.

This wonderful poem by John Argard is beautifully bought to life by Jess Cortney-Tickle’s illustrations. Little persons from all over the world join together to celebrate the dance of life and love. A book for both little persons and big persons to treasure and pore over.

This book is for 2 – 5 year olds.

Choo Choo! Little Train is going out on the track all by himself for the first time. He is so busy chugging through fields, across bridges and up the sides of mountains to notice he has gone too far- how will he get home. With the advice of his parents eve present in his mind Little Train finds his way home. Celebrating independence, but also the need for mum and dad this is a wonderful story for all the little adventurers out there.

This book is for 2 – 5 year olds.

Jake is baking a birthday cake for his best friend Sam. All is well until his friends decide to help- this cake becomes less of a masterpiece and more of a monstrosity- with spiders legs, rotten eggs, slugs and slime. This will certainly be a cake to remember.

A little added extra the book comes with stinky scratch and sniff stickers!

This book is for 3 – 6 year olds.

You may have met Carter the crocodile before, in – Open Very Carefully. Well he’s back with bite, Carter isn’t happy. All he wants to do is find his way home, but he can’t get there by himself – he needs some help! This unique book is highly interactive- readers are encouraged to create doors in the page and use their imagination to help Carter home. You’ll be transported from stormy seas to hot deserts and icy lands. Can you help get this cranky croc home?

This book is for 3 – 7 year olds.

William is a foodie and aspiring chef – which isn’t valued highly in the land of fairy tales, he just doesn’t quite fit in. Until once upon a time.. he stumbles on a delivery of food destined for Fairy-Tale Headquarters (a pumpkin, apples, and a few measly beans), he decides to make something super yummy from these menial ingredients! But there are a few wicked stepmothers and a fairy godmother or two who aren’t ecstatic with his plans for their plot changing ingredients.

This book is for 3 – 7 year olds.

Every year Tortoise sleeps through winter. It’s cold, windy and snowy- what could he be missing? His friends are determined to change his mind- making him stay awake to see the joys of winter for himself. Will they succeed? From best-selling author Katy Hudson this book is a beautiful winters tale that will warm you from the inside out.

This book is for 3 – 5 year olds.

When Caro and her mum move to a new house, Caro becomes lonely- it’s just not as fun exploring without a friend by your side. Until one day she makes a new friend – The Snow Lion. They have so much fun together they play hide and seek, they chase each other around, Caro is happy again. The Lion encourages her to make other friends and venture out on her own…

This story is truly beautiful both the illustrations and the narrative capture the themes of loneliness, isolation and confidence – in a mesmerising and evocative way. This will definitely be a story to treasure for a lifetime. This is why the Snow Lion will be the Emporium Christmas Book- with a special Storytime Sunday on the 3rd December.

This book is for 2+ year olds.