Chapter Books and graphic novels

Geronimo Stilton by Geronimo Stilton, translated from Italian (credited to the Italian publisher). Hilarious cheese-based puns throughout these fun adventures.

The Letter for the King by Tonke Dragt, translated from Dutch by Laura Watkinson (Puskin Press). An epic voyage that has now been made into a Netflix series.

Kiki’s Delivery Service by Eiko Kadono, newly translated from Japanese by Emily Balistieri (Random House Kids). A adventure story about a young witch who sets out to find her place in the world.

The Flops by Delphine Durand, translated by Sarah Klinger. A ridiculously fantastic spoof textbook on the fictitious creature, the flops. A real hit with my 9-year-old son.

Cuentos Criminales by Pedro Mañas and David Sierra Listón (Editorial Libre Albedrío). Hilarious book recounting the cases of the Inspector Archibald Wilson, licence number 2506.

Las Princesas Dragón, El misterio del huevo dorado by Pedro Mañas These princesses aren’t pink and pretty and waiting ot be saved. Strong, resilient girls taking on the world.

The treasure of Barracuda by Llanos Campos. Translated by Lawrence Schimel. This swashbuckling, funny pirate adventure will have your children giggling.

Do you speak chocolate by Caz Lester About a girls’ attempts to help her new refugee classmate and how it always seems to backfire.

Lampie by Annet Schaap, translated from the Dutch by Laura Watkinson (Pushkin Press). Shortlisted for the 2020 CILIP Carnegie Medal, this is a fantasy story interweaving fairy tales with reality, ultimately about the importance of kindness.

The Murderer’s Ape by Jakob Wegelius translated by Peter Graves (Pushkin Press). An adventure story following Sally Jones, a gorilla as she fights to clear the Chief’s name of a crime he did not commit. Expect flying aeroplanes with a Maharajah, boat voyages across the sea and steadfast loyalty.

Akissi Tales of Mischief by Marguerite Abouet, illustrated by Mathieu Sapin, translated by Judith Taboy and Marie Bédrune (Flying Eye Books). A fast-action, brightly-coloured graphic novel, broken down into mini adventures. Akissi will have you in stitches.

Atlas of Football by Clive Gifford and Tracy Worrall (Egmont) A trip around the world with footballing trivia

Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren, translated by Edna Hurup (Oxford University Press)

Shola and the Lions by Bernardo Atxaga, illustrated by Mikel Valverde (Pushkin Children’s

The Big Bad Fox by Benjamin Renner, translated from French by Joe Johnson (Roaring Book Press). A fab little mi

The Raven’s Children by Yulia Yakovleva, translated from Russian by Ruth Ahmedzai Kemp (Puffin)

Toletis by Rafa Ruiz, translated from Spanish by Ben Dawlatly (Neem Tree Press)