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Kids' book of the month

The Singing Mermaid by Julia Donaldson

The Singing MermaidOur April book of the month is the a beautiful, lyrical new picture book (with glitter throughout!) from Children's Laureate Julia Donaldson, best-selling author of The Gruffalo, A Squash and a Squeeze, Room on the Broom and many other favourites.

Did you ever go to Silversands on a sunny summer's day? Then perhaps you saw the mermaid who sang in the deep blue bay. Lured by the promise of fame and fortune, the Singing Mermaid joins a circus. The crowds love her, but she soon finds living in a fish tank is no substitute for the freedom of the ocean - and Sam Sly, the wicked circus owner, keeps all the money for himself.

Can she escape back to her home at Silversands? A clever seagull and a talented acrobat have a plan...

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The Singing Mermaid is illustrated by Lydia Monks, whose  distinctive use of colour and collage has won her critical acclaim and several awards, including the Smarties Prize.

The Singing Mermaid is published on 26 April. All 50 of the free books have now been snapped up but you can still pre-order a copy from Amazon

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