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28Jan

Children’s and teens roundup – the best new picture books and novels

A monster trying to order pizza, a Nigerian girls’ boarding-school story, a YA Indian fantasy about scheming siblings – and much more

Baby, Sleepy Baby by Atinuke and Angela Brooksbank (Walker, £12.99)
This dreamy, unrhymed lullaby for the tiniest listeners is based on a song from the author’s own childhood. Illustrated in soft moonlit tones, it’s filled with smiles, stars and a sense of boundless love.

Monster! Hungry! Phone! by Sean Taylor and Fred Benaglia (Bloomsbury, £6.99)
A starving monster calls multiple wrong numbers – including a jaguar in Nicaragua and a panda called Amanda – in his ill-fated quest for pizza. A shouty, colourful picture-book romp, begging to be read aloud with gusto.

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