Mr Ripley's Enchanted Books - Best Children's Book Picks October 2023


Here is our post introducing the enchanting world of children's literature for October 2023! Let's embark on a delightful journey through my favorite book picks, where imagination knows no bounds and adventures await at every turn of the page. From whimsical tales of magic and friendship to heartwarming stories that teach valuable lessons. 

Alex Bell (Author), Beatriz Castro (Illustrator) - The Train of Dark Wonders - Published by Rock the Boat (5 Oct. 2023) - ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0861545964 - Paperback - Age: 8+

Bess has always loved her grandfather’s collection of curiosities. So she’s delighted when she’s handed the keys to his Odditorium. But unless she finds a way to draw in the crowds, she’ll have to close its doors for good.

When a mysterious train pulls into town, bound for The Land of Halloween Sweets, Bess hatches a plan and sneaks onboard. She is soon discovered by Beau the puppeteer, Louis the violinist and Maria the fire witch. Eager to join their adventure, Bess sets out to search for the rarest sweet of all – the ghostly gobstopper.    But the land is ruled by the fearsome Candymaker. And beneath the sugary surface, things are more dangerous than they first appear...

Guy Bass (Author), Alessia Trunfio (Illustrated) - SCRAP|:1 - Published by Little Tiger (12 Oct. 2023) - ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1788955973 - Paperback - Age: 7+ 

The year was Something Something. Humans had spread like peanut butter across the galaxy, looking for new planets to call Somewhere.
One of those planets was Somewhere Five One Three.

When the humans arrive on Somewhere 513, they discover that the robots sent to prepare the planet for Humanity’s arrival have chosen to keep it for themselves. Only one robot remains loyal – K1-NG, aka King of the Robots. But even with the most powerful robot on their side, the outlawed humans don’t stand a chance.

Ten years on, Gnat and her sister Paige are the only humans left and have spent their lives hidden underground. Now they must venture out in search of the one robot that stood by the humans. There’s just one problem – the once mighty K1-NG has vowed never to help another human for as long as he lives…

Anna Kemp (Author), David Wyatt (Illustrator) - The Hollow Hills (Vol 2) - Published by 
Simon & Schuster Children's UK (26 Oct. 2023) - ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1398503892 - Paperback - Age: 8+ 

Nobody knows what lies inside the Knoll nor what form the Fae have taken after all these years . . . join a quest of a lifetime to rescue Goblyn Wood from the fae, with a sequel to Into Goblyn Wood for fans of Nevermoor and Podkin One-Ear! Are you ready to enter Goblyn Wood . . . ?

Hazel ventured into Goblyn Wood, she discovered that she was part fairy and the Fae have been hoarding magic. Now, on a mission to help the other fairies and rescue her friend Pete, she needs to travel to the Fae Dominion. No one has been inside for years but Hazel arrives there, it’s a glorious paradise and Pete is happy. Hazel is sure that something is wrong but soon begins to forget about her mission. And in the world outside, the threat to Goblyn Wood is increasing…

Can Hazel complete her mission and help bring balance back to Goblyn Wood?

Loretta Schauer - The Legend of Ghastly Jack Crowheart - Published by Andersen Press (5 Oct. 2023) - ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1839133091 - Paperback - Age: 8+ 

For Lil, life at the Squawking Mackerel Inn couldn’t be more miserable. She's tasked with the sloppiest, grottiest jobs and picked on at every turn. Her only friend is Augustus Scratchy, a cantankerous crow with a habit of stealing. When the dread villain Rotten Bob Hatchet and his gang of cut-throat highwaymen begin attacking travellers on the road, things get really dire.

Joining forces with a new servant boy, Ned, and armed with the contents of the inn’s lost property cupboard, a pocket full of revolting dumplings and some knicker elastic, Lil comes up with a plot to scare off Rotten Bob. And so the legend of Ghastly Jack Crowheart the Demon Highwayman is born!

Dangerous highwaymen, furious crows, ludicrous underwear, and a turnip apocalypse - stand and deliver!