Besides Harry & the Hobbits: Mark's junior fantasy recommendations

By The Alligator's Mouth

By The Alligator's Mouth

The Legend of Podkin One-Ear

Kieran Larwood and David Wyatt

£6.99 £6.50

A rich fantasy world and quality storytelling have made this series a hit with our customers. An old rabbit storyteller tells the story of Podkin One-Ear. Just how did he really lose that ear? And who is the mysterious storyteller?

The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart

Stephanie Burgis

£6.99 £6.50

A rebellious young dragon is transformed into a human and finds her feet as an apprentice chocolatier. A charming adventure that plays on all your senses.

Pog

P draig Kenny

£6.99 £6.50

A grieving family move to a house in the woods, but there's a small sword-wielding creature living in the attic, guarding a portal through which evil is trying to enter into our world. Can Pog protect our world and help heal the family? An emotional journey from one of the most exciting and original writers in children's fiction.

The Last Zoo

Sam Gayton

£6.99 £6.50

A spectacularly original blending of fantasy and science fiction, with magical beasts alongside futuristic technology. There's a hole in the fabric of reality, through which imaginary creatures are being summoned to help our world, some more useful than others. The angels, on whom so many hopes are pinned, have gone missing. Pia has to find them fast.

The Land of Roar

Jenny McLachlan and Ben Mantle

£6.99 £6.50

A tribute to the power of childhood imagination. A brother and sister enter into the imaginary world they built together as children in order to save their grandfather from a devilish scarecrow. They will need the help of Wininja, the wizard ninja.

The Wizards of Once: Book 1

Cressida Cowell

£7.99 £7.43

Wizards vs warriors in this atmospheric illustrated fantasy by the author of the How to Train Your Dragon series.

A Darkness of Dragons

S. A. Patrick

£6.99 £6.50

In the world of the Pied Piper, where music is magic, a boy runs away from his training as a piper and things go from bad to worse when he learns of a dark secret. Dragons, griffins and other magical beasts thrown in for good measure. I and many of our customers look forward to a sequel.

The Maker of Monsters

Lorraine Gregory

£6.99 £6.50

A fast-paced and exhilarating story about a scientist's assistant who has to put things right when his master's creations get loose. This could be great for a child coming off something like Beast Quest and looking for a slightly longer, more emotional involving read.

Crystal of Storms

Rhianna Pratchett

£6.99 £6.50

Rhianna Pratchett is the latest guest author in the newly resurrected Fighting Fantasy series. Fighting Fantasy is a series where the reader is the hero, making decisions about where in the book to turn next and rolling dice to combat enemies along the way.

Fighting Fantasy: City of Thieves

Ian Livingstone

£6.99 £6.50

One of many classic adventures from the Fighting Fantasy series. Fighting Fantasy is a series where the reader is the hero, making decisions about where in the book to turn next and rolling dice to combat enemies along the way.

Krindlekrax

Philip Ridley

£7.99 £7.43

I was thrilled when I read this at school. A young geeky boy discovers a giant crocodile living in the sewers that will change his life forever.

The Book of Three

Lloyd Alexander

£6.99 £6.50

A modern American classic inspired by Welsh mythology. A young pig farmer is drawn into a knight's quest.

Earthsea: The First Four Books: A Wizard of Earthsea * The Tombs of Atuan * The Farthest Shore * Tehanu

Ursula Le Guin

£14.99 £13.94

Margaret and I go into raptures talking about these books. A young wizard learns to master the art of magic, which in this world has a lot to do with mastering the magic inherent in language and learning the 'true name' of things. Beautifully written, a cleverly conceived world, a big inspiration on Harry Potter and (according to Hiyao Miyazaki himself) on the Studio Ghibli films. Every fantasy fan should find their way to Earthsea sooner or later.

Small Gods: (Discworld Novel 13)

Terry Pratchett

£8.99 £8.36

One of the most thoughtful and mind-expanding of the Discworld novels I have read.

Mort: (Discworld Novel 4)

Terry Pratchett

£8.99 £8.36

A boy in search of a job gets more than he bargained for when he becomes an apprentice to Death, WHO TALKS IN CAPITAL LETTERS AND IS ONE OF PRATCHETT'S GREATEST COMIC CREATIONS.