The Emirates Literature Foundation has compiled a list of books that are enjoyable for both children and adults. These books feature heartwarming messages, beautiful illustrations, and fun activities that can be enjoyed by the whole family. Additionally, the authors of these books will be appearing at the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature from February 1-6, giving young fans the opportunity to meet them in person and get their books signed.
Escape Room by Christopher Edge
Escape Room is a thrilling book written by award-winning author Christopher Edge. The story follows Ami, who initially believes she is playing a game with puzzles to solve before time runs out, but soon discovers that she has been chosen to save the world. The book immerses readers in a variety of settings, including an ancient Mayan tomb, a dark library, a deserted shopping mall, and a spaceship heading to Mars. The challenges and dangers of The Escape are constant, with many twists, turns, and cliffhangers. The book is an exciting, fast-paced adventure that will keep readers on the edge of their seats as they follow Ami and her friends on their quest to find the answer before it’s too late.
Crystal of Storms by Rhianna Pratchett, with art by Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone
Crystal of Storms, written by Rhianna Pratchett, is a perfect choice for families looking for a fun and exciting activity this winter. The book is a combination of a superhero story and interactive games, making it an engaging and entertaining read. The book takes readers on a journey through the Ocean of Tempests, where they must conquer storms and defeat demonic monsters to achieve their mission. The action-packed illustrations by Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone transport readers into a magical and mystical world.
Pratchett, who is a video game writer, has worked on popular franchises such as Tomb Raider, Overlord, and Mirror’s Edge. Her experience in the video game industry brings a unique and exciting aspect to the book. This book is perfect for adventure-loving kids and it will keep them engaged and enthralled with its discoveries.
The Blue–footed Booby by Rob Biddulph
Award-winning author and illustrator Rob Biddulph is back again with a new book for nature lovers! The Blue-footed Booby is a shenanigans-filled picture book featuring boobies, a Pacific ocean seabird known for their colourful feet, that love to bake. The tale kicks off when a red-footed booby named Desmond bakes a frangipane that mysteriously goes missing. He goes in search of it with the other boobies and finds a suspect: a blue-footed booby!
This is a heartwarming tale that warns kids against jumping to conclusions. The vibrant illustrations and rhythmic stanzas make for an amazing read-aloud for kids at home.
Meanwhile Back on Earth by Oliver Jeffers
A car ride through space becomes a journey back in time. This book starts with a road trip with a dad and his two children. Like most siblings, the two start to argue and fight as soon as the journey begins. As a solution, their dad suggests they take a little detour into space. Yes, you read that correctly: Space!
Throughout the book, author Oliver Jeffers links the time taken to travel to each planet with what was happening back on earth exactly that many years ago, an exploration of true historical events and the human conflicts that have taken place since the beginning of time. It’s a unique look at life on Earth with a cosmic perspective, and an enduring message that what binds us together matters more than what differentiates us.
Space Blasters by Katie and Kevin Tsang, with art by Amy Nguyen
If you can experience a TV show in real life, which one would you choose?
In Space Blasters, gadget-obsessed Suzie Wen loves inventing things and doing experiments, but they don’t always go as she plans. She tries to create a super 3DTV Gizmo but ends up as a character in her favourite TV show: Space Blasters!
On board, the spaceship with Captain Jane, Spaceman Jack and the alien with an attitude, Five-Eyed Frank, Suzie explores new planets and saves the moon from disappearing. Space Blasters teaches courage and friendship, and is packed with witty humour and inspiring messages for your adventurous ones at home.