Monthly Archives: January 2016

A review of ‘The Lie Tree’ by Frances Hardinge

Cover design by James Fraser Pan MacMillan £6.99 Winner of the Costa Book Award 2015. See Frances Hardinge’s acceptance speech here! Synopsis from the Pan MacMillan website: The Lie Tree is a wonderfully evocative and atmospheric novel by Frances Hardinge, award-winning author of Cuckoo Song and Fly By Night. Faith’s father has been found dead under […]

At ‘The Big Honk’ with the Golden Egg Academy.

A big thankyou to KL Kettle for her fantastic panoramic photo of the room! My writer friends often ask me, “Is it worth joining Golden Egg Academy?”. Of course, it depends what you’re looking for. But I thought I’d share my experience of GEA, so that the next time someone asks me, I can tell them […]

Review of William Nicholson’s “The Wind Singer” by Pippa Wilson

A beautifully written dystopia Winner of the 2000 Nestle Smarties Book Prize and the Blue Peter Best Book Award for “The Book I Couldn’t Put Down” in 2001. Synopsis from William Nicholson’s website: “I hate school! I hate ratings! I won’t reach higher! I won’t strive harder! I won’t make tomorrow better than today!” In the […]

Review of Steve Cole’s “Stop those Monsters” by Pippa Wilson

    Simon and Schuster £6.99 Text by Steve Cole. Illustrations by Jim Field. Good Reads Synopsis: The Wizard of Oz meets Monsters Inc in this MONSTROUSLY funny stand-alone story from bestselling author phenomenon, Steve Cole. I’m Bob, a human boy stuck in a land of MONSTERS. I’m trying to get out with the help […]

Review of Jeff Kinney’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid “Old School” by Pippa Wilson

Puffin books £12.99 Hardback (Just seen it on Amazon for £4) Synopsis from http://www.wimpykid.com/books/book10/: Life was better in the old days. Or was it? That’s the question Greg Heffley is asking as his town voluntarily unplugs and goes electronics-free. But modern life has its conveniences, and Greg isn’t cut out for an old-fashioned world. With tension […]

“Odd Job Frog” by Colleen and Zed Jacey, reviewed by Pippa Wilson

One of my New Year’s Resolutions is to try to review a few more picture books this year, so I’m kicking off my first review of 2016 with this one! Matador Hardback £12.99 (I spied a special offer at WHSmith for £9.09!) What’s it about? Frog is sure that a trip to the city will […]