Category Book reviews

A Review of Julia Donaldson’s and Helen Oxenbury’s ‘The Giant Jumperee’.

Blurb from Penguin Random House ABOUT THE GIANT JUMPEREE Two of the world’s most celebrated picture book creators, Julia Donaldson and Helen Oxenbury, team up for the first time in this jaunty animal fable for fans of Room on the Broom and We’re Going on a Bear Hunt Rabbit arrives home one day to hear a […]

A review of ‘Who Let the Gods Out’ by Maz Evans

The synopsis from Chicken House: About the book Elliot’s mum is ill and his home is under threat, but a shooting star crashes to earth and changes his life forever. The star is Virgo – a young Zodiac goddess on a mission. But the pair accidentally release Thanatos, a wicked death daemon imprisoned beneath Stonehenge, […]

Book Review : “Winter Magic” a collection of stories, curated by Abi Elphinstone.

Cover by Thomas Flintham @thomasflintham   Look at all these fabulous authors! And all in the one book!   This magical collection sparkles with all the essential elements of children’s literature in one beautiful edition.  Firstly, it’s a rare treat to find so many award winning authors in one place: and this is a stellar compilation, curated by […]

“Cogheart” by Peter Bunzl. Book review by Pippa Wilson

  The beautiful cover is by Becca Stadtlander. Publisher Usborne says: Waterstones Children’s Book of the Month – August 2016 Lily’s life is in mortal peril. Her father is missing and now silver-eyed men stalk her through the shadows. What could they want from her? With her friends – Robert, the clockmaker’s son, and Malkin, […]

“Lesser Spotted Animals” by Martin Brown. Book review by Pippa Wilson

  Publisher David Fickling says: From the illustrator of the mega-selling HORRIBLE HISTORIES! Bison are banned and tigers are taboo. Say goodbye to the gnu, cheerio to the cheetah and poo poo to the panda. The world of Lesser Spotted Animals STARTS HERE! Discover the brilliant beasts you never knew you needed to know about […]

“Fir For Luck”-The Inside Story with author Barbara Henderson.

Hello! This week I’ve been reading Barbara Henderson‘s Fir For Luck, and I’ve been so blown away by  the story that I just have to share it with you! Here’s what the publishers Cranachan have to say about the story: Would you be brave enough to fight back?  When 12-year-old Janet’s village is under threat– she […]

A review of “The Foolish King-The Secret History of Chess” by Mark Price.

Check this out! Publisher David Fickling says: The secret history of chess! Long, long ago, when kings ruled the land, dragons filled the sky and magic still existed, two small children stumbled upon the game of chess. This is your chance to discover it with them . . . Join Pip and Holly on a magical fairy-tale adventure […]

“Robyn Silver – The Midnight Chimes” by Paula Harrison.

  Best-selling author Paula Harrison has a brand new series coming out! After the massive success of her Rescue Princess, Red Moon Rising and Secret Rescuers series, we can look forward to this new character: Robyn Silver! And much to my delight, there are fantastic illustrations too by Renee Kurilla. For those interested in the cover […]

A Review of “Where Monsters Lie” by Polly Ho-Yen

  If you loved The Boy In The Tower, you’ll love Where Monsters Lie by Polly Ho-Yen. The Synopsis on Good Reads says: The children of Mivtown have grown up hearing the legend of the monsters of the loch. But it’s only a story – a warning to stay away from the water. Then strange […]

A review of “Oi Frog” by Kes Gray and Jim Field

This lively book pairs up the multi award-winning Kes Gray (author of Eat Your Peas and the Daisy books) and the equally prolific award-holding Jim Field (illustrator of The Parent Agency and The Lion Inside). And what a fantastic pairing: the hilarious conversation between the bossy know-it-all cat and the mildly peeved frog perfectly match the bright and comic illustrations. […]