Category children’s literature

Review of 2016!

Hello, Thank you to everyone who has supported my hellopipski blog this year! In 2016 I’ve more than doubled the number of views and visitors compared to 2015, and nearly trebled the number of views! The most viewed posts were reviews of: 1-Grandpa’s Great Escape 2-The Dreamsnatcher 3-The Bolds (once my famous unfortunate typo was […]

“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, […]

The Inside Story with Brian Moses.

Hello. I’m delighted and honoured to have poet Brian Moses visiting on National Poetry Day! Brian has a long list of accolades to his name, such as having written over 200 books with different publishers, and book sales of over 1 million. He’s given over 2500 performances of his poetry, and his name is well known by […]

The Apprentice Witch – The Inside Story with author James Nicol

Hello! Welcome to our 2nd author interview at hellopipski! This month we have James Nicol visiting to tell us all about his debut novel The Apprentice Witch with Chicken House publishers. Hi James! So, what’s the book about?  The Apprentice Witch is all about a young witch, Arianwyn Gribble, who on the brink of becoming a fully-fledged witch […]

A review of “Strange Star” by Emma Carroll.

Faber £6.99 Paperback Emma’s website Faber and Faber’s synopsis: They were coming tonight to tell ghost stories. ‘A tale to freeze the blood,’ was the only rule. Switzerland, 1816. On a stormy summer night, Lord Byron and his guests are gathered round the fire. Felix, their serving boy, can’t wait to hear their creepy tales. […]

A review of “Erica’s Elephant” by Sylvia Bishop and illustrated by Ashley King

Synopsis from the Scholastic website: When Erica Perkins wakes up on the morning of her tenth birthday, the last thing she expects is to find a very confused elephant sitting on her doorstep. So begins an unlikely friendship. But can a small girl and a rather large elephant learn to live together in a tiny […]

Erica’s Elephant – The Inside Story with Sylvia Bishop and Ashley King.

Published by Scholastic £8.99 (Hardback). Text by Sylvia Bishop, and illustrations by Ashley King Hello! I’m really excited and thrilled to launch a new venture here at hellopipski HQ: each month I’m aiming to bring an author or illustrator interview to inspire those of us who are still waiting to be published! So, it is […]

A Review of “The Invincibles-The Piglet Pickle” by Caryl Hart and Sarah Warburton

  Published by Nosy Crow £5.99 Paperback Text by Caryl Hart, illustations by Sarah Warburton Synopsis from Nosy Crow: In this first story, troublesome twosome Nell and Freddie go on a school trip to a farm, where they pet the animals and learn about how they live, and Freddie smuggles a piglet out in his […]

A Review of Aaron Blabey’s “The Bad Guys” Episode 1

Created by award-winning Australian writer (and actor) Aaron Blabey Published by Scholastic. Paperback £5.99 So what did I think? Mr Wolf has decided that it’s not fair that so many of his friends have a bad reputation, so he takes it upon himself to set up The Good Guys Club. Mr Wolf forces the Good Guys-that’s […]

A Review of ‘Lottie Potter Wants an Otter’ by Jeanne Willis and Leonie Lord

HarperCollins 2016 £6.99 Paperback So what did I think? I was at my local library the other day, and the title of this book caught my eye straight away. At first I spotted the spotty, dotty lettering, then the otters (see that one there with the string of snot?). Then I took in the title, […]