Category culture

Review of The Astounding Broccoli Boy by Frank Cottrell Boyce

Here’s a review I wrote recently for http://middlegradestrikesback.blogspot.co.uk/ Check out the blog! The Astounding Broccoli Boy                                                Illustrations by Steven Lenton Pan MacMillan’s Synopsis: Rory Rooney likes to be prepared for all eventualities. His favourite […]

Review of Piers Torday’s “The Last Wild”

£6.99 Quercus Fiction  www.thelastwild.com Shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2014 Nominated for the CILIP Carnegie Medal Watch Piers Torday talking about this book in this video!  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XB_C1N-81IQ A boy named Kester Jaynes has a horrid existence. He’s been locked away in the depressing Spectrum Hall in a dark and scary future world. Since his Mum died, […]

Review of Polly Ho-Yen’s Boy in The Tower

       £6.99 Corgi For ages 9+ Shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Awards 2015 and the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize. Longlisted for the Branford Boase Award 2015, and the Redbridge Children’s Book Award 2015. Also nominated for the CILIP Carnegie Medal. This middle grade story is framed with a foreword and afterword from a boy called […]

Best books for children 2014

Here are my favourites from this year. What did you enjoy?                                          Looking forward to lots more new books in 2015! Pippa

A review of “The Foreshadowing” by Marcus Sedgwick by Jack age 12

The Foreshadowing by Marcus Sedgwick !!Warning-Mild Spoilers inside!! The story is centered around a 17-18 year old girl belonging to a well off family. Her mother is a ‘beck and call’ servant for her husband,who owns a hospital. The girl has had a gift,well,more of a curse. She can see peoples’ deaths,and it torments her […]

“10 doom and gloom busting books for kids this Christmas” by Pippa Wilson

If you looking for laughs or a bit of indulgent escapism for the kids’ bedtime stories, here’s my Top Ten of suggestions for you. Calling all fun seekers and story explorers! In Philip Reeve’s story Oliver has lost his parents, so sets off to find them. This lovely story is brought to life by the […]

Best picture books about the summer holidays by Pippa Wilson

  Here’s a collection of summer holiday books that I enjoy sharing with my kids over the summer. What should I add? Pippa  

The Cracker Hacker by Pippa Wilson

My first book! I wrote this Middle Grade book last September for my two eldest children who were completely obsessed with Minecraft and learning to code. One day my eldest son walked in the room with a strop, saying, “Mum, Dad’s just banned me from thinking!” which gave me the opening line: “Jack, you’re banned […]

Great Picture Books for Years 5 and 6

                                 

Review of VALENTINE JOE by Rebecca Stevens, published by Chicken House

A sweet and spooky timeslip story for 9+ Fourteen year old Rose has a lot of issues to contend with since Dad died. But her trip to Ypres with Grandad  brings unexpected joys and sorrows. As she learns about the shocking toll of the First World War, Rose visits the “neat rows of identical gravestones” […]