Category Education

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 […]

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 ‘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, […]

Review of “We Are All Born Free”, The Universal Declaration of Human Rights in Pictures

Paperback £7.99. Published by Amnesty International/ Frances Lincoln. For over 50 years Amnesty International has been defending human rights across the globe. This book has taken the 30 articles of the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and presented them in a beautifully illustrated book at a level that kids can understand. Artists such as […]

A review of Perdita and Honor Cargill’s “Waiting for Callback”.

Simon and Schuster £6.99 So what did I think? An eye-wateringly funny and tender feelgood treat! Smart, much-loved only child Elektra loves acting, and yearns to break through as a young actor. So she throws herself into the rites of passage that every actor must go through in order to gain that ultimate dream-role. Soon, her […]

A Review of “Rabbit & Bear – Rabbit’s Bad Habits” by Julian Gough and Jim Field

‘Rabbit and Bear- Rabbit’s Bad Habits’ by Julian Gough and Jim Field. Published by Hodder £9.99 hardback Illustrated by Jim Field @_JimField Text by Julian Gough @juliangough So what did I think? I know people often say don’t judge a book by its cover, but for this book please do. The very first thing that I […]

A Review of ‘The Book With No Pictures’ by B.J. Novak

Puffin books £6.99 paperback The Penguin website says: ‘You might think a book with no pictures seems boring and serious. Except . . . here’s how books work. Everything written on the page has to be said by the person reading it aloud. Even if the words say . . . BLORK. Or BLUURF. And […]

A Review of “Monster Slayer” by Brian Patten.

So what did I think? I’m a huge fan of the Barrington Stoke “Little Gems” series: the books are SO well designed with a nice-fit-in-your-hand size, thick cream paper, clear font, perfect text to image ratio…ah, I could go on… So I’m always checking out their latest stories.When  I spotted this one with the killer […]

A Review of “A Tale of Two Beasts” by Fiona Roberton. Reviewed by Pippa Wilson.

£6.99 Hodder Children’s Books/Hachette The Hachette website says: “A funny story about seeing the world from a different viewpoint. There are two sides to every story. A little girl finds a strange beast in the woods and takes it home as a pet. She feeds it, shows it off to her friends and gives it […]

A Review of ‘Chicken Nugget’ by Michelle Robinson and Tom McLaughlin

Text by Michelle Robinson (author of lots of books including ‘There’s a Lion in My Cornflakes’), illustrated by Tom McLaughlin (also author of ‘The Accidental Prime Minister‘). Puffin Books £6.99 Poor little Chicken Nugget. No one listens to you, and everyone else always has more than you. But when your funny looking long-lost cousin Franz turns up, you do […]