Category fiction

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 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, […]

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 […]