Category fiction

Review of ‘The Many Worlds of Albie Bright’ by Christopher Edge. Reviewed by Pippa Wilson

£6.99 Nosy Crow Check out the link: you can read the first chapter! Cover artwork and chapter openers: Matt Saunders  Interior illustrations: Spike Gerrell The synopsis from Nosy Crow: When Albie’s mum dies, it’s natural he should wonder where she’s gone. His parents are both scientists and they usually have all the answers. Dad mutters something […]

Review of “The Accidental Prime Minister” by Tom McLaughlin.

The Accidental Prime Minister written and illustrated by Tom McLaughlin. Oxford University Press £6.99 Longlisted for the Branford Boase Award 2016 (editor Clare Whitston) Synopsis from Good Reads: Grown-ups have had their turn at running things, and let’s face it, they’ve been rubbish! It’s time that a kid was in charge. Where there is grumpiness, may […]

A review of ‘The Lie Tree’ by Frances Hardinge

Cover design by James Fraser Pan MacMillan £6.99 Winner of the Costa Book Award 2015. See Frances Hardinge’s acceptance speech here! Synopsis from the Pan MacMillan website: The Lie Tree is a wonderfully evocative and atmospheric novel by Frances Hardinge, award-winning author of Cuckoo Song and Fly By Night. Faith’s father has been found dead under […]

Review of William Nicholson’s “The Wind Singer” by Pippa Wilson

A beautifully written dystopia Winner of the 2000 Nestle Smarties Book Prize and the Blue Peter Best Book Award for “The Book I Couldn’t Put Down” in 2001. Synopsis from William Nicholson’s website: “I hate school! I hate ratings! I won’t reach higher! I won’t strive harder! I won’t make tomorrow better than today!” In the […]

Review of Steve Cole’s “Stop those Monsters” by Pippa Wilson

    Simon and Schuster £6.99 Text by Steve Cole. Illustrations by Jim Field. Good Reads Synopsis: The Wizard of Oz meets Monsters Inc in this MONSTROUSLY funny stand-alone story from bestselling author phenomenon, Steve Cole. I’m Bob, a human boy stuck in a land of MONSTERS. I’m trying to get out with the help […]

Review of Jeff Kinney’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid “Old School” by Pippa Wilson

Puffin books £12.99 Hardback (Just seen it on Amazon for £4) Synopsis from http://www.wimpykid.com/books/book10/: Life was better in the old days. Or was it? That’s the question Greg Heffley is asking as his town voluntarily unplugs and goes electronics-free. But modern life has its conveniences, and Greg isn’t cut out for an old-fashioned world. With tension […]

“Odd Job Frog” by Colleen and Zed Jacey, reviewed by Pippa Wilson

One of my New Year’s Resolutions is to try to review a few more picture books this year, so I’m kicking off my first review of 2016 with this one! Matador Hardback £12.99 (I spied a special offer at WHSmith for £9.09!) What’s it about? Frog is sure that a trip to the city will […]

Review of Sally Nicholls “An Island of Our Own”, reviewed by Pippa Wilson

  Sally’s website: http://www.sallynicholls.com/ Winner of the IBW children’s fiction award 2015 Shortlisted for the 2015 Guardian Children’s Book prize and Costa Children’s Book award. Published by Scholastic. £6.99 Good Reads Synopsis: Siblings Jonathan, Holly and Davy have been struggling to survive since the death of their mother, and are determined to avoid being taken into care. […]

The Boy Who Sailed The Ocean in an Armchair by Lara Williamson. Review by Pippa Wilson.

  Synopsis from the Usborne website: Becket Rumsey is all at sea. His dad has run away with him and his brother Billy in the middle of the night. And they’ve left everything behind, including their almost-mum Pearl. Becket has no idea what’s going on – it’s a mystery. So with the help of Billy […]

David Walliams’ “Grandpa’s Great Escape”. Review by Pippa Wilson

Synopsis from Good Reads: Grandpa lives in a Maximum Security Twilight Zone, and his Grandson attempts to set him free. Jack’s Grandpa… wears his slippers to the supermarket serves up tinned tongue for dinner and often doesn’t remember Jack’s name But he can still take to the skies in a speeding Spitfire and save the […]