Category Literacy

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 “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 […]

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 […]

Review of Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo, illustrated by K.G. Campbell

Good Reads tells us: It begins, as the best superhero stories do, with a tragic accident that has unexpected consequences. The squirrel never saw the vacuum cleaner coming, but self-described cynic Flora Belle Buckman, who has read every issue of the comic book Terrible Things Can Happen to You!, is the just the right person […]