Tag Archives: Book reviews

“Cogheart” by Peter Bunzl. Book review by Pippa Wilson

  The beautiful cover is by Becca Stadtlander. Publisher Usborne says: Waterstones Children’s Book of the Month – August 2016 Lily’s life is in mortal peril. Her father is missing and now silver-eyed men stalk her through the shadows. What could they want from her? With her friends – Robert, the clockmaker’s son, and Malkin, […]

“Fir For Luck”-The Inside Story with author Barbara Henderson.

Hello! This week I’ve been reading Barbara Henderson‘s Fir For Luck, and I’ve been so blown away by  the story that I just have to share it with you! Here’s what the publishers Cranachan have to say about the story: Would you be brave enough to fight back?  When 12-year-old Janet’s village is under threat– she […]

A review of “The Foolish King-The Secret History of Chess” by Mark Price.

Check this out! Publisher David Fickling says: The secret history of chess! Long, long ago, when kings ruled the land, dragons filled the sky and magic still existed, two small children stumbled upon the game of chess. This is your chance to discover it with them . . . Join Pip and Holly on a magical fairy-tale adventure […]

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, […]

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 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 […]