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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

What I wish I’d known about writing when I was teaching full-time by Pippa Wilson

Reading Stephen King’s “On Writing” this week has had a profound effect on the way I see myself as a writer. The intimate and frank description of his approach to writing (and the inciting events in his life that lead to the development of his style of writing) have made me reflect a lot. It’s […]

Review of Julian Clary’s book “The Bolds” by Pippa Wilson

Synopsis from the Andersen Press website http://www.andersenpress.co.uk/books/view/1783443057 Mr and Mrs Bold are just like you and me: they live in a nice house (in Teddington), they have jobs (like writing Christmas cracker jokes) and they love to have a bit of a giggle. One slight difference: they’re hyenas. Yes, that’s right – they’re covered in […]

Review of Piers Torday’s “The Last Wild”

£6.99 Quercus Fiction  www.thelastwild.com Shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2014 Nominated for the CILIP Carnegie Medal Watch Piers Torday talking about this book in this video!  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XB_C1N-81IQ A boy named Kester Jaynes has a horrid existence. He’s been locked away in the depressing Spectrum Hall in a dark and scary future world. Since his Mum died, […]