What happens at the beach when all the children have gone home and night starts to fall? Why, the monsters come out to play, of course! But George is bored trying to build an amazing sandcastle all by himself and his pet, Boris, is not being very good company. When the strange, Nepo first emerges from … Continue reading ‘Kings of the Castle,’ by Victoria Turnbull.
Parker Banks has moved with his family from London to New York and is struggling to fit in and make friends at school, unlike his younger sister, Emma (who happens to be deaf.) His dad is at the forefront of pioneering technological advances and is constantly at work for a top-secret corporation. It seemed like … Continue reading ‘Six,’ by M.M. Vaughan.
A fortnight ago, Book Boy received a phone call saying that he had a won a class trip to the Laugh Out Loud Book Awards 2016 (or 'The Lollies.') Obviously, we were skipping round the library in excitement as it meant we'd get to see lots of authors and illustrators whose books we loved! The … Continue reading The Laugh Out Loud Book Awards 2016!
I love books with a historical setting, particularly the Second World War. When 'The Emergency Zoo' arrived through my post box, I was intrigued to see it centred around real events of the run-up to the Second World War that I knew nothing about - households being advised by the government to have their household … Continue reading ‘The Emergency Zoo,’ by Miriam Halahmy
After falling a little bit in love with the style and message of 'Tough Guys (Have Feelings Too),' I was delighted to be sent Keith Negley's newest book to review by the Guardian Book Club. This book centres around a small boy's suspicions that his dad may, at one time, have actually been quite cool. Evidence is … Continue reading ‘My Dad Used to Be so Cool,’ by Keith Negley
#TommyVCancer I'm writing this review as part of a month-long blog tour packed with special features, reviews and giveaways to raise awareness of author Tommy Donbavand as he battles cancer. Tommy is the author of the popular 13-book Scream Street series for 7 to 10 year olds, published by Walker Books in the UK and Candlewick … Continue reading ‘Wolf’ by Tommy Donbavand
We were delighted to be sent a set of the fabulous new Jacqueline Wilson book before it had even been released on general sale, but not as delighted as the book group who got to review it. You should have heard their squeals! Thank you so much to the Times Educational Supplement and Scholastic who … Continue reading ‘Rent a Bridesmaid’ by Jacqueline Wilson, illustrated by Nick Sharratt