‘Kings of the Castle,’ by Victoria Turnbull.

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.

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‘Rent a Bridesmaid’ by Jacqueline Wilson, illustrated by Nick Sharratt

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

‘Petunia Paris’s Parrot’ by Katie Haworth, illustrated by Jo Williamson

Petunia Paris's life is practically perfect in every way - perfect parents, perfect birthday parties and perfect presents.  Until, for her fifth birthday, she asks for a parrot... Every birthday, whatever Petunia asked her perfect parents for she got: a swimming pool, a personal chauffeur, a bicycle.  By her fifth birthday, she had no idea … Continue reading ‘Petunia Paris’s Parrot’ by Katie Haworth, illustrated by Jo Williamson