‘I Am a Very Clever Cat,’ by Kasia Matyjaszek.

Stockton is a very clever cat and he knows it.  Playing the violin, juggling, rhythmic gymnastics, all come easily to him.  But knitting?  Now that's a different matter entirely! Stockton has a very fancy party to go to and he simply must knit himself a fancy scarf to wear.  If he's as good at knitting … Continue reading ‘I Am a Very Clever Cat,’ by Kasia Matyjaszek.

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‘Black Powder, ‘ by Ally Sherrick, illustrated by Alexis Snell.

Remember, remember the fifth of November, gunpowder, treason and plot... I am very excited to feature 'Black Powder' on the blog as I'm lucky enough to have Ally Sherrick visiting my school to work with Year 5 very soon.  Watch out for a special post next week! This explosive novel whisks the reader back in … Continue reading ‘Black Powder, ‘ by Ally Sherrick, illustrated by Alexis Snell.

‘The Railway Children,’ by E. Nesbit, illustrated by Peter Bailey.

Alma Classics have sent me this lovely re-illustrated version of a childhood classic - The Railway Children. After the unexpected disappearance of their father, Bobbie, Phyllis and Peter have to leave their comfortable lives in London to move to a small cottage in the countryside with their mother. As mother struggles to make ends meet by writing … Continue reading ‘The Railway Children,’ by E. Nesbit, illustrated by Peter Bailey.

‘Little Adventurers – Leafy the Pet Leaf,’ by Philip Ardagh and Elissa Elwick.

The perfect autumnal read for leaf-lovers everywhere! The Little Adventurers are having a 'Bring in a Pet Day' but Sprat can't find his black cat, Shadow, anywhere.  Determined not to be left out, Sprat uses his imagination and creates a pet that no-one is going to have - Leafy the Pet Leaf. As all his … Continue reading ‘Little Adventurers – Leafy the Pet Leaf,’ by Philip Ardagh and Elissa Elwick.

‘Secret Treasure of Ancient Egypt,’ by Kate Sparrow and Esther Aarts

Dive into the hidden depths of Abukir Bay, Egypt and discover the incredible sunken treasures and lost cities of Ancient Egypt. This publication was produced to accompany the BP exhibition: Sunken Cities: Egypt's Lost Worlds at The British Museum, which runs until the 27th November. When this arrived, it was snatched out of my hands by … Continue reading ‘Secret Treasure of Ancient Egypt,’ by Kate Sparrow and Esther Aarts

‘Naughty, Naughty Monster,’ By Kaye Umansky and Greg Abbott.

'I'm Naughty, Naughty Monster! Are you ready?  Here I come!' Monster likes nothing better than rampaging through the woods striking terror into the hearts of its inhabitants.  This carries on until Monster meets his match - an extremely unimpressed fairy with a rather fancy tiara, who is determined to teach Monster some manners.  But will Fairy … Continue reading ‘Naughty, Naughty Monster,’ By Kaye Umansky and Greg Abbott.

‘The Horror Handbook,’ by Paul van Loon, illustrated by Axel Scheffler.

A Halloween must-have for all would-be monster hunters aged 9-11 years old (or above). But BEWARE , this horrifying handbook is only for the very bravest of readers... Lurking within the pages of this terrifying tome are loads of tips and trivia about ghosts, ghouls and zombies (to name but a few.)  A humorous guide … Continue reading ‘The Horror Handbook,’ by Paul van Loon, illustrated by Axel Scheffler.

‘My Encyclopedia of Very Important Things,’ from Dorling Kindersley Ltd.

Young children ask lots of questions and have minds like sponges, so what better to provide the answers they're looking for than an encyclopedia designed especially with them in mind? This vibrant book is bursting with colourful guides, aimed at engaging young readers.  Full of wbeautiful photos, illustrations and interesting information, the pages will guide your … Continue reading ‘My Encyclopedia of Very Important Things,’ from Dorling Kindersley Ltd.