‘Sherlock Holmes and the Disappearing Diamond,’ by Sam Hearn.

Case: The Disappearing Diamond Detective: Sherlock Holmes Location: Baker Street Academy Status: Top Secret! Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for the fabulous Sherlock Holmes! After arriving late, new boy, John Watson, was dreading his first day at Baker Street Academy. His fears soon disappeared as his buddy for the day, Martha, introduced … Continue reading ‘Sherlock Holmes and the Disappearing Diamond,’ by Sam Hearn.

‘The Dragon Keeper’s Handbook,’ by Katie Haworth, illustrated by Monica Armino.

Have you ever dreamed of flying through the clouds on the back of a ferocious flame-throwing beast?  Then this handbook is the thing for you... This fabulously interactive book written as a 'non-fiction' guide to raising, caring for and training your pet dragon.  It boasts an impressive range of pop-ups, flaps and fold-outs hidden with the … Continue reading ‘The Dragon Keeper’s Handbook,’ by Katie Haworth, illustrated by Monica Armino.

‘Odd and the Frost Giants,’ by Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Chris Riddell.

I know they say you shouldn't judge books by their covers, but this one was calling out to me from across the bookshop. It truly is a thing of great beauty!  Written by the masterful Neil Gaiman and illustrated by the Children's Laureate, Chris Riddell, you would be right to expect great things from this … Continue reading ‘Odd and the Frost Giants,’ by Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Chris Riddell.

‘The Mystery of the Clockwork Sparrow,by Katherine

'You are cordially invited to attend the grand opening of Sinclair's Department Store.' This is the first in a brilliant series of mystery books set around the magnificent Sinclair's Department Store. To enter Sinclair's is to enter a world of perfumed air, bonbons, elegant clothes and murder! Just before the grand opening of London's newest … Continue reading ‘The Mystery of the Clockwork Sparrow,by Katherine

‘Gobbolino the Witch’s Cat,’ by Ursula Moray Williams, illustrated by Catherine Rayner.

I was very excited when I discovered that Macmillan's Children's Books were publishing a new hardback edition of this book. I have very fond memories of listening to this on story cassette when I was little. Gobbolino was born in the darkness of a witch's cave but was miserable with his job of being a … Continue reading ‘Gobbolino the Witch’s Cat,’ by Ursula Moray Williams, illustrated by Catherine Rayner.