‘Beetle Queen,’ by M.G. Leonard, cover illustration by Elisabet Portabella.

Having loved the first book in this trilogy (Beetle Boy), when I found out that there was a limited edition of Beetle Queen with sprayed edges, I was straight on-line ordering myself a copy. And it was worth it!  The yellow ladybird spots are a true delight.   Let me just fill you in quickly … Continue reading ‘Beetle Queen,’ by M.G. Leonard, cover illustration by Elisabet Portabella.

‘The Bear Who Stared,’ and ‘The Lumberjack’s Beard,’ by Duncan Beedie.

I'm delighted to bring you not one, but two, brilliant picture books in this post. And one of them has just been nominated for the Waterstone's Children's Book Prize 2017! The Bear Who Stared Bear liked nothing better than to come out of his cave in the morning and stare, and stare, and stare....  The … Continue reading ‘The Bear Who Stared,’ and ‘The Lumberjack’s Beard,’ by Duncan Beedie.

‘The Everything Machine,’ by Ally Kennen, illustrated by Chris Jevons.

Welcome to my stop on the 'The Everything Machine' blog tour. I was very excited to be able to get my hands on a copy to read and review. Have you ever wished you could print yourself anything you wanted?  Rare Pokémon cards, strawberry ice cream, a brand new bike?  How about a mountain of … Continue reading ‘The Everything Machine,’ by Ally Kennen, illustrated by Chris Jevons.

‘Alistair Grim’s Odditorium,’ by Gregory Funaro.

I'd like to share a delightfully odd duo set in a world where the odd is the ordinary:     'Alistair Grim's Odditorium,' by Gregory Funaro, illustrated by Chris Mould  The unlikely hero of this piece is Grubb, a twelve-year-old orphan scraping a living as a chimney sweep in Victorian England.  After an unfortunate accident … Continue reading ‘Alistair Grim’s Odditorium,’ by Gregory Funaro.

‘Harry Potter Quidditch Deluxe Book and Model Set,’ from Incredibuilds, written by Jody Revenson.

In celebration of Harry Potter Book Night last week, I built a rather magical golden snitch courtesy of this book: I am huge fan of all things Harry Potter so was very excited to be sent a copy of this title and another in the Incredibuilds series, 'Aragog' but as I'm scared of spiders, I … Continue reading ‘Harry Potter Quidditch Deluxe Book and Model Set,’ from Incredibuilds, written by Jody Revenson.