Is ancient mythology all Greek to you? If so, this brilliant new fun-filled series will help bring you up to speed. Written by Tarakson as a result of a childhood steeped in tales from Greek mythology, the ten book strong ‘Hopeless Heroes’ series introduces its readers to some of the mightiest Gods and Goddesses around. … Continue reading ‘Hopeless Heroes: Here Comes Hercules! (Book1) & Hera’s Terrible Trap (Book 2),’ by Stella Tarakson, illustrated by Nick Roberts.
Books about vehicles are always surefire winners in our household and these brilliant board books don’t disappoint. Both these books have a fantastic ‘follow-the-hole’ feature which really allows little readers to interact and get involved with the adventure. In ‘Look, there’s a Submarine!,’ you can dive to the bottom of the ocean and meet some … Continue reading ‘Look, there’s a….’ series from Esther Aarts.
My next spooky choice for little ones is the delightful 'Monster & Son' by David LaRochelle. This tale takes a look at the softer side of some of the world's most feared monsters. Have you ever wondered what a daddy Frankenstein and his son get up to when they play together? Or how Yeti and … Continue reading ‘Monster & Son,’ by David LaRochelle, illustrated by Joey Chou.
Sometimes books arrive and are snatched out of my hands before I get a chance to read them, and Ludwig was one of them - I think it was the promise of adventure and the lure of 3D glasses! This is actually the second eye-popping adventure about Ludwig the dog (after 'Ludwig the Space Dog), … Continue reading ‘Ludwig the Sea Dog,’ by Henning Lohlein.
Follow the world's most amazing animal journeys through superbly illustrated mazes by Melissa Castrillón. Did you know that every year in the Serengeti Plain of East Africa, up to 1.3 million wildebeest migrate north - the largest mass migration of in the world? Or that a humpback whale can eat up to 1.8 tonnes of … Continue reading ‘Animazes,’ by Melissa Castrillon.
Today I'd like to introduce you to a magical new bedtime story - Dreamweaver. The dreamweaver glides through the jungle sprinkling dream-dust over all the sleepy (or not so sleepy) baby jungle animals. Collecting flowers from magical mountain-tops and glittering comet trails from high in the heavens, she crafts the perfect dream for each little … Continue reading ‘Dreamweaver,’ by Claire Freedman, illustrated by Carrie May.
I'm delighted to be on blog tour for this little book with bite which would be perfect for readers aged seven and up. Vlad is a young vampire from a long line of very scary and very vampirey vampires. The problem is, Vlad doesn't feel the least bit scary - he hates his morning drink … Continue reading ‘Vlad the World’s Worst Vampire,’ by Anna Wilson, illustrated by Kathryn Durst.
I have two super science books for you today: 'Al's Awesome Science,' and 'Cool Physics.' 'Al's Awesome Science: Egg-speriments,' by Jane Clarke, illustrated by James Brown (Five Quills) This is the first book in a series about science-loving twins, Al and Lottie. Full of energy and never far from trouble, the twins love investigating the … Continue reading Weird Science
Another lovely edition of a children's classic from Alma Junior. This time 'Pollyanna' gets their magic touch. Pollyanna is a young orphan girl forced to move in with her strict aunt in New England. Although the two don't get off to the best of starts, Pollyanna's positive attitude affects everyone that she meets. After tragedy … Continue reading ‘Pollyanna,’ by Eleanor H. Porter, illustrated by Kate Hindley.
Perfect picture books for pet fans across the land! There's something here for every animal enthusiast: hamster-huggers, dog-desirers, cat-collectors and parakeet-petters! 'Hamster Sitter Wanted,' by Tracy Gunaratnam, illustrated by Hannah Marks (Maverick Books) Marco and Polo were just about to embark on a mission to Mars on their toy rocket when their little cousins arrived … Continue reading Pet Pandemonium!
A witchy tale, perfect for Halloween and young book enthusiasts everywhere. Witch is just enjoying an early morning brew when she hears a ping from her laptop. It's Troll, inviting her on a romantic picnic. As she sets off through the woods to meet him, the woodland animals make a few helpful suggestions as to … Continue reading ‘Pretty,’ by Canizales.
As I'm sure you must know, Anthony Browne is an acclaimed author, illustrator and twice winner of the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal. 'Hide and Seek' is Browne's 50th picture book and is steeped in the same illustrative magic as his other beloved titles: Gorilla, Willy the Wizard, The Tunnel (to name but a few). I … Continue reading ‘Hide and Seek,’ by Anthony Browne – with exclusive Q&A!
This month, I've been enjoying scaring myself with some of the newest spooky releases for readers aged 8+ and have a ghoulish prize for one lucky book-fan. 'Vlad the World's Worst Vampire' by Anna Wilson, illustrations by Kathryn Durst (Stripes Publishing) First up is this little book with bite which would be perfect for readers … Continue reading Happy Halloween!
As we enter the month of October, I am looking forward to sharing with you books which celebrate Autumn and all things spooky. My very first offering is the gorgeous 'Cat Learns to Listen at Moonlight School,' the third title in the Moonlight School series. Tonight, Miss Moon is taking her class of pupils out … Continue reading ‘Cat Learns to Listen at Moonlight School,’ by Simon Puttock, illustrated by Ali Pye.
There was MUCH excitement in my house when I opened this parcel of Football Heroes books. The Giggs title was borrowed to be read straight away (my son had actually just finished the Messi one on holiday.) So it is, with much fanfare, that I introduce you the brilliant Football Heroes biography collection. … Continue reading ‘Football Heroes,’ by Matt and Tom Oldfield, covers by Dan Leydon.