Festive Read #3 ‘The Girl With The Shark’s Teeth,’ by Cerrie Burnell, illustrations by Sandra Dieckmann.

Mermaids have had a real surge of popularity recently but most titles have been for younger readers or overly sugary and sweet.  ‘The Girl with the Shark’s Teeth’ is definitely neither of those things... Minnow had always known she was different from the other children in her town - her powerful affinity with the water, … Continue reading Festive Read #3 ‘The Girl With The Shark’s Teeth,’ by Cerrie Burnell, illustrations by Sandra Dieckmann.

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Festive read #2 ‘The Way Past Winter,’ by Kiran Millwood Hargrave, cover by Helen Crawford-White.

Now I had been saving this book to read whilst snuggled up in the Christmas holidays as I knew Millwood Hargrave’s writing was going to whisk me away to an enchanted, frozen landscape and I wanted to savour it. Going to the in-laws’ to sit by their log fire was the perfect opportunity. Mila lives … Continue reading Festive read #2 ‘The Way Past Winter,’ by Kiran Millwood Hargrave, cover by Helen Crawford-White.

Festive read #1 ‘The Midnight Hour,’ by Benjamin Read and Laura Trinder, cover by Hannah Peck.

“They must have come from under beds, out of mirrors, up from caves, and down from attics; all out of the darkness and into the moonlight. They were the Night Folk, and this was their world.” When out-spoken Emily’s parents both mysteriously disappear, it soon becomes clear that she is going to have to be … Continue reading Festive read #1 ‘The Midnight Hour,’ by Benjamin Read and Laura Trinder, cover by Hannah Peck.

‘Vote For Effie,’ by Laura Wood, cover by Emma Trithart, illustrations by Mirelle Ortega.

“Sometimes, when you’re a kid, but especially when you’re a girl, people want you to be quiet and well-behaved.......but changing things is important.” When Effie Kostas starts part-way through the term at Highworth Grange secondary school, she spends her lunch breaks sitting by herself.  If that’s not bad enough, a fellow pupil (super-popular junior class … Continue reading ‘Vote For Effie,’ by Laura Wood, cover by Emma Trithart, illustrations by Mirelle Ortega.

‘The Dog That Saved Christmas,’ by Nicola Davies, illustrated by Mike Byrne.

You know when Nicola Davies releases a new book that it’s going to be something a little bit special.  ‘The Dog That Saved Christmas’ looks at Christmas from an entirely different perspective and certainly made me stop and think. For Jake, Christmas is a terrible time of year.  The lights are too bright, the decorations … Continue reading ‘The Dog That Saved Christmas,’ by Nicola Davies, illustrated by Mike Byrne.

‘A Pinch Of Magic,’ by Michelle Harrison, cover by Melissa Castrillon

Three sisters, three magical objects, one family curse. Need I say more? I knew from the off that I was going to love this book, and I wasn’t disappponted! The Widdershins sisters live in The Poacher’s Pocket In on the marshy isle of Crowstone with their granny - the formidable Bunny. The story begins on … Continue reading ‘A Pinch Of Magic,’ by Michelle Harrison, cover by Melissa Castrillon

The ‘Snow Sisters’ series by Astrid Foss, cover by Sharon Tancredi, illustrated by Monique Dong.

The Snow Sisters series is sure to be a hit with fans of the Disney hit, Frozen.  It features three sisters with special magical powers. They live in a castle on the island of Nordovia where their family has the important role of Keepers of the Light. The Silver Secret (Book 1) In the first … Continue reading The ‘Snow Sisters’ series by Astrid Foss, cover by Sharon Tancredi, illustrated by Monique Dong.

‘The Nutcracker and the Mouse King,’ retold by Hannah Pang, illustrated by Federica Frenna.

Watching The Nutcracker is a Christmas tradition from my childhood.  Imagine my delight when this beautiful search and find book was delivered. One in a series of gorgeous, foiled hardback books bringing to life classic stories in a new and interactive way. When people think of ‘The Nutcracker,’ they often think of the ballet, but … Continue reading ‘The Nutcracker and the Mouse King,’ retold by Hannah Pang, illustrated by Federica Frenna.

‘Olivia and Snowflake,’ by Julie Sykes, illustrated by Lucy Truman.

Introducing a new frosty instalment to the ever-popular Unicorn Academy series.  A huge hit in the school library and a perfect stocking-filler for all unicorn fans. Olivia loves being at Unicorn Academy, but can’t help but worry that her unicorn, Snowflake, won’t discover her magic before graduation day. The academy is buzzing with excitement as … Continue reading ‘Olivia and Snowflake,’ by Julie Sykes, illustrated by Lucy Truman.

‘How to Hide a Lion at Christmas,’ by Helen Stephens.

Helen Stephens’ books are always beautifully illustrated and I absolutely love the ‘How to Hide a Lion’ series so a Christmas edition was very much welcomed in our household. It’s Christmas and Iris and her family are heading off to see Auntie Sarah. The only problem is that they are going by train, and everybody … Continue reading ‘How to Hide a Lion at Christmas,’ by Helen Stephens.

‘Christmas Gremlins,’ by Adam & Charlotte Guillain, by Chris Chatterton

Those cheeky gremlins are back in a flap-filled Christmas adventure. “It’s getting close to Christmas and there’s magic in the air... But beware of cheeky gremlins, who are hiding everywhere!” Christmas is coming and the gremlins are back and up to their usual mischievous tricks. Hiding in the Christmas tree, eating the turkey and blocking … Continue reading ‘Christmas Gremlins,’ by Adam & Charlotte Guillain, by Chris Chatterton

Disney Dreams

Everybody loves a Disney classic and nobody can resist singing along to a Disney soundtrack.  If you know someone who sounds like this, I’ve got three books for you which might just make the perfect gift. The Castle Collection (Studio Press) This is the book for anyone who has ever fantasized about being a princess … Continue reading Disney Dreams

‘A Tiny Little Story – Christmas,’ by Lisa Jones and Edward Underwood.

This bright and beautiful cloth book is going to make a perfect gift for a very special friend of mine who has just had a gorgeous baby girl. This is the fourth in a series of bright and stylish cloth books produced for Nosy Crow by Lisa and Edward. It comes in a handy gift … Continue reading ‘A Tiny Little Story – Christmas,’ by Lisa Jones and Edward Underwood.

‘Happy Howlidays,’ by Steven Butler and James Patterson, illustrated Richard Watson.

Now I have a bit of a soft spot for Junior Catch-A-Doggy-Bone as he sent me my very first Christmas card of the year. Naturally I am very pleased to tell you all about his latest book: ‘Happy Howlidays,’ part of the Dog Diaries series. In his second book, Junior explains to his readers all … Continue reading ‘Happy Howlidays,’ by Steven Butler and James Patterson, illustrated Richard Watson.

‘The Snow Rabbit,’ by Georgiana Deutsch, illustrated by Alison Edgson.

I’m lucky enough to have been sent lots of lovely Christmas books to review this Winter. The Snow Rabbit’s glittery cover really caught my eye. Bear is always so grumpy. Will anybody ever manage to make him smile? When snowfall covers the woods, rabbit thinks he knows just the thing to cheer him up. Surely … Continue reading ‘The Snow Rabbit,’ by Georgiana Deutsch, illustrated by Alison Edgson.

‘Magical Kingdom Of Birds: The Ice Swans,’ by Anne Booth, illustrated by Rosie Butcher.

Maya is Keeper of the Book for the amazing Kingdom Of Birds. She’s already had one adventure in the magical realm  but now she needs to go back and help Princess Willow regain her kingdom. As Maya opened the pages of the special book, an illustration of an icy tower on a frozen lake appeared. … Continue reading ‘Magical Kingdom Of Birds: The Ice Swans,’ by Anne Booth, illustrated by Rosie Butcher.

‘The Christmas Extravaganza Hotel,’ by Tracey Corderoy, illustrated by Tony Neal.

Sometimes, the simple pleasures of Christmas can get lost amongst the flashing lights and tinsel of a modern Christmas. This joyful feel-good book helps readers pause and look around them. Bear is just settling down in front of a warm fire to read his book when he hears a loud tooting from outside. Upon opening … Continue reading ‘The Christmas Extravaganza Hotel,’ by Tracey Corderoy, illustrated by Tony Neal.