‘Harper and the Night Forest,’ by Cerrie Burnell, illustrated by Laura Ellen Anderson.

I am very excited to have been invited to be part of the blog tour for this enchanting book. 'Harper and the Night Forest' is the fourth book in the Harper series (which includes a World Book Day title.) Many thanks to Faye Rogers and Scholastic for inviting me to participate. This latest instalment finds … Continue reading ‘Harper and the Night Forest,’ by Cerrie Burnell, illustrated by Laura Ellen Anderson.

‘The Jamie Drake Equation,’ by Christopher Edge. Cover by Matt Saunders. Illustrations by Spike Gerrell

This stellar second novel from Christopher Edge follows on from the success of his first book, the 2017 CILIP Carnegie Nominated: 'The Many Worlds of Albie Bright.' There's a lot of buzz around all things space at the moment thanks to Tim Peake's stay on the International Space Station, and this book is perfect for … Continue reading ‘The Jamie Drake Equation,’ by Christopher Edge. Cover by Matt Saunders. Illustrations by Spike Gerrell

‘Over and Under the Pond,’ by Kate Messner, illustrated by Christopher Silas Neal.

Head off on a watery adventure when you follow a boy and his Mom as they canoe across the mirror-like surface of the pond. As they row out over the water they  encounter a diverse range of wildlife in the watery ecosystem. A hidden world of crayfish, turtles and bullfrogs. Whirligig beetles, caddisdly larva and … Continue reading ‘Over and Under the Pond,’ by Kate Messner, illustrated by Christopher Silas Neal.

‘Where’s the Ballerina?’ By Anna Claybourne and Abigail Goh.

I am delighted to find a modern and beautifully illustrated book about ballet. Given the huge numbers of young Prima Ballerinas out there, I'm surprised there haven't been more! In this book, you can explore ten of the world's best-loved ballets (including my personal favourite,'The Nutcracker.').  I have lots of warm Christmas memories of being … Continue reading ‘Where’s the Ballerina?’ By Anna Claybourne and Abigail Goh.

‘The Ministry of Strange, Unusual and Impossible Things,’ by Paul Gamble, illustrated by Fidelma Slattery.

Welcome to the weird and wonderful world of The Ministry of Suits, where strange, unusual and impossible things happen. Recently nominated for the New Children's Fiction award by the Teach Primary Magazine, this offbeat title is perfect for anyone who likes to 'think outside the box.' After narrowly escaping being eaten by a bear on … Continue reading ‘The Ministry of Strange, Unusual and Impossible Things,’ by Paul Gamble, illustrated by Fidelma Slattery.

‘Animasaurus-Incredible Animals that Roamed the Earth,’ by Tracey Turner, illustrated by Harriet Russell.

Did you know that there was once an enormous snake called a Titanoboa which was over 14.5m long?! Find out more about this, and many other, prehistoric animals in the fascinating pages of this book. Organised into  four subsections (plant-eaters, sea creatures, predators and creepy-crawlers), Animasaurus is absolutely packed full of the most terrifying and … Continue reading ‘Animasaurus-Incredible Animals that Roamed the Earth,’ by Tracey Turner, illustrated by Harriet Russell.

‘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.

‘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.