Beaky Malone is back. The world’s favourite liar still can’t lie and now fame is calling. Surely a few little truths couldn’t hurt...? As a result of his sister shoving him into Madame Shirley’s truth-telling machine, Beaky Malone can no longer tell a lie. This could be the cause of major humiliation - will Beaky … Continue reading ‘Beaky Malone – Weirdest Show on Earth’ by Barry Hutchison, illustrated by Katie Abey.
Unicorns are currently riding high on a wave of popularity - there’s a constant queue of children clamouring for magical titles in our school library. That’s why I know they (and our librarian) will be delighted to learn about the sparkling new ‘Unicorn Academy’ series by Julie Sykes, illustrated by Lucy Truman and published by … Continue reading Unicorn Academy…Where Magic Happens.
I'm delighted to introduce you to a magical new series from author Hayley Daze and publisher Willow Tree Books. It features a range of cute and cuddly magical who whisk their human friends away for far-flung adventures. Cuddle the Magic Kitten - Magical Friends by Hayley Daze. The first story in the series sees new … Continue reading Magical First Chapter Books from Hayley Daze.
We’ve already had children asking for this in the school library - the mark of an excellent book series! I’m sure they won’t be disappointed by the newest instalment of Izzy’s adventures - The Phantom Lollipop Man! Every day for, well, forever, the same grumpy old lollipop man has safely escorted Izzy and her pals … Continue reading ‘The Phantom Lollipop Man!’ By Pamela Butchart, illustrated by Thomas Flintham.
It’s vital that children see themselves and their cultures represented in books. That is why publishers like Lantana Publishing are so important. I’m thrilled to have two of their lead Spring titles to share with you. Nimesh the Adventurer by Ranjit Singh, illustrated by Mehrdokht Amini (available April 2018) For Nimesh, even the journey home … Continue reading Lantana Publishing – Spring Titles
I have been lucky enough to read a flotilla of amazing adventure stories crafted by debut authors over the past few months. I think we’re currently in the midst of a period of absolutely fantastic children’s novels and the breath-taking ‘Brightstorm’ is one which really stood out. When twins, Arthur and Maudie, are told the … Continue reading ‘Brightstorm,’ by Vashti Hardy, cover by George Ermos.
This blog post is celebrating the fourth and final gripping instalment of The Inventory series - an action-packed bundle of books, crammed full with high-tech gadgetry and dastardly villains. Without giving too much away, Dev is struggling with having learnt the truth about his troubled past deep in the Black Zone of the Inventory. He … Continue reading ‘The Inventory: Winter Storm,’ by Andy Briggs with exclusive guest blog post!
As well as being the traditional day for giving chocolates and overpriced roses, Wednesday 14th February is also #BookGivingDay. A day when book lovers all over the world donate new or lightly-used books to children who need them. As a teacher, I am very aware of the squeeze being put on school budgets and the cuts … Continue reading Why I’m donating books to school libraries on #BookGivingDay
Once upon a time there was a beautiful princess. That’s how it goes, isn’t it? No? It was almost time for tea and Sophie had been enjoying a story with Grandad, who had fallen asleep! Dad steps into the breach and begins to read a lovely story all about an enchanted princess who’d been locked … Continue reading ‘This is NOT a Fairy Tale,’ by Will Mabbitt and Fred Blunt.
Numbers are everywhere. They’re all around us and are often a source of fascination for young children. From their birthdays to house numbers, children soon learn that numbers are important. This beautiful picture book is by best-selling author and illustrator, Taro Gomi, who currently lives in Tokyo, Japan. It shows just where numbers can be … Continue reading ‘I Know Numbers!,’ by Taro Gomi.
I am absolutely thrilled to be hosting Sinéad O’Hart on my blog today! I absolutely loved ‘The Eye Of the North,’ an action-packed adventure frosted with magic. Emmeline has never left Widget Manor, but one day her scientist parents mysteriously disappear and she’s bundled onto a ship to Paris to stay in a safe house. Aboard … Continue reading ‘The Eye of the North’ Blog Tour with guest post from author, Sinead O’Hart.
‘You have to make more noise than anybody else,’ Emmeline Pankhurst, leader of the British suffragette movement. To celebrate the centenary anniversary of the Representation of The People Act 1918, which have the vote to some women for the first time, Nosy Crow commissioned a very special collection of stories from a stellar collection of … Continue reading ‘Make More Noise!’ from Nosy Crow, cover by Steph Baxter.
After ‘THE EVENT THAT MUST NEVER BE SPOKEN OF AGAIN,’ Sam has gained the unfortunate nickname of ‘Scaredy-Cat Sam.’ He needs a plan to clear his name! Following an unfortunate incident during a school trip to the space museum, the class bully, Ralph Philip Zinkerman the Third, christened Sam with his much-hated nickname. Sam decides that … Continue reading ‘Sam Wu is NOT Afraid of Ghosts,’ by Katie and Kevin Tsang, illustrated by Nathan Reed.
‘A guzzle! A gollop! Who wants to eat goats? I’ll chomp little children and chew up their coats.’ Troll is fed up of eating goats for his dinner so he sets off to find something much more tasty - children! On bikes, in cars or packed on buses. They’re all equally delicious. However the children … Continue reading ‘Troll Stroll,’ by Elli Woollard, illustrated by David Barrow.
Information books are an inexhaustible source of entertainment in our household, with both my children spending hours poring over photos and illustrations and sharing the fascinating facts they’re learnt . This selection of brilliant new books from non-fiction super-giants, DK, is sure to contain something new for everyone. 13 1/2 Incredible Things You Need to Know … Continue reading Wonders of Nature from DK.
This is the second hilarious story about Pod and his creative ideas (Stone Underpants being the first.) The Stone Age is so boring! All people do is hammer away at rocks all day and take naps. Pod decides to invent a new game for him and his brother, Hinge, to play. However, living in the … Continue reading ‘Game of Stones,’ by Rebecca Lisle, illustrated by Richard Watson.
Roll up! Roll up! Come and see ‘The World Famous Book Of Numbers!’ Sure to delight and enchant! Here on my blog for your reading pleasure! A truly magical counting book for little math-magicians! Packed full of fabulous pop-ups and confounding illusions, moving pictures and flaps to peek behind, this rather glamorous picture book is … Continue reading ‘The World-Famous Book Of Numbers,’ by Sarah Goodreau.
If you’re looking for an original Valentine’s Day gift, or just a way to let someone know you care, you won’t go far wrong with this amazing pop-up book by Anna Llenas. It’s sure to delight readers young and old. Roly is a woodlouse and Rita is a firefly - they both think very differently … Continue reading ‘I Love You (Nearly Alway),’ by Anna Llenas.
Updated ahead of #Suffrage100
After reading, and loving, Webb’s sequel to Frances Hodgson Burnett’s ‘The Secret Garden,’ I was delighted to see learn that she had also reimagined Hodgson Burnett’s beloved classic ‘The Little Princess,’ but set against the tempestuous backdrop of the Suffragette movement of the early 20th century.
Still set in the prim and proper Miss Minchin’s school, the story centres around Lottie, a girl whose father sent her to live at the seminary at the age of four after the apparent death of her mother. Lottie cannot help but feel there’s more to life than following pointless rules and behaving ‘like a proper young lady’ when out in public.
Feeling stifled by her life at present, and angry at her distant father, Lottie takes an interest in the upsurgance of the women’s rights movement and the daring actions of the Suffragettes. Determined to support the cause and exert her own mind…
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I was honoured to be asked to be on the blog tour for Leonie Roberts' debut picture book, 'My Colourful Chameleon.' Having a pet chameleon isn't always as fun as it seems - Mum is getting fed up of never being able to spot where she is. In the garden, on the stairs, on Mum's … Continue reading ‘My Colourful Chameleon,’ by Leonie Roberts, illustrated by Mike Byrne.