Weird Science

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

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‘Pollyanna,’ by Eleanor H. Porter, illustrated by Kate Hindley.

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.

Pet Pandemonium!

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!

‘Hide and Seek,’ by Anthony Browne – with exclusive Q&A!

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!

Happy Halloween!

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!

‘Cat Learns to Listen at Moonlight School,’ by Simon Puttock, illustrated by Ali Pye.

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.

‘Football Heroes,’ by Matt and Tom Oldfield, covers by Dan Leydon.

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.

Lollies 2017:’My Gym Teacher is an Alien Overlord,’ by David Solomons, illustrated by Laura Ellen Anderson, typography by Rob Biddulph

I am so excited and honoured to be one of this year's Lollies champions, I am even more excited that I get to be David Solomons' champion as I've been a huge fan of his hilarious (and award-wining) superhero series since the release of its very first instalment, 'My Brother is a Superhero.'  I'm also beyond … Continue reading Lollies 2017:’My Gym Teacher is an Alien Overlord,’ by David Solomons, illustrated by Laura Ellen Anderson, typography by Rob Biddulph

‘The Princess and the Suffragette,’ by Holly Webb.

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 … Continue reading ‘The Princess and the Suffragette,’ by Holly Webb.

The Mindful Kids colouring series from Studio Press

In today's hectic, tech-driven society, young children can often find it difficult to manage their emotions, resulting in anger, stress and anxiety. This brilliant new series encourages children to take some time out to help process their emotions. Both titles use a combination of mindful activities and recognised cognitive therapy methods and have been written … Continue reading The Mindful Kids colouring series from Studio Press

‘Blocks – Let’s Share!’ By Irene Dickson.

Ruby has red blocks and Benji has blue, but will they be able to share? This lovely boardbook from Nosy Crow teachers very young children important lessons about sharing, working cooperatively and problem-solving. When Benji wants one of Ruby's blocks, she isn't too keen on sharing and the two start fighting, resulting in their block … Continue reading ‘Blocks – Let’s Share!’ By Irene Dickson.

‘Where’s The Baby?,’ by Britta Teckentrup.

Britta Teckentrup has already brought us two beautiful 'spotting books' and now we're lucky enough to have a third to enjoy. Renowned for her gorgeous repeated pattern style, reminiscent of a rather exclusive wallpaper design, Britta brings us spreads with a hidden secret - a baby animal is hiding with its parent somewhere on the … Continue reading ‘Where’s The Baby?,’ by Britta Teckentrup.

‘Spy Toys – Out Of Control!’ By Mark Powers, illustrated by Tim Wesson.

The name's Dan, Dan the Snugaliffic Cuddlestar Bear, and I've got a case to crack... I'm pleased to introduce you to the hilarious 'Spy Toys' series by Mark Powers. Spy Toys - Out of Control This is the second, newest book in the series and is currently enjoying its blog tour so watch out for … Continue reading ‘Spy Toys – Out Of Control!’ By Mark Powers, illustrated by Tim Wesson.

Holiday Read #6 ‘The Final Raven,’ by Finian Black, cover by Ed Bettison.

A plague is spreading across modern day Britain. People and birds are dying. Legend has it, if the ravens leave the Tower of London, the kingdom will fall. Luca Broom could never have imagined that a school trip to Winchester would result in him being magically transported to the legendary kingdom of Camelot where he, … Continue reading Holiday Read #6 ‘The Final Raven,’ by Finian Black, cover by Ed Bettison.

‘Anne of Green Gables,’ by L.M. Montgomery, illustrated by Susan Hellard.

'Anne of Green Gables' is a beloved classic of children's literature with films and stage shows made based on it. Alma Junior have released a newly re-illustrated version with additional bonus material. Set in Canada, the story follows flame-haired orphan, Anne, who gets sent to live on Green Gables Farm with the Cuthberts (who had … Continue reading ‘Anne of Green Gables,’ by L.M. Montgomery, illustrated by Susan Hellard.