Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for: 'I Swapped My Brother on the Internet.' I’m sure those of us with siblings have at some point daydreamed about trading our annoying younger brothers or moody big sisters for an upgraded model. Well, ‘Sweet mangoes of heaven!’ Jonny has discovered a website where he’s able … Continue reading ‘I Swapped My Brother on The Internet,’ by Jo Simmons, illustrated by Nathan Reed.
International World Book Giving Day is now in its sixth year and continues to spread far and wide across the globe, with people in countries such as Nepal, India, Canada, Romania, South Africa, UK, France, Germany, Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Fiji, Nigerian, Czech Republic, USA, Cambodia and the Philippines. Phew! It is run entirely by … Continue reading International Book Giving Day 2018
We are great fans of Duncan's books in this household ('The Lumberjack's Beard' was on a bedtime loop for quite some time!) so we were all thrilled to receive a copy of his newest title - 'The Last Chip' so we could be part of its blog tour. I was also delighted that Duncan was … Continue reading ‘The Last Chip,’ by Duncan Beedie.
It was with much anticipation that I awaited the arrival of ‘The Light Jar’ - after the brilliance of ‘The Goldfish Boy,’ I knew that I was going to be in for a treat. My patience was rewarded when a copy was finally delivered by my friendly postlady. I'm also thrilled to be hosting an … Continue reading ‘The Light Jar,’ by Lisa Thompson, cover by Mike Lowery.
I am thrilled that the magnificent ‘Sky Song’ is my first review of 2018. I scurried out to purchase it with my book tokens yesterday, read it into the New Year and finished it off today. It’s also just been revealed as Waterstones’ book of the month, so you know you’re in for a cracking … Continue reading ‘Sky Song,’ by Abi Elphinstone, cover by Daniela Terrazzini.
Emmeline Widget has not had the most conventional upbringing. From an early age, she had been fairly convinced that her parents had been trying to kill her due to a number of close calls in the family home of Widget Manor. Emmeline has never left Widget Manor, but one day her scientist parents mysteriously disappear … Continue reading ‘The Eye of the North,’ by Sinéad O’Hart, cover by Sara Mulvanny.
‘Dear Mr Wright, I am writing to you as librarian of Hardacre Manor, Berkshire, about an extraordinary discovery that I have made on the estate....’ Followed the discovery of a collection of antique maps and notes locked away in a secret hidey-hole dating from the 15th century which seem to detail the whereabouts of the … Continue reading ‘The Atlas Of Monsters,’ by Stuart Hill and Sandra Lawrence.
’Bob, Man on the Moon,’ is a must-have space adventure which adorns thousands of bookcases around the world. It’s hard to believe that everyone’s favourite astronaut turned 15 this year! To celebrate, a special anniversary edition full of Bob’s further adventure and Bartram’s out-of-this world illustrations. This stellar edition contains not one, but SIX Bob … Continue reading ‘Bob’s Lunar Adventures,’ by Simon Bartram.
Unicorns are a major trend at the moment, with every self-respecting child (and adult) of a certain age are clamouring after everything sparkles and rainbows. Throw in some crafty colouring too and you have pretty much their perfect book. When this fabulous book arrived in the post, I knew the perfect group of testers - … Continue reading ‘Press Out and Decorate Unicorns,’ by Kate McLelland.
Christmas (or any other time) is the perfect occasion to give someone a beautiful new edition of a book they love. This stunning 3D version of the beloved classic ‘Beauty and the Beast’ would be an absolutely ideal gift for any fan to find under their Christmas tree this year. The glistening foil highlights hint … Continue reading ‘Beauty and the Beast – a magical 3D fairy tale,’ by Dinara Mirtalipova.
So I've shared some of my top picture books choices for this Christmas, now it's the turn of chapter books. I absolutely LOVE picture books for readers of ALL ages, not just the little ones but sometimes you just a longer book to sink your teeth into or delay bedtime for a few minutes longer. … Continue reading Festive Chapter Book Fancies
One of the greatest things about running a book blog is the regular deliveries of books dropping through your letter box. This is never truer than in the run-up to Christmas when little festive treats are delivered to me by the book elves. My 'to be read' pile is suddenly awash with gold, red, green … Continue reading Have a Picture (book) Perfect Christmas
I am thrilled to be part of the blog tour for Dinosaurium - the stunning new title in the Welcome to the Museum series, written by Lily Murray and featuring over 60 full colour spreads by Chris Wormell, each packed with glorious details. I am also more than delighted to be giving away an amazing signed … Continue reading ‘Dinosaurium,’ by Chris Wormell and Lily Murray.
Many thanks to Egmont for sending me the second instalment in the absolutely gripping 'The Huntress' trilogy. The first, 'Sea,' was one of my favourite début novels of the year (click HERE for my review) so I was thrilled have the next one to read as I was desperate to find out what was next … Continue reading ‘The Huntress: Sky,’ by Sarah Driver, cover by Joe McLaren.
You could have heard the cheers from outer space when I told the book boys there was going to be a new book in the fantastic ‘You Choose’ series. Particularly when they learnt it was to be set in space - a dream combination! We are absolutely massive fans of ‘You Choose’ and ‘Just Imagine,’ having read our way through … Continue reading ‘You Choose in Space,’ by Nick Sharratt and Pippa Goodhart.
I am delighted to be today's stop on the 'Stand by Me,'blog tour. I am always on the look out for new titles which might tempt fans of Jacqueline Wilson or Cathy Cassidy and think I may just have found one here. 'Stand by me' is the brilliant sequel to 'Time After Time' and follows … Continue reading ‘Stand by Me,’ by Judi Curtin, cover by Rachel Corcoran.
I am doubly pleased today to not only be part of the blog tour for 'Michael's Spear' (the final part of the Hobbes End trilogy) but also to have an exclusive Q&A with the author himself, Hilton Pashley. All his life, Jonathan has been forced to hide his true identity - the only half-angel, half-demon. … Continue reading ‘Michael’s Spear,’ by Hilton Pashley – exclusive Q&A!
It started with an “Oops!”... ...and so begins the mystery of ‘The Elephant in the Room.’ Father Giant’s favourite elephant has been smashed into little pieces and he wants to know who’s to blame so he can banish them from the house, but no one seems keen to confess. After some serious investigating, and a … Continue reading ‘The Elephant in the Room,’ by James Thorp and Angus Mackinnon.
Introducing an atlas unlike any you’ve ever seen before: our fantastic planet is brought to life in 3D. This fascinating atlas features over 60 specially-commissioned maps, all absolutely packed with 3D images, facts and photos. It explains the scientific theory behind the origins of early Earth, then takes the reader on a continent-by-continent tour of … Continue reading ‘What’s Where on Earth Atlas,’ by DK.
Dinosaurs never go out of fashion so I am delighted to introduce you to the new children's book from best-selling author and artist, Matt Sewell. This absolutely brilliant book features a whole host of fabulous prehistoric creatures from the Ceratosaurus to the Spinosaurus. Sewell's glorious watercolour illustrations draw on the fact that palaeontologists now think … Continue reading ‘Dinosaurs and Other Prehistoric Creatures,’ by Matt Sewell.