Book Review, Picture Books

The Happy Three Lions by Louise Fatio & Roger Duvoisin

First published in 1954, The Three Happy Lions is an honest, appealing picture book that feels as fresh as when it was first written. The classic illustrations remind me so much of books I enjoyed as a child and transport me back to the safe, comfortable feeling of being in my primary school library. Sprinkled… Continue reading The Happy Three Lions by Louise Fatio & Roger Duvoisin

Book Review, Picture Books

Does a Bear Poo in the Woods by Jonny Leighton & Mike Byrne

There’s nothing quite like toilet humour to grab children’s attention and take them on a hilarious journey through a story bursting with gorgeous woodland animals. Barry is an incredibly shy bear who lives in the woods. All he wants is a private place to do his “first job of the day” but the other animals… Continue reading Does a Bear Poo in the Woods by Jonny Leighton & Mike Byrne

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction, Young Adult

Welcome to Trash Land by Steve Cole & Oriol Vidal

Welcome to Trash Land is a fascinating glimpse into the world of the dumping ground for broken electronics in Ghana. Told from the point of view of Theo, a young boy who is forced to scavenge for metal in order to earn enough money to survive, we are faced with the reality of what happens… Continue reading Welcome to Trash Land by Steve Cole & Oriol Vidal

Blog Tour, Book Review, Non-fiction Books

Listified: Britannica’s 300 lists that will blow your mind ~ Blog Tour

I'm so excited to welcome Listified author, Andrew Pettie, to Scope for Imagination with a special guest post: I’ve already received some very positive feedback about Listified! from teachers, librarians and other educators – including my daughter May’s teacher who was kind enough to say that Listified! should be included on the national curriculum! So with all those list-loving… Continue reading Listified: Britannica’s 300 lists that will blow your mind ~ Blog Tour

Blog Tour, Book Review, Chapter Book (7-9), Uncategorized

Tiger Warrior: Attack of the Dragon King by M. Chan ~ Blog Tour

Tiger Warrior: Attack of the Dragon King is the first book in an exciting new series for ages 6+ by M. Chan. Jack loves video games – especially when he is defeating dragons. His Yeye (grandfather) can’t believe all the time he spends in front of a screen and decides it’s time for Jack to… Continue reading Tiger Warrior: Attack of the Dragon King by M. Chan ~ Blog Tour

Blog Tour, Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Song of the Far Isles by Nicholas Bowling ~ Blog Tour

Song of the Far Isles is a beautifully magical tale of the music that makes us who we are. Oran lives on the island of Little Drum where music is everything: birth instruments, life songs and the ghasts (their ancestors who linger to hear the music). But everything changes when the Duchess arrives from the… Continue reading Song of the Far Isles by Nicholas Bowling ~ Blog Tour

Blog Tour, Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Mystery of the Night Watchers by A.M. Howell ~ Blog Tour

A gripping new historical adventure from East Anglia Book of the Year-winner A.M. Howell. (8 July, Usborne, paperback, 9-12 years) It’s May 1910 and the blazing Halley's comet is drawing closer to the earth, when Nancy is uprooted to start a new life in Suffolk with a grandfather she has never met. Nancy is forbidden… Continue reading Mystery of the Night Watchers by A.M. Howell ~ Blog Tour

Book Review, Picture Books

Sarah the Spectacular Squirrel by Rory Ffoulkes & Irene Silvino

Sarah the Spectacular Squirrel has a dazzling talent for collecting nuts. But… Sarah’s a bit of a show-off. And she’s greedy. And she doesn’t like to share. So, who can stop Sarah from taking all the nuts in the forest and leaving the other woodland creatures hungry?! Sarah the Spectacular Squirrel is an absolutely gorgeous… Continue reading Sarah the Spectacular Squirrel by Rory Ffoulkes & Irene Silvino

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction, Young Adult

Rory Hobble and the Voyage to Haligogen by Maximilian Hawker

Rory Hobble and the Voyage to Haligogen is an action-packed science fiction adventure with a difference. An Own Voices novel, the main character, Rory Hobble, has Obsessive Compulsive Disorder – an invisible disability that is often misunderstood and not often shared in children’s literature. In this exciting story, 11-year-old Rory lives a life of challenges… Continue reading Rory Hobble and the Voyage to Haligogen by Maximilian Hawker

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

An Escape in Time (The Time-Seekers series) by Sally Nicholls

An Escape in Time is the third book in the exciting time travelling adventure series by Sally Nicholls. This time, Ruby & Alex step through the mirror at their aunt’s house to meet an aristocrat fleeing the French Revolution. Once again, the children face gender expectations they aren’t used to and the unusual challenges of living… Continue reading An Escape in Time (The Time-Seekers series) by Sally Nicholls