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Blog Tour, Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Monster Max and the Bobble Hat of Forgetting by Robin Bennett & illustrated by Tom Tinn-Disbury (Blog Tour)

Monster Max and the Bobble Hat of Forgetting is the first in a brilliant new comedy adventure series for 7 to 9 year olds. Nine year old Max looks like a normal boy on the outside but, on the inside, he’s anything but! Descended from a family of magical monsters, he has an amazing secret.… Continue reading Monster Max and the Bobble Hat of Forgetting by Robin Bennett & illustrated by Tom Tinn-Disbury (Blog Tour)

Blog Tour, Book Review, Non-fiction Books

What Did the Tree See? by Charlotte Guillain & illustrated by Sam Usher (Blog Tour)

The inspiration behind What Did the Tree See?  Special guest post by Charlotte Guillain I’ve wanted to write a book about an oak tree for a long time. I live very close to the Blenheim Palace estate in Oxfordshire, where some of the oldest oaks in Europe can be found. Their location is kept secret,… Continue reading What Did the Tree See? by Charlotte Guillain & illustrated by Sam Usher (Blog Tour)

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Mort the Meek and the Ravens’ Revenge by Rachel Delahaye & illustrated by George Ermos

Mort the Meek and the Ravens’ Revenge celebrates everything kids find hilarious! It is deliciously gruesome and appetisingly deadly. Creepy characters, bossy baddies and brain-eating ravens fill the pages with grotesque fun. George Ermos’ brilliant illustrations add to the spark of the story and pull readers in. Brutalia is an island of terrifying ugliness. The… Continue reading Mort the Meek and the Ravens’ Revenge by Rachel Delahaye & illustrated by George Ermos

Book Review, Non-fiction Books

Looking Up: An Illustrated Guide to Telescopes by Jacob Kramer & illustrated by Stephanie Scholz

Looking Up is an absolutely wonderful non-fiction book about the history and science of telescopes. It is packed full of information showing readers how people have learned to use light to magnify things around them. From other objects on earth to the moon to far off planets, telescopes bring the unknown closer. For hundreds of… Continue reading Looking Up: An Illustrated Guide to Telescopes by Jacob Kramer & illustrated by Stephanie Scholz

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

How to be Brave by Daisy May Johnson

How to Be Brave is a funny and engaging book uniquely told through the power of footnotes. With a chatty style, the reader is pulled right into the story almost as an additional character. The narrator breaks the fourth wall by addressing the reader directly, drawing us into every questions, dilemma and decision. Calla lives… Continue reading How to be Brave by Daisy May Johnson

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

The Animals of Madame Malone’s Music Hall by Laura Wood & illustrated by Ellie Snowdon

When I first saw this book, I was immediately reminded of the scene in The Return of Mary Poppins where Mary Poppins and the children visit “The Royal Doulton Music Hall” – with its song that my daughter regularly takes great delight in singing at full volume – especially when she was performing in a… Continue reading The Animals of Madame Malone’s Music Hall by Laura Wood & illustrated by Ellie Snowdon

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

The Girl with her Head in the Clouds by Karen McCombie & illustrated by Anneli Bray

I love historical novels, especially ones based on true stories! This uplifting book by Karen McCombie (author of the brilliant Little Bird series) tells the tale of the adventurous, quick-witted Dolly Shepherd – a real young woman who became a pioneering aviatrix in the early 1900s. She went against the expectations of young women in… Continue reading The Girl with her Head in the Clouds by Karen McCombie & illustrated by Anneli Bray

Book Review, Early Reader

Super Early Readers from Oxford University Press

Mirabelle Breaks the Rules by Harriet Muncaster Mirabelle is back! This half-witch half-fairy promises she won’t get into mischief at school but we all know this is a promise she can never keep! At Miss Spindlewick’s Witch School for Girls there are just too many opportunities for things to go wrong. Whether it’s in Potions… Continue reading Super Early Readers from Oxford University Press

Book Review, Picture Books

One Little Bird by Sheryl Webster & illustrated by Helen Shoesmith

Rosa is just one little bird. Her tree is being cut down leaving her homeless. What does it matter? She’s just one little bird. Actually, it matters a lot! Rosa rallies the other animals encouraging them to stand up to the people who are taking their homes. If humans are going to take the animals’… Continue reading One Little Bird by Sheryl Webster & illustrated by Helen Shoesmith

Book Review, Picture Books

Out of Nowhere by Chris Naylor-Ballesteros

Out of Nowhere is the charming story of two friends – a beetle and a caterpillar. Gorgeous black and white illustrations with simple red accents depict a tale of kindness, acceptance and true friendship. Readers see beetle and caterpillar sharing a picnic on  a big rock and watching the moon. They love to be together.… Continue reading Out of Nowhere by Chris Naylor-Ballesteros