Blog Tour, Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

My Friend the Octopus by Lindsay Galvin ~ Blog Tour

"I wished I had three hearts like an octopus. Then maybe it wouldn't hurt so much if one got broken." Following on from the hugely successful Darwin's Dragons, Lindsay Galvin has done it again - a gripping Victorian mystery filled with natural history, art and the essential connection between animals and humans. My Friend the… Continue reading My Friend the Octopus by Lindsay Galvin ~ Blog Tour

Book Review, Guest Post, Picture Books

Herman Needs a Home by Lucy Noguera & Emma Latham ~ Guest Post

Herman Needs a Home from Lucy Noguera and Brilliant Monster Books is a delightful picture book packed full of facts about hermit crabs. Herman and his sister, Hiro, are growing. That means their shells no longer fit. Hiro is lucky enough to find a new shell to move into, but not Herman. He looks everywhere… Continue reading Herman Needs a Home by Lucy Noguera & Emma Latham ~ Guest Post

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Escape to the River Sea by Emma Carroll

In 1946, Rosa Sweetman, a young Kindertransport girl, is longing for her family to claim her. The war in Europe is over and she is the only child left at Westwood, a rambling country estate in the north of England, where she'd taken refuge seven years earlier.The arrival of a friend of the family, Yara… Continue reading Escape to the River Sea by Emma Carroll

Book Review, Picture Books

Fantastic Picture Books from Gecko Press

Bumblebee Grumblebee by David Elliot A wonderfully fun play on words, Bumblebee Grumblebee encourages children to experiment with sounds and enjoy the silliness of language. Each page depicts an activity from a small child's life - getting dressed, playing, even going to the potty - and twists it into something funny. This beautifully illustrated board… Continue reading Fantastic Picture Books from Gecko Press

Book Review, Graphic Novel

Gripping Graphic Novels

Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier (Scholastic) - Review by Lucy (age 12) Raina Telgemeier is my favourite graphic novel author. I love the storylines about relationships - friends, siblings, families - and how the characters go through ordinary life experiences. The stories are honest and relatable. In Ghosts, sisters Cat & Maya have to move to… Continue reading Gripping Graphic Novels

Book Review, Chapter Book (7-9)

Woodland Magic: Fox Cub Rescue by Julie Sykes & Katy Riddell

There were Keepers all around the world. The ones living in the Hidden Middle of the Whispering Woods had been there since the Stone Age. Keepers cared for the countryside, rewilding it by doing things that helped nature to recover when the Ruffins were careless with it. Cora and Jax can't believe it - it's… Continue reading Woodland Magic: Fox Cub Rescue by Julie Sykes & Katy Riddell

Book Review, Non-fiction Books

Magnificent Non-Fiction

World Book Day is for non-fiction too! I'll always remember the year my son dressed up as an astronaut and took his favourite space book into Year One to share. Here is a collection of some brilliant non-fiction that should find a place in every school library: How to Make a Book by Becky Davies… Continue reading Magnificent Non-Fiction

Book Review, Guest Post, Picture Books

One Camel Called Doug by Lu Fraser & Sarah Warburton ~ Guest Post

One Camel Called Doug is a counting book with a difference. Overflowing with personality and charm, there is so much to look at and enjoy on every page. I had the immense pleasure of reading this wonderful picture book with my friend Jake who's three. He's already a big fan of The Littlest Yak so… Continue reading One Camel Called Doug by Lu Fraser & Sarah Warburton ~ Guest Post