Book Review, Poetry

Daydreams and Jellybeans by Alex Wharton & illustrated by Katy Riddell

Daydreams and Jellybeans is a collection of wonderful poems from Alex Wharton that are full of life and fun. These engaging observations of everyday life are bursting with rich imagery. With both playful and  meaningful topics, children will thoroughly enjoy exploring the language as they read, listen to and recite these poems. Poetry is just… Continue reading Daydreams and Jellybeans by Alex Wharton & illustrated by Katy Riddell

Book Review, Early Reader

Albert Johnson and the Buns of Steel by Phil Earle & illustrated by Steve May

Barrington Stoke have teamed up with Phil Earle and Steve May to create another brilliant Little Gems story for young readers (age 5-8). As an early chapter book, it builds confidence through manageable sections of text, short chapters and many large, colourful illustrations. Children will develop their reading endurance with this incredibly appetizing story. Albert’s… Continue reading Albert Johnson and the Buns of Steel by Phil Earle & illustrated by Steve May

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Delivery to the Lost City (The Train to Impossible Places) by P.G. Bell & illustrated by Flavia Sorrentino

Join Suzy on her third action-packed journey on The Train to Impossible Places. Her over-protective parents are on to her and it looks like she won’t be allowed to sneak out in the middle of the night with a bunch of trolls to deliver mail to all sorts of amazing places any longer. When there’s… Continue reading Delivery to the Lost City (The Train to Impossible Places) by P.G. Bell & illustrated by Flavia Sorrentino

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

The Accidental Prime Minister Returns by Tom McLaughlin

The Accidental Prime Minister Returns in the hilarious sequel to The Accidental Prime Minister by Tom McLaughlin. 13 year-old Joe Perkins is the Prime Minister of England. For him, an ordinary day involves cameras, questions and crowds. He’s grown quite used to all of the attention and making decisions that affect the country (and has… Continue reading The Accidental Prime Minister Returns by Tom McLaughlin

Book Review, Early Reader, Illustrated Fiction

Midnight Magic by Michelle Harrison & illustrated by Elissa Elwick

Midnight Magic is a wonderfully charming verse novel from the magnificent Michelle Harrison (author of the A Pinch of Magic series). Published on the 1st October 2020, it is perfect for young readers on spooky autumn days leading up to Hallowe’en. Midnight is a very special kitten – a beautiful black cat with rare magical… Continue reading Midnight Magic by Michelle Harrison & illustrated by Elissa Elwick

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

The Incredible Record Smashers by Jenny Pearson & illustrated by Erica Salcedo

The Incredible Record Smashers is a laugh-out-loud story that hits the reader right in the heart. Bravely addressing a challenge so many children face, Jenny Pearson skilfully leads Lucy on a journey of discovery. Caring for a parent struggling with depression is hard. This story does not shy away from that. Through humour, empathy and… Continue reading The Incredible Record Smashers by Jenny Pearson & illustrated by Erica Salcedo

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

The Baboon with the Golden Bum by Jed Lynch & illustrated by Stephen Stone

The Baboon with the Golden Bum is a funny, action-packed mystery with a dark, “film noir” detective feel. Seamus, a turkey detective, is the head of the Free Range Detective Agency. His dry comments, clever sarcasm and random musings lift this story to the next level of children’s detective parodies. Seamus has had no cases… Continue reading The Baboon with the Golden Bum by Jed Lynch & illustrated by Stephen Stone

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Queen of King Street by Tom McLaughlin

Queen of King Street is a laugh-out-loud satire of the British Royal Family and their relationship with the rest of the country. When Bertie, the Queen’s younger brother, gambles away absolutely everything in a game of Happy Families, the Royal Family has to give up the crown and everything else. They move to King Street… Continue reading Queen of King Street by Tom McLaughlin

Book Review, Picture Books

Supermouse and the Big Cheese Robbery by MN Tahl & illustrated by Mark Chambers

Supermouse and the Big Cheese Robbery is a fantastically fun, adventure-filled story that children (and their grown-ups) will absolutely love! With flaps to lift and holes to peek through, there are layers and layers of story to enjoy! It’s an exciting day in Mouseopolis – it’s the unveiling of the Big Cheese! But when they… Continue reading Supermouse and the Big Cheese Robbery by MN Tahl & illustrated by Mark Chambers

Book Review, Early Reader, Middle Grade Fiction

Noodle the Doodle by Jonathan Meres & illustrated by Katy Halford

Noodle the Doodle is a brilliantly fun summer story! There’s a new member of the class – Noodle the dog. He’s a bit silly and a bit of a troublemaker but the class loves him. He joins in with all of their adventures and makes everyone laugh. When a class trip to the seaside is… Continue reading Noodle the Doodle by Jonathan Meres & illustrated by Katy Halford