Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Grandpa Frank’s Great Big Bucket List by Jenny Pearson

Jenny Pearson is the queen of comedy writing that bursts with empathy and a whole lot of heart! Grandpa Frank’s Great Big Bucket List highlights the value of cross-generational relationships and how rewarding it is to look after someone else. Hilarious and touching, this is a book to smile through. With a dying grandmother’s last… Continue reading Grandpa Frank’s Great Big Bucket List by Jenny Pearson

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Diary of an Accidental Witch by Perdita & Honor Cargill

Diary of an Accidental Witch is engaging from start to finish. Bea Black is a girl with so much spark. The fun, diary style is lively and allows her personality to shine through. Readers will want to be friends with Bea and join her in her magical school adventures. Bea and her dad have moved… Continue reading Diary of an Accidental Witch by Perdita & Honor Cargill

Book Review, Picture Books

Shoo! by Susie Bower & Francesca Gambatesa

I was so excited to read Susie Bower’s debut picture book, Shoo! after enjoying her Middle Grade novels, School for Nobodies & The Three Impossibles so much! Shoo! is the fast-paced, funny story of a woman who doesn’t like animals. When a zoo moves in next door, it’s her worst nightmare! There are animals everywhere… Continue reading Shoo! by Susie Bower & Francesca Gambatesa

Book Review, Chapter Book (7-9), Middle Grade Fiction

Brilliant Books from Barrington Stoke – September 2021

Books from Barrington Stoke are so often my go-to recommendations for teachers and parents. First and foremost, they are fantastically engaging stories from some of the best, current authors in the UK. The quality of the writing is incredible and children are soon carried away in the adventures. What makes Barrington Stoke books really special… Continue reading Brilliant Books from Barrington Stoke – September 2021

Blog Tour, Book Review, Picture Books, Uncategorized

The Dragon with the Blazing Bottom by Beach

The Dragon with the Blazing Bottom is the laugh-out-loud tale of a dragon in trouble. He’s lost his spark and no matter how hard he tries, he can’t blast the knight with his fiery breath. It turns out he hasn’t been eating the right foods so the knight comes up with the hottest, fieriest, fizzing… Continue reading The Dragon with the Blazing Bottom by Beach

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Anisha Accidental Detective: Granny Trouble! by Serena Patel & illustrated by Emma McCann

It’s half-term and Anisha’s family are off on a road trip. This is a recipe for disaster with a whole host of funny mishaps before they even arrive at the National Space Centre and the Shabdkosh Festival. The festival is so exciting. It has everything you could ever want including a chance to meet a… Continue reading Anisha Accidental Detective: Granny Trouble! by Serena Patel & illustrated by Emma McCann

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

The Orphans of St Halibut’s: Pamela’s Revenge by Sophie Wills

I have been looking forward to this wonderful sequel for such a long time! The first The Orphans of St Halibut’s book was one of my absolute favourite reads of 2020. I love its wonderfully dark, Dickensian comedy of errors with chapter after chapter of hilarious, twisted escapades – it’s one of those books where… Continue reading The Orphans of St Halibut’s: Pamela’s Revenge by Sophie Wills

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

Middle Grade Fiction

Hilarious Hijinks & Laugh-Out-Loud Adventures for Middle Grade Readers

The Monster Spotter's Handbook by Matt Cherry (Firefly Press) Edwin Spook is the last of the Monster Spotters. He thinks a monster is the best thing since toasted bread and loves to live dangerously. Duke is the last of the Monster Catchers. He does all he can to trap four very special monsters who represent… Continue reading Hilarious Hijinks & Laugh-Out-Loud Adventures for Middle Grade Readers

Book Review, Chapter Book (7-9)

Panda at the Door by Sarah Horne

A panda who loves Mary Poppins and wants nothing more than to be a nanny for its own special family – an absolutely brilliant premise for a sweet, fun story with a silly twist. Pudding the Panda is the star attraction at the Edinburgh Zoo. She is spectacular at making children smile. She loves Gerald,… Continue reading Panda at the Door by Sarah Horne