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

The Worst Class in the World Dares You! by Joanna Nadin & Rikin Parekh ~ Blog Tour

After thoroughly enjoying the original The Worst Class in the World book in 2020, I was delighted to be offered the chance to read The Worst Class in the World Dares You! by Joanna Nadin and illustrated by Rikin Parekh - a laugh out loud collection of crazy school adventures. This third book in the… Continue reading The Worst Class in the World Dares You! by Joanna Nadin & Rikin Parekh ~ Blog Tour

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Sleep-over Take-over by Simon James Green, illustrated by Aleksei Bitskoff

I’ve heard so many great things about this hilarious story from Simon James Green and was thrilled to see Jacqui Sydney and her Year 5 & 6 children mentioned in the dedication. How thrilling for the children and wonderful for such an enthusiastic supporter of children’s literature to be honoured in this way. Sleep-over Take-over… Continue reading Sleep-over Take-over by Simon James Green, illustrated by Aleksei Bitskoff

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

The Santa List by Kieran Crowley

This could be the best or the worst Christmas ever! It can be tough to be a kid – a cheeky word here, a bad decision there and all of a sudden, you’re in trouble. It’s even worse if when it’s Christmas and the risk of landing on Santa’s Naughty List influences every action. Aisling… Continue reading The Santa List by Kieran Crowley

Book Review

The Book No One Wants to Read by Beth Bacon

A lonely book with so much personality, this book comes to life and speaks directly to the reader, trying to draw them in – to make them want to read it. All it really wants a friend. This cleverly engaging book uses simple text, colourful pages and BIG words to challenge the belief that books… Continue reading The Book No One Wants to Read by Beth Bacon

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