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

Book Review, Picture Books

Fun Picture Books from Tiny Owl

Gloria’s Porridge by Elizabeth Laird & Toby Newsome Gloria’s Porridge is a fun, action-packed story based on an Ethiopian folktale. Gloria is making porridge but she is so greedy that she doesn’t want to share it with anyone, even her cat. When she runs out to collect some water, cat grabs his chance and gobbles… Continue reading Fun Picture Books from Tiny Owl

Book Review, Non-fiction Books

Rampaging Rugby by Robin Bennett & illustrated by Matt Cherry ~ Tom, age 11

We were so excited to receive this brilliant rugby guide from Firefly Press. My 11 year-old son, Tom, isn’t a big football fan – he much prefers rugby - so this is just the book for him. Here are his top ten reasons why this is a great book! 1. Easy to understand – The… Continue reading Rampaging Rugby by Robin Bennett & illustrated by Matt Cherry ~ Tom, age 11

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Jenny Pearson – The Incredible Record Smashers – Guest Post

The Incredible Record Smashers is the second hilarious and heart-warming adventure from Jenny Pearson, author and primary school teacher, & illustrated by Erica Salcedo. Jenny's debut, The Super Miraculous Journey of Freddie Yates, was a Waterstones Children's Book of the Month, was shortlisted for the Costa Children’s Book Award and is a 2021 Read for… Continue reading Jenny Pearson – The Incredible Record Smashers – Guest Post

Book Review, Chapter Book (7-9)

The Exploding Life of Scarlett Fife by Maz Evans & illustrated by Chris Jevons

The Exploding Life of Scarlett Fife is a fantastically funny story bursting with personality and full of all the things that are important to children. Maz Evans really hit the nail on the head with the challenges families face and how children see the world. With so many laugh-out-loud moments, I also found myself feeling… Continue reading The Exploding Life of Scarlett Fife by Maz Evans & illustrated by Chris Jevons

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Wulfie: Beast in Show by Lindsay J Sedgwick & illustrated by Josephine Wolff

This little, purple wolf-like creature is sweet and kind. He lives with his best friend Libby who makes sure he doesn’t end up in too much trouble! The thing is, he isn’t an ordinary pet – he can grow, shrink, talk and freeze time. When Aunt Ilda, Libby’s awful stepmum’s awful sister, arrives there are… Continue reading Wulfie: Beast in Show by Lindsay J Sedgwick & illustrated by Josephine Wolff

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

The Broken Leg of Doom by Pamela Butchart & illustrated by Thomas Flintham

The Broken Leg of Doom is a light-hearted hospital adventure full of laugh-out-loud antics and just the right amount of chaos! Maisie has broken her leg doing some extreme dancing. While she’s at the hospital weird things start happening. She wonders if her leg might be cursed! Bad things always happen in threes so trouble… Continue reading The Broken Leg of Doom by Pamela Butchart & illustrated by Thomas Flintham

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Mayhem Mission by Burhana Islam

Nine-year-old Yusaf’s older sister is getting married and he is faced with a summer of change. Suddenly having to be “the man of the house”, when he isn’t even sure what that means, is daunting. It would be much easier if the wedding were called off, his sister stayed home and everything remained the same.… Continue reading Mayhem Mission by Burhana Islam