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

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Buck ‘N’ Bronco Hit the Road! by Guy Bass & illustrated by Steve May

Buck ‘N’ Bronco: Hit the Road! is a hilariously fun lower middle grade story from Barrington Stoke. Full of silly antics, jokes and a bit of toilet-humour, children will love laughing along with Buck and Bronco as they set off into the wide world. The Happy Ranch theme park has closed and is going to… Continue reading Buck ‘N’ Bronco Hit the Road! by Guy Bass & illustrated by Steve May

Blog Tour, Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Monster Max and the Bobble Hat of Forgetting by Robin Bennett & illustrated by Tom Tinn-Disbury (Blog Tour)

Monster Max and the Bobble Hat of Forgetting is the first in a brilliant new comedy adventure series for 7 to 9 year olds. Nine year old Max looks like a normal boy on the outside but, on the inside, he’s anything but! Descended from a family of magical monsters, he has an amazing secret.… Continue reading Monster Max and the Bobble Hat of Forgetting by Robin Bennett & illustrated by Tom Tinn-Disbury (Blog Tour)