Book Review, Picture Books

Slow Down, Monkey! by Jess French & illustrated by Eefje Kuijl

Slow Down, Monkey! is an absolutely gorgeous new picture book about “stopping to smell the roses”. Sometimes we get so busy that life just passes us by. In this book, readers are encouraged to slow down, take their time and appreciate the world around them. It’s Monkey’s birthday and she can’t wait for her party.… Continue reading Slow Down, Monkey! by Jess French & illustrated by Eefje Kuijl

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Buddy’s Story by Blake Morgan

Buddy, a chocolate Labrador, has a Very Important Job. He is a Detection Dog for a 12-year-old boy with anaemia. It’s up to Buddy to keep his best friend, Noah, safe and help him do what he needs if he becomes unwell. Using his calm nature, excellent training and outstanding sense of smell, Buddy is… Continue reading Buddy’s Story by Blake Morgan

Book Review, Illustrated Fiction

The Story of Babushka by Catherine Flores & illustrated by Ana Beatriz Marques

The Story of Babushka is a delightful tale of being true to yourself and finding your place in the world. The Matryoshka (Russian Nesting Doll) is a charming symbol of Russian folk culture and represents the beautiful layers of women. In this story, we meet the lovely Babushka made up of five unique dolls. Each… Continue reading The Story of Babushka by Catherine Flores & illustrated by Ana Beatriz Marques

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Turtle Boy by M. Evan Wolkenstein

Turtle Boy is a carefully crafted, thoughtful story about finding out who you really are and being pushed to reach outside of yourself to find your potential. Will finds life difficult. As he starts seventh grade, everything seems to pile up on him and nothing is going right – bullying, too many new situations, friends… Continue reading Turtle Boy by M. Evan Wolkenstein

Book Review, Picture Books

Now You See Me. Now You Don’t by Patricia Hegarty & illustrated by Jonny Lambert

Full of gorgeous colours and wonderful animals, this rhyming story is sure to entertain children of all ages. With a new take on the Golden Rule - do to others as you would have them do to you - readers can see how teasing might make others feel and how important it is to be… Continue reading Now You See Me. Now You Don’t by Patricia Hegarty & illustrated by Jonny Lambert

Book Review, Picture Books

You Are Special by Sam Loman

Kiki is a beautiful, white cat. She’s absolutely adorable but doesn’t feel special like the other brightly-coloured animals she knows. More than anything, she wishes she could be colourful like her friends. On each page, Kiki tries to add a bit of pencil, ink or paint to improve her appearance. Unfortunately, the other animals just… Continue reading You Are Special by Sam Loman

Book Review, Picture Books

Bloom by Anne Booth & illustrated by Robyn Wilson-Owen

Words have power – power to build up, power to tear down, power to encourage and power to defeat. Words can cause someone to wilt but also help someone to truly bloom. Such is the wonderfully significant message of this beautiful story. Every day, a lovely little girl visited a magnificent flower on her way… Continue reading Bloom by Anne Booth & illustrated by Robyn Wilson-Owen

Book Review, Non-fiction Books, Picture Books

Everybody Feels Worried by Moira Harvey & illustrated by Holly Sterling

Everybody Feels Worried is full of practical advice and a clear understanding of the real-life situations children are facing. Life can be worrying, especially at the moment, and it’s so important that children learn to cope with their worries and build resilience and strength to face each new day. This book addresses the “What if…”… Continue reading Everybody Feels Worried by Moira Harvey & illustrated by Holly Sterling

Book Review, Non-fiction Books

The Good Thing About Bad Days by Margaret McAllister & Nigel Baines

Everyone has bad days. There is no way around it. It’s how you deal with those bad days that makes all the difference and remember, the good thing about bad days is that they come to an end. The bad times don’t last forever. The Good Thing About Bad Days is a practical, thoughtful guide… Continue reading The Good Thing About Bad Days by Margaret McAllister & Nigel Baines