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Friday, 19 January 2018

SOUTH WALES EVENING POST CHILDREN'S BOOK REVIEW JANUARY 20-21

This week my children's book reviews include the memoir of an inspirational young dancer, a counting, rhyming pirate picture book, the adventures of a cheeky pigeon and a deliciously dark fairy fantasy.



Also in the Weekend section of The South Wales Evening Post.


Enjoy!


BOOK OF THE WEEK

GIRL ON POINTE BY CHLOE LUKASIAK
CHILDREN 10+
An insightful, charming and inspiring read from this young dancer and social media star. An eclectic mix of her likes (ballet, books and cookie dough!) and dislikes, how she dealt with bullies, her Dance Moms fame and the challenges of growing up. A relatable memoir full of photos, fun and useful facts and Chloe's poetry. A behind the scenes glimpse into what it is like to grow up in the spotlight.
ISBN 9781408896952 HB Bloomsbury £12.99





KNOCK KNOCK PIRATE BY CARYL HART & NICK EAST
PICTURE BOOK 4+
A jolly rhyming picture book about a little girl who is swept up in a swashbuckling adventure with some rather naughty pirates. This fun counting book is exciting and pacy and will keep the little ones heartily entertained. They will love sailing the high seas on a ship where even the granny, granddad and baby are pirates. Bold and energetic illustrations with lots to discover that will keep children and adults amused.
ISBN 9781444928501 HB Hodder £12.99





DAVE PIGEON (RACER!) BY SWAPNA HADDOW & SHEENA DEMPSEY
CHILDREN 7+
Dave Pigeon is flying high in his third book of the series. Dave is finally getting his wing fixed. Everything is going 'feathertastically' well until a dastardly parrot dares him to race. This plucky pigeon with his diabolically dry wit will entertain both children and adults and have them 'twit-wooing' with laughter. The hilarious illustrations are the perfect compliment to the adventure and add to the fun. A brilliant series for early readers.
ISBN 9780571336906 PB Faber & Faber £5.99






THE CRUEL PRINCE BY HOLLY BLACK
YOUNG ADULT 13+
Abducted by faeries Jude and her sisters must become ruthless and cunning to survive in the royal court. Betrayal is around every corner, especially in the disguise of a certain faery prince. A dark and beguiling fantasy that sees how human strengths and weaknesses can be used for good and bad. This addictive tale and it's vibrant cast of characters has hints of King Arthur's court and a knights quest with a magical twist.
ISBN 9781471406454 HB Hot Key £12.99




Friday, 12 January 2018

SOUTH WALES EVENING POST CHILDRENS BOOK REVIEW JAN 13-14

This week my children's book reviews include a heart stopping fantasy, a courageous stoat, a history of when women won the right to vote and an empathetic romance that deals with diversity and prejudice.

Also in the Weekend section of The South Wales Evening Post.


Enjoy!



BOOK OF THE WEEK

EVERLESS BY SARA HOLLAND
YOUNG ADULT 12+
In a mythical kingdom time is currency and only the rich live for centuries. When Jules is forced to work for the ruling family to buy time for her dying father, she is torn between two brothers who may know the truth about her mysterious past. A seductive world that reveals it's secrets with every Machiavellian twist and turn. You will want to stop time to finish reading this book in one sitting.
ISBN 9781408353394 HB Orchard £12.99




THE TRAVELS OF ERMINE BY JENNIFER GRAY & ELISA PAGANELLI
CHILDREN 6+
Ermine is a little stoat determined to see the world. First on her list is New York and she can't wait to see Central Park Zoo; The Rockefeller Building and ride in a yellow taxi. But when her suitcase is switched Ermine finds herself chased by robbers. This tiny heroine will charm young readers with her bravery; humour and independence. Brimming with black and white illustrations that pepper every page, this is a lovely gift.
ISBN 9781474927253 PB Usborne £5.99




REBEL VOICES BY EVE LLOYD KNIGHT & LOUISE KAY STEWART
CHILDREN 8+
This stunning book celebrates the brave campaigners who fought for women's right to vote. Tracing its history from the pioneering women of New Zealand in 1893 to online activism in Kuwait in 2005, this will educate; surprise, outrage and ultimately empower. Partnered with striking illustrations, this is about strong and courageous women who refused to bow to convention and were brave enough to fight to have their voice heard. Inspiring.
ISBN 9781526300232 HB Wren & Rook £12.99




LOVE, HATE & OTHER FILTERS BY SAMIRA AHMED
YOUNG ADULT 14+
Maya dreams of being a filmmaker in New York but her family have other ideas. She is also torn between the boy she should like and the one she does like. Then a suicide bomber changes their destiny forever. This romantic and relevant debut about Islamophobia shows how it affects the typical life of a teenage girl. The book has a compelling empathetic voice which will touch your heart as it copes with themes of diversity; prejudice and multiculturalism.
ISBN 9781471407147 PB Hot Key £ 7.99

Friday, 5 January 2018

SOUTH WALES EVENING POST CHILDREN'S BOOK REVIEW JAN 6-7

This week my children's book reviews include a magical ice-bound adventure, an alternative Cinderella fairy tale, a magical treehouse and a thriller set in space.


Also in the Weekend section of The South Wales Evening Post.


Enjoy!


BOOK OF THE WEEK


SKY SONG BY ABI ELPHINSTONE
CHILDREN 9+
Eska breaks free from a cursed music box to join Flint, a young inventor, to fight the evil Ice Queen in the snowy kingdom of Erkenwald. Can they free their home from her glacial control? Children will be enthralled by the eagle huntress, the organ made of ice and the close friendships at its centre. Full of myth and magic this sparkling adventure within an enchanted world will melt your heart. Narnia meets Frozen.
ISBN 978147114677 PB Simon & Schuster £6.99



ASH BOY BY LUCY COATS & MARK BEECH
CHILDREN 6+
When Cinder's widowed father remarries a total horror who has two bullying sons, Rock and Boulder, he doesn't think life could get much worse. Cinder just wants to have some peace in his beloved library. However, his fairy godmother magically enters him into a jousting contest. What could go wrong? An hilarious alternative to Cinderella that is guaranteed to have you in stitches. It is super readable and suitable for reluctant and dyslexic readers.
ISBN 9781781127186 PB Barrington Stoke £5.99




THE 91- STOREY TREEHOUSE BY ANDY GRIFFITHS AND TERRY DENTON
CHILDREN 8+
Meet Andy and his best friend Terry, who live in the most magnificent tree house ever! The seventh in this crazily imaginative series their treehouse just keeps getting bigger. They've added a whirlpool, a mashed-potato-and-gravy train and a human pinball machine. But can Terry resist pressing the Big Red Button? This is packed with fun, adventure and cartoons and will ignite children's imagination and have them roaring with laughter. It is perfect for reluctant readers.
ISBN 9781509839162 PB Macmillan £5.99



SATELLITE BY NICK LAKE
YOUNG ADULT 13+
Leo has never set foot on Earth. Born and raised with twins, Orion and Libra, on a space station they must prepare to go home, back to Earth. But none of them can imagine the irreversible consequences their return will set into motion. A smart, highly original thriller based around real science that has longing and belonging at its centre. This atmospheric philosophical story will pull you into the beauty and magnitude of outer space.
ISBN 9781444936773 PB Hodder £7.99

Friday, 29 December 2017

SOUTH WALES EVENING POST CHILDREN'S BOOK REVIEW DEC 30-31

This week my children's book reviews include a Jurassic World style adventure, an enormous book of art, a map of monsters and a time travelling football adventure!

Also in the Weekend section of

The South Wales Evening Post.

Enjoy!


BOOK OF THE WEEK


THE EXTINCTION TRIALS BY S.M.WILSON
YOUNG ADULT 12+
In a land full of monsters the only way to survive is to risk everything. Stormchaser wants to escape her starved, grey life while Lincoln wants to save his dying sister. To do so they must enter a dangerous competition on an island of dinosaurs. Atmospheric world building and a strong cast, this is a nerve-jangling, gut-wrenching, vivid story of survival, friendship and betrayal. Jurassic Park meets Hunger Games.
ISBN 9781474927345 PB Usborne £7.99




A IS FOR ART BY PAUL THURLBY
CHILDREN 5+
Discover famous painters and timeless works of art on an alphabetical tour of the National Gallery in London. From Da Vinci to Monet, from medieval masters to the French impressionists this will demystify some of the nations greatest art treasures for little ones. The large format book is bursting with fascinating facts and sumptuous high quality reproductions that makes it perfect for art lovers of all ages to share.
ISBN 9781444933673 HB Hodder £14.99




THE ATLAS OF MONSTERS BY STUART HILL & SANDRA LAWRENCE
CHILDREN 7+
A mysterious collection of maps has been discovered showing where in the world mythological monsters can be found. Has intrepid explorer, Cornelius Walters, really recorded the truth or is it a hoax? Inside you will find trolls and dragons, minotaurs and krackens, plus there is also a puzzle for young adventurers to solve along the way. The spectacular illustrations evoke the beauty of a medieval map in this large format book but with a contemporary twist.
ISBN 9781783706969 HB Big Picture Press £14.99



DEFENDERS: DARK ARENA BY TOM PALMER
CHILDREN 9+
The second in a spooky new series that combines the thrills of football, history and supernatural sleuthing. Seth and Nadiya must investigate when ghostly activities threaten a premier League club as they build a new stadium on Roman ruins. Can the friends face their fears against an army of zombie-slaves and a ruthless and corrupt tycoon? An accessible and exciting read that will enthrall the most reluctant of readers.
ISBN 9781781127308 PB Barrington Stoke £6.99


Saturday, 23 December 2017

Friday, 15 December 2017

SOUTH WALES EVENING POST CHILDREN'S BOOK REVIEW DEC 16-17

This week my children's book reviews include an enchanting Christmas adventure, festive dolls to dress, a puffin and his friend hatching a surprise for the holidays and a much loved teddy bear meeting Santa Claus.


Also in the Weekend section of

The South Wales Evening Post.


Enjoy!


BOOK OF THE WEEK


ONE CHRISTMAS WISH BY KATHERINE RUNDELL & EMILY SUTTON
CHILDREN 5+
It's Christmas Eve, and Theo is lonely. He makes a wish to have some friends to keep him company. Moments later four Christmas decorations, a tin soldier, a rocking horse, an angel and a robin, come to life. They embark on an enchanting Christmas adventure and a little mischief! Written with generous helpings of warmth and humour, this is a story about treasuring the people you love at this time of year. A beautiful gift to treasure.
ISBN 9781408885727 HB Bloomsbury £14.99



LITTLE STICKER DOLLY DRESSING: CHRISTMAS BY FIONA WATT & LIZZIE MACKAY
CHILDREN 5+
An entertaining little book full of dolls in winter scenes to dress and accessorize using the two hundred stickers included. Visit the winter forest and dress Belle and Bianca to keep them warm or build a snowman and go ice skating. Then children can decorate the Christmas tree or go to the Nutcracker ballet and dress Clara in a tutu. A perfect stocking filler that will provide hours of festive fun.
ISBN 9781474927970 PB Usborne £5.99


POLLY AND THE PUFFIN: THE HAPPY CHRISTMAS BY JENNY COLGAN & THOMAS DOCHERTY
CHILDREN 5+
Polly and her puffin friend Neil have wrapped their presents and written to Santa, but Christmas is taking too long to arrive! Worse still Neil is helping to keep an egg warm and has no time to play. Will it hatch in time for Christmas? With gorgeous two-colour illustrations throughout this little hardback is perfect for reading aloud and includes festive recipes and activities. A little treasure that would make it a lovely gift.
ISBN 978510200920 HB Little, Brown Books £7.99


TEDDY ROBINSON MEETS FATHER CHRISTMAS AND OTHER STORIES BY JOAN G. ROBINSON
CHILDREN 6+
A collection of seasonal adventures with the much-loved bear Teddy Robinson. The little bear and his best friend Deborah meets Father Christmas, is bewitched by some cheeky fairies and sees his first firework display. These sweet and nostalgic stories, illustrated with the author's gorgeous line drawings, will enchant readers and are perfect bedtime stories to share on a winter night. A cosy classic full of warmth and humour that will ignite a child's imagination.
ISBN 9781509806133 PB Macmillan £5.99

Friday, 8 December 2017

SOUTH WALES EVENING POST CHILDREN'S BOOK REVIEW DEC 9-10

This week my children's book reviews include a stunning non fiction title about the ways of the wolf, a interactive nativity story, a tale about a young boy who tries to be Father Christmas and a young girl who time travels back to World War Two and befriends a sheepdog on a Welsh Farm.


Also in the Weekend section of

The South Wales Evening Post.


Enjoy!




BOOK OF THE WEEK




THE WAYS OF THE WOLF BY SMRITI PRASADAM-HALLS & JONATHAN WOODWARD
CHILDREN 7+
This stunning book unveils the natural history of wolves and their bid for survival in an ever decreasing habitat. Endorsed by the Wolf Conservation Trust, children can learn about the different types of wolves, how they communicate and hunt and the legends that follow them. The haunting and powerful imagery which accompany the lyrical text makes it a poem about the beauty of the wolf. Gripping and fascinating, this is a Christmas present to treasure!!
ISBN 9781526360304 HB Wren & Rook £12.99



MAKE & PLAY NATIVITY BY JOEY CHOU
CHILDREN 4+
In this innovative activity book children can assemble their own nativity scene. Featuring twenty figures and animals; the press out pieces can simply slot together to create the perfect display at Christmas time. It includes Mary, Joseph, the three kings, animals and a manger which can also be used as teaching tool. After reading the story, kids can sing Christmas songs and make crafts as instructed in the back. A festive treat to share and enjoy!
ISBN 9781788000062 HB Nosy Crow £7.99


I KILLED FATHER CHRISTMAS BY ANTHONY MCGOWAN ILLUSTRATED BY CHRIS RIDDELL
CHILDREN 5+
Jo-Jo thinks that Christmas is cancelled and it's all his fault. To make amends, he decides that he must become Father Christmas! This hilarious and tender-hearted tale, with family and friendship at its centre, is ideal for dyslexic, early and reluctant readers. Richly illustrated by Chris Riddell, in full colour, this merry little story is ideal for reading alone or sharing and also has activities and jokes inside the jacket flaps. A great stocking filler!
ISBN 9781781127100 PB Barrington Stoke £6.99



THE STORM DOG BY HOLLY WEBB
CHILDREN 7+
Tilly is excited to spend Christmas in Wales but when she falls asleep on the train she wakes up to find herself in World War Two experiencing the same journey as her great-gran. Tilly is evacuated to a Welsh Farm and befriends,Tarran, a sheepdog. When they are cut off by a snowstorm, she needs to be brave. A magical winter adventure that is accompanied by charming line illustrations. Ideal to snuggle up with on a cold winter night.
ISBN 9781847157935 HB Stripes £8.99