This week my children's book reviews include a floral celebration of the seasons perfect for Easter, a modern introduction to opposites for the very young, a cat detective solving a theatrical mystery and an action packed World War Two spy thriller.
Also in the Weekend section of The South Wales Evening Post.
BOOK OF THE WEEK
A YEAR IN THE WILD BY HELEN AHPORNSIRI
Take a journey through the seasons using only flowers, leaves and seeds particular to that time of the year. From bounding hares to swooping swallows, this is a visual treat that makes it a book to treasure for all ages. The lyrical informative text is the perfect compliment to the natural collages. It would make a lovely present for Easter, especially if paired with a flower press. A cornucopia of natural wonder that will delight and entrance.
ISBN 9781783707966 PB Big Picture Press £12.99
UP, DOWN & OTHER OPPOSITES WITH ELLSWORTH KELLY
BOARD BOOK 2+
Learn to recognise opposites and appreciate one of the worlds leading abstract artists. This chunky board book encourages early learners to point out and engage with different paintings which show visual opposites such as full/empty, back/front or together/apart. A cultural and entertaining challenge for little ones to appreciate modern art and also learn to look and spot the differences. Iconic images paired with quirky, funny text will capture the minds of adults and budding art enthusiasts alike.
ISBN 9780714876290 HB Phaidon £7.95
MAX THE THEATRE CAT AND THE DISAPPEARING DIVA BY SARAH TODD TAYLOR
Max, a pampered cat and now chief mouse hunter at the Theatre Royal is up to his whiskers in his first mystery. Why is Madam Emerald, an opera diva behaving strangely? What is her maid so terrified of? Can Max save the day before the curtain rises? Children will love the madcap adventure full of drama and excitement. Atmospheric illustrations of the theatre and nighttime capers throughout just add to the hilarity.
ISBN 9781788000352 PB Nosy Crow £6.99
ORPHAN MONSTER SPY BY MATT KILLEEN
YOUNG ADULT 12+
When Sarah, a young Jewish girl is recruited to become a spy in Nazi Germany, she must befriend the daughter of a top nuclear scientist and put a stop to his chilling experiments. Non-stop action imbued with historical facts bring a timely, unflinching reminder of the horrors of war to life. While dark in places this nail-biting story will hold you in it's thrall to the chilling end. Great for book group discussion.
ISBN 9781474942386 PB Usborne £7.99