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Friday, 18 August 2017

CHILDREN'S BOOK REVIEWS IN THE SOUTH WALES EVENING POST AUG 19-20

This week my children's book reviews include a picture book about a child with autism, a picture book remembering sunny days, a big book celebrating cars and an anthology by BAME writers.

All in the Weekend section of The South Wales Evening Post. Enjoy



BOOK OF THE WEEK

THROUGH THE EYES OF ME BY JON ROBERTS
PICTURE BOOK 3+
A sensitive and illuminating account of life as a child with autism, inspired by the author's daughter. As we get to know four year old Kya, we discover her likes and dislikes. The story also explains Kya's differences and beautiful quirks. The enchanting and playful pen and wash illustrations, by Hannah Rounding, compliment the eye catching and engaging text. A perfect introduction for children and adults, to help raise awareness and understanding about autism.
ISBN 9781912213009 PB Graffeg £6.99




SUN BY SAM USHER
PICTURE BOOK 3+
The perfect antidote to a rainy Summer. A boy and his granddad set off on a scorching adventure. It's hotter than broccoli soup! Eventually, they find the perfect spot for a picnic but some pirates have beaten them to it. Wondrous, atmospheric illustrations that pulsate with the fiery heat of a summer's day. It also encapsulates the lovely bond between granddad and grandson. Richly told, this will captivate kids imagination. For Quentin Blake fans.
ISBN 9781783707959 PB Templar £6.99



THE STORY OF THE CAR BY GILES CHAPMAN
CHILDREN 8+
A rip roaring ride through the history of the world's most iconic and popular cars of all time. From Benz's first motor wagon to the jet-propelled ThrustSSC. The slick and bold graphics describe the beauty of line and design of the car as it develops over the ages. How they effect our lives, as well as the developments of the car's inner workings. An ideal gift that can be shared by motoring enthusiasts of all ages.
ISBN 9781526360267 HB Wren & Rook £12.99



A CHANGE IS GONNA COME BY VARIOUS
YOUNG ADULT 13+
An anthology featuring BAME writers. A variety of genre's including historical, contemporary, magical realism and dystopia. A rallying call to empower young people to take charge of their future. The stories and poems address the themes of race, mental health and identity. Deeply thought provoking, this is a must for schools and book clubs to raise awareness and discussion. Includes a list of resources to help with the issues raised.
ISBN 9781847158390 PB Stripes £7.99

Saturday, 12 August 2017

CHILDREN'S BOOK REVIEWS IN THE SOUTH WALES EVENING POST AUG 12-13

This week my children's book reviews include an amazon adventure, a jungle sticker book, the return of Fighting Fantasy and an historical tale of freedom.

All in the Weekend section of The South Wales Evening Post. Enjoy




BOOK OF THE WEEK


THE EXPLORER BY KATHERINE RUNDELL
CHILDREN 9+
After their plane crashes deep in the Amazon, four children must try and survive. Can they find their way out? Has someone been there before them? A wonderfully exotic adventure that makes you feel you're also in the rainforest with them, discovering little jewels of fascinating facts, along the way. A tale of friendship, bravery and survival, edged with lush illustrations. A story encouraging you to expand your horizons. Favourite quote, “You are right to be afraid. Be brave anyway.”
ISBN 9781408854877 HB Bloomsbury £12.99




STICKER ART JUNGLE BY CRAIG AND KARL
CHILDREN 5+
Create one of eight colourful and stylish sticker-by-number animal portraits with this new series. Guaranteed to keep children entertained during the rainy holidays! Fill the numbered spaces with vivid coloured stickers and watch the animal art materialise. Each animal, such as a tiger, toucan or viper, comes with a fascinating list of facts. In association with the Natural History Museum. Also, available in the series is Ocean, Savannah and Woodland.
ISBN 9781847809452 PB Frances Lincoln £5.99





THE PORT OF PERIL BY IAN LIVINGSTONE
CHILDRENS 8+
Fighting Fantasy celebrates it's 35th anniversary, with the release of a brand new game book. I loved these books as a child and was thrilled to see their return. The reader plays the hero, picking their own route, not knowing where the adventure leads or into what danger. Use your imagination to battle monsters, solve clues and compete with perilous guests. Part story, part game, this is perfect for fantasy lovers.
ISBN 9781407181295 PB Scholastic £6.99




PASSING FOR WHITE BY TANYA LANDMAN
YOUNG ADULT (READING AGE OF 8+)
It's 1848 in America's Deep South. Slave girl Rosa, is pale-skinned enough to 'pass for white'. For a chance of freedom, she poses as a white gentleman and her husband's master and both attempt a daring escape. This courageous tale is inspired by the real life odyssey of Ellen and William Craft. Also suitable for dyslexic and reluctant readers, with short chapters, distinctive font and clear language. A thought provoking and empathetic read great for historical discussion.
ISBN 9781781126813 Barrington Stoke PB £6.99




Saturday, 22 July 2017

CHILDREN'S BOOK REVIEWS IN THE SOUTH WALES EVENING POST JULY 22-23

This week my children's book reviews include a spellbinding young adult fantasy, a ladybird in search of spots, a nostalgic look at A Midsummer Night's Dream and a contemporary romance for the holidays.

All in the Weekend section of The South Wales Evening Post. Enjoy



BOOK OF THE WEEK

THE HAWKWEED LEGACY BY IRENA BRIGNULL
YOUNG ADULT 12+
A bewitching tale of two girls, one boy and an ancient prophecy. Poppy and Ember are bound together by a ravens spell and a battle to become the Queen of the Witches. In the sequel to the Hawkweed Prophecy, will Poppy fulfil her destiny to succeed the throne? Or will her enemies come back from the dead? This beguiling magical tale and its strong female leads, full of betrayal, sorcery and friendship, is spellbinding.
ISBN 9781408341896 PB Orchard Books £7.99



LUCY LADYBIRD BY SHARON KING-CHAI
PICTURE 3+
Lucy ladybird has no spots! To try and fit in she collects different coloured spots from other animals. Her new spots are so pretty and unusual the other ladybirds want to be just like her. Bold and beautiful illustrations take us through the seasons, with a rainbow of colour and has a BIG fold out surprise at the end to captivate children. Shows that enhancing your individuality is a good thing. A joyful read.
ISBN 9781783703920 PB Templar £6.99



TITANIA AND OBERON BY JO MANTON & ILLUSTRATED BY PHYLLIS BRAY
CHILDREN 6+
A glorious hardback reissue of a classic tale, originally published in 1945. Written by Jo Manton, in a mix of prose interspersed with Shakespeare's original verse, this is the perfect introduction to A Midsummer Night's Dream. The ethereal, full colour illustrations, perfectly capture the magic and mystery of the story, with an abundance of fairies, flora and fauna on every page. A stunning gift for all ages.
ISBN 9781843653295 HB Pavilion £12.99




THE UPSIDE OF UNREQUITED BY BECKY ALBERTALLI
YOUNG ADULT 12+
Molly knows all about unrequited love, despite her twin, Cassie, encouraging her to be more confident. Cassie, even tries to set her up with her girlfriend's cute best friend,Will. He'd be a perfect first boyfriend, wouldn't he? So why can't Molly stop thinking about her co worker, Reid, an awkward Tolkien super fan? A coming of age romance about first love, dealing with changing friendships and growing up. Perfect for fans of Rainbow Rowell and John Green.
ISBN 97801413561122 PB Penguin £7.99

Saturday, 15 July 2017

SOUTH WALES EVENING POST CHILDRENS BOOK REVIEWS JULY 15-16

This week my childrens book reviews include  a perfect holiday book of things to do outdoors, a magical celebration of the series, 'That's Not My..., an exploration of famous cities and a heart-warming tale of brotherly love. 

All in the Weekend section of The South Wales Evening Post. Enjoy

BOOK OF THE WEEK



THE ANTI-BOREDOM BOOK OF BRILLIANT OUTDOOR THINGS TO DO BY ANDY SEED
CHILDRENS 7+
This brilliant book is packed full of fantastic activities, fun games, hilarious facts, laugh out loud jokes and much more. It doesn't matter if it's sunny, raining, or you're in the garden or on the beach, you will find something thing to do. Find out how to set bug traps, create a rainbow or make sand and stone art. Perfect to encourage kids to go outside for the Summer holidays.
ISBN 9781408870099 PB Bloomsbury PB £5.99



THAT'S NOT MY UNICORN BY FIONA WATT & RACHEL WELLS
PICTURE BOOK 2+
The 50th title in the international best selling series, 'That's Not My..' This silver edged board book, perfect for little hands, will delight babies and toddlers. The bright rainbow coloured pages feature a beautiful unicorn and his friend, a little mouse. Stroke the unicorn's soft mane and ears or touch his sparkly wings and unicorn horn. This tactile book helps sensory and language awareness with its repetitive words and different textures. Also adorably cute!
ISBN 97811474935975 HB Usborne £6.99




IN FOCUS: CITIES BY LIBBY WALDEN
CHILDREN 7+
Ten illustrator's explore ten unique cities. It delves into the cultural, social and historical identities of these world famous metropolis. In this supersized book you can lift the giant flaps to discover trivia and amazing facts. London is the most haunted city in the world. Moscow is home to the world's largest bell and Sydney, the most toxic spider. Paris has more dogs than people. From London to Tokyo, find your favourite city and explore!
ISBN 9781848575912 HB 360 Degrees £15.99




THE NEAREST FAR AWAY PLACE BY HAYLEY LONG
YOUNG ADULT 13+
Two orphaned brothers must leave America to live with their aunt and uncle in Wales. A thought provoking, sensitive tale of the different stages of grief and healing. You're really rooting for the endearing siblings as they try and help each other. I also loved the cultural contrast between living in America and Wales. Flavoured with Dylan Thomas references and quotes, this is a poignant, heart-warming tale of brotherly love.
ISBN 9781471406263 PB Hot Key £6.99


Friday, 7 July 2017

CHILDRENS BOOK REVIEW IN THE SOUTH WALES EVENING POST JULY 8-9

This week my children book reviews include  a giraffe who wants to read, an imaginative spin on Little Red Riding Hood, a naughty but very funny monkey and a magical romance for the holidays.

All in the Weekend section of The South Wales Evening Post. Enjoy!



BOOK OF THE WEEK


PAWS OFF MY BOOK BY FABI SANTIAGO
PICTURE BOOK 3+
Olaf the giraffe is really excited when he finds a book. But his pleasure turns to frustration when his friends keep advising him how to read it! Stand on one leg like a flamingo? Hang upside down like a monkey? A charming story of finding your own way. The joyfully, florescent illustrations from the talented illustrator of the magnificent Tiger in a Tutu, really add to the fun. Booklicious!
ISBN 9781407171487 PB Scholastic £6.99





LITTLE RED BY DAVID ROBERTS & LYNN ROBERTS-MALONEY
PICTURE BOOK 4+
An imaginative spin on a classic fairy tale. The story of a boy, a grandmother, a Big Bad Wolf and a keg of ginger beer! Thomas is known as Little Red. When he visits his Grandma she doesn't seem quite herself. Can he save her and himself? The watercolour illustrations are set in the eighteenth century with big wigs and satin dresses. It also has a Tim Burtonesque feel that will delight children and grown ups.
ISBN 9781843653288 PB Pavilion £6.99




THIMBLE MONKEY SUPERSTAR BY JON BLAKE
CHILDREN 7+
When Jams and his family are tricked into looking after a monkey called Thimble, all hell breaks loose. But when Jams is in mortal danger, there is only one monkey who can save the day! An absolutely hilarious story, which has deservedly been shortlisted for the Lollies, Laugh Out Loud Book Awards. This is an imaginative tale,with sharp one liners and a truly batty adventure which is still making me giggle! #votethimble
ISBN 9781910080344 PB Firefly Press £5.99




MISS MATCH BY CRYSTAL CESTARI
CHILDREN 12+
Amber has a gift. She can see someone's soul mate after five seconds of eye contact. This is rather awkward when she falls for the cutest boy in the school but her gift doesn't agree. Will she go against fate and let herself fall for someone who she shouldn't be with? Get swept away by an enchanting clean teen romance this summer. Fans of Geek girl and Girl Online will love this magically messed up romance.
ISBN 9781784299163 PB Quercus £7.99

Saturday, 1 July 2017

SOUTH WALES EVENING POST CHILDRENS BOOK REVIEW JULY 1-2

This week my children book reviews include the long awaited return of Dragon Rider, a picture book about a naughty bug, books perfect for little explorers and a mystery to be solved by an intrepid lady's maid .

All in the Weekend section of The South Wales Evening Post. Enjoy!



BOOK OF THE WEEK



THE GRIFFIN'S FEATHER BY CORNELIA FUNKE
CHILDREN 8+
A roaring return to the best selling world of Dragon Rider. The last of the winged horses face extinction. Only a griffin's feather will save them. Ben and his dragon, Firedrake volunteer to make the perilous journey to find a feather but Griffin's are a dragon's fiercest enemy. Can they save them? In a vividly portrayed world, richly illustrated throughout, their quest will thrill all middle grade readers. For fans of C.S. Lewis and Harry Potter.
ISBN 9781911077886 PB Chicken House £6.99





BUG BEAR BY PATRICIA HEGARTY
PICTURE BOOK 3+
A small stripy bug wants a warm place to stay. Look out bear, he might ruin your day! Hilarious tale about an uninvited guest who takes a shine to bear's warm, thick fur. The little bug's constant buzzing is distrupting bears day, he can't sleep or relax. Can he find the annoying bug a new home? Funny, rhyming text with bold, expressive illustrations. Great fun for reading out loud.
ISBN 9781848694514 HB Little Tiger £10.99




COMPLETE NIGHT EXPLORER'S KIT BY ROBYN SWIFT
CHILDRENS 6+
Become a night time nature explorer with this fantastic backpack, containing a book; a torch, constellation guide and glow in the dark stickers. Identify nocturnal insects, animals, birds and stars. A great excuse for parents to detach themselves from their phones and get the kids out, connecting with nature. Also available in the series is, Go Wild in the Woods. In association with The National Trust, packed full of activities and facts, it's perfect for little adventurers.
ISBN 9781788000215 PB Nosy Crow £12.99




THE LAST DUCHESS BY LAURA POWELL
CHILDRENS 8+
When thirteen year old Pattern, a lady's maid, is sent to work for royalty, mystery and welsh dragons await. Is the Duchess imagining plots against her or is there something more sinister afoot? A vivid, action packed mystery brimming with nail biting twists. Full of friendship and loyalty with an intrepid heroine at it's heart. Laced with silhouetted illustrations by Sarah Gibb, this is perfect for fans of Robin Stevens and Katherine Woodfine.
ISBN 9781509808908 PB Macmillan £6.99

Friday, 23 June 2017

CHILDRENS BOOK REVIEW IN THE SOUTH WALES EVENING POST JUNE 24TH-25TH

This week my children book reviews include a Dickensian thriller based in Cardiff, a baby book about breast feeding, a magical fantasy and a romantic summer read perfect for the holidays.

All in the Weekend section of The South Wales Evening Post. Enjoy!



BOOK OF THE WEEK


GASLIGHT BY ELOISE WILLIAMS
CHILDREN 9+
Set in Victorian Cardiff, fourteen year old Nansi is found alone in the docks. Why has her mother disappeared? Working in a theatre, Nansi is forced to join a crooked psychic act. Does the theatre owner know what happened to her mother? A deliciously dark, historical thriller that is evocative and intriguing. Wonderfully atmospheric with a determined feisty heroine and a menacing villain who has a distinctive Dickensian flavour. A great gift and perfect for book group discussion.
ISBN 9781910080542 PB Firefly Press £6.99






WHAT DOES BABY WANT? BY TUPERA TUPERA
PICTURE BOOK 0-2 YRS
This entertaining little board book is a light hearted and extremely funny story about breast feeding. It portrays a scenario every parent will recognise. A hungry baby who will not be soothed by his toy bear, ball or tambourine. Only his mothers milk will do! Baby's face and different moods fill the circular pages including happy, sad, angry and content. Highly appealing and playful, this will certainly add a smile. A great little gift for baby showers!
ISBN 9780714874074 HB Phaidon £8.95





MOONLOCKET BY PETER BUNZL
CHILDRENS 9+
The adventure continues for Lily, Robert and Malkin, their mechanical fox. Unwittingly caught up in a search for missing treasure, the moonlocket, they find themselves in the path of danger. Will they outwit criminal mastermind Jack Door? This brilliant sequel to Cogheart is full of daring, danger and family secrets in a richly imagined world that will sweep you away. A fantasy series that is magical, mysterious and mesmerising.
ISBN 9781474915014 PB Usborne £6.99






A GIRLS GUIDE TO SUMMER BY SARAH MLYNOWSKI
YOUNG ADULT 12+
Sydney and her best friend Leela are escaping to Europe for a month. No boys or family drama. What could possibly go wrong? It doesn't start well when Leela's ex boyfriend turns up. Back packing through London, Italy and everywhere in between these friends have a blast and take the reader along for the ride. This is a fun, light hearted read perfect for the Summer holidays. Suitable for fans of E. Lockhart and Holly Smale.

ISBN 9781408343869 PB Orchard Books £7.99