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Thursday, 16 November 2017

SOUTH WALES EVENING POST CHILDREN'S BOOK REVIEW NOV 18-19

This week my children's book reviews include an adventure full of magical tricks, a little girl who finds an enchanted reindeer, a book full of unicorns and Christmas classic which is accessible to all. 

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



BOOK OF THE WEEK


THE GREATEST MAGICIAN IN THE WORLD BY MATT EDMONDSON & GARRY PARSONS
CHILDREN 6+
Elliot loves magic and wants to follow in his great grandfather's footsteps; The Amazing Dextrini! He is determined to find the Greatest Magician in the World to learn how to perform magic tricks. On Elliot's adventure young readers can also learn amazing tricks whether it's how to make an object vanish; perform a card trick or predict the future. This interactive book is certain to be a big hit at Christmas for the whole family.
ISBN 9781509806188 HB Macmillan £14.99



LAST STOP ON THE REINDEER EXPRESS BY MAUDI POWELL-TUCK & KARL JAMES MOUNTFORD
PICTURE BOOK 3+
When Mia's dad can't come home for Christmas, she takes a ride on an enchanted reindeer so she deliver her card to him. Join Mia through peek-through pages and hidden flaps, that will envelop you in the warmth of the festive season. It reminds us that family makes it special however far away they are. This is perfect for little ones who are anxious about spending time apart from a family member, for the first time.
ISBN 9781848696938 HB Little Tiger £12.99




PRESS OUT AND DECORATE UNICORNS BY KATE MCLELLAND
CHILDREN 6+
Create beautiful flying unicorn decorations to hang or give to friends. Press out each piece; colour and slot together to make twenty sparkling decorations. Also available from Nosy Crow is 'The Colouring Book of Cards and Envelopes, Unicorns and Rainbows” by Rebecca Jones allowing kids to personalise their own unique stationery. Two magical gifts for creative children who love mythical horses. Ideal to share and lots of fun!
ISBN 9781788002172 HB Nosy Crow £9.99



A CHRISTMAS CAROL BY CHARLES DICKENS
CHILDREN 9+
A Christmas classic of virtue and transformation in Barrington Stoke's signature, dyslexia-friendly format. The book includes a clear typeface and pale yellow pages to lessen visual stress. Follow the miserly Scrooge, as he is visited by three ghosts warning him to change his ways before it's too late! The series includes The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and Of Mice and Men especially designed to be accessible to all.
ISBN 9781781127537 PB Barrington Stoke £7.99

Friday, 10 November 2017

SOUTH WALES EVENING POST CHILDREN'S BOOK REVIEW NOV 11-12

This week my children's book reviews include books about a magical ballerina, a rabbit discovering the moon, a blind cat with ninja powers and a science fiction romance.

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


BOOK OF THE WEEK



ELLA BELLA BALLERINA AND THE MAGIC TOYSHOP BY JAMES MAYHEW
PICTURE BOOK 4+
Discover a world of fairytale toymakers and dancing dolls in the beautiful introduction to the classic ballet, La Boutique Fantastique. Ella Bella steps into an enchanted toy shop to discover a new magical ballet adventure. Can she stop two dolls, who are in love, from being separated? Exquisitely and richly detailed illustrations throughout, this is perfect for little ballerinas. The latest in a wonderful series introducing famous ballets including Swan Lake, The Nutcracker and Sleeping Beauty.
ISBN 9781408336854 HB Orchard Books £12.99





GOODNIGHT BABY MOON BY JAMES MITCHEM AND CLAIRE PATANE
BOARD BOOK 2+
Follow a family of curious rabbits and the phases of the moon in this enchanting bedtime story. Easy to follow text, rhythmic phrases and magical twilight illustrations; little ones will want to return to this special board book again and again. I especially loved the LED moon on the front cover which lights up with the press of a button. A beautiful gift for all occasions.
ISBN 9780241276396 HB Dorling Kindersley £11.99




TOTO THE NINJA CAT AND THE GREAT SNAKE ESCAPE BY DERMOT O'LEARY
CHILDRENS 7+
Toto is no ordinary furry feline. She may be almost blind, but she also has incredible ninja skills. Follow Toto and her cheeky brother Silver, on their first rip-roaring adventure. A deadly Cobra has escaped from the zoo. Can they find the giant snake before it's too late? The characterful illustrations by Nick East compliment the irreverent humour and daring deeds throughout the tale. Purrrfect for early readers and to read aloud.
ISBN 9781444939453 PB Hodder £6.99




MY SIDE OF THE DIAMOND BY SALLY GARDNER
YOUNG ADULT 13+
When Jazmin's best friend, Becky vanishes, she is shunned by everyone. Did Jazmin have something to do with her disappearance? Or was it more to do with Icarus, with whom Becky had become besotted? When Becky jumped off a building why did no one see her reach the ground? With detailed and intriguing illustrations throughout, this mysterious and spooky tale will fascinate and beguile. A quirky and unusual science fiction romance for fans of Stranger Things.
ISBN 9781471406430 PB Hot Key Books £9.99


Saturday, 4 November 2017

SOUTH WALES EVENING POST CHILDREN'S BOOK REVIEW NOV 4-5

This week my children's book reviews include a journal trying to combat online bullying, an artist crocodile, a celebration of the animal kingdom and a pictorial history of Tutankhamun and the discovery of his tomb.

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



BOOK OF THE WEEK

BE COOL BE NICE BY GDV
CHILDREN 8+
Be Cool Be Nice aims to combat cyber bullies by encouraging us to be kind and to use social media in a more positive way. It inspires us to double check information and pictures before putting them onto the internet and to treat others as you would like to be treated. This journal style book is full of clever rhymes; cute characters and thought-provoking activities which you can personalise. Kindness never goes out of style.
ISBN 9781787410961 HB Studio Press £14.99




CROCODALI BY LUCY VOLPIN
PICTURE BOOK 3+
A wonderfully witty interactive story about Crocodali, a brilliant but very bossy crocodile artist. He enlists the reader to help with his painting but they had better follow his instruction of there will be trouble! Children and adults will delight in tilting; turning and shaking the book to help this diva artist create his masterpiece. Full of colour and character with fabulous painterly illustrations, this will be sure to inspire budding artists everywhere!
ISBN 9781787410930 PB Templar £6.99







THE VARIETY OF LIFE BY NICOLA DAVIES & LORNA SCOBIE
CHILDREN 6+
A celebration of the extraordinary diversity within the animal kingdom. This large format book is bursting with fascinating facts about mammals; birds, reptiles, fish and insects and will encourage children to treasure our world's biodiversity. Exquisitely illustrated, it shines a spotlight on how many different species exist in the world. Forty thousand types of beetle but only eight species of bear! Hopefully, the book will help raise awareness for new generations before it's too late!
ISBN 9781444931198 HB Hodder £14.99





THE STORY OF TUTANKHAMUN BY PATRICIA CLEVELAND-PECK & ISABEL GREENBERG
CHILDREN 7+
On this day November 4th, 1922 Howard Carter discovered the tomb of Tutankhamun. Travel through history and explore the story of the boy king and his magnificent tomb. Divided into three parts; the life and death of Tutankhamun; the discovery of his tomb and lastly what modern technology has since unveiled. Rich in detail and illustrations, this is a treasure trove of wonder and delight, about one of the most significant historical discoveries of our time.
ISBN 9781408876787 HB Bloomsbury £14.99

Friday, 27 October 2017

SOUTH WALES EVENING POST HALLOWEEN CHILDRENS BOOK REVIEW OCT 28-29

This week my children's book reviews include a much anticipated return to Philip Pullman's world of 'His Dark Materials', a picture book celebrating the moon, a hairy scary adventure for early readers and a cheeky heroine who would much prefer to be an actress rather than a witch!  

Perfect for Halloween.

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

BOOK OF THE WEEK


THE BOOK OF DUST BY PHILIP PULLMAN
YOUNG ADULT 13+
The much anticipated return to the parallel world of, 'His Dark Materials' does not disappoint. When eleven year old Malcolm's meets a baby called Lyra he must make a dangerous journey which seals his fate. A vividly painted world, with huge dollops of Pullman's colourful imagination, carries you away into a spellbinding odyssey full of magic and mystery from the very first pages. A true embroiderer of words that will enthral young and old.
ISBN 9780385604413 HB David Fickling £20



MOON BY BRITTA TECKENTRUP
PICTURE BOOK 4+
A stunningly atmospheric die-cut picture book which takes readers on a journey into a nocturnal world celebrating the moon. As you turn the dusky peek-through pages it reveals the shimmering foiled moon changing shape as it goes through the lunar cycle. The world below is busy with night-time animals;foxes;turtles and birds. This is a luminescent tale of shared hopes and dreams that will captivate little readers at bedtime.
ISBN 9781848696679 HB Little Tiger Press £10.99



RISE OF THE HAIRY HORROR BY KES GRAY
CHILDREN 5+
Jack Beechwhistle is no ordinary boy, he's a junior secret agent and he has a new mission. There is a new hairdresser called Valentino in town and he is acting very suspiciously. Is he really an evil villain? Packed with comic book style art work and hilarious survival tips that will thoroughly entertain fans of the bestselling Daisy series. Suitable for new, independent and reluctant readers it's perfect for little mischief makers.
ISBN 9781782953043 PB Red Fox £5.99




YOU CAN'T MAKE ME GO TO WITCH SCHOOL BY EM LYNAS
CHILDREN 7+
Daisy Wart is definitely NOT a witch. She is going to be an actress! Can she escape Toadspit Towers to follow her dreams? A new magical school series full of sprightly illustrations by Jamie Littler. Daisy is a delightfully cheeky and determined heroine who is really endearing and funny. A cauldron of colourful characters who will charm it's young readers. Mallory Towers meets The Worst Witch with a dollop of theatrics thrown in,”Darling!”
ISBN 9781788000130 PB Nosy Crow £6.99





Friday, 20 October 2017

SOUTH WALES EVENING POST CHILDRENS BOOK REVIEW OCT 21-22

This week my children's book reviews include a time traveller, a witch looking for love, a ghostly tale and a gothic fantasy. Perfect for Halloween.

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


BOOK OF THE WEEK


THE WITCH OF DEMON ROCK BY GABRIELLE KENT
CHILDREN 9+
When Alfie Bloom travels back to the 1400's to begin training with Orin, a great druid, he begins to understand how powerful the magic he protects really is. It seemed like a good idea to take some friends back in time but when they start falling victim to a creature of shadows he must undertake a quest to find help. A thoroughly entertaining fantasy adventure series full of thrills and intrigue, perfect for Harry Potter fans.
ISBN 9781407155814 PB Scholastic £6.99





PRETTY BY CANIZALES
PICTURE BOOK 3+
The witch has been invited on a date but some well meaning animals think she should make herself prettier. Can she cast a spell on herself? A magical and funny story showing why it's always best to be yourself, not what others want you to be. A timely lesson for today's growing 'selfie' generation. It finishes with a surprisingly shocking twist that children will love. Thought provoking and great for reading out in class.
ISBN 9781783707942 PB Templar £6.99





THE GHOST IN ANNIE'S ROOM BY PHILIPPA PEARCE
CHILDREN 5+
Emma has to stay in the attic room of her great aunt's small house. Her brother insists it's haunted by her aunt's missing daughter and no one will tell Emma the truth. Could he be right? Emma must face her fears and uncover the mystery. This is a gently spooky story for Halloween, full of atmospheric colour illustrations by Cate James and clear spaced out text. Perfect for new readers with activities inside the flaps.
ISBN 9781781126851 PB Barrington Stoke £6.99




ONE DARK THRONE BY KENDAR BLAKE
YOUNG ADULT 13+
Three sisters are still fighting over one throne, only one can win, the other two must die. Powerful and emotive, you're heart will quicken as tensions rise and surprising twists and turns keep you guessing until it's final epic conclusion. Feast on this darkly Gothic world with it's large cast of dramatic and troubled characters. No one is safe. The gripping and brutal sequel to Three Dark Crowns.
ISBN 9781509807734 PB Macmillan £7.99


Friday, 13 October 2017

SOUTH WALES EVENING POST CHILDRENS'S BOOK REVIEW OCT 14-15


This week my children's book reviews include an extraordinary futuristic adventure, a picture book about a grumpy bat, an enchanting new series for early readers and an alternative take on classic villains. Perfect for Halloween.

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


BOOK OF THE WEEK


THE EXTRAORDINARY COLOURS OF AUDEN DARE BY ZILLAH BETHELL
CHILDREN 9+
Moving to his deceased uncle's house Auden makes an extraordinary discovery. Under the garden shed he finds a human-like robot called Paragon, but what is he for? Will he help Auden see colour again? Paragon leads him on a thrilling journey of discovery set against a totalitarian society which is fighting over water. A captivating, futuristic adventure about friendship, family and hope. A wonderful gift and perfect for book club discussion. Artificial Intelligence meets ET.
ISBN 9781848126084 PB Piccadilly Press £6.99




I AM BAT BY MORAG HOOD
PICTURE BOOK 3+
A simple, charming story about a little bat who loves cherries but does not like sharing. When his cherries keep disappearing Bat must find out who is taking them. A pertinent story about the pros and con's of coveting and sharing you possessions. Despite all his failings, children will love this grumpy, little bat. The bold, luminous illustrations add layers and humour to the story about learning to share.
ISBN 9781509834617 HB Two Hoots £11.99




WITCH FOR A WEEK BY KAYE UMANSKY ILLUSTRATED BY ASHLEY KING
CHILDREN 7+
When Elsie offers to house-sit for the local witch, Magenta Sharp, she doesn't expect a talking raven, some very high-maintenance neighbours and a box of magic, with a sell by date. A spellbinding new series for young readers who will be absolutely charmed by the hilarious story of mishaps, mayhem and magic. This cauldron of endearing characters, adventure and laughs reminded me of Shrek but with witches!
ISBN 9781471160905 PB Simon & Schuster £6.99



BECAUSE YOU LOVE TO HATE ME EDITED BY AMERIIE
YOUNG ADULT 12+
An alternative anthology of short stories from the point of view of famous villains. Featuring the biggest names in young adult fiction, they have written their own spins on classics, inspired by well known BookTubers. Stories that have inspired them include King Arthur, The little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast, amongst others. Thirteen morsels of wickedness to feast on for Halloween, if you dare?
ISBN 9781408882764 PB Bloomsbury £7.99


Friday, 6 October 2017

CHILDRENS BOOK REVIEW IN THE SOUTH WALES EVENING POST OCT 7-8


This week my children's book reviews include a classic middle grade adventure that will sweep you away, a children's encyclopaedia, a ghostly adventure for reluctant readers and a really scary romance for teens.

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



BOOK OF THE WEEK

NEVERMOOR:THE TRIALS OF MORRIGAN CROW BY JESSICA TOWNSEND
CHILDREN 9+
Just as cursed child, Morrigan Crow is about to die on her eleventh birthday, a stranger called Jupiter North whisks her away to a magical city called Nevermoor. But she must compete in dangerous trials to stay there. An extraordinary world with a colourful cast, this is a future modern classic that is a combination of Harry Potter meets Alice in Wonderland. You will find a friend in Morrigan, the bold; bright and audacious heroine.
ISBN 9781510104112 HB Hachette £12.99


DK CHILDREN'S ENCYCLOPEDIA BY DORLING KINDERSLEY
CHILDREN 7+
Packed with fascinating and essential facts on favourite subjects, including animals, history, science and much more, this is a book of wonder. Beautiful illustrations, maps and photos bring every page to life. Ever wonder what a planet is? The difference between frogs and toads? Why not dive straight into a journey of discovery. This is a book to inspire and inform and will absorb and engage children of all ages. The perfect gift to treasure.
ISBN 9780241283868 HB Dorling Kindersley £25



TOO GHOUL FOR SCHOOL BY BARRY HUTCHISON
CHILDREN 9+
An hilarious story full of ghosts, magic and outrageous battles. When a secret ghost battling organisation, The Spectre Collectors, recruit Denzel and his best friend Smithy, they are thrown into a spooky and exciting adventure. Tested with awesome weapons and ancient magic, can Denzel use his special abilities to fight a fearsome enemy? Engaging characters, cool gadgets and monsters galore, this is a great story for reluctant readers. Ghostbusters meets the Goonies.
ISBN 9780857639608 PB Nosy Crow £6.99


THERE'S SOMEONE INSIDE YOUR HOUSE BY STEPHANIE PERKINS
YOUNG ADULT 13+
Makani lives in Nebraska and is running from her past. Just as life starts to look up, with new friends and a romance with mysterious outsider Ollie, the pupils at her school start to be brutally murdered. This unsettling horror is a departure from this author's usual romance. In the same genre as Scream and I know What You Did Last Summer, it will chill you to the bone. Perfect for the lead up to Halloween.
ISBN 9781509859801 PB Macmillan £7.99