This week my children's book reviews include an fun introduction to Ancient Rome, a friendly dragon who wants to find a new home, some toy rabbits who come to life when no one is looking and a teenage girl who is finding her way in the world on her own terms.
Also in the Weekend section of The South Wales Evening Post.
BOOK OF THE WEEK
MEET THE ANCIENT ROMANS BY JAMES DAVIES
This vibrant, playful introduction to Ancient Rome is a cool way to encourage children to explore ancient civilisations and develop an interest in history. It covers the role of emperors and gladiators to their invention of concrete and the calendar. The food was a little less appetising however, cow brains or dormouse in honey anyone? The small format is highly visual and packed with cartoon-style illustrations. This entertaining series also includes Meet The Ancient Egyptians.
ISBN 9781787410527 HB Big Picture Press £9.99
LOOK OUT, IT'S A DRAGON! BY JONNY LAMBERT
PICTURE BOOK 3+
A gentle and kind dragon Saffi, does not enjoy crushing castles and capturing princesses. When she finds a new and tranquil home how can she persuade her neighbours she's not a threat but a friend? The gorgeous illustrations of the sea blue dragon alongside the adorable array of creatures will charm and delight. This heart-warming tale of bravery, overcoming prejudices and finding new friends is crafted with the lightest of touches. Beautiful.
ISBN 9781848698215 HB Little Tiger Press £11.99
MEET THE TWITCHES BY HAYLEY SCOTT & PIPPA CURNICK
Meet the Twitches, four toy rabbits who live inside a tiny Teacup House and come alive when no one is looking! When their young owner Stevie loses Daddy rabbit they need to find him and quickly. An engaging magical story which shows a modern family dynamic that children will relate to. This is suitable for early readers with large text and adorable full-colour illustrations throughout. The perfect alternative to chocolate for a Happy, Hoppy Easter!
ISBN 9781474928120 PB Usborne £5.99
PIECING ME TOGETHER BY RENEE WATSON
YOUNG ADULT 12+
Jade is a school girl trying to find her way in the world. A truly empowering story about the importance of learning to stand up for yourself, speaking your truth and learning to get back up when you're knocked down. You feel Jade's passion, her rage, her sadness and her joy as the world throws it's life lessons at her. A message of hope and understanding for anyone who feels like their on the outside looking in.
ISBN 9781408897331 PB Bloomsbury £7.99