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Friday, 23 February 2018

SOUTH WALES EVENING POST CHILDREN'S BOOK REVIEWS FEB 24-25


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.

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BOOK OF THE WEEK

MEET THE ANCIENT ROMANS BY JAMES DAVIES
CHILDREN 7+
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
CHILDREN 7+
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








Friday, 16 February 2018

SOUTH WALES EVENING POST CHILDREN'S BOOK REVIEWS FEB 17-18

This week my children's book reviews include an accessible and entertaining book on politics, a board book on how to count from 1-5 in five languages, an exciting welsh biking adventure and an historical romance with a feminist twist.


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

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BOOK OF THE WEEK

USBORNE POLITICS FOR BEGINNERS BY LOUIE STOWELL, ALEX FRITH & ROSIE HORE
CHILDREN 8+
Understanding politics is essential for our younger generation. In a rapidly changing world it is crucial our children (and adults) realise how governments and our votes can impact our lives. The colourful and appealing style of this brilliant book explains and covers key topics such as different types of government and ideologies, human rights and freedom of speech. Politics is everywhere and if we don't understand how it works how can we improve it? A must read.
ISBN 9781474922524 HB Usborne £9.99



HOW TO COUNT 1-5 IN FIVE LANGUAGES BY KENARD PAK
BOARD BOOK 4+
An educative and fun interactive sound book with which you can learn to count from 1-5 in French, Japanese, Mandarin, English and Spanish. Push the button which collates with a matching page and count with each child in their respective language. Pastel illustrations and clear text make this introduction to different languages very entertaining. Also available is How to Say I Love You in Five Languages, which is a cute present to someone you love.
ISBN 9781786030801 HB Wide Eyed £8.99




SCRAMBLED BY HUW DAVIES
CHILDRENS 10+
Fourteen year old, Davidd enjoyed school in the South Wales valleys, until he becomes a victim of bullying by the local gang. Things are not great at home either. Unfairly labelled a troublemaker he discovers motorcycle scrambling and everything changes. Will Davidd win fame and fortune? Or is he heading for a fall? A coming of age tale full of dark Welsh humour with family at its centre and the importance of finding your own path.
ISBN 9781910080368 PB Firefly Press£6.99



UNVEILING VENUS BY SOPHIA BENNETT
YOUNG ADULT 13+
Artist's muse, Persephone Lavelle flees scandal from 19th century London to Venice. When she meets a mysterious stranger, he offers her the world but at what price? This decadent historical romance with a feminist twist is like a jewelled casket of chocolates waiting to be opened. This will sweep you away into masked balls and high society to a Dickensian underworld of decadence.
ISBN 9781847158253 PB Stripes £7.99







Thursday, 8 February 2018

SOUTH WALES EVENING POST CHILDREN'S BOOK REVIEWS FEB 10-11TH

This week my children's book reviews include a celebration of girl power, a picture book about finding love, a wild robot adventure and a romantic comedy for the modern teenager.

Perfect reads for Valentine's Day and something for everyone!

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

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BOOK OF THE WEEK


MAKE MORE NOISE! BY NOSY CROW
CHILDREN 8+
An empowering anthology from best-selling children's authors including Emma Carroll and M.G. Leonard which celebrate strong girls and women. There are stories for everyone from historical to adventure. One hundred years ago, this week, women won the right to vote. These stories, some based on real people and some imagined, will hopefully help inspire a new generation of girl power and equality. A must for every school library. Each book donates £1 to Camfed.
ISBN 9781788002394 PB Nosy Crow £7.99


THE POESY RING BY BOB GRAHAM
PICTURE BOOK 4+
Love is always there, it just needs to be found. A whimsical and romantic journey of a poesy ring that was thrown away. The reader travels with it far and wide, through the seasons, over land and sea until it finds a loving home again. The visual narrative through the beautiful pen and wash illustrations add depth and empathy to an endearing story making it a perfect gift for Valentines Day.
ISBN 9781406378276 HB Walker Books £11.99


THE WILD ROBOT BY PETER BROWN
CHILDRENS 9+
Roz the robot is stranded on a wild island and to survive she must befriend the animals who live there. When her owners come to take her home, she must fight to protect all she holds dear. Children will love Roz the robot, her adopted duck, Brightbill and the menagerie of talking animals. Striking illustrations and short, snappy chapters give this action-packed adventure a broad appeal. The Iron Giant meets Jungle Book.
ISBN 9781848127272 PB Piccadilly £6.99



MOVIE NIGHT BY LUCY COURTENAY
YOUNG ADULT 13+
When Hanna sees her boyfriend kissing another girl she turns to her best friend Sol for support. They watch a film together once a month to work out life's hardest questions. Told from Hanna's and Sol's alternating points of view it gives insight into their characters and their struggle with unrequited love. This heart-warming comedy of errors and misunderstandings makes it a perfect read for romantics and movie lovers. Pretty in Pink for the modern teenager.
ISBN 9781444930733 PB Hodder £7.99





Thursday, 1 February 2018

SOUTH WALES EVENING POST CHILDREN'S BOOK REVIEW FEB 3-4TH

This week my children's book reviews include an hilarious interactive picture book about a donkey who's lost his underpants, a little boy who loves to dance, a young girl who goes on an mythic adventure and a contemporary drama about a very modern family.

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


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BOOK OF THE WEEK

I SAY OOH, YOU SAY AAH BY JOHN KANE
PICTURE BOOK 4+
There's something very important that I need you to remember. When I say Ooh, you say Aah. Are you ready?” Ooh, the donkey has lost his underpants and readers must help him find them by responding to interactive clues within the bright illustrations or the bold text. This hyperactive story is enormous fun for the whole family to read aloud and it made me guffaw with laughter. It will totally wind you up! Brilliant.
ISBN 9781783708727 PB Templar Publishing £6.99




HARI AND HIS ELECTRIC FEET BY ALEXANDER MCCALL SMITH & SAM USHER
CHILDREN 8+
Hari is an ordinary boy with an extraordinary talent. He loves to dance and learns from Bollywood films. Soon he is using his magical moves to bring harmony to the world. Set against a wonderful Indian backdrop this uplifting story is about how the joys of dance can bring people together through the power of communication and love. Energetic illustrations pepper this uplifting story and will put a smile on your face.
ISBN 9781781127551 PB Barrington Stoke £6.99




THE EYE OF THE NORTH BY SINEAD O'HART
CHILDREN 9+
Emmeline was sure her parents were trying to kill her before they disappeared and she was catapulted into an epic adventure. Readers will love and relate to this gutsy, caustic heroine who is full of wit and wisdom. Together with an urchin called Thing, ice ponies and an evil Northwitch this gripping page-turner has all the essential ingredients to make an entertaining fantasy adventure for boys and girls.
ISBN 9781847159410 PB Stripes Publishing £6.99




FAR FROM THE TREE BY ROBIN BENWAY
YOUNG ADULT 13+
When sixteen-year-old Grace gives up her baby for adoption, she decides to track down her two adopted siblings. Maria is very privileged while Joaquin has been ricocheted from one foster home to another. Chapters alternate between the three very different but endearing siblings as they strive to make senses of themselves and their world. This holds a mirror on the complexity of modern-day family and what ties us together. I was riveted from the start.
ISBN 9781471164330 PB Simon & Schuster £7.99


Friday, 26 January 2018

SOUTH WALES EVENING POST CHILDREN'S BOOK REVIEW JANUARY 27-28

This week my children's book reviews include a thrilling middle grade fantasy, an wolf pup who's determined to play by his own rules, a fascinating book on the ocean for the very young and a the continuing adventures of a young girl and her beloved pony.

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


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BOOK OF THE WEEK

TWISTER BY JULIETTE FORREST
CHILDREN 9+
Twister's father is missing. To find him she must wear an enchanted necklace given to her by a witch. It can turn the wearer into a wolf, a rainstorm or a raging river. But everything has a price. A whirlwind of an adventure, an irresistible cast and a courageous heroine will sweep you away into this richly embroidered and magical world. Twister's thrilling quest will carry you through every emotion. Hansel and Gretel meets The Wizard of Oz.
ISBN 9781407170992 PB Scholastic £6.99




ERIK THE LONE WOLF BY SARAH FINAN
PICTURE BOOK 3+
Erik, the wolf cub, has had enough of being told what to do by his pack. He is determined to become a lone wolf and follow his own rules. When Erik has an accident who will come to his aid? Children will love the adorable and impressionistic illustrations of Erik exploring the snow-capped mountains in his little red scarf. A howling success full of fun, family and teamwork.
ISBN 9781786030108 HB First Editions £11.99




HIDDEN WORLD: OCEAN BY LIBBY WALDEN & STEPHANIE FIZER-COLEMAN
PICTURE BOOK 5+
Did you know the largest giant squid ever found was the length of a bus? Or that there are three thousand different species of sea slug? This sturdy lift the flap book is packed to the gills with a sea of facts about ocean life with themes including Giants, Colourful Creatures and the Coral Reef. Sumptuous illustrations makes it a tremendous first non-fiction book for young readers to encourage future generations to protect and preserve our planet.
ISBN 9781848576087 HB 360 Degrees £9.99




A FRIEND IN NEED BY OLIVIA TUFFIN
CHILDREN 8+
Alice is so excited to join the pony club with her gorgeous pony Secret. When a pony escapes on a snowy night can Alice and her friend Finn rescue her? Will their delicate friendship survive the storm? The unspoken bond between Alice and her pony is touching as she is part of the family and helps them unite. The author's genuine love and knowledge of ponies shines through the pages and will satisfy the most ardent animal lover.
ISBN 978178000277 PB Nosy Crow £6.99




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.


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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