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Clarice Bean, That’s Me

The work of author/illustrator Lauren Child needs no introduction; the appeal of the wonderfully creative, Charlie and Lola books having travelled the globe in both print and film. Clarice Bean, too, has already established herself as quite a teenage icon in the children's book world. Clarice Bean, That's Me, however, has only just made it…

Class Six and the Eel of Fortune

‘Magical’, ‘giggle-inducing’ and ‘charming’ are a few words that came to mind when I read Class Six and the Eel of Fortune by Sally Prue. This book encompasses all the fun of a classroom with a magical twist and a hint of mischief all wrapped into one. It is all about helping Class Six’s favourite…

Clementine Loves Red

This is an interesting book giving us, as it does, an interesting glimpse of rural Poland in Soviet times. At least that might interest adults. Children, I suspect, will be far more enthralled by the fun and mayhem of the story itself. Clementine was first published in 1970 in Poland and this is a translation…

Climbing A Monkey Puzzle Tree

This account of a 12-year-old Canadian schoolgirl set adrift in a third-rate English boarding school some time in the late sixties takes considerable risks with its style and its structure. Essentially it explores crises of identity and the uses of fantasy and imagination as either a help towards or a hindrance to teenage self-knowledge. The…

Cloud Busting

It comes as no surprise to learn that Cloud Busting won a Smarties Silver Book Award. It’s a cautionary school tale in verse on a familiar topic – an uncool new boy, a growing secret friendship, cruelty, betrayal, and finally, a heart-sore lesson. But it’s the mastery of the telling, and the apparent effortlessness of…

Colour of People

This poignant, wordless picturebook from Mauricio Negro takes a playful, yet thought-provoking look at ethnicity and colour.  Reminiscent of Arga Gra’s poem ‘And you call me coloured’, Colour of People reminds us that, regardless of colour or ethnicity, we all fall ill, get hungry, feel pain, and experience happiness.  The central message of the book focuses…

Colour Young Hippo (Series)

‘Brilliant stories, irresistible characters’ goes the blurb. I’m afraid I cannot agree. The books look good: strong covers, colour throughout, text at an appropriate level and size and broken up on the page. Most of the ingredients are there, but for one very important item – a really authentic, engaging story. Reviewing is subjective, merely…

Comic Adventures of Boots

This is a collection of three stories, each told in comic strip form. ‘Operation Fish Biscuit’ recounts Boots the cat’s scheme to acquire sunbathing space on an overcrowded wall. This backfires quite spectacularly. In ‘Pleased to meet you Madam Quark’, Madam Quark the swan, teaches Boots to swim. This speaks volumes for the cat’s charm,…

Coming to England

In Coming to England Floella Benjamin recounts the emigration of her family from the idyllic island of Trinidad to England. The book chronicles her life in Trinidad where she was born and lived until the age of 11. Benjamin gives a utopian glimpse into the beautiful family house, the wonderfully fragrant markets, the school and…

Comix (Archie’s Amazing Game; Freddy’s Fox; The Goose who Knew too Much; Arf and the Three Dogs)

Described as ‘new paperback treats for children who are reluctant to read’, all four books have brightly illustrated covers and employ the clever device of including captioned mug shots of the main characters on the front cover. And then on the title page a character addresses the reader directly and sets the scene for the…

Completely Crazy Poems

John Foster has always had impeccable taste in poetry. In these two little volumes of crazy and scary poems, we not only get the benefit of an imaginative selection but we also have the added bonus of some of his own creations being included. Here we find inspired groupings of poems in intriguing categories such…

Cook’s Cook: The Cook who Cooked for Captain Cook

Coinciding with the 250th anniversary of Captain Cook’s Endeavour voyage, prepare to jump abroad and sail through a story from the other side of history. It is often the characters in the background during great moments that give us the most rounded and fullest of accounts. Written in the form of a diary by John…

Cool Coding

Code tells a computer what to do. Each individual directive is very simple, but, when combined into a program, can accomplish amazingly complex tasks, including games. Many coders begin as hobbyists before turning professional. Code can be written in a myriad of programming languages. Different languages are optimised for specific tasks, and all have unique…

Cool Kids Cook

I love this book. Simple, modern recipes are complemented with witty yet instructional illustration and gorgeous, fun photos featuring a diverse cast of kids enjoying themselves. Jenny Chandler is a cookery teacher in Leiths, among other prestigious schools, and it shows. This is no coffee-table book. There is no sense of worthiness here and absolutely…

Cool Mythology

All you ever wanted to know about mythology is captured in this ‘cool’ and extremely interesting book, which spans history in its quest to steep the reader in myths, folklore and legend from the four corners of the Earth. Legends and myths from North American Indian tribes, the Mayan, Aztecs, Incas, Romans, Greeks, Ancient Egypt,…

Count Krinkelfiend’s Quest

Part of the series ‘The Tall Tales of Dracula’s Daggers’, this book tells the tale of the dastardly Count Arnold Krinkelfiend and his quest to find the legendary dagger. It fails in its attempt to be funny and its plot fails to be engaging. It is packed with one-liners that are more irritating than amusing…

Countess Markievicz: An Adventurous Life

This volume of the Easter Rising Centenary In a Nutshell series focuses on Countess Constance Markievicz, the woman made famous by her involvement in the fight for Irish Independence. In this short biography Ann Carroll leads us through Markievicz’s life, from wealthy origins in rural Sligo, to her marriage to the Polish Count Casimir Markievicz,…

Counting on Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Put Astronauts on the Moon

Before Katherine Johnson inspired the hit film ‘Hidden Figures’, before she won the Presidential Medal of Freedom for smashing through sex and race barriers to play a critical role in one of her country’s proudest achievements, and before she was so respected as a human computer that astronauts requested her by name to double check…

Create Your Own Spy Mission

The perfect book for a long journey, young readers will quite literally get drawn into Create Your Own Spy Mission by Irish brothers Andrew and Chris Judge. A fun, interactive story which invites the reader to draw, doodle, decide, fold and tear, this quirky little book is part comic, spy story, quiz and drawing book…

Create Your Own Superhero Epic

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No! It’s a book! (You must need glasses) That pretty much sets the tone for the third in a series of Create your own… books from the Judge Bros. and the results are ridiculously fun. Doodletown needs a superhero and you need to draw them. It is…

Curse of the Cockroach

Curse of the Cockroach is Kieran Fanning’s fourth book in his Code Cracker series. It is a puzzle adventure involving Lisa and her friend Sam who become caught up in an intergalactic adventure while on a visit to Sam’s Uncle Dave – a mysterious character who works as a scientist for a top secret company.…

Daid Dearmadach

Daid Dearmadach is a collection of twelve poems in Irish which deal with various scenarios, such as dancing class in school, the arrival of a new baby into a family, and the panic caused by a bat flying into a bedroom. The world these poems describe is one of fun and excitement, and this is…

Daisy and the Trouble with Burglars

Daisy’s back and she’s in more trouble than ever! When a number of burglaries happen right in Daisy’s very own town, there is a lot of worry and excitement. Two houses on a nearby street have been robbed, not to mention the fish and chip shop. The burglars even got away with a lot of…

Danger is Really Everywhere

Danger is everywhere or at least it would be if it weren’t for the world’s leading dangerologist, ‘Docter’ Noel Zone. With ‘Docter’ Noel to guide us we just might make it through life alive. In this third book in the Danger is Everywhere series, O’Doherty and Judge take their antidote to the bubble-wrapped world we…

Dan’s Angel

This is the most exciting book for children on art and painting that I have seen in a long time. Lauren Child is a witty choice of illustrator, as we are already used to seeing the quirky mix of photo collage, computer-generated flat colour and delicious characterisation in her previous titles (such as Clarice Bean…

Darkmouth: Chaos Descends

Full of danger, intrigue but also lots of humour, Chaos Descends is the third part of Shane Hegarty’s thrilling Darkmouth series. Ten months after almost destroying both Darkmouth and the Infected Side in order to rescue his dad, Finn is getting ready to take part in his completion ceremony, and become a real Legend Hunter,…

Dave Pigeon (Royal Coo!)

It’s the fourth book in the series. Haddow yet again tells a pigeontastic tale of the two comical pair of Dave and Skipper. Their latest cunning plan is to steal the food leftover from the Royal Palace Party. Once they arrive at the Palace gates, it’s not long till they meet the Royal Prince Raju…

Dawn Undercover

Dawn Undercover, the second novel from newcomer Anna Dale, is a promising idea that never quite delivers. Self-effacing but observant Dawn Buckle is recruited by secret organisation P.S.S.T. (Pursuit of Scheming Spies and Traitors) to track down Top Spy turned Traitor, Murdo Meek. The premise: that Dawn’s very ordinariness and forgetableness make her the ideal…

Deadly Detectives: Top Tips To Track Wildlife

Whether we are talking about snow leopards in the Himalayas or foxes making their way through our own back gardens, we all share a fascination with finding out more about the creatures with whom we share the world. Tracking and observing wildlife can be tricky business, however. In this book, linked to the BBC series,…

Death and the Arrow

I will begin by nailing my colours to the mast: I am not a fan of the murder mystery, and never even got into the whole Hardy Boys thing when I was a young reader; but I have to confess that I really enjoyed this book. Chris Priestley has managed to create a thoroughly engaging…

Declaration of the Rights of Boys and Girls

Two books in one, the Declaration of the Rights of Boys and Girls is a quirky, fun read. When read from one end, it is a list of the rights of boys. Boys have the right to play with dolls, to be cute or stylish, to be rubbish at DIY and prefer English to Maths.…

Deep Water

This is the latest book about the Strega-Borgia family, their butler, nanny and pets. If you have already read one of these you will find all the usual ingredients – plenty of humour, magic, action and suspense. Within the world of fantasy and magic, the two older children are very recognisably real-life characters. The others…

Demeter and Persephone

An ancient story retold. This book is a version of the story of Persephone’s abduction by Hades and the subsequent search for her by her broken hearted mother Demeter. The language used is very accessible to young readers of all levels yet it conveys the classical roots of the story. The short, direct sentences add…

Detective Nosegoode and the Music Box Mystery

The famous detective, Ambrosius Nosegoode, has retired to a small town, hoping to enjoy a peaceful life of flute-playing and radish-growing. However, when a neighbour’s precious music box is stolen, Detective Nosegoode finds himself lured back into the world of detection. While Nosegoode gathers clues and conducts interviews, his talking canine sidekick, Cody, determines to…

Diary of a Time Traveller

If you could travel backwards in time, what people, events and places would you most like to see? Such is the challenge given to the reader by this book. This approach cleverly allows Stevenson and Long to escape the straightjacket of the history timeline and avoid the ‘why wasn’t X or Y included’ standard criticism…

Dinosaur Scramble (Downtown Dinosaurs)

Dinosaur Scramble is the latest title in the Downtown Dinosaurs series by author Jeanne Willis and illustrator Arthur Robins. Our hero Darwin, a young stegosaurus, is delighted when his mother lays an egg as he has always wanted a brother or sister to play with. But mayhem ensues when mad Uncle Loops is left in charge…

Discovering Architecture

Perhaps it is the lasting popularity of books such as Iggy Peck, Architect, but architecture seems to be cropping up more often as a topic for children’s books lately. The worthy subject is certainly made appealing in this beautifully crafted book. From the endpapers that resemble blue-prints to the plans for buildings on Mars, this…

Dixie O’Day in the Fast Lane

The subject matter of Dixie O’Day in the Fast Lane is one that has been a success for years upon years and undoubtedly always will, that is, the great car race! Between near cliff falls, getting stuck on tram lines, break downs and getting lost, there’s excitement from beginning to end. Throughout the seven chapters we meet some…

DIY Circus Lab for Kids

DIY Circus Lab for Kids gives families everything they need to produce their own circus! Aiming to foster fun, fitness and a life-long friendship with the circus arts, author Jackie Leigh Davis invites you into the international youth circus community, and then dives into the main circus skill families: spinning, juggling, balance, acrobatics, and clowning,…

Does It Fart?

Nick Caruso and Dani Rabaiotti have just launched the child-friendly version of their original New York Times bestselling book, Does it Fart? While the original explores the topic in depth (eew!), this version is extremely suited for families and children. Does it Fart? Find Out Which Animals Parp, Toot And Bottom-Burp! gives a brief explanation on how…

Dog Town

The port city of Riga is a city which always remains unfinished, and according to myth; anyone declaring ‘Riga is ready’ would cause the city to be drowned by its river, the Daugava. Jacob has led a sheltered life, living with his dad, in the city centre. Jacob is fascinated with the city and spends…

Dogbird and Other Mixed-up Tales

This is a first ‘chapter’ book – but with three stories in one and 186 pages, it is rather bulkier that the normal fare for this age group. This is only a problem if it intimidates a tentative soul with just an experimental toe in the water, otherwise it’s good value for money. The three…

Donna Wilson’s Creative Creatures: A Step-by-Step Guide to Making Your Own Creations

Meet Donna Wilson’s knitted friends Ralf and Rill, Olive Owl, and all other creatures of this  lovely illustrated story and craft book. The book starts with sewing tips for beginners and step-by-step instructions are offered for each project. All the instructions are easy to follow and the end result is very satisfying. The materials for…

Don’t Eat This Book

This is an activity book with a difference: it is totally crazy. The instructions on one page suggest “Make this runny” – Run paint down this page in different colours. Let it dry. Add more. The following page starts with a warning: "Don’t ever turn to the next page". Of course, I did turn the…

Doodle Town

When I was a kid I did not doodle just to doodle. I always needed a project. I later tried to study fine art but my lecturers politely suggested I might be more suited for illustration. Art as a project. Art with a purpose. Which probably explains my later career as a graphic designer. Give…

Double Felix

Double Felix by Sally Harris is a wonderful book. I wasn’t sure what to expect when I began. Initially, I suspected something quirky and whimsical and while the book certainly boasts those qualities, its underlying message is pertinent to the point that I think as many schools and parents as possible should have their children…

Éalú ón Zú agus Drámaí Eile

Éiríonn go sármhaith le hÁine Ní Ghlinn samhlaíocht an léitheora a mhúscailt sa chnuasach seo de thrí dhráma nua-aimseartha véarsaíochta, ina sníomhtar le chéile téamaí uilíocha ar nós saoirse agus grá. Pléitear saol an teaghlaigh sa dráma Cúitsí Cúitsí Cú ina bhfeicimid Úna óg mar fheighlí don chéad uair. Insíonn na hainmhithe sa dráma Éalú…

Earwig and the Witch

This posthumously published novella by Diana Wynne Jones is typical of her late style and a poignant reminder of what we have lost. Written in brisk, no-nonsense prose, it tells the story of young Earwig, an orphan with a giantsized ego living contentedly in an orphanage where she always gets her own way.  Kidnapped by a middle-aged witch looking for an extra…

Einstein: The Girl Who Hated Maths

The continued pairing of John Agard and Satoshi Kitamura, following Points of View with Professor Peekaboo, works brilliantly in this collection of forty poems with a mathematical theme. Through the story of a little girl who hated maths, the authors introduce the very young reader to basic mathematical concepts and some of the world’s greatest…

Elias Martin

At seventeen, Elias Martin was driven north ‘by dint of not fitting in anywhere else’. For twelve years Elias lives a solitary life of constant struggle to stay warm and fed as he slowly learns the skills that allow him to survive in the harsh tundra of the far north. One day, he sees strange…

Elise and the Second-hand Dog

This is a book full of profound and poignant things wrapped in a charming story about a little girl, a cherished pet, and the trials of life. Elise lives with her father in Copenhagen, and desperately misses her mother who is working as an engineer in Brazil. The purchase of a second-hand dog, McAduddi, who…

Elizabeth and Zenobia

A gothic ghost story combines with a journey of self-discovery as Elizabeth and Zenobia explore the history and haunting occupants of their new home in Witheringe House. This is a tale which is wonderfully spun in vivid language and captivating imagery, but with plenty of humour and emotional moments as well. Jessica Millar’s great skill…

Ella’s Big Chance

In A Life Drawing (2002) Hughes recounts her enjoyment of a fashion design course which was part of her year at Liverpool Art School, and readers of Ella’s Big Chance will immediately see how she has put her love of costume drawing to excellent use. Ella is a highly skilled dressmaker, whose talents far outstrip…

Emerald Star

Roll up! Roll up! Ladies and gentlemen and children and all, I present to you Emerald star! After two book-worthy tales of her life story Hetty Feather is back, and this time, after recovering from her mother’s death, she’s on a mission to find her father… only to discover that his life in the small…

Emily Lime – Librarian Detective: The Book Case

Daphne Blakeway is accosted at the train station on her first day at ‘St Rita’s School for Spirited Girls’ and asked to return a book to the school library. Following a bank robbery in town and a break in at the school, Daphne realises this book is hot property and someone will stop at nothing…

Endling: The Last

Byx’s life has gone in an unexpected direction. His family has just been murdered, he is left to wander in a strange land with even stranger company and he is about to be caught up in the nefarious politics of humans. Katherine Applegate’s Endling is the first book in a fantasy series set in a…

Escape the Twister

A holiday in America turns out to be more exciting than expected for Tom and Kevin. They stay in the area popularly known as Tornado Alley. Afriend invites them to come ‘stormchasing’ with him. They have a great day watching for a twister and marvelling at the electronic ‘gizmos’ and sophisticated equipment. The unplanned adventure…

Even My Ears are Smiling

Weighing in at 121 pages and 86 poems, this new book from Rosen is not so much a collection as a poetry bonanza. Quentin Blake has illustrated previous collections, including the similarly titled Bananas In My Ears. On this occasion Babette Cole does the honours…in a style reminiscent of Quentin Blake. In fact, isn’t that…

Everest: The Remarkable Story of Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay

There is so much to recommend in this account of how a beekeeper and a former yak herder became the first people to stand on the roof of the world. It is of course an excellent read for any child with a sense of adventure. But it is about much more than the race to…

Explorer: Plants!

Agent Osprey has been assigned a mission: every tree and flower that she can see must be studied, logged, and reported on! Thankfully her findings are vividly captured in this densely detailed treatment of all things botanical, thus providing a rich resource for young readers who are keen to understand the natural world more deeply.…

Eye Benders: The Science of Seeing & Believing

The human eye can be tricked, fooled into seeing something that isn't there. Optical illusions are amazing images that confound the eye and boggle the brain. This book explores these images and the vision related aspect of neuroscience. The interaction between the eyeballs and the brain, connected via the optic nerves, forms the vision system.…

Facts!

Following the success of Tracey Turner’s previous releases (How to Make a Human out of Soup, How Can a Pigeon Be a War Hero?, to name but a few), she has produced yet another wonderfully fascinating book of facts. This time, there is one for every day of the year! From astronomy to zoology, ancient…

Fantastically Great Women Who Changed The World

This book is empowering and adorable. The appropriately named Pankhurst (who is, actually, a descendent of Emmeline Pankhurst) takes us through simple biographies of exceptional women, both known and relatively unknown, and celebrates their achievements in arts, science, activism, altruism, espionage and feminism. Jane Austen, Gertrude Ederle, Coco Chanel, Frida Kahlo, Marie Curie, Mary Anning,…

Feargal agus an Fathach

This pleasant easily read book begins with Feargal’s trip to the shed to get more turf on a pitch black night. The problem is that he is terrified of the dark! Another problem he has is the lack of friends in this lonely remote place where his parents chose to set up house. Well, he…

Fever 1793

Mattie Cook is an only child whose daily chores at her family’s coffeehouse leave her little chance to lie in bed or daydream. This predictable existence within the folds of her stern mother, eccentric grandfather and beloved cook Eliza is shattered by the arrival of yellow fever to her hometown in 1793. The book spans…

Finding Fortune

When Ida’s father decides to go to Klondike and join in the gold rush, she is determined to go with him and avoid the boarding school her stern grandmother is trying to send her to. She plans to stow away, and join her Fa on his great adventure. Together they undertake long voyages, cross treacherous…

Finn at Clee Point

Finn at Clee Point delights on many levels. The story centres around Finn and his friendship with the Finer family who are outcasts from the little fishing village. Forbidden by his parents to associate with Davey Finer, Finn is defiant and revels in the friendship. This is a coming of age story in which Finn examines…

Fire, Bed & Bone

A moving and heart-warming tale of a devoted dog whose loyalty and love proves that hope can be found in the darkest of times. Set in 1381, this story delves into a world ruled by an unjust feudal system where social tensions and violence rise as the Peasants’ Revolt rages through England. The story is…

Flush

Miami crime writer Carl Hiaasen’s second thriller for children has a gross-out plot likely to appeal especially to boys, and a vivid cast of shady characters, told with Hiaasen’s trademark energy and humour. When noah’s dad lands in jail for trying to expose the owner of a gambling boat who’s dumping raw sewage into the…

Fly Away Home

Almost thirty years after its first translation from German into English, Christine Nostlinger’s novel remains one of the freshest of children’s war stories. This is largely because of the good humour, individuality and independence of its narrator heroine, 8-year-old Christel Goth, who, with her family, has taken refuge from their native Vienna in a country…

Football School: Where Football Rules the World

Football School is exactly what soccer fans of the Horrible Histories series have been waiting for – a book dedicated to the most widely played sport in the world, containing the answers to every possible football-related question. These include (but are no means limited to), when do footballers poo and can you play football on…

Forest School Adventure: Outdoors Skills and Play for Children

Any text which gets children into the natural environment and away from merely indoor pursuits is to be welcomed. Forest School Adventure is one such book, demonstrating just how much fulfilment awaits those who venture outdoors and engage with their world. Part manual for parents, part guidebook for kids, the basic premise behind the book…

Fortunately the Milk

Gaiman’s latest book is an entertaining story about a Dad who goes to the grocery store to buy some milk and has an absurd adventure on his return trip. There is a time-traveling dinosaur, some umpires, a couple intelligent ponies and of course pirates.  Gaiman is known for his intriguing plots and great storytelling and…

Frank Einstein And The Electro-Finger

Frank Einstein, kid-genius and inventor, is investigating energy. His first experiment involves a wool rug and Watson’s nose. When Watson, Frank’s best friend, tests his peashooter, a plastic BB hits the ceiling. Coincidentally, the roof collapses due to Grandpa Al’s attempt to construct a windmill. Grandpa Al wants to go off-grid and generate his own…

Frank’n’Stan

Frank is an only child and he is growing tired of his mother's continuous "We'll see" reply to his plea for a brother or sister. So he decides to take matters into his own hands and builds himself a brother, in the shape of a large Robot called Stan. Stan soon settles in and finds…

Freddie Mole Lion Tamer

Roll up, roll up for a beautifully told circus story by bestselling author of The No.1 Ladies Detective Agency series, Alexander McCall Smith. As you might guess from the title, young Freddie Mole who is not yet 10 years old becomes a lion tamer extraordinaire, but before he reaches this high point, Freddie must first…

Fyre

Fyre is the seventh and final book in the Septimus Heap series, following Septimus Heap in his journey from apprentice to one day becoming an ExtraOrdinary Wizard. If you have not read any of the previous books, Fyre gives enough information for new readers to easily follow the main plot, but longterm readers will fully appreciate the level of detail and the backstories…

Genie in a Trap

Jamie first met Balthazar when his Gran gave him a battered old teapot and out popped the banished genie. But now the boy’s pantalooned pal has been hypnotised by two other evil genies who will use him to overtake their  world and make all the genies into slaves. This is very serious because Jamie knows…

George

George reminded me of Wonder in the best way possible – a book about acceptance, especially of difference, about not just tolerance but love and understanding, about learning to embrace and not apologise for your own deviance from the norm. Sweet, charming, funny, but also heart-breaking, sob-inducing – you feel for George as she yearns…

Get Out and Play… Football!

The children of Ireland are being encouraged to get more active by Rod Smith with the second instalment of his Get Out and Play fiction series, following on from the success of the launch of Get Out and Play… GAA! But this time, football is on the agenda. Granddad Mick is on a mission to…

Get Out and Play… Football!

The children of Ireland are being encouraged to get more active by Rod Smith with the second instalment of his Get Out and Play fiction series, following on from the success of the launch of Get Out and Play… GAA! But this time, football is on the agenda. Granddad Mick is on a mission to…

Ghost Detectives The Missing Dancer

This is a detective story involving four children, Abi, Sarah, Hannah and Grace, who investigate mysteries about the ghosts who appear to them in the Grainger Estate museum where all four girls volunteer. How they became ghost detectives is explained in the first book – Ghost Detectives The Lost Bride. The book is set at Christmas time in the Grainger Estate.…

Ghost Knight

We meet 11-year-old Jon on his reluctant way to boarding school at the behest of his mother's boyfriend, The Beard. Jon had done his best to alienate The Beard, with itching powder in his mouthwash and his face photoshopped onto a WANTED TERRORIST poster, but his plans have backfired badly. It quickly becomes clear that…

Ghoulish Song

When a group of goblins ask to perform in the family bakery Kaile is hesitant, but she gives permission. This is an act that gets her into trouble with her mother, the baker. It also leads to the goblins giving her a small present, a bone flute that leads to her shadow abandoning her. And…

Gladiator: Fight For Freedom

When his father is murdered by a dodgy debt-collector, Marcus and his mother are sold into slavery. Consumed with a desire for justice, Marcus escapes but ends up as a trainee in a brutal gladiator camp in Capua. The first volume in a new series, Gladiator: Fight for Freedom follows Marcus’ story as he learns…

Goblin Secrets

In the town of Zombay acting is against the law. Even the putting on of masks is illegal to all but the outcast goblins. But Rownie cannot resist the temptation when a goblin performance needs a volunteer. He has lived most of his short life as “grandchild” to the witch Graba. But all that is…

Goblins

For those of you, who enjoyed classic adventure stories such as Don Quixote or The Three Musketeers, prepare to be entertained! Goblins glisten with all the hallmarks of a classic adventure – heroes, villains, battles, strange lands and of course, damsels in distress. The story never once flags or loses momentum as the reader is…

Gracie Grabbit and the Tiger

It’s lovely to get two books together to review featuring two different young girls.   Gracie Grabbit is a strong, independent young girl whose dad likes to take things that do not belong to him. On a day trip to the Zoo, Gracie warns him to be good, or she will get the Zoo Keeper…

Granny Samurai, The Monkey King and I

She’s tough and toothy and lives on cold coffee. And, as Samuel Johnson discovers, Granny Samurai is a neighbour worth knowing. When Samuel’s uncle leaves him home alone, the old gal sees off the biggest bully in school with some neat Japanese manoeuvres. In return timid Samuel is recruited as bait to catch her hairy…

Greta Zargo and the Death Robots from Outer Space

Meet Greta Zargo, an 11-year-old ace reporter, and protagonist in AF Harrold’s hilarious new novel, Greta Zargo and the Death Robots From Outer Space. Using subversive humour, this fast-paced novel is truly entertaining for children and adults alike with a host of characters including Mr Teachbadly, Mrs Wedlock, and a vegetarian squirrel with a nut…

Grrr! Dinos, Dragons and Other Beastie Poems

This collection, with its exciting, vertiginous cover, is the fruit of a writing team of two poets, both of whom claim a special interest in dinosaurs. (Mostly their poems alternate, although on one or two they collaborate.) As the title suggests, however, the poems’ scope, blending the real and the mythical, covers a variety of…

Guinea Pigs Online

Fuzzy the guinea pig longs to be a cook. He gets plenty of practice when his owners are out, inventing delicious smoothies made of ketchup, eggs, garlic and a dash of washing up liquid. Then comes the chance to work in a real restaurant. But his hutch-mate, Coco, suspects all is not as it seems,…

Gyrfalcon

As soon as I picked up this book I was curious. The story of a young boy, a falcon, a mystical trip back in time to ancient Ireland. How would it all fit together and would it add anything new to the already well-worn path of the Irish historical fantasy novel? I was pleasantly surprised.…

Happyville High: Geek Tragedy

Homeschooled Tyler’s idea of fun is using her dad’s lab equipment to build a proton laser. When her dad announces that they’re moving to Happyville, and she’ll be starting at a high school whose motto is ‘The more popular you are, the happier you become!’, Tyler suspects that she’s in for a bad time. Luckily,…

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

I will go out on a limb here, and suggest that it’s not the story, in this case, that requires a review. And so I will move directly on to the product itself. The job of illustrating Harry Potter would be, in equal parts, a dream and a nightmare for most artists. None would turn…

Helper and Helper

Are you an animal living in the wilds of the arid New Zealand wilderness? Do you require assistance? You need to call ‘Snake and Lizard’, an odd couple who will solve your problem for the small price of an egg or a beetle. A sequel to her book Snake and Lizard, Joy Cowley’s Helper and…

Hercufleas

Each month, on the night of the new moon, the hideous and very hungry monster Yuk comes to Tumber to guzzle. Many of the strongest, best-known heroes have tried and failed before to save the little town. Now, young Greta travels to Avalon to bring back the one champion who can do the job… a…

Here I Am

A young Asian boy arrives with his family in New York City.  He regards his new home and school as places where little makes sense, until the day he goes in pursuit of a girl who has picked up a dropped seed which reminds him of home. His search leads him through the city, which…

Heroes of the Red Branch Knights

Heroes of the Red Branch Knights is the twelfth book in the series described by Poolbeg as 'Ireland's Best Known Stories in a Nutshell.' The books present Irish myths and legends in a cheap and cheerful format for readers growing in confidence. The easy-to-read type, combined with a picture on every page, bring even the…

High Rise Mystery

Knights Of is the amazing new publishing house for children’s books started by David Stevens and Aimée Felone, set up to address the imbalance in children’s publishing and to offer a window into different worlds. Figures from Book Trust Represents from the period 2007 – 2017 showed that just 5.6% of published UK children’s authors…

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