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A Boy Called MOUSE

As a baby Mouse is left in the care of his Nanny when his parents go off adventuring. However, neither his grandfather nor uncle are happy about this and become increasingly malevolent towards the child. Nanny senses this and removes him secretly to her home place, a farm, where he lives happily. Unfortunately, Uncle Scrope…

Being Ben

The world of the young child can be a daunting place. So much is experienced for the first time and so much is unpredictable. Ben’s imagination takes over as he contemplates the arrival of his new baby brother or sister. He imagines a monster that will be noisy, break his toys and distract his parents’…

Buried Thunder

Gripping from the opening paragraph, this thriller is one that called me back to it until I was finished. I generally don’t read scary books, and never at night, but this story was so well told I just had to keep reading. And how wonderful it is to have a complete story.  There is a…

Call me Drog

Right or wrong, I generally don’t read the blurb on a book before reading the text. I like to come to a new book uninformed so that every bit of the story is a surprise. So, when I began reading this first novel by Cowing, I thought I was in for a really sinister treat. …

Cogheart

Thirteen-year-old Lily is left alone when her inventor father goes missing, presumed dead, after a Zeppelin crash. Previously, Lily had been injured and her mother killed in a steam-wagon accident. However, Lily realises that there is more to these incidents and decides to investigate. She is joined by Robert, a clock-maker’s son, and Malkin, a…

Don’t Look Back

Sinead is bound by a childhood promise to her manipulative and addictive brother Patrick that she will always ‘follow his footsteps’ and now he is missing. Although Sinead wants to break free of this bond, she cannot, and believes that Patrick, in a bizarre game, has left clues to his whereabouts. The clues lead Sinead…

Flip

This review is an extract from Inis 35. To read the full extended review pick up a copy of Inis 35. The search for our identity, the question of who we really are, is one that we begin at birth and continue to search for until we die. When can we ever say that we…

Mr Baboomski and the Wonder Goat

Initially, I was sceptical about this book. The nonsense words in the opening pages reminded me too much of Roald Dahl’s BFG and apart from that, the grammar was riddled with errors. I’m usually looking at books with teacher eyes, so I wasn’t sure if this would be a book that I would be happy…

Pull Out All the Stops!

One of the hallmarks of a good book is its ability to transport you to another place, time or environment where the real world becomes non-existent. Geraldine McCaughrean has done this in Pull Out All the Stops! and I was, for the first time in my life, travelling down the Missouri River on a paddle…

Rover and the Big Fat Baby

Another adventure from Rover and the Gigglers, this fast-paced story is guaranteed to provide the reader with numerous chuckles. The Big Fat Baby has gone missing, so Rover and his side-kick Messi, have to find her. In the meantime, Rover’s business, providing the Gigglers with poo, has a big order on and that has to…

Sputnik’s Guide to Life on Earth

Research informs us that visualisation is one of the comprehension strategies used by good readers. Encouraging children to become enthusiastic readers means providing them with text that is imaginative, exciting and descriptive. Cottrell Boyce provides just such a text in this mad-cap story. The scenarios are beyond belief, and yet so skillfuly portrayed that they…

The Halloweeds

If gruesome and scary is what you like to laugh at, then this is the book for you. Cossanteli spares no-one’s sensibilities with her terrifying escapades and grisly exploits, hilariously described in this hair-raising adventure. Flora and fauna take on macabre characteristics as her story takes turn after ghastly turn, each chapter bringing some new…

They didn’t teach THIS in worm school!

Marcus, the worm, is about to be eaten by a chicken, Laurence, when his courage makes his inevitable fate take an unexpected turn. The pair ends up on a voyage to Kenya – well, really the local zoo – where Laurence, who believes he is a flamingo, wants to meet his fellow flamingos. On the…

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