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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…

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.…

Jason and the Golden Fleece

Spence is re-telling another Greek classic tale. There was more background than in previous adaptations.  Jason was a son of an ousted King Aeson. Sent away from home at a young age for his own safety, he is taught valuable lessons. He returns as an adult to claim his birthright. A prophecy warned King Pelias…

Magical Celtic Tales

This is a collection of Celtic tales from Ireland, Brittany, Scotland, Wales, Cornwall and the Isle of Man. These are familiar stories with a slightly different telling. Fairy tales or folk tales tend to reappear in different cultures and are retold in different ways. For example, the story ‘Blaanid’s Secret’ is similar to Rumpelstiltskin –…

My Friend’s a Gris-Kwok

So first to explain the title – what is a Gris-Kwok? A Gris- Kwok has the ability to change into any animal, bird, insect or fish. Now, on to the story. When Mike goes to visit his friend Alex one afternoon and babysit little Polly together, Mike is in for a few big surprises. When your…

Orang-Utan

This is a book that covers the first six years of a young orang-utan's life, recorded in photographs. The parent/child bond is very strong. The child learns all the necessary skills to survive from their mother. The child is also fed by their mother, first breast milk then later fruit and leaves which she chews first to soften for…

Perseus

Spence's version of the classic Greek tale is familiar in parts. This is a prime example of a self-fulfilling prophecy. King Akrisious sent his daughter Danae and grandson Perseus away because of a prophecy. It told him to beware of Perseus, he may bring you great harm. Perseus was considered a cowardly child. He wanted…

Re-Made

Mr Scarrow knows how to ensure a few sleepless nights. This book is not for scaredy-cats like me, but I loved it. The whole idea of an extermination is nothing new in literature but this one is a bit special: a virus is killing all living things with the exception of plants. There is cross…

The Oxford Treasury of Fairy Tales

The Oxford Treasury of Fairy Tales was first published in 2003, so the current offering is a re-print of the orginial. This is a wonderful collection of fairy tales which include the old favourites such as Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella and Snow White with the perfect amount of magic and without an overly saccharin ending. Some of the tales are less…

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