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Belle and Boo and the Yummy Scrummy Day

Sometimes when a book is a spin-off from a popular brand such as Belle and Boo, the story can seem forced and contrived, leading to an unsatisfactory read. Luckily, this charming tale of Belle and her little rabbit is a delightful story in its own right, with a sweet message about how healthy food can…

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…

Cleo

Cleo is the Chosen One, chosen by the Goddess Isis to restore her power in Egypt by retrieving an important map. The story, which blends fantasy, horror and a quest adventure, is set in ancient Egypt in the time before Cleopatra becomes pharaoh. The author imagines the early teenage years of Cleopatra, creating a work…

Don’t Even Think About It

This is a great story about every teenager’s biggest wish and biggest fear. To have the ability to know what everyone is thinking about you. The story set in a high school in the trendy Manhattan neighborhood Tribeca. When all the kids in sophomore year get their ’flu shots some of them develop the most amazing side effects.…

Finding Winnie: The Story of the Real Bear who Inspired Winnie-the-Pooh

Veterinarian Harry Coleman was on his way to tend horses in World War 1 when he rescued a bear cub, who had lost its mother somewhere in the fields of Canada. He named her Winnie and decided to take her along with him. They developed a remarkable friendship. Harry taught her to stand up straight,…

Hare and Tortoise

Alison Murray has given the tale of the Hare and the Tortoise a fabulous new lease of life. This book is full of humour, energy, charm and style. The endpapers (front and back) show us the map of the route that is ‘hopped’ by Hare and ‘tootled’ by Tortoise. Even the scale shown on the…

Little Mouse and the Red Wall

One can judge a picturebook by its cover! When opening my package, unwrapping the brown box and the bubble wrap to reveal the joy of a stunning picturebook, it was like receiving a gift in the post. Little Mouse and the Red Wall is a story about facing our fears, discovering freedom, and travelling into…

Little Soldier

Kaninda Bulumba doesn’t speak unless he has to. He does what he’s told, keeps his head down and shows no emotion. For that is what he has been trained to do. To the outside world, he is a refugee from Lasai, Africa; an orphan who has seen terrible things, a child to be protected by…

Marius and the Band of Blood (Tales From Schwartzgarten)

Marius Myerdorf has discovered his parents have been eaten by wolves. After an exhaustive search, there is one remaining relative who will take him in, saving him from the horrid prospect of the Swartzgarten Reformatory for Maladjusted Children. But his new life with his great-great-uncle Kalvitas, famous chocolatier and member of the prestigious Guild of…

Mine

The premise of learning to share and the whole idea of ‘mine’ is a good one and worth exploring, however, not sure that it is fully realised in this publication. There’s a fine line between simple and simplistic, and unfortunately, Mine is just slightly on the wrong side. The storyline is obvious and delivered in…

Shadow of the Zeppelin

It’s 1916 and Freddie Castle is living in South London with his family. War has erupted in Europe, and it seems that all of London is helping with the war effort except Freddie’s brother Will. Freddie thinks his brother is a coward. Across the channel, Ernst Stender, a petty officer in the German Air Force,…

Super Stan

Everyone agrees; Stan is a real superhero. His feats of daring and strength entertain and astound everyone… everyone except his big brother Jack, that is. Whenever Jack does something good, Stan does something amazing. It can be discouraging. Stan even manages to ruin Jack’s birthday treat with his superhero tricks and grabs all the attention…

The Deep Dark Wood

There is a lot going on in The Deep Dark Wood where a seemingly unsuspecting little girl ventures one gloomy afternoon. Escorted by none other than the big bad wolf (who appoints himself the girl’s bodyguard… the better to gobble her up later), our red-clad, basket-carrying heroine encounters an assortment of witches, giants and trolls.…

The Water Horse

Enchanting from the first, The Water Horse by Holly Webb weaves the spell of Venice around the reader. You can almost smell the salty sea tang, and see the vivid colours of court life, gondolas, and flowing dresses. We follow Olivia the princess as she slowly realises there is something going wrong in her beloved…


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