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Friday, 15 March 2019

SOUTH WALES EVENING POST CHILDRENS BOOK REVIEW MARCH 16-17

This week my children's book reviews include a riveting fact packed adventure book, a picture book about a rather large cat, a middle grade adventure about a dangerous grandma and a teen fantasy adventure with a Machiavellian twist.


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


BOOK OF THE WEEK

THE LOST BOOK OF ADVENTURE EDITED BY TEDDY KEEN
CHILDREN 9+

When explorer Teddy discovers the illustrated diaries and observations of an unknown adventurer he compiles it into a illustrated treasure trove of survival tips and adventure stories. This first-hand glimpse takes you on a voyage of discovery from the Northern Lights to the Sri Lanka jungle to the Sahara desert. A gripping and fact-packed adventure book that is perfect to share with the family. A cool mix of Indiana Jones, Bear Grylls and David Attenborough!
ISBN 9781786032966 HB Frances Lincoln £20



BIG CAT BY EMMA LAZELL
PICTURE BOOK 4+

Isobel finds a very big cat in the garden while searching for her grandma's glasses. Will the other cats be happy to share their home with this enormous feline? Children will love 'pawing' over the vivid illustrations which gleefully capture the ensuing fun and chaos. A roaringly funny tale to share with Grandma on Mothering Sunday about family and making new friends. Purrrfect for fans of The Tiger Who Came to Tea.
ISBN 9781843654018 PB Pavilion £6.99


GRANDMA DANGEROUS AND THE EGG OF GLORY BY KITA MITCHELL
CHILDREN 9+

Ollie's Grandma is a fearless explorer. Wherever she goes chaos and adventure pursue her! In this second adventure Grandma Dangerous is intent of finding a stolen, priceless Faberge egg with Ollie. Nothing will stop her, not poisoned caviar, a prison break or even some contemporary dancing! Children will love this rebellious granny and Nathan Reed's line illustrations only add to the fast-paced fun. Warning: Don't give this to your Grandma. She might get ideas!
ISBN 9781408355503 PB Orchard £6.99


SONG OF SORROW BY MELINDA SALISBURY
YOUNG ADULT 13+

A thrillingly dark conclusion to the Machiavellian fantasy series State of Sorrow. Sorrow Ventaxia must find a way to free herself from the sinister control of Vespus and free her people. Immerse yourself in a richly woven world of intrigue, romance and treachery. At the centre of a web of lies and seduction readers will love Sorrow, who combines strength and vulnerability into a multi-faceted relatable heroine. For fans of Leigh Bardugo.
ISBN 9781407180281 PB Scholastic £7.99


Friday, 8 March 2019

SOUTH WALES EVENING POST CHILDRENS BOOK REVIEW MARCH 9-10 2019

This week my children's book reviews include a middle grade adventure about a young Viking girl seeking revenge, a picture book highlighting conservation, a funny middle grade featuring a young boy fighting zombies and a feminist coming of age young adult book about a teenage girl dealing with everyday sexism and bullying. 

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



BOOK OF THE WEEK


SHE WOLF BY DAN SMITH
CHILDREN 9+

Ylva, a young Viking girl is determined to seek revenge for her mother's murder. Accompanied by her faithful dog and helped by the kindness of strangers Ylva must track down her three-fingered killer and survive a dangerous snowbound hinterland. This warrior child's fighting spirit and survival instinct will ignite the imagination of children as they plunder this epic and mythical Viking world. A powerful and atmospheric coming of age quest.
ISBN 9781910655931 PB Chicken House £6.99


SURVIVAL BY LOUISE MCNAUGHT & ANNA CLAYBOURNE
PICTURE BOOK 5+

Twenty creatures who are facing extinction are captured in powerfully vivid animal portraits. Discover the dangers they face, why they are important to the Earth and what is being done to protect them. From the Siberian Tiger who's habitat is being destroyed by logging to the Blue Whale fighting against sea pollution to the Mountain Gorilla threatened by deforestation. It will open children's eyes to the vitally important work of conservation and how they can also help.
ISBN 9781787410459 HB Big Picture Press £12.99


MUTANT ZOMBIES CURSED MY SCHOOL TRIP! BY MATT BROWN
CHILDREN 8+

Ian is on a school trip to a historical (spooky) house with his only (imaginary) friend, Remington Furious III for company. Can he save his new classmates from being turned into groaning, dribbling zombies? Children will adore this anarchic adventure, creatively illustrated by Paco Sordo which is full of laugh out loud gags, not to mention an evil servant made from earwax and some dislodged eyeballs! This witty page-turner is ideal for early and reluctant readers.
ISBN 9781474960236 PB Usborne £6.99




THE BURNING BY LAURA BATES
YOUNG ADULT 14+

Fifteen-year-old Anna moves across the country with her mum to escape bullying after her boyfriend publishes inappropriate pictures of Anna on the internet without her consent. When her new classmates discover Anna's secret she once more feels persecuted and finds small comfort in the parallels of a history project about a young girl accused of witchcraft. This is an insightful and heart-wrenching tale influenced by real-life scenarios exploring sexism and misogyny in today's society.
ISBN 9781471170201 PB Simon & Schuster £7.99

Friday, 1 March 2019

SOUTH WALES EVENING POST CHILDRENS BOOK REVIEW MARCH 2-3 2019


This week my children's book reviews include a funny novella celebrating World Book Day, a picture book celebrating female trailblazers, a middle grade book about a hotel for animals and an adventure which has a contemporary slant on Oliver Twist.

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


BOOK OF THE WEEK

THE GREAT ROCKET ROBBERY BY FRANK COTTRELL-BOYCE
CHILDREN 6+

Laika and her fellow street dogs are being trained for a trip to the moon. But they want to go now so they steal a rocket! A lovely novella for children that was written especially for World Book Day and is one of twelve titles to pick from. This fun adventure is a must for dog lovers and also mentions Swansea Jack! This initiative is a great introduction to Frank's hilarious books as well as other children's authors.
ISBN 9781529012651 PB Macmillan £1


FANTASTICALLY GREAT WOMEN WHO WORKED WONDERS BY KATE PANKHURST
PICTUREBOOK 4+

A wonderful introduction to extraordinary women from all corners of the world who were trailblazers in their chosen profession. From mathematician Katherine Johnson who enabled the first men to go into space to Katia Krafft, a fearless volcanologist to Junko Tabei who was the first woman to climb Mount Everest, these women will inspire young readers to dream BIG. With sumptuous illustrations, this is perfect to celebrate International Women's Day and Mothers Day.
ISBN 9781408899274 PB Bloomsbury £6.99


HOTEL FLAMINGO BY ALEX MILWAY
CHILDREN 6+

Anna is the new owner of a dilapidated hotel which caters for animals. With the help of T.Bear the doorman, Madam Le Pig, her demanding chef and Lemmy the lemur receptionist can Anna restore it to its former glory? A quirky delightful tale of friendship, acceptance and teamwork decorated throughout with vibrant grey and pink illustrations. The menagerie of eclectic characters will have a huge appeal for early readers. I want to visit!
ISBN 9781848127753 PB Piccadilly £6.99


THE HAVEN BY SIMON LELIC
CHILDREN 11+

Ollie is on the run and finds sanctuary in a secret city below London ruled by kids fighting for justice. Can they stop 'Mad Maddy' Sikes from destroying their city? And who is the traitor in their midst? A modern slant on Oliver Twist this high octane adventure full of danger, camaraderie and disregard for authority will appeal to fans of CHERUB and Alex Rider. This thriller really hits the bullseye!
ISBN 9781444947601 PB Hodder £7.99

Friday, 22 February 2019

SOUTH WALES EVENING POST CHILDREN'S BOOK REVIEW FEB 23-24


This week my children's book reviews include a middle grade school mystery about why St David's Day celebrations are cancelled, a picture book about the joy of reading, a book guide about how to avoid stress and an exciting adventure about brotherly love that is also good for dyslexic and reluctant readers. 


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



BOOK OF THE WEEK 



ST DAVID'S DAY IS CANCELLED! BY WENDY WHITE
CHILDREN 8+

Seren Wen and her school newspaper team are on a mission. They suspect their headmistress has cancelled St David's Day and they must find a way to stop her. This witty adventure with a diverse cast will have wide appeal for children. The chatty prose and short chapters peppered with cartoonish illustrations by Huw Aaron are excellent for young readers. A lovely message about friendship, the power of teamwork and being proactive.
ISBN 9781785622083 PB Gomer £5.99



SHHH! I'M READING! BY JOHN KELLY & ELINA ELLIS
PICTURE BOOK 3+

Bella is determined to finish reading her book. But just as she is getting to the exciting bits she is disturbed by adventure seeking pirates, tap-dancing penguins and visiting aliens! The joyous and energetic illustrations practically overflow from each page and perfectly capture the chaos and eclectic cast of characters. An entertaining celebration of the joy of reading, perfect to share on World Book Day.
ISBN 9781788810944 HB Little Tiger £11.99







THE UNWORRY BOOK BY ALICE JAMES
CHILDREN 8+
We all worry and this illustrated activity book is an essential toolkit that will help remove distress. You can pick from colouring, writing or designing exercises plus a guide to relaxation techniques. Advised by a clinical psychiatrist it explains and demystifies anxiety. It also gives the tools to manage and overcome them especially if someone is having difficulty talking about their feelings. At the same time, it would help to start a conversation if needed and is good for the classroom.
ISBN 9781474950770 HB Usborne £8.99




LARK BY ANTHONY MCGOWAN
YOUNG ADULT 13+

An exhilarating adventure about the power of family love. Brothers Nicky and Kenny go on a trek across the moors with their dog to take their mind off a troubled home life. But as the freezing weather closes in danger lurks. A beautifully crafted story about the bond of family and pets that will stay in your memory long after it's finished. It will take you on a roller coaster of emotions. Suitable for dyslexic and reluctant readers.
ISBN 9781781128435 PB Barrington Stoke £7.99

Friday, 15 February 2019

SOUTH WALES EVENING POST CHILDRENS BOOK REVIEW FEB 16-17 2019

This week my children's book reviews include an enchanted historical adventure set just before the French Revolution, a fascinating book about the weird and wonderful animals in nature, a very lazy horse with an amazing sense of smell and a fragrant young adult fantasy.


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


BOOK OF THE WEEK 


ENCHANTEE BY GITA TRELEASE
YOUNG ADULT 13+
Set just before the French Revolution orphaned Camille must care for her frail sister and wastrel brother by using the little magic her mother taught her. In the glittering court of Louise XVI Camille transforms herself into an aristocrat enabling her to steal to survive. But at what price? A deliciously decadent historical romance set in Paris that is awash with enchantment, deceit and adventure. It will set your heart racing. C'est magnifique!
ISBN 9781509895977 PB Macmillan £7.99





ODD SCIENCE: INCREDIBLE CREATURES BY JAMES OLSTEIN
CHILDREN 5+
Children will marvel, laugh and learn from all the amazing and weird facts about the animal world packed into this small handy hardback. From sharks who listen to Death Metal to dinosaurs who use camouflage and purring elephants. Find out all about their colours, perception and speed which are illustrated with an amusing and quirky retro style. A fascinating compilation of wonderment from insects to dinosaurs. Great to share with family or the classroom.
ISBN 9781843654025 HB Pavilion £9.99




POPPY THE POLICE HORSE BY GAVIN PUCKETT
CHILDREN 7+
When Poppy, the horse is born without sight she develops an amazing sense of smell. The police want to recruit Poppy to help track down criminals, if only she wasn't so lazy! But when Poppy's precious pie is stolen she's forced into action. An engaging and hilarious rhyming couplet story that is perfect for new readers and reading out loud. Accompanied with illustrations by Tor Freeman children will adore the zany humour and rhythmic text. A classic series.
ISBN 9780571337781 PB Faber & Faber £6.99




SHADOWSCENT BY P.M. FREESTONE
YOUNG ADULT 13+
Seventeen-year-old Rakel has a talent for scent in a land where scent has power. While looking for a cure for her dying father the crown prince is poisoned and she is the prime suspect. Can Rakel find an antidote to save herself, her family and the empire? A richly envisioned epic world that blossoms into a bouquet of romance and Machiavellian intrigue. A fantasy adventure to enrich the senses.
ISBN 9781407192154 PB Scholastic £7.99


Friday, 8 February 2019

SOUTH WALES EVENING POST CHILDREN'S BOOK REVIEW FEB 9-10 2019


This week my children's book reviews include a magical middle grade adventure based in a Victorian London frozen in time, a picture book about the gift of kindness, an illustrated little book of hugs and a young adult book about finding your own path. 

Great books for children and some lovely gifts for Valentine's Day suitable for all the family. 


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


BOOK OF THE WEEK 


THE MIDNIGHT HOUR BY BENJAMIN READ & LAURA TRINDER
CHILDREN 9+

Emily must find her parents who have vanished into the Midnight Hour, a Victorian London frozen in time full of monsters and magic. With only a stowaway hedgehog and her infamously big mouth to aid her, Emily must uncover family secrets and save this enchanted world. This weird and wonderful fantasy adventure with its quirky cast of characters will delight children who will love being scared and thrilled all at the same time. For fans of Nevermoor.
ISBN 9781911490906 PB Chicken House £6.99



THE KISS BY LINDA SUNDERLAND & JESSICA COURTNEY-TICKLE
PICTURE BOOK4+

When Edwyn gives a kiss to her Grandma, her Grandma keeps it to bring joy to others. When a rich man wants to buy the kiss at any price, what will she do? An endearing story about the power of love and kindness complimented by a strong message that to give is to receive. The warm, seasonal illustrations and its multi-generational characters will appeal to the whole family. A lovely gift for Valentines and Mother's Day.
ISBN 9781788811026 HB Little Tiger £11.99



100 HUGS BY CHRIS RIDDLE
CHILDREN 8+

An endearing little gem of a book full of illustrated hugs from the familiar to the unexpected. It will raise a smile as you linger over a panda with its cub, a dragon and princess or a hare and tortoise, all hugging. These imaginative weird and wonderful pictures are laced with heartwarming quotes from Shakespeare to Tennyson. Suitable for all ages this is a charming token of affection for those who like a cwtch on Valentines Day.
ISBN 9781509814312 PB Macmillan PB £5.99


ONLY LOVE CAN BREAK YOUR HEART BY KATHERINE WEBBER
YOUNG ADULT 14+

Reiko escapes from her claustrophobic home life and loss of her sister to spend time in the Californian desert. Seth shares her love of the desert but is it enough? An emotional rollercoaster about family and friendship, love and loss. This coming of age drama is about finding your own path in life regardless of outside pressures. Set against a dramatic backdrop this self-affirming tale is full of hope, no matter what life throws at you.
ISBN 9781406369052 PB Walker £7.99


Friday, 1 February 2019

SOUTH WALES EVENING POST CHILDRENS BOOK REVIEW FEB 2-3 2019

This week my children's book reviews include an exciting middle grade adventure about three cursed sisters, a picture book teaching how to tell the time, a beautiful retelling of the Disney's Little Mermaid and an hilarious middle grade story about a young boy who keeps turning into animals at times of stress!

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


BOOK OF THE WEEK

A PINCH OF MAGIC BY MICHELLE HARRISON
CHILDREN 9+



Three cursed sisters. Three magical objects including a bag, a mirror and a set of dolls, which potentially have the power to change their fate. One mysterious prisoner who can help but at what price? Readers will be swept up in this gripping adventure as Beth, Fliss and Charlie embark on a quest to put a wrong to right. Brimming with excitement, fast paced action and strong heroines this is perfect for fantasy lovers.
ISBN 9781471124303 PB Simon & Schuster £6.99






















NO TIME FOR CLOCKS BY MAX LOW
PICTURE BOOK 4+
Ceri the cat and Deri the dog are two best friends who want to learn how to tell the time so they will not be late for lunch. Their friend Gwen explains what a clock is and how it can help them. This educational story with it's big bold pictures is perfect for teaching children to tell the time. The series includes Good To Be Sweet about learning division and both would be useful for the classroom.
ISBN 9781912213740 PB Graffeg £7.99


THE LITTLE MERMAID BY DISNEY
CHILDREN 6+

Celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of Disney's Little Mermaid with this charming retelling in a gorgeous cloth bound, gold foiled hardback. I loved seeing some of the initial sketches, paintings and concept art for the film plus the biographies of the unsung artists who worked on the animation in the back of the book. This would make a lovely gift for Disney fans, young children as well as for Valentines with it's Happily Ever After message. A real treat.
ISBN 9781787414686 HB Studio Press £12.99


CHARLIE CHANGES INTO A CHICKEN BY SAM COPELAND
CHILDREN 8+

Not only is Charlie's brother in hospital but he's being bullied at school. Unfortunately stress makes Charlie change into an animal such as a spider, a pigeon or even a rhino! Can Charlie learn to control his new powers with the help of his friends? This slapstick comedy which is complimented by the cartoonish illustrations of Sarah Horne, is quick-witted and fast paced. It will have children chuckling from start to finish.
ISBN 9780241346211 PB Puffin £6.99