The Reading Chair Children's Book Column for
South Wales Evening Post Sept 26th
OF THE WEEK
GOTH GIRL AND THE WUTHERING FRIGHT BY CHRIS RIDDEL
This sumptuous and richly decorated treasure of a book is every little girls dream gift. The metallic embossed cover and intricate illustrations on virtually every page are a delight. The third in the series we follow the continuing adventures of Ada and her friends as they struggle to solve a mysterious plot in Lord Goth's Dog Show. There are plenty of clever literary references such as Sir Walter Splott and Plain Austen that will appeal to adults and laugh out loud humour for the children. A real gem.ISBN 9781447277897 PB Pan Macmillan £10.99
Picture Book 4+
A sensitively handled story dealing with the death of a grandparent for the very young who are struggling to understand their loss. Syd is very close to his grandad and together they go on an adventure to a tropical island. However, only Syd can go home. This could help parents explain a difficult subject to their child. I also recommend by the same author The Storm Whale, a beautiful story about family and friendship.
ISBN 9781471115684 PB Simon & Schuster Ltd £6.99
ISBN 9780192737748 PB Oxford University Press £6.99
Young Adult Fiction
TRIAL BY FIRE BY JOSEPHINE ANGELINI
Angelini's first series Starcrossed was great but this really cranks it up a notch. Lily suffers life endangering allergies, has a schizophrenic mother and absent father. Calamitous events send her into an alternative world where Lily grows from a peace loving sensitive girl into a strong powerful witch. So many twists and turns in this book it had me hooked from the beginning. The second, Firewalker, is just out so you can binge read!
ISBN 9781509809875 PB Pan Macmillan £7.99