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Saturday, 21 November 2015

Childrens Book Review Column for South Wales Evening Post Nov 21st #TheReadingChair

My selection of childrens books for The South Wales Evening Post for Nov 21st.
Includes a beautifully illustrated visual poem to innocence and kindness, a farmyard caper, a guide for little budding astronauts and an Arabian adventure. 



BOOK OF THE WEEK


FOOTPATH FLOWERS BY JON ARNO LAWSON
PICTURE BOOK 3+
A wonderful wordless book about finding beauty in unlikely places if we just take the time to look. As the little girl collects flowers from urban cracks and crevices unbeknownst to her dad she redistributes them to those who would most appreciate them. As the book slowly fills with colour we are reminded of what we can miss in our fast paced lives. A visual poem to the importance of small but significant acts of kindness.
ISBN 9781406362084 HB Walker Books Ltd £11.99
5/5 Stars
CHILDRENS PICTURE BOOK 3+


WHAT THE LADYBIRD HEARD NEXT BY JULIA DONALDSON AND LYDIA MONKS

The hilarious sequel to bestselling picture book What The Ladybird Heard. This farm yard caper is bursting with colour and fun. Ladybird hatches a plan with her farmyard friends to capture two dastardly robbers trying to steal Hen's eggs. Donaldson's witty rhymes paired with the bold illustrations of Monks will delight all their little fans again and again. Its all about team work!
ISBN: 9781447275954 HB Pan Macmillan £11.99
5/5 stars


CHILDRENS 9+

THE ASTRONAUTS HANDBOOK BY LOUIE STOWELL

With a forward by the British Astronaut, Tim Peake this is perfect for little stargazers. Colourful pages and fascinating facts that include the rigours of the astronauts training, the International Space Station and fun bits that everyone wants to know such as how they go to the toilet! It covers all the aspects that you can think of and more regarding the technology and experiments. Inspirational and entertaining.
ISBN: 9781409590743 PB Usborne Publishing £6.99
5/5 stars


YOUNG ADULT FICTION 12+

A THOUSAND NIGHTS BY E.K.JOHNSTON

A richly embroidered tale of family loyalty, bravery and adventure. Based on Scheherazade, a young woman saves her sister by becoming the new wife of a demon king but how will she survive her imminent death? This is an empowering story showing that the mind can be mightier than the sword. Brimming with magic and myth this will sweep you away into an ancient desert kingdom with a bold and beautiful heroine. Epic.
ISBN: 9781447284116 HB Pan Macmillan £12.99

5/5 stars