Childrens book column South Wales Evening Post Jan 16th 2016
This week I picked books featuring lost treasure, dastardly pirates, friends who don't listen, a gothic mystery and a machiavellian dystopia where you can trust no one.
BOOK OF THE WEEK
HOW TO FIND GOLD BY VIVIANE SCHWARZ
PICTURE BOOK 3+
I love the beginning of this story when Crocodile tells his friend that finding gold will be dangerous to which Anna replies "Good! Let's go!" Setting the tone we follow the two fearless friends in a rollicking adventure as they search the seas for lost treasure. The rich illustrations and clever use of colour really enhance this rip roaring tale of bravery, determination and believing in yourself. Great for intrepid little treasure hunters everywhere!
ISBN: 9781406362138 HB Walker Books Ltd £11.99
SHHH WE HAVE A PLAN BY CHRIS HAUGHTON
PICTURE BOOK 3+
With a hint of Inspector Clouseau and the Marx Brothers this will appeal to both adults and pre schoolers and have you snickering throughout. Four friends see a beautiful bird and make a plan to catch it but they are repeatedly foiled by their own stupidity hence a lot of slapstick comedy. The limited colours, strange little characters and simple short text adds to its appeal. Communication can be invaluable sometimes!
ISBN: 9781406360035 PB Walker Books Ltd £6.99
THE UNLIKELY ADVENTURES OF MABEL JONES BY WILL MABBITT
Mabel Jones is press-ganged into serving on the pirate ship the Feroshus Maggot before she is allowed to return to the ‘hooman’ world! A comedic Pirates of the Caribbean with a witty play on words, reminiscent of Lewis Carroll, that will have you laughing out loud. A thrilling adventure full of wild and wacky characters such as Captain Idryss Ebeneezer, (A wolf with a false leg). For more anarchic fun and activities visit www.mabeljonesbooks.co.uk
ISBN: 9780141355146 PB Penguin Books Ltd £6.99
THE RED QUEEN BY VICTORIA AVEYARD
An enthralling mix of X-Men meets Hunger Games. In a Machiavellian world where superhuman Silver's brutally rule over Reds there seems no hope of change. However when Mare, a Red, is discovered to have unexplainable electrifying power she becomes a powerful pawn in a brutal game where there can be no winners. Action packed with only a touch a romance this is suitable for boys and girls. Trust no one.
ISBN: 9781409150725 PB Orion Publishing Co £7.99