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Saturday, 30 January 2016

South Wales Evening Post Children's Book Column Jan 30th


South Wales Evening Post Children's Book Column Jan 30th


My childrens books for this week include an Arabian, Wild West fantasy, a naughty purple bear, an even naughtier menace and a chilling psychological thriller


BOOK OF THE WEEK


REBEL OF THE SANDS BY ALWYN HAMILTON
YOUNG ADULT FICTION
This is a unique Wild West meets Arabian Nights mash-up. Amani is desperate to escape Deadpool and a chance meeting with an exotic stranger gives her that opportunity. But thrown into the middle of a rebellion with an evil sultan Amani has tough choices to make . Untold magic, striking imagery and a crackling romance this epic delight will sweep you away into a desert storm and lose you in the sands of time. HOT
ISBN: 9780571325252 PB Faber & Faber £7.99
5/5 Stars






I AM BEAR BY BEN BAILEY SMITH AND SAV AKYUZ
PICTURE BOOK 3+
This wildly funny Bear will have you in stitches with his purple fur suit and talent for finding trouble wherever he is. Bear is seriously naughty, from stealing honey and doughnuts to playing fiendish tricks just for kicks. Great for reading aloud with punchy bold illustrations that really add to the jokes. This will be a sure fire hit with little rebels and wannabe rappers alike.
ISBN: 9781406359251 HB Walker Books £11.99
5/5 Stars




THE DIARY OF DENNIS THE MENACE: THE GREAT ESCAPE BY STEVEN BUTLER
CHILDRENS 6+
Dennis is back but unfortunately for him he has been sent off to boarding school! Surrounded by class swots and tasteless, inedible healthy food he really needs to escape. Help arrives in the form of some fart pellets and his Gran on a motorbike.! In sharp diary format punctured with hilarious cartoons this is great for those with a short attention span and lovers of Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Horrid Henry.
ISBN: 9780141355863 PB Penguin Books £5.99
4/5 Stars





THINGS WE HAVE IN COMMON BY TASHA KAVANAGH

YOUNG ADULT FICTION
A chilling psychological thriller that sees unfolding events through the eyes of a lonely and troubled teenager obsessed with one of her class mates. Claustrophobic and unsettling, Kavanagh slowly feeds the reader morsels of information racking up the tension to the shocking finale. A gripping read not only suitable for teens but also adults who loved Gone Girl and Notes of a Scandal. You will want to devour this in one sitting.
ISBN: 9781782115977 PB Canongate Books Ltd £8.99
5/5 Stars