Find my Childrens Book Review Column in The South Wales Evening Post this Easter weekend March 26th-27th. My picks including a breathtaking finale to a riveting fantasy series, a picture book explaining Aspergers, Enid Blyton for young readers and a mad ostrich that will have you in stitches. Perfect reading for the holidays!!
BOOK OF THE WEEK
HALF LOST BY SALLY GREEN
TEEN FICTION 13+
A thrilling conclusion to this epic trilogy won't disappoint its legion of fans. Nathan a witch with enormous powers is on the run. Traumatised by the horrendous acts he has been forced to commit and faced with a battle to save his kind will it make or break him? Friendship, treachery, magic and adventure against the backdrop of a brutal war, this has it all. The heart stopping climax will stun you. Spellbinding.
ISBN: 9780141350905 PB Penguin Books £7.99
ISAAC AND HIS AMAZING ASPERGER SUPERPOWERS! BY MELANIE WALSH
PICTURE BOOK 3+
A great introduction to explaining Aspergers to very young children. Isaac feels he has superhero strengths and he shows us how he's sees the world in a different way. The story makes the subject more accessible and encourages readers to have a greater understanding. The superhero guise makes the uninformed appreciate the strengths and the struggles of those who have this condition. Great for teachers as well.
ISBN: 9781406344455 HB Walker Books Ltd £11.99
ADVENTURES ON THE WAY HOME BY ENID BLYTON
One of a series of short tales from one of my childhood favourite authors. Suitable for early readers made especially attractive with colourful illustrations by the talented Tony Ross and easily digestible short chapters. The classic tale of a group of friends and their dog finding adventure has universal appeal to boys and girls. A fight has broken out but how can they stop it? All is not what it seems!
ISBN 9781444927641Hodder Childrens £5.99
An hilarious collection of three stories about the misadventures of Mad Iris, the school mascot, who happens to be a very naughty ostrich. Can he save the school from the nasty inspector and sort out over zealous parents? Punctured with zany illustrations to add to the slapstick comedy this is a great holiday read accessible to all reading levels. If that wasn't enough you can find jokes and other fun activities at the back.
ISBN 9781781125526 Barrington Stoke £5.99