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Sunday, 1 May 2016

SOUTH WALES EVENING POST CHILDRENS BOOK REVIEW APRIL 30- MAY 1ST

SOUTH WALES EVENING POST CHILDRENS BOOK REVIEW APRIL 30- MAY 1ST

Find my Childrens Book Review Column in The South Wales Evening Post this weekend April 30- May 1st. This week my picks include a beautiful tale of friendship by Kate Di Camillo, Catherine Rayner's ten year anniversary of Augustus, the tiger who lost his smile, Shakespeare re looked at by former childen's laureate Michael Rosen and an epic dragon fantasy adventure from Julie Kagawa.

BOOK OF THE WEEK

RAYMIE NIGHTINGALE BY KATE DICAMILLO
CHILDRENS 9+
A moving story about friendship, family and the ties that bind. Three girls meet during a baton twirling contest and form an unlikely bond. Loosely based on the authors life in a small American town this is a heart warming tale of a child’s innocent view of an adult world. In the unlikeliest of circumstances including errant fathers, lost cats and narrow escapes they find hope, courage and humour in the face of tragedy. A delight.
ISBN: 9781406363135 HB Walker Books Ltd £9.99





AUGUSTUS AND HIS SMILE BY CATHERINE RAYNER
PICTURE BOOK 3+
This classic celebrates its ten year anniversary with a glorious gold foiled hardback in association with The David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation. Augusts has lost his smile. He climbs the highest mountains and dives into the deepest oceans to find it. A sensitive portrayal of when someone is feeling sad and how to lift your mood. Stunning illustrations in rich jewelled watercolours and black ink captures the magnificence of the tiger.
ISBN: 9781848692329 HB Little Tiger Press Group £10.99
5/5 Stars




WHAT'S SO SPECIAL ABOUT SHAKESPEARE? BY MICHAEL ROSEN
CHILDREN 7+
From ghosts, Roman murders, love potions, fairies and cruel kings Shakespeare's plays have it all. This is a wonderful introduction to our most famous playwright. How did he live? What do we know about him? Why is he so famous? As well as historical facts and his impact on every day language Rosen also studies four of his most famous plays and encourages us to see Shakespeare in the theatre or on film as it was intended. Inspiring.
ISBN: 9781406367416 PB Walker Books Ltd £6.99
4/5 Stars






SOLDIER BY JULIE KAGAWA
CHILDREN 12+ /YA FICTION
Dragons hiding amongst humans, secret organisations and mercenaries on their tail. The third book in this dark fantasy revolves around the doomed love between Ember the dragon human hybrid and Garret the dragon slaying soldier. Garret has uncovered secrets that will shake the very foundation of their beliefs. Can the danger reunite them? With plenty of action this series really breaths fire into the fantasy genre. There are laughs, heartbreak and a massive cliffhanger.
ISBN: 9781848453937 PB Harlequin (UK) £7.99
5/5 Stars

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