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Saturday, 7 May 2016

SOUTH WALES EVENING POST CHILDRENS BOOK REVIEW COLUMN MAY 7-8TH

This week my pick of childrens book include an award winning enchanted emporium, a super hero brother, a magic football and a summer read full of friendship and laughter.



BOOK OF THE WEEK

THE NOWHERE EMPORIUM BY ROSS MACKENZIE
CHILDRENS 9+
A magical adventure that is sure to weave its spell over you. Daniel, an orphan, only wants to hide in the Emporium but it seems the shop needs his help. He becomes an apprentice to a magician, discovers enchanted rooms, makes friends, travels through time and comes face to face with evil personified. The worthy winner of The Blue Peter Book Awards amongst others this will really inspire the imagination of all ages. Perfect for Harry Potter fans.
ISBN: 9781782501251 PB Floris Books £6.99
5/5 Stars




SUPER STAN BY MATT ROBERTSON
PICTUREBOOK 3+
Life is tough when your little brother is a superhero. Stan can run faster, jump higher and even fly. Nobody notices big brother Jack but sometimes even a superhero needs help. Great story for siblings who are a little fed up with feeling second best. Can Jack stop Stan crying and save the day? Witty illustrations full of detail and character, especially the lion. A great bedtime story exploring family relations.
ISBN: 9781408337288 HB Orchard Books £11.99
5/5 Stars





DEEP SEA DIVE BY FRANK LAMPARD
CHILDRENS 5+
Frankie's magic football takes him and his friends on a new underwater adventure. When the mermaids home is in danger can he and his team save them from a gang of sharks? Great for early readers, this inspires fair play, friendship and the enjoyment of sport and playing in a team. With simple black and white illustrations that could be coloured in and four game cards inside to share or collect this has something for everyone.
ISBN: 9780349132136 PB Little,Brown Books £4.99
4/5 Stars





THE UNEXPECTED EVERYTHING BY MORGAN MATSON
YOUNG ADULT FICTION
Andie's fathers political scandal wrecks her summer plans. Rescued by a lot of crazy dogs, a geeky but very cute guy and her awesome friends it seems her holiday is not entirely lost. As Andie's world shifts on its axis change can't be ignored as she deals with ghosts of the past. A perfect holiday read sprinkled with romance, loss and most importantly friendship. The emoji 'conversations' are hilarious. For Rainbow Rowell and Stephanie Perkins fans.
ISBN: 9781471146145 PB Simon & Schuster Ltd £7.99
5/5 Stars