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Saturday, 18 June 2016

SOUTH WALES EVENING POST CHILDRENS BOOK COLUMN JUNE 17TH-18TH

My children's books this week for The South Wales Evening Post include a detective dog written by one of our best loved authors, an inspiring book for Fathers Day and not forgetting one for all the little football fans out there. Last but not least the perfect summer read for the holidays after exams.  All In the Weekend Magazine Section. Enjoy!


BOOK OF THE WEEK

THE DETECTIVE DOG BY JULIA DONALDSON AND SARA OGILVIE
CHILDRENS 4+
Peter's dog Nell has an amazing sense of smell so when school books disappear she's on the case. A topical subject this is a wonderful celebration of reading and libraries. A fast paced adventure from the UK’s most beloved author showing off her trade mark rhyming story telling to perfection. Nell's detective work is joyfully captured in Sara Ogilvie's adorable illustrations. A reminder of how inspirational books can be and the importance of free access to them.
ISBN:9781509801596 HB Pan Macmillan £11.99
5/5 Stars







WHEN DAD SHOWED ME THE UNIVERSE BY ULF STARK
CHILDRENS 5+

A father takes his son out on a night time adventure to show him the universe hoping to inspire him and share his own interests. However when the child sees the world from a different viewpoint both their eyes are opened in new ways. A poignant funny tale with sensitive illustrations that really capture their emotional journey. Even though they have a wonderful time for different reasons the memory of their trip will always be remembered together. Philosophical
ISBN: 9781927271827 PB Gecko Press £6.99
5/5 Stars




FOOTBALL STICKER AND COLOURING BOOK BY SAM TAPLIN
CHILDRENS 6+
If any little footie fans are having withdrawals between the UEFA Euro 2016 matches this is the perfect book to keep them occupied. Part of the 'First Colouring' series from Usborne it contains over 150 stickers to recreate matches. The backgrounds are already coloured in so all children have to do is concentrate on the fun details like team kits. Packed with fans, players and goals galore this will satisfy every little sporting fan.
ISBN: 9781409597537 PB Usborne Publishing Ltd £7.99
4/5 Stars



THE SQUARE ROOT OF SUMMER BY HARRIET REUTER HAPGOOD

YOUNG ADULT 12+

A contemporary coming of age drama with a twist. When Gottie's beloved grandfather dies her world becomes fragmented so she theorises these events past, present and future with her love of science to cope with the changes. Reminiscent of a modern day Brideshead Revisited it has a real bohemian vibe. When a kiss can be earth shattering and a touch heart stopping Gottie tries to reconcile her first love with her last. A perfect sumptuous summer read

ISBN: 9781509808281 PB  Pan Macmillan £7.99


5/5 Stars