In my children's book column this week I feature a little pig who saves the day, a beautiful picture book full of dragons, a touching family drama that has a touch of fantasy and a haunting contemporary romance.
BOOK OF THE WEEK
A PIGLET CALLED TRUFFLE BY HELEN PETERS
Jasmine secretly saves an unloved piglet from death but their growing bond is put under pressure when Truffle is discovered and her future questioned as a suitable pet. A terrible storm allows Truffle to return the favour and maybe even save her own bacon! Accompanied by the charming illustrations of Swansea born illustrator Ellie Snowdon this warm and authentic story about life on the farm has huge appeal for Dick King-Smith fans and animal lovers alike.
ISBN 9780857637734 PB Nosy Crow £6.99
TELL ME A DRAGON BY JACKIE MORRIS
PICTURE BOOK 3+
There are many types of dragons. From Sea dragons who play with dolphins to Fire dragons or Ice Dragons, large and small. You are invited to discover every species and maybe even find your own. This new special edition is a treasure trove of jewelled illustrations adorning the lyrical text from this renowned Pembrokeshire artist. A modern day classic, great for sharing and igniting the imagination, with extra field notes about these mythical beasts lives and habitats.
ISBN 9781847802422 HB Frances Lincoln £11.99
THERE MAY BE A CASTLE BY PIERS TORDAY
It's Christmas Eve and Mouse, an eleven year old boy, and his family are involved in a car accident in the middle of nowhere. Only Mouse can help but to do so he must enter a magical world and fulfil a quest. A whimsical adventure that straddles fantasy and reality full of knights, monsters and a sheep called Bar. A tale of bravery, loss and life and ultimately hope with a touch of Dahl and Lewis Carroll.
ISBN 9781848668621 HB Quercus £12.99
HAUNT ME BY LIZ KESSLER
YOUNG ADULT 13+
Troubled teen Erin is looking for a new beginning in a new town and new school. Finding a boyfriend, Joe, whose is also a ghost might not be the best start. Fighting for her affections is his brother Olly, who's very much alive and hiding a guilty burden. This darkly romantic novel deals with loss, bullying and mental health issues. With raw emotion and hard hitting truths this will pluck your heartstrings whilst appreciating living in the moment.
ISBN 9781444009187 PB Orion Books £7.99