My pick of childrens books this week for the South Wales Evening Post include a quirky who done it, a picture book looking at friendship, a sewing kit for kids and a story about hope. My childrens book review column can be found in the magazine section of the paper every weekend.
Wishing you all a very happy, healthy and peaceful 2017
BOOK OF THE WEEK
THE GOLDFISH BOY BY LISA THOMPSON
Matthew suffers from crippling OCD which makes him a virtual recluse. He chooses to see life pass by from his bedroom window. When a toddler goes missing can he help solve his disappearance and face his fears at the same time? A psychological thriller that has an endearing protagonist amongst a bevy of colourful characters. An intriguing modern day Poirot with heart. Perfectly pitched for middle grader readers who love a good mystery.
ISBN 9781407170992 PB Scholastic £6.99
PICTURE BOOK 2+
Told through illustrations only we watch as mummy owl and three baby owls settle down for the night. Annoyingly they are disturbed by a family of bats hanging upside down on the same branch. When a terrible storm arrives the babies fall off one by one. Who will save them? A sweet story about helping your neighbour despite their differences, working together and finding true friendship. A strong message simply and powerfully told.
ISBN 9781406364392 HB Walker Books £11.99
This perfect little sewing kit has everything you need to make seven felt animals. Children who love crafts and making things will delighted in the simple step by step guide book. Also included is everything you need such as stuffing, needles, buttons, pins and thread. Most helpful are the links to video clips for demonstrations, tips and techniques. With clear layout this is brilliant for absolute beginners, even telling you how to thread a needle.
ISBN: 9781409599227 PB Usborne £12.99
A poignant and touching tale of hope and miracles, imagination and the belief that anything is possible. When Miranda's sister is taken to hospital she escapes into an imaginary world Magnanimous. Thought provoking and profound this endearing tale gives an insight into family and friendship and how people deal with stressful situations. Sometimes a child’s innocence can have a powerful impact and is more able to see through dark times. Full of empathy.
ISBN 9781444929072 HB Hodder Childrens £10.99