This week my pick of childrens books for The South Wales Evening Post include a gothic dystopian fantasy fiction for teens, a new adventure with The Storm Whale, two very different queens finding friendship for early readers and a contemporary thriller based on true events for dyslexic and reluctant readers.
My column can be found in the Weekend supplement of The South Wales Evening Post on Saturday and Sunday. Enjoy!
BOOK OF THE WEEK
INK BY ALICE BROADWAY
In an unforgiving world where your life story is tattooed onto your skin Leora must make sure her father’s memories are preserved when he dies. Posthumously a persons tattoos are made into a Life Book so why are parts of her fathers book missing? Who was he really? A dark dystopian novel with gothic overtones that mixes myth with memory and the meaning of life. A richly imagined world that will leave it’s mark.
ISBN 9781407172842 PB Scholastic £7.99
THE STORM WHALE IN WINTER BY BENJI DAVIES
PICTURE BOOK 3+
When Noi’s father doesn’t return from a fishing trip Noi braves the arctic weather to find him. But who will find Noi when his little boat is lost on the freezing sea? Will the Storm Whale he saved last summer return the favour? The superbly atmospheric illustrations perfectly capture their snowbound escapade using beacons of light and colour in a cold wintery setting. A heartwarming story of friendship, family and faithfulness.
ISBN 9781471119989 PB Simon & Schuster £6.99
QUEEN MUNCH AND QUEEN NIBBLE BY CAROL ANN DUFFY
Queen Munch likes noise and fun, Queen Nibble likes quietness and making jewelry from raindrops. Can such different queens ever be friends? A wonderfully lyrical fable by Poet Laureate Duffy with bright and bold illustrations by Lydia Monks. Beautifully observed about how we can learn from other peoples differences. Great for reading out loud and early readers.
ISBN 9781509829262 HB Two Hoots Books £12.99
THE LIAR’S HANDBOOK BY KEREN DAVID
River is a liar. It is the only way he can find out the truth. That is why when he meets his Mum’s new boyfriend he knows he’s a fraud. Can River prove it before it’s too late. A super readable psychological thriller that has huge appeal. Inspired by real life events the story challenges our perceptions of identity, truth and family. A cracking plot with an explosive finale. Accessible reading for emergent , reluctant and dyslexic readers.
ISBN 9781781126806 PB Barrington Stoke £6.99