This week my pick of childrens books for The South Wales Evening Post include a magical dessert adventure, a lumberjack with a problem, a young girl at a very odd boarding school and a scary fantasy full of assassins and monsters.
My column can be found in the Weekend supplement of The South Wales Evening Post on Saturday and Sunday. Enjoy!
BOOK OF THE WEEK
TRAITOR TO THE THRONE BY ALWYN HAMILTON
YOUNG ADULT 13+
Scheherazade meets the Wild West in this superb magical fantasy adventure. In this enthralling sequel we follow Amani, known as the Blue Eyed Bandit as she fights for survival. Betrayed and kidnapped by a ruthless sultan can she avoid the intrigue and treachery in his harem? Torn between passion and patriotism what will she choose? This intriguing heroine combined with a Machiavellian plot and intricate world building will continue enchant.
ISBN 9780571325412 PB Faber & Faber £7.99
THE LUMBERJACK’S BEARD BY DUNCAN BEEDIE
PICTURE BOOK 3+
When Jim Hickory, the lumberjack chops down all the trees in the area he makes a lot of woodland animals homeless. Where can they live? In his beard of course! Cue mayhem and lots of laughter. Endearing and very cute illustrations combined with slapstick humour makes this perfect for sharing. It also has an appealing and very important environmental message at its heart about being more thoughtful of others and to remember to replenish for the future.
ISBN 9781783706884 PB Templar £6.99
ST GRIZZLE'S SCHOOL FOR GIRLS, GOATS AND RANDOM BOYS BY KAREN MCCOMBIE
Dani is horrified to be packed off to boarding school while her Mum is studying penguins bottoms in the Antarctic. Except the school isn't quite what she expected. No uniforms, no rules and a very eccentric headmistress. A wacky cast full of quirky humour (including a naughty goat!) are perfectly captured by the witty illustrations of Becka Moor. A contemporary Mallory Towers with a healthy dollop of St Trinians thrown in.
ISBN 9781847157768 PB Stripes Publishing £5.99
DARK ASSASSIN BY JOSEPH DELANEY
YOUNG ADULT 12+
The third chilling instalment of the Starblade Chronicles, this is a classic tale of good versus evil. Tom Ward is a fully trained Spook who must keep his county safe from the beasts determined to bring war. With humankind's very existence hanging in the balance who will help them? Inspired by ancient myth, folklore and ghost stories this is perfect for older Harry Potter or Tolkein fans who love to be scared.
ISBN 9780370332192 HB Penguin £12.99