This week my pick of children's books for The South Wales Evening Post include a young knight fighting the Welsh, an adventurous bear, an exciting adventure, fantasy and an inspiring visual memoir by one of our leading illustrators.
My column can be found in the Weekend supplement of The South Wales Evening Post on Saturday and Sunday. Enjoy!
BOOK OF THE WEEK
THE SECRET DIARY OF JOHN DRAWBRIDGE BY PHILIP ARDAGH
John Drawbridge has moved to Widemoat Castle to become a knight. We learn how he's taught to charge with a lance, defend a castle and pick the right falcon by someone's status! When the castle is attacked by the rebellious Welsh can he use all he's learned to defend it? Hilarious and lively illustrations by Jamie Littler. In association with the National Trust, this is part of a brilliant series full of fun and fascinating facts.
ISBN 9780857639011 PB Nosy Crow £6.99
EVERYWHERE BEAR BY JULIA DONALDSON & REBECCA COBB
PICTURE BOOK 3+
A charming adventure of a little bear who's looked after by a year one classroom. One day he becomes lost and embarks on a heart stopping adventure. This pacey rhyming tale follows him down a drain, in a boat, on a lorry and flying through the air. The detailed and endearing illustrations, by Rebecca Cobb, picture a wide range of diverse characters and hobbies making it hugely appealing. The combination of Donaldson's insightful and witty text herald another classic.
ISBN 9781447280736 HB Macmillan £11.99
THE CRYSTAL RUN BY SHEILA O'FLANAGAN
Chased by bullies, teenager, Joe, accidentally runs through a portal into the magical world of Cacassia. He finds himself in a training camp for a group of teenagers who will become Runners. There he meets Kaia determined to bring glory to her family at a terrible cost. Can he find his way home and help her save her world? A classic fantasy quest full of excitement and vibrant characters. Perfect for fans of Susan Cooper and Cornelia Funke.
ISBN 978444927085 PB Hodder £6.99
TRAVELS WITH MY SKETCHBOOK BY MICHAEL FOREMAN
Leading illustrator, Michael Foreman shows us an intimate collection of drawings and anecdotes from his travels around the globe. From the ancient land of the Aztec's, travelling by train through Russia, to drawing Mount Fuji in Japan. Armed with pencils and watercolours, he really captures his personal experiences of each place and its people. His jewelled colours add a vibrancy and intimacy. A truly lovely gift for his fans and inspirational for artists, young and old.
ISBN 9781783704729 HB Templar £17.99