This week my children's book reviews include an amazon adventure, a jungle sticker book, the return of Fighting Fantasy and an historical tale of freedom.
All in the Weekend section of The South Wales Evening Post. Enjoy
BOOK OF THE WEEK
THE EXPLORER BY KATHERINE RUNDELL
After their plane crashes deep in the Amazon, four children must try and survive. Can they find their way out? Has someone been there before them? A wonderfully exotic adventure that makes you feel you're also in the rainforest with them, discovering little jewels of fascinating facts, along the way. A tale of friendship, bravery and survival, edged with lush illustrations. A story encouraging you to expand your horizons. Favourite quote, “You are right to be afraid. Be brave anyway.”
ISBN 9781408854877 HB Bloomsbury £12.99
STICKER ART JUNGLE BY CRAIG AND KARL
Create one of eight colourful and stylish sticker-by-number animal portraits with this new series. Guaranteed to keep children entertained during the rainy holidays! Fill the numbered spaces with vivid coloured stickers and watch the animal art materialise. Each animal, such as a tiger, toucan or viper, comes with a fascinating list of facts. In association with the Natural History Museum. Also, available in the series is Ocean, Savannah and Woodland.
ISBN 9781847809452 PB Frances Lincoln £5.99
THE PORT OF PERIL BY IAN LIVINGSTONE
Fighting Fantasy celebrates it's 35th anniversary, with the release of a brand new game book. I loved these books as a child and was thrilled to see their return. The reader plays the hero, picking their own route, not knowing where the adventure leads or into what danger. Use your imagination to battle monsters, solve clues and compete with perilous guests. Part story, part game, this is perfect for fantasy lovers.
ISBN 9781407181295 PB Scholastic £6.99
PASSING FOR WHITE BY TANYA LANDMAN
YOUNG ADULT (READING AGE OF 8+)
It's 1848 in America's Deep South. Slave girl Rosa, is pale-skinned enough to 'pass for white'. For a chance of freedom, she poses as a white gentleman and her husband's master and both attempt a daring escape. This courageous tale is inspired by the real life odyssey of Ellen and William Craft. Also suitable for dyslexic and reluctant readers, with short chapters, distinctive font and clear language. A thought provoking and empathetic read great for historical discussion.
ISBN 9781781126813 Barrington Stoke PB £6.99