This week my children's book reviews include an extraordinary futuristic adventure, a picture book about a grumpy bat, an enchanting new series for early readers and an alternative take on classic villains. Perfect for Halloween.
Also in the Weekend section of The South Wales Evening Post. Enjoy!
BOOK OF THE WEEK
THE EXTRAORDINARY COLOURS OF AUDEN DARE BY ZILLAH BETHELL
Moving to his deceased uncle's house Auden makes an extraordinary discovery. Under the garden shed he finds a human-like robot called Paragon, but what is he for? Will he help Auden see colour again? Paragon leads him on a thrilling journey of discovery set against a totalitarian society which is fighting over water. A captivating, futuristic adventure about friendship, family and hope. A wonderful gift and perfect for book club discussion. Artificial Intelligence meets ET.
ISBN 9781848126084 PB Piccadilly Press £6.99
I AM BAT BY MORAG HOOD
PICTURE BOOK 3+
A simple, charming story about a little bat who loves cherries but does not like sharing. When his cherries keep disappearing Bat must find out who is taking them. A pertinent story about the pros and con's of coveting and sharing you possessions. Despite all his failings, children will love this grumpy, little bat. The bold, luminous illustrations add layers and humour to the story about learning to share.
ISBN 9781509834617 HB Two Hoots £11.99
WITCH FOR A WEEK BY KAYE UMANSKY ILLUSTRATED BY ASHLEY KING
When Elsie offers to house-sit for the local witch, Magenta Sharp, she doesn't expect a talking raven, some very high-maintenance neighbours and a box of magic, with a sell by date. A spellbinding new series for young readers who will be absolutely charmed by the hilarious story of mishaps, mayhem and magic. This cauldron of endearing characters, adventure and laughs reminded me of Shrek but with witches!
ISBN 9781471160905 PB Simon & Schuster £6.99
BECAUSE YOU LOVE TO HATE ME EDITED BY AMERIIE
YOUNG ADULT 12+
An alternative anthology of short stories from the point of view of famous villains. Featuring the biggest names in young adult fiction, they have written their own spins on classics, inspired by well known BookTubers. Stories that have inspired them include King Arthur, The little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast, amongst others. Thirteen morsels of wickedness to feast on for Halloween, if you dare?
ISBN 9781408882764 PB Bloomsbury £7.99