This week my children's book reviews include a thrilling middle grade fantasy, an wolf pup who's determined to play by his own rules, a fascinating book on the ocean for the very young and a the continuing adventures of a young girl and her beloved pony.
Also in the Weekend section of The South Wales Evening Post.
BOOK OF THE WEEK
TWISTER BY JULIETTE FORREST
Twister's father is missing. To find him she must wear an enchanted necklace given to her by a witch. It can turn the wearer into a wolf, a rainstorm or a raging river. But everything has a price. A whirlwind of an adventure, an irresistible cast and a courageous heroine will sweep you away into this richly embroidered and magical world. Twister's thrilling quest will carry you through every emotion. Hansel and Gretel meets The Wizard of Oz.
ISBN 9781407170992 PB Scholastic £6.99
ERIK THE LONE WOLF BY SARAH FINAN
PICTURE BOOK 3+
Erik, the wolf cub, has had enough of being told what to do by his pack. He is determined to become a lone wolf and follow his own rules. When Erik has an accident who will come to his aid? Children will love the adorable and impressionistic illustrations of Erik exploring the snow-capped mountains in his little red scarf. A howling success full of fun, family and teamwork.
ISBN 9781786030108 HB First Editions £11.99
HIDDEN WORLD: OCEAN BY LIBBY WALDEN & STEPHANIE FIZER-COLEMAN
PICTURE BOOK 5+
Did you know the largest giant squid ever found was the length of a bus? Or that there are three thousand different species of sea slug? This sturdy lift the flap book is packed to the gills with a sea of facts about ocean life with themes including Giants, Colourful Creatures and the Coral Reef. Sumptuous illustrations makes it a tremendous first non-fiction book for young readers to encourage future generations to protect and preserve our planet.
ISBN 9781848576087 HB 360 Degrees £9.99
A FRIEND IN NEED BY OLIVIA TUFFIN
Alice is so excited to join the pony club with her gorgeous pony Secret. When a pony escapes on a snowy night can Alice and her friend Finn rescue her? Will their delicate friendship survive the storm? The unspoken bond between Alice and her pony is touching as she is part of the family and helps them unite. The author's genuine love and knowledge of ponies shines through the pages and will satisfy the most ardent animal lover.
ISBN 978178000277 PB Nosy Crow £6.99