This week my children's book reviews include a magical dolphin adventure, a little owl looking for a friend, a celebration of unusual words and a chilling murder mystery.
Also in the Weekend section of The South Wales Evening Post.
BOOK OF THE WEEK
SONG OF THE DOLPHIN BOY BY ELIZABETH LAIRD
Finn has always felt different in the tiny fishing village of Stromhead. Why is he told to stay away from the sea? When he accidentally swims with dolphins, he finds he has a special connection with them. But what can he do when his new friends are in danger from plastic and rubbish in the water? An illustrated magical eco-adventure full of friendship and excitement that kids can enjoy while learning an important environmental message.
ISBN 9781509828234 PB Macmillan £6.99
A T-WIT FOR A T-WOO BY CHARLIE FARLEY & LAYN MARLOW
PICTURE BOOK 4+
Little owl Twoo sets off on a brave quest through the night to find a true friend to sing with him. On his journey, he meets deer, bats and badgers, and even a hungry fox. Twoo discovers on his adventure that when you believe in yourself, anything is possible. The twilight illustrations are captivating alongside the lyrical rhyming text as the owl searches for his perfect companion. An adorable story that is ideal for bedtime reading.
ISBN 9781408346495 HB Orchard £12.99
WHAT A WONDERFUL WORD BY NICOLA EDWARDS & LUISA URIBE
This thoughtfully illustrated book celebrates the magic of language. It is a collection of words that have no direct one-word translation and are unique to particular countries. In Finnish 'poronkusema' means the distance a reindeer can walk before needing the toilet! However, you might not need a translation for the Welsh word Hiraeth meaning a nostalgic longing for the homeland or past. A book of linguistic curiosities ideal to give to a child or adult.
ISBN 9781848576452 360 Degrees HB £12.99
YOUR TURN TO DIE BY SUE WALLMAN
YOUNG ADULT 13+
While Leah is on a family holiday, their fun is derailed by new girl Tatum and the discovery of sixty-year-old remains of a teenage girl in the garden. Strange accidents and unexplained events begin to happen. Also what is causing her cousin Poppy's illness? Question marks hang over the cast of characters making it a modern-day whodunnit worthy of Agatha Christie. A chilling thriller with an almighty twist at the end that you won't be prepared for.
ISBN 9781407181585 PB Scholastic £7.99