This week my children's book reviews include a haunting ghost story set in Wales, an environmental picture book about friendship, a book of adventurers and a supernatural adventure for middle grade readers.
Also in the Weekend section of The South Wales Evening Post. Enjoy!
BOOK OF THE WEEK
Whilst Lark is holidaying with her troubled family on the Welsh coast, she finds herself at the centre of a disturbing mystery. Who is the girl in the green dress that her sister keeps drawing? A coming of age ghost story full of long-buried family secrets and set against the vivid imagery of wildest Wales. This supernatural tale will thrill and intrigue kids until the final haunting and shocking twist is revealed at the end.
ISBN 9781910080801 PB Firefly Press £6.99
LONESOME BOG AND LITTLE DOG BY IONA TULLOCH & HARRY WOODGATE
PICTURE BOOK 4+
When Little Dog finds sanctuary with Lonesome Bog, they strike up an unlikely friendship. Can they show others the beautiful wildlife that lives within their glorious peaty world? This quirky environmental tale highlights this often overlooked but incredibly important landscape. The richly textured collaged illustrations bring the bog land's flora and fauna to life as well as it's gentle message of friendship. A lovely book for the whole family to share.
ISBN 9781999992101 PB Little Forest Publishing £6.99
ALASTAIR HUMPHREYS' GREAT ADVENTURERS ILLUSTRATED BY KEVIN WARD
A showcase of incredible expeditions undertaken by some of the most heroic explorers who have ever lived. From Ibn Battuta, a 14th-century explorer to the Apollo Moon mission astronaut Michael Collins this book introduces its young readers to an eclectic range of explorers from young to old, male and female and with a variety of abilities. These genuinely inspirational tales highlight ordinary people who have sought extraordinary lives with only an insatiable curiosity as their guide.
ISBN 9781783708143 HB Big Picture Press £16.99
THE BLACK AMULET BY J.R. WALLIS
Jones and his friends must find the Black Amulet, a magical artefact to help them with their new lives in Badlands, a hidden world full of monsters, vampires and my particular favourite a rather bossy talking gun! This supernatural adventure is bursting with excitement, danger and fraught friendships. Kids will love the excellent glossary of magical terms at the back. Perfect for boys and girls who are fans of Harry Potter.
ISBN 9781471157943 PB Simon & Schuster £6.99