This week my children's book reviews include a Christmas mouse, dogs in space, a non-fiction book about poo and a young footballer facing his biggest challenge.
Also in the Weekend section of The South Wales Evening Post. Enjoy!
BOOK OF THE WEEK
Winston must deliver Oliver's letter to Father Christmas on Christmas Eve. Told in twenty-four and a half chapters this is the perfect alternative to an advent calendar. You can read a chapter every night up to Christmas Day which includes an activity such as making decorations or mince pies. This is a heart-warming book to share as the excitement builds and a brilliant idea to bring the family together for a new festive tradition.
ISBN 9781509851522 HB Macmillan £14.99
DOGS IN SPACE BY VICTORIA SOUTHGATE & IRIS DEPPE
PICTURE BOOK 5+
This is an incredible and true story of two heroic stray dogs Belka and Strelka, who were the first living creatures to orbit the earth. A fascinating story about how they were trained for their mission, followed by their survival and ultimate celebrity. The bold illustrations and text really capture the sixties and the two enchanting little dogs. I particularly loved Strelka's one floppy ear. Ideal for kids who love science, space and animals.
ISBN 9781526360571 HB Wren & Rook £12.99
THE CLUE IS IN THE POO BY ANDY SEED & CLAIRE ALMON
A hilarious and informative guide to animals and their poo and all the other tracks they leave behind. Did you know Canadian geese poop every twenty minutes and hyena poop is white because they eat so many bones! This illustrated compendium of poops, pellets and prints is not to be sniffed at! This is education at it's best with quizzes plopped throughout. The witty illustrations permeating the pages just add to the fun.
ISBN 9781784935733 HB QED £12.99
THE SILENT STRIKER BY PETE KALU
YOUNG ADULT 13+
Marcus is the best player in his football team and might be signed by Manchester United. But when he starts to lose his hearing his hopes and dreams seem to disappear too. It will test both himself and his friends. A powerful story about learning to deal with disability and the effects it can have on friendship and family. This engaging and passionate tale captures the euphoria and energy of the beautiful game.
ISBN 9781908446695 PB Hope Road Publishing £7.99