This week my children's book reviews include a middle grade adventure in Snowdonia, a picture book about going to school for the time, a return to Enid Blyton's classic Mallory Towers and a charming romance for young adults set on a train going across America.
Great books for going back to school and university!
Also in the Weekend section of The South Wales Evening Post. Enjoy!
BOOK OF THE WEEK
MAX KOWALSKI DIDN'T MEAN IT BY SUSIE DAY
Max is an 11-years-old boy who is always in trouble. But when his father disappears he must take responsibility for his siblings. They hide in Snowdonia where Max discovers new friends and a dragon that must be defeated! A heartwarming and emotional story about Max and his imperfect family that will make you laugh and cry. It is ideal for discussions about masculinity, dealing with unfair expectations and why it's okay to be yourself.
Puffin PB £6.99
THE COLOUR MONSTER GOES TO SCHOOL BY ANNA LLENAS
PICTURE BOOK 4+
The Colour Monster is preparing for his first day at school with his friend. Together with the new pupils they paint pictures, read and play. Despite making some mistakes they thoroughly enjoy and can't wait to go back. A wonderful and reassuring story for children who feel nervous about their first day at school. A great way to start a conversation about what children will expect in school as well as being very funny.
Templar PB £6.99
NEW CLASS AT MALORY TOWERS BY ENID BLYTON & VARIOUS
The definitive boarding school series returns with four new stories by various authors including Patrice Lawrence. New girl Marietta wants to go back to her home in the circus. When a dormitory argument reveals something unusual about her braided hair will she find friends at last? The tales are full of fun, friendship and midnight feasts with a feminist spin. The diverse and strong female cast will inspire a new generation of readers.
Hodder PB £6.99
FIELD NOTES ON LOVE BY JENNIFER E. SMITH
YOUNG ADULT 12+
Before starting university Mae and Hugo meet through the internet to become travel companions on a cross-country train trip across the USA. Despite being strangers and dealing with family drama they start to fall for each other. An endearing romance about living in the moment, learning to be independent and trusting your instincts. An intimate and atmospheric love story that speeds along to a satisfying climax. For fans of Stephanie Perkins and Jenny Han.
Macmillan PB £7.99