This week my children's book reviews include a beautiful middle grade fantasy inspired by Nordic Fairytales, a picture book about a magical dinosaur, a middle grade book for the seasons by a favourite author and a mythical adventure for teens.
Also in the Weekend section of The South Wales Evening Post. Enjoy!
BOOK OF THE WEEK
NORTH CHILD BY EDITH PATTOU
An irresistible winters tale based on Scandinavian fairy tales and Beauty and The Beast. An epic adventure that takes Rose to an enchanted snowbound castle on the back of a white bear. Who is the stranger that appears to her nightly? The cast of magical characters and the stunning world building is spellbinding. A romantic adventure of true friendship that will sweep you off your feet. For fans of Phillip Pullman and Sophie Anderson.
PB Usborne Publishing £7.99
THE GIRL AND THE DINOSAUR BY HOLLIE HUGHES & SARAH MASSINI
PICTURE BOOK 4+
Marianne finds a dinosaur skeleton on the beach when she is digging in the sand. She calls it Bony. When Bony magically comes to life, they go on a whimsical adventure meeting fairies, unicorns and giants. An engaging story about the power of dreams and the belief anything is possible. The evocative illustrations capture the seaside and fantastical elements perfectly. It will take children on an enchanting journey before bedtime.
HB Bloomsbury £10.99
STORIES FOR EVERY SEASON BY ENID BLYTON
A beautiful treasury of stories for every season by one of the world's best-loved storytellers. Bursting with charming full -colour illustrations by Becky Cameron throughout this is perfect for reading aloud or for young readers. Step into a world of magic and nature where elfin tailors make clothes from autumn leaves or meet a fairy in a seashell. Divided into Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter this is a lovely gift for all occasions throughout the year.
Hodder HB £19.99
DEEPLIGHT BY FRANCES HARDINGE
YOUNG ADULT 12+
Fourteen-year-old street urchins Hark and his best friend Jelt dive under the sea for the relics of long-dead gods to sell. When the sea tries to claim Jelt Hark will do anything to save him. But what must he sacrifice? A thrilling adventure in an extraordinarily imagined world about friendship, power and storytelling. Submerge yourself in this underwater mythical world of Gods. Perfect for fans of Laini Taylor and Leigh Bardugo.
Macmillan HB £12.99