Friday, 21 January 2022
Monday, 6 December 2021
When Shadows Fall
Illustrations by Natalie Sirett
Publisher Little Tiger Press
disaffected youth and the vulnerability of teenage years, the importance of friendship, care and community and of urban green spaces. An empathetic and inspirational tour de force that seamlessly combines art, verse and prose to portray a powerful message and story.
I was delighted to be invited on this Fabulous Blog Tour for this wonderful book. Below is this fascinating Interview with Sita talking about the importance of Art which is an integral part of her story.
Natalie Sirett is a multimedia artist with a multi-faceted practice exploring us, our icons, our stories.
Friday, 5 November 2021
Blog Tour Thimble and the Girl from Mars by Jon Blake Illustrated by Martin Chatterton
The fourth hilarious and epic adventure of Thimble monkey who's first adventure was shortlisted for the Laugh Out Loud Awards. These great books can be read as a series or stand alone.
Children will adore the madcap adventure of Thimble and his inspiring disabled hero Jams. But this time there is a new girl on the block better know as the Girl from Mars who is determined to have Thimble for herself. Can Jams stop her?
Characterful illustrations throughout by Martin Chatteron and clear text make this very readable for 7+ upwards and for reluctant readers who like a giggle. They will love the dastardly effect beans have on Thimble's bum amongst the many other naughty japes!!
Family and friendship are at the centre of the never-ending madcap zany adventure. Another laugh out loud winner!
Monday, 11 October 2021
Rita Wong and the Jade Mask
by Mark Jones Illustrated by Seamus Jennings
A fantastical crime caper for middle grade readers upwards.
When Rita Wong meets a dragon called Lester they travel to the sinister Neon City where they must solve a mystery involving two vampires, a stolen jade mask and a Baron drowning in a vat of lemonade!
Children will love spotting the clues and the extraordinary cast of familiar character with a twist. It has a richly created film noir feel which dresses the plot and its characters with great style. From Vampires to werewolves to dragons parading as detectives or femme fatales this will keep readers completely captivated until the end. I especially loved the endearing friendship between Rita and Lester and the knife sharp humour throughout.
A must read and the perfect present for young detectives.
Tuesday, 22 December 2020
This is a list of my top Early Reader books of 2020. These are suitable for newly confident readers and reluctant readers and great for a Christmas stocking!
#thesecretexplorersandthelostwhales #thesecretexplorersandthetombrobbers #thesecretexplorersjurassicrescue #thesecretexplorerandthecometcollision @dkbooks
New series for #earlyreaders 7+ including a diverse cast of characters from the four corners of the world all with different skills.. Full of illustrations and fascinating facts that will reinforce STEM topics. A brilliant series.
The continuing hilarious adventure
explore the world and life of the national treasure. With details of his career and adoration of the natural world children will adore this introduction. Full of fascinating facts and well laid out to interest reluctant readers.#
#thepiratecaptainscat #theninelivesoffurrypurrybeancat @philipardagh @rbiddulph @simonkidsuk
A new highly illustrated series for young readers 5 +. Each one of her nine lives introduces us to a new adventure whether she be a railway cat or a witches cat or a pirate captain's cat.
#adancersdream #Katherinewoodfine #lizzystewart @simonkidsuk
An hilarious and irreverent highly illustrated adventure about a 9-year-old superhero who just wants to be normal!
celebrating #roalddahlstoryday Sept 13th and #halloween #roalddahlday with my original copy of #thewitchesIllustrations #quentinblake
Saturday, 19 December 2020
This is my 2020 Top pick of Young Adult Books perfect for you Christmas Stocking or any time of the year.
(In no particular order with something for everyone!)
Hilarious sequel to #indiasmythestandsup. This is a laugh out loud coming of age novel perfect for the holidays.
The second in the valentine's series. A hilarious and heartbreaking story about the impossible standards for being a girl.
Magic Flutes by Eva Ibbotson Macmillan-
. A witty historical coming of age drama for pride and prejudice lovers.