This week my pick of children's books for The South Wales Evening Post include a book loving heroine, fun at the farm, a code cracking young genius and a time travelling romance.
My column can be found in the Weekend supplement of The South Wales Evening Post on Saturday and Sunday. Enjoy!
BOOK OF THE WEEK
BOOKSHOP GIRL BY SYLVIA BISHOP & ILLUSTRATED BY ASHLEY KING
Property has a big secret. She can't read, even though she loves everything about books. When her adopted family win a wondrous bookshop, is the prize too good to be true? Will Property save her family from disaster and keep her secret? Can the shop's very grumpy cat help her? This magical story is a joy with a feisty heroine that will capture your heart. The line illustrations by Ashley King compliment its quirky charm throughout. Enchanting.
ISBN 9781407159690 PB Scholastic £5.99
REALLY FEELY FARM BY DORLING KINDERSELY
BOARD BOOK 0+
These delightful sturdy touch and feel books are packed with fluffy patches, bumpy patterns and tactile glitter that invite pre schoolers to touch and tickle. The crisp, clear pictures and text show a well thought out introduction to animals and birds on the farm. Toddlers can learn the names of chickens, pigs, sheep and more. Also available in the series are Baby Animals. A perfect and healthy alternative to chocolate for Easter!
ISBN 9780241268056 HB Dorling Kindersley £ 5.99
WILLIAM WENTON AND THE LURIDIUM THIEF BY BOBBIE PEERS
William has inherited a genius for code breaking from his grandfather, who has mysteriously disappeared. When his extraordinary talent is discovered he is kidnapped and taken to a secretive institute full of some very cool gadgets and robots. What is the strange substance called Luridium? Who is chasing him? This award winning adventure bristles with excitement, humour and some jaw dropping cliff hangers giving it a wide appeal. Da Vinci Code meets Alex Rider.
ISBN 9781406371703 PB Walker Books £6.99
WAKING IN TIME BY ANGIE STANTON
YOUNG ADULT 13+
Abbi arrives in college only to find, on her second day, she wakes up in 1983. It's just the beginning of her time travelling. Can she solve her grandmother's mystery as she tumbles through the decades? Another student, Will has travelled forward in time from 1927. Will their love survive? How will they get back home? A nostalgic, romantic mystery with a timely twist. Back to the Future meets The Time Travellers Wife.
ISBN 9781782025931 PB Curious Fox £7.99