This week my children's book reviews include a return to a classic, The Little Princess, a hide and seek board book, a fantasy prison break out adventure and a contemporary coming of age story suitable for dyslexic readers.
Dyslexia Awareness Week is from Oct 2nd-8th
Also in the Weekend section of The South Wales Evening Post. Enjoy
BOOK OF THE WEEK
THE PRINCESS AND THE SUFFRAGETTE BY HOLLY WEBB
A sequel to one of my personal favourites and a much loved classic, The Little Princess. Lottie is a student at Miss Minchin's but feels abandoned by her father. Inspired by the suffragette movement she forges her own path while looking for her mother. A heart-warming adventure about friendship, girl power and standing up for what you believe in. In time for the 2018 commemoration of women getting the vote. An inspiring story for all little girls, everywhere.
ISBN 9781407170855 HB Scholastic £9.99
VEHICLES HIDE AND SNEAK BY BASTIEN CONTRAIRE
BOARD BOOK 1+
This unusual odd-one-out sturdy board book will engage youngsters as they try and find the object that doesn't fit in with the rest. Spot the ladybird hiding between the cars, an eagle flying amongst planes or an iron gliding between boats. Children will delight in the humorous misplaced objects while shaping their comparison abilities and visual awareness skills. Printed in turquoise and bright pink the illustrated graphic designs are stylish, simple and very entertaining.
ISBN 9780714875163 HB Phaidon £7.95
PRISONER OF ICE AND SNOW BY RUTH LAUREN
A Machiavellian epic tale of sisterhood, valour and rebellion. Thirteen year old Valor must break her twin sister out of an impenetrable prison as she serves a life sentence for being wrongly accused of stealing a national treasure. But first Valor must break in and to do that she must assassinate the Prince. A Russian-inspired fantasy adventure with shades of The Count of Monte Cristo and Frozen. Perfect for fans of Katherine Rundell and Cathryn Constable.
ISBN 9781408872758 PB Bloomsbury £6.99
ROOK BY ANTHONY MCGOWAN
While brothers, Nicky and Kenny, try and help an injured rook, Nicky must deal with the school bully and his first love. When trouble escalates can Nicky turn his luck around? An insightful novel touching on peer intimidation, consequences and responsibilities. Dyslexia Awareness Week starts October 2nd. This brilliant drama, (reading age 8+ suitable for teens) is just one of many books by Barrington Stoke that help emergent and dyslexic readers unlock the love of reading.
ISBN 9781781127230 PB Barrington Stoke £7.99