This week my children's book reviews include a magical world of wizards and warriors, a picture book about tantrums, a book to help children who feel sad and a darkly enchanting fantasy.
Also in the Weekend section of The South Wales Evening Post. Enjoy
BOOK OF THE WEEK
THE WIZARDS OF ONCE BY CRESSIDA COWELL
In a time of magic a boy wizard, Xar and a girl warrior,Wish have been taught to hate each other but when their two worlds collide they change their fate forever. A wildly entertaining and funny adventure packed with Cowell's celebrated scratchy and emotive illustrations of giants, snow cats and sprites. It is a visual treat to snuggle up with or read together with an adult. For fans of How To Train Your Dragon.
ISBN 9781444936704 HB Hodder Childrens £12.99
TINY TANTRUM BY CAROLINE CROWE
PICTURE BOOK 2+
When Tiny has a tantrum it can be heard for miles around! Windows rattle, jelly quakes and birds fall out of trees. Can anyone persuade Tiny to eat her vegetables, share her toys and brush her teeth? Maybe a few hairy monsters can? Perfect for toddlers learning to deal with temper tantrums or struggling to share and make friends. Colourful illustrations by Ella Okstad just add to the fun and make it a great story to share.
ISBN 9781848694415 HB Little Tiger £10.99
NO WORRIES! BY LILY MURRAY
New experiences, such as starting school or changes at home, can be a scary and difficult time for some children and these brilliant books could ease some of those anxiety's. This series is full of accessible and simple mindful techniques to deal with daily stresses and worries. Select from colouring, puzzles or games to combat negative feeling. Full of quirky illustrations which gives the book a playful quality that is not intimidating.
ISBN 9781787410879 PB Studio Press £8.99
THE BEAST IS AN ANIMAL BY PETERNELLE VAN ARSDALE
YOUNG ADULT 13+
Alys was the only child to see the twin soul eaters before they decimated her village, leaving all the children orphaned. When Alys starts a new life why is she drawn to the forest? Is there truth in the stories of the mythical Beast? A truly scary debut that will chill you to the bone. Imagine Brothers Grimm visiting Salem to create an an isolated magical world in which you must face you're deepest fears.
ISBN 9781471160455 PB Simon & Schuster £ 7.99