This week my children's book reviews include a re-imagining of a Russian folktale, a grumpy crocodile who wants to go home, a boy with an unusual super power and a mystery inspired by Shakespeare's Tempest.
Also in the Weekend section of The South Wales Evening Post.
BOOK OF THE WEEK
THE HOUSE WITH CHICKEN LEGS BY SOPHIE ANDERSON
An entrancing re-imagining of the Russian fairytale of Baba Yaga. Marinka's house has chicken legs and without warning can move to a new destination. What can Marinka do if she doesn't want to leave her new friend? The only other people she meets are the dead while helping her grandmother to guide them to the other side. Can she change her destiny? A deliciously macabre world with a courageous and rebellious heroine at its centre.
ISBN 9781474940665 PB Usborne £6.99
PICTURE BOOK 3+
WHAT'S NEXT DOOR? BY NICOLA O'BYRNE
PICTURE BOOK 3+
Help cranky crocodile; Carter find his way home in this award-winning interactive picture book. These brilliantly designed pages encourage children to take part in the story from rubbing Carter's tummy or shaking the book to remove snow. Kids will also love helping create doors in the pages and use their imagination to guide the crocodile through new landscapes. Will he ever escape? Bright and engaging illustrations and witty text makes it perfect for sharing.
ISBN 9780857638335 PB Nosy Crow £6.99
MIDDLE GRADE 8-12 YEARS
IGUANA BOY SAVES THE WORLD WITH A TRIPLE CHEESE PIZZA BY JAMES BISHOP
Dylan is desperate for a superpower but when he eventually get's one he is disappointed. All he can do is talk to Iguanas! When all the other superheroes are kidnapped can he save the world from the supervillain, The Platypus Kid with his chatty iguanas? He might need a pizza as well. An anarchic, hilarious adventure with comical illustrations by Rikin Parekh. Perfect for fans of Tom Gates and Kid Normal.
ISBN 9781444939347 PB Hodder £6.99
YOUNG ADULT 12+
STORM-WAKE BY LUCY CHRISTOPHER
YOUNG ADULT 14+
Moss lives on a mysterious island with only her father and magical flowers for company. When two strange boys wash up onshore Moss must open her eyes to the truth about her isolated world. Inspired by Shakespeare's The Tempest this magical adventure will cast it's spell over you as you wonder what is real and what is not. The lyrical text give it a mythical dreamy feel, perfect to lose yourself in.
ISBN 9781906427733 PB Chicken House £7.99