This week my children's book reviews include the adventures of a naughty rabbit, an introduction to the stars, a football quiz book and a heart-breaking contemporary debut with a powerful message for teenagers.
Also in the Weekend section of The South Wales Evening Post.
BOOK OF THE WEEK
GRAB THAT RABBIT! BY POLLY FABER & BRIONY MAY SMITH
PICTURE BOOK 4+
This charming tale of kindness and forgiveness is full of excitement and daring that is reminiscent of the adventures of Peter Rabbit. Hodge is an adorable bunny who can't help eating all the carrots in Mrs Sprat's garden. Mrs Sprat is determined to have her revenge and stop him at all costs! Will Hodge live to tell the tale? The richly detailed illustrations compliment the story that is perfect for reading aloud and sharing.
ISBN 9781843653783 PB Pavilion £6.99
STARRY SKIES BY SAMANTHA CHAGOLLAN & NILA AYE
PICTURE BOOK 4+
This brilliant introduction to space and astronomy will capture youngsters imagination. The two-colour scheme of black and yellow bring the star constellations to life. Each spread features one of the fourteen constellations such as Pegasus; Hercules and Leo presented on a shiny surface. This clever tactile design will engage young readers and encourage them to look and wonder at the night sky. The perfect starting point for discussion of space and the stars.
ISBN 9781633225091 HB Walter Foster Jr £10.99
FOOTBALL SCHOOL: THE AMAZING QUIZ BOOK BY ALEX BELLOS & BEN LYTTLETON
Just in time for The FIFA World Cup, this is the ultimate test for football fans of all ages. Packed with over 300 brain-busting funny and fascinating questions, tantalising trivia and hilarious cartoons by Spike Gerrell this is perfect to improve knowledge and test friends on the beautiful game. With chapters such as 'Great Goals', 'Ouchy Injuries', 'Canny Coaches' and 'Jeepers Keepers' kids can learn all about international football while keeping them occupied for hours.
ISBN 9781406379587 PB Walker Books £6.99
I STOP SOMEWHERE BY T.E.CARTER
YOUNG ADULT 14 +
Ellie loves Caleb, but she is not sure she likes him. One night she finds out what a monster he is. A compelling and thought-provoking account of rape, the brutal aftermath and the culture of female objectivity. This is a raw lesson in the importance of learning to value yourself and having the self-confidence to speak out when things go wrong. This searing account is at times horrifying but also profoundly moving, tender and haunting.
ISBN 97811471167782 PB Simon & Schuster £7.99