This week my children's book reviews include a thrilling cycling adventure, a board book about all different types of boats, a kids introduction to vegetarianism and a coming of age drama dealing with domestic abuse.
Also in the Weekend section of The South Wales Evening Post.
BOOK OF THE WEEK
CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS BY DAVID BRAYLEY
YOUNG ADULT 12+
Professional road cyclist Daniel must remember what inspired his love for racing if he want's to succeed in the toughest race of his career. This adventure is interwoven with family loyalty, betrayal and a mystery surrounding legendary racer Fausto Coppi. Peppered with sporting facts it transports us through the beautiful Gower Peninsula to Italy as we follow Daniel's quest. This is perfect for enthusiasts of all ages as it captures the agony and ecstasy of cycling.
ISBN 9780993510199 PB Scratching Shed £7.99
BOARD BOOK 3+
BOATS ARE BUSY BY SARA GILLINGHAM
An illuminating board book identifying different types of boats from oil tankers to cruise ships. Young children will love the bright primary colours and strong shapes capturing seafaring life. It is also fascinating to learn how boats communicate with each other. Different nautical flags show a variety of messages such as when fishing nets are in the water or when dangerous cargo is on board. A brilliant, informative book for little sailors and sea lovers alike.
ISBN 9780714876719 HB Phaidon £7.95
LIVING ON THE VEG BY CLIVE GIFFORD & JACQUELINE MELDRUM
It's National Vegetarian Week and this is a fun accessible guide for children on how to live a vegetarian life. It's full of tips, facts and delicious recipes that clearly outline what it means to live without eating meat and how to do it healthily. It explores different terms such as pescetarian and vegan, while looking at animal welfare, pollution and key information about nutrition. The jazzy layout and bullet point facts make it easily digestible.
ISBN 9781526306098978 HB Wayland Books £12.99
YOUNG ADULT 12+
ME MAM. ME DAD. ME. BY MALCOLM DUFFY
Danny's Mam has a new boyfriend and life seems good until cracks start to show. This tense thriller tackles issues of domestic violence which brings to light a subject that is too often hidden away. At it's heart is a teenager's love for his mother and the lengths he will go to protect her. The story doesn't pull its punches but is liberally laced with hope and humour which makes it a memorable and touching read.
ISBN 9781786697646 HB Zephyr £10.99