Saturday, 28 July 2018

SOUTH WALES EVENING POST CHILDREN'S BOOK REVIEW JULY 28-29 2018

This week my children's book reviews include an empowering fantasy adventure, a stunning picture book exploring our imagination, an activity book showing how to draw sea creatures and a thought-provoking contemporary tale for teens. 


Also in the Weekend section of The South Wales Evening Post. Enjoy!



BOOK OF THE WEEK 


GRACE & FURY BY TRACY BANGHART
YOUNG ADULT 12+

In a world where women have no rights, sisters Serina and Nomi face two different fates. One in the palace and the other on an island prison where women must fight to survive. I loved the relationship and differing journeys of the two sisters and how they deal with a shocking change in their circumstances. This thrilling fantasy adventure has female empowerment at its centre with a touch of romance. A reluctant Cinderella meets The Hunger Games.
ISBN 9781444941951 PB Hodder £7.99





OCEAN MEETS SKY BY ERIC & TERRY FAN
PICTURE BOOK 4+

Finn is missing his Grandfather, so he builds a boat to explore the magical place in his stories where Ocean meets Sky. This enchanting book captures whales and jellyfish soaring into the sky and birds and castles floating past on Finn's adventure. This unique world is woven around a gentle message of how to remember those we've lost. The illustrations are mesmerizing and will draw any child into its mythical dreamlike world.
ISBN 9781786032058 HB Lincoln Childrens Books £12.99



INTO THE BLUE: HOW TO DRAW BY NICOLA DAVIES & ABBIE CAMERON
PICTURE BOOK 5+

Children can quickly learn how to draw their favourite sea creatures such as seahorses; jellyfish and seals. Fascinating facts accompany each picture. Did you know that jellyfish are one of the oldest forms of life on earth? Budding artists and animal lovers will easily follow the simple well thought out instructions. It is ideal for encouraging and appreciating the natural world and providing fun and engaging activities for the holidays.
ISBN 9781912050550 PB Graffeg £7.99





A THOUSAND PERFECT NOTES BY C.G. DREWS
YOUNG ADULT 13+

Beck lives for one thing: music. But his mother also yearns to live her aspirations through him. Her passion shows itself to Beck through violent words and blows, if he does not fulfil her expectations. Can his new friend August help him escape his mother's wrath and achieve his musical dreams? An intense thought-provoking and ultimately hopeful story that deals with domestic violence, family and friendship. This cast of characters is etched in my memory.
ISBN 9781408349908 PB Orchard £7.99


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