This week my children's book reviews include a whirlwind of an adventure, a tale of magic shoes, a beautiful guide to beetles and a dark fantasy adventure for teens.
Also in the Weekend section of The South Wales Evening Post. Enjoy!
BOOK OF THE WEEK
STORM WITCH BY ELLEN RENNER
ISBN 9780857636409 PB Nosy Crow £6.99
THE GIRL, THE BEAR AND THE MAGIC SHOES BY JULIA DONALDSON & LYDIA MONKS
PICTURE BOOK 4+
Josephine buys some new magic running shoes. But will they save her from the bear who is chasing her? A gorgeous glittery book with a delightfuly unexpected ending that children will love. They will enjoy joining in with the repetitive text and trying to spot the clever details hidden in the imaginative illustrations. Families will relate to the annual back to school shopping expedition for new shoes and hopefully make future trips seem more magical than arduous.
ISBN 9781447275978 HB Macmillan £12.99
THE BEETLE COLLECTOR'S HANDBOOK BY M.G. LEONARD
This full-colour hardback companion book to the best selling Beetle Boy trilogy, introduces the world of beetles to budding naturalists. This illustrated guide spotlights different types of beetles including flashy lantern bearers, super-strong scuttlers and toxic-acid shooters. There are top tips on preparing for an expedition hilarious observations and fascinating facts by Darkus and his father. From scary to weird to awe-inspiringly gorgeous, this will amaze readers of all ages. A great gift and stocking filler.
ISBN 9781407185668 HB Scholastic £10.99
THE PRICE GUIDE TO THE OCCULT BY LESLYE WALTON
Nor Blackburn is a descendant of a famously cursed witch Rona and desperately tries to be invisible and hide her own powers. But when her mother turns to black magic Nor must rise to the challenge to protect those who truly love her. A dark and magical tale laced with romance and chills that will bewitch the reader. Nor's journey from a shy troubled teenager who self-harms to a strong, empowered woman is immense and thought-provoking.
ISBN 9781406382228 PB Walker Books £7.99