This week my children's book reviews include a little fish finding his own special talents, a little badger discovering the importance of kindness, a young girl learning to deal with change and a group of friends discovering a wolf and the importance of nature.
Also in the Weekend section of The South Wales Evening Post. Enjoy!
BOOK OF THE WEEK
PICTURE BOOK 3+
Terry is a small grey fish who is shunned by the other colourful fish who swim in Coral Reef City. When his friends make him a flashy costume, he suddenly becomes the centre of attention, including from a very hungry Eddie the Eel! Children will love looking for Terry playing hide and seek alongside the kaleidoscopic illustrations. This joyful tale is perfect to share with its gentle message about individuality and friendship.
ISBN 9781406378627 PB Walker £6.99
OOTCH COOTCH BY MALACHY DOYLE & HANNAH DOYLE
PICTURE BOOK 4+
Little Skunk has lost his family at the railway station. He only speaks Skunk and only Bel; a young Badger is determined to ignore her nervousness about his differences and try to help him. The cheerful and bright illustrations will endear this range of diverse characters to young readers. This topical tale is perfect for discussing a variety of themes in class and within families about prejudice, tolerance, language and differences.
ISBN 9781912213382 PB Graffeg £7.99
WHERE DO YOU GO, BIRDY JONES? BY JOANNA NADIN
Eleven-year-old Birdy Jones feels abandoned by her father who is far more interested in his new wife and child. Her grandpa's pigeon loft is the only place she can go to feel wanted. Now her father wants to move far away from everything she loves. When Birdy runs away will she find what she is looking for? A poignant and contemporary tale of dealing with loss and new beginnings and the importance of family and communication.
ISBN 9781510201262 PB Little, Brown Books for Young Readers £6.99
Izzy and her friends want to find a place to call their own. When they start using a derelict building site for skateboarding they find an injured wolf. How can they help him? A compelling and thought-provoking adventure about the importance of connecting with nature. It highlights the healing and positive impact of outside spaces for children to play in away from the stresses of the modern world. Suitable for reluctant as well as confident readers.
ISBN 9781781128282 PB Barrington Stoke £6.99
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