This week my children's book reviews include an enchanting Christmas tale based in Wales, a troublesome witches' cat, more adventures from the world's worst vampire and a monstrous tale inspired by Frankenstein.
Also in the Weekend section of The South Wales Evening Post. Enjoy!
BOOK OF WEEK
THE CLOCKWORK CROW BY CATHERINE FISHER
Seren, a young orphan is taken in by a mysterious family living in wildest Wales. A mysterious package, a lost boy and a magical snow globe lead Seren into an enchanted Winter wonderland where all is not what it appears. Children will especially delight in Seren's cheeky, talking mechanical bird as she continues on her quest to find a true home. The poetical text is spellbinding and a perfect story for Christmas. The Secret Garden meets Narnia.
ISBN 9781910080849 PB Firefly £6.99
PICTURE BOOK 4+
Mrs Blackhat is a witch who loves the colour black. Everything is black except her cat...who's ginger! Unfortunately, when she uses the internet to buy a spell, it leads to hilarious results. This story will appeal to adults who appreciate the hazards of internet shopping and children who will delight in the tongue twisters and repetitive text with laugh out loud humour. Perfect for reading out loud with bold, explosive illustrations this is Spooktastic for a very Happy Halloween.
ISBN 9781444940091 HB Hodder £12.99
Vlad, the worlds worst vampire is not looking forward to his annoyingly perfect cousin Lupus coming to visit him. Can the school play help reveal who's got the real talent? This relatable story deals with issues such as the perils of trying to fit in and appreciating our talents with a comical twist. Punctured with inky illustrations this feel-good little book about friendship and family is spookily good for early readers at Halloween.
ISBN 9781847159571 PB Stripes Publishing £5.99
THE MONSTERS WE DESERVE BY MARCUS SEDGWICK
YOUNG ADULT 13+
An author searches for inspiration in the Alps villa where Shelley wrote Frankenstein. This claustrophobic monstrous tale will lure you in to witness the tortured mind of a writer. Do our creations define us? Who is the real monster? The creator or the people who judge and jury it? Who knows what is real and what is imagination? Ripe for book clubs and discussion, this will intrigue, infuriate and inspire. It will prey on your mind.
ISBN 9781788542302 HB Zephr £12.99