This week my children's book reviews include an enchanted historical adventure set just before the French Revolution, a fascinating book about the weird and wonderful animals in nature, a very lazy horse with an amazing sense of smell and a fragrant young adult fantasy.
Also in the Weekend section of The South Wales Evening Post. Enjoy!
BOOK OF THE WEEK
ENCHANTEE BY GITA TRELEASE
YOUNG ADULT 13+
Set just before the French Revolution orphaned Camille must care for her frail sister and wastrel brother by using the little magic her mother taught her. In the glittering court of Louise XVI Camille transforms herself into an aristocrat enabling her to steal to survive. But at what price? A deliciously decadent historical romance set in Paris that is awash with enchantment, deceit and adventure. It will set your heart racing. C'est magnifique!
ISBN 9781509895977 PB Macmillan £7.99
ODD SCIENCE: INCREDIBLE CREATURES BY JAMES OLSTEIN
Children will marvel, laugh and learn from all the amazing and weird facts about the animal world packed into this small handy hardback. From sharks who listen to Death Metal to dinosaurs who use camouflage and purring elephants. Find out all about their colours, perception and speed which are illustrated with an amusing and quirky retro style. A fascinating compilation of wonderment from insects to dinosaurs. Great to share with family or the classroom.
ISBN 9781843654025 HB Pavilion £9.99
POPPY THE POLICE HORSE BY GAVIN PUCKETT
When Poppy, the horse is born without sight she develops an amazing sense of smell. The police want to recruit Poppy to help track down criminals, if only she wasn't so lazy! But when Poppy's precious pie is stolen she's forced into action. An engaging and hilarious rhyming couplet story that is perfect for new readers and reading out loud. Accompanied with illustrations by Tor Freeman children will adore the zany humour and rhythmic text. A classic series.
ISBN 9780571337781 PB Faber & Faber £6.99
SHADOWSCENT BY P.M. FREESTONE
YOUNG ADULT 13+
Seventeen-year-old Rakel has a talent for scent in a land where scent has power. While looking for a cure for her dying father the crown prince is poisoned and she is the prime suspect. Can Rakel find an antidote to save herself, her family and the empire? A richly envisioned epic world that blossoms into a bouquet of romance and Machiavellian intrigue. A fantasy adventure to enrich the senses.
ISBN 9781407192154 PB Scholastic £7.99