Friday, 22 February 2019

SOUTH WALES EVENING POST CHILDREN'S BOOK REVIEW FEB 23-24


This week my children's book reviews include a middle grade school mystery about why St David's Day celebrations are cancelled, a picture book about the joy of reading, a book guide about how to avoid stress and an exciting adventure about brotherly love that is also good for dyslexic and reluctant readers. 


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



BOOK OF THE WEEK 



ST DAVID'S DAY IS CANCELLED! BY WENDY WHITE
CHILDREN 8+

Seren Wen and her school newspaper team are on a mission. They suspect their headmistress has cancelled St David's Day and they must find a way to stop her. This witty adventure with a diverse cast will have wide appeal for children. The chatty prose and short chapters peppered with cartoonish illustrations by Huw Aaron are excellent for young readers. A lovely message about friendship, the power of teamwork and being proactive.
ISBN 9781785622083 PB Gomer £5.99



SHHH! I'M READING! BY JOHN KELLY & ELINA ELLIS
PICTURE BOOK 3+

Bella is determined to finish reading her book. But just as she is getting to the exciting bits she is disturbed by adventure seeking pirates, tap-dancing penguins and visiting aliens! The joyous and energetic illustrations practically overflow from each page and perfectly capture the chaos and eclectic cast of characters. An entertaining celebration of the joy of reading, perfect to share on World Book Day.
ISBN 9781788810944 HB Little Tiger £11.99







THE UNWORRY BOOK BY ALICE JAMES
CHILDREN 8+
We all worry and this illustrated activity book is an essential toolkit that will help remove distress. You can pick from colouring, writing or designing exercises plus a guide to relaxation techniques. Advised by a clinical psychiatrist it explains and demystifies anxiety. It also gives the tools to manage and overcome them especially if someone is having difficulty talking about their feelings. At the same time, it would help to start a conversation if needed and is good for the classroom.
ISBN 9781474950770 HB Usborne £8.99




LARK BY ANTHONY MCGOWAN
YOUNG ADULT 13+

An exhilarating adventure about the power of family love. Brothers Nicky and Kenny go on a trek across the moors with their dog to take their mind off a troubled home life. But as the freezing weather closes in danger lurks. A beautifully crafted story about the bond of family and pets that will stay in your memory long after it's finished. It will take you on a roller coaster of emotions. Suitable for dyslexic and reluctant readers.
ISBN 9781781128435 PB Barrington Stoke £7.99

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