This week my children's book reviews include a funny novella celebrating World Book Day, a picture book celebrating female trailblazers, a middle grade book about a hotel for animals and an adventure which has a contemporary slant on Oliver Twist.
Also in the Weekend section of The South Wales Evening Post. Enjoy!
BOOK OF THE WEEK
THE GREAT ROCKET ROBBERY BY FRANK COTTRELL-BOYCE
Laika and her fellow street dogs are being trained for a trip to the moon. But they want to go now so they steal a rocket! A lovely novella for children that was written especially for World Book Day and is one of twelve titles to pick from. This fun adventure is a must for dog lovers and also mentions Swansea Jack! This initiative is a great introduction to Frank's hilarious books as well as other children's authors.
ISBN 9781529012651 PB Macmillan £1
FANTASTICALLY GREAT WOMEN WHO WORKED WONDERS BY KATE PANKHURST
A wonderful introduction to extraordinary women from all corners of the world who were trailblazers in their chosen profession. From mathematician Katherine Johnson who enabled the first men to go into space to Katia Krafft, a fearless volcanologist to Junko Tabei who was the first woman to climb Mount Everest, these women will inspire young readers to dream BIG. With sumptuous illustrations, this is perfect to celebrate International Women's Day and Mothers Day.
ISBN 9781408899274 PB Bloomsbury £6.99
HOTEL FLAMINGO BY ALEX MILWAY
Anna is the new owner of a dilapidated hotel which caters for animals. With the help of T.Bear the doorman, Madam Le Pig, her demanding chef and Lemmy the lemur receptionist can Anna restore it to its former glory? A quirky delightful tale of friendship, acceptance and teamwork decorated throughout with vibrant grey and pink illustrations. The menagerie of eclectic characters will have a huge appeal for early readers. I want to visit!
ISBN 9781848127753 PB Piccadilly £6.99
THE HAVEN BY SIMON LELIC
Ollie is on the run and finds sanctuary in a secret city below London ruled by kids fighting for justice. Can they stop 'Mad Maddy' Sikes from destroying their city? And who is the traitor in their midst? A modern slant on Oliver Twist this high octane adventure full of danger, camaraderie and disregard for authority will appeal to fans of CHERUB and Alex Rider. This thriller really hits the bullseye!
ISBN 9781444947601 PB Hodder £7.99