This week my children's book reviews include a modern day Dr Dolittle for 9+, a picture books about friendship, a collection of stories inspired by Alice in Wonderland and a contemporary coming-of-age drama for teenage bookworms that is perfect for the holidays.
Also in the Weekend section of The South Wales Evening Post. Enjoy!
BOOK OF THE WEEK
EVIE AND THE ANIMALS BY MATT HAIG
Eleven-year-old Evie has a secret super power. She can hear the thoughts of animals! But this can be dangerous especially when she comes up against a mysterious man with a similar talent. Can she save the animals and her Dad? Emily Gravett's wonderful illustrations throughout will appeal to all animal and adventure lovers. The thrilling adventure emphasises the importance of courage, kindness and empathy. Dr Dolittle for a new generation.
ISBN 9781786894281 HB Canongate £12.99
PICTURE BOOK 4+
Mia and Ben are best friends but when Ben has to move away will their friendship survive? A whimsical and lyrical picture book about the powers of the imagination. Children will love the idea of flying up in the sky as free as a bird, shown through stunning pastel illustrations. The story will help children understand the importance of keeping in touch with friends and family who've moved away. A lovely book to share.
ISBN 9781471173875 PB Simon & Schuster £6.99
RETURN TO WONDERLAND BY VARIOUS
A collection of original stories inspired by Alice in Wonderland written by today's leading children's authors. Tumble down the rabbit hole again and reacquaint yourself with the Queen of Hearts, a rather sad Mad Hatter and the Cheshire Cat amongst other beloved magical characters. Peter Bunzle, Piers Torday and Robin Stevens are just some of the authors who are celebrating the 150th anniversary of Alice with alternative viewpoints. A gorgeous gift and introduction to this classic.
ISBN 9781529006032 HB Macmillan £10.99
THE PAPER & HEARTS SOCIETY BY LUCY POWRIE
YOUNG ADULT 12+
When Tabby joins a book club she finds a group of friends who share the same interests. She would rather enjoy a good doughnut, Jane Austen and literary road trip over a party! A heart-warming holiday read that will appeal to all book worms and encourage readers not to feel guilty for exploring their own interests despite the pressures of social media. A coming-of-age romantic teen drama filled with humour and literary nods. Thoroughly entertaining!
ISBN 9781444952377 PB Hodder £7.99