This week my children's book reviews include a giant book of Greek myths, a princess who parps, a world of maths explained to young children and an exciting middle grade adventure based on Russian folklore.
Also in the Weekend section of The South Wales Evening Post. Enjoy!
BOOK OF THE WEEK
MYTHOLOGICA BY DR. STEVE KERSHAW & VICTORIA TOPPING
Uncover the lives of 50 powerful gods and goddesses, legendary mortals and terrifying monsters from ancient Greece. Children will learn about Zeus, the King of Gods and his wife Hera amongst others living on Mount Olympus. They will be amazed by heroic tales such as The Trojan War and The Odyssey. The magnificent and vibrant illustrations burst from every page and bring the mythology to life. A present of epic proportions.
Wide Eyed Editions PB £20
PRINCESSES DON'T PARP BY PETER BENTLY & ERIC HEYMAN
PICTURE BOOK 4+
A princess is living in a palace full of parpers. The butler squeaks, her troops' trumpet but you will never catch the princess doing bum blasts! However when the princess becomes nervous about her party, she starts to feel a bit gassy. Kids will have a blast reading this hilariously witty and somewhat windy tale. The lively illustrations are full of irreverent and wry visual gags (and gasses!)
Simon & Schuster PB £6.99
THE LANGUAGE OF THE UNIVERSE BY COLIN STUART & XIMO ABADIA
A visual exploration of mathematics, divided into four clear sections. Understand how maths is used in the natural world, physics and engineering, space as well as technology. From atoms to beehives to the movement of planets, everything revolves around maths. But how? Children will be taken on a visual journey with easy to read text and stunning surrealist art. A real eye-opener and a fantastic way to interest children in the world of maths.
Big Picture Press HB £16.99
THE GIRL WHO SPEAKS BEAR BY SOPHIE ANDERSON
Yanka grows up knowing she is different. Why do the trees whisper to her? Abandoned as a baby in a bear cave, she must find her true origins and embark on an epic quest. An enchanting adventure laced with Russian folklore and an extraordinary cast of characters. The atmospheric illustrations peppered throughout capture her snowy world perfectly. I loved Yanka's fearless spirit, her bond with nature and her determination to write her own story. Inspiring and heartening.
Usborne PB £6.99