This week my children's book reviews include a riveting middle grade Russian inspired quest, a picture book about a magical Halloween pumpkin, an exploration of the human body for little scientists and a dystopian adventure with a ecological message for middle grade.
Also in the Weekend section of The South Wales Evening Post. Enjoy!
BOOK OF THE WEEK
THE TZAR'S CURIOUS RUNAWAYS BY ROBIN SCOTT-ELLIOT
In Eighteenth-century Russia, Katinka a dazzling ballerina with a hunched back is part of Peter the Great's Circus of Curiosities. But when the Tzar dies, she and her extraordinary friends must flee for their lives from the Winter Palace to find a new home. A vivid and daring quest that is full of myth and mystery. Children will love Katinka, an inspiring heroine full of courage and loyalty. For fans of Katherine Rundell and Sophie Anderson.
Everything With Words PB £8.99
CHRISTOPHER PUMPKIN BY SUE HENDRA & PAUL LINNET & NICK FROST
PICTURE BOOK 4+
When a witch magicks her Halloween pumpkins into life for the scariest Halloween party ever, she does not expect any of them to be nice!But Christopher Pumpkin wants to make fairy cakes and hang bunting not cobwebs and cook curried slugs! Can he find a way to scare everyone and stay true to himself? Bold, funny illustrations will delight children and encourage them to blaze their own trail. Perfect for reading out loud at Halloween.
Hodder PB £6.99
ANATOMICUM BY DR JENNIFER Z PAXTON & KATY WIEDEMANN
Have you ever wondered what the inside of your body looks like? Children will be transported right around the human body through amazing illustrations that show every vivid detail as never before. This large-format book demonstrates the workings of the body from the muscles to the delicate complexities of the brain. A fascinating and intriguing look at the human body, it's structure and how it all fits together. The perfect present for budding doctors, scientists, biologists and artists.
Big Picture Press HB £25
MOTHER TONGUE BY PATRICIA FORDE
After global warming, the new order wants to silence speech forever. Letta is a wordsmith and rebel, teaching children language, music and art. But when babies start to go missing, she must find a way to save them. This taut dystopian thriller has a strong environmental message at its heart. It also questions the balance between political power and corruption. This vivid world and courageous heroine will enthral readers and is ideal for book clubs.
PB Little Island £7.99