This week my children's book reviews include a middle grade mystery for train lovers, a picture book about a fiendish fox, a out of the world story about a boy who doesn't like potatoes and and a insightful and gripping young adult novel highlighting homelessness.
Also in the Weekend section of The South Wales Evening Post. Enjoy!
BOOK OF THE WEEK
HIGHLAND FALCON THIEF BY M.G. LEONARD & SAM SEDGMAN
Eleven year-old Harrison Beck is reluctantly joining his Uncle Nat on the last journey of the royal steam train, The Highland Falcon. When a priceless diamond brooch goes missing can he solve the mystery before the end of the line? A stowaway, a lonely dog and some rather eccentric guests lead Harrison and the readers on the ride of a lifetime. Can you pick up the clues? A first-class mystery for train lovers and adventurers.
PB Macmillan £6.99
THE TERRIBLY FRIENDLY FOX BY SUSANNAH LLOYD & ELLIE SNOWDON
PICTURE BOOK 4+
Gerald is a newly reformed vegetarian fox and guest of honour at the Woodland Creatures Ball! He charms all the guests with songs and games but has he really changed his ways? A classical dark and funny tail. Children will be intrigued by the characterful pen and wash illustrations. But will they notice who is missing page by page? The text and illustrations tell different stories. A darkly hilarious tale with Roald Dahl humour.
Simon & Schuster PB £6.99
THE NIGHT OF THE SPACE SPUD BY KAYLEY WILLIAMS
A young boy hates potatoes so much he sneaks out to bury them in the garden at night. But when an alien called a space spud whisks him off to Potato Planet can he see potatoes in a more positive light! Can the boy be persuaded to love potatoes as well? A quirky funny story that will help fussy eaters and inspire children's imagination. Great to share with the family or in the classroom.
Olympia PB £6.99
SOFA SURFER BY MALCOLM DUFFY
YOUNG ADULT 12+
Fifteen-year old Tyler rebels against his family's move from London to Yorkshire. When he befriends a girl called Spider it exposes her life living on the streets. Can Tyler help Spider escape or be drawn into a dark and dangerous world? This powerful and insightful story highlights the rise of homelessness while never losing humour or heart. It's about family, belongs and the importance of kindness and understanding. Great for book clubs and topical discussion in class.
HB Zephyr £12.99