Category Archives: Book Review

Fritz and Kurt by Jeremy Dronfield illustrated by David Ziggy Greene

The true story of the Kleinmann family was first told in the The Boy Who Followed His Father into Auschwitz and Jeremy Dronfield has now rewritten this remarkable and deeply moving story for children. Despite the shocking subject matter this … Continue reading

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The Song Walker by Zillah Bethell

The Shark Caller by Zillah Bethell was one of my favourite reads of 2021 so I was eager to read her new book, The Song Walker set in the Australian Outback, published in February by Usborne Books. From its intriguing … Continue reading

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Children’s Books – ones to watch out for in January 2023

We can start the year with a smile thanks to two new books from Barrington Stoke this month. For many years I have been a fan of this particular publisher, their books are accessible and perfect for those who may … Continue reading

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Britannica’s BABY ENCYCLOPEDIA for curious kids aged 0-3 by Sally Symes, Dr Amanda Gummer, Britannica Group Illustrated by Hanako Clulow

The month of November has seen a celebration of the inspiring world of non-fiction for children organised by the Federation of Children’s Book Groups. As the month ends I want to highlight a wonderful book that is a perfect introduction … Continue reading

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It’s The Journey Not the Destination written by Carl Honoré, illustrated by Kevin and Kristen Howdeshell

I am delighted to be participating in the blog tour to mark National Non-Fiction November, the annual celebration organised by the Federation of Children’s Book Groups highlighting the books that provide information and facts for eager readers. One of the … Continue reading

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The Chestnut Roaster by Eve McDonnell illustrations by Ewa Beniak- Haremska

The Chestnut Roaster is an utterly mesmerising read. It is a story of good versus evil, imaginative and original, carrying the reader along in an adventure that defies labelling. Historical fiction and fantasy combine to create something refreshingly different and … Continue reading

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Pick of the New Picture Books for Children

Over the last month there have been many picture books published and I would like to share just some of them with you here. My Rhinoceros by Jon Agee (Scallywag Press) How can you resist a picture book that has … Continue reading

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The Haunted Hills by Berlie Doherty

The Haunted Hills is an atmospheric story exploring childhood friendship, loss, grief and guilt set in a landscape that adds much to this multi-layered and thoughtful book. When we meet Carl he and his parents have recently arrived at a … Continue reading

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Zeki Rise and Shine and Zeki Sleep Tight – two new books for babies by Anna McQuinn and Ruth Hearson

A double helping of Zeki is hugely welcome and these two delightful new books published by Alanna Max perfectly start and end the day for little ones. They encompass the family rituals familiar to many and are wonderful for encouraging … Continue reading

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Tyger by SF Said illustrated by Dave McKean

We remember the important books we read in our childhood many years later as adults. It is as adults that we understand those books in a subtly different way, their influence shapes us and our understanding of our world. Tyger … Continue reading

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