Category Archives: Book Review

Little Women – entertainment or empathy?

Little Women has always been a book that has mattered to me. Last week I finally managed to see the Greta Gerwig adaptation of this classic loved by generations of readers and it made me realise once more why it … Continue reading

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Children’s Books Debuts – new voices making a difference

Over the last few days I have been transported to far away lands to accompany brave young heroines on epic journeys and I have loved every moment of it. The publishers Nosy Crow had sent me a proof copy of The … Continue reading

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Reading Matters – news from the world of children’s books

It is the time of year when many people make resolutions or set themselves new goals. Across social media there have been suggestions for reading challenges such as a greater number of books to read this year, reading a wider … Continue reading

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Jane Eyre – a retelling by Tanya Landman

As a teenager Jane Eyre was one of my favourite books. It was not a set book for an exam instead one that I had chosen for myself from a suggested classics list provided by my English teacher. It had … Continue reading

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The Nativity Retold for Children in Picture Books

Leah’s Star by Margaret Bateson-Hill and Karin Littlewood This tender retelling of the Nativity story manages to convey the beautiful message at its heart and allow the reader to witness the event through the eyes of a child. The text … Continue reading

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Perfect Winter Reads for Children

As the nights draw in the temptation to close the door on the outside world at nightfall and escape to another through the pages of a book is enticing both to adults and children. My own memories of childhood are … Continue reading

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McTavish on the Move by Meg Rosoff

McTavish the kind, wise & frequently hilarious rescue dog is back in this fourth instalment of life with the Peachey family. In this latest book the family are moving house and the youngest member, Betty, is moving school too. In … Continue reading

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Invisible in a Bright Light by Sally Gardner

An irresistible mixture of mystery, danger, history and fantasy this story by award winning author Sally Gardner has a fairytale quality that makes the book a delight to curl up with on a winter evening. From the opening lines this … Continue reading

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Moon and Me: The Little Seed by Andrew Davenport illustrated by Marino Umeda

Moon and Me is the latest series for CBeebies created by Andrew Davenport who brought the Teletubbies and In the Night Garden to previous generations of pre-schoolers. Inspired by the Rumer Godden and Enid Blyton toy house stories the programme … Continue reading

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Blog Tour – It’s a No-Money Day by Kate Milner – Art Showcase

In 2018 Kate Milner won the Klaus Flugge Prize for most exciting newcomer to children’s picture book illustration with her debut, My Name is not Refugee. It was a book that encouraged children to think about and empathise with a … Continue reading

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