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BOOK REVIEW: After The Storm by Nick Butterworth

- Short Review - Nick Butterworth is someone who heavily influenced my childhood and is slowly influencing my children's too and I'm sure in a good many years he'll be influencing my grandchildren's childhoods - because these books live on in the hearts and minds of their readers, pure nostalgia on the page and a… Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: After The Storm by Nick Butterworth

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BOOK REVIEW: Three Little Monkeys Ride Again by Quentin Blake & Illustrated by Emma Chichester Clark

- Short Review - After the deliciously brilliant Three Little Monkeys was released, it was only a matter of time before these cheeky siblings were back for more anarchic fun at Hilda Snibbs expense and to the raucous laughter and appreciation of the young minds reading Quentin Blake's marvellous creation, which again is brought to… Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: Three Little Monkeys Ride Again by Quentin Blake & Illustrated by Emma Chichester Clark

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BOOK REVIEW: Prehistoric by Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld

- Short Review - Ideal for all young minds, a beautifully crafted book - from the full page renderings of dinosaurs to the brilliantly engaging words that accompany the artwork makes Prehistoric a book that all dinosaur fans should dig their claws into. Also a great book for schools, libraries and reluctant readers - the… Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: Prehistoric by Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld

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BOOK REVIEW: The Fowl Twins by Eoin Colfer

- Short Review - Many readers will be familiar with the name Artemis Fowl, even if they're never read any of Eoin Colfer's previous novels.  This book passes the baton for adventure to his younger, twin, brothers Myles and Beckett Fowl.  Twins they may be but they look different and definitely approach life in a… Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: The Fowl Twins by Eoin Colfer

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BOOK REVIEW: North Child by Edith Pattou

- Short Review - Imagine Beauty and the Beast, set in Scandinavia, with added trolls and you have the wonderful mythical tale that is "North Child".  The heroine of the tale is sacrificed to a White Bear by her superstitious mother, in exchange for the family's prosperity and to heal her sister Sara.  However there… Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: North Child by Edith Pattou

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BOOK REVIEW: The Fate of Fausto by Oliver Jeffers

Short Review Oliver Jeffers is at it again and this time he is using traditional lithography with a masters touch - a technique which sings from the pages of The Fate of Fausto. Not only does Jeffers create another classic story, he's able to conjure a modern day fable that is more simplistic than his… Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: The Fate of Fausto by Oliver Jeffers

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BOOK REVIEW: Spylark by Danny Rurlander

- Short Review - The cover and title of this book make you think of James Bond and, indeed, there is a decent villain, spy in the making and plenty of thrilling action within this story.  Set in the Lake District it follows Tom and his new friends as they foil a plot to assassinate… Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: Spylark by Danny Rurlander

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BOOK REVIEW: Children’s Ghost Stories by Andrew Murray

- Short Review - This could quite possibly be one of the best books at introducing horror or ghosts stories to children or inquisitive younger minds. Murray deals with a range of stories, including his own marvellously spooky offerings, whilst also retelling some classics such as The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, The Ghost of King… Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: Children’s Ghost Stories by Andrew Murray

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BOOK REVIEW: The World’s Worst Teachers by David Walliams

- Short Review - David Walliams is at it again and after three volumes of The World's Worst Children he turns his pen and mind to The World's Worst Teachers. I have to say that I did very much enjoy these stories, with many reminding me of some of my worst teachers - this volume… Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: The World’s Worst Teachers by David Walliams

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BOOK REVIEW: Sea Witch Rising by Sarah Henning

- Short Review - "Sea Witch Rising" is the follow up to "Sea Witch" - a loose re-imagining of the Hans Christian Andersen tale "The Little Mermaid".  Both books merge a mixture of land based magic, underwater worlds of mermaids and seemingly impossible loves.  "Sea Witch Rising" adds a whole new element though with the… Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: Sea Witch Rising by Sarah Henning