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BOOK REVIEW: Sherlock and the Baker Street Curse

- Short Review - Perfect for all curious kids and budding detectives this book takes the Sherlock brand and turns the famous sleuth into a comic strip styled crime solver. Ideal for those who are too old for picture books but still find entire pages of text a bit off putting. A fun caper in… Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: Sherlock and the Baker Street Curse

Book Review, Children's Fiction, Middle Grade Fiction, Young Adult

BOOK REVIEW: Frostfire by Jamie Smith

This is a book which pulls no punches in its opening scenes and chapters. The reader is thrown into the thick of a complex world, with all the confusion and disorientation which goes along with that, but it certainly makes for an arresting, exciting read. The book opens with some of the main characters –… Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: Frostfire by Jamie Smith

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BOOK REVIEW: The Ice Monster by David Walliams

- Short Review - David Walliams is at it again and this time he's brought a Mammoth with him and a supporting cast that are out of this world with crazy brilliance. Our leader of this motley crew and our guide on this terrific adventure is the young homeless girl called Elsie. This story has… Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: The Ice Monster by David Walliams

Book Review, Children's Fiction, Illustrator, Middle Grade Fiction

BOOK REVIEW: The Boy who Swam with Piranhas by David Almond & illustrated by Oliver Jeffers

As a fan of both writer David Almond and illustrator Oliver Jeffers, I couldn’t turn down the opportunity to review this title. The first thing I would say is that it is a very beautifully produced book with a stunning cover by Jeffers, featuring his trademark mixed media style of illustration and unique font. This… Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: The Boy who Swam with Piranhas by David Almond & illustrated by Oliver Jeffers

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BEST BOOKS: Ross Jeffery picks his best books of 2018

I have had the great pleasure this year of reading some of the finest children's fiction around. I've also dabbled in reading some classics too and with having two young children it has been a delight in discovering the next big series or book that I can put on the shelf and share with them… Continue reading BEST BOOKS: Ross Jeffery picks his best books of 2018

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BOOK REVIEW: Geronimo by David Walliams

I have a bit of a love affair with David Walliams, this is because I have two children who are complete bookworms. They love nothing more than curling up on the sofa and either reading his books to themselves or listening to us read his delectable tales to them. He is their generations Roald Dahl… Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: Geronimo by David Walliams

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FICTION: Grimcrack’s Fantastic Galactic Mercantile by Paul Stansbury

“Waddya going to disappoint Mom with this year?” Shereen taunted Jackie with a high whiny voice. “Not some smelly perfume like last year, I hope.” “Nah, I bet he’ll get her some more earrings that will turn her ears green like the year before,” chuckled Vernon. “They had to call Hazmat to get rid of… Continue reading FICTION: Grimcrack’s Fantastic Galactic Mercantile by Paul Stansbury