• The Invisible by Tom Percival, picture book on colourful background with blog title graphic stating The Inivisible by tom percival book review

    The Invisible – Tom Percival

    The Invisible is the story of a young girl called Isabel and her family. They don’t have much, but they have what they need to get by. Until one day, there isn’t enough money to pay their rent and bills and they have to leave their home full of happy memories and move to the other side of the city.It is the story of a girl who goes on to make one of the hardest things anyone can ever make…a difference.And it is the story of those who are overlooked in our society – who are made to feel invisible – and why everyone has a place here. We all belong. It’s not…

  • Book review of The Fox and The Star by Coralie Bickford Smith
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    The Fox and The Star – Coralie Pickford-Smith

    ‘Once there was a Fox who lived in a deep, dense forest. For as long as Fox could remember, his only friend had been Star, who lit the forest paths each night. But then one night Star wasn’t there, and Fox had to face the forest all alone…’ *** The Fox and the Star is an absolutely stunning picture book, but don’t think that it’s just for children at all. Everyone, young and old will see the beauty in this book and it should be read by all. I was drawn to The Fox and The Star by its beautiful cover. We have the beautiful paperback with the fox on…

  • book review of The Snow Dragon by Abi Elphinstone and Fiona Woodcock with book cover and blog title graphic
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    The Snow Dragon – Abi Elphinstone and Fiona Woodcock

    You can be late for many things in life, but you should never keep an adventure waiting… In Griselda Bone’s gloomy orphanage, daydreaming is banned, skipping is forbidden and Christmas is well and truly cancelled. But for Phoebe and her sausage dog Herb, is it possible that, just when things seem at their bleakest, magic awaits in the swirling, snow-filled air?  *** This beautiful story was on my to buy list for Spike from the minute I saw it. Unfortunately she doesn’t share my excitement for amazing authors just yet, so we ended up picking something else every time we were in Waterstones. Despite the amazing dragon on the cover. Spike picked it…

  • Moon by Britta Teckentrup
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    Moon – Britta Teckentrup

    “Have you ever wondered why The moon shines in the night-time sky?  How every creature, last and tree  Is subject to it’s mystery…”  Over deserts and forests, Arctic tundra and tropical beaches, the moon shines down on creatures around the world. Children will love discovering how it changes from day to day as the lunar cycle is shown through clever peek-through holes, each revealing the moon in a different size and shape. *** I have heard of how amazing Britta Teckentrup’s artwork and stories are, but Moon was our first introduction to her awesomeness. We were bought this beautiful picture book by my sister for Christmas and she couldn’t have…

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    There’s an Ouch in my Pouch – Jeanne Willis & Garry Parsons

    “What is the matter with Willaby Wallaby? Why is he sobbing and throwing a wobbly?  Willaby Wallaby is not where he wants to be.” This bonza billabong tale will have you giggling and wondering when Willaby Wallaby will be where he wants to be!    ***   I picked this up out of luck in my local bookshop, Storytellers Inc, on Bookshop Day last weekend. Spike actually pulled it off the shelf and I thought the title sounded cute. I then realised it was the same author as one of my favourite picture books!  I knew right then I would buy it but when the lovely Caroline said how much…

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    The Beastly Pirates – John Kelly

    “There’s a tavern by the harbour  and its called  The Pirate’s End,  where the roughest rogues sit swapping  tales of terror with their friends.”  As a bunch of pirates, you’ll expect no fear, but when this group gets talking you’ll be surprised at what you hear. Their tales hold terror that even they cant convey, sometimes they’re so worried they hardly want to say. They tell the stories of the Beastly pirates, who’ll have you served up on plates. So if you see them I’d keep away, otherwise you might not see the light of day!  *** The Beastly Pirates is a rhyming tale of the deadliest, beastliest pirates around,…

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    Raven Girl – Audrey Niffenegger

    “Once there was a postman who fell in love with a Raven.  The postman lived in the edge of a flat, desolate suburb. When he look to the west he could she the skyscrapers of the city of which his suburb was the outermost appendage. When he looked east he saw flat, bare land that stood over even starker, more desolate places.” When the postman found a letter in his sack with an address on that he didn’t recognise, he thought it must be a mistake. Believing he was already destined to a lonely life, he didn’t realise the letter would lead to finding his one true love. A raven…