• Book Review,  Reviews

    Cakes in Space – Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre

    “The trouble with space is, there’s so much of it.  An ocean of blackness without any shore. A neverending nothing.  And here, all alone in the million billion miles of midnight, is one solitary moving speck. A fragile parcel, filled with sleeping people and their dreams.  A ship.” When Astra asks the Nom-o-tron for the ultimate cake she doesn’t realise that it might mean the end of the world for the space ship that her family is being carried to a new world on. She doesn’t realise that the ultimate cake will be a race of cakes that can eat their way through the space ships controls, and she doesn’t…

  • Book Review,  Reviews

    Rhyme Schemer – K A Holt

    “”First day of school.  My favourite.  Easy prey.  Giant John.  A parade float of himself.  Freckle-Face Kelly,  like a painting  by that one guy  who drank too much beer  and went crazy.” Kevin is a bully, he’ll laugh when someone falls – he’s usually is the one who pushed the – and he’ll try anything to rub someone up the wrong way. But he choses the wrong prey and his prey finds a way of hitting back. When the tables are turned and he becomes the bullied he’ll do anything to make it stop but its not that easy. Not when everyone knows your secrets. *** This book was fantastic.…

  • Book Review,  Reviews

    Squishy McFluff and the Supermarket Sweep – Pip Jones & Ella Okstad

    “One sunny morning, in a house of a hill, When the sky was quite blue, the air warm and still,  A young girl called Ava very happily sat  With Squishy McFluff, her invisible cat.”  Ava and Squishy have a wonderful day of mischief and mayhem planned in the glorious outdoors when mum gives them a nasty surprise. They are to go to the supermarket with mum and doe other chores. It sounds so boring but never fear, for the world is always fun when Squishy McFluff is near!  *** Yet another adorable, beautiful and fun book from Pip Jones and Ella Okstad! I don’t care that I got laughed at…

  • Discussion Post

    Pictures are not just for picture books: YA books with pictures

    OK so I had this idea for a blog post… and the next day this article turned up on the Guardian’s website. Me and Cathy Brett are soooo on the same wavelength and you should definitely read her article! Anyway, Raimy, get back on track!  Image from Everything is Fine (and Other Lies I tell Myself) ©CathyBrett I love pictures in books of all kind, picture books, MG books, graphic novels and comic books, I cannot get enough of them, but so few YA books feature pictures and I think it’s because of the implications put onto the books. YA is meant to bridge the gap between children’s book and…