Book Review: The Snow Lion

The Snow Lion Written by Jim Helmore Illustrated by Richard Jones 32 pages Published by Simon Schuster Publication date: 21st September 2017 Age range: 4+ Summary (from Goodreads): From the fabulous partnership of award-winning author Jim Helmoreand the brilliant Richard Jones comes a stunning book about friendship. When Caro and her mum move to a new house, Caro…

Book Review: The Empty Stocking

The Empty Stocking Written by Richard Curtis Illustrated by Rebecca Cobb 48 pages Published by Puffin Books Publication date: 2012 Age range: 3+ Summary (from Goodreads): It’s Christmas Eve. And there’s one very important question on everyone’s lips…have you been good this year? For twins Sam and Charlie this is a big worry because Charlie…

Book Review: Bookshop Girl

The Bookshop Girl Written by Sylvia Bishop Illustrated by Ashley King 176 pages Published by Scholastic Publication date: 2nd March 2017 Age range: 8+ Summary (from Goodreads): This story is about a little girl named Property Jones, so-called because she was left in the lost property cupboard of a bookshop when she was five years…

Book Review: I Wore My Blackest Hair

I Wore My Blackest Hair Written by Carlina Duan 92 pages Published by: Little A Publication date: 14th November 2017 Age range: 14 + Summary (from Goodreads): Celebrating Chinese American girlhood in all its confusion, love, and loss. In I Wore My Blackest Hair, Fulbright grant and Edna Meudt Memorial Award recipient Carlina Duan delivers…

Book Review: How to Catch a Witch

How to Catch a Witch Written by Abie Longstaff 240 pages Published by: Scholastic UK Publication date: 6th October 2016 Age range: 10+ Summary (from Goodreads): Charlie and her family have moved from the big city to a small country village, and everything feels wrong. Their cottage is old and creepy. Anxiety about her new…

Book Review: Do You Speak Chocolate?

Written by Cas Lester 288 pages Published by: Piccadlly Press Publication date: 24th August 2017 Summary (from Goodreads): A story of friendship, laughter … and more than a little chocolate ‘Do you speak chocolate?’ Jaz has found the best way to make friends with new girl Nadima, who doesn’t speak any English – by offering…

Book Review: Amelia Fang and the Barbaric Ball

Amelia Fang and the Barbaric Ball Written and illustrated by Laura Ellen Anderson 228 pages Published by Egmont UK Publication date: 5th October 2017 Age range: 6 + Summary (from Netgalley – Goodreads) A gorgeously gothic, wickedly funny new series from Witch Wars illustrator Laura Ellen Anderson. Welcome to the world of Nocturnia, where darkness…

Book Review: The Little Red Wolf

The Little Red Wolf Written and illustrated by Amélie Fléchais Translated by Jeremy Melloul 80 pages Published by Diamond Book Distributors Publication date: 3rd October 2017 Age range: 7+ Some darker themes and illustrations so read it and judge your children. Summary (from Goodreads): Lose yourself in in the dark forests of Amelie Flechais’ spectacular artwork….

Book Review: Turtle Island

Turtle Island: The Story of North America’s First People By Eldon Yellowhorn and Kathy Lowinger Published by Annick Press 120 pages Publication Date: 12th September 2017 Age range: 12 + independently, could be used earlier as teaching aid Summary (from Goodreads): Unlike most books that chronicle the history of Native peoples beginning with the arrival…

Book Review: Pirates in the Library

Pirates in the Library Written by Nadia Ali Illustrated by Jake Tebbit 40 pages Published by Star Bright Books Age range: 6 + Publication date: 15th October 2016 Summary (from Goodreads): Prepare to set sail for the adventure of a lifetime with fierce Captain Jake when he discovers a treasure map that leads him, his…

Book Review: Feather

Feather Written by Cao Wenxuan Illustrated by Roger Mello Translated by Chloe Garcia-Roberts 40 pages Published by Archipelago Books Age range: 5 + Publication date: 10th October 2017 Summary (from Goodreads): A philosophical picture book from one of China’s most celebrated children’s authors and 2016 Hans Christian Andersen Award-winner Cao Wenxuan. A feather is blown…

Book Review: Be Brave Little One

Be Brave Little One 34 pages Written and illustrated by Marianne Richmond Published by Sourcebooks Jabberwocky Publication date: 3rd October 2017 Age range: 2+ Summary: (from Goodreads) From the author of If I Could Keep You Little comes Be Brave Little One, which honors and celebrates the power of courage in every child. Perfect for…