2+, 3+, 5+, 7+, Poetry, Review, Summer Reads

Dinosaur Poems: A selection of verses and rhymes with real bite! By John Foster and Korky Paul

If you thought dinosaurs were extinct, then think again! They live on in the stomping, chomping, growling, howling poem collection. So if you’re looking for poetry with a prehistoric twist, look no further than this sensational selection.

Poet John Foster was an English Teacher for twenty years but has been compiling poetry anthologies since 1979 and has written twelve of his own. He has a website crammed with poetry and inspiration and well worth a visit. Dinosaur Poems is an anthology of poems entirely about dinosaurs. It’s a fantastically funny and informative collection of rhyming poems that are perfect for reading aloud. I particularly loved ‘Ten Dancing Dinosaurs’ and ‘The Bookoceros or Ancient Thesaurus’.

The illustrations to accompany this fine collection of dino poems are provided by the rather wonderful Korky Paul (you may have enjoyed his work on the Winnie & Wilbur series). I adore his illustrations. They are filled with humour and interesting details that bring the words alive and adds another dimension to reading the poetry (I particularly love the bunny slippers for ‘Dinosaur Stomp’). There is always plenty to point at with Korky’s illustrations!

This is a brilliant little book of poetry. It is paperback and size wise is about the size of an A5 notebook. There are 21 poems to share and once you’ve finished reading them why not have a go at writing your own. ūüôā

Dinosaur Poems is published by Oxford University Press Children’s Books. It was originally published in Hardback back in 1993 but is now available in paperback with Korky’s fabulous illustrations.

The paperback ISBN no is: 9780192767486 and should be available from all good book shops. For more information why not check out the publisher website.

Thank you so much to the lovely team at OUP for sending me a review copy. I absolutely loved it.

7+, 9+, Adventure, Children's Fiction, Magic, Summer Reads, Witches

Summer Reads – Even More Pongwiffy Stories

Books to be swept away with this summer…

There are SO MANY great books around at the moment and so I’d like to share a few that I think are particularly exciting. ¬†I’m not going to plop them all together in one post but give each the opportunity to shine in it’s own right…

Hold on to your hats… here are my summer 2019 recommendations.

Even More Pongwiffy Stories

illustrated by Katy Riddell

Recommended for YoungReader/Middle Grade (7+) & above…

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Here’s the synopsis:

A brand new bind-up edition of three classic Pongwiffy stories including Pongwiffy and the Pantomime and The Spellovision Song Contest and Back on Track!

Pongwiffy and the rest of the witches need to earn some money, and fast! But every idea¬†they come up with to raise funds seems so BORING … until Pongwiffy suggests they put on a pantomime and sell tickets. Get ready for some theatrical chaos with the witches of Witchway Wood…

In the second story, all the witches are transfixed by spellovision and no one wants to do anything fun anymore. Until Pongwiffy decides to launch a song contest to liven things up!

Finally, Pongwiffy decides that being a witch of dirty habits is holding her back. It’s time to get healthy, but can a witch who prefers sludge to sprouts really get back on track?¬†

THREE laugh-out-loud stories of humour and warmth, enticingly mixed with much sludge, slime and very bad habits. Now with brand new illustrations from Katy Riddell! 

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Even More Pongwiffy Stories¬†is published by Simon & Schuster and you can find where to buy it here¬†(also your local indie will be able to get hold of it too if they don’t already have a copy.). It’s also available on Kindle.

ISBN: 9781471167423

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Read it already?  Please feel free to let us know what you think by leaving a comment below.

Happy reading and I hope you have a fabulous summer!

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7+, 9+, Chapter Books, Children's Fiction, Series

Summer Reading – Hamish and the Monster Patrol

Books to be swept away with this summer…

There are SO MANY great books around at the moment and so I’d like to share a few that I think are particularly exciting. ¬†I’m not going to plop them all together in one post but give each the opportunity to shine in it’s own right…

Hold on to your hats… here are my summer 2019 recommendations.

Hamish and the Monster Patrol by Danny Wallace

illustrated by Jamie Littler

Recommended for Middle grade and above (or age 7+)…

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Here’s the synopsis:

Get ready for another hilarious adventure from bestselling author Danny Wallace brought to life with illustrations from Jamie Littler, perfect for fans of David Walliams, Roald Dahl, David Baddiel and David Solomons!

Things are afoot in Starkley… again! Out in the ocean something’s on the move … something BIG … something that might change everything …

While most of Starkley’s inhabitants have fled or gone into lockdown, Hamish and his pals in the PDF are coming up with a plan, because if they don’t save the world then who will?!

But this time they‚Äôre not alone. Luckily, the top-secret Monster Patrol is on hand to help ‚Ķ even if that ‚Äėhelp‚Äô is in the form of a strange new kid, a bizarre-looking fish monster and a bonkers old lady‚Ķ

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Oooh we do love a bit of Hamish in our house. ¬†It’s a brilliantly funny series and if you haven’t yet discovered it then I throughly recommend them for your newly independent readers (or simply for the joy of sharing them together – you’ll be sniggering along too believe me). ¬†Oh and there are rather brilliant illustrations from Jamie Littler.

Hamish and the Monster Patrol was published by Simon & Schuster Books in April and you can find where to buy it here¬†(also your local indie will be able to get hold of it too if they don’t already have a copy.). It is the most recent book in the series so you might well like to get stuck in right at book one, Hamish and the Worldstoppers.

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Read it already?  Please feel free to let us know what you think by leaving a comment below.

Happy reading and I hope you have a fabulous summer!

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7+, 9+, Adventure, Children's Fiction, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Middle Grade Fiction, Mystery, Summer Reads, Suspense

Summer Reads – Secrets of a Sun King

Books to be swept away with this summer…

There are SO MANY great books around at the moment and so I’d like to share a few that I think are particularly exciting. ¬†I’m not going to plop them all together in one post but give each the opportunity to shine in it’s own right…

Hold on to your hats… here are my summer 2019 recommendations.

Secrets of a Sun King by Emma Carroll

Recommended for Middle Grade (9+) & above…

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Here’s the synopsis:

London, 1922.

A discovery from ancient Egypt . . .
A cursed package . . .
The untold story of a young pharaoh . . .

When Lilian Kaye finds a parcel on her grandad’s doorstep, she is shocked to see who sent it: a famous Egyptologist, found dead that very morning, according to every newspaper in England!

The mysterious package holds the key to a story . . . about a king whose tomb archaeologists are desperately hunting for.

Lil and her friends must embark on an incredible journey – to return the package to its resting place, to protect those they love, and to break the deadly pharaoh’s curse . . .

 

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Emma is an incredibly talented children’s author. ¬†Prior to being a full time author she taught in a secondary school and her novels show that she really understands children and how to talk to them. ¬†She has a wonderful back catalogue of books and writes brilliant middle-grade historical fiction. ¬†I would say they are good for Yr5 + and I even stock them in my own secondary school Library as I know Yr7’s (and some 8’s) still very much enjoy reading them. ¬†They make a super read and perfect if you’re looking for something to read alongside your children (family book club anyone!?).

Secrets of a Sun King was published last year and there is also the wonderful When We Were Warriors which was publish in February this year. ¬†Emma’s novels are readily available in all good book shops so do pop in and have a browse. Her novels are also available in eBook and Audiobook format.

Secrets of a Sun King ISBN: 9780571328499

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Read any of Emma’s novels already? ¬†Please feel free to let us know what you think by leaving a comment below.

Happy reading and I hope you have a fabulous summer!

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7+, 9+, Adventure, Children's Fiction, Fantasy, Magic, Middle Grade Fiction, Summer Reads

Summer Reads – Wish for a Witch

Books to be swept away with this summer…

There are SO MANY great books around at the moment and so I’d like to share a few that I think are particularly exciting. ¬†I’m not going to plop them all together in one post but give each the opportunity to shine in it’s own right…

Hold on to your hats… here are my summer 2019 recommendations.

Wish for a Witch by Kaye Umansky

illustrated by Ashley King

Recommended for YoungReader/Middle Grade (7+) & above…

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Here’s the synopsis:

After her week living in Magenta Sharp’s magical tower, Elsie Pickles is back home and finding normal life a little dull. But when a magical gift leads her back to the Tower, Elsie knows mischief and marvellous magic are about to turn her life upside down again!

This time Magenta needs Elsie’s help to save her magic licence and deal with a grumpy genieon the loose! Will it all prove too much for Elsie and her friends? Even a witch needs a wish every once in a while!

A magical adventure from Kaye Umansky, the bestselling author of the spellbinding children’s classic¬†Pongwiffy, brought to life¬†with charming illustrations from rising star Ashley King!

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Another story from the life of Elsie Pickles, following on from the rather delightful Witch for a Week.

Wish for a Witch¬†was published by Simon and Schuster and you can find where to buy it here¬†(also your local indie will be able to get hold of it too if they don’t already have a copy.). It’s also available on Kindle.

ISBN: 9781471160936

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Read it already?  Please feel free to let us know what you think by leaving a comment below.

Happy reading and I hope you have a fabulous summer!

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7+, 9+, Children's Fiction

You’ve Been Were-Wolfed by Tom McLaughlin – Reviewed by Eva

Today I’m delighted to hand the review baton over to lovely Eva. ¬†Eva is a book loving eleven-year-old and I’m thrilled to have her on board to give the low-down on some great children’s books. ¬†Now over to Eva…

You’ve Been Were-Wolfed by Tom McLaughlin

A laugh-out-loud mystery series with a new hilarious case for our heroic nerds to crack in each book.

When Tyler is sent to summer camp, she can’t resist packing one of her latest science projects – the Hologramaphone 3000. Problem is, some of the phone’s functions have EXTREME side-effects, the kind that can turn your best-friend into a ferocious werewolf!

But when SUPER GEEKS Tyler, Dylan and Ashley band together, there’s no problem that they can’t solve – no matter how big, hairy, and terrifying.

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My first review is for a book named You’ve Been Were-wolfed by Tom McLaughlin.

Tyler Fritz is an Einstein obsessed genius, she loves to be a leader and hates the outdoors. One of her friends, Ashley always carries a screwdriver and is allergic to dogs, but she also hates the parents WhatsApp group. Her other friend Dylan is allergic to everything! And she loves sweets.

This a very funny book and the author has achieved what he wanted to make the reader feel. This book is aimed at 7-11 year old’s and is an interesting story told with a strong sense of humour. It has intriguing characters for the reader to explore an engaging story with.

If you liked Pamela Butchart’s My Head Teacher is a Vampire Rat you will surely
love this book. This story has books, phones, outdoors, indoors, squirrels,
woodlice, racoons, dogs and… unicorns! Who wouldn’t want to read it?

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Thank you so much to the lovely people at OUP.  Both Eva and I LOVED You’ve Been Were-wolfed.

You’ve Been Were-wolfed by Tom McLaughlin was published 2nd May by OUP.  

About the author

Tom McLaughlin

81VoXxh1nnL._US230_.jpgI write pictures and doodle words for Bloomsbury, Puffin, Oxford University Press, Simon & Schuster, Scholastic, The Guardian; Disney, Nickelodeon.

After leaving art college in ’97, I spent nearly 10 years as a political cartoonist for The Western Morning News before going freelance.

I’ve been published both as a writer and an illustrator for a number of publishers, had my books translated across Europe and South America. Apart from publishing, I’ve also spent time script writer and a character designer for several animation channels.

I live in Devon, spend most of my days drinking tea and dreaming up new stories.

More books by Tom…

5+, 7+, Chapter Books, Children's Fiction, Tales Before Bedtime Juniors

Tales Before Bedtime Recommends – Isadora Moon Has a Sleepover by Harriet Muncaster

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Isadora Moon is special

because she is different.

Her mum is a fairy and her dad is a vampire and she is a bit of both.

When Isadora is invited to stay at her friend Zoe’s house she’s excited – she hasn’t been to a sleepover before! There will be midnight feasts, and staying up all night, it’s going to be so much fun!

And while she’s there, Isadora and Zoe are going to work on their cake for a baking competition at school. But will they be able to resist adding a sprinkling of magic to their creation. . . ?

With irresistible pink and black artwork throughout by author/illustrator Harriet Muncaster and a totally unique heroine with an out-of-this-world family, this is a beautiful, charming, and funny series of first chapter books. Perfect for fans of Claude, Dixie O’Day, and Squishy McFluff, Isadora Moon is the ideal choice for readers who want their magic and sparkle with a bit of bite!

This is another delightful Isadora Moon story that is perfect for sharing with your young book lovers or for emerging independent readers to try on their own. ¬†I’ve adored these books right from the very first¬†Isadora Moon Goes To School,¬†not only are they beautifully presented but Isadora is such a sweet little vampire/fairy that you can’t help but fall in love with her.

About the author

Harriet Muncaster

A1v4OWu4yHL._US230_Harriet Muncaster is the author and illustrator of the Isadora Moon series of young reader books, published by Oxford University Press. So far Isadora Moon has been translated into nearly twenty different languages, including Spanish, Italian, Romanian and Japanese, and is available as an audio book.

Harriet has also published picture books with Penguin US, Harper Collins US, and Parragon Publishing. She won the Blue Hen Book Award for her first picture book I am a Witch’s Cat, and was highly commended for the MacMilllan Prize while studying for her second Illustration degree.

Harriet lives with her husband and daughter near some beautiful countryside in Bedfordshire, England.