As the night’s draw in and the weather turns chillier, my thoughts always turn to snuggling up under a blanket with a good book. Halloween is a great time to find a new favourite read - whether magical or spooky so I’m bringing you some of the newest choices around. ‘Mirabelle Gets Up to Mischief,’ … Continue reading Happy Halloween!
We’re always on the lookout for new graphic novels in this household as Book Boy is a big fan. He also loves a good mystery adventure so ‘The Inkberg Enigma’ was perfect for him. Miro and Zia both live in the same tiny fishing village nestled at the foot of an ancient castle. When the … Continue reading Blog tour: ‘The Inkberg Enigma,’ by Jonathan King.
We love graphic novels in our household and Book Boy always has to have the first read. Last week, he was relaxing in the paddling pool with ‘Donut the Destroyer.’ He’d already enjoyed Sarah Graley’s previous graphic novel, ‘Glitch,’ so was excited to read this next one. Make sure you read Sarah’s awesome piece about … Continue reading ‘Donut the Destroyer,’ by Sarah Graley and Stef Purenins.
Today is my turn to share with you this truly wonderful graphic novel which depicts the true story of life in a refugee camp through the eyes of a young boy. For almost as long as he can remember, Omar and his brother Hassan have lived in the sprawling Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya. Although … Continue reading Blog tour: ‘When Stars are Scattered,’ by Victoria Jamieson and Omar Mohamed.
Book Boy is really enjoying graphic novels at the moment. His latest discover is the ‘Hilda’ series. This is fantastic news as there are several other graphic novels, a fiction series and a Netflix show to delve into. But let me share Hilda’s latest adventure with you: After being grounded for sneaking out and discovering … Continue reading ‘Hilda and the Mountain King,’ by Luke Pearson.
I have to confess that I was sent this title a little while ago and planned to review it straight away. However. Book Boy may have appropriated it and taken it upstairs so that justice could be served in his bedroom! I managed to negotiate a hostage exchange (for the new ‘Gorebrah’ graphic novel) … Continue reading ‘Claire: Justice Ninja,’ by Joe Brady and Kate Ashwin.
Since reading the awesome The Phoenix comic, Book Boy has become a huge fan of graphic novels. So when I was offered the opportunity to review ‘Gorebrah,’ I was told in no uncertain terms that I definitely did have to! Originally to be found on the pages of The Phoenix, Gorebrah is a chef with … Continue reading ‘Gorebrah! The Mightiest Chef in the Universe!’ by James Stayte.
In light of the current #MeToo movement, it seems more important than ever to ensure that our children understand what it means to give consent and set their own boundaries, and that we also teach them to respect the boundaries of others. With ‘consent’ soon to be part of the National Curriculum, books like Rachel … Continue reading ‘Respect: Consent, Boundaries and Being In Charge of You,’ by Rachel Brian.
I was very excited to open an excellent bundle of Narwhal and Jelly goodies last week. Nearly as excited as Book Boy Who, despite being ill, grabbed the two graphic novels which had been carefully wrapped up and started reading them immediately. Much giggling ensued! Finding graphic novels suitable for younger readers can be very … Continue reading ‘Narwhal and Jelly,’ by Ben Clanton.
”All girls should read The Breadwinner by Deborah Ellis.” Malala Yousafzai. This novel centres around eleven-year-old Parvana and her family, who live in one room of a crumbling, bombed out apartment block in Kabul, Afghanistan. Her father was a history teacher before he was injured and would tell Parvana stories of their country’s past whilst … Continue reading ‘The Breadwinner – A Graphic Novel,’ based on the novel by Deborah Ellis.
When I spotted these two 'Bad Guys' were being released in May, I just had to get hold of copies for myself. Thanks so much to Scholastic for sending me some to review. My eyes were initially drawn to the attention-grabbing colours and cool illustrations on the front covers. And I wasn't disappointed when I … Continue reading ‘The Bad Guys – Episodes 1 and 2,’ by Aaron Blabey
Artemis Fowl is a boy genius, but it's going to take every ounce of his intelligence to outwit his arch-nemesis, Opal Kenobi. The evil pixie has just escaped from prison and is in the final stages of preparations to begin a war between humans and the fairies. Artemis has lost his memory and doesn't remember his … Continue reading ‘Artemis Fowl and The Opal Deception’ Graphic Novel Version adapted by Eoin Colfer and Andrew Donkin
Holly Sparkes was just a normal girl until a freak accident gave her a dangerous and strange superpower, turning her into...........Electrigirl! With a campaigner mother, a military father, and a superhero-obsessed younger brother, Holly is a typical tweenager who just wants to hang out with her best friend, Imogen. That is, until Imogen becomes obsessed with playing … Continue reading ‘Electrigirl’ by Jo Cotterill and Cathy Brett