’Bob, Man on the Moon,’ is a must-have space adventure which adorns thousands of bookcases around the world. It’s hard to believe that everyone’s favourite astronaut turned 15 this year! To celebrate, a special anniversary edition full of Bob’s further adventure and Bartram’s out-of-this world illustrations. This stellar edition contains not one, but SIX Bob … Continue reading ‘Bob’s Lunar Adventures,’ by Simon Bartram.
So I've shared some of my top picture books choices for this Christmas, now it's the turn of chapter books. I absolutely LOVE picture books for readers of ALL ages, not just the little ones but sometimes you just a longer book to sink your teeth into or delay bedtime for a few minutes longer. … Continue reading Festive Chapter Book Fancies
I'm delighted to be on blog tour for this little book with bite which would be perfect for readers aged seven and up. Vlad is a young vampire from a long line of very scary and very vampirey vampires. The problem is, Vlad doesn't feel the least bit scary - he hates his morning drink … Continue reading ‘Vlad the World’s Worst Vampire,’ by Anna Wilson, illustrated by Kathryn Durst.
I have two super science books for you today: 'Al's Awesome Science,' and 'Cool Physics.' 'Al's Awesome Science: Egg-speriments,' by Jane Clarke, illustrated by James Brown (Five Quills) This is the first book in a series about science-loving twins, Al and Lottie. Full of energy and never far from trouble, the twins love investigating the … Continue reading Weird Science
The name's Dan, Dan the Snugaliffic Cuddlestar Bear, and I've got a case to crack... I'm pleased to introduce you to the hilarious 'Spy Toys' series by Mark Powers. Spy Toys - Out of Control This is the second, newest book in the series and is currently enjoying its blog tour so watch out for … Continue reading ‘Spy Toys – Out Of Control!’ By Mark Powers, illustrated by Tim Wesson.
I've shared the picture books that my nearest and dearest can expect to receive this year, now here are my purchases for older readers... Santa Claude by Alex.T.Smith My favourite dog and his sock sidekick, Sir Bobblysock, are back in a festive adventure. Upon hearing a strange noise in their chimney, Claude and Sir Bobblysock … Continue reading Cracking Christmas Reads!
Are you looking for some great Christmas reads this year? Well, you could follow the Twitter hashtag #bookelves16 or take a look at my festive purchases so far (a more in-depth blog post to follow):
Another awesome idea for the month of December – The fabulous Book Trust organisation launched an on-line advent calendar featuring a different author everyday. It may be from last year but it’s packed full of fantastic titles. Follow along at home if you need some festive inspiration!
Challenge yourself to try an new author and find a festive favourite!
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Nothing beats a good scare at Halloween so what better than to curl up on a dark and stormy night and enjoy a beastly book by candlelight..... 1. Bella Broomstick - Halloween Havoc (by Lou Kuenzler, illustrated by Kyan Cheng) Bella's best friend Esme, and the rest of Merrytown, are getting ready for a wicked … Continue reading Halloween Spooktacular!
Everyone's favourite animal author has just released these two fab new titles about children struggling to fit in to new schools. Furry Friends - Sophie's Squeaky Surprise (illustrated by Clare Elsom) Sophie and her family have just moved to Paris from England and Sophie's having a hard time making friends - the girls at her new … Continue reading A Holly Webb Special!
Part One - Bella Broomstick Bella + Magic = Trouble! Or does it? Bella (aka Belladonna Bat-Ears Broomstick) is, by all accounts, a totally hopeless witch. After failing the entrance exam for Creepy Castle School for Witches and Wizards a third time, Bella's evil Aunt Hemlock despairs and decides to send her to live in … Continue reading The ‘Bella Broomstick’ series by Lou Kuenzler, illustrated by Nicola Slater and Kyan Cheng.
Enid Blyton's classic, 'The Secret Seven' series has been reimagined for a new, and younger, audience in a fantastic collection of specially adapted 'colour short stories' aimed at independent readers. They have been beautifully illustrated by the master, Tony Ross. In 'The Humbug Adventure,' Peter and the gang are not looking forward to going star-gazing with Professor Wills that night. Little … Continue reading ‘The Secret Seven – The Humbug Adventure’ by Enid Blyton and Tony Ross
I am a huge fan of all Tracey Corderoy's picture books, and love the 'Hubble Bubble' series. Imagine my excitement when I discovered that there are also chapter book versions for more independent readers! Young book lovers will enjoy the humour, wit and colourful illustrations in the original picture books, all about a young girl called Pandora and her slightly unusual … Continue reading ‘Hubble Bubble – The Glorious Granny Bake Off!” by Tracey Corderoy, illustrated by Joe Berger
When Ava's new imaginary friend, the cuddly and mischievous Squishy McFluff, arrives to play one day, Ava's days become packed with fun and adventures. The pair get up to all kinds giggles and games, but Mum's not impressed. Will Squishy learn to behave before he's forced to eat only invisible dog food! This book is written … Continue reading ‘Squishy McFluff – The Invisible Cat!’ by Pip Jones, illustrated by Ella Okstad
Hello there readers! Did you know that on Thursday 3rd March 2016 it was World Book Day? Some of you might have been given a voucher by your school which will let you get an awesome book, totally free!!! We've been busy collecting and reading those books to share with you now. Which one will … Continue reading World Book Day 2016 KS1 Special!
Freddie Mole was a kind boy who dreamed of being able to make money to help look after his twin brother and sister, who were always eating or growing. His mother was away working on a cruise ship and his father worked as a washing machine repairman. He hoped he might find a nugget of … Continue reading ‘Freddie Mole Lion Tamer’ by Alexander McCall Smith, illustrated by Kate Hindley
Every superhero needs a genius inventor, and the one in this excellent book by Tim Healey and Chris Mould just happens to be an eight-year-old boy! Aliens invade St. Barnabas School and kidnap the English teacher! Is it the fault of young Mortimer Keene? Will nice Mr Bevan ever be rescued? Find out by reading … Continue reading Alien Abduction – Mortimer Keene
This book is one in a series of great chapter books that have just been recommended to us for children who are starting to read longer books on their own. The stories follow the adventures of Claude the dog and his trusty sidekick, Mr Bobblysock. Claude is no ordinary dog. In 'Claude at the Circus,' a … Continue reading Claude at the Circus