Blog tour: ‘Baller Boys,’ by Venessa Taylor, illustrated by Kenneth Ghann.

I’m delighted to be part of the blog tour for ‘Baller Boy,’ the first in a new series from author Venessa Taylor and indie publishing house, Hashtag Press. Written with reluctant readers in mind, Venessa wrote this series to empower its readers, whilst reflecting diversity  in football and showcasing different types of families.Shay and Frankie … Continue reading Blog tour: ‘Baller Boys,’ by Venessa Taylor, illustrated by Kenneth Ghann.

‘Football Heroes,’ by Matt and Tom Oldfield, covers by Dan Leydon.

There was MUCH excitement in my house when I opened this parcel of Football Heroes books.  The Giggs title was borrowed to be read straight away (my son had actually just finished the Messi one on holiday.)  So it is, with much fanfare, that I introduce you the brilliant Football Heroes biography collection.     … Continue reading ‘Football Heroes,’ by Matt and Tom Oldfield, covers by Dan Leydon.

Holiday Read #5 ‘The Jedi Academy: The Force Oversleeps,’ by Jarrett Krosoczka.

Read this book you must. It gets the Stormtrooper Book Club seal of approval! It's Victor Starspeeder's second year at Jedi Academy and things are not going as he planned - he just can't stop over-sleeping and Master Yoda is getting mad! To make matters worse, his tardiness has meant that he's missed out on … Continue reading Holiday Read #5 ‘The Jedi Academy: The Force Oversleeps,’ by Jarrett Krosoczka.

‘Monster Slayer’ by Brian Patten, illustrated by Chris Riddell

'One dark night, the music and singing woke a monster from a swamp....' Aaaaand, I'm hooked! This gorgeous re-working of the classic Anglo-Saxon tale, 'Beowulf,' is cloaked in dark magic and mystery from the very beginning.  I defy any reader not to be sucked into this tale of maniacal monsters, malevolent magic and heroism after … Continue reading ‘Monster Slayer’ by Brian Patten, illustrated by Chris Riddell

Dear Diary…

Diary-style stories are incredibly popular amongst young readers at the moment, mainly thanks to the 'Diary of a Wimpy Kid' series.  If you're looking for looking for some new books to explore, you might like one of these: Diary of a Taekwondo Master by Shamini Flint   After some prompting from his dad (and against … Continue reading Dear Diary…

‘Create Your Own Spy Mission’ by Andrew Judge and Chris Judge -Talking Their Top Ten Spies

Andrew and Chris Judge are a dynamic duo of brothers who have been collaborating on a thrilling, action-packed spy adventure, 'Create your own Spy Mission.'  We're very excited to be kicking off the blog tour of this brilliant book with a review and special guest post by the authors themselves, who'll be sharing their top 10 … Continue reading ‘Create Your Own Spy Mission’ by Andrew Judge and Chris Judge -Talking Their Top Ten Spies

‘The Secret Seven – The Humbug Adventure’ by Enid Blyton and Tony Ross

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

‘Hubble Bubble – The Glorious Granny Bake Off!” by Tracey Corderoy, illustrated by Joe Berger

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

‘Squishy McFluff – The Invisible Cat!’ by Pip Jones, illustrated by Ella Okstad

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

‘Artemis Fowl and The Opal Deception’ Graphic Novel Version adapted by Eoin Colfer and Andrew Donkin

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

‘The Three Ninja Pigs’ by David Bedford and Becka Moor

Once upon a time there were three .............ninja pigs!  And they're hot on the trail of the Big Bad Wolf, but have they met their match? In this twisted fairy tale, the Three Ninja Pigs chase Wolf through fairyland, stopping off to visit some well-known characters on the way.  The Three Bears, Cinderella and Rapunzel … Continue reading ‘The Three Ninja Pigs’ by David Bedford and Becka Moor

‘Father Christmas Needs a Wee!’ by Nicholas Allan

One of my personal festive favourites, guaranteed to raise a smile in any child (or adult).  Written by the fabulous Nicholas Allan who is also the author of the hilarious 'The Queen's Knickers,' amongst others. Poor Father Christmas has to drink everything left for him by the children of the world.  The only problem is that … Continue reading ‘Father Christmas Needs a Wee!’ by Nicholas Allan