Category : Media


‘I can imagine it being a favourite in our house for a long while yet.’ The Ish Mother reviews brand new picture book Iguanas Love Bananas

The Ish Mother, more commonly known as Bec, has written a FOODtastic review of Jennie and Chris Claddingbee’s brand new picture book, Iguanas Love Bananas, with illustrations by Jeff Crowther:

What things do all small children love? Animals? Food? Rhymes? This picture book has all three!

The premise behind this book is a pretty simple one – all the animals in it like to eat the foods they rhyme with. As you can imagine this makes for some very creative pairings – not only do we get iguanas eating bananas, we also get marmosets eating stuffed courgettes, poodles eating pot noodles and bees eating cream teas! 

While the funny and inventive rhymes are great for young children, I think the thing I like most about this book is the illustrations. They tell the story hiding between the lines, of all these animals descending on the human world to get to their favourite foods and causing havoc in the process! It’s a really good example of how illustrations can build on the text to create new layers to a story.

As soon as I read this book to Preschooler it became a favourite of his. He’s animal mad so loves spotting all the ones he knows and finding out about the less commonly known ones. Girl Child had a read of it too and really enjoyed all the rhymes, she ‘got’ the humour of it too which Preschooler didn’t quite, hopefully he’ll work it out soon! I can imagine it being a favourite in our house for a long while yet.

Thank You!
Read the full review here and pre-order a copy here!

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‘Buttercup is the perfect heroine for this series of books.’ The Book Addict has her little buttercup’s review the sequel of comedy-horror, Buttercup Sunshine

Kestrel Class have had a thrilling time reviewing Colin Mulhern’s, Buttercup Sunshine and the House on Hangman’s Hill;

Will Buttercup ever be able to stop the zombie invasion and save the world from Dr. Frankenstein too? Find out in this hilariously terrifying book from Colin Mulhern.

Kestrel Class thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. They found it funny and packed full of surprises and adventure. Buttercup is the perfect heroine for this series of books.

Sameeha, age 8: I really loved this book. Buttercup Sunshine is so funny and brave at the same time. She takes on the bad guys and isn’t scared. Hurray for Buttercup Sunshine!

Tayyibah, age 8: I wish I could go on adventures with Buttercup Sunshine. She gets to fight zombies and monsters plus she’s funny.

Kevin, age 8: I thought this book was going to be good as soon as I saw the cover and I was right. It was such a surprise when Buttercup went to the house and found Frankenstein with his monster. Then she needed to go and tell everyone about the zombies. There were just so many monsters! I loved it!

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Read the full review here and buy a copy here!

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‘As full of action-packed adventure as it’s predecessors, it did not disappoint!’ Book Addict is addicted to this Dino Trilogy

Tami at The Book Addict has had a thrill reading the third instalment of Dan Metcalf’s, Dino Wars: The Gladiator Games, with illustrations by Aaron Blecha:

I’ve been waiting for this third instalment of the Dino Wars series since reviewing Dino Wars: The Trials of Terror. As full of action-packed adventure as it’s predecessors, it did not disappoint!

What fate awaits our heroes? Can girl power save the day? Will the final crystal be found in time? There’s only one way to find out–read this fantastic, thrill-a-minute book. It will leave you dying to know what happens next! Hurry up and give us the next one please.

Kestrel Class says:

Danny: Dinosaurs and humans working together to save the world is fabulous! I wish I lived in this book and could go on Adam’s adventures.

Sammie: One of the best books ever! I love dinosaurs and quests. I want to read all of these books.

Thank You, Tami and Kestrel Class!!
Read the full review here and buy a copy here! 

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‘A hugely entertaining romp of a picture book.’ Red Reading Hub reviews Alex Willmore’s, It’s MY Sausage

Jill from Red Reading Hub has given us a treat with her review of Alex Willmore‘s picture book, It’s MY Sausage:

One fat juicy sausage, five cats all with designs on it. The mustard coloured moggy lays claim, having so we hear ‘seen it first’ but has decided to delay gratification.

A dramatic comedy then unfolds as the others endeavour to procure the desired item by means of a rod and line, a ball of wool … and some acrobatics.

Deceptively simple and hugely expressive illustrations of the rival felines tell much of the story along with a brief discourse provided by mustard moggy and punctuated with descriptive onomatopoeic sound effects and exclamations by the competing cats.

A hugely entertaining romp of a picture book.

Thank You!
Read the full review here and buy a copy here!

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‘The message I believe to be in this book is no matter what you look like, be yourself.’ Lou Treleaven’s, Turns Out I’m An Alien, turns into a must-read

Julia, a Year 6 pupil, from Ospringe Church of England Primary School in Faversham, has reviewed Lou Treleaven‘s, Turns Out I’m An Alien, illustrated by James Lancett:

What is the book about?
‘This book is about a normal (or so he thinks) alien. But that’s all new to him too. Less than 48 hours ago, Jasper thinks he is a normal boy who has green hair.’

Can you tell me about the main character?
‘The main character is a boy who lives on Earth but has green hair. He likes skateboarding around the house.’

What did you like about the book?
‘I liked the description because I could tell exactly what each character looked like. 
I liked that the story plot is different from other books because it’s original, fun and exciting.
I liked how the author placed them into completely different settings because it then allowed the author to use imagination on how they get from setting to setting.’

Who was your favourite character?
‘Flarp because… 
1: She is an alien.
2: She is a she.
3: She is very independent.
4: She is very kind and considerate.

Who should read this book?
‘I believe that ages 6-8 would like this book because the vocab is very mild and is suitable for this age group.’

What was your favourite part of the book?
‘My favourite part of the book is when Holly poisons Grek because it showed that Holly is very brave and independent.’

What message is the author trying to get across in the book?
‘The message I believe to be in this book is no matter what you look like, be yourself.’

A brilliant message indeed!
Head over to Story Island Reviews here and buy a copy of Lou’s book here!

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‘The Stolen Spear is a thrilling adventure story’ Our Book Reviews set in stone why people would love this junior read

Maryom, at Our Book Reviews Online, sets into stone why many would love Saviour Pirtotta’s, The Stolen Spear, with illustrations by Davide Ortu:

The Stolen Spear is a thrilling adventure story for children aged 7 and over. Set on the Orkney Islands at the end of the Neolithic period, in the world famous (now ruined) village of Skara Brae, it brings both the remoteness of the islands, and the way of life of its Stone Age inhabitants vividly to life. I always feel that historical fiction makes the past more accessible; lets us understand that people long ago were no different to us (an especially important point for younger readers). Wolf may be a Stone Age boy, but his problems of fitting in, of being bullied, of trying to prove his worth to his father, are all themes that young modern readers will relate to. Wolf’s story is told in the first person from his point of view, letting the reader share Wolf’s frustrations and fears, while at the same time he seamlessly explains aspects of his life which are undoubtedly strange to us today.

The story moves along quickly, with tense moments as Wolf faces danger at sea and from the people he encounters on the other islands, but he also forges new friendships along the way, and ultimately finds his special role in life.

 While primarily an adventure story, The Stolen Spear ties in nicely with KS2 history on the late Neolithic period. There are discussion points at the back to encourage readers to think more about certain aspects of the story – concepts such as change or courage, or why people have different opinions and points of view – and of course the Neolithic period itself.

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Read the full review here and buy a copy of Saviour’s book here!

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‘Destined to leave everyone hungry for a second reading.’ The Lancashire Post takes a bite out of new picture book, It’s MY Sausage

Pam at the Lancashire Evening Post has reviewed It’s MY Sausage, written and illustrated by Alex Willmore, and is hungry for more:

A cat-fight over one sausage leaves some funny, fighting felines with a bitter taste in their mouths in a picture book bursting with fun!

Illustrator Alex Willmore turns his talented hand to both drawing and writing in this clever, chaotic adventure which will have little ones giggling and guffawing at every turn of the page.

There are five cats but just one sausage to go round them all! One determined cat is sure that it has the yummy, scrummy sausage in the bag, declaring in a refrain familiar to many parents, it’s mine, mine, mine, mine, mine. But after some pulling, shoving and skulduggery, the tasty sausage ends up in a most unexpected mouth!

Willmore knows how to tickle young funny bones and his action-packed, character-filled story, with a clever twist in its tail, is destined to leave everyone hungry for a second reading.

Thank you!
Read more PAWsome reviews here and buy a copy of Alex’s book here!

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‘Perfect for young readers but equally fascinating for adults.’ The Spacesuit shoots for the stars for Madge Eekal Reviews

Zoe at Madge Eekal Reviews has reviewed Alison Donald’s out-of-this-world picture book, The Spacesuit, with illustrations by Ariel Landy:

Published to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the first moon walk in 1969, The Spacesuit is a fascinating insight into the true story of the design of the suit worn by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin. Presented as a picture book, it’s perfect for young readers but equally fascinating for adults. For example, did you know that it wasn’t unusual for the undergarment industry to try new things? Apparently, in World War One they designed flight suits for pilots.

I liked the way the book opens with Ellie as a child enabling younger readers to more easily identify with our main character. I was also impressed by the clever storytelling (including references to how Ellie’s sewing launched her into another universe) and the use of separate text bubbles to provide intriguing facts.

The story is complemented by excellent and imaginative pictures that have a nostalgic feel while still being modern and incredibly appealing. I particularly liked the use of lighting in the darker pictures (the first page being a good example) and the ingenious line drawings such as the planet that looks like a safety pin and button.

There’s quite a lot to take in but that is one of the many strengths of this book. It will easily stand re-reading many, many times. Indeed, I fully expect this to become a firm favourite with children and adults as well as a useful classroom resource. With a well-structured and informative story and beautiful pictures, there is a strong chance this will become a dateless classic.

Thank You!
Read the full review here and buy a copy of the book here!
Also available in the US here!

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‘This book caught my attention straight away, especially because it wasn’t like any other space book I had read before.’ Books For Topics finds a picture book that is SPACESUITED to her.

Alison at BooksForTopics has found a picture book which is SUITED to her, The Spacesuit, written by Alison Donald with illustrations by Ariel Landy:

What a wonderful and uplifting read! As somebody who loves teaching about space, this book caught my attention straight away, especially because it wasn’t like any other space book I had read before.

This picture book was inspired by Eleanor ‘Ellie’ Foraker, a talented seamstress who created the spacesuit worn during the memorable Apollo 11 1969 Moon Landing. There is a lovely dedication to her on the very first page, and as you read through, it is clear to see what an inspirational woman Ellie Foraker really was.

This book not only has beautiful, bright illustrations created by Ariel Landy, which really bring the story to life, but it also contains interesting facts about space and the moon landing that will hook younger and older readers and guarantee lots of discussions around the subject. It also has a glossary of key terminology and a QR code if any reader – or teacher – wanted to access more facts. What a great touch!

This is a great story to share as a class read, to have as an extra topic book on space or in any school library. I feel this would appeal to boys and girls and hopefully inspire a new generation of space enthusiasts. Although this book makes for easy reading for younger readers, it would appeal to children in years 5 or 6 too.

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Read the full review here and buy a copy here!

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‘There’s trickery, plenty of thrills, friendship, hope and determination aplenty in this twisting, turning Stone-Age tale’ Red Reading Hub is THRILLED by our new junior fiction titles.

Jill at Red Reading Hub, has written a thrilling review of our Maverick Junior Fiction reads, Saviour Pirotta’s, The Stolen Spear and Colin Mulhern’s, Buttercup Sunshine and the House on Hangman’s Hill:

The Stolen Spear 

The first in a new series set in the Late Neolithic period, on an island in the Orkneys, this is exciting historical fiction for primary age readers.

The focus is on the narrator, young Wolf, and his endeavours to discover who is really responsible for the disappearance of the sacred spear that is stolen from a burial mound during the midsummer celebrations.

With illustrations by Davide Ortu adding to the atmosphere, there’s trickery, plenty of thrills, friendship, hope and determination aplenty in this twisting, turning Stone-Age tale for which the author draws on real historic links and places about which he talks in a note at the end of the book.

Buttercup Sunshine and the House on Hangman’s Hill

Colin Mulhern tells a tale that blends together comic horror and the classic story of Frankenstein that sees the return of Buttercup Sunshine.

What follows is a bizarre encounter with the extremely weird and seemingly totally mad scientist calling himself Dr Frankenstein and what’s more he has a monster and a storeroom full of jars containing human brains. Buttercup is desperate to find a cure for the zombies but as she discovers, the doc. has other plans of the world destroying kind.

I’ll say no more other than the words ‘bunny rabbit’ and the hope that she succeeds.

Totally crazy but enormous fun and ‘a bit carroty’ in its final moments.

Read the full review here and buy copies of the Junior Fictions here:
The Stolen Spear
Buttercup Sunshine

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