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‘One of a very few moon-related books I’ve seen this past few months that has chosen to put the spotlight on women’ Red Reading Hub on The Spacesuit

Jill at Red Reading Hub has posted a magnificent review for The Spacesuit by Alison Donald with illustrations by Ariel Landy:

Over the last week many of us have been enthralled to watch the first moon landing in 1969 relived on our televisions screens for its 50th anniversary; but how many of us thought about what went into the designing and making of the protective spacesuits worn by the three Apollo astronauts, and in particular, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin when they walked on the moon.

Alison Donald’s straightforward, accessible narrative focuses on Ellie Foraker’s skills and her determination to win the NASA competition, making it one of a very few moon-related books I’ve seen this past few months that has chosen to put the spotlight on women and their role in helping to send men to the moon.

Ariel Landy’s digitally worked illustrations too capture the resolve of Ellie and her team throughout the task, showing the tension when things get tough as well as the times when the mood was upbeat.

Along with the facts included in the story itself, the inside covers have short snippets of space travel information and there’s a glossary and a space time line extending from 1957 and the launch of the 1st Russian satellite, through to the 1969 moon walk.

All in all an inspiring picture book for young readers.’

Thanks, Jill!

Read the full review here and buy a copy here  

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‘A hit with young listeners’ Red Reading Hub enjoys two new picture books!

We are delighted to see that Jill at Red Reading Hub has published a wonderful review of two new picture books:

The MOOsic Makers by Heather Pindar with illustrations by Barbara Bakos (publishing 28 July):

Full of MOO-puns and craziness, Heather and Barbara’s teamwork has created a satisfying tale of determination and cooperation that will be a hit with young listeners.’

The Pirate Who Lost His Name by Lou Treleaven with illustrations by Genie Espinosa (published 28 May):

Lou Treleaven and Genie Espinosa’s take on the seemingly ever-popular pirate tale features a very forgetful piratical character.

So bad is his memory that, despite having all the other necessary pirate requirements, he’s forgotten his own name.

That isn’t quite the end of Lou’s rollicking tale but let’s not spoil the surprise throwaway finale, which will likely make young listeners squawk with delight. They’ll also delight in Genie Espinosa’s zany, larger than life characters executed with a super-bright colour palette.’

Thank you, Jill. Glad you enjoyed the books!

Read the full review here and preorder a copy of The MOOsic Makers here and buy a copy of The Pirate Who Lost His Name here

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Some Stone Age fun & a tasty and droll rhyming narrative find favour with Red Reading Hub!

Jill at Red Reading Hub has recently posted her thoughts on two of our latest picture books:

I, Pod by Rebecca Lisle with illustrations by Richard Watson:

Pod fans will thoroughly enjoy his latest, fun-filled book and he’ll likely the win a lot more enthusiasts thanks to Rebecca and Richard’s latest verbal and visual accounts of his exploits.’

Don’t Eat Pete! by Sue Walker with illustrations by Carlo Beranek

With debut author Sue Walker’s droll rhyming narrative and Carlo Beranek’s deliciously expressive illustrations, this is a tasty book to share with little ones either at home or in an early years setting. They’ll certainly relish the final surprise twist in the tale.’

Thank you so much, Jill!

The full review is here and you can buy Don’t Eat Pete! here and I,Pod here at Hive Stores for the special price of £6.95 each

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‘Readers will be swept along by the unfolding drama’ Red Reading Hub review of Turns Out I’m an Alien

Jill at Red Reading Hub has just posted a lovely review of Lou Treleaven‘s latest middle grade fiction title publishing at the end of this month Turns Out I’m an Alien. The book is also part of this year’s Space Chase themed  Summer Reading Challenge!

‘I’ll say no more other than that Jasper discovers his alien origins, the children are cascaded into a madcap space adventure to save a planet from the terrible Emperor Iko Iko Iko; there are secret agents, secret, secret agents and things get pretty Gloopy.

Entirely crazy, but readers will be swept along by the unfolding drama, which perhaps doesn’t actually end at The End.’

Thanks, Jill!

Read the full review here and buy a copy at 20% off  here

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‘A real hoot’ Red Reading Hub enjoys two new picture books and recalls a real Indian frog rain!

Jill at Red Reading Hub recently enjoyed reading our two new picture books and relates an amazing real story about frogs raining down in India!

Not Yet a Yeti by Lou Treleaven with illustrations by Tony Neal

An offbeat tale of having the courage to be yourself and acceptance that manages to include the creature that seems to be every young child’s favourite at present – the unicorn. For this reason, if nothing else, it’s likely to become a crowd pleaser. Tony Neal’s entire family of yetis are, despite their claims, thoroughly unscary and totally likeable creatures as is George himself.’

Froggy Day by Heather Pindar with illustrations by Barbara Bakos

Crazy as Heather’s tale may sound, I was once in Udaipur, Rajasthan during the monsoon season and as we emerged from a café into sudden torrential rain, it did seem as though it was raining frogs: the tiny creatures (not green ones but brown) fell in thousands from the rooftops of all the buildings. Goodness knows how they got up there in the first place but the sight was truly bizarre.

Heather Pindar’s play on words is a great starting point for her gigglesome story and Barbara’s illustrations of the frogs’ frolics are a real hoot.’

Read the whole review here and buy a copy of Froggy Day here and Not Yet a Yeti here

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‘Absorbing, fast-moving,  turning twisting tale’ Red Reading Hub relishes some adventure in Dino Wars: The Trials of Terror!

Jill at Red Reading Hub recently enjoyed the second book in the Dino Wars series by Dan Metcalf Dino Wars: The Trials of Terror:

This, the second in a series of four, will be welcomed by those who relished The Rise of the Raptors but equally, new readers will quickly be sucked in to this new adventure of Adam Caine, sister Chloe and friends. 

Co-existence, co-operation, kindness, diplomacy and daring are all part and parcel of this absorbing, fast-moving,  turning twisting tale; so too are Aaron Blecha’s super comic style illustrations that are scattered throughout the story.

As for securing the object of their quest? You’ll need to secure yourself a copy of the book to find out what happens when Adam and Chloe enter the labyrinth …’

Thanks, Jill! Read the full review here and buy a copy here

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‘Bursting with zany humour’ Red Reading Hub enjoys some giggles and gruesome chills in Buttercup Sunshine and the Zombies of Dooooom!

We’ve recently had a super review of Buttercup Sunshine and the Zombies of Doooom by Colin Mulhern from Jill at the Red Reading Hub:

The story is bursting with zany humour to which the author has added a liberal sprinkling of laugh-inducing line drawings; it’s likely to satisfy those who enjoy their giggles mixed with occasional gruesome chills and that I suspect is a lot of young readers.’

Thanks, Jill. So pleased you enjoyed it!

Zombies is out on the 28th September and you can pre-order for £5.49 and free shipping here

Read the full review here

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‘Lots of fun’ Red Reading Hub enjoys Arlo, Mrs Ogg and the Dinosaur Zoo!

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Jill at Red Reading Hub recently enjoyed our Summer Reading Challenge 2018 junior fiction title Arlo, Mrs Ogg and the Dinosaur Zoo by Alice Hemming with illustrations by Kathryn Durst:

Is the outing a success and do they arrive back at school with all seventeen children plus teacher safe and sound? And, are they allowed to go to that eagerly anticipated end-of-year party? You’ll have to get hold of a copy of this action packed story and find out.

With its twisting-turning plot, it’s certainly lots of fun. Packed with zany illustrations by Kathyrn Durst and promises of further adventures to come, let me just say, there’s a whole lot more to class 4X than previous teachers had thought: Mrs Ogg manages to unearth a whole lot of hidden talents therein.’

With such great reviews the book is flying off the shelves!

Read the full review here and buy your copy here

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Amusing tale that hits the spot with both dinosaur lovers and pet people: Red Reading Hub reviews The Wondrous Dinosaurium!

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Jill at Red Reading Hub just posted a great review for new picture book The Wondrous Dinosaurium by John Condon with illustrations by Steve Brown:

‘John Condon’s amusing tale about the pitfalls of not doing any research before choosing a pet will hit the spot with both dinosaur lovers and pet people.
Steve Brown’s illustrations of the dinosaur menagerie are at once droll and yet recognisably authentic dinosaur species: avid dinosaur fans may well be able to put names to all Mr Ree’s stock of creatures, one of which was new to this reviewer.’

Glad you’ve added to your dinosaur knowledge, Jill!

Read the full review here and buy a copy here

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‘Delightfully daft tale’ Red Reading Hub reviews Not My Hats!

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Jill at Red Reading Hub recently posted a cracking review for Not My Hats! by Tracy Gunaratnam with illustrations by Alea Marley:

With its plethora of outrageous headwear, this delightfully daft tale that moves in and out of rhyme, demonstrates that language is fun, sharing is best and friendship better than standoffishness.’

Thanks, Jill!

See the full review here and buy a copy here

 

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