Dead Man’s Cove by Lauren St John I bought this book for my son Calum, for his 8th birthday after a recommendation from a trusted friend and it didn’t disappoint. Winner of the 2011 Blue Peter Book of the Year Award, Dead Man’s Cove is the first book in a gripping adventure series about eleven-year-old... Read More
‘DANDY’ written by Ame Dyckman and illustrated by Charles Santoso This is a firm favourite in my house at the moment, particularly with my youngest little girl, Caitlin. It is both full of sentiment but also lots of humour. The story centres around a daddy lion who takes great pride in his perfectly manicured green... Read More
‘Over and Under the Pond?!’ by author Kate Messner and Illustrator Christopher Silas Neal Kate Messner is a former teacher like myself and her training definitely comes across in her writing style. She writes with a wise voice, sneaking in facts throughout her story telling, and opening up a hidden world to children. What I... Read More
This month I read to my children at bedtime, ‘The Tide’, written by Clare Helen Walsh and illustrated by Ashling Lindsay. The book was very poignant for us as a family as my children’s grandmother was slipping away from us at the time. Whilst the issue faced by the family in the book of dementia... Read More
‘You’re Called WHAT?!’ by author Kes Gray and Illustrator Nikki Dyson Another hilarious picture book from the talented Kes Gray, who successfully manages to fill a whole picture book and sustain the laughter on one concept – simply brilliant! His writing is so light, succinct and funny that he speaks to both children and their... Read More
The Clever Tailor Written by Srividhya Venkat and illustrated by Nayantara Surendranath Having lived in New Delhi for 3 and a half years, picture books set in India always have a big draw for me and my family. ‘The Clever Tailor’ is no exception. ‘The Clever Tailor’ came out last year from award winning Indian... Read More
Like myself, Danny Deeptown was obsessed with wildlife from a young age, often spending his time seeking out new adventures in nature. Danny found his love of drawing through hours of copying scientific illustrations from books about animals and dinosaurs.    But what Danny doesn’t know is that his writing buddie, aka me, often did... Read More
‘Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo’ Written and Illustrated by Brian Flocca. So this month I am, dare I say it… ‘cheating’ a little bit, as this book review was mainly done by my eldest son, Lochie. He is currently exploring the topic of ‘space’ in school and was asked to choose an activity to complete... Read More
‘Captain Green and the Plastic Scene’ Written by Evelyn Bookless and Illustrated by Danny Deeptown My kids simply adore this book (not only because the illustrator Danny Deeptown is illustrating their mum’s very own picture book) but also because they feel so strongly about the issue of plastic pollution in their world today. Like many... Read More
‘Her Right Foot’ by Dave Eggers Illustrated by Shawn Harris Following our recent family holiday to the USA (yes my husband and I really did take a crazy flight for over 18 hours with three little children in tow!) my children have loved reading the books we bought back home from there over and over... Read More