Peapod’s Picture Book Picks – Bad Apple

We were lucky enough to request and receive a copy of this from the publishers in exchange for an honest review. All views and opinions are my own.

Bad Apple by Huw Lewis Jones and Ben Sanders, published by Thames and Hudson

Simply put – I loved this! And so did Peapod.

Apple is no sweet treat, he’s rotten to the core! Stealing Pea’s tea and Cat’s hat; pinching Plum’s mum and breaking Egg’s leg… it’s one mean move after another until he bakes a cake with Snake – has he bitten off more than he can chew?!

Peapod especially likes laughing at Apple having pinched Plum’s bum!

This is a really fun book, with great use of rhyme and humour (my favourite page is when Apple meets Orange), and a deliciously dark, sweetly satisfying ending.

Peapod loves to marvel at how awful Apple is, and delights in his wrongdoing; while I love the arrival of another book that doesn’t give us a sugar-coated ending, but still sees the villain of the piece get his comeuppance!

Perfect for fans of Jon Klassen, Morag Hood or Mo Willem, this gets everything right – great illustrations; simple, dry rhyming text; bad behaviour; and a brilliantly executed ending . We cannot wait for more from this duo!

MGTakesOn…um…Friday?! – Twitch

So I had the majority of this written and ready to post for publication day yesterday, but then didn’t get chance to finish it off and post so I’m sneaking it in a day late instead!

#MGTakesOnThursday was created by Mary over at Book Craic and is a brilliant way to shout about some brilliant MG books!

To join in, all you need to do is:
Post a picture of the front cover of a middle-grade book which you have read and would recommend to others with details of the author, illustrator and publisher.
Open the book to page 11 and share your favourite sentence.
Write three words to describe the book.
Either share why you would recommend this book, or link to your review.

I’ve really loved the Adventures on Trains series from MG Leonard and Sam Sedgman, so I was really excited for M. G. Leonard’s new solo book, Twitch.

Twitch by MG Leonard, cover art by Paddy Donnelly, published by Walker Books

Robber Ryan is on the run having escaped police custody and rumours are they’re in Aves Wood, Twitch’s favourite bird-watching haunt…

And with a new arrival in town asking questions, two unknown girls acting strangely by the woods, former bullies making friends and bigger bullies on the hunt for treasure there’s plenty for Twitch to be suspicious about…

This is such a cleverly crafted mystery with so much heart and humour too.

I have to admit I was unsure at first as things seemed all too obvious, but I should have had more faith in MG Leonard’s writing than that (especially after the number of times she and Sam Sedgman have left me stumped in Adventures on Trains!)

What I really loved was the way just as I started to think things were playing out all too obviously, Twitch voiced my thoughts and/or something happened to throw us off once more!

And so this became a really engrossing mystery that was incredibly smartly written with a couple of fantastic twists!

I loved seeing Jack and Twitch join forces and watching their friendship develop; seeing Twitch start to open up and reach out to make a friend, and seeing Jack drop the act and show his true self as they hesitantly get to know each other was lovely.

I also really loved the way nature, specifically birds, were brought into the story. In the same way that going into Adventures on Trains I thought I had no interest in trains but found myself fascinated, Twitch has served to pique my interest in birds.

I have always liked to see the birds in the garden or park, but Twitch had me listening out for different calls and ready to grab my binoculars and head out spotting! Not to mentioning making me rather guiltily reconsider my stance on rock doves… And now I really want a teapot tree too!

There is a wealth of love, respect and knowledge of birds encompassed in these pages and it is simply joyous. Reading about Maya’s research and inspiration, and especially her dedication to her mother-in-law at the end only enhanced this further.

And then there is the ending, of which I can say very little but just let me tell you it is perfect! Utterly joyous, a little bit madcap, packed with action and team spirit – it reads like a scene from a late 80s/early 90s family film and it was glorious! I was grinning from ear to ear!

Action, suspense and bravery; family, friendship and loyalty; marshes and woodland and birdsong; heart and humour and high spirits – this book has it all and has left me desperate for more!

This book in three words:

The Pigeon Detectives

My favourite quote from page 11:

“Tell me, birdbrain. What’s it like being such a loser that your only friends have feathers?”

May-June

Instead of a WWW Wednesday post this week I’m posting my end of the month post, looking back at my reading in May and ahead to my reading in June.

I had an optimistic fourteen books on my potential TBR for this month. I read four of them, but did read six others too bringing me to ten altogether.

Really, I’d like to be getting through more but adding adult books back into the equation has really slowed me down! That said, I’m glad to be sticking with my goal of reading some adult fiction again. This month I read three adult books – I LOVED Shuggie Bain, liked Vanishing Half and did not get on with Leave the World Behind.

I only read one YA book this month, so no gold stars there! But at least it was a good one! I really enjoyed Hold Back the Tide (thank you to Charlotte for mentioning it so often and reminding me to read it!)

The rest of my reads were all MG, and (with one exception) they were an absolutely cracking selection!

So, on to June…

I’m currently having one of those “ohmygodihavesomuchtoread” stresses where I panic about my never ending tbr/reading all the books I want to plus all the books I need to plus all the books for work/balancing adult plus teen plus kids…. So any tips on organising my reading life or stopping stressing about it are welcome!

I’m reluctant to make much of a TBR as for the past couple if months it’s gone nearly entirely out of the window!

I have three books on netgalley (I just need to post my review of Twitch). I have banned myself from requesting any more with the intention of clearing my backlog first (do not tell me what gems are on there! Unless I really shouldn’t miss them if course..!)

Otherwise, I’m looking forward to reading The Kingdoms and Midnight in Everwood as two of my adult books this month, and I’m determined to do better with YA too – I’m going to try and combine this with joining in with Ross’ LGBTQ reading challenge for the month.

As for MG, I have SO many titles waiting and no idea where to begin so no set plans, just a hope for more hours in the day!

How was your reading in May?

What are you hoping to read in June?

Peapod’s Picture Book Picks – The Pirate Mums

We were lucky enough to receive a free copy of this in exchange for an honest review as part of the blog tour for it. All views and opinions are my own.

The Pirate Mums by Jodie Lancet-Grant, illustrated by Lydia Corry, published by Oxford Children’s

This is a super, swashbuckling story which celebrates difference in a really clever way.

Author, Jody Lancet-Grant, said of creating the book:

“‘Being both a parent who loves books and someone who has worked in publishing for many years, I know that picture books today are vibrant and funny, inventive and beautiful. But, with a couple of notable exceptions, the small selection I found that featured a LGBTQ+ family in some guise or another, weren’t. So, encouraged by my wife, Sam, I decided to try and write one.

And this really rings true. It’s great that we are seeing so many books now addressing the lack of diversity and representation in picture books. However, so often this is done by making the story about that rather than a story about x, y or z which incidentally includes LGBTQ+/BAME characters.

What I loved about Pirate Mums was the way it nodded to this, making you think it might follow this same pattern but then smartly flipping it on its head.

Billy’s mums are not like other parents, you see. Other kids have dogs or cats, not a loud-mouthed parrot; other families use GPS, not telescopes and smelly maps (this bit really tickles us as Peapod just loves that the maps, are smelly!!); other families live in sensible, ‘normal’ houses, not ones with prows and masts and sails poking out… (Peapod wanted to know if we could get a house like that!)

When his mums sign up to help on a school trip aboard a boat, Billy is ready for the ground to swallow him up and will try anything to stop them from coming.

As a parent reading this, it has to be said that his mums’ excitement at coming, his embarrassment at it, and their reaction to this in turn was so perfectly written and drawn into their expressions. I felt it in my gut – that mix of parents keen to engage, children keen to be cool!

However, when an unexpected storm hits, everyone is relieved to have Billy’s sea-faring mums on board…

With a storm battering the boat, a captain stuck in the loo (Peapod LOVES this!), a seasick teacher, and an ingenious and immensely satisfying resolution there is a perfect blend of mild picture book peril, action, humour and creativity. It’s brilliant.

The illustrations’ nautical palette and  vivacious and expressive style perfectly capture the action and feel of the book, as of course do the fantastic rainbow flares! Piratical pride at its finest!!

Peapod has loved this. We have read it at least once a day since it arrived, and on Saturday we read it three times back to back, interspersed only by dancing jigs around the garden and shouting “scallywags!” and “aaargh mateys!” He’s been playing it with his boats and people in the bath too – it’s safe to say it’s a hit in our house!

There’s plenty here for older picture book fans to dig a bit deeper into as well, especially with Billy’s feelings and how they change over the book; and I can’t help feeling this would make an absolutely perfect crossover into a highly illustrated first chapter book series too (hint, hint Oxford 😉!)

But, whatever lies ahead for Billy and his swashbuckling mums, this remains an absolutely joyous read – a thoroughly exciting, funny and warm adventure on the high seas!

Thank you to Liz Scott and Oxford Children’s for my copy of the book and having me along on the blog tour.

Don’t forget to check out the other stops on the tour this week too!

Picture Book and Play – Elmer Day

Picture Book and Play is a weekly post in which we look at a picture book (or books) Peapod’s been enjoying recently and some of the play we’ve had based on it.

It’s a slightly different post this week as tomorrow is Elmer Day! As it hasn’t happened yet, we’ve not really got stuck in, but I’m going to share with you what we have done and what else we might do over the weekend!

Elmer by David McKee

Elmer is an absolute classic, and for good reason – bright, colourful, kind and funny, this good-natured elephant is a shining example of not being afraid to be yourself and of helping those around you, themes which now more than ever seem so big in children’s literature.

The quality of the writing and the humour brought out through Elmer’s mischievous character mean there’s no heavy-handed moral message though; only a subtle example of being true to yourself and kind to those around you.

Peapod loved looking at Elmer’s colours and telling me his favourites (orange, purple and green), saying hello to each of the animals as Elmer does and talking about which of the patterned elephants he liked best at the end.

I have used the Elmer Day resources here to prepare a couple of videos to share on our shop’s social media this weekend, since I can’t run an in-person event like I usually would, so Peapod and I tried one of them out yesterday…

We used the templates on the Elmer Day site to colour in ears then Peapod cut them out and I helped him stick them to a headband to make some Elmer ears!

Other possible Elmer activities

We’re going to draw a BIG Elmer on a large piece of paper then paint him! There’s a great ‘how to draw Elmer guide’ on the Elmer Day site that I’ve used for our shop videos so I’m going to use that as the template!

We’re going on a colour walk! We’re going to take the colour walk ‘bingo’ style sheet that’s on the Elmer Day site and see what we spot. You could do this on a walk in your area, in the woods or park, or even around the house or garden!

I’m also planning to hide different coloured building blocks for Peapod to use to physically complete the bingo sheet by placing a found block on each colour space.

We’re going to make a colourful collage! Using coloured paper, paint swatches, magazine cuttings…whatever we find to make an Elmer or a rainbow or a jungle or just an abstract colour explosion!

There’s lots more (plus colouring sheets too!) here

Are you an Elmer fan?

Will you be celebrating Elmer Day tomorrow?

What have you been reading or playing this week?

WWW Wednesday 26/5/21

WWW Wednesday is hosted by ‘Taking on a World of Words’ every Wednesday and asks:

What are you currently reading?

What have you just finished reading?

What will you read next?

What am I currently reading?

This week I’ve just started a few new books.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, audiobook read by Tatiana Maslany

I can’t believe I’ve not read this sooner. I think the hype and popularity put me off – it was one I felt I should read for work but not one I wanted to read for me. But I’m clearly a fool. It’s great.

Twitch by M G Leonard

I’m only a couple of chapters in and feel like we can see where it’s going, but knowing MG Leonard there’ll be some twists in there too!

Leave the World Behind by Rumaan Alam

I’m only a couple of chapters in to this as well and I have to admit I’m not sold on it so far. But I’m hoping I’ll get more into it as the mystery begins.

What have you just finished reading?

Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart

I loved this. Agnes and Shuggie were such compelling and complex characters that really spoke to me. A definite stand out book of the year for me.

The Three Impossibles by Susie Bower

I really liked the middle part of this – there’s adventure, a quest, a great world built, alchemy and some fantastic creatures in the Wings and the Mers, and there’s a decent (if not entirely unexpected) twist at the end.

Unfortunately that didn’t quite save it for me. I didn’t get on with the characters, most of whom grated on me and felt a bit flat and stereotypical and I found the first part of the story dull, which ultimately let the whole thing down for me.

When the Sky Falls by Phil Earle

What. A. Book.

This was just…wow. I’ll post a full review when I can articulate it all, but honestly it’s something really special.

What will you read next?

I’ll be continuing with the Hunger Games trilogy on audio.

I’m working my way through my netgalley reads (with a strict ban on requesting more!) in date order so next will be Monstrous Design by Kat Dunn.

My next physical MG read is tbc – I have an absolutely ridiculous pile so I’m just going to pick when I’m done with Twitch!

My next adult book will probably be The Kingdoms by Natasha Pulley or Midnight in Everwood by M A Kuzniar

Have you read any of these?
What are you reading at the moment?

The Crackledawn Dragon

I was lucky enough to request and be approved to read an early copy of this on netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All views and opinions are my own.

The Crackledawn Dragon by Abi Elphinstone, cover art by George Ermos, published by Simon and Schuster

If you don’t already know, I am a MASSIVE fan of Abi Elphinstone’s books (see this post) so I have been itching to read this ever since finishing Jungledrop (reviewed here) last year; it was a definite drop-all-other-reads-immediately when I was approved to read this on netgalley!

This is the third Unmapped Chronicle, following on from Rumblestar and Jungledrop, which in turn follow on from the prequel Everdark (originally released as a World Book Day £1 book, this has recently been re-released for general sale in a dyslexia-friendly format with a cover to match the rest of the series. How ace is that?!)

But back to Crackledawn! If you’re new to the Unmapped Kingdoms, this will read fine as a standalone, as each book in the series is set in a different world with different characters. However, the later books do refer back to the earlier ones and you’ll get so many more squeals of delight and surprise and excitement out of them if you read them in order.

Each Unmapped Chronicle sees children from the Faraway (our world) journey to the Unmapped Kingdoms, where our weather is made, to defeat the evil Morg as she tries to gain control and prevent a new phoenix from rising, thus depleting the magic there completely and destroying the Unmapped Kingdoms, and in turn the Faraway.

We rejoin Morg plotting to return from the bottom of the never-ending well she was left trapped in by the Petty-Squabbles. Biding her time, she’s patiently prepared for one final attempt to seize the Unmapped Kingdoms and Zebedee Bolt is just the boy to help her…

On the run from the most recent in a run of an apathetic foster families, an inept social worker and a life in which Zeb feels very alone, the offer of a new start full of riches is too tempting to resist. And so, Zeb is brought to help Morg find the Ember Scroll that will seal the fate of the worlds forever.

Luckily, a combination of fates, fear and phoenix magic sees Zeb embark on a mission to save the worlds from Morg and her midnights instead (and I say it every time but, please, PLEASE can someone form a band called Morg and the Midnights?!)

And here our adventure truly begins. Zeb joins forces with the Kerfuffle – a gloriously magical boat – and its crew, the equally glorious Mrs Fickletint and Oonie – albeit begrudgingly at first!

Seeing Oonie and Zeb overcome their insecurities and defensiveness as they tentatively build their friendship, their self-confidence and their willingness to place their trust in others is a heart-warming thing. And Mrs Fickletint is just brilliant.

And so we sail straight into another of Abi’s fantastically crafted worlds.

To have an imagination that comes up with what Abi’s does is quite something. Her worlds are always fizzing with magic and bursting with the weird, wondrous and wonderful. And Crackledawn is no different.

From hurtles and squidges and threadbears to fusilly and calm trees and DIY-trees to spectacular underwater scenes and sea witches, the way Abi’s storytelling mind works and the wordplay, names and creations it conjures is nothing short of joyful. I’m grinning again just thinking back on them all now.

Oh, and then there’s the dragon(s!).

You didn’t think I’d forgotten the titular fire-breather did you?!

Imposing, imperious and mightily impressive – from the skeletal dragon fighting Morg’s corner to the rarely seen dragons of the Unmapped Kingdoms who value their solitude and privacy, they are vividly described with an ancient air of magic and mystery, wisdom and understanding – these are the sort of dragons you immediately think of when thinking of storybook dragons. And tender-hearted, loyal Snaggle is just THE BEST! If you’re a fan of a dragon in an adventure YOU NEED TO READ THIS.

And there are so many other well-crafted characters too – from ancient elephant Trunpletusk with her memory collection to Perpetual Faff and her chaotic handbag to yoga-loving goblin Dollop, they’re as fun and fantastic as you’d expect.

This is a gripping adventure with a finale fans of the series are going to absolutely ADORE! I loved it.

Drama, tension and excitement in the race against time to beat Morg. Heart, hope and understanding in the personal stories of Zeb and Oonie. Imagination and joy in the wonderful world, journey and characters we encounter. This is a fantastic end to a fantastic series.

Peapod’s Picture Book Picks – Nature Trail

We were lucky enough to request and receive a copy of this from the publishers in exchange for an honest review. All views and opinions are my own.

Benjamin Zephaniah’s Nature Trail, illustrated by Nila Aye, published by Orchard Books

This is an utterly gorgeous celebration of the nature on our doorsteps for little ones to love and older ones to take heed of!

Written from the perspective of a child taking us on a tour of all the things they see in their garden, it quickly becomes clear that the garden in question is less a specific, private patch of land and more the green spaces and nature all around us.

From window boxes to allotments to trees on the street to woodland and parks this is a reminder of the benefits of nature for us all and how easy that can be to find and/or nurture, even in the most urban areas.

The text is just right for young readers, with simple phrasing and rhyme and the gorgeous illustrations match it absolutely perfectly.

Between them there’s a wonderful balance found between the anthropomorphic and the real; the funny and the true. Peapod especially loves the burglar squirrels nicking nuts, for example; both the illustrations and phrasing bringing humour and humanity to very animalistic traits.

And this is true throughout. There’s recognisable flowers, plants and creatures to name and spot and talk about, but there’s also plenty of humour in the scenarios and personification depicted.

The illustrations, for us, it has to be said have been the star of the show. Bright, busy and engaging Peapod has pored over them. He loves to talk about what creatures we can see, and what they’re doing (he is a particular fan of the creepy-crawly party because they have a record player “like mine! That one’s red, and mine’s red!”)

He also likes to spot the narrator on each page, interacting with the natural world in ways that will spark the imagination – flying on a bat, snuggled up to sleep in a flower, reading with owl…

And on the subject of our main character/narrator –

As someone whose little boy is constantly confused for a girl and as someone who continuously tries to push past unhelpful stereotypes of assuming gender based on appearances (of people we meet, characters, illustrations etc) I was so thrilled to see a main character who is nowhere named or described as being a boy or a girl and who is to drawn in a way to make them easy to refer to as he or she or (as in our house) ‘them/they’.

Likewise, the illustrations portraying other children are gloriously diverse too.

This is a beautifully presented book, from that elegant cover to the leafy end papers to the hugely appealing illustrations throughout. It has gift written all over it and should be one to treasure, both in its physical form and its message.

Stylish, inviting and with bags of appeal for young readers, this is an invitation to lose yourself in nature both through these joyful pages and by stepping out of your front door and embracing the natural world around us.

Picture Book and Play – Bees

Picture Book and Play is a weekly post in which we look at a picture book (or books) Peapod’s been enjoying recently and some of the play we’ve had based on it.

We found out this week through Nursery that yesterday was World Bee Day, but since Peapod was off yesterday we decided to have some bee fun of our own! (though he’s still gone into nursery on his bee outfit today!)

We started the day reading two bee books we already had.

Bee by Britta Teckentrup is a gorgeous, peep-through story of a bee’s journey as it flies back and forth from its give searching for nectar and spreading pollen. It’s a real celebration of nature and a lovely introduction to what bees do.

Bumblebear by Nadia Shireen is the funny and endearing tale of Norman, a bear who goes undercover as a bee in order to get his paws on some honey, only to find he loves being with the bees.

However, when he’s fooled into giving away his true identity, he’s forced to leave Bee School and all his new friends.

But when he sees a big, bad bear shaking his friends’ hive on the hunt for honey, there’s only one thing he can do…

This is a lovely tale of friendship and we spent a large part of the day acting out Norman chasing the bad bear away – Peapod loved it…though we did have to add our own ending where the bad bear comes back, says sorry and makes friends with everyone as he’s a sensitive soul and any hint of a ‘bad’ character at the moment and we can never read the book again!

We went into town to pick up another bee book and purely by chance passed a big bee in the library on the way past! Of course we had to go in to see (and inevitably stayed to read some stories too!)

When we eventually got to the bookshop we found two lovely bee books to take home.

Two lovely lift-the-flap books from Usborne, you definitely don’t need both of these (though we couldn’t choose so took both!) as they overlap considerably with Why Do We Need Bees? offering a slightly simpler, younger take on it and Look Inside the World of Bees giving a bit more detail and information.

Both are bright, busy and beautifully presented with loads of little flaps to open with facts, names, information and answers to all sorts of bee-related questions underneath – fab!

Then we spent the afternoon getting messy creative!

We started off with some bee inspired painting, cracking out the rollers to make some big stripes and textures. Peapod’s not used these before so it was good to try something new and great for those pre-writing muscles in his arms and hands too!

Of course it wasn’t long before things descended into Peapod just wanting to get his, hands in there so we spent some time doing that too (before cleaning it up which he wanted to do so that afforded me a good twenty minutes of water ‘play’ into the deal!)

While he played in the water I got us some playdough ready (this is also super quick and easy to do together but Peapod preferred to stay at the sink!) and we made bees with googly eyes, pipe cleaners and cellophane for all the extra ‘bits’.

We talked about what our bees needed and how they looked and I was pretty impressed with our efforts!

Unfortunately our dough was a bit soft and our bees didn’t hold their shape very well, but no matter because this led to a whole load of squeezing, stretching and squishing of its own (more work for those finger muscles!)

This reminded me of the song about squishing up the baby bumblebee (we did have a chat about it just being a silly song and not doing it to real bees!!) so we spent a good while then singing “I’m bringing home my baby bumblebee” too!

Later on Peapod wanted to draw a bee, so I helped him to use a picture from his book to see what it needed and how it looked as he drew.

Like with the playdough, this was a great chance for some counting as we added legs, feelers and wings too!

We’ll be having more bee and bug play over the next week or so as I’ve put lots of minibeast themed books and toys out on his shelf (excuse my ever expanding tbr intruding on it!) and we’ll have a bee counting/sensory tray next week too.

Did you do any bee activities for World Bee Day?

What have you been reading or playing this week?

MGTakesOnThursday – Into the Volcano

#MGTakesOnThursday was created by Mary over at Book Craic and is a brilliant way to shout about some brilliant MG books!

To join in, all you need to do is:
Post a picture of the front cover of a middle-grade book which you have read and would recommend to others with details of the author, illustrator and publisher.
Open the book to page 11 and share your favourite sentence.
Write three words to describe the book.
Either share why you would recommend this book, or link to your review.

It feels like I’ve not done an #MGTakesOnThursday post for ages (in fact it feels like I’ve not done many posts at all in ages!) but I guess that has a lot to do with my reduced reading rate!

But this week I finished a brilliant book by one of my favourite MG authors, so it’s a great one to be able to hop back into #MGTakesOnThursday with!

Into the Volcano by Jess Butterworth, cover art by Rob Biddulph, published by Hachette

I’m a big fan of Jess’ books – you can read my thoughts on her previous books here, here and here.

She is so skilled at combining sensitive, real life issues with the natural world and environmental themes to create dramatic, nail-biting adventures.

And what could be more dramatic than being lost in Yellowstone Park at midnight during a storm?

Boiling geysers and acidic pools; a super-volcano; powerful, wild animals; and a strange rumbling underground create a gripping climax to this heart-warming tale, and the use of a dual narrative only enhances the tension.

We switch between Seb and Vivi, brought together at a memorial service after a shooting leaves Vivi’s grandma dead and Seb’s best friend critically injured in hospital.

They’ve journeyed together to Yellowstone, where Vivi agrees to help Seb find a rainbow pool he believes he needs to find to help his friend Clay recover.

The emotions in this are almost as powerful as the bears, wolves and weather. Grief, worry and fear of disappointing family are all explored here sensitively, but so realistically too.

The way in which Seb’s anxiety and panic attacks are described and dealt with is fantastic and really struck a chord with me personally. As did Jess’ very open message on the subject at the end of the book, which I’m sure will be a source of great comfort and strength for her young readers.

As ever, Jess’ love of, and respect for, nature shines through and depicting the park at night only heightened the experience. I don’t want to say too much for fear of spoilers, but the bear had me on the edge of my sheet mentally willing Vivi on, and the wolves were a real goosebumps moment.

Yet again, Jess brings us a book that many will find comfort and reassurance in; a book which deals with difficult times and feelings but nevertheless retains a gentle feeling, one of hope, positivity and light.

This book in three words:

Feelings. Adventure. Nature.

My favourite quote from page 11:

Then there’s a bang. Everyone looks up and hushes.

It’s as loud as a firework. I search the sky for a rogue rocket. It’s still clear and cloudless.”