Rainbow Grey

I was lucky enough to receive a free advance copy of this in exchange for an honest review. All views and opinions are my own. Rainbow Grey by Laura Ellen Anderson From the creator of the brilliant Amelia Fang comes the start of another delightful series (OK I'm being a little presumptuous there, but no... Continue Reading →

Mini Monday: 7/1/19

Kicking off 2019 with three snowy books (maybe it will bring the actual snow!)* *The last of these reviews is a tweaked and slightly expanded version of one from WWW Wednesday last week - you can always skip it if you saw it first time round! First up... There's a Yeti in the Playground by... Continue Reading →

Picklewitch and Jack

As part of my quest to read more younger chapter books as well as 'MG', I requested a copy of this from Faber (who very kindly obliged - thank you!) and it's safe to say I'm thrilled I did as it's become one of my favourite books of the year. Picklewitch lives in a tree... Continue Reading →

Hubert Horatio Bartle Bobton-Trent

Hubert Horatio: How to Raise Your Grown Ups I first read about Hubert Horatio Bartle Bobton-Trent almost 15 years ago when the picture book above was released. I was (and still am) a huge Lauren Child fan - her books felt (and still feel) like something different: the illustrations, style and design; the vocabulary, language... Continue Reading →

The Beasts of Grimheart

When the first Five Realms book, The Legend of Podkin One-Ear, was announced as Children's Book of the Month way back in June 2017 I wasn't sure. But, as it was Book of the Month, I read it anyway and I am SO GLAD I did! I was absolutely hooked from the get go and... Continue Reading →

Mini Monday: 5/11/18

Mini Mondays are my attempt to get everything reviewed even while drowning in nappies, washing and milk! Shorter than usual but hopefully still enough to give a flavour of the books! This week I've been playing catch up with short 'early reader' chapter books. These are often the books that fall by the wayside in... Continue Reading →

Peapod’s Picks: Voices

I'm going to try and post a a Peapod's Picks every Friday, or at least alternate Fridays. They'll be picture, board or cloth books - some old, some new - that we've enjoyed or are looking forward to. This week: 'doing the voices' Before I go any further, I should point out that despite by... Continue Reading →

WWW Wednesday: 12/9/18

Hosted by ‘Taking on a World of Words’,  every Wednesday we ask and answer the 3 W’s: I've missed the last few weeks - newborns are time consuming! - and I'm definitely not getting through books at my usual rate (goodbye evening read before bed!) but I'm just about surfacing again! Posts and reviews are... Continue Reading →

Here be dragons…

When I was little I loved stories about dragons, notably Margaret Greaves' 'Charlie, Emma and the Dragon...' series and June Counsell's 'Dragon in Class 4 series'. *For the record: this was taken on holiday and that snazzy 80's bedding wasn't mine!* I wrote story after story about them too - as evidenced by one of... Continue Reading →

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