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 →

The Restless Girls

When I was younger, Twelve Dancing Princesses was one of my favourite stories. Something about the midnight trips out, the worn out shoes, the boats to magical forests and dancing maybe. As a huge fan of Jessie Burton's adult novels 'The Miniaturist' and 'The Muse', I was very excited to hear she was writing a... Continue Reading →

The Lost Magician

I was offered a copy of The Lost Magician for review (thanks to Hachette Kids) and how could I resist with a cover like that?! Courtesy of Ben Mantle, it has a wonderfully magical feel and is a perfect match for the story inside. An ode to the world of Narnia: 1945. They have survived... Continue Reading →

WWW Wednesday 3/10/18

Hosted by ‘Taking on a World of Words’, every Wednesday we ask and answer the 3 W’s: Last time, I snuck an extra W in there too with what Peapod and I had read that week, but I've decided to do a regular "Peapod's Picks" post each Friday instead - picture books/board books new and... Continue Reading →

Mini Mondays

As I may have mentioned (you know, just once or twice..) I'm finding it hard to find enough time to read, let alone review anything since Peapod made his entrance into the world. Last week, I saw this post from BookBairn and it gave me the idea of 'Mini Mondays' - can't promise I'll manage... Continue Reading →

The Trouble With Perfect

I read 'A Place Called Perfect' when it was shortlisted for Waterstones Children's Book Prize last year and thought it was brilliant - a real breath of fresh air in the MG ('middle grade') releases; don't get me wrong, there were many I LOVED but this felt very different in style.   I finished the... Continue Reading →

#ReadABookDay

I am reliably informed (thanks Twitter) that today is #ReadABookDay. I'm choosing to ignore the fact that really that's every day and using it as a good way to play catch up on the blog, especially since I missed yesterday's WWWWednesday... So, the blog has been somewhat neglected over the past few weeks, thanks to... Continue Reading →

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