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. Grow by Luke Palmer, cover art by unknown, published by Firefly Press There are a growing number of books exploring race and racism and/or... Continue Reading →

Picture Book Picks – If I Had a Unicorn

We were lucky enough to request and receive a free copy of this from the publishers. All views and opinions are my own. If I Had a Unicorn by Gabby Dawnay and Alex Barrow Those of you who have been reading for a while will know how much we loved both If I Had a... Continue Reading →


I requested and received a copy of this free from the publishers, in exchange for an honest review. All views are my own. Scavengers by Darren Simpson, illustrated by Tom Clohosy Cole Landfill enjoys his life in the Hinterland - running free with dogs, foxes, goats and cats; swimming with turtles and chasing squirrels. He... Continue Reading →

Mini Monday 21/1/19

This week's Mini Monday* features four picture books - two we were kindly sent (thank you, Bounce) and two we bought and read this week. *I'm only halfway through and it's turning out to be less mini, more mega - sorry! First up, our free review copies: The Lost Horse by Mark Nicholas At a... Continue Reading →

The Afterwards

I'd seen and heard all sorts of good things about this on twitter before I received a copy from Bloomsbury for review (imagine my excitement at finding it was signed too!). However, as is so often the case, I'd heard how great it was but didn't actually know anything about it! Normally, I'd find out... 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 →

Dragon Post

I've mentioned before how much I loved stories about dragons as a child, (ok, both my mum and I still do). I also LOVE post - real, through the letterbox, not a bill type post - my friend and I even started sending each other letters because it's so nice to receive one! So when... 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 →

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 →

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