Ellen's Reviews

Stories of Magic and Mischief
By Enid Blyton | Publisher: Hodder Children's Books

Witches and pixies abound in this magical selection of thirty short stories, perfect for seasonal reading and sharing. With lots of humour and fantastic characters these classic tales are ideal for younger children being read to and for newly confident readers to read alone. Each story stands alone and is the perfect length for reading at bedtime or in the classroom. BUY IN ON AMAZON 

Review: This is a collection of short stories mainly to do with fantasy. I usually read mystery stories, so it was good to try something new. This book is a wonderful collection of tales and I would recommend it for long journeys as you can dip in and out of it very easily. My favourite story was about a dog who often chases cats. One day he learns why he shouldn't chase cats....

Summertime Stories
By Enid Blyton | Publisher: Hodder Children's Books

From picnics in the sunshine to daring outdoor adventures, celebrate the excitement and magic of summertime with these fun-filled short stories by Enid Blyton. Ideal for newly confident readers, these entertaining tales are the perfect length for reading aloud at bedtime or in the classroom. BUY IT ON AMAZON

Review: This fabulous collection of books is a gripping read where fantasy is welcome. In one of these fabulous stories, two pixies think they are really hard working and should be able to have good luck. They go and lie on a sun filled cove near a river, when a boat with a lovely picnic in it sails downstream and comes alongside them. They think it is their lucky day, but after they have eaten all the picnic, they hear somebody calling for the boat. Do they find a way to hide the boat and get away with it or are they going to get into trouble? I loved the illustrations in this book, and couldn’t put it down.

The Trapdoor Mysteries: The Scent of Danger
By Abie Longstaff | Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Orphan Tally is the servant girl at Mollett Manor - and she's also the Secret Keeper of the magical library hidden beneath a trapdoor, underneath the manor's grounds. Along with Squill the squirrel, she uses the enchanted books to solve crimes. So when Lady Mollett's new puppy, Widdles, is kidnapped, Tally and Squill head straight to the library. But will they be able to catch the dognapper or is it already too late? BUY IT ON AMAZON

Review: Tally, a scullery maid is also the secret keeper to an amazing secret! There is an old library of magical books and she knows its location. It is in the garden of Mollet Manor where she works.

Lady Beatrice is after a new pet to help with her entertaining, and Tally suggests a pet dog. The dog Widdles arrives and soon fits in, no one expects it to be stolen. Even with the help of the secret library can Tally find the dog napper in time? This book is an amazing mix of mystery and adventure, and is one of my favourite books. The illustrations bring the story alive. I recommend it to everyone, it is a page turner.

The Trapdoor Mysteries: A Sticky Situation
By Abie Longstaff | Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Ten-year-old Tally is a servant girl at Mollett Manor. She sleeps in the scullery sink, and spends her days scrubbing, polishing and ironing (when she's not secretly reading books). Then Tally and her squirrel friend, Squill, find a secret library hidden under the manor - a magical library where the books come to life! When Mollett Manor is burgled, can Tally use the knowledge she finds in the books to catch the criminals? Can they even help her solve the mystery of her missing mother? BUY IT ON AMAZON

Review: If you wanted to find Tally you would have to go down the hall...down the spiral staircase... into the kitchens...and then find the scullery. Ten-year-old Tally is a servant girl at Mollett Manor. She sleeps in the scullery sink, and spends her days scrubbing, polishing and ironing (when she's not secretly reading books). Tally and her squirrel friend, Squill, find a secret library hidden under the manor - a magical library where the books come to life! When Mollett Manor is burgled, can Tally use the knowledge she finds in the books to catch the criminals? Can they even help her solve the mystery of her missing mother? I would give this book 10 stars if I could, it is a great read and is my favourite book

What Manor of Murder?
By Christopher William Hill | Publisher: Orchard Books

What's that you say? You're off to Bleakley Manor? On Michaelmas eve? But dear child, hasn't anyone told you the legend of Old Bramble Head, who rises once a year to claim another victim from the unfortunate Bleakley household... BUY IT ON AMAZON

Review: The two main characters which are Horatio and Eustace Bleakley go to the Bleakley Family Hall on Michaelmas Eve as usual, only to hear the Bleakley family tale of Old Bramble Head again. When they hear the second part about the head rising and claiming another life from the Bleakley family, they are alarmed! The murder takes place and the brothers try and work out who did it? Can they work it out or will there be no Bleakley family left?

This book sounds scary but it is not. It is very well written and I enjoyed it alot.

The Crumble Lady
By Lorraine Bowen | Publisher: Candy Jar Books

The Crumble Lady is a SUBURBAN SUPERHERO! When she's not busy solving crimes, she's making cat food crumble, writing songs, and even getting her chums to save her town from a SHERBET EXPLOSION! There's NEVER a dull moment with the Crumble Lady! Tuck into a delicious portion of stories, funny characters and, of course, crumbles! Lorraine Bowen shot to fame on Britain's Got Talent by winning David Walliams' Golden Buzzer for her jolly Crumble Song. BUY IT ON AMAZON

Review: I like the fact that after each story there is a recipe telling you how to bake something that the crumble lady has baked in that story,it is like a little recipe book . Unfortunately, when a roly poly lady comes to town she gets jealous . When disaster strikes will she [crumble lady] help roly poly lady?

Free Lance and the Dragon's Hoard
By Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell | Publisher: Barrington Stoke

It should have been an easy job for Free Lance; protect the wealthy merchant and his jewels on a journey home, nothing out of the ordinary. But Free Lance ends up with a lot more than he bargained for when the villagers cry dragon. Can he save the beautiful damsel in distress and live to fight another day? BUY IT ON AMAZON

Review: This book was very easy to get into. It wouldn't be a book I would choose to read, but I found the cover and title very exciting and wanted to give it a go.

The book is about when Free Lance gets hired to go across to the Plain of the Dead, with a rich merchant. When they get to their destination, before leaving Free Lance sees a parade going past and he follows it to see what it is about. He finds out at the parade is leading to a dragon lair where someone is going to be a sacrifice. He rescues the sacrifice and find the dragons hoard of treasure.

The Crumble Lady
By Lorraine Bowen | Publisher: Candy Jar Books

When she's not busy solving crimes, she's making cat food crumble, writing songs, and even getting her chums to save her town from a SHERBET EXPLOSION! There's NEVER a dull moment with the Crumble Lady. BUY IT ON AMAZON

Review: I enjoyed the setting in this book, and the pictures. It is about a boy called Hari who dances by mistake for some thieves. While people are distracted by the dancing, the thieves steal things. Then Mr Ram realised that Hari could stop wars and so he takes him to a Secret Meeting where he shows his distracting dancing!

Hari and his Electric Feet
By Alexander McCall | Publisher: Barrington Stoke

Hari is a dreamer with an unusual talent. He spends the few coins he earns washing cars on cinema trips to watch (and learn from) his beloved Bollywood films. Then one day Hari's gloriously fancy footwork is spotted by Mr Ram, a man on a mission to resolve conflicts near and far. Hari so entrances everyone with his magical dancing that soon he is summoned to the White House itself where his electric feet bring harmony to the presidential couple and an easier life for Hari's family. BUY IT ON AMAZON

Review: I enjoyed the setting in this book, and the pictures. It is about a boy called Hari who dances by mistake for some thieves. While people are distracted by the dancing, the thieves steal things. Then Mr Ram realised that Hari could stop wars and so he takes him to a Secret Meeting where he shows his distracting dancing!

The Sprites' Den: Book 3 (Evie's Magic Bracelet)
By Jessica Ennis-Hill | 
Publisher: Hodder Children's Books

What if you had a magic bracelet that allowed you to conjure anything you wanted - out of thin air! Evie's grandma has sent her another parcel. Inside layers of tissue and colourful ribbons is a beautiful bracelet. Evie's going to need the bracelet's powers - and a brave heart - to deal with some mischievous sprites. But she's always ready to have some magical adventures! BUY IT ON AMAZON

Review: When Evie's dog is blamed for messing up their garden, Evie and her friends have to work out who really has done it. It is some evil spites who always mess with Evie. She has some magic bracelets, sent to her by her Gran which give her special powers. When Evie learns how to control the new magic bracelet she got, her friends and her get a little wet fighting the spites! This book is fun. I enjoyed it.

Monster Mountain Chase!: Book 1 (Go Mo Go)
By Mo Farah | 
Publisher: Hodder Children's Books

After returning home from a long cross-country run, it's time for Mo and his friends to decide where to go on their next running adventure. Sandwiches at the ready, the friends head somewhere beautiful, with glistening snow and sparkling lakes ... The Rocky Mountains!

But crossing states is tiring work, and with lots of new creatures (and monsters!) to meet along the way, will Mo and friends ever get time for a sandwich break? BUY IT ON AMAZON

Review: This book is great, especially for people who want to grow up and be famous olympic runners (Like Mo Farah). When Mo and his four best friends stop for a break, one of them throws a stick as far as he can and then wasps start to chase them. Once they have run all the way to Alberta, the wasps have gone, and they start to eat their sandwiches. Then Mo starts "Run Grizzly Bears!!!" "What have you got in your sandwiches?". One of the friends has honey in his sandwich. So they run all the way to Idaho! The story continues and every time the friends stop and get out a sandwich, they have to run as something is chasing them.

Summer Holiday Showdown: Book 19
By Frank Lampard | 
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Frankie and his team love playing football. There's always time for a game - especially during the summer holidays! So Frankie and his friends can't believe it when the magic football sends them back in time to a boarding school . . . they're supposed to be on holiday! But there they meet George - the previous owner of their magic football. BUY IT ON AMAZON

Review: This book is very good. I enjoyed the fact that Frankie never gives up and I like the character Max. The story starts on the beach where Frank, Kevin, Louise and Charlie are on holiday. When they go to the hotel, their magic football takes them back in time to when the hotel was a school. They have to solve a problem with a schoolboy George who is bullied.

Storm Cloud
By Jenny Oldfield | 
Published by: Barrington Stoke

When horse-loving Kami is invited to spend the summer at best friend Macy's family ranch, Kami is shocked to discover one of the horses being hobbled and whipped by Molly's brother. What is behind Wes's increasingly cruel treatment, and can Kami save Storm Cloud? Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 8+ BUY IT ON AMAZON

Review: Kami is really excited when she hears she is going to spend the summer holidays with her best friend Macy. At Macy's farm, there is a young colt who is blamed for behaving badly by bucking and kicking. Now he is being trained cruely by Macy's older brother. Kami and Macy go and tell Macy's father about what is happening, and he is able to sort it out. I enjoyed this book.

Mr Penguin and the Lost Treasure: Book 1
By Alex T Smith | 
Published by: Hodder Children's Books

Indiana Jones meets Hercule Poirot in this new Alex T. Smith series with plenty of slapstick humour, mystery and adventure. Highly illustrated throughout with a striking black and orange design. It has been weeks since Mr Penguin's last adventure and he's been stuck at his desk, twiddling his flippers ever since. That is until the phone rings! Mr Penguin and Colin (a spider and Mr Penguin's silent right hand man) are called in to find the missing treasure somewhere in the Museum of Extraordinary Objects. The quest finds them solving secret codes, fighting ferocious beasts, eating fish finger sandwiches and travelling deep below the museum to a lost jungle... BUY IT ON AMAZON

Review: I enjoyed this book because it is about detectives. I found it easy to read which is great when you need to let your imagination go free. What happens is Mr Penguin has just started a new company and he is just about to go to Antarctica, when he is needed for a local problem. Two thieves have broken out of jail, and Boudicca Bones (the owner of a museum) thinks they have come to steal her family fortune, which is hidden somewhere inside her museum.

Zoe's Rescue Zoo: The Picky Puffin
By Amelia Cobb
 | Publisher: Nosy Crow Ltd

When Great-Uncle Horace brings back lost and homeless animals from his travels around the globe, it falls to Zoe, and her mum, the zoo vet, to settle them into their new home. Zoe's very good at this, because she can understand what they say and talk to them, too. But that's a secret!Puffins are Zoe's favourite ever animal, so when Piper arrives at the Rescue Zoo, Zoe is very happy to help her settle in. But Piper is very picky! She doesn't like her enclosure ... or her burrow ... or even her food! Can Zoe and Meep work out what is making Piper the puffin so picky, and come up with a plan to make the little puffin feel happy in her new home? BUY IT ON AMAZON 

Review: Zoe loves living at her uncle's rescue zoo because there is always something exciting happening. Zoe can talk to animals but she doesn't tell anyone this. A baby puffin is rescued from a beach in Iceland and is covered in oil but the puffin has trouble settling in and is very picky! Zoe must use her special skills to make the puffin called Piper, feel at home. I loved this book, it is one of the best you have sent me. I will be looking out for more from the series.

A Sheepdog Called Sky
By Helen Peters | 
Publisher: Nosy Crow Ltd

The third in a fantastic series of animal stories for younger readers by Waterstones Children's Book Prize-shortlisted author Helen Peters, with beautiful black-and-white illustrations by Ellie Snowdon.A sick puppy abandoned on Jasmine's farm urgently needs her help to survive. And though he adores her, Jasmine doesn't know if Sky will ever trust people again. But it's not until she gets into terrible danger that she finds out...Brilliant storytelling that will make you laugh and cry, this is Dick King-Smith for a new generation.Look out for Jasmine's other adventures!A Piglet Called TruffleA Duckling Called Button. BUY IT ON AMAZON

Review: This book is about a girl called Jasmine who finds a dog in a hedge. He has a broken leg bone. She takes the dog back to her mum who is a vet. Together they train the dog (who they have called Sky) to be a sheepdog. I loved this book for many reasons, here are three: I really love wildlife and animals, I love the bit of the story where Sky the sheepdog is saved and I loved the illustrations and the style of writing. It was very easy to read and I was hooked on the story. I couldn't stop reading this book it was so good.

Wigglesbottom Primary: Super Dog!
By Pamela Butchart | 
Publisher: Nosy Crow Ltd

Three perfectly pitched school stories hilariously told by Pamela Butchart and brilliantly illustrated by Becka Moor.Is that a superhero dog on the school roof? YES! Is the lunchtime mashed potato really, really weird? YES! Does Susie Keys own an alien egg? YES! So what are Class 2R going to do about it all? Have a lot of fun!Look out for other Wigglesbottom titles!The Shark in the PoolThe Toilet GhostThe Magic Hamster. BUY IT ON AMAZON

Review: I enjoyed this book because it had mystery in it and the way it was written made it very funny. It had three chapters with different stories. Wigglebottom Primary is a school with normal school children but the school has a difference... the first story is about the super dog, the second is about the mysterious mash which is made by the cooks, and the third story is about an alien egg.

The Beautiful Game
By: Alan Gibbons
| Publisher: Barrington Stoke

At an Old Trafford game, Lennie hears Man U fans chanting about Hillsborough. Enraged, he joins in with a retaliatory chant about the Munich Disaster of '58. Appalled, his dad and granddad take Lennie on a whistlestop tour of the dark side of the beautiful game. Dad and Grandad know only too well the human cost of fan violence and official negligence, having experience racism in football fandom and survived the Hillsborough disaster.Interwoven with lots of facts about the history of football, the great disasters of the twentieth century and the black footballers who blazed a trail in the UK, this book is ideal to engage reluctant reading football fans. BUY IT ON AMAZON

Review: I didn't enjoy this book because it had lots of deaths that were due to football disasters e.g. Hillsborough and Munich. It was a half factual and half fiction.

Cartoon NetworkThe Powerpuff Girls: Brain Freeze
By: Cartoon Network | 
Publisher: Orchard Books

Packed with all the quirky fun of the TV show, in these original adventures the Powerpuff Girls will fight baddies, save the day and be home before bedtime!

When Blossom, Buttercup and Bubbles find out that the Towsnville Ice Cream Parlour is holding a contest to create a new flavour, they're determined to enter. But they each have very different ideas about what the flavour should be. Blossom wants a classic vanilla with rainbow sprinkles, Bubbles wants triple-fudge-extra-chocolate-oozy-caramel-delight and Buttercup wants ... pizza flavour.

As the girls use their superpowers to deliver their ice cream around Townsville, things get a little messy. Meanwhile Mojo Jojo has got a dastardly plan to bring a hoarde of monsters on a day trip to Townsville - to destoy the Powerpuff Girls once and for all! Mwa ha ha! BUY IT ON AMAZON

Review: There are three sisters and a monkey called Mojo JoJo in this story. The girls names are Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup. Mojo JoJo has some monsters in his gang, that he sends to a town where the three sisters live called Townsville. Meanwhile, the three sisters have entered an ice cream making contest where you have to see which new ice cream flavour is the best, Blossom's ice cream is strawberry sprinkles , Bubble's is Scrummy Yummy Tutti Fruitti Chewy Gooey Bluey Bubblegum Ice cream , Buttercup's is pizza ice cream. When the monsters come to Townsville, they attack the town and the girls mix all the new flavoured ice creams together and attack back by throwing the ice cream at the monsters. I liked this book, I found it easy to read. My favourite character was Buttercup.

The World's Greatest Space Cadet
By James Carter
 | Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

"A dreamer? Me? Err, You bet, The world's greatest space cadet!" Join poet James Carter on a journey through space and time: meet everyone from a Viking warrior to a crazed cat - and travel from planet Earth to the very edges of the universe...This wonderful collection is the perfect way to get children interested in poetry. BUY IT ON AMAZON 

Review: My favourite poem is called Sid. Sid is a scary cat. I liked it because it is funny and you can picture it in your brain. This book has 49 poems and I like all of them. I loved the pictures.                         

Trouble Next Door  
By Chris Higgins | Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens

Bella has just moved into a new house. It's old and dark and she's sure there's a ghost in the attic! But things look up when she meets her new next-door neighbour Magda. Magda is lots of fun! She's bubbly and full of imagination and can even turn cartwheels! Soon they are best friends.

But Magda is also trouble! She breaks Bella's mum's best tea set, wrecks Bella's room and covers the whole living room in soot. And somehow makes sure Bella gets the blame for everything. BUY IT ON AMAZON

Review: I loved this book. It is about two adventurous friends, well sort of friends. It all started when Bella moved to a different house. On the second day of her arrival in her new place, she meets a girl called Magda. Madga is a bit  of a boaster and  when she plays anywhere, she makes a big mess! Madga is the 'trouble next door'. This book is funny.  It is full of times when Bella gets in to trouble for something she didn't do....can you guess who really caused the trouble?!

The Great Treasure Hunt (Pocket Pirates)
By Chris Mould
 | Publisher: Hodder Children's Books

In an old junk shop sits a dusty ship in a bottle. And when the world isn't watching, a tiny pirate crew comes out to explore. They're smaller than a teacup, but these scurvy sailors have a HUGE appetite for adventure!

The Pocket Pirates have left the safety of their shelf to search for GOLD ... but dangers await them. The skirting-board mice are on the prowl, and the shopkeeper has an unwelcome surprise in store! BUY IT ON AMAZON

Review: In the old shop window, there is a ship in a bottle.  In that ship is the Pocket Pirates!! In this adventure, the Pocket Pirates, steal some cheese! (they love cheese!!) Surprisingly, they are not alone and while stealing cheese, the skirting board mice are watching them! Finally, they get the cheese,  now it is time for a quick get away as the cat wakes up for its milk, just as the Pocket Pirates sprint past..... 

I loved this book for a thousand reasons... one of them is because whoever illustrated this is surely a good artist and I like the style of writing. This book is very very funny and exciting.

Double Down (Diary of a Wimpy Kid book 11)
By Jeff Kinney
| Published by: Puffin

The pressure's really piling up on Greg Heffley. His mom thinks video games are turning his brain to mush, so she wants her son to put down the controller and explore his 'creative side'. As if that's not scary enough, Halloween's just around the corner and the frights are coming at Greg from every angle. When Greg discovers a bag of gummy worms, it sparks an idea. Can he get his mom off his back by making a movie . . . and will he become rich and famous in the process? Or will doubling down on this plan just double Greg's troubles? BUY IT ON AMAZON

Review: I enjoyed this book a lot .The book was very,very funny to read and the book inspired me.This book is about a boy called Greg Heffley, who has an annoying big brother and an annoying little brother.Greg has a best friend  [Rowley]. My favorite funny bit is when Halloween comes and Greg finds some gummy worms ...Greg and Rowley make a Halloween show and at the start of the Halloween show Rowley tricks Greg by eat some of the gummy worm.

Diary of  a Trainee Rock God
By Jonathan Meres
 | Publisher: Barrington Stoke Ltd

Darren is going to be the best rock guitarist ever - just as soon as he learns how to play the guitar...His dad says he can have an electric guitar for his birthday, but he has to solve his dad's puzzles first! Fantastic new edition of a popular title. BUT IT ON AMAZON

Review: There is a boy called Darren Smith and he thinks he is cool. His dad says if he answers his questions which are: What connects a city in the North of England with a well known rock band? What's the link between Harry Potter and Radiohead? Which band from Manchester might be our distant cousins? If he gets the questions all correct he gets a guitar for his birthday (he really really really wants a guitar). Will Darren answer all the questions in time for his birthday...  This book was really good. It was easy to read and very funny.  I really liked this book because Darren always perseveres and doesn't give up.

The Cities Book
By Lonely Planet Kids
 | Publisher: Lonely Planet

Do you know where in the world you can buy drinkable gold; why an 'elephant's foot' is one of the most dangerous objects in the world; or where you might have to swim to school? Discover the answers to these questions and loads more mindblowing facts in The Cities Book, where readers aged 8+ are taken on an incredible world tour through 86 of the world's greatest cities.

Sister title to the bestselling The Travel Book, every page is packed with facts on city living, and gives kids a flavour of what it's like to grow up in each place featured. From food and festivals, to awesome architecture and amazing history - there's something for everyone. A mix of wow photography, beautiful illustrations and hand drawn maps bring each page to life. It's the perfect gift for curious kids everywhere. BUY IT ON AMAZON

Review: This book is big! It is packed with pictures and facts. It shows you beautiful cities from around the world. It is easy to dip in and out of this book, and learn about something different. My favourite page so far is Tromso, (in Norway, Europe). It shows facts about the Northern lights and how they are created. You get lots of northern lights up there. It  gets extremely cold in Tromso, and luckily reindeers have fur that will keep them warm. I liked this book because if you turn to any page, you would instantly learn about the city on the page.

The Girl with No Nose
By Georgia Byng | Publisher: Barrington Stoke Ltd

Alice Peasbody was born with no nose. People laugh and jeer at Alice and call her 'Pancake Face'. Even when she is given a prosthetic nose and gains the courage to move to the big city and take an office job, she cowers in dark corners. The only place she feels she can truly be herself is the roof garden of the office block. But one day a handsome and good-natured man comes to work in Alice's office, and she finds herself drawn out of the dark corners. BUY IT ON AMAZON

Review: I wasn't sure about this book at first. It is really about a girl who was born with no nose. She was born in Victorian Times and no one wanted to be her friend as she looked so strange. The girl is called Alice and she goes to a circus with her parents. When she is there the spotlight falls on her and everyone laughs. The clown at the circus says she should  get a false nose, which she does.  Alice growns up and stays in dark places so people don't notice her. She tries to fit in. In the end she meets a man at work who has a false eye. The two of them realise that it doesn't matter that they are different, they set up a shop and are happy with the way they look without a false nose or eye. At the end of the book, there is a photo of a false nose and glasses that are real and from victorian times. 

The World of Norm: May Be Recycled
By Jonathan Meres | Publisher: Orchard Books

Norm knew it was going to be one of those days when he woke up and nothing happened ...

Home alone and the fridge to himself? What could possibly go wrong? Well, apart from the snails. And having to hang his mum's pants out to dry. And the dreaded perfect cousins paying a visit. And worst of all, the entire family going vege-flipping-tarian! But apart from that, what could possibly go wrong? BUY IT ON AMAZON

Review: I didn't like this book because it was a bit rude for me!  For example, Norm decides to get some poo out of the toilet and put it in his little brother's bed! Another reason is because as well as being a bit rude it is a bit silly for me! Norm ran away from home and ran into grandpa who wanted to give him some cabbage even though Norm doesn't like cabbage. My bigger brother is reading it...maybe it won't seem so silly to him.

Aidan Abet by Teacher's Pet
By Guy Bass
 | Publisher: Barrington Stoke Ltd

Aidan Abet knows the key to surviving at school - it's making himself indispensable to the teacher. Unfortunately there's something distinctly odd about new teacher Miss Vowel and her menagerie of animals. It almost seems that the animals are warn Aidan of danger...Should Aidan help the animals, or is his dedication to teacher-pleasing just too ingrained? Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 8+ BUY IT ON AMAZON

Review: This book is about a boy called Aidan. He is a happy student at his school. When a different teacher takes his class, things change. With his old teacher,  he was a helper and when the new teacher Mrs Vowel comes, Aidan has to get on Mrs Vowel side before the two mean twins do. The mean twins always call Aidan - "Aidan Abet, teacher's pet, peed his pants and now they're wet!". Luckily he gets on Mrs Vowel's side but Aidan has yet to learn that Mrs Vowel has lots of pets. These are not teacher's pets but they are children that have got turned into her actual pets by Mrs Vowel. I liked this book because it has lots of funny bits in it and I like the pictures.

Santa Claude
By Alex T Smith | Publisher: Hodder Children's Books

Claude and Sir Bobblysock think they've caught a burglar coming down the chimney on Christmas Eve. They clap on the handcuffs and turn on the lights. Oh no! It isn't a burglar - it's none other than Santa Claus! Now the key for the handcuffs is lost and it's up to our two heros to deliver all the presents before midnight...BUY IT ON AMAZON

Review: Claude the dog, is best friends with a sock (which is alive) called Sir Bobblysock! One night Claude's owners go out and he thinks he hears a burglar. He ties the burglar up but later he discovers the burglar is actually Santa Claus!  Claude has to deliver all the presents but can he get home before Claude's owners come back home? I liked this book because it is a very funny story and the author has used a lot of imagination.

The Host
By Beth Chambers | Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

Nic's friends laugh at him all the time: when he gets chased by a stray dog, when he spills juice on himself and when he gets into trouble at school. After a disastrous Halloween party, Nic can't risk giving them another excuse to laugh at him, so when the boys visit the local haunted house he accepts a dare to go inside. The trouble is, the boys don't realise that this party has a host, and he isn't very friendly...Bloomsbury High Low books encourage and support reading practice by providing gripping, age-appropriate stories for struggling and reluctant readers, those with dyslexia, or those with English as an additional language. BUY IT ON AMAZON

Review: There is a boy called Nic, who is in a gang  called the "The Dare Club" with boys called Warren, Alex and Brains. Alex gives Nic a dare and if he doesn't do the dare he will get thrown out of the dare club. He reads the dare "Makes Bones look like he is picking his nose". Nic attempts to do the dare but gets caught by a teacher. Later Nic takes his friends to one of his relatives old houses which is haunted. The boys  visit the house and one of the chairs catches fire and it burns one of the wooden floorboards. Alex falls through the gap and the boys race to get some help but the house will not let them leave. What will happen next? This book sounds scary but it is not, it makes you want to read on.

Wilf the Mighty Worrier and the Alien Invasion
By Georgia Pritchett | Published by: Quercus Children's Books

Meet Wilf. He worries about everything. He is a Mighty Worrier. And now his next door neighbour Alan, the most evil man in the whole world, has decided he wants to be the most evil man in the whole UNIVERSE, with the help of his new rocket ship. When Wilf discovers some angry aliens from Mars in his back garden, he can tell that Alan's trip to outer space has not gone well. Can Wilf get over his fears long enough to help the aliens fight back? Join Wilf as he travels into space for his most out-of-this-world adventure yet! BUY IT ON AMAZON

Review: This book was about boy called Wilf who had a neighbour called Alan. Alan went up to space in a rocket with a robot called Bob. When he came back to Earth, some aliens followed him and then they returned to their planet with Alan, Bob and Wilf. The book was very good. It was very imaginative, and it was written in a funny way. One of the funny things was when there was a space bus and instead of it being a normal bus with wheels, it didn't have wheels and it just 'plopped' down when it landed. Wilf was good at worrying but in the end he realised he was just 'normal' and he didn't need to worry at all!

Letter to Pluto
By Lou Treleaven
 | Publisher: Maverick Arts Publishing

Mrs Hall says we have to keep writing, it is a dying art. "Good, let it die," I said, and then she said, "You are staying in at break Jon Fisher." 
Jon's teacher has started an interplanetary penpal programme. Much to Jon's annoyance, his penpal, Straxi, is from Pluto, the most boring, smelliest and far away place possible. And if that wasn't bad enough, she's a girl! BUY IT ON AMAZON

Review: This book was written in letters. It was quite confusing at the start because instead of people sending letters to people on the same planet, they are sending letters to each other in different planets, and it was set far in the future. One letter writer is on Pluto and one is on Earth. The letters tell of different lives and it is very interesting and made me imagine what it would be like to be on Pluto. I liked this book alot. It was easy to read once I understood what was going on.

The Great Flytrap Disaster: Book 3 (Pocket Pirates)
By Chris Mould | Publisher: Hodder Children's Books

In an old junk shop sits a dusty ship in a bottle. And when the world isn't watching, a tiny pirate crew comes out to explore. They're smaller than a teacup, but these scurvy sailors have a HUGE appetite for adventure!

Up on the Pocket Pirates' shelf, the summer heat is rising. Flies are swarming around Button's pirate ship. And Mr Dregby, the house spider, has got his six hungry eyes peeled and his eight hairy legs ready for action ... BUY IT ON AMAZON

Review: This book is all about a junk shop with a mini crew of pirates on a ship in a bottle, and there is a naughty spider who wants to eat them. One time when they are out looking for food the spider catches all the pirates and Button (the cabin boy) tears his way out of the spiders web and helps everybody else escape.  My favourite bit is when the spider says he will eat them for breakfast but they all escape during the night. My mummy would not read it as she thought it was too scary but I thought it was funny.

Tally and Squill in a Sticky Situation: Book 1
By Abie Longstaff 
| Published by: Brown Books for Young Readers 

If you wanted to find Tally you would have to go down the hall...down the spiral staircase...  into the kitchens...and then find the scullery.

Ten-year-old Tally is a servant girl at Mollett Manor. She sleeps in the scullery sink, and spends her days scrubbing, polishing and ironing (when she's not secretly reading books). Then Tally and her squirrel friend, Squill, find a secret library hidden under the manor - a magical library where the books come to life! When Mollett Manor is burgled, can Tally use the knowledge she finds in the books to catch the criminals? Can they even help her solve the mystery of her missing mother? BUY IT ON AMAZON

Review: Tally and Squill is my new favourite book. Tally is a servant and she sleeps in kitchen sink.  I like how there are  lots of mysteries and how Tally makes friends with a squirrel called Squill to help her solve them.   My favourite bit is when Tally is told to clean all the roses and Squill wants to play hide and seek (because it’s his favourite game) and Squill runs to hide by a cliff. When Tally finds Squill, she finds a rock with 10 holes and another rock with the image of a bee on it which she puts into one of the holes, and she finds other special stones and it reveals a secret door leading to an hidden underground library. I like that even though Tally is the smallest in the whole house she is the cleverest.

The Very Royal Holiday 
By Clémentine Beauvais
 | Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens

Holly, Anna and Pepino are thrilled to finally be going on the amazing intergalactic Holy Moly Holiday! They have been promised scuba diving in volcanoes, followed by a flight to Mars and, most excitingly of all, hot chocolate on tap. BUY IT ON AMAZON

Review: This story is about 3 kids named called Prince Pepino ( a member of a royal family), Anna and Holly (ordinary people). They are supposed to go on an amazing holiday, but instead they are tricked and end up in outer space!  When they are in space, they are captured by space pirates and they land on a planet, and out of the mist they see a cave, and they go into the cave and use a rock as a door. They hide there from dangerous animals. They are rescued in the end and taken back home. I liked this story, I liked the pictures very much. 

The Nana Troll: Part 1
By Andrew Molloy Publishers
 | Published by: National Geographic Kids

This story is about a little boy who spends a lot of time with his grandmother , as time goes on he becomes convinced his "nana" is a troll ...  Together they share some fantastic adventures the little boy observes with complete fascination as his "nana troll" gets up to some of the most hilarious and crazy things ... Nana is a dotting but very unorthodox grandmother displaying some very strange and comical behaviour ....  BUY IT ON AMAZON

Review: I really didn't like this book. It was a silly story about a Nan. She wasn't very nice to look at and she wasn't a nice person. The book tells lots of stories about Nan and they weren't nice. She eats little boys, make things out of rubbish and has one big tusky tooth. I don't like her.

Angry Birds Playground: Rain Forest
By National Geographic Kids | Publisher: National Geographic Kids

Follow along with your favorite Angry Birds characters as they go on an incredible adventure through the rain forest. Kids will be hooked on a wacky mission to learn all about the rain forest so they can protect it from those bad piggies. Readers analyze and explore the most diverse ecosystem in the world as they build basic skills. Packed with learning exercises and fun activities, Angry Birds Playground: Rain Forest will transform kids into adventurers and leave them wanting more. It's a fun-tastic way to learn about a habitat in danger and the tens of thousands of creatures that call it home!  BUY IT ON AMAZON

Review: This book is very good at telling you lots of facts about the rainforest. The Angry Birds in the book have speech marks telling you facts. The photographs are very good and did you know there are four different layers in a rainforest, five if you count streams. The other four are called the Canopy, the emergent, the understory and the forest floor. I liked this book very much because I liked the photographs and especially the way it told you abit about every photo. 

Match! Joke Book
By Macmillan Children's Books
 | Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books

The Match! Euro 2016 Diary lets you record every game of your Euro 2016 journey. Make your Euro predictions and pick your Euro dream team. Record every match - write in the team line-ups, use stickers to record each goal, card and win. Fill in the match stats, write a match report, choose your star player and rate the match. Fill in the results table for each group. Follow your team's progress through the championship. Record the best moments, greatest goals and top players.

Featuring two hundred stickers, this fun football diary from the makers of Match magazine is the perfect gift for young footie fans! BUY IT ON AMAZON

Review: This book is very funny if you find the right joke! Here is one of my brother's favourites...."A traffic warden says to a football fan "Why did you park your car there?", he replied "The sign says "Fine for parking"!".  My favourite one is "Our keeper is rubbish. The only thing he's caught so far is this season's cold" ha ha Ha.

It is very easy to dip in to and find a joke. I think there is one to make everyone laugh.

The Scroll of Alexandria A Lottie Lipton Adventure
By: Dan Metcalf
 | Publisher:  A&C Black Childrens & Educational

Lottie loves the Great Library and all the beautiful books that fill it. But the money hungry Head Curator of the British Museum, Sir Trevelyan Taylor wants to sell all of the ancient books to the highest bidder. The missing scroll of Alexandria is the only thing that can prove that the books must stay in the museum. Can Lottie, Great Uncle Bert and Reg the caretaker follow the clues and track down the missing scroll before it's too late?

Perfect for developing and newly confident readers, Lottie Lipton Adventures are packed with action, adventure and puzzles for the reader to solve. BUY IT ON AMAZON

Review: At the start, Lottie bumps in to Uncle Bert and tells him they have another adventure to solve. Just then, Mr Trevelyan (the museum manager) comes in and says they are going to rid of some of the King's books that he collected. Lottie, Uncle Bert and Reg say no as they are part of an important collection. In one of the books, they find a scroll that with a riddle on it. They work out the riddle and an ancient door appears.....

The reason I liked this story is because it has two very long maths sums and I like maths. I worked out the sums and first one = 8 and the second one = 1.

The Egyptian Enchantment A Lottie Lipton Adventure
By: Dan Metcalf
 | Publisher:  A&C Black Childrens & Educational

Lottie loves helping her Great Uncle Bert with his new exhibits at the British Museum. But when she reads a magic spell that brings to life twenty mischievous Egyptian shabtis, the museum ends up in a complete mess! Can Lottie, Great Uncle Bert and Reg the caretaker track down the chaotic shabtis before they destroy the whole museum?

Perfect for developing and newly confident readers, Lottie Lipton Adventures are packed with action, adventure and puzzles for the reader to solve. BUY IT ON AMAZON

Review: In this story, the British Museum Manager Mr Trevelyan asks his  team (Lottie, Uncle Bert and Reg) to  clean up an Egyptian Mummy that is an exhibit in the museum. The team are expecting some people to come and inspect the museum, and  the Mummy is blocking the door. Lottie finds a note that has a code in Egyptian and so she looks in her code book. The code book answers say that the code is really some type of magic,  and when Lottie says the words, some dolls there were in the Mummy's box come to life and mess up the whole museum. Lottie has to crack the code to put them under her command.......

Throughout the book, there are lots of riddles which I really enjoyed. All the characters are very clever. I like Lottie the best  because she has a  notebook that has codes in it. I liked that during the story there are puzzles and brain teasers that you can do, just like Lottie does. 

Superhero School: Thunderbot's Day of Doom  
By Alan MacDonald
 | Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens

Our heroes, Stan, Minnie, Miles and, of course, Pudding the Wonder Dog, face their toughest challenge yet - a weatherman gone bad! Thunderbot is determined to hold the country to ransom by controlling the weather - he even threatens to put the Queen in danger! With gadgets a-plenty, our young superheroes must battle through ice, snow, tornadoes and lightning strikes - but can they save the day?

With fully integrated black and white illustrations throughout, this laugh-out-loud series is perfect for young readers. BUY IT ON AMAZON

Review: This book is about Thunderbot, he is a man who puts a robot head on and turns into an evil robot, and controls the weather.  There are three children and one dog who call themselves "The Invincibles", they overpower him and make everything right again.

This book is funny, it has lots of funny bits. It snows in summer, and there are some magnetic gloves that attract everything that is metal and cause chaos!  The Invincibles have to save the Queen from Thunderbot. They think the Queen is in Buckingham Palace but Stan says that the Queen is walking the corgis and really she is walking the dog, not in danger at all! he Queen calls Thunderbot -  Thunderbox, and signs her letter Mrs Queen!The pictures in the book are spectacular!

10 Ten-Minute Stories
By Various
 | Publisher: Usborne Publishing Ltd 

A sorcerer's apprentice, a flying horse and a magical firebird are just some of the characters in this collection of tales from all over the world, along with more familiar faces such as Dick Whittington and Pinocchio. Each beautifully illustrated story in this hardback book takes just ten minutes to read perfect for dipping into at bedtime. BUY IT ON AMAZON

Review: I really enjoyed all these stories, especially The Kings Pudding.  In this story the Mouse Deer tricks tiger every time he wants to eat her. The first time she gets some mud from the river and says it is the kings pudding, the second time she sees a colourful snake and says its the kings belt, the third time she sees a bee hive and says its the kings drum. I loved the pictures. I also liked Why the Sea is Salty. It had good pictures and  I liked the rat that followed the thief.  All the stories are easy to read and are about 10 minutes long!

The Big Noisy Book of Dinosaurs
| Publisher: DK Children

Packed with incredible facts and stunning child-friendly artwork, The Big Book of Dinosaurs is a comprehensive anthology of all things prehistoric. Covering the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods, it offers a clear and simple visual introduction to the weirdest, smallest and scariest dinosaurs of all time. BUY IT ON AMAZON

Review: This book was full of interesting facts and great pictures. The book was divided into different sections, like "Face to Face" and "Long necks", this made it really interesting to me, and my 9 year old brother also liked it. The button on the front was good too...ROAR!

I Wish I Had a Pirate Hat
By Roger Stevens
 | Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children's Books

Would you rather have a pirate hat or a football? Would you like to have tea with a rabbit, bring home a pussy cat or go in a big red pedal car? And are you a good pirate or a bad pirate? Fifty fantastic poems for young children from top performance poet Roger Stevens. BUY IT ON AMAZON

Review: I like poetry, especially poems that rhyme. Most of the poems in this book are funny. This book had lots of pictures that go with the poems which makes it fun to look at and read. I like the poem ' Fly and Bee' , the fly and bee are friends and dance together hmmmmm hmmmmm, buzzzz buzzz. It makes me smile. 

The Lion Inside
By Rachel Bright
 | Publisher: Orchard Books

From the creator of the known and loved Bright Side lifestyle brand, Rachel Bright, and the winner of the Roald Dahl Funny Prize, Jim Field, comes a feelgood rhyming story about one little mouse trying to make himself heard and discovering along the way that even the smallest of us has the heart of a lion. BUY IT ON AMAZON

Review: I liked this book because of the way it showed how we can all be kind to each other, and you don't have to be nervous or frightened of things. The story is about a mouse and a lion. The mouse doesn't want to be small and frightened of big things so he decides he wants to roar like a lion. He is brave and goes to see the lion, it turns out the lion is scared of mice. Together they help each other and have a fun life together. The story rhymes and the pictures are great.

Pond Explorers
By Alice Lickens
| Publisher: National Trust Books

Following on from the very successful Woodland Animals, Seaside, Creepy Crawlies sticker books, POND EXPLORER continues with a range of great interactive activities for children to get into the nitty gritty of the subject and absorb information from every page. BUY IT ON AMAZON

Review: I love nature and I was really pleased to read this book.  I really  liked the stickers which you used to finish off the pictures on each page. Each page gave you lots of information about different things to do with pond life.  The pictures were really beautiful. I especially liked the page about frogs because I have found some tadpoles and I am interested in how they turn into frogs. I also liked the fun facts at the end e.g. Frogs never close their eyes, even when they sleep!

Draw With Marta Altés: You Are an Artist!: A sticker activity book
By Marta Altés
 | Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books

If you like drawing, colouring and hundreds of stickers, then this book is for you! Based on the bestselling picture book, I Am An Artist!, this unique new sticker activity book is your chance to get creative and make art with the award-winning Marta Altés. A truly exciting sticker activity book, which shows you that anyone can be an artist - it's easy - and what's more, it's a lot of fun! Packed with colourful, smart and silly ideas, plus hundreds of stickers, all designed to get you making art and making a mess. BUY IT ON AMAZON

Review: This book is good for anyone who likes to draw. It gives you lots of ideas and there are stickers to make pictures with too. You can draw and colour in this book and I liked it. I especially liked the pages where you were shown different things - like making fish out of pencil sharpenings and shapes.

Smelly Louie
By Catherine Rayner
 | Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books

Louie the dog has just had a bath - and he is NOT happy about it. He smells all wrong. Determined to get his Special Smell back, he goes on a hunt for it and meets lots of smelly things along the way - a fox, some interesting dustbins and a marvellously muddy puddle to roll in. Will he ever get his smell back? And, more importantly, will he be able to keep it this time . . . ? BUY IT ON AMAZON

Review: This story is about a dog called Louie who has a bath and loses his special smell. I liked the story because I liked the way Smelly Louie had to visit lots of other creatures for ideas on how to get his smell back. He got his smell back in the end, by rolling in the mud and going in a pond. He was very happy until he got home and realised he had to have another bath. This was funny. I liked the pictures. 

A Lottie Lipton Adventure: The Secrets of the Stone
By Dan Metcalf | Publisher: A&C Black Childrens & Educational

Welcome to the British Museum, home to Lottie Lipton: nine-year-old investigator extraordinaire! After a late night break-in at the British Museum, Lottie, Great Uncle Bert and Reg the caretaker discover a mysterious clue on the Rosetta Stone that will lead them to the legendary Trident of Neptune.Can the group solve the clue and find the Trident before the canny thief, Bloomsbury Bill, beats them to it? 

Perfect for developing and newly confident readers, Lottie Lipton Adventures are packed with action, adventure and puzzles for the reader to solve. BUY IT ON AMAZON

Review: I loved this story, it is my first detective book and I didn't want to stop reading until I got to the end! The story is about a girl called Lottie and her Uncle Bert. They both live in the British Museum and they see a man who they think is a robber in the museum (he turns out to be called Bloomsbury Bill) and they chase him, trying to work out clues to find the missing silver trident before Bloomsbury Bill. In the end they find it and capture the thief. I liked the characters and I liked the pictures as they made it seem more real to me. I enjoyed reading it.

What makes a Hippo Smile
By Sean Taylor | Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children's Books

What do you do when a hippopotamus comes to visit? Play splashy-sploshy games, of course, to make him happy. Share silly toys in a big warm bath, to make him laugh. Give him a great big crunchy salad-treat, as that’s what a hippo likes to eat. And when he’s ready to go home, do a little dance and say goodbye in style – because that’s what makes a hippopotamus smile! And now that you’re his new best friend he’ll be sure to want to come round again – maybe not on his own next time! BUY IT ON AMAZON

Review: I liked this book because it was a nonsense story about when a hippo comes to your house. It told you what to do and what to expect!  I liked the pictures because they make the story seem more real.

A Tower of Giraffes
By Anna Wright | Publisher: Words & Pictures

The names of the animal groups portrayed here are as intriguing  as the illustrations: a sophisticated yet-accessible, fun and very recognisable mix of pen and ink, watercolour and fabric collage. Anna Wright’s unusual pictures reveal the character behind the familiar and humorously shown animals. BUY IT ON AMAZON

Review: I  liked  this book. I liked the patterns on the animals and I like the way there were lots of animals to look at. I learnt  the names of groups of animals which is good. 

The Wheelie wonderful Life of Millie Monroe
By Kim Tserkezie | Publisher: Kitty Cat Publishing Ltd

In this story, we meet Millie’s amazing Grandad, his cat Poppy and some of her friends. It shows how with a little guidance, even the cheekiest little ones can channel their energy into something wonderful. BUY IT ON AMAZON

Review: Millie is a girl and her grandad owned a shop called "Toys for Tomorrow". He was not like other toy shop owner, as he made new toys from broken toys and things that other people threw away.  I liked the way Millie and her Grandad recycled old things. All Millie's friends helped too which I thought was nice.

Dino-Dinners National History Museum
By Mick Maning | Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children's Books

It's dino-dinnertime but who eats what, and who eats who? How do we know what dinosaurs ate? Who hunted as a team? Who ate with their head in the treetops, and who ate absolutely anything they could find? Discover exactly what is on the menu, as you are invited to attend this dinner party with a difference! BUY IT ON AMAZON

Review: I loved the drawings and all the facts about what the dinosaurs like to eat, and then the facts about the poo! I liked that the book showed you how to say some of the dinosaur names, as
I was finding them tricky to say. This book is brilliant for anyone who likes dinosaurs and facts like me and my friends.

Little Bell and the Moon
By Giles Paley-Phillips | Publisher: Fat Fox

Little Bell loves the Moon and the Moon loves Little Bell. Every night the Moon takes Little Bell s hand and together they cross the oceans and the mountains on their adventures. Little Bell grows old and frail but one last flight with the Moon makes something very special happen to Little Bell. A wonderful rhyming tale of a little girl, who grows up, gets old and turns into a bright star in the sky. This story touches upon a subject rarely dealt with in children s picture books in the most beautiful and positive way imaginable. BUY IT ON AMAZON

Review: The story was about a little girl who go on night time trips with the moon and she does this every day until she gets old and turns into a star.  I really liked the pictures and the colours and design, but I didn't like the actual story. It made me feel sad. I did like the rhyming words as well.

The Big Beautiful Colouring Book 
By Hannah Davies
 | Publisher: Buster Books

The Big Beautiful Colouring Book is a gorgeous new large format colouring book, perfect for those who delight in detail on a big scale. From stunning scenes to perfect patterns, this book is big enough to share, and the perforated pages allow completed pictures to be torn out and displayed. BUY IT ON AMAZON

Review: I was so excited when I saw this book. I love colouring! I have coloured in some and put one on my wall as it looks so good. I  really want to do them all. This is a brilliant book.

The Rats of Meadowsweet Farm
By Dick King-Smith
 | Publisher: Barrington Stoke Ltd

Animal Farm meets Shaun the Sheep in this darkly funny story from award-winning Dick King-Smith with full colour artwork. Life on Meadowsweet Farm has always had a balance - Farmer Green turns a blind eye to the messiness of his farm and the rats run the show, glorying in the muck and the mire. Well, one rat in particular - Ripper the King Rat. But one day things turn upside down when Farmer Green kills some of Ripper's best men. BUY IT ON AMAZON

Review: I liked the story, it was funny. Mr Green is a smelly farmer who never has a bath. His wife cannot smell anything so she doesn't mind. They live on a farm with a king rat called Ripper. I really laughed when the rats tripped Mr Green the farmer down the stairs. I really liked the pictures, and the jokes at the front of the book. I would like to read more stories like this.

The Amazing Creative Colouring Book
By Joanna Webster | Publisher: Buster Books

A complex and beautiful colouring book in which both boys and girls can immerse themselves, The Amazing Creative Colouring Book is packed with colouring and activities. Each completed picture will be truly spectacular. BUY IT ON AMAZON




The Puzzle Activity Book
By Various Authors | Publisher: Buster Books

The Puzzle Activity Book is bursting with cool things to colour, brilliant puzzles and brain-boggling things to do. Filled with dot to dots, mazes, doodles, spot the difference, picture puzzles, and much, much more, kids can wave goodbye to boredom forever. BUY IT ON AMAZON

Review: I really like these books as I love colouring and activities. I have been doing them whilst we have been on long car journeys. I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw the books.

The Cardboard Box Book
By  Roger Priddy
 | Publisher: Priddy Books

An incredibly imaginative step-by-step craft book which shows children how to transform all kinds of cardboard boxes into a puppet theatre, fairy wings, a plane, a city, a castle and much more. Friendly guide Boxy is on hand with help, advice, tips and tricks and the book includes 10 templates to help make and decorate projects. BUY IT ON AMAZON

Review: We often made things out of cardboard boxes, so this book is a good idea. We enjoyed looking at the book for ideas and have made the animals and some buildings.

Algy's Amazing Adventures in Space (Early Reader)
By Kaye Umansky
 | Publisher: Orion Childrens

What's waiting for Algy at the bottom of his garden this time? With his best friend Cherry and her little brother Brad, Algy opens the loose board at the back of his garden shed - to find himself in space! Cherry and Brad are really excited, but Algy's not so sure. Space seems very dangerous. Will he enjoy his latest adventure or not? BUY IT ON AMAZON

Review: This is about a boy who has a shed in his garden. There is a special piece of wood and behind it, he can go into space.I liked this story because it had a robot in it. He was out of batteries and needed charging. The boy helped him and they went had fun. 

Monstar Makes a Wish (Early Reader)
By Steve Cole
 | Publisher: Orion Childrens

When Monstar digs a tunnel to a Top Secret workshop,
she finds a magic lamp! Now all of her wishes can come true...

A charming, heart-warming Early Reader story from Steve Cole, author of the Astrosaurs books, and a talented DOCTOR WHO script writer. With full colour artwork on every page by award-winning illustrator Pete Wiliamson, who has also illustrated for Francesca Simon and Marcus Sedgwick. BUY IT ON AMAZON

Review: This is about a naughty monster. He was always being told off.
He went and found a magic lamp and he could make wishes. The monster was funny.

Mr Monkey and the Magic Tricks (Early Reader)
By Linda Chapman
 | Publisher: Orion Childrens

Meet Mr Monkey, who belongs to Class Two. He's more than just an ordinary toy. He's magic! No one can quite remember now how long he's been at the school or where he came from, but once a week one of the children has to take him home and write a diary about their time with him. BUY IT ON AMAZON

Review: This is about a boy called Ben who has a monkey. He didn't know it but the monkey could do magic. There was a boy at school who was picking on Ben. His monkey did some tricks to teach the bully some lessons. He made the food  that the boy ate turn into worms and the sweets he ate made him all spotty. The bully stopped being horrible. I liked the book, especially the pictures.

The Ghost Library 
By  David Melling | 
Publisher: Hodder Children's Books

The ghost library is a room full of empty shelves where the ghosts go to listen to stories borrowed from unsuspecting children - until they try to borrow a book from Bo... Bo unable to let her book go travels with the ghosts to the ghost library and there she teaches them that stories exist everywhere, not just in books. BUY IT ON AMAZON

Review: The story is about a girl who helps the ghosts fill their empty library. The cover glows in the dark which is really fun. This book is good. It has good pictures and it is fun to look at all the different ghosts.

Sir Charlie Stinky Socks The Pirate's Curse 
By Kristina Stephenson
 | Publisher: Egmont 

Once upon a time, a message in a bottle said someone needed help; help from a certain bold, brave knight! So the brilliant Sir Charlie Stinky Socks, his cat Envelope and his good grey mare must find a ship so they can set sail and rescue the messenger. But, who needs their help, and what fearsome sea dangers and frightful pirates might they encounter on their voyage? BUY IT ON AMAZON

Review: The captain is a secret baker. He makes hundreds of cakes and feeds the cakes to the monster. The monster likes the cakes and doesn't frighten the pirates any more. The book had some giant flaps and the pictures are good. I really liked this book.

My Village: Rhymes from Around the World 
By Danielle Wright | Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children's Books

In a new edition of this special book, 22 nursery rhymes from Iran to Iceland and Samoa to Switzerland have been carefully chosen and beautifully illustrated by Mique Moriuchi. A celebration of cultural diversity, each poem appears in its original language (19 languages are included) next to an English translation so young children can delight in quirky, touching and funny verses from all over the world. BUY IT ON AMAZON

Review: I didn't like it when I first saw the cover because it just looked like an old book, but when I had read some of the poems I thought it was brilliant. My favourite poem is the one about a donkey (The Little Donkey). I liked it because it was about a little donkey and it reminds me of the Little Donkey Christmas song. I also liked the picture of the donkey.

Mortimer Keene: Dino Danger 
By Tim Healey | Publisher: Hodder Children's Books 

Mortimer Keene is full to bursting with madcap plans, and if it's trouble you're after, look no further! With laugh-out-loud illustrations, rollicking rhymes, and short chapters perfect for new readers, this fourth book in the series sees Mortimer Keene involved with DINOSAURS...

Mortimer Keene has invented a Time Machine! Soon the school is surrounded by dinosaurs. But what happens when a pterosaur grabs poor Emily Bruce?

Written by Tim Healey and illustrated by Chris Mould, this is a wickedly funny series. Other titles include: Attack of the SlimeAlien AbductionGhosts on the Loose. If you like Horrid Henry, you'll love Mortimer Keene! BUY IT ON AMAZON

Review: When I first saw this book, I thought it was going to be just an ordinary book but when I opened it and started looking at it I saw I was actually wrong, it was brilliant. i liked the pictures and the story and the dinosaur facts. I didn't like the black and white  and yellow colours very much, I would have liked it be really colourful.

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