Luna Rae Is Not Alone by Hayley Webster

Luna Rae is Not Alone by Hayley Webster My rating: 5 of 5 stars There are a lot of new things in Luna Rae’s life. New home, new school, new friends. It’s a lot to deal with and the one she thinks might help would be winning the school’s baking competition with her mum. TheContinue reading “Luna Rae Is Not Alone by Hayley Webster”

How To Be An Astronaut And Other Space Jobs by Dr Sheila Kanani and Sol Linero

How to be an Astronaut and Other Space Jobs by Dr Sheila Kanani My rating: 5 of 5 stars How To Be An Astronaut isn’t just a ‘space’ book, but rather a ‘careers but in space’ book. It’s a unique twist for a perennial topic in children’s non-fiction; space, the Romans, the Tudors and animalsContinue reading “How To Be An Astronaut And Other Space Jobs by Dr Sheila Kanani and Sol Linero”

Meekoo and the Big Red Potty by Camilla Reid and Nicola Slater

Meekoo and the Big Red Potty by Camilla Reid My rating: 5 of 5 stars God, I love what Nosy Crow do with their early years stuff. It’s not just the fact that they include an on/off switch for the sound effects (actual, unutterable genius), but it’s the fact that they take it so seriously.Continue reading “Meekoo and the Big Red Potty by Camilla Reid and Nicola Slater”

A trio of board book reviews

I have a trio of board books to bring to your attention today! When I’m sent something to review, it doesn’t always get to the point of being reviewed. Sometimes we don’t click, sometimes there’s very little I can say about it, or sometimes it’s so out of my remit that I wouldn’t know whereContinue reading “A trio of board book reviews”

So You Think You’ve Got It Bad? A Kid’s Life in Ancient Greece by Chae Strathie, illus. Marisa Morea

So You Think You’ve Got It Bad? A Kid’s Life in Ancient Greece by Chae Strathie My rating: 4 of 5 stars This was fun. ‘So You Think You’ve Got It Bad? A Kid’s Life In Ancient Greece’ isn’t the pithiest of titles (and indeed, a structure paralleled by others in the series such asContinue reading “So You Think You’ve Got It Bad? A Kid’s Life in Ancient Greece by Chae Strathie, illus. Marisa Morea”

You’re Not A Proper Pirate, Sidney Green! by Ruth Quayle and Deborah Allwright

You’re Not a Proper Pirate, Sidney Green! by Ruth Quayle My rating: 4 of 5 stars You’re Not A Proper Pirate, Sidney Green! is a lot of fun. I can’t imagine things not looking up after a read of this. It really is genuine, exuberant, ‘drop it all at once and have an adventure’ fun.Continue reading “You’re Not A Proper Pirate, Sidney Green! by Ruth Quayle and Deborah Allwright”

2019 Nature Month-By-Month: A Children’s Almanac

National Trust: 2019 Nature Month-By-Month: A Children’s Almanac by Anna Wilson My rating: 4 of 5 stars It’s the little details about this book that make me happy. The idea of a month-by-month review of the year is no new one within the world of children’s publishing. I recently have been spending several very happyContinue reading “2019 Nature Month-By-Month: A Children’s Almanac”

Ella On The Outside : Cath Howe

Ella on the Outside by Cath Howe My rating: 4 of 5 stars Charming, subtle and incredibly – suddenly – moving, Ella On The Outside is one of those delightfully unclassifiable ‘thank god it’s in the world books that Nosy Crow does so well. It’s due out on May 3rd and I think it’s somethingContinue reading “Ella On The Outside : Cath Howe”

Stardust : Jeanne Willis & Briony May Smith

Stardust by Jeanne Willis My rating: 4 of 5 stars Let’s talk about confidence. Confidence is hard for big people, let alone little people, to maintain, let alone figure out if they even have it in the first place. The world is an intimidating space and circumstance conspires to place people in intimidating positions. WhetherContinue reading “Stardust : Jeanne Willis & Briony May Smith”

Listen to the Baby Animals : Marion Billet

Listen to the Baby Animals by Marion Billet My rating: 5 of 5 stars So I need to tell you a little bit about this book that, I suspect, might appeal quite immensely to the adults amongst you who have Suffered From Noisy Book Syndrome. Come on, we all know what I mean. Those booksContinue reading “Listen to the Baby Animals : Marion Billet”

Evie’s Ghost : Helen Peters

Evie’s Ghost by Helen Peters My rating: 4 of 5 stars I have a story to tell you about this. I was chatting with one of my lovely librarian colleagues about the books I was going to review and mentioned ‘Evie’s Ghost’. It turned out that her daughter had adored Peters’ The Secret Hen HouseContinue reading “Evie’s Ghost : Helen Peters”

Orangeboy : Patrice Lawrence

Orangeboy by Patrice Lawrence My rating: 4 of 5 stars Orangeboy is one of those books which begin a long time before you read it. Take a moment and look at that front cover, that stark brilliant splash of vibrant colour that spills against the white background. It is an amazing piece of design and,Continue reading “Orangeboy : Patrice Lawrence”

Shify McGify and Slippery Sam : The Spooky School by Tracey Corderoy and Steven Lenton

Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam : The Spooky School by Tracey Corderoy My rating: 4 of 5 stars The thing about Nosy Crow books is that they, fairly uniformly, have a really high standard of design. It’s almost an unimportant skill, this, because when we read a book, we read a book and we don’tContinue reading “Shify McGify and Slippery Sam : The Spooky School by Tracey Corderoy and Steven Lenton”

Europe, Brexit and children’s literature

I think it was this morning  that this post finally came into some sort of focus for me. I believe, very much, in children’s literature and the ability for it to tell stories that cannot be told in any other way. I also believe that sometimes we need literature, books, to be our poles inContinue reading “Europe, Brexit and children’s literature”

The Many Worlds of Albie Bright : Christopher Edge

The Many Worlds of Albie Bright by Christopher Edge My rating: 4 of 5 stars This eccentric, rather vividly compelling book is something that I think will mark its space very distinctly in the world. I’ve come across Edge before, most notably with his richly layered Twelve Minutes To Midnight series – Twelve Minutes toContinue reading “The Many Worlds of Albie Bright : Christopher Edge”

Refuge : Anne Booth & Sam Usher

Refuge by Anne Booth My rating: 5 of 5 stars It’s hard to read ‘Refuge’ right now and yet, I think, this is perhaps one of the most vital books I’ve read this year. As I’ve watched the news over the past few days, weeks, I’ve become increasingly aware that there are moments in theContinue reading “Refuge : Anne Booth & Sam Usher”

Open Very Carefully : Nicola O’Byrne & Nick Bromley

Open Very Carefully: A Book with Bite by Nick Bromley My rating: 4 of 5 stars I am thinking about Christmas and whether I focus on it on the blog a little with it being, well, the run up towards Christmas. The problem I have is that I think there’s not really any specific bookContinue reading “Open Very Carefully : Nicola O’Byrne & Nick Bromley”

Weasels : Elys Dolan

This is my first Nosy Crow book. I’ve come across the work of Nosy Book a lot already, what with loving their blog and their books when I’ve seen them (and, er, borrowed them) from the hands of my friends and relatives children. And the thing about them, the standard brilliant thing about them, isContinue reading “Weasels : Elys Dolan”

News and more from this week in the world of children’s literature

Hello! It’s your weekly roundup of Things Which May Be Interesting! As ever, if you’ve got anything that you think should be included, let me know? Enjoy! 1. Nosy Crow features a 20 month old retelling of one of their stories (not as in an old retelling, a retelling by a very young individual!). It’sContinue reading “News and more from this week in the world of children’s literature”

Sunday catch-up (news, reviews and more from the world of children’s literature)

This is a two week special, as last week I was a bit busy being giddy. Normal service is resumed this week. Here’s some of the things you may have missed from the world of children’s literature. *shuffles papers* BONG. A list of ten inspiring bookshops across the world. I’m moving into the one in Santorini,Continue reading “Sunday catch-up (news, reviews and more from the world of children’s literature)”