The Secrets of Sam and Sam : Susie Day

The Secrets of Sam and Sam by Susie Day My rating: 5 of 5 stars I’m going to start this review by talking about another book. Stay with me, there’s a reason for this. I nominated Pea’s Book of Big Dreams by Day as my pick for the Carnegie last year. The Carnegie, for thoseContinue reading “The Secrets of Sam and Sam : Susie Day”

Pea’s Book of Holidays : Susie Day

Pea’s Book of Holidays by Susie Day My rating: 5 of 5 stars When I finished this, all I could think was: “I don’t read enough of Susie Day’s books.” These Pea books are glorious, wondrous things, full of heart and love and I am still glowing with the post-reading feeling several days later. IContinue reading “Pea’s Book of Holidays : Susie Day”

Pea’s Book of Best Friends : Susie Day

Pea’s Book of Best Friends by Susie Day My rating: 5 of 5 stars I actually think there’s a bit of a quiet revolution going on at the moment for the under ten market. I’ve been reading a lot for this age demographic recently and have been really loving the idiosyncratic quality of practically everythingContinue reading “Pea’s Book of Best Friends : Susie Day”

“It is a truth universally acknowledged that every rainy day requires a very good book”

I wish I wrote¬†this sitting in the kitchen sink but I don’t, I write it upstairs and I write it staring out onto a grey and rain spotted day. The sky’s a smudge of sadness and the roofs are slat-dark with the rain that’s pounded on them since first thing this morning. So what doContinue reading ““It is a truth universally acknowledged that every rainy day requires a very good book””

Binny Bewitched : Hilary McKay

Binny Bewitched by Hilary McKay My rating: 5 of 5 stars Binny Bewitched returns to the Cornwallis household and sees the family in disarray. Binny herself has misplaced something that wasn’t hers to start off with. James and his new best friend are engrossed in their own adventures, whilst Clem is acting particularly oddly. CoupledContinue reading “Binny Bewitched : Hilary McKay”

54 places to begin with when thinking about children’s and young adult literature

A manifesto, of sorts, for those who are interested in children’s and young adult literature but don’t know where to start. Start here. Somewhere. All of them. One of them. Just start. Read something you remember from your childhood. Read it now as an adult. Be aware of the differences between that read. Read TheContinue reading “54 places to begin with when thinking about children’s and young adult literature”

First Class Murder : Robin Stevens

First Class Murder by Robin Stevens My rating: 5 of 5 stars It’s strange, sometimes, how books can make you long to read them and then freeze a little when you have them finally in your hands. And this was one: I love the work of Robin Stevens. I have adored Murder Most Unladylike andContinue reading “First Class Murder : Robin Stevens”

Too Close to Home : Aoife Walsh

Too Close to Home by Aoife Walsh My rating: 5 of 5 stars I described this on Twitter as one for the ‘I write this sitting in the kitchen sink’ crowd. And it is; it’s a book full of complicated and complex and Casson-esque characters, all of them bumping against each other in their complicatedContinue reading “Too Close to Home : Aoife Walsh”

2014 : The year of the paradigm shift?

Was 2014 the year children’s literature made itself known? Whilst there’s an obvious issue in such a grandiloquent statement (viz. children’s literature has always been ‘known’, etc, etc) I do think there’s something in that idea and this is going to be the blog post where I attempt to unpack that sentiment. In other words,Continue reading “2014 : The year of the paradigm shift?”

Hubble Bubble : The Glorious Granny Bake Off : Tracey Corderoy & Joe Berger

Hubble Bubble: The Glorious Granny Bake Off by Tracey Corderoy My rating: 4 of 5 stars This is a charming and quite lovely collection of short stories by Corderoy, and illustrated by Joe Berger. Each story is about 40 pages, thickly illustrated, and with short chapters which sing to be read aloud at a storytimeContinue reading “Hubble Bubble : The Glorious Granny Bake Off : Tracey Corderoy & Joe Berger”

Operation Bunny : Sally Gardner

Operation Bunny by Sally Gardner My rating: 4 of 5 stars I came to this following the reccomendation of the excellent Ali of Fantastic Reads. Her review is here and I urge you all to go read it forthwith because it’s a perceptive, warm and precise review of this book. Now that that’s done, here’sContinue reading “Operation Bunny : Sally Gardner”