Reviewed by the Kids Reader Review Panel Reviewed by the Kids Reader Review Panel

Informative, candid and trusted, book reviews by our own book experts are unique to Lovereading4kids. But the children of our loyal members are also prolific readers with a real passion for sharing their love of books. So, we decided to invite them to join what we are now calling the 'Children's Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel'. All the titles in this category have not only been selected and reviewed by our editorial experts but they have also been reviewed by our kids reader review panel, a panel of book lovers across the UK.

Books of the Month

Reader ReviewedA Lion Is a Lion
Polly Dunbar
February 2018 Picture Book of the Month All lions are fierce, right? Well, maybe, just maybe, this Lion – so well dressed and polite and charming – isn't too fierce for you... Polly Dunbar returns with her wonderfully expressive illustrations... Featured in: Baby and Toddler | 3+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 01/02/2018
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Reader ReviewedBegone the Raggedy Witches
Celine Kiernan, Victoria Semykina
February 2018 Book of the Month | In a nutshell: well-written, enthralling magical adventure The age-old theme of good versus evil is given a lively reworking in Celine Kiernan's new series. When her father is kidnapped by witches, her mother... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/02/2018
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Reader ReviewedMiddle School: Escape to Australia
James Patterson
February 2018 Book of the Month | In a nutshell: Rafe Khatchadorian heads down under In this special episode of the hugely popular Middle School series, Rafe Khatchadorian, surely everyone's favourite reformed troublemaker, has won a special art competition, first... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 08/02/2018
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Reader ReviewedHari and His Electric Feet
Alexander Mccall Smith
February 2018 Book of the Month | In a nutshell: joyful story of a boy and his dancing feet Hari lives in a biggish city in India with his sister and aunt. He's always cheerful and enjoys helping support them... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/02/2018
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Other Featured Books this Month

Reader ReviewedScythe
Neal Shusterman
Wow! This was a gripping, thought-provoking read. Totally compelling, Scythe is a dark, original take on the ultimate power – the power over life and death. Death and disease have been eradicated and life can continue quietly without fear of... Featured in: YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/02/2018
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Reader ReviewedThe Wren Hunt
Mary Watson
February 2018 Debut of the Month | In a Nutshell: Electrifying folkloric thriller Blending folkloric fantasy with contemporary romance, this immersive multi-layered novel heralds the arrival of a unique new voice in young adult fiction. Each Christmas, Wren is hunted in... Featured in: YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 08/02/2018
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Reader ReviewedWaR: Wizards and Robots
will.i.am, Brian David Johnson
February 2018 Debut of the Month In a nutshell: sci-fi and fantasy blend in high-action, thought-provoking adventure Musician and entertainer will.i.am has collaborated with science of the future specialist Brian David Johnson to create an epic adventure. WaR seamlessly combines... Featured in: YA readers | 13+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 25/01/2018
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Reader ReviewedI Am Thunder
Muhammad Khan
February 2018 Debut of the Month In a Nutshell: Brave British Muslim keeps her head after losing her heart An important, engaging debut in which a bright British Muslim is drawn down a dark path. Tingling with heart and... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 25/01/2018
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Reader ReviewedTender
Eve Ainsworth
In a Nutshell: Young carers learn to live for today Tender in both name and tone, this involving debut tackles tough themes with heart-wrenching honesty. Marty's mum struggles to get out of bed, while for Marty it's the going to... Featured in: YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/03/2018
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Reader ReviewedMeet the Twitches
Hayley Scott
February 2018 Debut of the Month Plenty of twitchy nosed, fluffy fun and adventures are in store as we are introduced to Stevie and the residents of Teacup House. Stevie has been living at the top of a tall, thin... Featured in: 7+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 08/02/2018
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Reader ReviewedFergal is Fuming!
Robert Starling
Young children will find lots to laugh at in this jolly story of a little dragon who can't help losing his temper, and they'll learn ways to manage their own anger too. When Fergal gets cross, he really gets cross,... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 08/02/2018
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Reader ReviewedUncle Gobb And The Green Heads
Michael Rosen
In a nutshell: Really? An Uncle Gobb story in a nutshell? You're having a laugh | Malcolm, his best friend Crackersnacker and Malcolm's awful homework-obsessed, bean counting (unless it's literal bean counting – see page 1) Uncle Gobb of Gobb... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 11/01/2018
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Reader ReviewedOnly You Can Save Mankind
Terry Pratchett
This is an absolutely cracking whiz-bang of a story. Set in an unreality, that is actually scarily real, it plays with your mind and really, really makes you think! Johnny Maxwell loves video games, while shooting invading spaceships, he finds... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 22/02/2018
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Reader ReviewedEvery Hidden Thing
Kenneth Oppel
In a Nutshell: Romancing the Bones | There's rivalry, romance and skullduggery galore in this rip-roaring read following two epic expeditions to unearth an extraordinary dinosaur skeleton in the Badlands of early twentieth century America. Rachel is the sharp-minded, snake-keeping... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/02/2018
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Reader ReviewedEliza Rose
Lucy Worsley
TV historian Lucy Worsley is gifted at bringing the past to life and shows it to great effect here. Her detailed knowledge of the Tudors, the people and above all the places, provides the perfect background to a coming of... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 08/02/2018
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Reader ReviewedDiary of a Wimpy Kid: Double Down (Diary of a Wimpy Kid Book 11)
Jeff Kinney
In a nutshell: 150 million readers aren't wrong Wimpy Kid Greg Heffley goes all existential in this the latest and as ever much-anticipated episode in the multi-million selling series. Is his life real, he wonders, or is he just the... Featured in: 9+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 25/01/2018
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Reader ReviewedLove from Lexie
Cathy Cassidy
In a nutshell: families lost and remade through love, friendship and music Lexie is a rescuer: it starts when she finds a lost tortoise and leads to her setting up the Lost and Found group at school. That's meant to... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 22/02/2018
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Reader ReviewedA Spoonful of Murder
Robin Stevens
In a nutshell: first class crime writing for children This is the latest book in Robin Stevens' best-selling boarding school crime series, number six, and I do hope it's not the last: very few books deliver such a delicious spoonful... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 08/02/2018
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Reader ReviewedThe Lost Island
Laura Powell
In a nutshell: upstairs downstairs intrigue with a touch of magic Pattern is not your average housemaid: she's already foiled one devilish plot, fighting off a dragon in the process, and now she's a fully trained member of the... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 08/02/2018
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Reader ReviewedMy Name Is Victoria
Lucy Worsley
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month February 2018 Revered and deservedly popular as a Queen, Victoria was much less successful or celebrated when she was still a princess. TV historian Lucy Worsley spins a wonderful adventure around the childhood... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 08/02/2018
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Reader ReviewedThe Detective Dog
Julia Donaldson
A celebration of dogs and books alike, Julia Donaldson employs typically sparkling rhyme to tell the story of Peter – a very nice child though he could have been neater – and his dog, ‘known far and wide as Detective... Featured in: 3+ readers
Format: Board book | Released 25/01/2018
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Reader ReviewedThe Eye of the North
Sinead O'Hart
February 2018 Debut of the Month In a nutshell: unputdownable adventure story set in a vivid frozen world Emmeline Widget is a character readers will love: small, determined, not to be under-estimated and surprisingly well able to defend herself against... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 08/02/2018
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Reader ReviewedA Far Away Magic
Amy Wilson
In a nutshell: two lonely children, an enchanted house and a magical world The real world and the magical are cleverly mixed in this exciting story. Angel and Bavar are both orphans, both lonely. She is fascinated by him,... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 25/01/2018
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Reader ReviewedGoodbye, Perfect
Sara Barnard
In a Nutshell: True friendship tested Fresh-voiced and thought-provoking contemporary YA exploring friendship, trust, messing up and trying to do the right thing in the aftermath of a teen girl going on the run with a teacher. Fabulously forthright Eden... Featured in: YA readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 08/02/2018
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Reader ReviewedTimmy Failure: The Cat Stole My Pants
Stephan Pastis
In a nutshell: Hilarious sleuthing with boy detective and his sidekick polar bear… | A new Timmy Failure book is always a cause for celebration and this is another glorious mix of humour, surrealism, incompetent detection – and chickens. Timmy... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/02/2018
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Reader ReviewedThe Misadventures of Max Crumbly 2 Middle School Mayhem
Rachel Renee Russell
In a nutshell: wacky humour, thrilling action, nail-biting suspense and cool raps From the creator of the hugely popular Dork Diaries comes this new series starring comic-obsessed, wannabe superhero Max Crumbly. One of the great things about Max is... Featured in: 9+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 08/02/2018
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Last Month's Featured Books

Reader Reviewed She, Myself and I
Emma Young
A story about identity, courage and searching for the truth of who you are. This book made me cry, it made me feel, it made me think and it made...
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Reader Reviewed The Birthday Surprise
Clara Vulliamy
January 2018 Book of the Month In a nutshell: thoroughly charming mini-mysteries in school and family setting It's no mystery why the Dot McCluskey stories are so popular: Dot is...
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Reader Reviewed We Come Apart
Sarah Crossan, Brian Conaghan
January 2018 Book of the Month | Longlisted for the UKLA 2018 Book Award In a nutshell: unputdownable story, beautifully told | Sarah Crossan and Brian Conaghan are two of...
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Reader Reviewed How to Hang a Witch
Adriana Mather
January 2018 Book of the Month | In a nutshell: bewitching tale of love, suspense and witchery Adriana Mather's story of a young girl overcoming a centuries old supernatural feud...
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Reader Reviewed The Truth and Lies of Ella Black
Emily Barr
January 2018 Book of the Month This twisting tale of shady secrets, a destructive alter ego and a feverishly fast-tracked romance will leave fans of psychological thrillers reeling, as 17 year-old...
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Reader Reviewed The Serpent King
Jeff Zentner
January 2018 Debut of the Month High school student Dill knows what it is to feel “the crushing weight of destiny”. His granddad went mad after a copperhead viper...
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Reader Reviewed The Unpredictability of Being Human
Linni Ingemundsen
January 2018 Debut of the Month | In a Nutshell: Family secrets, second chances Authentic, funny, coming-of-age story in which inimitable Malin discovers that “a friend worth having is someone...
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Reader Reviewed The Extinction Trials
S.M. Wilson
January 2018 Debut of the Month | In a Nutshell: Exhilarating escapism, dystopian devastation and dinosaurs A thrilling fast-paced romp through an alternate world in which resources are scarce, and...
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Reader Reviewed The Great Shelby Holmes Meets Her Match
Elizabeth Eulberg
In a nutshell: Sherlock Holmes given a clever, lively twist Shelby Holmes is a nine-year old genius with a gift for solving crimes thanks to her extraordinary powers of observation...
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Reader Reviewed The Treehouse Fun Book
Andy Griffiths
The 'Treehouse' series of books by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton reliably provides kids with some of the most inventive, entertaining and deliciously daft reading around, and this new activity...
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Reader Reviewed I Swapped My Brother On The Internet
Jo Simmons
In a nutshell: very funny, very true story of family dynamics Be careful what you wish for, and blood is thicker than water – both lessons to be learned from...
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Reader Reviewed Trouble In New York
Jennifer Gray
In a nutshell: stoat-ally wonderful story; friendship, fun, upsets Young readers will love Ermine, star of this new series by Atticus Claw author Jennifer Gray. Ermine is a stoat which,...
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Reader Reviewed Mango & Bambang: Superstar Tapir
Polly Faber
Here are four more adventures for Mango and her best friend Bambang the tapir and they are if anything even more appealing than previous stories, perfect fiction for young readers....
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Reader Reviewed Radio Boy and the Revenge of Grandad
Christian O'Connell
In a nutshell: tune in for more hilarious radio-show action Christian O'Connell follows up his debut with another laugh-out-loud story starring junior radio DJ Spike. Spike, sidekick Artie and producer...
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Reader Reviewed Fish Boy
Chloe Daykin
Longlisted for the UKLA 2018 Book Award March 2017 Debut of the Month In a sparely written but richly imaginative story, Chloe Daykin sensitively explores what it...
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More Featured Books

Reader Reviewed The Island at the End of Everything
Kiran Millwood-Hargrave
One of Our Books of the Year 2017 | Shortlisted for the 2018 Blue Peter Awards - Best Story | Shortlisted for the Costa Children's Book Award 2017 | Longlisted for...
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Since its inception Lovereading4kids and its sister site Lovereading have taken a different approach to book reviews, relying uniquely on the selection and review of books by editorial experts. On Lovereading4kids it is Julia Eccleshare who is also the Children's Books Editor at The Guardian. She knows what makes a good read whatever the genre and actually reads the books before telling you what she thinks - radical we know, but sometimes old fashioned ways are the best.

In 2012 however, to complement our expert reviews we decided to invite children of Lovereading4kids members to join the newly created Kids Reader Review Panel.

We've now attracted over 500 children aged from 4 right up to late teen and 100's of books have now been read and reviewed by them. Many of them even have their own book blogs and help us to spread the word of mouth still further on a book they've enjoyed.

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Panel members reviews are loaded onto the site and complement those of our own Lovereading editorial experts. We're even now receiving feedback from visitors to Lovereading4kids that the 'Kids Reader Review Panel' reviews are as valued as those of our own Lovereading book experts! With that in mind we thought it would be very helpful to everyone if we created a category and put all the books that have also been reviewed by some of our Kids Reader Review Panel members, in one easy to find place.

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The whole class are desperate to get copies of your books and are disappointed if their name doesn't come out of the hat. The more books the better! I've gone from having a class of boys who won't read to a class who get upset if they don't get chosen to read. It's brilliant! Jane Edwards, Little Sutton Primary School, Ellesmere Port (Teacher)

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Ed loves reviewing the books and it definitely encourages his reading, both solo and with me (which I love).

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