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As if it wasn’t magical enough that brothers Ethan and Baxter run a sweetshop, they discover magical powder was delivered instead of a bag of sugar that leads to lots of fun and chaos. ‘The Lolly Shop’ by L, B and E Hackney is the first book in this series and introduces us to six and eight year old Ethan and Baxter and The Lolly Shop. When the boys discover that they can produce magic sweets, they work night and day to develop a whole new and exciting range for kids, mayhem ensues but the adults ... View Full Review
In this cheerful, bright and colourful counting story, Eliza explores the natural world around her closely, using her magnifying glass. On each page she discovers a new set of small creatures, all commonly found in gardens and parks, and all instantly recognisable. The creatures, minibeasts and even the acorns are given human features and funny phrases, which make them relatable, but they are also very carefully and realistically drawn. This is a book full of visual knowledge and the delightful collage-like textures add to the realism. There is so much to see and talk about within these pages, it would ... View Full Review
I read this with my granddaughter. We both enjoyed the colourful pictures - the winds were great fun. The storyline is good with a few challenging words which will make them stick in the mind. It's a good story to show the way water gets into the clouds and then back onto the land and the pictures clearly reflect it too. It's not too long as 24 pages and can easily be read in one sitting. Linda Amons, A LoveReading4Kids Ambassador View Full Review
The second in a series, ‘(Im)Mortal Earth’ by J.J.Faulks sees Piprin and Orleigh set off to find the Seer in the hopes of a cure for Piprin’s sick mother. This journey raises more questions than answers and sends the pair of friends on a quest to save the Key of Life. I would recommend starting with ‘The Seer’s Curse’ to get to know Orleigh and Piprin properly, and understand the opening of ‘(Im)Mortal Earth’ and their previous quests. In a world of mythology, where suspicion of ... View Full Review
 A whistle-stop tour through some of the more iconic stories in the bible. ‘XII’ by Robin Bennett tells in only 12 chapters some of the most well-known bible stories. Including the story of Creating, Noah and his ark and the life and death of Jesus, this book has been created to engage teens and older readers in order to spark or re-ignite an interest in the Bible. I really liked the colloquial and conversational tone used throughout the book. I found that this writing style made the stories more engaging and I could see it appealing to a 13+ ... View Full Review
Another lovely story from Once Upon a Dance encouraging movement and creative expression. Dayana is delighted when she finds out her new brother is here and can’t wait to play and do her favourite thing with him: dance! But babies aren’t the best dance partners and Dayana gets to learn new ways of moving with him. Then something magical happens. The focus of this book is moving, dancing and performing. This is the second story that I’ve come across from Once Upon a Dance and again I really enjoyed the concept of a storyline ... View Full Review
A lovely story of courage. Dennis has moved house and is scared of going to sleep in his strange new room. Thankfully Mum is on hand to deliver a positive and soothing message about the strength that everyone has within themselves to face the things that worry them, the Lion in their heart. Through beautiful and bright illustrations by Anil Yap and simple but flowing text from R.C. Chizhov, ‘The Lion in your Heart’ touches not only on having the courage to face your fears but also to reach for the stars, sometimes literally, and follow your ... View Full Review
Fantastical adventures abound in this spirited, richly-layered epic. If you were to judge this book by its beautiful cover, you may well expect an exciting, character-driven adventure with a classic flavour, and you’d be exactly right. Henry Chancellor’s epic (both in scope and size) Jack Joliffe Goes Forth tells the exhilarating tale of a 12-year-old girl (“Why am I called Jack? I don’t know. That is one of the many mysteries in my life”) who’s unexpectedly summoned to be a Royal Keeper at St James’s Palace. The novel ... View Full Review
When two siblings explore their new home they begin an exciting fantasy adventure. We meet Nyree and Elias exploring woods near their new home and as they stumble upon a mysterious ruin. From here, ‘Summer Sorcery’ by Brandon Lim is a tale of magic and adventure with a cast of fae and other creatures. I found the pacing of this adventure story quite good. There's plenty for the reader to learn, alongside Nyree and Elias, about different types of magic but there’s new characters to meet, things to try and problems to solve that allows the ... View Full Review
What a delight! This book is appealing on so many levels. There's the rhyming storyline which is always nice to read to young listeners. The drawings that can be coloured in. The educational aspect of the life cycle of the bees - who knew there were so many species - which is interesting for all ages and a future reference point. Also, the idea of making a wild flower garden to put all that is in the book into practice. This is a wonderful book for youngsters to engage with nature and understand the importance of bees in our world. ... View Full Review
Everyone loves a Christmas story and this really is a packed one! It tells the story of Jill and Edward who find themselves, a little like Hansel and Gretel, lost and heading to a cottage in the woods. This is where the story differs as Aphrodite, the lady of the house is a welcoming, kind and very colourful character. As the story unfolds more characters are introduced and the 'Grumps', the mischievous elves, are continually referred to. Whilst Jill absorbs the atmosphere, the snow and the Christmas jumpers, Edward remains an aloof little boy who does not like Christmas. The ... View Full Review
‘Sergeant Grog and the Night of the Weasels’ by Rose Miller is a quickly read fantasy story with some delightful illustrations by Michael Zarb. Sergeant Grog is on night-time watch of the Ladybird Barracks in the Land of Justice when an unidentified round object appears in the sky, Grog’s quiet night shift is about to get a whole lot busier. King of the vultures and wanted felon, Paduka is on a mission to steal the Mk 1 Weasel Guzzler.  This is an interesting story with short chapters that quickly dives into the main action. This is ... View Full Review
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