Staff Reviews

August 23, 2019

  If you relish tales of dark forests, wild creatures, marauding monsters, sinister spellcasters and brave boys and girls (and if you appreciate jaw-dropping illustrations of all of the above) you are my kind of person and you too will relish this book. And by the way,...

March 6, 2019

  Trying to imagine what it's like in someone else's head is a good thing to do, but it can be, well... a headache. Unless you're Chester Parsons, who discovers he has the ability to 'mind jump' into the heads of people and animals. Fortunately, his Youtuber sister and...

February 22, 2019

  The Wall in the Middle of The Book is a deceptively simple take on the well-worn themes of conquering your fears, opening your mind and reconsidering your biased views on ogres. It's minimal but visually inventive, with plenty of space for the storyteller to point th...

September 7, 2018

cover illustration by George Ermos

  This inventive fantasy adventure is set in the world of the Piper of Hamelyn, where music means magic and a darkness* of dragons roams the skies. Like The Legend of Podkin One-Ear by Kieran Larwood (who adds his recommendat...

July 13, 2018

 This mysterious, imaginative debut from Australian author Jessica Miller wrapped round my mind like out-of-control ivy in a neglected garden. And while Elizabeth would find that image terrifying, I think Zenobia would be delighted. 

  Elizabeth is moving...

May 11, 2018

  Our 9-11yrs Bookclub loved Tin and it provoked some enthusiastic discussion about technology and identity:

'An amazing book. I loved the idea of a mechanical city because I want to be an engineer when I'm older.'


'The book is full of suspense and mystery — e...

April 20, 2018

  The Super Rabbit Boy comics hop between a pixelated game world and our world, where a boy called Sunny is guiding Super Rabbit Boy on his quests.

  Three things I love about these books: they play with the conventions of computer games, they celebrate some of the...

December 11, 2017

In the wake of David Attenborough's wonderful Blue Planet II TV series, many of us are left in awe of the hidden treasures of the deep and the never-before-recorded behaviours of marine animals, as well as concerned about the ongoing destruction of species and plastic...

October 21, 2017

  Beware this fiendish new illustrated adventure! It has been flying off and around the shelves like a mischievous bat.

  Pin it down, open it up and you will discover peculiar goings on at Maudlin Towers School for the Not Particularly Bright Sons of the...

October 21, 2017

  I just don't know if I am more fairy or more vampire! I love magic, sunshine and dancing round campfires, but I also like the black of night, and flying amongst the moon and stars.

  I can totally relate to this girl, and I think a lot of children will too! These pitc...

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