Staff Reviews

November 9, 2016

  One of the most beautiful books of the year features a family who are in the throes of hypergraphia and seem to be ripped from the pages of Edward Gorey and Tove Jansson.

That they spend their days making eclectic lists is a plus. That the book opens to a list of Bowi...

November 9, 2016

    There is Noggin, Nogbad, a dragon, a whale, elephants, a moon mouse, gallantry, chivalry and much kindness in these ancient manuscripts written for young readers and ancients alike. Historical fiction of the highest order, which can be bound in store with metallic...

October 19, 2016

  Wolf Hollow is an engrossing, challenging and beautifully written upper junior novel with strong echoes of To Kill a Mockingbird. All three of us who have read it (that is Tony, Margaret and Mark) have loved this book and we feel it deserves a wide readership.

Set dur...

May 31, 2016

  Saving the world is a staple of children's fiction, whether it's from some crazed Bond-inspired super villain, the Forces of the Dark, monsters from another dimension, He Who Must Not Be Named, a zombie apocalypse or a mere circus ringmaster stealing laughter and joy...

March 10, 2016

Here you will find a fine historical thriller, with lots of bang for your buck.

 

Christopher Rowe is apprenticed to the alchemist Benedict Blackthorn, in the London of the 1660s. Gifted and ever eager to learn, he is sorely tested when a series of murders happen in the...

November 20, 2015

 Dear Father Christmas,

I have tried to be good all year with only a few minor incidents which were off the scale so please could you bring me a super new biography or possible an auto of same about you, your life, your poor childhood with only a toy made of turnip an...

September 9, 2015

This I know of La Revolution Française: Louis XVI, Marie Antoinette, le Petit Trianon, Versailles, The Bastille, Mirabeau, Marat, Madame Tussaud, Madame la Guillotine, Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité ou la mort, La Marseillaise...

What is a monster? A king so cut of...

June 15, 2015

  When Fergus Crane first appeared it seemed like a real game changer and firmly established the Stewart-Riddell ethos of beautiful illustrated books for older children, which they had, of course acknowledged with the advent of the Edge Chronicles a few years befo...

June 3, 2015

   Space Dog is a noble hound, boldly going where no mutt has gone before, answering distress calls and judging the odd hat competition. On his homeward journey, he answers a mayday call from planet Cream and rescues Astrocat, who soon makes himself useful cooking up d...

June 3, 2015

  Renowned palaeontologist Sarah McIntyre has been studying ancient cave paintings in south London, and she can now reveal the sensational story of the Dinosaur Police, set to figuratively rock the scientific establishment.

 

Since Spielberg discovered the Jura...

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