Staff Reviews

February 24, 2019

  Charlie is just a normal kid. Nothing unusual about him, apart from his tendency to turn into a spider, a bird or a rhino in times of high stress. Understandably, Charlie finds it challenging to set off for the Headmistress's office and find en route he's suddenly an...

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...

December 13, 2018

This is a guest review by Tom (aka Well Read Boy), who came to our bookclub author event with Claire Barker last month and was inspired to start his own blog. You can follow his reviews here: https://wellreadboysreviews.water.blog/

  The Snow Spider is an unsettling sto...

December 7, 2018

  This is a guest review by Tom (aka Well Read Boy), who came to our bookclub author event with Claire Barker last month and was inspired to start his own blog. You can follow his reviews here: https://wellreadboysreviews.water.blog/

  Picklewitch and Jack is an amazing...

October 22, 2018

   "It was a winter they would tell tales about... A winter that came and never left."

  It is no secret that I am a huge fan of Kiran Millwood Hargrave's writing (see my gushing review of The Island at the End of Everything here), and it is also no...

October 22, 2018

  It is a truth universally acknowledged that Jacqueline Wilson is a staple within children's fiction. With a plethora of books to her name, I often think of her fondly, as someone who is just as much a part of childhoods these days as she was a part of mine. So when I...

September 20, 2018

  If you like your books with a touch of magic and sparkle perhaps you could enter our emporium and ask for our best advice. Or maybe you have higher expectations and you are also looking for some mischief, mermaids and monkeys. How can you expect to have all these ing...

September 20, 2018

  Jack has won the Most Sensible Boy in the School prize three years running, but he's never managed to make a friend. Still, that's about to change  at his new school for super-bright children he's sure to chum up with someone smart, clever, organised, logical and mos...

September 11, 2018

  As a bookworm (and I presume that you, dear reader, are one too), it has long been a dream of mine to be able to meet some of my favourite characters from books. I'd love to eat waffles with Nina Zenik (from Six of Crows), find butterflies with Ami (from The Isl...

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...

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