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Review of CALEB’S CAB – An Illustrated Storybook for Children

CALEB’S CAB Author Sally Chomet Illustrated by Sylvain Chomet Published by Walker Books in Hardback Release date 03 November 2016 RRP 12.99 A Children’s Fictional Book – for 8 years + Overview: Caleb’s Dad has vanished. Caleb has one clue of his Dad’s last movements and so he tries to solve the mystery. The Money Mongers might snatch him but Caleb is determined to solve the mystery of his Dad’s disappearance. Comment and Guide: A French tale but in some ways it feels British, yet, it is a neither nor kind of place. The text containing colloquial speak from a time long gone will be unfamiliar to young children or to their parent reader even i.e. ‘Mongers” ‘Greasy comb overs’; trestle table; camphor, Spam, canteen, bingo halls. In most cases, it is not always wise for a children’s author to even try to be authentic in writing their story of the past using language and referencing things using old terminology, as there can be a real possibility of ending up with something irrelevant and unappealing …

A Miscellany of MAGICAL BEASTS by Simon Holland – Book Review

A Miscellany of MAGICAL BEASTS by Simon Holland. Illustration contributions by Gary Blithe – David Demaret – Nelson Evergreen – John Howe – Mike Love – Kev Walker – Helen Ward – David Wyatt ISBN 978-1-4088-8195-8 Published by Bloomsbury in Hardcover – Release date 20 October 2016 RRP £14.99 A Children’s Picture Book (Hardback) Overview: This recently released children’s title from Bloomsbury is an authentic collection of mystical beasts from fairy tale worlds, ancient myths, and magical storybook greats. Simon Holland (the author) introduces (in chapters) a creature each time. His passion for the subject is infectious and the information he shares is well researched, paragraphs are not too word laden. The art contributions show fantastical creatures, and their surrounds, using a variety of illustrative styles. There are Giants and Trolls, Unicorns, Griffins and Werewolves. There’s Pegasus (from the Greek myths) and Dragons of course. 20 creatures altogether, plus a page of Elvish spells and tricks and another of Magical Words. The mechanics of the book’s presentation include fold-out pieces which achieves the dimensions of that …

Children’s Picture Books by Tom McLaughlin

I have added a new review of a picture book called Up, Up and Away by Tom McLaughlin, it joins a previously published review of The Cloudspotter by the same author. CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW TO READ BOTH REVIEWS   ISBN 978-1-4088-5496-9 The Cloudspotter Author – Tom McLaughlin Published by Bloomsbury in hardback – Release date 18 June 2015 RRP £10.99 A Picture StoryBook for children aged up to … Source: Children’s Picture Books by Tom McLaughlin

Book Review GIRL vs BOY BAND by Harmony Jones

Girl vs Boy Band THE RIGHT TRACK Author – Harmony Jones Published by Bloomsbury in Paperback – Release date 02 June 2016 RRP £6.99 A Children’s Fictional Book – for 12 + years Overview: The first title in the Girl vs Boy Band series. Lark is twelve and music is her world. Lark secretly writes songs and is always keeping look out for ideas for new lyrics. Mum, Donna, is a music producer and divorced from dad, a session musician, who lives away. The boy band from England, called Abbey Road, are Donna’s new proteges who come to live, study and work alongside Lark and Donna in their LA home. Lark is excited at first, but things do not run smoothly with the boys Comment and Guide: Lark is very much the central character and author, Harmony Jones, makes the most of the idea of this young girl being right in the thick of what is deemed as an artistically enriched, glamorous lifestyle. Thus appealing to the adolescent readers who may imagine their idols being …

Flirty Dancing books by Jenny McLachlan

Added a new review of a teenage read, it joins two other short reviews of titles from the same series previously reviewed, either on, or around, their original release dates. All three from the same Flirty Dancing book series. Book 1 does not appear. This is Book 4 and it is called Star Struck, the author is Jenny McLachlan CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW TO READ Published by Bloomsbury in Paperback – Release date 10 March 2016 RRP £6.99 A Children’s Fictional Book – for 12 + years Overview: The first person voice this t… Source: Flirty Dancing books by Jenny McLachlan

Two Winter Tales in Picture Books by Bloomsbury

Robin’s Winter Song by Suzanne Barton ISBN 978-1-4088-5614-8 Published by Bloomsbury in Hardcover – Release date 08 October 2015 RRP £10.99 A Children’s Picture Book (Hardback) Overview: the creatures are busy preparing for winter which is nearly upon them. Robin is curious to know what this scary ‘winter’ person/thing is. He grows to like winter, so when the times comes for wintertime to give up to spring Robin is not scared at all, just excited to meet ‘her’ Comment and Guide: the story moves from autumn, through the winter, to the beginning of spring in 24 pages. Lots of verbs in the text to describe the actions of the creatures. The illustrations are collage like, and so show lots of textural qualities but in a 2D form of course. The colours in the woods are a mix of autumnal shades on a white background (mostly). When winter eventually arrives the colour pallet changes to cool shades of blue and grey, but the lovely reds, oranges and browns of the animals adds a contrasting warmth to …

Flirty Dancing books by Jenny McLachlan

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ISBN 978-1-4088-5609-3 LOVE BOMB Author – Jenny McLachlan Published by Bloomsbury in Paperback – Release date 12 March 2015 RRP £6.99 A Children’s Fictional Book – for 12 + years Overview: Betty’s mother had died when she was an infant, but never more did teenager, Betty, long for the kind of guiding hand and the voice of reason that only a mother’s love can offer. And when it comes to her playing the dating game and dealing with life’s mini dramas, well, who is there to turn to for support? Her father isn’t much help, and she, at times, finds him plain embarrassing anyway, and her relationship with him is strained as he has a new girlfriend. But in an old Quality Street tin Betty finds some letters to ‘Dear Plumface‘ written especially for her, by her late mother (Mumface) to help her deal with the kind of angst she is now experiencing. Her mother’s words are insightful, funny, not overly sentimental, and a great help for a girl longing to…

Children’s Picture Books by Tom McLaughlin

    ISBN 978-1-4088-5496-9 The Cloudspotter Author – Tom McLaughlin Published by Bloomsbury in hardback – Release date 18 June 2015 RRP £10.99 A Picture StoryBook for children aged up to 5 years OVERVIEW Franklin is a little guy, who, in his isolation, enjoys getting lost in his imagination when he makes up stories that are centered around the things he interprets out of the cloud formations in his view. We see how he responds socially and emotionally when he has to interact with another; and from then on it becomes a sweet little tale of companionship. COMMENT AND GUIDE The book has all the elements which makes for a good children’s picture story book. Told in 200 words or so using typography which intersperses with the illustrative work of the author using the Courier font. Most of the pages are sky blue and white, with strong colour featuring in an array of pastel tones. Characters are comic book style.       ISBN 978-1-4088-7025-0 UP, UP and AWAY Author – Tom McLaughlin Published by …

Book Review – HAPPY BIRTHDAY BAGPUSS Foreword by Peter Firmin

ISBN 978-1-909397-33—0 Story by Kate Haxell using Illustrations, projects, and written material from the Bagpuss albums. Additional new illustrations by Peter Firmin. Published by Collins & Brown Publication date: 20 February 2014 RRP £11.99 Content a story and activity book on the theme of Bagpuss. The famous cloth cat (Bagpuss) is 40 years old (2014), so the book has been released to mark the occasion and to celebrate a slice of TV history. Introduction Foreword is by Peter Firmin, who, along with the late, Oliver Postgate was the founder of Smallfilms for the BBC. Firmin produced artwork, models and props for Bagpuss in the 1970s. Narrator Postgate also filmed sequences in his signature stop motion style also seen in children’s programmes such as Clangers and Ivor the Engine. Only thirteen Bagpuss episodes were made with the first broadcast in 1974. Bagpuss was repeated many times over the following decades. Range of information 8/10 activities: sewing projects and an embroidery sampler; a recipe for sugar mice; a knitting project (Bagpuss) a board and counter game (repeated …

Book Review – THE QUIRKS in CircuS QuirkuS by Erin Soderberg

ISBN 978-1-4088-4293-5 The Quirks in Circus Quirkus Author – Erin Soderberg Illustrated by Kelly Light – Cover Illustration by Luke Watson Published by Bloomsbury in Paperback – Release date 13 February 2014 RRP £5.99 A Children’s Fictional Book – Aged 7-9 years ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Overview This is the second published book about The Quirk family who possess magical powers. Granny is a fairy, Grandpa can mess with time; Bree Quirk can make people believe what they want to, and Finn (aged 5), is invisible unless he’s chewing gum. Penelope has an imagination that is out of control, while her twin, Molly, seems to be the only Quirk not to have a special power; although her immunity to the magic of the others makes her unique in that sense. There is also a pet monster in the house called Niblet! The Circus of the Dazzling Stars comes to Normal – the family’s hometown, so the Quirk children are learning circus skills when at school. At home however, there is the usual mischievous mayhem going on and ongoing …