Phoenix by S.F. Said, illustrated by Dave McKean

Some books are harder to review than others; they need time to sink in, to settle, to allow all the thoughts to clarify themselves in my mind. This was one of those, and I really hope that after a second read, my review does Phoenix justice. It is one of the best books that I … Continue reading Phoenix by S.F. Said, illustrated by Dave McKean

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I Killed Father Christmas by Anthony McGowan, illustrated by Chris Riddell

It’s Christmas Eve, but Jo-Jo isn’t sleeping. He’s sat upstairs listening to his parents arguing and it’s all his fault. If only he hadn’t been so greedy, Father Christmas would still be alive! Jo-Jo does the only thing he can; he pulls off his pillow cases, sorts through his toys, borrows a coat and sets … Continue reading I Killed Father Christmas by Anthony McGowan, illustrated by Chris Riddell

There’s A Dragon In My Backpack by Tom Nicoll, illustrated by Sarah Horne

Pan is bored of staying at home every day, and desperate to go to school with Eric. Hiding in his backpack, Pan almost makes it through the day without causing trouble. Almost. When Mrs Biggs sees the mini-dragon, she’s convinced it’s a rat. Eric knows he has to do something, and with Jayden and Min … Continue reading There’s A Dragon In My Backpack by Tom Nicoll, illustrated by Sarah Horne

Animals Behaving Badly by Nicola Davies, illustrated by Adam Stower

It’s said that the truth is stranger than fiction, and this book proves it. Including a devilish creature that can kill a polar bear, fish that kept a community awake, and a bird that can destroy anything, to name a few, this is a treasure trove of amazing animal behaviours that celebrates animals’ adaptability and … Continue reading Animals Behaving Badly by Nicola Davies, illustrated by Adam Stower

Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend

Born on Eventide, Morrigan Crow is a cursed child. Everything that goes wrong in Jackalfax can be traced back to her. She is feared by the townsfolk, and despised by her family. And, destiny dictates she will die on her 11th birthday. However, the mysterious Julian North interrupts her final meal to introduce himself as … Continue reading Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend