Book Reviews and Author Interviews

Does font and book size attract more readers?

Kate on the Case by Hannah Peck £6.99 ISBN: 9781848129702 Pages: 145 Publication Date: 8th July 2021 Author and illustrator: Hannah Peck Author Contact Details: Twitter: @hpillustration_ Instagram: @hannahpeckillustration +44 207 326 9140The Bright Agency103-105 St John's Hill, London SW11 1SY Published by: Piccadilly Press Publisher Contact Details: Twitter: @PiccadillyPress @BonnierBooks_UK Molly.Holt@bonnierbooks.co.uk lizz.skelly@bonnierbooks.co.uk Under 100... Continue Reading →

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Can science ever live hand-in-hand with magic?

Morgana Mage in the Robotic Age by Amy Bond. Published by Chicken House, £6.99. Illustrated by Nan Lawson. ISBN: 978 1 912626 52 6 Publication Date: 7th January 2021 Author contact details: Twitter: @AmyLouiseBond Illustrator contact details: Twitter: @NanLawson Publisher contact details: Chicken House Books - Home Twitter: @chickenhsebooks We all know of the age... Continue Reading →

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My interview with Gianna Pollero

1)Do you have any writing routines? I tend to write in the evenings when I’ve finished my day job and all my home tasks are done. I almost always read the chapter I have written most recently before starting a new one! There must always be coffee involved and often a biscuit or two! 2)... Continue Reading →

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How do you create a world that your reader want to visit time and time again?

Monster Doughnuts by Gianna Pollero Illustrated by Sarah Horne Published by Piccadilly Press 256 pages Publication Date: 15th April 2021 ISBN: 978-1848129436 Paperback: £6.99 Author Contact Details: Twitter: @GiannaPP Home | Gianna Pollero - Author Illustrator Contact Details: Twitter: @sarahhorne99 sarah horne Sarah Horne | Artist and Illustrator. http://www.sarahhorne.co.uk follow: @sarahhorne9 (wordpress.com) Sarah Horne- Illustrator... Continue Reading →

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What If The Gods Themselves Wanted You Dead?

Shadowless by Randall McNally Author contact details: Twitter: @RandallMcNally9 Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Randall McNally Email: RandallMcNally09@gmail.com ISBN: 978-1999882419 Published by Shadowless Ltd, December 2017 $14.99 for hardback and $4.99 Kindle 497 pages One of the best moments I have had since creating this blog about three years ago, apart from getting to interview some great authors, is,... Continue Reading →

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My interview with… Robin Bennett

Robin Bennett - author of 'Monster Max and the Bobble Hat of Forgetting', Entrepreneur and founder of the Bennett Group Firstly, a big thank you to Robin for agreeing to be pestered by my questions! Secondly, do check out the website that goes alongside the book, as there are lots of great resources! Do you... Continue Reading →

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If you could turn into anything, what would you be?!

Monster Max and the Bobble Hat of Forgetting Published by Firefly Press and released into the wild on 18th February 2021 Paperback: £5.99 ISBN: 9781913102333 Pages: 187 By Robin Bennett Twitter: @writer_robin Illustrated by Tom Tinn-Disbury https://www.tomtinndisbury.com/ https://www.monstermax.co.uk/ Published by Firefly Press http://www.fireflypress.co.uk Twitter: @fireflypress Under 100 characters summary: Max (monster/boy) crashes around his town... Continue Reading →

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Does having a hidden theme in a story influence children?

Sofia Valdez and the Vanishing Vote by Andrea Beaty http://www.andreabeaty.com http://www.Questioneers.com Twitter: @andreabeaty Illustrated by David Roberts http://www.davidrobertsillustration.com Published by Amulet books http://www.abramsbooks.com @abramskids ISBN: 978 1 4197 4350 4 £8.99 Politics. Boring. That's what I always thought at school. But, as you grow up, its importance and relevance to your own life becomes more... Continue Reading →

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Does a football theme engage readers?

Rashford Rules by Simon Mugford, illustrated by Dan Green.  Published by Welbeck Publishing, £5.99 ISBN: 978 1 78312 627 9 I was really interested to read this book, which is one of a whole series about current football stars, as I had recently seen the authors taking part in a live event for World Book... Continue Reading →

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Do children prefer funny books?

Space Oddity By Christopher Edge Published: 7th January 2021 Space Oddity: an out-of-this-world adventure from bestselling author Christopher Edge: Amazon.co.uk: Edge, Christopher: Books Published by: Chicken House £6.99 ISBN: 9781912626861 Pages: 234 Author contact details: Home page - Christopher Edge Twitter: @edgechristopher Illustrator contact details: Ben Mantle Twitter: @BenMMantle Publisher contact details: Chicken House Books... Continue Reading →

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Does a connection with nature help children’s education?

The Elephant in the room by Holly Goldberg Sloan OUT IN MARCH 2021! https://www.amazon.co.uk/Elephant-Room-Holly-Goldberg-Sloan/dp/0735229945 Published by Bonnier Books£6.99ISBN: 9781800780002Pages: 250Author contact details:www.hollygoldbergsloan.com @HGoldbergSloan Publisher contact details:@bonnierbooks_UK @PicadillyPress Under 100 characters summary: Loyalty and longing combine to show a young girl a new way of surviving her life and helping others to do the same.The first... Continue Reading →

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Can books about girls interested in science help young girls become interested in the subject at school?

Marie Curious Girl Genius Saves the World By Chris Edison https://www.amazon.co.uk/Case-Evil-Engineer-G-M-S/dp/1408359987 Published by Orchard Books £6.99 ISBN: 978 1 40835 998 3 Pages: 243 Publisher website:https://www.hachette.co.uk/ @HachetteKids Under 100 characters summary: A group of girls save the world, defeat evil and invent new machines – science is power!The first line: As soon as she got... Continue Reading →

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How do you get young children interested in reading?

Planet Omar - Incredible Rescue Mission by Zanib Mian Illustrated by Nasaya Mafaridik Published by Hachette Children's Books at £6.99 ISBN: 978 1 444 95129 5 Pages: 238 Author Contact Details: Twitter: @Zendibble https://www.muslimchildrensbooks.co.uk/ Illustrator Contact Details: Instagram: @a.nasaya Publisher website:www.hachettechildrens.co.uk   @HachetteKids Under 100 characters summary: Omar and his gang have to contend with... Continue Reading →

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My interview with Jenni Spangler

What do you hope for in your future as an author? I can’t wait to get into doing school visits once it’s safe to do so – that’s one part of being an author I have missed out on this year! Long term, a dream project would be to write a book for World Book... Continue Reading →

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How much historical fact and description do you need to include in a story to help the reader understand the setting?

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Freedom-Catherine-Johnson/dp/1407185489 Freedom by Catherine Johnson Cover artwork by Two Dots Published by Scholastic £4.99 ISBN: 9781 4071 85484 Published: 2nd August 2018 138 pages Author’s contact details: http://www.catherinejohnson.co.uk @catwrote Illustrator’s contact details: http://www.thetwodots.com Publisher’s website: http://www.scholastic.co.uk @scholasticuk Under 100 characters book review:  Beautifully written story about a slave boy in Jamaica and the continuing battles... Continue Reading →

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My Interview With Jess Butterworth

Thank you so much to Jess for answering my questions, there are some very detailed answers here, and she is clearly a really talented and dedicated author. Plus, if you are a teacher, some wonderful ideas of how to take the book into the classroom! YOU What do you hope for in your future as... Continue Reading →

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Cookie… and the Most Annoying Girl in the World

Written and illustrated by Konnie HuqPublished by Piccadilly PressISBN: 9781848128934£10.99 People are hard to understand. They don't say what they want and often they do say what they don't want! Where do you start to learn this? At school, and this story is brilliant at showing you why people do these things and how best... Continue Reading →

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Wink by Rob Harrell

ISBN: 9781471409141 Published by Hot Key Books Main Review: This book begins with a very serious note from the author himself explaining how he was diagnosed with cancer and how the book explores a lot of his own experiences. However, the story itself is not difficult to read, even if it is a challenging subject.... Continue Reading →

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Don’t you just HATE star reviews?

Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star, How I hate you from afar, Up above the review so cheap, Like a drummer without a beat. Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star, How I hate you from afar. Don’t get me wrong, I totally understand that a star review is used to show someone’s opinion, and that everyone is entitled to... Continue Reading →

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