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Further Adventures of King Rollo
Further Adventures of King Rollo
by David McKee
Edition: Paperback

3.0 out of 5 stars OK for little ones... not for me, 6 July 2008
David McKee is normally famous for illustrates books like `Not Now Bernard', the `Elmer the Patchwork Elephant' series of books, the `Mr Benn' series of books (and TV programmes), and lots, lots more. But did you know he wrote them as well as drawing the pictures for the Paddington Bear after Peggy Fortnum, Fred Banbery, FilmFair (company) and Ivor Wood. Now here come his new adventures of King Rollo and his good friends, the Cook, the Magician, Hamlet the Cat, Queen Gwen and lots of other lovable characters. I think that this book is great for three to five year olds to share with older siblings and their parents or younger fluent readers could enjoy the book on their own.


The Race for the Lost Keystone
The Race for the Lost Keystone
by Val Rutt
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars magical, 6 July 2008
The Reyond family are an ordinary family: Michael Reyond and his wife Charlotte (although having other names through the book like Gina, Lottie and more) with their two normal children Kate and Phil. Kate was a smart, tidy, clever goody two shoes who, if attacked could fight like a terrier. They all seemed normal to everyone else although one of knew differently and two were very suspicious about being unusual. They have some strange relatives (in strange forms) and a very strange past. Follow the kids as they are on holiday with their aunt in America and what a holiday it turns out to be - kidnapping, bad guys, a notorious celebrity and a peculiar motorbike driving Great-Aunt Elizabeth!


Crazy Cow
Crazy Cow
by Colin Hawkins
Edition: Hardcover

3.0 out of 5 stars OK for little ones... not for me, 6 July 2008
This review is from: Crazy Cow (Hardcover)
`Crazy Cow' is about a calf as she grows up being somewhat wacky. This is quite unusual because cows are normally quite peaceful creatures. The story takes place during the course of Crazy Cow's life as she does strange things as a baby but does the most amazing (but wild) things whilst earning her fortune. The story begins in a thrilling way. The story is written by Colin and Jacqui Hawkins who have also written `Rude Rabbit', `Greedy Goat', `Bad Bear', `Daft Dog' and `Happy Horse' as part of this collection. I would definitely recommend these authors to young children, because the text font and size is great for them and so are the big, beautiful illustrations.


McMummy (Red Fox middle fiction)
McMummy (Red Fox middle fiction)
by Betsy Byars
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars funny, 6 July 2008
McMummy is the story of a half human, half plant thing which Mozie calls `McMummy'. This story happens after the boy is looking after an unusual scientist's greenhouse doesn't seem strange until Mozie notices a large, mummy-shaped pod near one of the overgrown tomato plants. `McMummy' is a wonderfully delightful read. All the characters in the book - from the wacky Batty Batson, to the straight droll Mozie Mozer, and the frivolous but still a pleasant lovable lady Valvoline - are a joy to interact with. Even Professor Orloff, who only makes a few of insignificant appearances in the book, is out of the ordinary: "Vat is vrong vit da wegetables?"
I would say that this book is good for 8 - 12 year olds.


Jessica Haggerthwaite: Media Star
Jessica Haggerthwaite: Media Star
by Emma Barnes
Edition: Paperback

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BRILL BOOK, 6 July 2008
Jessica Haggerwaite has a mother who is a witch, a father who is the gardener in a hotel owned by Robbie (one of Jessica's friends) Flotsam's father who's girlfriend is a woman, whose daughter is her enemy, who is the `Friend of the Wind Spirits'. Xandra claims that she can fly with the help of the spirits but even her own daughter hasn't seen her do it. To make it all worse, Xandra bets that Mrs Haggerwaite can't fly and Jessica's mother has many terrible attempts and ends up in hospital.

This book is well-written; it is exciting with enthralling dialogue that covers a number of important subjects; `Media Star' is action packed from cover to cover and never lost me attention all the way through. I loved it and would think that the book would probably fascinate the 9-13 age range.


Sunshine Superstars (Summer Special) (Glitter Girls)
Sunshine Superstars (Summer Special) (Glitter Girls)
by C. A. Plaisted
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars Fab, 6 July 2008
The Glitter Girls are the coolest girls around and they team up with other girls at the Energy Zone club and to find out who are cleverest they have a quiz, against the boys. The boys win but Danny, the leader has some important news - they have been invited to Camp Sunshine, the best holiday place ever, for a week of adventures and competitions. The gang are allowed but sadly so are most of the boys and they all go. The Glitter Girls are having a fantastic time but are still drawing with the Beastly Boyz in the competitions, sometimes they are in the lead and sometimes they loose, but when disaster strikes during the last task, the competition doesn't really matter anymore.


Blubber
Blubber
by Judy Blume
Edition: Paperback

3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars love it], 6 July 2008
This review is from: Blubber (Paperback)
Title: Blubber
Author: Judy Blume
Type of Book: Fiction
Main Characters:
Tracy and Jill
Describe these characters:
They are the best of friends
Another Character:
Linda "Blubber"
Details:
She is the person who gets bullied.
Another Character:
Wendy
Details:
She acts like queen of the world.
Describe the time and place of the story:
This story took place in Philadelphia around autumn time.
What is this book about?
This is a story about bullying, the importance of friends and doing the right thing.
State a problem in the story and how it was solved:
Someone told on the two friends when they egged a man's letterbox with rotten eggs. The friends trialled the suspect to find out if she did it.
What did you think of the book?
I think that children my age (10 - 15 years of age) would like it.
What did you like about the book?
I like the description of Tracy's house.
What didn't you like about the book?
Was the story confusing or hard to believe?
Was the story predictable (could you guess what was going to happen?)
It has surprises, twists and shocks but also some obvious parts.
Was the story believable?
Yes, it is very believable; it can easily happen.


Goodnight Mister Tom
Goodnight Mister Tom
by Michelle Magorian
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Poor Willie, 6 July 2008
This review is from: Goodnight Mister Tom (Paperback)
I was immersed in the book and could not put it down! I think this book is fantastic and would recommend it to children of all ages and abilities.
I loved this book and the way the author made me feel all the emotions the characters were feeling.
I feel quite sorry for Will as he gets smacked and that should never happen to anyone.
Young Willie Beech is evacuated to the country as London is being bombed in the Second World War. To start with he is really miserable but soon cheers up. He slowly begins to flourish as he is being looked after by old Tom Oakley; he new nothing could last for ever and his new found glee is ruined when an order from his mother, back in London, comes...


Faces (Picture Puffin)
Faces (Picture Puffin)
by Jan Pienkowski
Edition: Paperback

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars OK for little ones... not for me, 6 July 2008
This review is from: Faces (Picture Puffin) (Paperback)
Although the book is called `Faces' it really about your feelings; the pictures show your face looks when you are feeling it, like jealous, angry, tired and cheeky. Don't forget shy, ill, happy, and scared.

Combining simple text with bold, colourful illustrations, this classic book is ideal for introducing nursery children to the concept of emotions.

Jan Pienkowski, the author of world famous, best selling books, Meg and Mog, has now written this wonderful book. He made his first book when he was 8, as a present for his father. He worked in advertising, publishing, and doing graphics for the BBC children's TV series Watch! In his spare time, he started to illustrate books for children. His lifelong interest in stage design landed other commissions: two shows for Theatre de Complicite, then Beauty and the Beast for The Royal Ballet, Covent Garden and a spectacular Sleeping Beauty at Disneyland, Paris.


1 2 3 (Jan Pienkowski Board Book Series)
1 2 3 (Jan Pienkowski Board Book Series)
by Jan Pienkowski
Edition: Board book

4.0 out of 5 stars lovely, 6 July 2008
"1
one leopard
2
two cows

3
three witches..."
That is the way the book goes all the way to ten. Then at the end is a question ("How Many") with a picture of lots of different amounts of things on a plate.
The layout of the book is quite nice:
On one page...
It has the number in big
Then the number in letter form with a word, for example `seven soldiers'
Finally it has a picture of just the number of items (in this case it has seven soldiers in a row)
On the next page...
It has a big page sized picture with all the things somewhere in it


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