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The World According to Humphrey
The World According to Humphrey
by Betty G. Birney
Edition: Paperback

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A lovely, wise little story, 22 Jun. 2008
This is a lovely, wise little story. Readers will adore the character of Humphrey the hamster. The story has lots of great touches, 'Humphrey's Guide to the Care and Feeding of Humans' (at the back of the book), being just one of them. It's great to see an imaginative, fun book that will also get children to think about how other people feel and why people don't always act the way we'd like them to.


Horrid Henry and the Abominable Snowman: Bk. 14
Horrid Henry and the Abominable Snowman: Bk. 14
by Francesca Simon
Edition: Paperback
Price: £4.99

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 4 stories in one book, 14 Jun. 2008
The stories are told at a good pace for children, with plenty of dialogue.
In 'Horrid Henry and the Abominable Snowman' Henry's plans to win a best snowman competition go awry and he gets a bit of a come uppance!

The second story 'Horrid Henry's Rainy Day' has Henry writing a will, an unusual heme for a children's story but it works. Henry's thoughts on how he would come back to haunt people if he died of boredom is particulary funny.

When Moody Margeret sets up her own makeover business in the third story, it doesn't take Horrid Henry long to set up a rival one next door. But Henry's makeovers are rather different to Margaret's.

Horrid Henry's Author Visit is the final story in the collection. Henry is so excited that his favourite author is going to visit his class but he just can't help himself eating crisps and getting sent to Perfect Peter's classroom as a punishment. Not only does he think he's going to miss out on the fun in his own classroom but he has to listen to another author, the awful Milksop Miles telling his 'Happy Nappy' story.

Another really good selection of stories.


The Secret of Lost Things
The Secret of Lost Things
by Sheridan Hay
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A book that will stay on my bookshelf, 31 May 2008
This is one of those books that draws you into its fictional world. I've read so many books where I get half way through and don't really care whether I finish the story or about what happens to the characters. With this book I cared what happened while also not wanting to finish the story because I didn't want to step out of the world that Sheridan Hay had created.

It's a real book lovers book with most of the story taking place in the Arcade, a huge book store with a literary mystery at its heart. A book store peopled by intriguing characters.

At the start of the book Rosemary,following the death of her mother, travels from her native Tasmania to New York to start a new life. Rosemary, is a very likeable protagonist, so unassuming that she has no idea how other people may be attracted to her. Although the book is quite clearly set in a modern day New York, there is also a sense of timelessness about the setting of the narrative. This fable-like urban landscape is the backdrop for Rosemary's journey to real adulthood and a new life. It's a book that I'll keep on my bookshelf rather than passing on.


Life Of Pi
Life Of Pi
by Yann Martel
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.83

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A lasting impact, 30 May 2008
This review is from: Life Of Pi (Paperback)
Some books are enjoyable to read at the time but fade fast. I read this book a couple of years ago and felt I wanted to write a review, as for me it's one of the most memorable books I've read in the last two years. It's refreshingly original and kept me thinking for a long time afterwards.


Lucky Dog
Lucky Dog
by Mark Barrowcliffe
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars A really good read, 30 May 2008
This review is from: Lucky Dog (Paperback)
I picked this book up at random and read the first page. From reading the first page I was sure I was going to enjoy it.

"Today is the beginning of the dog days of June," is the vicar's rather unusual aside at Dave Barker's mother's funeral in chapter one. How right he was! Reg, the dog who Dave is to meet in very unusual circumstances, just later that afternoon has a massive impact on his life. Reg is a wonderful character and the book is a really good read.


Horrid Henry and the Mummy's Curse
Horrid Henry and the Mummy's Curse
by Francesca Simon
Edition: Paperback
Price: £4.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another great Henry story, 26 May 2008
As a children's writer myself I love to read good children's books and Francesca Simon is excellent. For anyone that's read other Horrid Henry stories, they won't be disappointed with this one. This Horrid Henry story has the same great pace, use of snappy dialogue and the characters that children and parents have all grown to love.
In this story we're treated to some gems including Henry being banned for life from the supermarket and a visit to the 'shark infested' swimming pool! If it's your first Horrid Henry book you'll want to read more.


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