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The Hob and the Deerman (Hob Tales Book 1)
The Hob and the Deerman (Hob Tales Book 1)

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Story telling at its best, 26 July 2014
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This is story-telling at its best. Set in a time after the dissolution of the monasteries when magic could still be believed, the story is told from the benign, brave and kindly point of view of the magical hob. When his beloved oak tree home is destroyed he returns to Crowfield Abbey to find it in ruins and inhabited by sad ghosts and a crawling horror. This is a fantastic and deftly woven story of how Hob helps his friends and finds a home. It is scary, sad and funny as well as being a pacey adventurous tale. Pat Walsh evokes an in-between time and place in an immensely enjoyable and lyrical way. I loved it.


Don't Panic, Annika
Don't Panic, Annika
by Juliet Clare Bell
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't Panic, Annika! You're terrific!, 21 July 2011
This review is from: Don't Panic, Annika (Hardcover)
Juliet Clare Bell clearly knows children. With this wholly charming story, she delves down into a young girl's fears and her incredible resourcefulness, with insight. Annika is a character many children (and a great many adults!)will identify with. The story bowls along and the language is a delight to read out loud. Not to forget the lovely illustrations which chime perfectly with the text. Don't panic - this is a great buy. Can't wait for the next book!


Tall Story
Tall Story
by Candy Gourlay
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £10.99

12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Story with Legs and Heart, 3 Jun. 2010
This review is from: Tall Story (Hardcover)
A deft and beautiful piece of storytelling. Basketball-mad Andi, and her giant of a brother, Bernardo, jump off the page. They are worlds apart - upbringing, schooling, clothes but the long and the short of it is that they are bound together by the imperfect love of family.
The story weaves and dodges between two countries and cultures without missing a beat. You feel for Andi, she has a lot to contend with; new brother, new house, new school. You feel for Bernardo; new sister, new house, new school. Their differences are highlihghted in the way they deal with these experiences. The fabulous tale of Bernardo Carpio, the belief in the power of witches keep a tight hold on Bernardo even when he's in London. Andi's efforts to be on the basket ball team and be a good sister are admirable and touching.
Its funny too, all over the place; Andi's mum for example is wonderfully drawn,engaging and pretty embarrassing; as when she meets Bernardo at the airport with the blindingly unnecessary, 'He's so tall! He's so tall!'
I read this quickly, wanting to know what was going to happen to Andi and Bernardo. I'm happy to report that the plot runs towards a deeply satisfying conclusion. This is a fine novel, big hearted and cleverly told. Read it.


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