Monstar has quickly become a firm favourite with my five-year-old. This was her reaction on seeing the book for the first time:
"Oh wow, I love it, I love it, I love the front cover!" (Opens book) "there are pictures on EVERY PAGE!" (Reads contents page and then titles listed inside front cover. Finally gets round to reading first two chapters) "Green porridge! Eurgh, disgusting!" (Collapses in fits of giggles at idea of rocket pants. I read the bit about the flood of green porridge) "Don't laugh, Mummy, it's a horrid thing." Big smiles at the end when Monstar saves the day. "This is an amazing story book. It was fantastic! I loved the bits… Read more
Having read Helen Grant's The Glass Demon and been terrified out of my wits by it, I approached Silent Saturday with some trepidation! I don't read a lot of horror thrillers, but I knew this would be exceptionally well-written - and it was. Veerle is a wonderful character, trapped by her mentally ill mother, who is a typical hypochondriac when it comes to actual health problems but can't see how paranoid and obsessive she is. Whether this paranoia has been triggered by the incident witnessed by Veerle at the age of seven is undecided, but since then Claudine has been more and more desperate to keep her daughter safe at home.
Of course, this kind of smothering can only lead to… Read more
If you've ever threatened something you couldn't actually carry out at bedtime, this book is for you. Joe and Ellie are playing up the new babysitter (who is clearly reaching the end of her tether) when she threatens them with all sorts of ridiculous things. Joe and Ellie are unimpressed - but then she threatens them with the LEOPARD...and she goes downstairs, and suddenly THERE HE IS!
My five-year-old was bewitched on the first reading. She completely identified with Joe and Ellie and was genuinely nervous when the leopard was released - but don't worry, this book won't give your children nightmares! There is also a very clever twist at the end that parents will appreciate… Read more