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Mini Travellers Children’s Book Reviews for June 2021

Mini Travellers Children’s Book Reviews for June 2021

There are so many brilliant children’s books being published this summer and I’ve got a selection here for kids of all ages. Do keep an eye on twitter for a chance to win copies of some of the books featured!

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Board Books

Cat’s Cookbook by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler (Macmillan Children’s Books)

When Cat goes looking for a cookbook, she discovers lots of other books along the way. Will she find a cookbook and be able to make a delicious meal for her friends? With flaps to lift on every page, this is perfect for young readers.


Make Tracks: Farm (Nosy Crow)

Packed full of facts about tractors, young vehicle lovers will especially love the 5 counters that they can drive along the tracks on every page.

A to Z: An Alphabet of Animals by Linda Tordoff and Harriet Evans (Little Tiger)

This beautifully illustrated book goes through the alphabet and has large letters on every page which can be lifted and turned to reveal an animal hiding underneath.

Picture Books

Ruffles and the Red, Red Coat by David Melling (Nosy Crow)

Ruffles is a very cute little dog who loves sniffing, scratching and running. He doesn’t love his new red coat one teeny, tiny bit but perhaps the promise of jumping in puddles with his best friend Ruby can change his mind? My boys and I all absolutely love the humour in David Melling’s illustrations of Ruffles and Ruby.

How To Be Cooler Than Cool by Sean Taylor, illustrated by Jean Jullien (Walker)

When Cat finds a pair of sunglasses, she’s sure that they will make her look cooler than cool as she tries to glide backwards down the slide. However, it doesn’t go exactly to plan. Will Cockatoo, Pig or Chick fare any better? This is a brilliantly, funny book about having fun, friendship and of course, being cool.

The Pet by Catherine Emmett and David Tazzyman (Macmillan Children’s Books)

When Digby demands a pet, his father is quick to oblige even though Digby isn’t very good at looking after his animals. But when the pets Digby wants get bigger and wilder, and are still not looked after very well, the problems really start. This is a hilarious cautionary tale about being careful what you wish for and the importance of looking after your pets properly!

Young Fiction

Madam Squeaker by Pip Jones, illustrated by Paula Bowles (Barrington Stoke)

When the Ruling Rats start eating all of the crumbs, leaving nothing for everyone else, Minetta the mouse decides enough is enough. But how can she make her voice heard when she’s so small? This is a heartfelt, funny story about courage by the award-winning author of Izzy Gizzmo. Barrington Stoke specialises in super readable books that are also ideal for struggling or reluctant readers.

The Long Way Home by Corrinne Averiss and Kristyna Litten (Barrington Stoke)

Otto is off on a climbing adventure to the top of Lion Mountain with her Nanu. But Nanu is having a forgetful kind of day. Can Otto lead them both safely home? This is a really sweet story with colour illustrations throughout.

Indigo Wilde and The Creatures At Jellybean Crescent by Pippa Curnick (Hodder Children’s Books)

Indigo lives with her little brother Quigley and their adopted parents (who are World Famous Explorers) at Jellybean Crescent, a crazy house full of magical creatures. But when Indigo opens the latest Monster Mail delivery from her parents and discovers it’s empty, she faces a race against time to catch the creature from wreaking havoc before it’s too late! Full of bright, colour full illustrations and plenty of humour, my 6 year old really enjoyed the first book in this brand new series.


Otherland by Louie Stowell (Nosy Crow)

When best friends Myra and Rohan realise Rohan’s baby sister Shilpa has been stolen and taken to Otherland (a magical, terrifying place full of vampires and fairies), they will have to risk everything to get her back. This is a hilarious, action packed adventure story by the acclaimed author of The Dragon in the Library series.

Mayhem Mission by Burhana Islam, illustrated. By Farah Khandaker (Knights Of)

Yusuf is nine years old and can’t wait for his sister to get married. There will be delicious food, loads of presents and he’ll get to hang out with his cousins. But that’s before he realises his sister leaving means he’ll be expected to take her place as the responsible one. Yusuf decides he has no choice but to cause some chaos and ruin the wedding. My son couldn’t put down this laugh-out-loud read.

The Astonishing Future of Alex Nobody by Kate Gilby-Smith (Orion)

Alex doesn’t think she’s anyone special, but when mysterious new boy Jasper starts at school and then disappears into the year 2100, she risks everything to travel into the future and find out what happens to him. Along the way she discovers that she might not be a nobody after all. This is a fun story about friendship, destiny and of course, time travel.


The Bird Book: A Curious Compendium of 50 Wild Birds by Dr Meriel Lland & Roxanne Furman, illustrated by Nicola Howell Hawley (Studio Press)

This is a beautifully illustrated guide to wild birds packed full of intriguing facts about them from the sound of their bird song to where you can find them and how rare they are.

Is There Life On The End of Your Nose? Meet The Microbes by Christian Borstlap (Prestel)

My son is absolutely fascinated by this informative, playful book. Is There Life On The End of Your Nose? isfull of really interesting facts about germs, microbes and bacteria that are accompanied by bright, bold illustrations.

How To Be A Footballer And Other Sports Jobs by Rachel Yankey & Sol Linero (Nosy Crow)

This book is a brilliant introduction to being a footballer and provides a great introduction to all things football related like training, how footballers prepare for matches and what they do when they’re not playing. I also like that it talks about other jobs involved with the sport including commentators, agents, coaches and doctors.

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A mum of two, Naomi Jones spent eight years working for Children’s Publishers in London and is now a children’s author and freelance editor. Her debut picture book, The Perfect Fit, published in March 2021.

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