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Mini Travellers November Children’s Book Reviews 2019

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I love this time of year, when the leaves turn golden and the nights are full of fireworks. We have a brilliant selection of books this month for children of all ages. Do keep an eye on twitter for a chance to win copies of some of the books featured.

Picture books

Bernard Makes A Splash by Lisa Stickley (Tate Publishing)

Bernard is the swimming pool manager but what he really loves to do is dive. Will he be able to overcome his shyness and dive in a competition? This is a heartfelt, fun book about finding the courage to try new things.

Bernard Makes A Splash by Lisa Stickley (Tate Publishing)

Show And Tell by Rob Biddulph (HarperCollins Children’s Books)

Class 2L are all excited for show and tell. Each child does their best to out do everyone else with the most impressive things they can think of, but they all end up learning a lesson about the hidden magic within simple things instead. We’re a huge fan of Rob Biddulph’s books in my house and my boys love this latest title too.

Show And Tell by Rob Biddulph

Moon And Me: The Little Seed by Andrew Davenport and Mariko Umeda (Scholastic)

Join Pepi Nana, Moon Baby and all their friends as they have a gentle adventure before bedtime. This is the first title in this series which is based on the new CBeebies show created by Andrew Davenport who also created Teletubbies and In The Night Garden.

5-8 years

Madame Badobedah by Sophe Dahl and Lauren O’Hara (Walker Books)

Mable lives at The Mermaid Hotel with her parents. One day, a mysterious old lady, and her pet tortoise, arrive to stay. Mabel decides the old lady is definitely a supervillain and starts to investigate. This is a charming story about unexpected friendships and the power of imagination.

Madame Badobedah by Sophe Dahl and Lauren O’Hara (Walker Books)

Poems Out Loud! First Poems to Read and Perform Illustrated by Laurie Stansfield (Ladybird)

This is a fantastic anthology of first poems to read, enjoy and perform written by lots of different poets. Poems Out Loud is illustrated throughout and it comes with an audio CD of all the poems. This book has been a huge hit with my kids.

Poems Out Loud! First Poems to Read and Perform Illustrated by Laurie Stansfield (Ladybird)

Little People, Big Dreams: Zaha Hadid by Isabel Sanchez Vegara and Asun Amar (Frances Lincon)

At the age of seven, Zaha Hadid was designing her own bedroom furniture, forty years later she’d changed the face of architecture. I adore this series of books for highlighting the lives of inspirational men and women, from artists to scientists, who dared to think differently.

Little People, Big Dreams: Zaha Hadid by Isabel Sanchez Vegara and Asun Amar (Frances Lincon)

8-12 years

Cyborg Cat and the Night Spider by Ade Adepitan and Carl Pearce (Picadilly Press)

Cyborg Cat and his friends are determined to work out what’s going on when graffiti suddenly appears around Parsons Road. But can he figure out who is responsible before his leg gets worse and he loses his super powers? Written by retired Paralympian and Sports Commentator, Ade Adepitan. All profits from the sale of this book will be donated to BBC Children in Need.

Cyborg Cat and the Night Spider by Ade Adepitan and Carl Pearce (Picadilly Press)

The Pearl In The Ice by Cathryn Constable (Chicken House)

Twelve year old Marina has always felt drawn to the sea, even though her father, a naval commander, has always kept her as far away from it as possible. She is supposed to go to boarding school but instead runs away and becomes a stowaway on his ship. It is the eve of war and Marina faces icy seas, stormy weather and a secret that could be her, and her Britain’s undoing. An action packed, atmospheric read.

The Pearl In The Ice by Cathryn Constable (Chicken House)

Tin Boy by Steve Cole illustrated by Oriol Vidal (Barrington Stoke)

Diving deep into the sea looking for tin ore is the only life Tono has ever known. But when he unexpectedly survives a freak accident that should have killed him, everything changes. A thought-provoking story from Barrington Stoke who specialise in books for struggling and reluctant readers.

Tin Boy by Steve Cole illustrated by Oriol Vidal (Barrington Stoke)

Young Adult

Jackpot by Nic Stone (Simon & Schuster)

Seventeen-year-old Rico spends all her free time either looking after her younger brother or working at the local petrol station to help pay the bills. But when she sells a jackpot-winning lottery ticket that goes unclaimed, she enlists the help of an unlikely ally, classmate Zan, to track down the missing ticket. With great characters, romance and a touch of humour, this is a brilliant, hard-hitting story.

Jackpot by Nic Stone (Simon & Schuster)

In the Key Of Code by Aimee Lucido (Walker Books)

All twelve year old Emmy has ever wanted to be is a musician, but she is terrible at playing music. However when she starts at a new school, Emmy discovers music might just be the key to unlocking coding. An original story about friendship, belonging and being true to yourself.

In the Key Of Code by Aimee Lucido (Walker Books)

The Red Scrolls Of Magic by Cassandra Clare and Wesley Chu (Simon & Schuster)

All centuries old Warlock Magnus wanted was a vacation with his new Shadowhunter boyfriend, but when an old friend turns up with news about a demon-worshiping cult, their plans are forced to change. This is another thrilling, fantasy adventure from best-selling author Cassandra Clare.

The Red Scrolls Of Magic by Cassandra Clare and Wesley Chu (Simon & Schuster)

Non-Fiction

Guardians of The Planet: How To Be An Eco Hero by Clive Gifford and Jonathan Woodward (Buster Books)

This fantastic book is packed full of information to help children look after the planet. With illustrations throughout, it is full of facts, tips and suggestions to help readers become more environmentally friendly. Printed with environmentally friendly ink on FSC paper, it has been developed with environmental health charity ClientEarth.

Guardians of The Planet: How To Be An Eco Hero by Clive Gifford and Jonathan Woodward (Buster Books)

A World of Plants by James Brown and Martin Jenkins (Walker Books)

We are totally reliant on plants for food and energy and this beautiful book provides a completely fascinating insight into their wide and varied world. It tells you how plants evolved, how different types grow, spread and survive as well as much, much more.

A World of Plants by James Brown and Martin Jenkins (Walker Books)

How to Build a City by Isabel Otter and Harry Woodgate (Little Tiger)

This book takes young readers on a step by step journey to create your very own city from thinking about where and how to build your city, to the houses, transport and services you might need. My five year old son was completely enthralled as we read this.

How to Build a City by Isabel Otter and Harry Woodgate (Little Tiger)

Some books have been gifted by the Publishers but all views are my own.

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