Book Lover Jo

2 children aged 12 & 9.
Joined May 2015

Favourite book EVER is Northern Lights
  1. #269 of 4414 reviewers for 4 year olds
  2. #236 of 3377 reviewers for 5 year olds
  3. #129 of 3225 reviewers for 6 year olds
  4. #75 of 2678 reviewers for 9 year olds
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Wrote a Review 21st May '18

Book pages The Secret of the Night Train
The Secret of the Night Train
I read it (an adult)
I must confess I've always longed to board a sleeper train and travel across Europe, it would be such a joy to go to sleep in one country and wake up in a whole new place. So when I opened up my copy of 'The Secret of the Night Train,' I was instantly captivated at the thought of travelling with Max from Paris to Istanbul and that's before I knew she was about to become deeply embroiled in a complex crime-solving expedition. Beautiful storytelling meets compelling mystery unravelling in a tale of diamond smugglers, thieves and undercover detectives. Sylvia has a special talent for creating the most intriguing and wonderful characters who you can't help but fall in love with and Max is no exception. I was totally charmed and entertained by this exciting whirlwind of a story that had me devouring the whole book in one sitting. Marco's illustrations are beautifully detailed capturing the sheer joy of this great journey and the thrill of the chase as Max tries to uncover the true identity of the diamond thief. An irresistible and breath-taking read, I'm really hoping there is more to come from our delightful heroine Max.

Wrote a Review 19th May '18

Book pages The Fox Girl and the White Gazelle
The Fox Girl and the White Gazelle
I read it (an adult)
 This is a beautiful story about an unlikely friendship formed between school bully Caylin and refugee Reema when a shared secret brings them together. Despite seemingly having nothing in common, both girls are feeling lost and are struggling with grief as they try to find their place in the world. Caylin is forced to steal to feed herself, she never has clean clothes and doesn’t know if her Mum will ever get out of bed. While Reema can’t get used to this new country where strangers despise her, she can’t understand the language and without her brother Jamal it can never feel like home. I was totally captivated by this story that is filled with so much sadness yet so much hope. The characterisation is just marvellous you invest so much of your heart in Caylin and Reema that you become completely emotionally invested in their struggles. Despite the difficulties they both face this is an uplifting story about the power of acceptance and friendship.

Entered a Giveaway 19th May '18

Book pages Placeholder Book
Kat Wolfe Investigates
For Ages
9, 10 & 11
No. of Copies
End Date
5th Jun '18
Open to residents of Republic of Ireland & United Kingdom

Wrote a Review 15th May '18

Book pages The Big Book of the Blue
The Big Book of the Blue
I read it (an adult)
'The Big Book of the Blue,' offers a fascinating insight into the different types of animals who live in our oceans. Dive deep into the sea to meet an array of sea creatures including the dramatically coloured dragonet, the poisonous pufferfish and flying fish  to name just a few. Discover why an octopus needs eight arms: if a ray makes electricity: why dolphins jump out of the sea and the answers to many more question in this exquisite exploration of sea life. Yuval has once again created the most sublime book filled with sumptuous spreads that invite the reader to spend hours pouring over these intricate and informative illustrations. I think it is perfectly pitched for the younger reader offering a timely reminder of  the danger our oceans face from damage caused by humans. Lavishly produced with the most interesting and thoughtful information, this book is a total triumph.

Wrote a Review 10th May '18

Book pages Alex Sparrow and the Furry Fury
Alex Sparrow and the Furry Fury
I read it (an adult)
Alex and Jess are back in another brilliantly bonkers and slightly sinister adventure from Jennifer Killick in 'Alex Sparrow and the Furry Fury.' Still high on the adrenaline of their last mission Alex is determined to get involved in another case fit for a super agents like him and Jess but the only mystery on offer is the disappearance of the school guinea pigs. But fear not, it's not long before strange and rather bonkers things begin to happen, much to Alex's excitement. Ninja squirrels are on the rampage stealing people's mobile phones, foxes are keeping the town awake at night howling like demons screaming from hell, oh and Colin, Alex's neighbours cat has gone missing. Whilst Alex is determined to get to the bottom of these unexplained occurrences, Jess is more worried about Rex the new boy at school whose Mum runs the animal sanctuary. Together they volunteer to help at the sanctuary, where they discover that the animals are unnaturally terrified and realise something is very, very wrong.

Jennifer has exceeded herself with the follow up to 'Alex Sparrow and the Really Big Stink,' it's a hilarious, bizarre adventure that just oozes humour and warmth. Alex and Jess despite being the complete opposites makes a formidable team with their winning combination of brains and bravery despite moments were they are genuinely terrified they refuse to give up. Jennifer has assembled a truly magnificent cast of characters, that you genuinely care about. I still love Bob, Alex's goldfish. One of the finest comedy moments is the negotiation between Bob and Elle over the décor of their new goldfish bowl before they agree to move in together. It's this attention to detail and clever, subtle humour playing perfectly in the background -  as the chaotic adventure unfolds - that makes this book a joy to read. I have to give a shout out to Mr Prickles who totally stole my heart and showed us a side to Alex that we've never seen before which is wonderfully endearing. A non-stop, action packed, laugh out loud adventure that will keep you turning the pages until you've devoured the whole story.