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Wrote a Review 11th January '18

Book pages The Fearless Travellers' Guide to Wicked Places
The Fearless Travellers' Guide to Wicked Places
I read it (an adult)
I was so excited to read this - the beautiful cover and the promises of adventures in lands strange and wonderful drew me straight in!
I would recommend this for readers aged 9 and up, especially those who have previously enjoyed Nevermoor as these two books really reminded me of each other in their tone and the fantastical creatures and contraptions in the worlds.
There are moments of menace, so know the child you are reading/ recommending the book to, but I loved how the main character handles them and the familial bonds throughout.
A magical look at the worlds of dreams and nightmares!

Wrote a Review 11th January '18

Book pages Argyle Fox
Argyle Fox
I read it (an adult) & to 3CR aged 7 to 8
“I’m never playing in the wind ever, ever EVER again!”

“Perhaps if you think for a while, you will figure out something to play in the wind,”said Mama Fox.

A beautiful picture book with a charming message.
I particularly loved the style of the illustrations, with every page full of hidden details the longer you look.
I have a soft spot for foxes anyway, but really enjoyed the character of Argyle and the way his mother challenged him to find new activities, rather than just giving him an answer or attempting to entertain him. This is a really important message for children (and their parents) as so many of the children I work with now have every minute timetabled for them and struggle to entertain themselves. Yet, it is sometimes during a period of ‘boredom’ that creativity flourishes.
I received an ebook review copy through Netgalley and, after reading, immediately went on Amazon to order my own real copy. Unfortunately, it’s quite pricey, but it is a beautiful book! I am now looking out for other releases from this author-illustrator and am trying to get my hands on a copy of The Mice of Bistrot des Sept Frères, which also looks brilliant.

Argyle stood in the meadow, waiting for the wind.
His heart pounded with excitement. Would it work? Would he FINALLY be able to play in the wind?

What I liked: The message for children about creativity and perseverance, the detailed illustrations
Even better if: It became a series! I would love a sequel with more of Argyle’s adventures.
How you could use it in your classroom: To start a PSHE discussion about perseverance and dealing with boredom or perhaps to link with ‘outdoor learning’ – we have specific sessions a few times a term in my school where we do woodcraft, etc. This book could link nicely by suggesting some ideas, then having children come up with their own ideas for what they could do on a windy day, rainy day, etc.

Wrote a Review 8th January '18

Book pages Once Upon a Northern Night
Once Upon a Northern Night
I read it (an adult)
Once upon a northern night,
in the darkest hours,
the snowy clouds crept away
and stars appeared –
twinkling points of light
hanging in the purple sky.
I knew by the time you woke,
the sun would have chased them away,
so I set them like diamonds
on the branches of the willow.
Found this in my local library when back visiting my parents in Ireland (technically the library is no longer so local as the two libraries closest to me have now closed down…but this one is the closest to us now so we go as a family once or twice a week!). I initially picked it up as I was drawn in by the illustration-style on the cover and I am so happy that I did. The language is lyrical and poetic, drawing you seamlessly into a cold, snowy winter night. The illustrations perfectly accompany and add to the text – this book has become a new favourite and I plan to buy several copies to share around!
Once upon a northern night
melodies of
green and
pink and
sang across the sky.
I tried to capture them but they were much too nimble,
and only their rhythm reached you,
deep in slumber,
rising and falling
with each sweet,
peaceful breath.

What I liked: Lyrical language, beautiful illustrations, a book that can be read and enjoyed many times, each time taking you away and into a magical winter wonderland.

Even better if: There was already a copy on my shelf…for now, it’s on the wishlist and on my mental list of books to include in a Book Advent calendar!

How you could use it in your classroom: Read it with your class on a cold, snowy day. Read it when introducing poetry or winter themes. Read it ad discuss the beautiful illustrations and how they complement the language used. Whatever you do or however you use it, please do share this with your class!

Entered a Giveaway 8th January '18

Book pages Placeholder Book
The Land of Neverendings
For Ages
9, 10, 11 & 12
No. of Copies
End Date
30th Jan '18
Open to residents of Republic of Ireland & United Kingdom

Entered a Giveaway 8th January '18

Book pages Placeholder Book
The Bee Book
For Ages
5, 6, 7 & 8
No. of Copies
End Date
27th Feb '18
Open to residents of Republic of Ireland & United Kingdom