These two picture books have been keeping me entertained recently. The first one is Ghost in the House by Ammi-Joan Paquette and illustrated by Adam Record.Ghost in the House is so much fun. It starts with a Boo! and a ghost all alone in a creepy house. Or is he? There’s a noise and a… Continue reading Two Super and Spooky Picture Books
The week before last I had a stack of books to read that looked like this:I knew I couldn't read them all in a week, what with working and sleeping and spending ages on Twitter. But two weeks later, and the pile is 90% complete.I read and loved and blogged about The Something by Rebecca… Continue reading Read, Reading, and To Read
I've been finding it strangely difficult to formulate coherent reviews of late. It's left me feeling a bit tongue-tied on the blog. But, even if reviews are not coming easy, I realised I could still natter about books in a less structured way.Today's informal book nattering is about C.J. Sansom's Matthew Shardlake books. The sixth… Continue reading Matthew Shardlake is back!
This is another lovely picture book about the joy of using your imagination. There is a hole in the garden, underneath the tree. What’s down the hole is the subject of much speculation, with guesses ranging from frogs to a dragon. The illustrations are wonderful; I love Rebecca Cobb’s style. It feels so relaxed and… Continue reading The Something by Rebecca Cobb
My wildly over-optimistic reading plan for this week involves five books.My bedtime book is Anna Freeman's brilliant romp through the brothels and prize-fights of Georgian England, A Fair Fight. This book is on The Green Carnation Prize longlist (more of which to come), and conveniently, was also on my shelves waiting to be read. I'm… Continue reading Reading This Week
This is a long overdue review of a very interesting book. I knew nothing about the subject at all - and I confess to never having heard of the tragedy of the Tayleur before coming to this book. Reading the preface, though, I didn’t feel too bad; nor had Gill Hoffs until a visit to… Continue reading The Sinking of RMS Tayleur by Gill Hoffs
One of the things I miss most about being a children’s bookseller are the Picture Books. I miss the therapeutic alphabetising and tidying, I miss choosing and reading the Storytime stories, and I miss the colour and the joy they bring to a day at work. I also miss seeing the new books as they arrive… Continue reading The Wonder by Faye Hanson