Book Review: The Magician’s Nephew by C.S. Lewis #Narniathon21

The penultimate book in the Narniad, The Magician’s Nephew (1955), like the previous entry in the series, The Horse and His Boy takes a leap back in time, but a much larger leap, all the way to the beginning, before there ever was a Narnia. (This post might be slightly spoilery for the book). Young…

Book Review: The Cat and the Pendulum by Mandy Morton

My thanks to Farrago Books and NetGalley for a review copy of this book. The Cat and the Pendulum is a whimsical and delightful mystery by Mandy Morton brimming with puns, food, and fun but also a solid mystery (in fact, two … no, make that three) at its core. This is book 10 in…

Book Review: A World Full of Nature Stories: 50 Folk Tales and Legends by Angela McAllister (author) and Hannah Bess Ross (illustrator)

My thanks to the Quarto Group and Edelweiss for a review copy of the book. A World Full of Nature Stories: 50 Folktales and Legends is a beautiful collection of traditional stories, folk tales, and legends from pretty much every corner of the globe, and all of which are centred on different aspects of nature—be…

Book Review: Fifty-Four Pigs by Philipp Schott

My thanks to ECW Press and NetGalley for a review copy of this book. Fifty-Four Pigs is the first in a series of mysteries by veterinarian and author, Dr Philipp Schott, a volume of whose nonfiction memoirs I had the chance to read and review some moths ago, and which I enjoyed very much. So…

Book Review: The Silver Chair by C.S. Lewis #Narniathon21

The Silver Chair (1953) is the fourth of the Chronicles of Narnia and the first without the Pevensie children, which I revisited as part of #Narniathon21 hosted by Chris at Calmgrove. This is once again an adventure/quest story like the immediately previous one, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader but the journey here, in contrast…

Review: Sue and Tai-Chan, Vol. 1 by Konami Kanata

My thanks to Kodansha Comics and NetGalley for a review copy of this manga. Sue and Tai-Chan is the charming first volume of the adventures of Sue a seventeen-year-old cat, and Tai-Chan, a tiny black kitten. Natsuki, Sue’s ‘human’ is handed a box with Tai-Chan a little kitten to look after. He tries to refuse,…

Book Review: Junga the Dancing Yeti by Stephen Tako (author) and Peter Gullerud (illustrator)

My thanks to Booktasters and author Stephen Tako for a review copy of this book. Junga the Dancing Yeti is a delightful and sweet picture book which both gives readers an enjoyable story and conveys an important message about difference and understanding—one relevant not only for its intended readers but adults as well. In Junga…

Book Review: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis #Narniathon21

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (1952) is the third of C.S. Lewis’s Narnia books, and I reread this (a little late) for #Narniathon21 hosted by Chris at Calmgrove. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader opens with Edmund and Lucy visiting their rather obnoxious cousin Eustace (and likewise obnoxious aunt and uncle Harold and Alberta…

Book Review: The Unofficial Guide to the Ancient Egyptian Afterlife by Bastet the Cat, Sophe Berger, and Laura Winstone

My thanks to Cicada Books and Edelweiss for a review copy of this book The Unofficial Guide to the Ancient Egyptian Afterlife is a simple, informative, entertaining and colourful picture book, introducing readers to Ancient Egyptian beliefs regarding death and what followed in terms of rituals and observances. Our ‘guide' is a cat, Bastet—a pharaoh’s…

Book Review: The Cat Who Saved Books by Sosuke Natsukawa

The Cat Who Saved Books is a story of books and reading, but also of family, friends and relationships—the things that make life worth living and as well as a comment on the state of the wider world. I was very excited to read this book (because—a cat and books) but was wondering what I’d…