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: 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: The Horse and His Boy by C.S. Lewis #Narniathon21

The fifth of the Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis, The Horse and His Boy (1954), unlike the previous instalments in the series takes a leap back in time, in fact, to a point when the Pevensie children are ruling Narnia, and while connected with Narnia and the world that we’ve been following so far,…

Book Review: The Wheel on the School by Meindert DeJong #1954Club

But I don’t know much about storks, because storks never come to Shora. This is my second pick for Karen and Simon’s #1954Club. Children’s literature is a genre I always enjoy, especially because much of it has elements owe can appreciate as an adult as well, giving it so many layers, and so much depth.…

Guest Post: Book Review: Good Work, Secret Seven by Enid Blyton #1954Club

Today, we have my mother's third pick for the #1954Club, Good Work, Secret Seven by Enid Blyton! If you were a child in the fifties and sixties, Enid Blyton’s child detective series would have been an essential part of your existence. The Five Findouters and Buster, the Famous Five and Timmy, the Barney “R” Mysteries…

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

My thanks to author Stephen Tako and BookTasters for a review copy of this book. Junga the Dancing Yeti Meets Heidi is the second of a series of picture books for young children (4–7) that touches upon topics like difference and bullying, and conveys important messages about the right way of doing things in the…

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…

Book Review: The Secret of the Treasure Keepers by A.M. Howell

My thanks to Usborne Publishing and NetGalley for a review copy of this book The Secret of the Treasure Keepers is another exciting middle-grade historical mystery from the pen of A. M. Howell, which takes into the world of archaeology and on a quest for treasures from Roman England, set in the period just following…

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 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…