First prize for the worst witch
Murphy has created a perfect world with her Worst Witch stories and this one doesn’t disappoint. Fans will love it new and old alike.
Witty, engaging, and surprisingly informative, a great read for fans of Horrible History, leisure browsing, and even curriculum support. Dead brilliant!
A painless way to learn about WW1 from a soldier’s point of view. It also tackles issues to do with Alzheimer’s. A good read.
Picklewitch and Jack
Amusing culture clash tale, with an endearingly eccentric witch and some very inventive language. A really enjoyable read with plenty of appeal.
The lost magician
An exciting and thought provoking story. The likeable, though flawed characters grow through their experiences and reveal their true potential. The ending is a little abrupt.
Tom & Tallulah and the witches’ feast
Light, engaging stand-alone read with genuine-feeling characters and a satisfying ending. Fab addition to fantasy collections.
The monsters we deserve
An engrossing, erudite read, more to savour and discuss than “enjoy” but a read that will spook you on a basic level and get you thinking on a literary level. A joy for Sedgwick fans both teen and adult.
The price guide to the occult
Gripping, atmospheric magical tale with a strong sense of place & simmering with violence & intrigue. Characters are well drawn, dialogue is excellent. May lack mass appeal but well worth having.
The raven’s children
Really quite extraordinary, though symbolism & history will be beyond most readers. Magical realist plot & excellent translation make for an engrossing read though, worth promoting as a Russian classic.
I went trick-or-treating
It’s been done before, but bright, lively illustrations work well with the cheery cumulative text. Great for story times or as a fun sharing read.
Lively & inventive, the text is simple but there is plenty of additional action to spot in the wonderfully expressive illus. Lovely for sharing.
Who’s afraid of the Big Bad Bogey?
Pretty bizarre set-up, but it has grotty appeal and a lively plot with an amusingly naughty protagonist. Try some for the ‘Dinosaur pooped’ crowd.
A history of pictures for children
Beautifully presented with a wealth of interesting information covering a wide subject area. Could be useful to support the curriculum and would also make a nice leisure read for art enthusiasts.
Business for beginners
Thorough, engaging, comprehensive, and inclusive. Everything you could possibly want, a great intro for budding entrepreneurs or business students.
I am the seed that grew the tree
Impressive range of styles & poets featured with pleasant enough illus. ‘One for each day’ presentation offers browsers an engaging way in to collection & it will have multiple uses in schools. Great stuff tho it’s a very weighty tome!
My encyclopedia of very important dinosaurs
Clearly laid out with eye-catching illustrations and accessible text that gives a wealth of information on this popular topic. Would be ideal for topic support and also as a leisure read.
My very first seas and oceans book
A delightful book with lots of interesting facts, lovely illustrations and lots to look for. Would be good for both leisure and school use.
The awesome book of space
Smallish size and tight binding are slightly disappointing but otherwise a wonderful treasure chest of wacky and amusing snippets presented in a fun, accessible way. Ideal leisure fare.
The magical world of ballet
Gorgeous photos and plenty of detail about the world of ballet, ideal for young fans. More serious dancers will find nothing new but it’s a lovely intro.
Yoga for kids
Instructions are clear & well illustrated & level is ideal for beginners. It works well as an intro to mastering each pose though a complete practice wouldn’t be possible without adult input. Overall it’s well worth having for subject coverage.