To be a Cat by Matt Haig #BookReview #Children’sFiction

One of my favourite books in my early teens was Jennie by Paul Gallico. It describes a boy who is hit by a car and finds himself transformed into a tough street cat.  It is a realistic tale with great pathos.  To be a Cat is different. Barney Willow is an unhappy boy who wishesContinue reading “To be a Cat by Matt Haig #BookReview #Children’sFiction”

The Extraordinary Book of Doors by Anne E G Nydam #TuesdayBookBlog #BookReview

Turn the page… Open the door… Enter the adventure…   When worrywart Chen Connelly finds a mysterious antique book beneath a park bench, his safe but lonely summer suddenly becomes exciting. Perhaps a little too exciting. A book of renaissance architectural designs may not seem very exciting, until Chen finds himself traveling through the pagesContinue reading “The Extraordinary Book of Doors by Anne E G Nydam #TuesdayBookBlog #BookReview”

The Subtle Knife Book 2 of His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman #TuesdayBookBlog

I read Philip Pullman’s trilogy back in the late 1990s but after watching the first series of His Dark Materials on TV I decided I would like to reread The Subtle Knife.  On TV we have already been introduced to Will Parry in parallel to Lyra’s early story, whereas in print, he is introduced, initiallyContinue reading “The Subtle Knife Book 2 of His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman #TuesdayBookBlog”

The Doll Maker (The Viper and the Urchin Book 4) by Celine Jeanjean #NewRelease #TuesdayBookBlog

Revolution in the streets. A deadly weapon stolen. A wardrobe too wide to fit up the stairs. All is most definitely not well back in Damsport… For Rory and her companion Longinus, this is an exciting time, a new beginning.  No longer is Rory a waif, a defiant pick-pocket given a place to sleep andContinue reading “The Doll Maker (The Viper and the Urchin Book 4) by Celine Jeanjean #NewRelease #TuesdayBookBlog”

T is for Dido Twite from Black Hearts in Battersea #AtoZChallenge #TuesdayBookBlog

  Joan Aiken was an amazing writer of children’s fiction about the supernatural or alternative history. The long series of fat books which begin with The Wolves of Willoughby Chase are set in Britain in a version of late 17th century history where James II was never deposed in the Glorious Revolution, but supporters ofContinue reading “T is for Dido Twite from Black Hearts in Battersea #AtoZChallenge #TuesdayBookBlog”

#AtoZChallenge : N is for Thursday Next #JasperFforde #BookCharacter

    Thursday Next is the heroine of an alternative twentieth century world. A bold, courageous woman, she has returned from a military career in the Crimean War to take up a post as a Literary Detective.  She has the ability to jump in and out of famous books and alarmingly, some of the charactersContinue reading “#AtoZChallenge : N is for Thursday Next #JasperFforde #BookCharacter”

#AtoZChallenge : I is for The Iron Man by Ted Hughes

I am not sure whether this book is as well known these days but it has to be included in my A to Z of favourite book characters. The Iron Man came to the top of the cliff. How far had he walked? Nobody knows. Where had he come from? Nobody knows. How was heContinue reading “#AtoZChallenge : I is for The Iron Man by Ted Hughes”

#AtoZChallenge : G is for Granny Weatherwax #TerryPratchett

I have long been a fan of Terry Pratchett, but my particular favourites are the books about the Guards, Death and the witches. If you’ve not read his books I wouldn’t recommend starting with “The Colour of Magic,” his first Discworld book. Try “Wyrd Sisters,” and meet the indomitable Granny Weatherwax. The best way toContinue reading “#AtoZChallenge : G is for Granny Weatherwax #TerryPratchett”

#AtoZChallenge: C is for Charlie Bone

                    Charlie Bone is the hero of Jenny Nimmo’s fantasy school adventures written between 2002 and 2009. After his father’s death, Charlie Bone has lived with his mother and her mother, in the house of his other grandmother, Grandma Bone. Looking at a picture of aContinue reading “#AtoZChallenge: C is for Charlie Bone”

The Wind Singer by William Nicholson #BookReview #YA

William Nicholson was the playwright who wrote “Shadowlands” and “Gladiator” so it may surprise you to read that The Wind Singer is a children’s book (or at least young adults). It is a dystopian fantasy, centred on Kestrel and Bowman Hath, twin sister and brother who live in the city of Aramanth with their mother, fatherContinue reading “The Wind Singer by William Nicholson #BookReview #YA”