Planet Omar- Ultimate Rocket Blast- Zanib Mian & Illustrated by Kyan Cheng

Planet Omar Ultimate Rocket Blast- Zanib Mian

I’ve been a fan of Zanib Milan’s Planet Omar series since an early proof of the first book. A blend of prose with interjections and highly illustrated ‘Tom Gates’ style bits from Kyan Cheng makes this a playful whimsical series.  There is something gentle and sweet about the way she depicts the mindset and wobbly … Continue reading Planet Omar- Ultimate Rocket Blast- Zanib Mian & Illustrated by Kyan Cheng

Chameleon Dad Author Feature: Debbie Thomas on Writing for Children

Chameleon Dad Debbie Thomas

When Little Island Books contacted me about Chameleon Dad, the latest middle grade adventure from Debbie Thomas I was sold on the blurb alone and agreed to help support this book which looks at some incredibly powerful themes and situations but with the gentle hand of writing for middle grade. A tale that looks at … Continue reading Chameleon Dad Author Feature: Debbie Thomas on Writing for Children

The FCBG Childrens Book Award- Anisha: Accidental Detective by Serena Patel

When I first reviewed the debut Anisha novel, I knew that Serena Patel had created something special, and with the publication of each book, both Littlefae and I have been swept away in these young reader mysteries that explore so much more than the social or interpersonal problem presented, and yet capture the very real … Continue reading The FCBG Childrens Book Award- Anisha: Accidental Detective by Serena Patel

The Puffin Portal Vashti Hardy illustrated by Natalie Smillie 

The Puffin portal by Vashti Hardy and Natalie Smillie

You may have guessed that I’m a huge fan of Vashti Hardy’s writing and she’s a wonderful person too ! The Puffin Portal is the sequel to her first collaboration with Barrington Stoke The Griffin Gate, a tale that blends the Hardy-verse of STEM steeped societies and steam punkery into it in accessible form for … Continue reading The Puffin Portal Vashti Hardy illustrated by Natalie Smillie