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 

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Bookish Gift ideas: Children’s Magazine Subscriptions

Let’s face it, this Christmas it is harder than ever to find the right gift. Especially if you want to support small businesses and independent producers and particularly tricky if you want to buy for children. Sometimes the gift that keeps giving is a magazine subscription, but not a plastic toot accompanied advert riddled magazine … Continue reading Bookish Gift ideas: Children’s Magazine Subscriptions

Survival in Space: The Apollo 13 Mission by David Long & illustrated by Stefano Tambellini

Survival in Space Apollo 13

50 years ago right about now Apollo 13 was about 2 days away (April 14th) from the infamous communication ‘Houston, we have a problem’ which prompted a flurry of problem solving, engineering and mathematical genius to bring home the three men on-board the stricken space module and showing that courage and ingenuity can do seemingly … Continue reading Survival in Space: The Apollo 13 Mission by David Long & illustrated by Stefano Tambellini

Believathon: Book with a Strong Sense of Friendship- Cogheart by Peter Bunzl

I chose this steam-punk alternate-reality historical fiction adventure to read during Believathon as my Book with a strong sense of Friendship prompt but it also could apply for Animal character (albeit mechanimal!) and Seasonal as it takes place during November, maybe even Takes Place in the Past as it’s set in a fictionalised alternative Victorian … Continue reading Believathon: Book with a Strong Sense of Friendship- Cogheart by Peter Bunzl