Another month of the year has zoomed by and I’m back to look at some of the fabulous children’s and young adult reviews we’ve received.
Jess at the Never Ending bookshelf reviewed The Gobbledygook And The Scribbledynoodle by Justine Clarke andArthur Baysting. This book takes us back to the Gobbledygook and introduces a new mischievous character while teaching children about how to look after books (and the walls). Jess really enjoyed the premise of this book:
“I love that the three creative genius behind this book have taken a very straightforward concept – don’t draw/scribble in books – and turned into in an epic misadventure of comic proportions and imagination.”
Alex Daw looked at Incredibilia by Libby Hathorn. It’s a story of a little girl who is always just a little too small to keep up with the people around her until she entices them to join her:
“This story will resonate with littlies who have been left out and want to play. Little Georgie, her whimsical hair, clothes and imaginary world, beautifully illustrated by Gaye Chapman, shine brightly in this charming story.”
In the Young Adult area, Tien reviewed Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley – a story of words and bookstore and love and two people who used to be best friends. Tien found the characters engaging – from the main characters to those more in the background:
“Words in Deep Blue is a book about books (& words), of love and grief, of friendship and finding one’s feet. It is poignant and funny at the same time. It is wonderful collection of words strung into a beautiful story; one I’d highly recommend as it will delight many hearts.”
Cassandra looked at Faking It by Gabrielle Tozer, the sequel to The Intern. This book follows Josie through her adventures including her writing job. Cassandra said that she enjoys the characters and events of the story as well as another element:
“However, for me, the shining treasure in this book is the dialogue, especially Josie’s. Her intermittent verbal filter meant that she often came out with lines that had me giggling, and at other times were raw in their honesty. And the back-and-forth banter was something I could totally hear in my head. It seemed so natural.”
Despite others hinting that I am supposed to ‘grow up’ at some point, books for young people continue to play a huge part in my reading life. This has served me well, when I became a teacher and was known for always having a book recommendation at hand. I’m currently enjoying the rich world of picture books with my four-year-old and baby, revisiting some of my favourite authors and reviewing books when I manage not to lose my blog . . .