Book Reviews

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An Engineer Like Me

An Engineer Like Me

Dr Shini Somara, illus. Nadja Sarell

Inventive illustrations and an empowering story combine to introduce very young children to engineering, creative thinking and problem-solving.

When We Got Lost in Dreamland

When We Got Lost in Dreamland

Ross Welford

11 year-old Malky and his younger brother Seb become the owners of two Dreaminators that enable them to journey back in time together.

The Moon of Kyiv

The Moon of Kyiv

Gianni Rodari, illus. Beatrice Alemagna

Michael Morpurgo’s important words are quoted on the cover: “Read this book, look up at the moon, know it shines on the faces of the children in Ukraine, on everyone everywhere who is living through war and longing for peace.”

Dearest One

Dearest One

Arielle Dance, illus. Jenny Duke

A tender, lyrical story of love for ourselves and others.

The Boy Lost in the Maze

The Boy Lost in the Maze

Joseph Coelho, illus. Kate Milner

The lives of 21st century teenager Theo and Theseus of Ancient Greek legend become entwined on their journeys towards manhood.

Nour’s Secret Library

Nour’s Secret Library

Wafa’ Tarnowska, illus. Vali Mintzi

Inspired by the story of a real secret library in a war zone, Nour's secret library was created by young people during the Syrian Civil War that began in 2011.

Scruff

Scruff

Alice Bowsher

When an unwanted, scruffy black dog finds a new owner, he’s expected to enjoy rough and tumble in the park like all the other dogs. But Scruff just wants to be pampered. A funny, charming picture book that will enchant dog lovers.

Every Second

Every Second

Bruno Gilbert

Every second – 100 lightning strikes, 8000 scoops of ice cream, 200,000 text messages, 3 million litres of cow burps… and other incredible things that happen each second around the world. The long English title gives a clear idea of the content.

Zeki Rise and Shine & Zeki Sleep Tight

Zeki Rise and Shine & Zeki Sleep Tight

Anna McQuinn Dance, illus. Ruth Hearson

In these latest books in the series, baby Zeki wakes up to a bright new day and relaxes into peaceful sleep.

The Worry Jar

The Worry Jar

Lou John, illus. Jenny Bloomfield

Granny shows 4-year-old Frida an ingenious way of managing her worries.

The Unofficial Guide to the Ancient Egyptian Afterlife

The Unofficial Guide to the Ancient Egyptian Afterlife

Sophie Berger, illus. Laura Winstone

Perfect for young Egyptologists and cat lovers alike.

When Fishes Flew: The Story of Elena’s War

When Fishes Flew: The Story of Elena’s War

Michael Morpurgo

Nandi decides to undertake a journey to Ithaca only to find her aunt missing...