I Was a Rat

I Was A Rat! (or The Scarlet Slippers) by Philip Pullman (Corgi Yearling) Philip Pullman’s development from ‘Cinderella’ is a very funny story of page boy, Roger, who, turns up unannounced on the doorstep of a cobbler and his wife, one night. Roger claims to...

Time Travelling with a Hamster by Ross Welford

Time Travelling with a Hamster by Ross Welford (Harper Collins)  I approached this book skeptically. The title suggested something dimly lit, a syncopated copy of other books, one trying to catch a popular wave of incredulous humour. How wrong could I be? Other...

Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse

Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse by Chris Riddell (Macmillan) Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse Ada Goth Ada Goth must be heard and not seen.  She is compelled to wear heavy boots that he made hide at her approach. Lord Goth grieves for his dead wife, Ada’s...

The Wonder of William Grill, Seton and Shackleton

The Wonder of William Grill, Seton and Shackleton I don’t remember many of the books I read when I was a child. I read furiously and fast. However, something was triggered after I’d finished reading William Grill’s latest information picture book, The Wolves of...

The Wonder of A Monster Calls

The Wonder of A Monster Calls A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness, illustrated by Jim Kay (Walker Books) A publishing sensation ‘A Monster Calls‘ was a publishing sensation. It is the only book to have won its author and illustrator the Carnegie and Greenaway...