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...

American Library Association Awards

The celebration could almost be felt through my Twitter feed from this year’s American Library Association’s Awards. Amongst an evening packed with excitement and prize giving, the following writers and publishers were singled out:- Newbery Medal for most...

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. To warn her father of her presence, that he might hide, she is compelled to wear heavy boots. Lord Goth grieves for his...

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...