All Aboard With Bookwagon

It’s three years or thereabouts since we parked up, forced to revise Bookwagon. Our sparkly little mobile bookstore had been derailed, alongside many other enterprises in Britain and beyond. Of course, it rattled us, personally, and then in our format. In fact, it’s a reason as to why our blog stalled. However, time’s past, and we’re back!

Spring has sprung! (So who are we now?)

A recent customer described us as ‘not a bookshop’. However, we’re categorised as an independent children’s bookstore and are proud members of the Booksellers Association. The pandemic saw us review our format so that we’re a travelling bookstore, that supports and secures writers and illustrators’ visits. What’s more we’ve a warm subscription base, including for schools. Then again, it’s schools that form much of our customer base, through work with their libraries, book groups, curriculum and establishing their readers for pleasure.
One of the constants of Bookwagon is that we read and review and know every book we sell. We are devoted to ‘bringing a good book to you’ as our logo explains.

Virtual school popup book fair visit 

During the pandemic, our pop up book fairs, were relocated to our garden. Although they were buffeted by the vagaries of the British weather and then our dear neighbour’s unstable gardening, they proved a joy. However, it’s been great to be back on the road, visiting schools as far afield as Northumberland and Somerset. Recently, we considered some of our most popular books from our school visits and arrived at the following…

There’s a Dog In My Brain

There’s a Dog in My Brain

Caroline Green’s There’s a Dog in My Brain, illustrated by Rikin Parekh (Walker Books), introduces two central characters. Not only are they completely confused, but then rather reckless. For instance, would you wish upon a star that you might escape a wedding? Then again, hope against hope that you might save your dog from the care of a neighbour? Isn’t it likely to all end in disaster? Although the premise has a ‘Parent Trap’ vibe to it, the consequences of changing places with a dog are unforeseen. For example, just think of bathrooms and cake, water or even travelling by car… (and did I mention bathrooms?)

Frank and Bert

Frank and Bert: The One Where Bert Learns to  Ride a Bike

Chris Naylor-Ballesteros’s Frank and Bert (Nosy Crow) is a story of friendship and accommodation. It might be in game playing. For example, what are you to do if your game of hide-and-seek always ends the same way? Might you extend the game and count for longer to ensure a really ‘hidden’ hiding place. However, might this be doomed too? Then again, what do we do when we’re friends, really? Furthermore, what about when one of the friends’ wibble-wobble bike riding seems to lead to disaster?

The Case of the Smuggler’s Curse

The Case of the Smuggler’s Curse

Mark Dawson introduces the After School Detective Club, in The Case of the Smuggler’s CurseDanger, adventure and a modern day nod to Famous Five stories of old with a Southwold location? The friendship between the group is contemporary while the pace is sharp and engaging, and adults either suspicious – or superfluous!

The Ship of Doom

          The Ship of Doom

M.A. Bennett’s The Ship of Doom kicks off a thrilling time-travel series. The Butterfly Club travel forward from the late Victorian era in search of technological advances. In this exciting opener, we’re aboard the RMS Titanic, seeking Marconi’s groundbreaking radio. Further adventures take them to Howard Carter’s excavation of Tutankhamun’s tomb…

Wished

 Wished

Imagine if your holiday plans are completely upended so that you’ve a week in the care of a seemingly tedious neighbour. Then again, what if lighting old candle stubs upon a birthday cake could set you off on an adventure. However, what if this adventure is somehow linked to the neighbour’s childhood memories? Ed, Roo and Will are captive to Lissa Evans’ exciting Wished.
Just click on the titles of any of the books we’ve mentioned to read our reviews.
We’re proud to have read constantly and busily across the years we’ve been formed. What’s more, we’re pleased to maintain strong relationships, including through offering discounts to loyal customers and school staff, and then in our competitive discounts to schools.

 

Sharing books with an Infant audience                                            

The past three years have not been easy for any of us. However the Bookwagon team are proud to be standing and bringing a good book to you, still. Please get in touch should you have any comments or questions. Meanwhile, happy reading.