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The Friend in the Words

  When I was heading toward adolescence, and having a difficult time with home, school and myself, my dear Auntie Barbara gave me 'The Friend in Your Mirror'. There were many times I didn't know what was wrong with me, or how to act. It was like walking through...

Are We Nearly There Yet?

Shh! Some schools have broken up for summer, while others have a week remaining, only! While the duration of my school holiday may have seemed unendurable to my parents, it seemed to whisk by in a flash for me as a child, and again, when I taught. Already, friends and...

Where all the biggest questions meet

Near the top of my travel wish list is Prince Edward Island, a determined destination since I read Lucy Maud Montgomery’s ‘Anne of Green Gables’ series. I loved the stories when younger, but as I grew slightly older, I appreciated Anne’s dilemma anew; empathising in...

All Around the Campfire

I have just returned from our allotment with a haul of raspberries and gooseberries. Tidying up, watering our garden and staking the echinacea, I've been listening to Edward's Sunday story. Edward is a neighbour aged about two with city working parents. Every Sunday...

Blind Date

Sometimes, my husband and I regale each other with bad dates. He once met a woman who excused herself from the table for a comfort break, but headed to the door, never to return. (I can only think he’d told her about the Parrot Society.) My date arrived at our...

Refugee Week 2017

It was only as I posted a recommendation for 'The Emergency Zoo' by Miriam Halahmy, https://bookwagon.co.uk/product/the-emergency-zoo/,  that I recalled that this is Refugee Week 2017- http://refugeeweek.org.uk. Brexit negotiations have commenced, London has suffered...

Salt to the Kids!

Amongst much hoopla and the whirring of air conditioning, the annual Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals, for outstanding writing and illustration, respectively, have been awarded today (June 19th). Both awards are decided upon by children's librarians. 'Salt to the...

Getting gripped on a book

I love that feeling of being completely submerged by a story. Currently, I'm reading through the incomparable Sally Gardner's 'Fairy Detective' series, with a view that all the titles should be included in our bookstore. It's the Bookwagon way to ensure that every...

‘Always buy British!’- Dark Age awaits!

Defender of the Realm Dark Age  Mark Huckerby and Nick Ostler (Scholastic) Defender of the Realm was a breath of hoof-hitting fresh air. I counted the days until the release of ‘Dark Age’, the second of the series. I read it in one go, only drawn away for a little...

Lauren Wolk is a bright and shining star

I was stopped in my tracks by ‘Wolf Hollow’ by Lauren Wolk. So often a blurb will suggest the reader will ‘laugh uproariously’ or be greeted by ‘the new Harry Potter’, or, as in the case of ‘Wolf Hollow’, experience a book similar to ‘To Kill a Mockingbird.’ ‘Wolf...

Watch this space (Mr Mole!)

It is really interesting to learn about the backgrounds and motivations of writers and illustrators. I became more aware of Jarvis when I looked over his most recent title, ‘Mrs Mole I’m Home!’ (Walker) and was prompted to share it, for it made me laugh so much. ...

So what does your cat see?

They All Saw a Cat by Brendan Wenzel (Chronicle Books) 'The cat walked through the world, with its whiskers, ears and paws......' what do they see? From the child, to the dog, to the fish to the frog, each sees the cat. We see the cat too, as it travels. But what do...

Wonderful Wolf Hollow

Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk (Penguin) ‘Wolf Hollow’ doesn't look a lot. To be honest, I was a little tentative, for two of my favourite books of recent months have been wolf books- ‘The Wolf Wilder’ and ‘The Wolves of Currumpaw’ However, the fear was ill founded for...

Rabbit & Bear are a great pair for new readers!

Rabbit and Bear: Rabbit's Bad Habits by Julian Gough and Jim Field (Hodder Children's Books) Bear is awoken early into his hibernation to learn a burglar has stolen his cache of food. His easy willingness to make the best of a bad situation leads him to build a...

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 have been...

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...

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 medals, of...

Wolf howlingly wonderful

'The Wolf Wilder' by Katherine Rundell   Katherine Rundell visited the school in which I worked shortly after her first book, ‘Rooftoppers’ was published. It was a sensation, as was she. Young, educated, articulate and convincing- she had her audience compelled by her...

Books for bonding and babies

This year we will celebrate 20 years since the publication of ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’ by J.K.Rowling. Last year we commemorated the 400th anniversary of Shakepeare’s death. We remembered that it was 150 years since Beatrix Potter was born. These...