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Book Reviews

We will be adding new book reviews here often, there will be books for all ages, and if we find we have too many we will split into age groups; feel free to submit your own book review by emailing us.



Dirty Bertie

10 years of making mischief!
In 2013, Stripes Publishing is celebrating 10 years of one of the most mischievous troublemakers ever – the one and only Dirty Bertie! Bertie delights  children with his crazy plans, madcap ideas, and of course, disgusting habits. An expert in all things yukky, there’s nothing Bertie likes more than to be surrounded by worms, fleas, bogeys, burps and suspicious smells… And if his enthusiastic young readers are anything to go by, he’s not alone!

On 1st April 2013, Dirty Bertie returns for another helping of comic chaos in the 19th book of this successful series: Toothy! (£4.99/ages 5-8), illustrated by David Roberts and written by Alan MacDonald. Join Bertie as he takes a reluctant trip to the dentist, tries to keep his cool on the hottest day of the year, and causes a mid-air emergency whilst flying with a very nervous Dad!

To celebrate a decade, Bertie is also hitting the web for the first time from April 2013 at where you can find info on all the books in the series, watch David Roberts’ guide to drawing Dirty Bertie, download an activity pack and enter a competition, as well as playing on Bertie’s interactive soundboard app.



The Cautionary Tale of Childe of Halechilde of hay

By Rachel Lyon

For a young giant in a tiny cottage, an invitation to the Royal Palace seems too good to miss.
But can lavish new clothes and a big bed make up for everything he leaves behind?
The Cautionary Tale of the Childe of Hale is inspired by the adventures of a real-life giant, born near Liverpool in the sixteenth Century. Author, Rachel Lyon used poetic licence to soften the historical accounts of his adventures for children, ensuring his legend will continue to grow – just as the man himself did!



Tabitha Posy Was Ever So NoseyTABITHA POSY

Tabitha is a pest to everyone in the town of Hamilton Shady.  She can’t help but be curious and so sticks her nose in other people’s business!  So one day on a school trip to the zoo Tabitha’s nosiness gets her into a bit of trouble with one of the zoo’s less friendly animals!

Tabitha Posy was ever so nosy, she made all her neighbours shout. She’d peer round each door, ask ‘WHY? and WHAT FOR?’ then pester until she found out.

Price: £6.99

On sale February 2013



Ruby, Blue and Blanket

Ruby, Blue and Blanket is a brand new picture book from the much loved author and illustrator, Jane Hissey. Best known for her Old Bear series, Jane’s beautifully illustrated picture books have been loved by children around the world for over 25 years. In 2013, she returns to write and illustrate for a new generation of readers with three new colourful and exciting characters in Ruby, Blue and Blanket.

Ruby, Blanket and Blue were planning a game. ‘Let’s play dressing up, so we don’t look the same. Ruby, Blue and BlanketWe’ll wear different things and we’ll be in disguise and let’s give the funniest one a big prize. Ruby, Blue and Blanket are playing dressing up, but Ruby doesn’t know what to be; a cowboy, a witch or a ghost in a sheet? ‘I just can’t decide!’ she cries. Luckily Blanket’s idea makes everyone happy, but who will win the glittering prize?

With enchanting rhyming text and beautiful illustrations, Ruby, Blue and Blanket is a story that will delight fans of Jane Hissey everywhere – old and new.

Jane Hissey has written and illustrated over 20 picture books featuring soft toy characters that belonged to her family and friends. Selling over 7 million copies, the Old Bear series of books won her worldwide acclaim and featured in a BAFTA award winning TV series, written by Jane herself. Jane has 3 grown-up children and lives in East Sussex with her husband Ivan, who is also an illustrator.





To Mum With Love

Published January 2013

by Jill Latter


(Little Tiger Press)

Tell your Mum how special she is. Part of the wonderful Little Tiger Gift series, To Mum With Love is full of gorgeous illustrations by Jill Latter and with a stylish polka-dot fabric cover, this book makes a perfect present.





Me and My Mum

by Alison Ritchie & Alison Edgson


(Little Tiger Press)

My mum is so special in every way. I want to be just like my mummy one day!

Little Bear’s mum is so clever, she can do just about anything! She can roar and skate and swim like a fish, and she’s never afraid of the dark. But the thing she does best in all the world is holding her bear cub tight.




Just Like My Mummy

Illustrated by Sharon Harmer


(Caterpillar Books)

It’s a busy day on the farm! Meet lots of friendly mummy and baby farm animals and find out what they like to do best together. With strokeably soft characters to touch and feel, this adorable chunky tabbed board book is perfect for parents to share with their little ones.





Tamara Small and the Monsters’ Ball

The monsters are having their annual Monsters’ Ball and Tamara Small is invited!

On a windy night Tamara lies awake in bed, when she hears a noise outside her room. Suddenly she is whisked away by a hairy arm and taken to the village hall! Luckily it is just the monsters from her neighbourhood inviting her to their ball. She has fun dancing with all the monsters before being sent back home with a lovely slice of slime cake!

Author: Giles Paley-Phillips

Price £6.99

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