Monthly Archives: August 2016

The True Meaning of Smekday

Here’s my review from Feb 2015: Completely hilarious, so much so that I actually laughed out loud and more than once. Tip, the protagonist in whose first-person voice the story is told is that rare thing, an older-than-her-years, wise-cracking, smart … Continue reading

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Lionboy by Zizou Corder

This was first published in 2004 and is not only still in print but deservedly popular. A great adventure story set in  a dystopian near future with steampunk flourishes: Charlie Ashanti, a mixed race black British boy who can talk … Continue reading

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A Nest of Vipers

A Nest of Vipers is a rollicking 18th romp about a gang of young thieves who try to pull off one final, daring heist before going straight.   The book opens with Cato Hopkins, youngest member of Ma Hopkin’s  telling … Continue reading

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The Grand Plan to Fix Everything

Until Gene Luen Yang mentioned TGPTFE in the great little comic he did for the NYT, Glare of Disdain I’d forgotten how much I enjoyed these two books when I read them a few years ago. Sadly they’re not published in the … Continue reading

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Funny Bones

Now that Day of the Dead imagery, sugar skulls and papel picado are so popular they’ve even reached UK shores it’s important (and fascinating) to learn of the origin of the calavera (skeleton figure dressed in clothes, often a well-known figure) as the creation … Continue reading

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Viva Frida

This stunning picture book is told in very few words, both in Spanish and English. The illustrations are a colour-saturated feast  of photography and drawing using puppets. There’s also a lovely film giving an insight into artist Yuyi Morales’ making … Continue reading

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Hannah’s Night

This is an absolutely beautiful book, translated from the Japanese and depicting a toddler’s night-time adventures with Shiro the cat. Simple, gorgeously illustrated and full of the soft, shadowy blues and greys of a mysterious, though never frightening, night world. Perfect … Continue reading

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