Frost Book Review – A Winter Animal Story

Eva received a copy of the Frost book to review last week, reissued and redesigned with a dazzling new cover! Frost is written by bestselling author Holly Webb and award-winning illustrator Britta Teckentrup. A perfect, read aloud, heart-warming winter tale full of wondrous animal adventure.

Frost Book Review

Frost Book – Eva’s Thoughts

Eva really enjoyed the illustrations throughout the book. Frost, a cute fox gets Cassie to follow him. She transports back to the Frost Fair on the frozen Thames which sounds really exciting too. She finds out Frost is a big sister and helps feed them with sausage rolls. Eva thinks this is lovely of Cassie as Frost needs her help.

Frost & Cassie - A Winter animal story

Frost 

Cassie’s neighbours all complain about the foxes hanging around the flat she lives in, close to the river Thames. Cassie thinks the foxes are beautiful though and has a favourite fox! A small fox with a white tail-tip Cassie calls Frost is her favourite. 

One night Cassie spots Frost looking cold and thin so she decides to sneak him some food. Frost wants her to follow him and leads Cassie towards the river where she feels the world change around her! She finds herself back in the 17th century- at the time of the Frost Fair on the frozen Thames. Cassie is thrilled by the sights and sound of the famous fair, then she glimpses a fox with a white tail-tip! 

Frost wants Cassie to follow him again, can she find a way to return Frost to his countryside home? 

Halloween Books For Kids

There are some fantastic Halloween books for kids of all ages. The girls absolutely love Halloween and a good spooky story to get stuck in to. Together we have put together a list of books we think are perfect for Halloween! Mostly suitable for children aged 7 to 9 but we’ve also included a super cute book perfect for 3-5 years too.

Halloween books for kids

Halloween Books For Kids – Night of the Living Ted

This is the first book in a hilarious new series by Barry Hutchison and illustrated by Lee Cosgrove. This funny yet scary book is aimed at 7 to 9 year olds. Eva recently reviewed Night of the Living Ted and absolutely loved it.

Night of the Living Ted - Book Review

Lisa-Marie & her step-brother Vernon pop into town in search of a birthday present for their dad. They discover a Create-a-Ted shop offering free Halloween Bears! That night the shopkeeper brings the bears to life for nefarious purposes but Vernon’s bear, Grizz doesn’t want to be a slave to humans. Grizz wants to rule the world! Having converted the shopkeeper’s Stuff-U-Lator into a machine for turning living matter into stuffed bears, he begins to prowl the streets. Can the children and Bearvis save themselves and the world from being stuffed?

Vlad The Worlds Worst Vampire Series

Vlad the worlds wors vampire series

We simply couldn’t pick a favourite from the Vlad the worlds worst vampire series. We’ve reviewed 3 of the Vlad books so far including Vlad the Worlds Worst Vampire,Fang-tastic Friends & Midnight Fright. In this funny series Vlad the worlds worst vampire faces many problems sneaking off to human school! Will he ever be a good enough vampire to earn his bat license? These are a great selection of Halloween books for children aged 7 to 9 years.

Hounds of Penhallow Hall – The Secrets Tree

For children who love a good mystery, The secrets tree is a great read this Halloween. Polly & rex are in search of a new ghost dog whilst celebrations are in full swing at the stately home. They come across a dog’s head carved in a door down the old stable block. They also wake a terrier called patch, only for him to run away.

The Secrets Tree

Polly & rex find him hiding in a hollow tree and find themselves on the trail of an even greater mystery. Inside the tree is a coded message! Can Polly & Rex unravel the mystery of the dog’s young master and his brother?

I’m Just a Little Vampire (Google-eye book)

This cure rhyming googly-eye book is perfect for little ones ages 3 to 5 years. Little vampire tells you all about his vampire life throughout this adorable rhyming book. The googly eyes wobble about as you turn the pages, delighting younger children!

It can be hard including younger children in Halloween excitement without scaring them but this book is perfect. Izzy loves this book, she received it last year and regularly pulls it out to be read to her.

Do your kids have any favourite Halloween books? 

Night Of The Living Ted – Book Review

Eva read Night of the Living Ted written by Barry Hutchison and illustrated by Lee Cosgrove this week. Aimed at 7-9 years, Eva was sent a copy to review by Stripes publishing. This funny fright for Halloween night is available in paperback on Amazon for £5.99.

Night of the Living Ted - Book Review

Night Of The Living Ted

Night of the Living Ted is the first of a hilarious new series from award-winning author Barry Hutchinson. Lisa-Marie & her step-brother Vernon pop into town in search of a birthday present for their dad. They discover a Create-a-Ted shop offering free Halloween Bears! 

That night the shopkeeper brings the bears to life for nefarious purposes but Vernon’s bear, Grizz doesn’t want to be a slave to humans. Grizz wants to rule the world! Having converted the shopkeeper’s Stuff-U-Lator into a machine for turning living matter into stuffed bears, he begins to prowl the streets. Can the children and Bearvis save themselves and the world from being stuffed?

Eva’s Thoughts

Teddies come to life and Invade the town! When Vernon makes a bear, it ends up coming to life in this funny but spooky story. Suddenly an army of evil teddy bears is on the loose. Perfect for readers who enjoy a good scare, and just in time for Halloween, one of my favourite times of the year.

My favourite part is when Vernon & Lisa-Maries mum & dad are turned into a frog and a slug. Vernon & Lisa-Marie need to learn to stop arguing long enough to help battle the beastly teddy bears and save everyone. It’s a really great book that I really enjoyed reading.

Does this sound like the perfect Halloween read for your child?

Dirty Bertie: Frights And Bites – 3 Books In 1

Eva received Dirty Bertie: Frights and Bites from Stripes publishing this week which is 3 books in 1. Created and illustrated by David Roberts and written by Alan MacDonald this book is aimed 5-8 years. Paperback copies are available from Amazon for £8.99.

Dirty Bertie: Frights And Bites

Dirty Bertie: Frights And Bites

Frights and Bites are 3 wickedly funny books in one volume includes Dirty Bertie: Fangs! Scream! & Zombie! Each book has 3 short stories about Dirty Bertie. Dirty Bertie is a boy with nose-pickingly disgusting habits! Full of madcap plans and crazy ideas, Bertie’s always up to his neck in trouble! A perfect book released just in time for Halloween.

Eva’s Thoughts

Fangs!

Eva really enjoyed this book, especially as it is 3 in 1. In the first book, Fangs, Bertie has a world book day at school. He dresses up as Count Dracula but so does the school caretaker, Mr Grouch. Bertie and his friends decide Mr Grouch must be a real vampire because he’s scary. They end up causing trouble trying to trap the caretaker.

The second part Fangs! is called Hairy! Bertie’s mum and dad insist he gets a haircut by Sweeney Bob! Bertie really doesn’t want to go, Sweeney Bob doesn’t have lollipops and he cuts all hair the same. He comes up with a plan to get out of having his hair cut.. but it isn’t a great idea at all! Bertie looks ridiculous afterwards.

The Final part of Fangs is Fashion! Bertie gets dragged out shopping with his mum and ends up getting lost. In a bit of confusion, Bertie ends up in a fashion show and needs to find a way to escape!

Scream!

In the second book, Scream! Bertie wants to go trick or treating with his friends for Halloween but his parents say no. Instead, he is left with his Gran babysitting him and has to invite his friends in. They come up with a spooky plan to try and get trick or treaters to bring sweets to them instead!

Weekend! Is the second part of Scream! Bertie has to go on holiday to a boring cottage. On the way, they get stuck in traffic and Bertie ends up making himself sick in the car eating too many snacks. The country is quite scary and Bertie struggles to sleep and so does Suzy his sister. Eventually, they all sleep in their parent’s bed but when they get up Bertie is in trouble again!

The third part of Scream! is Spell! Bertie has a spelling test but he cheats and ends up being entered into the spelling bee. Bertie panics and tries to find a way to get through it with his friend, Eugene’s help.

Zombie!

The final book, Zombie! is about Bertie having his friends over for a sleepover at the weekend. Darren & Bertie convince Eugene a blood orange is full of real blood and turns you into a zombie! When everyone falls asleep, Eugene gets up and acts like a Zombie, eating a big bite of Berties mum’s special chocolate cake. No one believes Bertie though, so on the second night, he wakes Darren and his mum to show them.

Zumba! Is about Bertie going to watch his sisters dance class. He ends up having to join in but kicks one of the girls so he takes his mum’s phone and sits outside playing a game. When he gets bored he looks in the other rooms and discovers something funny. He calls Darren to come to meet him to take a picture and gets himself in trouble, again!

Zoo! is the final story in Zombie! Bertie goes on a school trip to the Zoo and ends up trying to get his roll back from the monkey enclosure after he tucks into lunch early. He tries to get it through the bars of the enclosure but gets his head stuck!

These 3 books and their 3 short stories were really fun to read. I think Bertie is funny and like most boys at school. I’d definitely read more of the Dirty Bertie series as they are fun and quick to read.

Have you heard of the Dirty Bertie series before?

 

 

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Midnight Fright – Vlad The World’s Worst Vampire Series

Midnight Fright is the latest Vlad The World’s Worst Vampire series for children aged 7-9 years. Written by Anna Wilson and illustrated by Kathryn Durst, Midnight Fright is available on Amazon for £5.99. Stripes sent Eva a copy to review, just in time for Halloween too! We’ve read and loved every Vlad book we’ve read so far and couldn’t wait to see what he’s got up to this time. Full of adventure and hysterical yet relatable moments, Vlad proves he really is the world’s worst vampire!

Midnight Fright - Vlad the world's worst vampire

Midnight Fright

Vlad’s vampire cousin Lupus comes to stay, to teach Vlad how to be a proper vampire. Lupus can fly brilliantly, turn into a bat in the blink of an eye and has an annoying raven called Claw. All Vlad can think about is how to stop Lupus following him to Human school. Lupus charms all the humans, leaving Vlad in despair! Until the school play auditions which shows who really has talent, and who is the one with true friends, Vlad is in for surprise!

Eva’s Thoughts

The Vlad the World’s Worst Vampire series is really fun to read! Vlad is funny, he is always doing things that vampires wouldn’t normally do like go to school with humans! Midnight Fright is all about Lupus, Vlad’s cousin who teaches Vlad to be a better vampire. He teaches Vlad to help him get his bat license. Lupus is a bit of a show-off but in the end, he really helps Vlad to practise for his bat license. I love the illustrations in the book, they make the story really fun to read.

If you love a good vampire story the Vlad the World’s Worst Vampire series is excellent. Perfect for reading over Halloween too!

Does Midnight Fright sound like a book for you/your child?

The Secrets Tree – The Hounds Of Penhallow Hall

The Secrets Tree is the fourth book from The Hounds of Penhallow Hall series. Written by Holly Webb, illustrated by Jason Cockcroft & published by Stripes/ Little Tiger, this mysterious series is aimed at 8-10-year-olds. Eva was kindly sent a copy to review. You can buy paperback copies from Amazon for £5.99.

The Secrets Tree

The Secrets Tree

The Secrets Tree series is perfect for dog-lovers and anyone who desires some mystery and magic! Set in the atmospheric Cornish coastal setting, rich in history an legend…

Polly & rex are in search of a new ghost dog whilst celebrations are in full swing at the stately home. They come across a dog’s head carved in a door down the old stable block. They also wake a terrier called patch, only for him to run away. Polly & rex find him hiding in a hollow tree and find themselves on the trail of an even greater mystery. Inside the tree is a coded message! Can Polly & Rex unravel the mystery of the dog’s young master and his brother?

Eva’s Thoughts

Eva enjoyed reading The Secrets Tree but found it a rather quick read as she has become quite a bookworm! She really loved the story being based around dogs. As Eva has moved on to books such as the Harry Potter series recently, she likes a little more mystery. She thinks children who love mysteries will really enjoy the  Secrets Tree and it will encourage them to love reading mystery series like The Hounds of Penhallow Hall. Having read several books by Holly Webb now, Eva thinks she is a fantastic author and loves discovering some of the 100+ books HollWebb has written.

If you have a mystery-loving reader who also loves dogs then this book is definitely perfect. They will be sure to love the Hounds of Penahllow Hall series. 

Have you heard of the Hounds of Penhallow Hall series before?

Night Shade – Star Friends Series – Book Review

Star Friends: Night Shade is the latest book in the Star Friends Series which Eva was sent to review. Written by Linda Chapman & published by Stripes, this book is aimed at children aged 7-9 years. You can buy a paperback copy for £5.99. 

Night Shade - Star Friends Series

Star Friends Series

In this magical series, Maia and her friends meet the Star Animals! When they do, a whole world of magical adventure unfolds right before their very eyes! This fantastic series features four best friends for readers to identify with. Join Maia and her friends as they fae realistic friendship issues with their adorable animal familiars. An engrossing world of magic and fantasy for young, inspired, animal-loving readers!

The Star friends series is ideal for fans of My Secret Unicorn, The Rescue Princesses and Rainbow Magic readers looking for a more challenging adventure! 

Night Shade

Star Friends: Night Shade is the fifth book in the Star Friends series by the best-selling author Linda Chapman. Beautifully Illustrated by Lucy Flemming, this magical story is a fantastic read. 

Ever since Maia and her friends stopped Auntie Mabel from using dark magic to cause trouble in their small seaside village of Westcombe, life has been peaceful for the girls and their Star Animals. The latest threat shows the peace was only temporary though! All the adults have started behaving rather oddly. The girls will have to use all their Star Magic skills against these forces of dark magic! Can they defeat the dark magic?

Eva’s Thoughts

I love the Star Friends series! It is so cool and they have really cute animal friends. My favourite part was reading whether or not Maia and her friends could defeat the shades! It’s an action-packed, thrilling read and I can’t wait until the sixth book! Magical stories like this are really fun to read.

Love books like this? Check out our other Book Reviews to discover more fab titles!

Invasion Of The Giant Nits – Pet Defenders Series

Eva read the Pet Defenders Series new book – Invasion of the giant nits this week. Written by Gareth P. Jones and illustrated by Steve May this book is available in paperback for £5.99. Published by Stripes, this series is great for children aged 6-8.

Pet Defenders Series

Pet Defenders Series

The Invasion of The Giant Nits is part of Pet Defenders, a hilarious and fast-paced series. Pet Defenders reveals what our pets get up to when we aren’t there: Saving the world! We might think our pets are sleeping soundly when we are out but instead they are defending the planet from aliens. Centre on the unusual, yet highly successful partnership between a cat and dog. Two unlikely allies who must work together for the god of man and pet-kind alike!

Invasion Of The Giant Nits

Invasion Of The Giant Nits

Biskit and Mitzy are confronted by a large alien spider in their latest adventure! The alien spider plans to destroy the planet and she has an army of nits which she can enlarge with a blast from her own invention, the Relativisor! She can also shrink things using her Relativisor, such as Mitzy! Mitzy ends up the size of a louse, clinging to Biskit’s head! Can the Pet Defenders stop the nits ripping Earth apart? 

Eva’s Thoughts

This series follows Mitzy & Bizkit’s adventure to stop Anna scratch, a large alien spider from destroying the planet! Anna Scratch used to work for the SUPA Agents but she turned bad. My favourite part of this book is when Mitzy is shrunk by Anna Scratch and is in Bizkit’s ear! I really enjoyed reading this book and can’t wait to discover more of the Pet Defenders series, it’s really fun!

Looking for more book recommendations? Head over to our Book Reviews page and check out other books we’ve enjoyed!

Shine: Chloe Centre Stage – Book Review

Eva read SHINE: Chloe Centre Stage this week, thanks to Stripes who kindly sent her a copy to review. Written by Holly Webb and illustrated by Monique Done, this is the first book in the series. Shine introduces children to stage and friendship dramas, perfect for 6-8-year-olds. Available on Amazon for £5.99.

Shine: Chloe Centre Stage

Shine: Chloe Centre Stage

Chloe loves to dance and passes the audition for the Shine school for performing arts! Shine is a full-time stage school many children dream of getting in to, yet it’s only the first challenge for Chloe! She’ll be taking classes in dance and drama every day. Surrounded by people as passionate as she is, it’s much harder to stand out at Shine compared to her old school where the talented and extroverted Chloe was the star.

Whilst the other girls in Chloe’s year at Shine school seem nice, she finds it trickier to make friends than she expected. Chloe starts mucking around in class and finds herself the centre of attention for all the wrong reasons. After a prank she pulls goes wrong there are rumours she may be expelled! Chloe has to try and turn things around before it’s too late!

Eva really enjoyed reading Chloe Centre Stage and is really keen to read more of the series. Immediately hooked she read the entire book in one sitting! 

Eva’s Thoughts

I really enjoyed this book and hope to read more of the series and find out more about Chloe at Shine stage school. A performing arts school sounds really cool, everyone wants to go to Shine.

Chloe starts playing pranks and people start to like her. It all goes wrong when Chloe does a prank by accident! This part was really entertaining and made me laugh. I can’t wait to read the next book and see what she gets up to next.

Do you have a performing arts fan who would love a series like this too? 

New Series! – Our Favourite Books This Week

We decided to start a new series of Our favourite books this week back up for summer! The girls are always discovering new books at the library as well as books we are sent to review and those we discover in shops.

New Series! Our Favourite Books This Week

New Series!

Things got a little busy over the last year so we haven’t had much time to cover our favourite books each week. Everything has finally calmed down and we have plenty of time for a new series again. We love to discuss and share our thoughts on the books we find again! We decided it was the perfect time to start a new series of ‘Our Favourite Books This Week’.

 

Eva’s Favourite Books This Week

With the library holding the summer reading challenge it has inspired Eva to look for a new series after reading all of the Harry Potter books. We came across the Araminta Spook series which Eva was instantly drawn to. She is very much like me and enjoys anything with magic, vampires, ghouls etc.

Araminta Spook Book Series

Eva picked up 3 books she had spotted from the Araminta Spook series to try. When we got home she quickly read them all, one after the other! She managed 2 in one night and the 3rd the next morning. Eva’s favourite book from this series was Skeleton Island because they find jewels and trick Nosey Nora!

You might also be interested in St Grizzle’s School for Girls, Gremlins and Pesky Guests

Eva was also sent a few books to review from Little Tiger this month and she has already read St Grizzles School For Girls, Gremlins And Pesky Guests which you can read a full review here. Eva absolutely loves the St Grizzles Series and eagerly awaits the next book!

Izzy’s Favourite Books This Week

Izzy’s favourite book this week is Let’s Dance by Ann Bryant and Jakki Moore. Izzy finds it funny that Dolly’s dancing makes Harry excited which annoys Meg, his owner. Eventually, Dolly convinces Meg that dancing is fun and she joins in!

Let's Dance

 

Our Favourite Books This Week

Cock-a-doodle-poo! is by far our favourite book this week. Eva has taken to reading the story exactly how Steve Smallman read it on stage! This has Izzy in hysterics every single time and it even has adults giggling away. I honestly never thought I’d find a book that talks about poo the whole way through so amusing but it is written fantastically.

Cock-a-doodle-poo! by Steve Smallman

Octopants is our second favourite book this week, it’s another funny book about an octopus hunting pants! Have you ever seen octopants in shops before? This book is so colourful and well illustrated as well as fun to read which the girls have been reading together repeatedly!


Octopants written by Suzy Senior & Illustrated by Claire Powell

What are your children’s favourite books this week? Have you read any of these?