Dream Team: A Case of the Jitters – Tom Percival

Stars: **** A Case of the Jitters is a fast-paced action story featuring the Dream Team! We start the story with Erika wanting to take part in the school talent contest. The problem is, her main talents are speaking to animals, riding on clouds and making things appear and disappear…which only happens in her dreams!…

After The War – Tom Palmer

Stars: ***** In the summer of 1945, a group of children were brought to England to stay in the Lake District. They had all been subjected to the horrors of concentration camps in Europe; every child had lost multiple family members and friends to the war. In England, they had finally been brought to a…

Umbrella Mouse to the Rescue – Anna Fargher

Stars: **** If you haven’t read the first book in this series, then PLEASE DO! Anna has created a brilliant historical fiction series; Pip the mouse is forced away from her home after a bomb destroys her lifelong home. She joins Noah’s Ark, a group of animals fighting with the resistance in France underneath the…

Spaghetti Hunters – Morag Hood

Stars: ***** First, can we appreciate the bright, gorgeous cover for this book?! I love the texture of it too! As you can tell from the front illustrations, the story centres around a small duck and a tiny horse who, together, go and hunt spaghetti. But tiny horse’s idea of what spaghetti is doesn’t match…

Go Big! – Matthew Burton

Stars: ***** I remember watching Educating Yorkshire with tears in my eyes as Musharaf stood in front of his peers and, despite his stutter, gave a moving speech in the final episode. If you don’t remember back to 2013, it was Mr Burton who researched and came up with the idea that helped Musharaf overcome…

A Kind of Spark – Elle McNicoll

Stars: ***** I’ve seen this book on Twitter for weeks, and finally bought it when it became the Primary School Book Club (@PrimarySchoolBC) book of the month. It has been very highly spoken of, with brilliant reviews. Spoiler: this review is no different! Addie is Scottish, autistic and loves sharks. At school, she loves spending…

You Should See Me In A Crown – Leah Johnson

Stars: ***** I was in a bit of a reading slump recently and decided to pick up ‘You Should See Me In A Crown’ after a day of feeling restless and indecisive. I got sucked straight into the story and, within 24 hours, had finished the book. It well and truly ended my period of…

Heartstopper – Alice Osman

Stars: **** Charlie and Nick are both at the same school but have never interacted with each other, until they are seated together in their new tutor room. Initially they seem very different from each other: Nick is in an older year and into rugby whereas Charlie is younger and more into drums. After sitting…

MEET THE SUPERS & THE NORMALS! – Sophy Henn

Sophy Henn is an incredible illustrator who is known for her work on past World Book Day designs, as well as the brilliant ‘Bad Nana’. I am here to reveal some brand new characters of hers to you today from her new book: Pizazz! First up we have the ‘Normals’: And then we have the…

Keep Calm – Dr Sharie Coombes

Stars: **** There are a few stories that have been released during the coronavirus pandemic to help explain what it is which is brilliant for children (and adults!) as they can begin to understand what they need to navigate. However, ‘Keep Calm’ not only explains what Covid-19 is but begins to give tools to manage…