The Seren Trilogy is about a little girl's adventures in a fantastical place created by the imaginative Darren Lewis. The chief protagonist, Ellie, is based upon his own daughter which makes the story extra special as it's written from the heart with great love and affection. The characters are lots of fun as Darren's clever writing and wonderfully descriptive narrative flows along, interweaving between the three stories. The three stories are Ellie and the Rabbits where she meets talking rabbits and is turned into a rabbit herself! The second Ellie and the Dragon - as good a dragon as my own Jellybean? Hmm... By the way, she meets Cole, an orphan dragon in a basement! And the third, Ellie and the Battle - where she and Cole need to save the world with unexpected results.
A perfect story for children that is sure to make them excited and dreaming of their own fantastical adventures. Looking forward to the next adventures of Ellie.
Spirit Warriors: The Concealing has me itching to read the follow-up which I believe is due out at any moment. My slugs can't wait! This is a wonderfully written story which explores many themes including sexuality, love, death etc... and it also provides a fascinating insight into Native American culture as our main protagonists are able to leave their bodies and merge with other animals. Quite fascinating. Unfortunately, they don't merge with any slugs - their loss! D.E.L. Connor takes us on a wild ride with lots of twists and turns and this book is more than worthy of 5 stars. Great cover too!
The Cloud Diary brought a tear to my eye. Very moving and heartfelt, told from the perspective of a boy who's lost his mother and is not only grieving himself but witnessing his father's breakdown. It's very well-written with appropriate illustrations throughout. I would highly recommend this to anybody who knows a child going through a similar experience.
Finally, a book I can relate to - a slimy slug. This slug really does a magnificent job of sliming a great many places from the school classroom to the back seat of the car to Edward's house and beyond! Just wait till you get to the ending. The story has a nice pace until it builds to the climax where there's an unexpected, funny surprise. Of course, this slug isn't a patch on my own genetically modified slugs however, he is worthy chap - perhaps he could come and stay with me and I could train him. He might even then be able to produce even more slime and go on to slime an entire kitchen! The illustrations by Celia Carlile are fabulous - bright, detailed and sure to attract and keep the attention of your own little slugs. Highly recommended!
An inquisitive, strong-headed rascal of a boy is taken on a walk by his mummy and he soon learns that mum's do know best! On the journey we learn about a goldfinch and not to touch poison ivy - that's why I always go for walks with my slugs as they love poison ivy. This is an educational and warm story written from the heart with lovely, colourful illustrations. Slug-tastic!
Who knew learning could be this fun? I must say that my slugs and I were rather perplexed by the title but inside, it's an overload of cuteness, novelty and learning - I didn't know my brain could take it! I liked the way it was presented as if the paper's from a notebook and the characters are illustrated in a very unusual way - reminds me of those Russian dolls. The diversity aspect is wonderful so that your little slugs will see that we're all the same, we're all slugs underneath. Combined with the mathematics, it's two in one! Wonderful!
This has now become my favourite D M Potter interactive story. It's educational - great information on caves, butterflies and sailing for example, excellent way to learn new vocabulary - my slugs were stumped on a few occasions, and most of all, it's challenging and fun. On my adventure, I went to the beach then found a cave, went up to the fortress and sailed over to an island where, something quite odd happened. I shan't say more! The pacing is excellent and the tension just builds and builds. Definitely one to buy!
Children and little slugs will find this most appealing as the cover and the rest of the illustrations are really top-notch. Full of colour and very modern. The story's about a bored little boy who'd like a dog but can't have one. He then hits on the idea to build his own robot. He soon does and they have lots of fun together. The book should inspire little inventors everywhere as it's certainly inspired some of my slugs who've already gotten to work on a robot themselves... Unfortunately, it seems to be similar to the T1000. Highly recommended.
This is another rhyme/story in the Alex, Dragon and Spider series and I think it's my favourite so far. I liked how the story built to the race and the tension that was created. I'm sure little slugs will enjoy this aspect, especially if they're of a competitive nature as they wait to see who'll win the race up the mountain. The rhyme works very well and the illustrations match it perfectly. Plus I do enjoy the games at the end. Another fine children's book from Natalie Finnigan.
In this book, the first in the series, a puppy called Streak is dognapped (?) and two spiders help in trying to rescue him once they spot a little twolegs (a girl) crying about. The puppy belongs to a butcher called Mr Penfold (Dangermouse? Who didn't love that cartoon?) And so another mystery happens in Chichester. It's another fun, mysterious novel by Christopher Joyce with some cute characters and innovative ideas such as how the animals speak to each other - reminds me of my slugs, though my slugs speak rather naturally and don't 'spink'. I would highly recommend it for your young slugs.
Choosing books worthy enough to be read and reviewed by Elias Zapple.