November Book Club

Witch Switch

Author: Sibeal Punder

Illustrator: Laura Ellen Anderson

Witch SwitchWitch Wars is over.  The right witch got the job of top witch, except the old witch with cart described the winner as elegant, and Peggy is kind and brilliant, but she’s still as clumsy as ever, so perhaps it isn’t over yet…

Fran is the first to discover that Peggy has disappeared and so begins the adventure as Tiga and Fluffanora search for their friend.  There is only one suspect- Felicity Bat, badly helped by Aggie Hoof (who spends most of the book enforcing the fashion of wearing shoes on your ears), but figuring out what they have done with Peggy is nearly impossible.

Yet again this instalment of the Witch Wars Adventures is pure fun.  Tiga is settling into life in Ritzy City, but there are many things to learn.  Who was her mum? Which spell brings an object to you and which makes it grow? When will Fluffanora stop making Aggie Hoof put shoes on her ears?  And most of all, where have all the witches been disappearing to? IMG_3164

The illustrations are beautiful and bring this crazy adventure to life.  It’s a world where a 9 year old has a lot of power and sometimes uses it the way only a 9 year old can.

Lil D has enjoyed the quirkiness of Witch Wars, can’t wait to read this with her too!

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The Great Christmas Pudding Rescue

How amazing would a Christmas Pudding Festival be? A thought well worth dwelling on.

We think Christmas is the perfect time for stories. You get to spend time together and build the excitement. Win-win (^-^)  Anything that adds to the magic of the season really is a must in our house.

The Great Christmas Pudding Rescue is an exclusive to Tesco book and because it’s a time for giving, Tesco donates £1 of the purchase price to Readathon, a charity that “brings the magic of stories to children in hospital.”

As card-carrying Christmas pudding fans we couldn’t pass this book by.  The illustrations are sweet – cute animals feature heavily.  And there’s pudding.  Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without Christmas pudding. Don’t let anyone tell you different.

Sisters

I’m really beginning to appreciate comic books.  They make the train ride home from work much more enjoyable.

This one had to be read.  Before we were aunties we were sisters and growing up together made us who we are. Reading about someone else’s memories of sisterhood brings back fond (and often funny) memories of our own.  Wow, we were different people back then (^-^)

Thanks for sticking with me, Eims ❤️

Don’t Forget Tiggs

Don't Forget Tiggs

Mr and Mrs Hurry are always in a hurry.

Nobody knows this better than their poor son Harry who gets left at home one day when both Mr and Mrs Hurry forget to bring him to school.

Luckily for Harry, he has a very reliable cat.

Tiggs has a no nonsense attitude and a will to get things done properly.  (A trait we very much admire).

 

Tiggs

By Michael Rosen Illustrated by Tony Ross

We read this book to Lil D purely on the basis that she shares a nickname with Tiggs the cat.  Little did we know we’d all fall for Tiggs and his sensible ways.

If it weren’t for Tiggs we’d truly despair for poor Harry.

This book is a funny reminder for all of us busy adults to stop and take time for the things that matter.

5 GOBBLES

El Deafo

I was on a mission to find comic books for a reluctant reader.  Many recommendations came up but this one caught me eye.  As I glanced through it on arrival, I knew it was mature beyond our dotes understanding but it looked like it would hit all the right notes with me. Interesting illustrations, a personal, true story, a different perspective of life…

📖 No book unread 📖

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September Book Club

The Shepherd’s Crown

Author: Terry Pratchett

“If you trust in yourself. . .and believe in your dreams. . .and follow your star. . . you’ll still get beaten by people who spent their time working hard and learning things and weren’t so lazy.”

The Wee Free Men

Ever since I read Monstrous Regiment  I have been hooked on the Discworld books (I totally did not see the twist coming, as obvious as it was).  Not all of them were classics, but there are so many enduring characters, with faults and virtues in often unequal measure that they make you realise the world is completely mad sometimes.

And among my favourite in the series are the Tiffany Aching books (The Wee Free Men, A Hat Full of Sky, I shall Wear Midnight and Wintersmith).  Written for younger readers they incorporate elements and characters of the adult books, with the strong and sensible young Tiffany Aching as our focus as she negotiates her way through life as temporary Kelda (kind of a queen) to the Nac Mac Feegles (a clan of well meaning but mischievous small creatures- definitely not fairies), Hag (or witch) of the Chalk (where Tiffany lives) and a girl trying to grow up.

The Shepherd’s Crown is something more than Tiffany’s story though.  It is the last book written by Terry Pratchett before his death, and the early scenes of the death of a long running character from the adult books felt genuinely sad.  But even these chapters contain the joy of noticing the absurd, and doing what has to be done, because sometimes you are the only one sensible enough to get it done.

It isn’t a complete book, I imagine details would have been fleshed out if time had allowed, but as a fan I’m glad we got one last outing.

The wee free menI probably won’t read this particular Pratchett with the dotes just yet, but I highly recommend introducing the little ones (and yourself) to the wonders of Discworld.  The Wee Free Men is a good place to start.

“It’s still magic even if you know how it’s done.”

A Hat Full of Sky