Adventure · Children's · fantasy · Short Stories

Sea Keepers: The Missing Manatee – Coral Ripley ★★★★

Blurb; Sea Keepers to the rescue – a baby manatee needs their help! A magical series about saving our oceans.

Emily, Grace and Layla travel to the tropics to search for a magic pearl. But disaster strikes when evil Effluvia kidnaps a baby manatee and holds it for ransom. Effluvia demands a magic pearl in exchange for the little manatee. If the Sea Keepers give into the wicked siren, they won’t be able to stop her from releasing her siren sisters . . .

It’s up to the Sea Keepers to save the manatee – and the whole underwater world!

My Review; Sea Keepers – This is book nine in the sea keepers series, the first book I have read in this series. It does mention previous books before this one in beginning but it still reads fine as a Standalone. In this story we see three main characters Layla, Emily and Grace become mermaids also known as the sea keepers, there to protect and help all sea creatures and life under water. They soon find themselves having to help a young Manatee from the evil mermaid within the sea Effluvia who wants the magical pearl. The girls search for the magical pearl in order to save the young manatee but surely they won’t hand it over to her? Surely they can find another way to save this manatee. Beautiful black and white illustrations throughout. A magical, mermaid and underwater adventure with talking animals any little girl would love. Highly recommend. A well deserved four stars.

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Children's · fantasy · Magic · Short Stories

Isadora Moon and the Shooting Star – Harriet Muncaster ★★★★

Blurb; Isadora Moon is special because she’s different. Her mum is a fairy and her dad is a vampire and she’s a bit of both. Isadora is observing the night sky for a school project – her class is learning everything about space and she decides to look at the stars for inspiration. But wait, what is that? Through the telescope, Isadora spots a shooting star that falls to Earth!

After courageously finding the place where the star landed, Isadora discovers a new twinkling friend. Her name is Nova, she is a Glow Sprite and she is not supposed to be there. Even worse, Nova’s moon kitten Pluto is lost and she needs Isadora’s help to find him.

Between magical campfires, space lessons, moon cheese and a glowing sleepover, Isadora will need to use all her wits to help Nova finding Pluto before her new friend has to fly back to the stars. With irresistible pink and black artwork throughout by author/illustrator Harriet Muncaster and a totally unique heroine with an out-of-this-world family, this is a beautiful, charming, and funny series of first chapter books.

My Review; This is a perfect little read for any little girl at just over 100 pages. Full of magic. Meet Isadora half vampire half fairy. Join her on this magical space adventure where she meets another from the moon. Beautifully illustrated throughout. Easy reading. At the back is lots of activities to do and recipes to make. This is book 14 in a series but each read fine as Standalones. A fun read. A well deserved four stars from me. Highly recommend.

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Adventure · Children's · Fairytale Retelling · Short Stories

Joe and the Magic Snowman – Enid Blyton ★★★★

Blurb; When Joe is whisked up to the Land of Ice and Snow, he meets a rather bossy snowman, who is determined to make Joe his servant! Can Moon-Face, Frannie and Beth rescue Joe, with the help of their new friends, Goldilocks and the Three Bears?


The perfect wintery Christmas book for kids from 5 years olds, 6 year olds, 7 year olds, 8 year olds and every age you can think of for any Enid Blyton fan!


The Magic Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton has been entertaining readers for more than 75 years. Now these colour short stories offer a great way for a whole host of new younger readers to discover the adventures of Silky, Moon-Face, the Saucepan Man and all of their friends in the Enchanted Wood.

My Review; Another short read at just under 100 pages. Beautifully illustrated throughout. Joe finds himself lost in a cold, wintery and snowy world with a very unpleasant, controlling snowman. Will his friends and moon face be able to find him and bring him back home? Also includeds the story of goldilocks and the three bears. A fun, easy read. A well deserved four stars. Highly recommend this series for all young readers.

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