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Beast Quest: Garox the Coral Giant – Adam Blade ★★★★

Blurb; Meet the New Protectors! Four young adventurers are joining Tom and Elenna in their Quest to protect their kingdoms against the forces of Evil.

Malvel is back, and the Evil Wizard has raised four deadly new Beasts. To make matters worse, he has cursed Tom into a magical coma and now Tom is powerless to fight Malvel. Miandra, one of the New Protectors, must team up with Prince Rotu to defeat a monster from the sea that’s attacking her own fishing village – but can they fight back against this giant’s poisonous tentacles?

There are FOUR thrilling adventures to collect in the latest set of the bestselling adventure series for boys and girls aged 7 and up – don’t miss out! Kalderon the Iron Bear; Garox the Coral Giant; Draka the Winged Serpent and Lukor the Mountain Demon.

My Review; This is book two in series 29, and they are best read in order. This series follows four novices battling their own beast in order to save their leader Tom. In this story, we meet novice number 2, who has to battle Garox a sea beast. Surely she can save the day and return back to her leader? It’s an intense, long, and difficult battle ahead but one that leads into book three and the next beast and battle. Illustrated throughout, these are perfect for younger readers at just over 100 pages. Brilliant for the imagination. A well-deserved four stars from me.

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Ace and the Animal Hereos: The Big Farm Rescue – JB Gill ★★★★

Blurb; Dr Dolittle meets Dick King-Smith in this funny, charming animal adventure from pop-star, presenter and award-winning farmer JB Gill. The perfect next read for fans of Michael Morpurgo’s Mudpuddle Farm and David Baddiel’s Animalcolm!

‘Ace couldn’t believe his ears. NO WAY did a pig, two goats and a donkey just speak!’

When Ace receives a surprise gift from a long-lost relative, he and his amazing grandparents pack up their life in the city and move to the countryside to live on a run-down farm.

And there’s an even bigger surprise in-store for Ace when he tries on some magical new wellies and realises he can talk to animals! He’s going to have to master this new skill to take on the evil Councillor Crabbington, who is determined to shut down the farm!

With a little help from Ginger the Pig, some squawkative hens and a new best friend, Ace must find a way to save the farm before Councillor Crabbington gets his hands on it!

Full of hilarious illustrations from Becka Moor, the illustrator behind Pamela Butchart’s Wigglesbottom Primary series!

My Review; This is a brilliant story for younger readers. When Ace inherits a farm he doesn’t know what to expect so when he arrives and sees alot of work needs to be done he soon has a plan to bring his farm to life with the help of his grandparents and friend. With the help of some magical boots, he learns that he can communicate with the animals, which makes things a little easier, but not everyone wants him to succeed. With an attempted sabotage on his farm, will he be able to pull off saving his farm? A fun, animal farm adventure. Magical. A well-deserved four stars from me. Beautifully illustrated throughout.

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Children's · Short Stories

*BLOG TOUR* The Palm Tree Swingers Island Band – Lilly Lawson ★★★★

Blurb; Take a tiger, an orangutan, an elephant, an eagle, a rhino, a dragon, a spider, and a turtle. Mix with music till loud – you might want to stand back.

My Review; This is a beautifully illustrated, short, easy read. Fun. Full of animals and music. It is an enjoyable story for my one year old and five year old. But it was a bit too easy and young for my eight year old. Perfect for a quick bedtime story. It’s a large paperback and would be good in a nursery or reception class. Could bring in the topic of each of the animals and instruments they play. We enjoyed it. A well-deserved four stars from us. Highly recommend.

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