Children's · fantasy · Short Stories

Sea Keepers: Starfish Sleepover – Coral Ripley ★★★★

Blurb; Surprise! You are invited to a mermaid sleepover party at the palace! A magical series about saving our oceans for readers aged 6+.

The Sea Keepers are invited by Queen Adrianna to stay overnight at the palace for Princess Marina’s surprise birthday party. Emily, Grace and Layla have never been to a mermaid sleepover, and are worried about what gift to bring. But when Effluvia crashes the party and threatens to spoil the surprise, Emily, Grace and Layla know that they need to give their mermaid friend the only birthday gift that really matters – a magic pearl that can save Atlantis from evil Effluvia! They won’t sleep a wink until they find it!

My Review; I am really enjoying this series. One that is perfect for any little girl to enjoy with beautiful illustrations throughout. Meet the sea keepers a trio of human girls who get called on a mission to help out in underwater sea missions. To find pearls to save the day, to stop evil and save others. It’s a very magical story and world. In this story, they’ve been invited to an underwater birthday sleepover, but evil tried to disrupt it all. Can they save the day? Cute little read at just over 120 pages. A well-deserved four stars from me.

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Children's · fantasy · Short Stories

Rudy and the Secret Sleepskater – Paul Westmoreland ★★★★

Blurb; With boundless energy and an impulsive nature, Rudy is always ready to follow the scent of adventure! And with his loyal pack of friends by his side there’s nothing he can’t achieve.

When Rudy and Edie go to Femi’s house for a sleepover, they discover that their friend has been keeping a Femi sleepwalks. They’re under strict instructions that if he sleepwalks while they’re there they must not, under any circumstances, wake him up, but should just gently guide him back to bed. Which sounds fine, but when Rudy accidentally leaves the bedroom window open and Femi gets outside and starts zooming down the street on his skateboard, all the time being fast
asleep, gently guiding him back to bed starts to feel a little more complicated.

Can they catch up with the snoring skateboarding mummy before he wakes up?

Howlingly cool illustrations and an irresistible character finding his way in the world make Rudy and the Secret Sleepskater the ideal choice for those looking to bridge the gap between picture books and independent reading.

My Review; This is a brilliant story for our younger readers. The illustrations are bright and colourful and add to the story. It is an easy, short read that features all our favourite characters from the previous books. They can all be read as Standalones but best read in order. In this story, Rudy goes on a sleepover and is feeling uneasy. His friend is a sleepwalker, but Paul has done one better here with sleepskating instead (skateboarding). It is a cute story that highlights the importance of friendships and how we are all different. A well-deserved four stars from me.

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fantasy · Graphic Novels · Short Stories

Mooncakes – Suzanne Walker, Wendy Zu & Joamette Gil ★★★★

Blurb; A story of love and demons, family and witchcraft.

Nova Huang knows more about magic than your average teen witch. She works at her grandmothers’ bookshop, where she helps them loan out spell books and investigate any supernatural occurrences in their New England town.

One fateful night, she follows reports of a white wolf into the woods, and she comes across the unexpected: her childhood crush, Tam Lang, battling a horse demon in the woods. As a werewolf, Tam has been wandering from place to place for years, unable to call any town home.

Pursued by dark forces eager to claim the magic of wolves and out of options, Tam turns to Nova for help. Their latent feelings are rekindled against the backdrop of witchcraft, untested magic, occult rituals, and family ties both new and old in this enchanting tale of self-discovery.

My Review; I’ve seen this a lot over on Bookstagram, and I am so glad I finally got to read it. Brilliant! Devoured it. I want more. The characters are amazing. Witches. Magic. Love. Friendship. It is a story of fighting against evil. Beautifully illustrated throughout in graphic novel format, an easy read. Highly recommend. Different read for me, but I really enjoyed it. Four out of five stars for me.

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