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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Mirabelle in Double Trouble – Harriet Muncaster ★★★★

Blurb; Half witch, half fairy, totally naughty! Mirabelle is Isadora Moon’s cousin, who we first meet in the author’s famous Isadora Moon series.

Mirabelle is going on holiday with her family to a fancy witch resort and she can’t wait! She has promised her parents that she will absolutely not get up to mischief this time. And she really means it too.

The witch resort is everything Mirabelle had hoped for, and more! Better yet, she makes a new friend called Bea. Then Mirabelle makes a worrying discovery – Bea is even more mischievous than Mirabelle, and she quickly finds herself in a whole heap of trouble…especially when a dragon gets involved!

Will Mirabelle’s family believe that Mirabelle is (mostly) innocent this time or is it just a case of double the trouble?

My Review; Another short children’s read at just over 100 pages. A brilliant series perfect for all little girls. I have reviewed others from this series previously. They all read fine as Standalones. Meet Mirabelle, half witch, half fairy. She is usually a very mischievous/naughty little girl. In this story she’s off on holiday with her family and vows to leave her potions at home be a good girl. She meets up with another little girl on holiday called Beatrix and they soon become friends. However, magic and tricks are soon involved in the holiday and ofcourse Mirabelle gets blamed. But has mirabelle found her match in Beatrix? Whose causing all this chaos and can this family have a normal holiday for once? A well deserved four stars from me. Beautifully illustrated throughout. Highly recommend.

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Children’s book TAKEOVER – 5 different reviews. ★★★★

Horror Heights: The Slime – Bec Hill ★★★★

Blurb; Welcome to Horror Heights: can the children who live here conceal the strange goings on behind closed doors? GOOSEBUMPS for a new generation, by award-winning comedian and CITV presenter, Bec Hill.

Connie hasn’t found her talent yet, but at least she has her slime collection – if it’s gooey, she’s got it! She hopes that by adding a few extra ingredients to a simple recipe she will uncover a talent for slime-making, but alas, all she uncovers is a hot, stinky mess which ends up in the bin. It’s shaping up to be another uneventful weekend … until her failed slime experiment wakes her up the next morning. It’s alive! And can talk! And is named… Big.

Big adores Connie and wants to protect her from everything at all times, which is very sweet. At first. But when it gets bigger, grows teeth and threatens to eat her friends and father, can Connie uncover her TRUE talents in order to protect everything from THE SLIME?

My Review; Perfect for any slime fans. Easy, fast paced read at just under 150 pages. Connie is the queen of slime and after making her own which comes to life and starts to turn to evil and ruin her friendships she doesn’t know what to do or how to stop this slime monster she created named Big. Full of imagination. Different. Who will win the slime or Connie? A well deserved four stars from me.

Isadora Moon Gets the Magic Pox – Harriet Muncaster ★★★★

Blurb; When Isadora’s teacher announces the class are having a maths test on Monday, Isadora gets a nervous feeling in her tummy. She really doesn’t like tests . . . or maths!

Maybe, Isadora could pretend to be ill so she can stay at home instead? Isadora calls her naughty cousin Mirabelle for help and she gives her a spell that will help Isadora get out of the test.

To Isadora’s delight, it works! But between a potion mishap and magic pox fluffballs bouncing around all over the place, Isadora starts feeling a bit guilty. Luckily, her mum is on hand to help set things right and together they come up with a new, magical way to say goodbye to the magic pox and even make revising for the maths test fun!

My Review; I have reviewed a few of these in the past and although this is book fifteen in the series all will read well as standalones. All easy, light and fast paced reads with beautiful illustrations throughout perfect any young little girl to read and enjoy. Isadora has a maths test coming up, the worst kind… Times tables. She asks for help through her cousin in how to skip the test and the answer is obvious… Magic pox ofcourse, but it soon all goes wrong and the lie soon becomes apparant when pox are all over the house and garden. Can Isadora fix her mistake? Overcome this maths test? Wrong her rights? A well deserved four stars from me.

Kitty and the Woodland Wildcat – Paula Harrison ★★★★

Blurb; Kitty is a superhero-in-training with cat-like superpowers. She dreams of being just like her superhero mum one day, but she’s still got a lot to learn. Join her for a series of enchanting adventures by the light of the moon with her faithful cat crew by her side.

Kitty is on a camping holiday with her friend Ozzy. Just like Kitty, Ozzy is a superhero-in-training with owl-like superpowers. During their stay in Whitefern Wood, they meet a wary wildcat, desperately looking for her lost kittens. The trouble is, she doesn’t trust humans at all. Kitty must earn her trust and then prove her worth as a superhero in training, by finding the kittens and saving the day.

Kitty and the Woodland Wildcat is the ninth book in the Kitty series, featuring a charming main character, cat-packed exploits, and striking two-colour art on every page.

My Review; Again this is from a series I have previously reviewed before and this is book nine in the series but each reads fine as a standalone. This book is short, easy reading and beautifully illustrated throughout with some very bright colours included. Kitty is the main character in the whole series and at night is a super hero. In this adventure she brings along a few of her friends and always find something to do or someone to save. This time it’s a woodland wild cat who has lost her kittens and a storm is approaching… Will Kitty and her friends be able to find the Kittens before it’s too late? A well deserved four stars from me. Perfect for any little readers. An adventure.

Leonora Bolt: Secret Inventor – Lucy Brandt ★★★★

Blurb; WARNING: EPIC INVENTIONS AND SECRET SOCIETIES AHEAD . . .

Leonora Bolt spends her days creating incredible inventions in her TOP SECRET laboratory, under the watchful eye of her terrifying uncle.

Everything changes one day when a strange boy washes up on an inflatable lobster and reveals that Uncle Luther has been stealing her inventions and selling them on the mainland. Leonora, armed with her most important inventions, must leave Crabby Island for the first time EVER to embark on an unforgettable journey that will test her brainpower to its limits.

With the help of an otter with a special skilll, a questionable cook and a singing sea captain, can Leonora dream up an invention that will defeat her evil uncle once and for all?

My Review; This one is for the older readers and just under 200 pages long. A tale of adventure, uncovered truths and pure genius inventions. Bound to set your imagination on fire with all these wierd and wacky food inventions, machines and gadgets. Leonora has only ever known the island she has lived on with her uncle and live in nanny, she was told her parents were lost at sea, presumed dead. However, when a boy finds himself stranded on her island after drifting away from the mainland Leonora wants answer, everything she has ever known was a lie and her uncle is an evil villian who has been lying to her and using her inventions as his own. Can Leonora find out the truth about her parents? Can she defeat her evil uncle? She is one strong, determined little girl. An adventure. A mystery. A well deserved four stars from me.

Marv and the Dino Attack – Alex Falase-Koya ★★★★

Blurb: It’s an exciting day for Marvin and his classmates because they are visiting the Natural History Museum. Marvin and Joe can’t wait to see all those dinosaur skeletons up close, but they get more than they bargained for when supervillain Leo turns up and brings the Dino skeletons to life!
With the help of his loyal sidekick, a super-intelligent robot called Pixel, it’s time for Marvin to become superhero Marv.
Marv must use all of his newfound superhero skills if he wants to stop Leo and save his classmates from the gang of marauding dino skeletons running riot!

My Review; This is one for the boys. Dinosaurs. Super hero. Villian. Wow. Marv is off on a school trip to the museum but a villian soon emerges and would you believe it? He makes all the dinosaurs come alive for real. Who can save them? Marv ofcourse turns super hero trying to catch the villian and stop the dinosaurs. Can he do it without his classmates suspecting it is him? Can he save the day? Easy, fast and short read with beautiful illustrations throughout. A book for all the little boys out there and one which represents a different minority of readers. I enjoyed this one. A well deserved four stars from me. Marv to the rescue.