Category Reviews of current books

Books that are helping us navigate sibling relationships

Things have changed a little bit in the Story Seekers house over the last few months, and I’m not just talking about the fact that our collection of intricately detailed Lego firefighting, turbo blasting, booster-pack-enabled spaceship creations seems to expand on a daily basis.  Nope, a couple of months ago we gained an even MORE […]

‘The Five of Us’ by Quentin Blake

‘The Five of Us‘ by Quentin Blake (published by Tate Publishing). We are big fans of Tate Publishing and the stylish, and often unusual, books on their list.  I was therefore very excited to be contacted about reviewing a new book that they were publishing by the legend that is Sir Quentin Blake, especially when I […]

A resounding “YES!” for ‘The Yes’

‘The Yes‘ by Sarah Bee, illustrated by Satoshi Kitamura (published by Andersen Press) This book has been one of the most intriguing to come into our house in a long while. We’re already fans of ‘Millie’s Marvellous Hat‘ by Satoshi Kitamura, which has inspired H, in particular, in playing many imaginative games involving dressing up. […]

I love a good list…

I don’t know if I’ve ever previously mentioned my love of lists, but I have a serious obsession.  My heart broke a little bit when The Independent stopped including the ’50 best…’ supplement on a Saturday, as I’d happily tear it out of my parents’ hands (yes, this was a while ago, I don’t travel […]

December 24….. ‘The Empty Stocking’ by Richard Curtis

‘The Empty Stocking‘ by Richard Curtis, illustrated by Rebecca Cobb (published by Puffin) It’s no secret that we LOVE Rebecca Cobb’s illustrations (and we love her even more as a person given that her dedication in this book reads “For my family and Father Christmas” – awesome), so last year we were delighted to buy […]

December 23….. ‘The Polar Express’ by Chris Van Allsburg

‘The Polar Express‘ by Chris Van Allsburg (published by Andersen Press) This book has been a HUGE hit with the boys this year (the toot-toot factor earns it considerable cool points with H, if nothing else) and it’s not often I say this but it means that I’m very much looking forward to showing them […]

December 22….. ‘When It Snows’ by Richard Collingridge

‘When It Snows‘ by Richard Collingridge (published by David Fickling Books)     This book feels as though it’s been produced on a cinematic scale, with the young protagonist highlighting how the world at Christmas might appear to a small child.  He sets off on a magical adventure one snowy day, riding on a polar […]

December 20….. ‘Three Little Owls’ by Quentin Blake, Emanuele Luzzati and John Yeoman

‘Three Little Owls‘ by Emanuele Luzzati (English version by John Yeoman) and illustrated by Quentin Blake (published by Tate Publishing) As soon as I saw this book I knew there was no way I’d be spending this Christmas without it (and having a birthday quite close to Christmas meant I had some book money to […]

December 19….. ‘Christmas at the Toy Museum’ by David Lucas

‘Christmas at the Toy Museum‘ by David Lucas (published by Walker)   Following on from yesterday’s post, here is another beautiful David Lucas book to tempt you into rushing straight to your nearest bookshop or library. ‘Christmas at the Toy Museum’ tells the charming story of a a group of toys who all reside in […]

December 18….. ‘A Letter For Bear’ by David Lucas

‘A Letter For Bear‘ by David Lucas (published by Flying Eye Books)   ‘A Letter For Bear’ is one of those books whose touching text and impressive illustrations makes you glad to be alive. It’s about a bear who is a postman (which was pretty much my dream job when I was younger.  I was, […]