Review: The Comedy, History & Tragedy of William Shakespeare

by Ross Grainger
by Ross Grainger

He still doth live, such virtue hath his pen: The Comedy, History & Tragedy of William Shakespeare by Anna Claybourne and Timothy Knapman

 

Perfect for Upper Key Stage 2, The Comedy, History & Tragedy of William Shakespeare is a fantastic overview of the life, times and work of Avon’s most famous playwright. With fresh and artful illustrations, a clear layout and bold colours, this marvellous book will give children and pre-teens an enjoyable introduction to Shakespeare. more “Review: The Comedy, History & Tragedy of William Shakespeare”

Review: Best Ever Shakespeare Tales

by Ross Grainger
by Ross Grainger

Don’t put it off until tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow: Terry Deary’s Best Ever Shakespeare Tales

 

Terry Deary is well known for his Horrible Histories series. While Shakespeare’s world was certainly full of plagues and thieves and (if you believed James I) witches, the theme of Deary’s book isn’t horror but FUN! more “Review: Best Ever Shakespeare Tales”

Review: Line of Fire

by Ross Grainger
by Ross Grainger

For the Republic: Line of Fire: Diary of an Unknown Soldier by Barroux

 

Great War cemeteries are sobering places, but there is something particularly mournful in encountering the grave of an ‘Unknown Soldier.’ Most such tombs contain fragments of clothing or faint skeletal remains; ‘a chit of bone,’ as Owen Sheers writes in his poem ‘Mametz Wood.’ The anonymous soldier of Line of Fire is known only through his moving and tantalising month-long diary from the very beginning of the First World War. more “Review: Line of Fire”

Review: Blood, Bones and Body Bits

by Ross Grainger
by Ross Grainger

Made of the right studd: Horrible Science: Blood, Bones and Body Bits by Nick Arnold and Tony De Saulles

 

‘What a piece of work is man,’ said Hamlet. After reading the new edition of Blood, Bones and Body Bits he might amend that to, ‘What a gooey, watery, bloody piece of work is man.’ Written by Nick Arnold and illustrated by Tony De Saulles, this latest instalment of the Horrible Science series is at turns stomach-churning and spine-tingling, but above all it is, like its subject matter, fascinating and worth looking after.
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Review: The Grunts All At Sea

by Ross Grainger
by Ross Grainger

All Aboard! The Grunts All At Sea by Philip Ardagh

If you didn’t care much for the human excrement plot lines in I am STILL not a Loser, you might not enjoy the elephant dung that occasionally pops up (plops out?) of the latest Grunts adventure, The Grunts All at Sea. This is author Philip Ardagh’s fourth instalment of the series, building on the success of The Grunts in Trouble. Once again, he makes full use of all creatures grunt and small, as well as that elephant poo. Unlike the human kind in the world of Barry Loser, this dung is used as fertiliser, and it gives life to a bizarre and intriguing tale.
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Review: I am STILL not a Loser

by Ross Grainger
by Ross Grainger

Not to be poo-pooed: I am STILL not a Loser by Jim Smith

During my days teaching English as a foreign language in Brussels I had many difficult students. They ranged from slow to impolite to certifiably crazy (I did my own certifying). One of the most difficult was a six-year-old Belgian lad who didn’t speak a word of English. At first he was quite shy, but his mischievous side soon shone through. more “Review: I am STILL not a Loser”

Review: The Further Adventures of the Owl and the Pussycat

by Ross Grainger
by Ross Grainger

What a hoot: The Further Adventures of the Owl and the Pussycat by Julia Donaldson and Charlotte Voake

Written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Charlotte Voake, The Further Adventures of the Owl and the Pussycat is textually, artistically and lyrically without fault. The story is slight yet strong; rich but not heavy; intelligent without being pretentious. Accompanying the amusing and touching story are beautiful colour illustrations by Charlotte Voake that complement without cluttering.
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