Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Review on Copper writtern by Rebecca Lisle

Review by: Coco-Panda.

I think this book is really good. It is the 1st in the series.

It is about the Wood and Rock clans having a war. It is Copper's 10th birthday- all is normal but she has to flee  from Aunt Ruby's to the Marble Mountians.

I recommend this book to girls and boys who like adventure aged 9-11.





Saturday, 6 December 2014

Review on Shrinking Violet Absolutely Loves Ancient Egypt

By: Coco Panda

I think it is a really good book. I love how they win a trip to Egypt and then they have a massive adventure.

I reccomend this book to kids aged 8 - 11 (girls and boys )

Friday, 28 November 2014

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix ~ Book Review.

By: Coco - Panda


I think this book is really good! It is the 5th one in the Harry Potter series.

When Harry sees Mr. Weasley being attacked by a snake, he wakes up yelling. A while later he sees Sirius (His godfather.) being interrogetted by Lord Voldemort in the Department of Mystries, so he rushes to help him, only to find that it was at trick of Voldemort. In the end Sirius dies.

What I find good about this book is that it keeps the reader interested in what might happen next. It is quite sad but very exciting.



Expect another review, but on what book?...

Sunday, 9 November 2014

3 in 1 book review

Daimond by Jacqueline Wilson.

This book is really good but also sad. Ellen-Jane Potts gets sold to Beppo the clown by her father, for 5 ginues. I would read it again for sure!

I recommend this book to kids aged 9 - 12 (girls and maybe boys.)

Hetty Feather also by  Jacqueline Wilson.


This book is also quite sad, but happy at the same time. Hetty gets left at the Foundling Hospital when she was a baby. She finds her mum in the end.

I recommend this book to kids aged 9 - 11 (girls and maybe boys.)

The Fire within by Chris d'Lacey.


This is the first book in the Last Dragon Chronicles, and also very very very good! You meet David Rain for the first time, along with Liz, Lucy. all of the dragons, Henry Bacon, Bonnington the cat and many more!

I recommend this book to children aged 8 - 11 (boys/girls)














Review by Cocopanda

The Dragonsitter's Island by Josh Lacey

This book is made up of emails from Edward Smith Pickle to Morton Pickle (or other way round.)
which makes it different and unique. You don't find many books like it, well.... only the others in the series.

I would defentily read it again, or others.

I recommend this book to people who like short reads,  aged 7 - 9 (boy/girl.)

Thursday, 30 October 2014

Review On Icefire by Chris D'Lacy

Icefire By Chris D'Lacey

I think this book is really really good because it has a good plot, as well as having an exciting story.

I recommend this book to kids who like stuff coming alive. Ages 8 - 12 (girl/boy)


By Coco Panda

A Book review by Eric Brown

Subterfuge, edited by Ian Whates 



This is NewCon Press's fifth volume of original science fiction and fantasy stories, an admirable achievement considering the prevailing ethos that anthologies don't sell. Even more admirable is Whates's policy of combining big names with lesser known writers. Pick of the crop here are "Underbrain" by Tony Ballantyne, a tale of far future evolution on a colony world, its Wodehousian form belying its macabre content; "The God Particle", by new writer Steve Longworth, which interleaves God's visit to CERN with fascinating theories about quantum physics; and Dave Hutchinson's "Multitude", a part of his ongoing series about a post-catastrophe Britain in which psychopathic elves terrorise a traumatised populace. The volume closes with Nick Wood's "Thirstlands", set in a drought-stricken Africa, a beautifully written study of a couple's tenuous relationship in a future where inter-brain communication is commonplace.



Tuesday, 14 October 2014

A Book Review ~ By Eric Brown

Hell's Belles by Paul Magrs 


As everyone knows, Whitby is the gateway to hell and other eldritch dimensions, a spook-ridden town on the edge of the icy North Sea where anything can happen and frequently does – at least in this series of fabulously crazy novels featuring Brenda and Effie, the town's self-appointed guardians. This adventure has the bride-of-Frankenstein Brenda and white witch Effie battling against the Brethren, an evil cult bent on opening the maw of hell. When a film company comes to town to remake a cursed sixties horror classic Get Thee Inside Me, Satan, our engaging and unlikely heroines find themselves up against possessed film star Karla Sorensen, the golem of Victor Frankenstein, and a pair of old dears from the local Save the Kiddies shop. The fourth book in the series, it's the longest and by far the best, as Magrs weaves the backstories of his characters into the ingenious, pell-mell narrative. He carries it off with dollops of camp panache and obvious affection for his likeable cast of characters.




Well! I know I did not say before but I asked and he said ok. Another book review is coming out tomorrow or round about then.

I hope you liked that!

Pizza-Bear

Sunday, 5 October 2014

The next thing Coco-panda is reading

By: Pizza-bear

The next thing Coco is reading is Bliss by Kathryn Littlewood.


                                                                       Bliss book #3
bliss book #2
 Bliss book #1

~ A 3 in 1 book review! ~

Both By: Coco-Panda,

Yellowfang's Secret By Erin Hunter

I love Yellowfang's Secret, it starts off being Yellowfang when she was a kit (a kitten) called Yellowkit. I think she should not  of become a medicine cat. It was quite sad when she had the kits (2 of them)  then 1 of them died, but I am happy that Brokenkit became the deputy leader. 

When Raggedstar dies, Brokentail becomes leader (and Brokenstar - the name of the leader always ends in "star") but not a very good one, he made kits under 6 moons (6 months) do battle-training and fight which is against the warrior code.


So I really recommend this book to kids aged 9 to 12.  (Boy or Girl)


My School Musical and other Punishments By Catherine Wilkins


This book is really good. It is the last in the series of the three by Catherine Wilkins. It is about how Jessica's school puts on a school musical, The Wizard of Oz. Her best friend gets really really stressed about her big role to play, Dorothy. 

Jessica gets on Set design, along with Amelia. I am happy that Jess and Amelia makes friends.

I recommend this book to kids ages 8 - 12. (Girl)


Puppy Party by Anna Wilson.


The last puppy book in the series. 

I really liked it because it goes through lots of stages like Molly and Summer dis-liking Frank Gritter. I like it when April thinks Nick has dumped her started seeing other woman.

I recommend this book to kids who love animals/dogs aged 7 - 10. (Girl)


Monday, 29 September 2014

What Coco-panda is now reading

By: Pizza-bear


Coco is now reading Warriors: Super Edition, Yellowfang's Secret.

She is now on chapter 32.


Her birthday is coming up, so she is buying Tallstar's Revenge and Thunder Rising (Thunder Rising is Dawn of the Clans book 2)






                                                                               

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

2 book reviews in one!

By: Coco-panda

My brilliant life and other disasters. 

I think this book is really good, it is about cartoons.

Jess and Natalie get to go to the Bird rescue place. 

I don't like Scarlet and Amelia because  they are showy.



















Secrets by Jacqueline Wilson


 I love this book! It is about India living in a big, posh house with her mum and dad.

Treasure lives in a flat with her Nan, because she hates her step-dad Terry.






I am now going to read.... um......? 

I know! You can vote! The book with the most votes - I will read!

Monday, 22 September 2014

What Coco- panda is now reading. By Pizza-bear

 By: Pizza-bear

Now, Coco has now told me she is reading the second "My best friend and other Enemies" called "My brilliant life and other disasters." She says:

"So far it is very good, which makes me want to read it more!"

So me, Brownie and Coco will keep reading and posting and we hope you do to!

Pizza

oxoxoxo



Sunday, 21 September 2014

Review on My Best Friend and other Enemies by Catherine Wilkins

Review on:  My Best Friend and other Enemies

By:  Catherine Wilkins

Review by: Coco-Panda

I think this book is really, really good because it is from Jessica's Point of view and you can really see from her eyes.

I think she did the right thing because she thought about it and decided what to do and weather or not to do it.

From my eyes:

When Jessica’s best friend goes off with new-girl Amelia, Jessica is hurt but determined not to take it lying down. She has a plan, and a secret weapon – her cartoons. The sense of fun and humour  is mightier than the sword, after all, and being good at drawing wins Jessica far more friends than she loses. 


Look out for more reviews from Coco-Panda and her mate Brownie-Bear! Coco will be doing kids Brownie will be doing adults. And the often update from Pizza-Bear.


Saturday, 20 September 2014

Interview with Josh Lacey

Hello!

Here is a interview with Josh Lacey who I was telling you about eailer:


What do you write?
I mostly write books for children. My first book was A Dog Called Grk; it is the story of a boy called Timothy Malt who finds a lost dog in the street and decides to return him to his owners. I've now written eight books about Tim and Grk, and their adventures in different countries around the world. I've written several other children's books too, including Bearkeeper, The Island of Thieves, The Sultan's Tigers and The Dragonsitter.

Do you get fan mail?
One of the nicest things about writing books is that I get emails and letters from all over the world. Some of them simply ask a question, wanting to know how old I am or what my favourite food might be. Others make a comment about one of my books, ask advice about their own writing or just tell me something interesting. I always enjoy reading them - and always reply, although it can take me a few days or even weeks if I'm in the middle of writing a book.

Can we contact you?
Yes, please do. If you go to my website, you'll find a contact page. Here's the link:
http://www.joshlacey.com/contact/contact/email.php

What is your latest book?
I'm writing a series of books about two kids, Eddie and Emily, who look after their uncle's dragon whenever he is away. The first in the series was called The Dragonsitter. The fourth book, The Dragonsitters's Island, was published earlier this year, and the fifth, The Dragonsitter's Party, will be published next March.

What tips would you give to want-to-be writers?
My main piece of advice would be very simple: you should read. Read anything; read everything. Read as much as you can. And once you've read so much that words are coming out of your ears, then perhaps it's time to start writing.

Who is your inspiration?


I haven't been inspired by any particular person, but I have been inspired by the books that I've loved. The Tintin books, for instance, written and illustrated by HergĂ©, I have read and loved for almost my entire life, and they've been a big influence on my own writing. I just wish I was as good an artist as HergĂ©. I'd love to be able to illustrate my own books. I still read all the time, but I've never loved any books as much as the ones that I read when I was a kid - and that's probably why I write books for kids now. 


I hope you liked that.

The Library and News

The Library


Today I got some books out of the library. Here is what I got:

Maya's Secret by Holly Webb - I will start it soon, promise!


                                                  
My Best Friend and other enemies by Catherine Wilkins - Stared it and will finish it soon. Review coming!

Rose and the Silver Ghost - I have not started it yet but I will after Maya's Secret.


In order of reading:

My Best Friend and other Enemies,
Maya's Secret,
Rose and the Sliver Ghost



News:


1. An interview with Josh Lacey is coming up, check out his website to see what he writes and if you will like his books. Link here: http://www.joshlacey.com/books/index.html or: 

2. I will be opening a book club. It will run every Saturday, it might be a book from my bookshelf at home or the library, I will do it by saying "please can you read from chapter 9 to chapter 11" and so on then by Saturday I will give my views and see if you agree. (Things you will need for Book Club: The book we are reading if you don't have the book it does not matter you could borrow it from a friend or library.)


Get your books and read!

Thursday, 14 August 2014

What I am reading after The Hobbit

After The Hobbit I am reading Well Met by Witchlight writen by Nina Beachcroft.

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

I am now reading.....

By CocoPanda

I am now reading The Wombles with my mum and by my self I am reading The Hobbit.


I have read The Hobbit once but it is good and I didn't really do a review. 

I also have read The Wombles once but it is good and I did not do a review.




Sweet Honey by Cathy Cassidy -Book Review-

Review by CocoPanda



Off the road 15 year old Honey lives in a big family - Her mum Charlotte, her step-dad Paddy, Coco the animal maniac, Vintage style Skye, dance crazy Summer and her step-sister Cherry.


I really like it because it is Honey's book and you can see what has happened from her point of view. She goes to Australia but she finds out something is wrong. What has happened when she was a toddler?


Find out in the new book Sweet Honey! 






Cathy Cassidy

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

New books out

Here are some new books out for kids/adults:

ERIC BROWN                                                                


Jani and the Greater Game -     - adults

Murder at the Chase - Crime - adults



HOLLY WEBB


Izzy's River - Kids

Poppy's Garden - Kids

Maisie Hitchin and the Case of the Secret Tunnel - Kids

Maisie Hitchin and the Case of the Feathered Mask - Kids








                                                                           

                                                                                             

Monday, 4 August 2014

Interview with Eric Brown

Hi here is what you have been waiting for the interview!




1.      What do you write?

I write mainly science fiction and crime novels. I like writing about aliens and spaceships and faraway planets – and action adventure. My crime novels are set in London in 1955. I also write children’s books; some are about Mouse and Millie and their alien friend Umba-Wumba, who takes them travelling in space and time.

2.      Do you get fan mail?

From time to time I get letters from readers saying how much they enjoyed a book or story. Sometimes I get letters from children who have read the Mouse and Millie books.

3.      Can we contact you?

Certainly. My email address is: eric.meridian@tiscali.co.uk

4.      What is your latest book?

Jani and the Greater Game is just out. It’s an adventure novel set in India in 1925, but an India that never really existed. Jani is the central character, who has lots of adventures. The cover art (by Dominic Harman) show Jani riding a mechanical elephant. Other books out this year are: Murder at the Chase, a crime novel; Rites of Passage, and Strange Visitors – both collections of SF stories.

5.      Do you write children’s  books?

Yes, the Mouse and Millie books (three so far) mentioned above, and also books for older readers, Twocking, Crazy Love, and Firebug, etc.

6.      What is it like being a writer?

I like it a lot. I’m my own boss. I can work when I want to, and go for long
walks with my dog, Uther. The bad thing is that sometimes publishers
don’t pay me straight away!

7.      What tips would you give to want-to-be writers?

It’s very important for beginning writers to read a lot. Read every day!
Read many different types of books. Then start writing, and don’t stop.
Write as often as you can. Also, when you start sending your stories out, don’t be sad when they are rejected. I received loads of rejections before I sold my first story. Keep writing and keep sending your stories out!

8.      How did you get into writing?

I started reading when I was 15 (late, I know!), and I was so excited by books that I began writing straight away. I didn’t stop. I wrote every day. Twelve years later I sold my first story.

9.      Who is your inspiration?

Loads of writers give me inspiration. The main ones are Rupert Croft-Cooke, my favourite writer. He wrote one hundred and twenty books, on all kinds of subjects. He was never a best-seller, but kept writing away. Another writer who inspired me is Robert Silverberg, a science fiction writer. He wrote hundreds of books of many kinds, and some of his best are SF. I am inspired by people who work hard at their craft, and who don’t let setbacks get in their way.


10.   Who would you like to thank for giving you ideas, their thoughts, etc.

The above two writers, of course. And many friends who are writers – Keith Brooke, Ian Whates, Ian Watson, Phillip Vine, Chris Beckett, Una McCormack, Becky Payne, Tony Ballantyne, Josh Lacey, and many more. I’ve chatted with them about writing and ideas for years and years, and they often give me a lot of food for thought!


Thank you for interviewing me, Freya.

My pleasure, anyway I will soon be putting other things on.

New things ( interviews, finished book, ect.)

Sorry That I have not been blogging - I have been doing lots of reading!!!

What has been happening?


Today we are going to have a interview with Eric Brown. He writes SF and used to do childrens books. If you are interested look at his website. He has a new post from today!

http://ericbrown.co.uk/

We will also be hearing from a person who writes about Medieval French.



Books


I am reading Emily Feather and the Chest of Charms by Holly Webb. 

http://www.holly-webb.com/


Check the website out!





Monday, 14 April 2014

Book club. What book are we reading?

We are now going to be reading: Cherry Crush By Cathy Cassidy.
If you don't have a copy and would like one go to amazon. If you don't have a copy and would not like one just look at the blog every Saturday. That is when the next Chapter is going to coming out. This is the cover:

I hope you have a copy I have mine! The first chapter is going to be read today (14/04/14) 

Book Club

Hi I am now starting up a book club. I hope you will join!

The Hobbit

Hi I am now reading The Hobbit By J R R Tolkien. The is the cover:






This is the first edition. I have one like this. So far it is VERY exciting. I hope you have one because I am starting up a.... well i will say that another time.