Wednesday, 30 December 2015

Book Review on Ooh la la Daizy Star by Cathy Cassidy

By: Cocopanda

 So sorry I haven't been reviewing!

Book review:

Daizy star is still looking for her star quality and it's nearly the end of Primary School!! When she finds out that her class are going to Paris for a school trip she can't quite believe it!  A French adventure with modern art, stray cats and boy mad friends. Will Daizy find her star quality or will she find that she's special just the way she is?

I love this book! A fun-filled book with relatable characters. A great book from the great author Cathy Cassidy!

Saturday, 26 September 2015

Review on Cherry Blossom Dreams by Gwyneth Rees

Review by: Cocopanda

Cherry Blossom Dreams is about Sasha - a nearly 13 year old who has a complicated life. Her friends - Lily and Priti - don't get on at all, her mum is dating a 9 year younger man and Sasha's dad died when she was 5. Oh, and her twin brother Sean is hiding a snake with his friend Zack.
The only time Sasha can escape her hard life is Blossom House, a big old Victorian house with cherry trees in the garden. But Blossom House has secrets lurking in every nook and cranny. Will they discover it? And what's wrong with Granny?

I think this book is great and suitable for girls age 10 +. I am sure you will fall in love with the book!


Friday, 24 July 2015


By Cocopanda


  • I am going to include more interviews from now on. We have an interview today (you'll have to wait - boo!).  
  • The Edinburgh Book Festival is on from 15th - 31st August. Book your tickets now!
  • New books are out! The Looking Glass Girl and Fortune Cookie both by Cathy Cassidy are out! Fortune Cookie is the last Chocolate Box Girl book in the series. And this time its main character is a boy. We can't wait!

What do you write?

I've written over a hundred books, but I'm most well known for my Animal Stories series.
Do you get fan mail?
Can we contact you?
By email through my website.
What is your latest book?
The Water Horse has just been published, The Truffle Mouse will be published in August. Return to the Secret Garden and The Snow Princess will be published in October.
What is it like being a writer?
Mostly fantastic, except for the days where the book doesn’t want to work!

What tips would you give to want-to-be writers?
Read – the more you read and think about what you’re reading the better your own writing will be. Also, try to finish things!

How did you get into writing?
I worked as an editor at a children’s publisher and came up with an idea for a book series. I was supposed to work the idea up so we could suggest it to authors who might want to write it, but I fell in love with the idea and wrote it myself.

Who is your inspiration?
I don’t really have one…

Who would you like to thank for giving you ideas, their thoughts ect.?
My children are very useful feedback, and good at having accidents and entanglements that find their way into my books. So are my cats!

Saturday, 18 July 2015

Book review on Half a Sister by Kelly McKain

Review by: Cocopanda

I loved reading this book. It is about Hannah finding out she has an older half sister, called Ellie. She cannot wait. Ellie tries to help out with friendship problems but it becomes worse. Does Ellie have a bad, dark side? Read it and find out!

I think this is a good read for girls and boys aged 9 - 12 . 5 stars from me!!

Thursday, 16 July 2015

Book Review on Boys school girls: Tara's sister trouble by Lil Chase

Review by: Cocopanda

This book about a boys school accepting girls for the first time in it's history. Tara is really excited and is looking forward to it. But when her sister Maxie joins as well disaster looms. Join Tara, Obi, Abby, Candy and Maxie in a journey of friendship.

I think this is a great read for girls age 9 - 13. 5 stars from me!!

If you liked this book why not try The Boy's School Girls: Abby's Shadow or Obi's Secret ?

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Book Review on Maya's Secret by Holly Webb

Review by: Cocopanda

Maya Knight is actually India Kell's daughter. Maya moved schools to have a fresh start, with no-one knowing about her mum. But when the Fair Trade Project comes up Maya, Poppy, Izzy and Emily need to go to great lengths to get the word out there.... and it means Maya revealing the truth about her mum......

I think this book is great! Ages 9 - 12 for girls and boys.

5 stars!

Book Review on Daisy, Dad and the Huge, Small Surprise (Ally's World #10) by Karen McCombie

Review by: Cocopanda

Grandma and Stanley are getting married, Dad + Tor's new teacher = lots of twinkling. Ally is feeling sad as someone is left out from all of this love business - Mum!

I really like this book and would recommend it to all of my friends. A good read for girls (and maybe some boys) aged 9 - 13.

5 stars!

Monday, 13 July 2015

A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket

Review by: Cocopanda

First there is the fire, then  Count Olaf. Follow the Baudelaire sibling throughout their journey. Violet: the inventive one, the eldest. Klaus: the intelligent one. And Sunny: The little baby who loves to bite things.

I think this book is great for boys and girls aged 9 - 12.

 5 stars!

Book review on A Perfect Ten by Chris Higgins

Review by: Cocopanda

Eva does gymnastics and is the queen of it at her club. She's the girl that everyone envies. When new girl Patty joins the club Eva's secrets threaten to return to the surface.

I think this book is a good read for girls age 9 - 12.

Check out Chris Higgins's website - 

Sunday, 14 June 2015

Review on Pea's book of Birthdays by Susie Day

Review by: Cocopanda.

Pea is about to turn 12. She is stuck for ideas on her birthday party. Meanwhile, her friends are swapping horses for boy bands with swooshy hair. Pea wants to be Mature and Sophisticated  so decides to do a sleepover party, which her friends think is a wonderful idea. She wants to invite Sam, her best boy mate, but  her friends tell her it's not allowed. Is this really what growing up is? Pea wants her real father to come to her party (what ever party it is) but is it so easy trying to find the right Ewan MacGregor (not the actor!)? 
In the end Pea ends up with.... well I am not going to tell you. You you to find out yourself!

I think this book is great for 9 - 12 girls who like Cathy Cassidy and Jacqueline Wilson. I will read the other books in the series for sure. Look out for reviews on books by Susie Day by me!

Sunday, 10 May 2015

Book review. Parties, Predicaments and Undercover Pets by Karen McCombie

Review by: Cocopanda

I love this book. My favourite bit was a when Feargal gets Ally's journal on the Award Day at school at starts reading bits out. Then Ally gets an Award and she trips over meaning she got a swollen ankle. And Kyra gets a kitten an names it Mushu. She keeps it in a plastic bag.

Read it to find out more!

5 stars.

Book Review on The Accidental Time Traveller by Janis MacKay

Review By: Coco Panda

I think this book is great. Agatha Black is from 1812 but she time travelled to 2015. Saul Martin needs to get her back to 1812! Fun and at the end Saul and Agnes finds her- Well I wouldn't spoil it would I? Nah!

A great book for girls and boys aged 8 - 12.

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Review of Jacky Daydream by Jacqueline Wilson

Review by: Cocopanda

I think this book is great because when you read it you find out how Jacqueline was as a girl. It is in time-order. There is photos ad school reports.

5 Stars!

Review on Letters to Cathy. by Cathy Cassidy ~GIRLS ONLY~

Review by: Cocopanda

I think this book is really really good because it is made up of letters (the problems/questions from you) and anwsers (from Cathy). It is spilt into different chapters: Friends Forever?, Growing up, Boys, Boys,Boys School Daze, Beat Bullying, Confidence tricks, Being yourself, Dream on, Family Matters,Sad stuff, Things that don't help, .... And things that do! Instead of reading it like you would to a normal book you can just open it up. It doesn't matter where you land.

5 Stars!

Saturday, 21 February 2015

Review on Summer's Dream by Cathy Cassidy

Review by: Coco Panda

Summer's Dream

Summer loves ballet. And when a place for a new ballet school comes up she really wants it. Even though she is really thin she goes in a diet. I think she should have listened to people instead of listening to the voice inside her head.

A really good book for girls who are aged 10 - 14 who like Jacqueline Wilson and Karen McCombie

Friday, 20 February 2015

Review on Cherry Crush by Cathy Cassidy AND a review on Bitter Sweet by Cathy!!

Reviews by: Coco Panda

Cherry Crush

I think this book is really, really good. I like how Cathy writes about how Cherry felt, and was, before she and her dad moved down to Somerset and how Cherry felt, and was, when they moved down to Somerset. It is also really sad because she explains to Shay (see the next review) how the story of her life was wrong and she never grew up in Japan and her mum died.

A great book for girls (and maybe some boys) aged 9 - 14 who like authors such as Jacqueline Wilson and Karen McCombie

Bitter Sweet

This book is great. Shay is Cherry's boyfriend and he comforts his ex in front of Cherry and they fall out. He is also made an offer for a record deal but his dad says no and gets really angry. 

A great book for girls (maybe some boys) aged 9 -14 who like authors such as Jacqueline Wilson and Karen McCombie.

I hope you enjoy reading those books. I did.

Sunday, 15 February 2015

Book Review on Ally's World: Sisters, Super-Creeps and Slushy, Gushy love songs By Karen McCombie

Review by: Coco Panda

I think this book is a great read. I like how Karen makes you feel you are part of the book.

5 stars!

I recommend this book to girls aged 9 - 14 who like Jacqueline Wilson and Cathy Cassidy.

Saturday, 14 February 2015

Review on The Sisters Grimm by Michael Buckley

Review by: Coco Panda

This book is the 1st one out of nine.

This book is full of adventure. At the start Daphne and Sabrina Grimm are on a train to their grandmother's house. They believe that their grandmother is dead! Also at the start it is a bit boring but when you read on it is not boring.

5 stars!

Review on Angel Cake by Cathy Cassidy

Review By: Coco Panda

I think this book is really good. It shows the story-tellers view and how she is worried about moving to Liverpool from Poland.

4 stars!

Friday, 2 January 2015

Emily Feather and the Chest of Charms by Holly Webb -Book Review-

Review by CocoPanda 

Emily Feather is a girl who lives with Fairies - sound girly but it is not the fairies like you hear about in fairy tales -  Ash her dad guards the doors to the fairy world.

When her older sister Lory brings home a boy called Dan, Emily, Lark and Robin don't trust him. They think he looks like someone they know.......... But who?

An exciting story of adventure.

I recommend this book to girls who like adventure and strange happenings aged 7-10.

Review on Crystal by Rebecca Lisle.

Review by: Cocopanda

I LOVE this book. It is quite unussual but in a good way. I love the part when Effie (Crystal's mum) gets arrested.

I recommend this book to Boys and Girls aged 8-12 who like adventure.

Review on Amethyst by Rebecca Lisle

Review by: Cocopanda

I think Amethyst is really exciting. My favourite part is when Shane Anigan comes to Spindle House.

I recommend this book to boys and girls aged 8-12 who love adventure and excitment.