Sunday, 29 November 2020

Mr. Ripley's Enchanted Books: Children's Top Book Picks - Jan 2021

 

Lauren St John - Kate Wolfe on Thin Ice (Wolfe & Lamb) - Published by Macmillan Children's Books (7 Jan. 2021) - ISBN-13: 978-1509874279 - Paperback - Age: 9+

    Join Kat Wolfe and her best friend Harper Lamb on the winter holiday of a lifetime in Kat Wolfe on Thin Ice – full of mystery, intrigue, snow and huskies!

    Kat and Harper can’t wait to join their parents on a winter vacation in a mountain cabin in the US. But a series of misadventures result in them being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Alone. 
    When Kat discovers that an argument she witnessed in New York City holds the key to a major crime, she's certain that it’s only a matter of time until the culprits come looking for her. 
    With a snow storm moving in and no way out, all that stands between the girls and disaster are a team of eight huskies and one impossible raccoon.

    Amy Sparkes - The House at the Edge of Magic - Published by Walker Books (7 Jan. 2021) - ISBN-13 : 978-1406395310 - Paperback - Age: 7+
    "Sometimes you are a whisper away from magic without even realizing it."
    Nine is an orphan pickpocket determined to escape her life in the Nest of a Thousand Treasures. When she steals a house-shaped ornament from a mysterious woman’s purse, she knocks on its tiny door and watches it grow into a huge, higgledy-piggeldy house. Inside she finds a host of magical and brilliantly funny characters, including Flabberghast – a young wizard who’s particularly competitive at hopscotch – and a hideous troll housekeeper who’s emotionally attached to his feather duster. They have been placed under an extraordinary spell, which they are desperate for Nine to break – and if she can, maybe they can offer her a new life in return…

     

    Louie Stowell (Author), Davide Ortu (Illustrator) - The Wizard in the Wood (The Dragon in the Library) - Published by Nosy Crow Ltd (14 Jan. 2021) - ISBN-13 : 978-1788006323 - Paperback Age: 7+


    Kit, Josh and Alita are heading back to school - and they're excited to discover that they're getting a brand new library, which also means getting their own wizard librarian... and a dragon! But when something VERY BAD happens at the new library, it's up to Kit and her friends to save the world one more time. The third instalment in the funny, exciting, magical, and action-packed Dragon in the Library series, brilliantly illustrated throughout by Davide Ortu. Have you read the other books in the series? Look out for: The Dragon in the Library The Monster in the Lake. 

    Ross Welford - When We Got Lost in Dreamland - Published by HarperCollins Children’s Books (21 Jan. 2021) - ISBN-13 : 978-0008447182 - Age: 8+ - Hardback 

    The landmark new novel from Ross Welford, one of the fastest-growing and most critically acclaimed middle-grade authors in the UK, this funny, moving and brilliant sixth book cements his position as the most exciting storyteller around for readers of 10+.

    When 12-year-old Malky and his younger brother Seb become the owners of a “Dreaminator”, they are thrust into worlds beyond their wildest imagination.
     
    From tree-top flights and Spanish galleons, to thrilling battles and sporting greatness – it seems like nothing is out of reach when you can share a dream with someone else.
     
    But… impossible dreams come with incredible risks, and when Seb won’t wake up and is taken to hospital in a coma, Malky is forced to leave reality behind and undertake a final, terrifying journey to the stone-age to wake his brother…

    Wednesday, 25 November 2020

    Mr. Ripley's Enchanted Books - Book Cover Wars + Voters Competition - Round THREE 2020/2021

    Before we close the doors for the last time on Mr. Ripley's Enchanted Books, we like to take the opportunity to thank you all for the support you have shown us in the last twelve years or so. It has been a hard and very sad decision to make as it has been a fantastic journey and one that I've enjoyed very much. However, we would like to do one more fantasy tango with Mr. Ripley's Enchanted Book Cover Wars. It's been a highlight for many years so let us go out with a BANG or maybe just a fizz! 

    We are looking to find your favourite book cover ONCE again for 2020/2021. We do this to support the creative heroes of the children's book world; the illustrators and the creative teams behind all the books we love. So, please share this exciting adventure with your friends and followers on social media #bookcoverwars. Everyone is welcome so come and vote and share the FUN. 

    Mr. Ripley's Enchanted Book Cover War Rules: There will be five weekly heats (Two after this one)  with five book covers to vote for. All heat winners will make the grand final plus one more book cover (Wild Card Entry) with the highest amount votes will go through from any of the heats.

    As a voter, not only will you get the chance to choose your favourite book cover, but you will also be in with the chance to win a prize each week. This week's prize is a £10 National Book Token (the UK only). Please leave a comment to show your interest. Good luck and let's all have some fun. 
    • Round One Winner: Elle McNicoll - A Kind of Spark Illustrated by Kay Wilson - Published by Knights Of (4th June 2020)
    • Round Two Winner: Nizrana Farook - The Boy Who Met a Whale - Illustrated by David Dean - Published by Nosy Crow (14th Jan 2021)
    If you are interested then all you need to do is:
    • Vote for your favourite book cover using the poll - HERE  (or at the bottom of the post)
    • Leave a comment through this post or poll - HERE (or at the bottom of the post)
    • Have fun, share, and tell the world or just a friend. Tweet, Facebook, Instagram and watch the voting develop, and wait to hear whether you've won (once the poll has closed). 
    • This poll will end on 1. 12. 2020 at Midnight UK time. 
    So here are the FIVE brilliant book covers to vote for this week:

    BOOK ONE: Katya Balen - October, October - Illustrated by Angela Harding - Published by 
    Bloomsbury Children's Books (17 Sept. 2020) - VOTE HERE


    BOOK TWO: K. L. Kettle  - The Boy I Am - Illustrated by Thomas Truong - Published by 
    Stripes Publishing (7 Jan. 2021) - VOTE HERE 


    BOOK THREE: Lindsay Galvin - Darwin's Dragons - Illustrated by Gordy Wright - Published by 
    Chicken House (7 Jan. 2021) - VOTE HERE


    BOOK FOUR: 
    M. G. Leonard & Sam Sedgman - Murder on the Safari Star - Illustrated by Elisa Paganelli - Published by Macmillan Children's Books (4 Feb. 2021) - VOTE HERE 


    BOOK FIVE: Jack Meggitt-Philips - 
    The Beast and the Bethany - Illustrated by Isabelle Follath - Published by Egmont (1 Oct. 2020) - VOTE HERE

    HAPPY VOTING! #Bookcoverwars 


    Tuesday, 24 November 2020

    Mr. Ripley's Enchanted Books - Eve McDonnell - Elsetime - Book Review ( Everything with Words)



    This is the debut book from the Irish writer Eve McDonnell. ELSETIME was published in September 2020 by the fantastic independent publisher Everything With Words. It has been inspired by a real-life tragic event: The Great Flood of London in 1928. It's a brilliantly breathtaking story full of unique charm and fantastic characters. Each feels different on paper as they float through the fantasy brain leaving an ever-lasting memory of a dream-like quality. 

    One of the main characters in the book is a young twelve-year-old orphan girl called Glory. She works in the fantastically named The Frippery and Fandangle Emporium creating jewellery in 1928. Glory is a character that will stay with you as she is not your normal archetype and is written brilliantly. The other character, Needle - a mudlark boy from 1864 - has an amazing talent as he can read the history and the story of an object just by holding it in the palm of his hand. However, when his father disappears, a journey begins that will have you soaring from great heights in a tale combining historical events. Both character's lives intertwine on this special journey involving time travel in a mission to save fourteen lives.  

    The story has a wonderful classic feeling that will have you gripped throughout each page as you follow a real action-packed adventure. This is partly due to the small illustrated images that have been produced by HOLLY OVEDEN; just like the book cover they are captivating and attract the reader's attention. I really loved the different poses of the crow on the inside of the cover. The story also encapsulates the wicked element of another major character (Mrs Quick) that keeps you transfixed providing an edgy and nasty side. It is definitely thought-provoking and instills an empathic feeling into the story. 

    Can the children and their pet crow (Magpie) who influences their paths change the future and save the folk of Inthington? Well, you will have to pick up a copy and find out. I would heartily recommend reading this book as it's very imaginative with a quirky plotline and excellent description full of historical references. It's compelling, full of magical realism and has heartfelt characters that stand up to bullying. The setting feels like a fairytale but with an explosive ending that will leave you fully satisfied. So strap yourself in for the most brilliant (non-mainstream) adventure you are likely to have this year. 

    Tuesday, 17 November 2020

    Mr. Ripley's Enchanted Books - Book Cover Wars + Voters Competition - Round TWO 2020/2021

     Before we close the doors for the last time on Mr. Ripley's Enchanted Books, we like to take the opportunity to thank you all for the support you have shown us in the last twelve years or so. It has been a hard and very sad decision to make as it has been a fantastic journey and one that I've enjoyed very much. However, we would like to do one more fantasy tango with Mr. Ripley's Enchanted Book Cover Wars. It's been a highlight for many years so let us go out with a BANG or maybe just a fizz! 

    We are looking to find your favourite book cover ONCE again for 2020/2021. We do this to support the creative heroes of the children's book world; the illustrators and the creative teams behind all the books we love. So, please share this exciting adventure with your friends and followers on social media #bookcoverwars. Everyone is welcome so come and vote and share the fun. 

    Mr. Ripley's Enchanted Book Cover War Rules:There will be five weekly heats with five book covers to vote for. All heat winners will make the grand final plus one more book cover (Wild Card Entry) with the highest amount votes will go through from any of the heats.

    As a voter, not only will you get the chance to choose your favourite book cover, but you will also be in with the chance to win a prize each week. This week's prize is a £10 National Book Token (the UK only). Please leave a comment to show your interest. Good luck and let's all have some fun. 

    Congratulations: Round One Winner: Elle McNicoll - A Kind of Spark - Illustrated by Kay Wilson - Published by Knights Of (4th June 2020)

    If you are interested then all you need to do is:
    • Vote for your favourite book cover using the poll - HERE  (or at the bottom of the post)
    • Leave a comment through this post or poll - HERE (or at the bottom of the post)
    • Have fun, share, and tell the world. Tweet, Facebook and watch the voting develop, and wait to hear whether you've won (once the poll has closed). 
    • This poll will end on 23.11.2020 at Midnight UK time. 
    So here are the FIVE brilliant book covers to vote for this week:


    BOOK ONE: Phil Hickes - The Haunting of Aveline Jones - Published by 
    Usborne Publishing Ltd (17 Sept. 2020) - Illustrated by Keith Robinson - VOTE HERE


    BOOK TWO: Nizrana Farook - The Boy Who Met a Whale - Published by 
    Nosy Crow Ltd (14 Jan. 2021) - Illustrated by David Dean - VOTE HERE


    BOOK THREE: Dan Smith - The Invasion of Crooked Oak - Published by 
    Barrington Stoke (3 Sept. 2020) - Illustrated by Chris King - VOTE HERE



    BOOK FOUR: Eve McDonnell - Elsetime - Published by 
    Everything with Words (17 Sept. 2020) - Illustrated by Holly Ovenden - VOTE HERE


    BOOK FIVE: P.G. Bell - Delivery to the Lost City (The Train to Impossible Places) - Published by 
    Usborne Publishing Ltd (7 Jan. 2021) - Illustrated by Flavia Sorrentino - VOTE HERE


    Monday, 16 November 2020

    Catherine Bruton - Another Twist in the Tale - (Nosy Crow) - Book Review (Mr.Ripley's Enchanted Books)

    I've always enjoyed the ability to pick up a book and read it from cover to cover. However, like many others, I've really struggled of late to keep my focus and concentrate. Fortunately, this book has been a turning point as I have really enjoyed it. Another Twist in the Tale is the second book by Catherine Bruton and was published by Nosy Crow (5th November 2020). The story takes us back to Victorian London as we gatecrash a world created by the great man and author Charles Dickens. You've heard the tale of Master Oliver Twist, but have you heard the tale about Twill Twist?

    Well walk this way, my fellow reader, and watch your step on the slippery, cobbled streets rife with pickpockets, gangs, and cutthroat thieves. It's time to discover the mysterious tale of TWILL TWIST who was separated at birth and discarded on a rubbish heap. Here the imagination begins as we set off on a thrilling journey that will entertain the socks off a spider and send you spinning into a Victorian frenzy full of mayhem and mishaps. 

    This is an action-packed adventure full of life where characters gamble the odds and undertake daring rescues. The book is very well executed and delivers the time period rather well; the plot is compact and full of intrigue and suspense. Weaving through the thick smog with the child catchers chasing you will leave you with an uneasy feeling in your bones. It is a perfect introduction to the young and old as we visit some very familiar Dicken's characters such as Jack Dawkins (better known as the ARTFUL DODGER) and Fagin (a miser and cheat who would swindle his own mum out of the clothes on her own back). 

    I loved every minute of this book; it's a magical walk into fantasy and beyond. It really depicts Victorian hardship through the feminist characters all of whom you will be cheering on and hoping for the best. The world is depicted full of dark promises and nefarious deeds that you will enjoy from the very first page to the last. The ending is brilliant and leaves a hint of another adventure yet to come. There's plenty to reflect on as you pop on the kettle, crack open the Jammy Dodgers, and ask for more. MORE?! Absolutely! 

    Teaching Resources

    They have also produced some Activity packs which we hope you will enjoy – they can be downloaded here as PDFs.  There is a teaching pack, some activity sheets, and some stylish bookmarks!

    Sunday, 8 November 2020

    Mr. Ripley's Enchanted Books - Lockdown Book Cover Wars - Round One 2020/2021

    Before we close the doors for the last time on Mr. Ripley's Enchanted Books, we like to take the opportunity to thank you all for the support you have shown us in the last twelve years or so. It has been a hard and very sad decision to make as it has been a fantastic journey and one that I've enjoyed very much. However, we would like to do one more fantasy tango with Mr. Ripley's Enchanted Book Cover Wars. It's been a highlight for many years so let us go out with a BANG or maybe just a fizz! 

    We are looking to find your favourite book cover ONCE again for 2020/2021. We do this to support the creative heroes of the children's book world; the illustrators and the creative teams behind all the books we love. So, please share this exciting adventure with your friends and followers on social media #bookcoverwars. Everyone is welcome so come and vote and share the fun. 

    Mr. Ripley's Enchanted Book Cover War Rules:
    There will be five weekly heats with five book covers to vote for. All heat winners will make the grand final plus one more book cover (Wild Card Entry) with the highest amount votes will go through from any of the heats.


    As a voter, not only will you get the chance to choose your favourite book cover, but you will also be in with the chance to win a prize each week. This week's prize is a £10 National Book Token (the UK only). Please leave a comment to show your interest. Good luck and let's all have some fun. 

    If you are interested then all you need to do is:
    • Vote for your favourite book cover using the poll - HERE 
    • Leave a comment through this post or poll - HERE
    • Have fun, watch the voting develop, and wait to hear whether you've won (once the poll has closed). 
    • This poll will end on 15.11.2020 at Midnight UK time. 
    So here are the FIVE brilliant book covers to vote for this week:

    BOOK ONE: Christopher Edge - Space Oddity - Published by Chicken House (7 Jan. 2021) - Illustrated by Ben Mantle/Steve Wells. VOTE HERE


    BOOK TWO: Philip Caveney - The Sins of Allie Lawrence - Published by Fledgling Press (30 Nov. 2020) -  Illustrated by Yvonne Gilbert - VOTE HERE


    BOOK THREE: Jaclyn Moriarty -  The Slightly Alarming Tale of The Whispering Wars - Published by Guppy Books (1 Oct. 2020) - Illustrated by Karl James Mountford - VOTE HERE


    BOOK FOUR: Hana Tooke - The Unadoptables - Published by Puffin (23 Jul. 2020) - Illustrated by Ayesha L. Rubio - VOTE HERE


    BOOK FIVE: Elle McNicoll - A Kind of Spark - Published by Knights Of ( 4 Jun 2020) - Illustrated by Kay Wilson - VOTE HERE

    HAPPY VOTING ALL!