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Another lovely review of Four on the Run

There’s another lovely review of Four on the Run, this time on Kids’ Book Review. Here is a short extract:

Cheryl Orsini’s delicate pen illustrations depict the cars in their prime and through their challenges. The dialogue between the cars is humorous and entertaining. This is a perfect chapter book for younger readers.  

You can read the whole review here.

Illustration by Cheryl Orsini from Four on the Run

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Lovely review for Four on the Run at ReadPlus

There’s a lovely review of Four on the Run on ReadPlus, review is by Kathyrn Beilby. Here’s a short extract:

This is a perfect read aloud for Junior Primary students as it is short and will appeal to children who could easily imagine that vehicles may be able to talk. Those younger readers who are progressing to independently reading novels will find the larger text and repetition of key words an asset to reading fluently. The clever illustrations by Cheryl Orsini provide extra interest and support to the reader.

You can read the whole review here.

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Another excellent review for Petal and the Really Hard Riddle

There’s an excellent new review of Petal and the Really Hard Riddle on the Reading Time blog. Here’s a short extract:

Author of picture books, chapter books and stories for older children England has reimagined this tale with humour and skill.

Highly recommended.

(We just wish the great review had mentioned the fabulous illustrations by David Allan too–so we are mentioning them here 🙂 –they are fabulous indeed and really add to the wonderful story!)

You can read the whole review here.


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Nice first review for Petal in Buzz Words

The first review for our new chapterbook, Kathryn England’s Petal and the Really Hard Riddle(illustrated by David Allan) has just been published in Buzz Words, and it’s a nice one. Here’s a short extract:

This is a lively reworking of a tale probably unfamiliar to today’s readership of five to nine-year olds for whom it’s intended, but the story is easy to follow with simple text in a well-designed book. Each chapter is illustrated with black and white drawings which make reading easier.

You can read the full review here.

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Lovely review of Troll Tales in Magpies

Delighted to see that Margrete Lamond’s and Ingrid Kallick’s gorgeous Two Troll Tales from Norway has garnered another lovely review! It’s in the latest issue of the prestigious children’s literature magazine, Magpies, and is by author and bookseller Mike Lucas. Here’s a very short extract:

Christmas Press, a relatively new publisher specialising in fairy tales, folk tales and traditional stories, has brought together a magical storyteller and a perfectly suited illustrator to retell these two Norwegian tales..

The review is below(not available online)


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Excellent review for Two Troll Tales in Reading Time

trolls-6Just in, another great review for Margrete Lamond and Ingrid Kallick’s Two Troll Tales from Norway!

Here’s some short extracts: Margret Lamond skilfully retells the two magical tales in this charming picture book displaying her talent as a storyteller….The illustrations by Ingrid Kallick convey the unusual quality of these stories and have a distinctly Scandinavian appearance in the decorative patterns and colours.

You can read the whole review here.

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Great review by Hazel Edwards of Three Dragons!

hazelWe were delighted and honoured to hear that the distinguished and very popular author Hazel Edwards has posted a wonderful five-star review of Three Dragons for Christmas, on Goodreads. The review follows below but you can also read it here.

Review by Hazel Edwards

Dragons appeal to young readers and even pre-readers. Lots of thoughtful artwork in this collection.

‘Three Dragons for Christmas’ is a suitable gift of the imagination for an entire family. It won’t be read only at Christmas.

Beautifully designed with traditional illustrations and even a mouse on each of the endpapers, plus a bookplate for the owner’s name, this is a book for keeping (even when downsizing). Check out the green dragon scales on the endpapers too.

The three tales are very different but all share the rhythm of well structured stories where the reader identifies emotionally and cares what happens to the character…in each case a small dragon.

Sophie Masson’s ‘The Christmas Dragon’ wants to be a sleigh-pulling reindeer. The job interview with Santa when you’re fiery, not cool, was fun. Lisa Stewart’s postcard provided a different perspective even if 5 cents seems cheap postage in dragontimes.

Fiona Mc Donald’s ‘Dragon Market’ was like many present day community markets and the eventual dragon merchandise sells well.

And the witty book titles within the Beattie Alvarez’s illustrations for ‘The Dragon’s Pet’ include Encyclopedia Draconica and First Flames.

Both the design and type of tale have a traditional feel, and the book is VERY green, with scales. All read well aloud (especially by grandparents to 5 year olds).

Older readers ( and adults) will also enjoy this trio of stories by three different authors, two of whom are illustrator-authors and the extra Dragon artwork by illustrator David Allan.

Highly recommended.


Great review of Tengu Tales in Buzz Words

Two Tengu Tales front coverAnother great review for the beautiful Two Tengu Tales from Japan, by Duncan Ball and David Allan: review published in Buzz Words. Here’s a short extract:

Thank goodness for Christmas Press which works hard to introduce young Australian readers to legends, myths and folklore from other countries! Here is its latest offering, a lively retelling by a well-known children’s author of stories about tengu, magical beings from Japan who grant wishes to those who ask them. However, tengu are tricksters…

This is a gorgeously presented book, well-designed with illustrations in the Japanese tradition which are so attractive they make you want to pore over them.

You can read the full review here.