Book Reviews

Book Review: A Song of Gladness by Michael Morpurgo and Emily Gravett (ARC)

Rating: 5/5 This is a gorgeous new picture book by Michael Morpurgo and Emily Gravett aimed at 3-5 year olds, but actually one for all ages. It certainly has something we all need to hear and will be released next month. Blurb: Travel the globe in this inspiring journey through the animal kingdom. A Song… Continue reading Book Review: A Song of Gladness by Michael Morpurgo and Emily Gravett (ARC)

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Book Review: Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey

Rating 4.5 / 5 This was a stunning read. It’s so beautifully written and allowed me to forget I was even reading (just as the best books always do) as it carried me across the 70-year span of the story. Blurb: A mystery, an unsolved crime and one of the most unforgettable characters since Mark… Continue reading Book Review: Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey

Book Reviews, The Writing Mum

World Book Day 2021: Our Top 21 Picture Books

Our house is bursting with books, many of which are the picture books we have lovingly collected over the last 7 and a half years (and more) as well as others that have come to stay for a short while from the library. We have loved our journey into the magic of picture books, and… Continue reading World Book Day 2021: Our Top 21 Picture Books

Book Reviews

Book Review: I am the Seed that Grew The Tree by Fiona Waters and Fran Preston Gannon

Rating: 5/5 It's World Book Day so a good time to review our favourite book of the year. This poetry anthology has been an absolute blessing over the past year and throughout two lockdowns, and it's absolutely stunning – a must for every family. Blurb: I Am the Seed That Grew the Tree, named after… Continue reading Book Review: I am the Seed that Grew The Tree by Fiona Waters and Fran Preston Gannon

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Book Review: Flight by Vanessa Harbour

RATING: 5/5 I came across this middle-grade World War II adventure story by Vanessa Harbour when I attended an online workshop by the Golden Egg Academy. Published by Firefly Press this book has been out in the UK for a couple of years, but the recommendation sent me looking for it and I'm so glad… Continue reading Book Review: Flight by Vanessa Harbour

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Book Review: Kitty and the Moonlight Rescue by Paula Harrison and Jenny Lovlie

Rating: 4/5 Our local libraries (Wirral Libraries) are now offering an order-and-collect service, which is fantastic for our book loving family and also the bank balance! Raise your hand if, like me, you spent all the money saved from staying home during lockdown on books!? Too tempting wasn't it? But this kind of spending can't… Continue reading Book Review: Kitty and the Moonlight Rescue by Paula Harrison and Jenny Lovlie

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Book Review: The House With Chicken Legs by Sophie Anderson #amreading #middlegradefiction

Rating: 5/5 I definitely recommend this book to all Middle Grade readers -whether you fall into the age bracket or not (like me!) - particularly those who like a little heart felt fantasy. It's a real page turner and beautifully told. Blurb (from Good Reads): Cover by Melissa Castrillon All 12-year-old Marinka wants is a… Continue reading Book Review: The House With Chicken Legs by Sophie Anderson #amreading #middlegradefiction

Flash Fiction

Friday Flash: Gingerbread Kisses

Harold Snow wiped his hands down his apron and admired his handiwork. Twelve perfectly sculpted gingerbread women smiled up at him, their sweet scent wrapping like a blanket around him. ‘Grandpa, Grandpa, are they done, are they done?’ cried Izzy. She ran to fetch her step, dragging it screeching across the floor, before climbing up beside… Continue reading Friday Flash: Gingerbread Kisses

Flash Fiction

Weekend Writing Prompt #146: Epoch

Epoch At the edge of one I wait For doors to open, and welcome me in A pause  A breath Then time hurries on  With me its captive. ____________________________________________________ A word prompt to get your creativity flowing this weekend.  How you use the prompt is up to you.  Write a piece of flash fiction, a… Continue reading Weekend Writing Prompt #146: Epoch

Book Reviews

Book Review: Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield

Rating: 5/5 Blurb (from goodreads): On a dark midwinter’s night in an ancient inn on the river Thames, an extraordinary event takes place. The regulars are telling stories to while away the dark hours, when the door bursts open on a grievously wounded stranger. In his arms is the lifeless body of a small child.… Continue reading Book Review: Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield