Mini MG reviews: The green edition!

Morning everyone! 

I’m here today with some short MG reviews as I’ve read a few brilliant MG books recently that I’d love to talk to you about and 3 of them have the colour green in common… so it was perfect to put them together! 

44 Tiny Secrets – Sylvia Bishop

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“Betsy Bow-Linnet is determined to become a world famous concert pianist like her parents. There s just one problem: no matter how hard she practises she doesn’t share their musical talents. So when a mysterious letter arrives from a woman claiming to know of an unusual method that will make Betsy s playing stupendous , Betsy jumps at the chance. There’s just one condition: she must keep the method a secret. But it isn’t just one secret it’s forty-four tiny secrets in the shape of a boxful of pygmy mice! Betsy is mystified how are they going to help her play the piano and more importantly how on earth can she keep them all a secret?”

This is a whole lot of fun! What happens when a young girl (who can’t play the piano very well and whose parents are piano playing megastars) gets a mysterious letter promising her piano playing brilliance? You get a gorgeous story about being honest, doing what you love and family! Plus 44 little surprises. I really enjoyed this – I think everything Sylvia Bishop writes is so full of joy and love that she’s one of my must buy authors (if you’ve not read anything by her, please please consider doing so!). Plus, Ashley King’s illustrations are bloody gorgeous! 

The Boy Who Dreamed Of Dragons – Andy Shepherd

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“Eleven-year-old Tomas has a secret friend like no other: Flicker, a dragon with glittering eyes and scales that flicker from fiery orange to ruby red. But Tomas is also having to get used to Flicker being away, now that his dragon’s home is back in the frosty North. Adventure is never far away for Tomas, though – as he finds out when another dragon hatches on the dragonfruit tree at the bottom of the garden, a dragon who quite quickly decides he is sticking firmly with Tomas! Zing is a tiny dragon with oversized wings, who causes havoc wherever he goes.”

Just like the other books in this series, this is an absolute joy. I sped through this book in the space of a morning and I can’t wait to hand it over to thr growing number of Dragons fans we have in school! I love the friends and their dragons, but what happens when a new girl is on the scene and she loves dragons?! This was loads of fun, full of mischief and new friends! I’d really love to have a dragon! The ending of this book leads to a whole load of questions and a lot of intrigue for the next book… I can’t wait to read it! 

Iggy Peck and the Mysterious Mansion – Andrea Beaty

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“Iggy Peck is an architect at his very core: When he’s not making houses out of food, his head is up in the clouds, dreaming of design. So he’s totally blown away when Ada Twist’s Aunt Bernice inherits an old house from ice-cream mogul Herbert Sherbert that is filled with countless rooms from all his favorite architectural periods. But something’s not quite right . . . Everyone says the house is haunted, and it seems that a number of priceless antiques—which were supposed to help Aunt Bernice pay for the house’s upkeep—have gone missing. If they can’t find those antiques, Aunt Bernice might lose the house forever. It will take all of Iggy’s knowledge of architecture and the help of the other Questioneers—Rosie Revere, Ada Twist, and Sofia Valdez—to solve the mystery and find the treasure!”

This is another series, like Dragons, that I am a massive fan of! We love the Questioneers at school! I love that they promote STEM with kids who are cool and fun. This book was so full of joy: a mystery about an old house, some missing furniture and a strange old ice cream maker! I loved the look of the mansion… despite being creepy! I think I’d love to use this book to encourage kids to design their own strange house with mysterious rooms! I love how these books are illustrated too – they’re so brilliantly done! This is a wonderful story to get children asking questions! 

And that’s it for now! 

I hope you enjoyed my whistle-stop tour through these 3 books. These are going to be well loved by our Year 2s and Year 3s! I can’t wait to share them when all of the children are back in school. 

Let me know what you think in the comments and tell me your favourite green book! 

S x 

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