Mini reviews: the ones that brought such joy!

I hope you’re all doing well and staying safe!

Today, I’m sharing some mini reviews of some gorgeous kids’ books I’ve read recently. Honestly, I adored each of these and I know my kids are also getting a lot of joy from them too!


WishYouWas by Alexandra Page

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It’s 1952 in smog-shrouded London. Christmas might be fast approaching, but with her mum away and Uncle Frank busy running the post office, Penny Black is lonelier than ever. All that changes when Penny discovers a small, fluffy, funny, springy and – most importantly – talking creature in the post office one night, trying to make off with a letter. But Wishyouwas is no thief. He’s a Sorter, and he soon introduces Penny to a fascinating secret world hidden in the tunnels underneath the city’s streets. Self-appointed guardians of lost mail, the Sorters have dedicated their lives to rescuing letters that have gone astray and making sure they get delivered to their rightful owners. Penny is determined to protect the Sorters, but how long will she be able to keep them safe with Stanley Scrawl, the sinister Royal Mail Rat Catcher, on the prowl? Can Penny save the Sorters and deliver a joyful Christmas?

Oh my gosh, this is the cutest, sweetest, feel good and most wonderful story! Set at Christmas with messages about being kind, looking after each other and the joy of letters, this is just wonderful. This tells the story of a secret, underground crew of postal workers who deliver lost letters and when Penny (a human) happens across one, things start going wrong. I adored this from the first page to the last. This will make the best read aloud in the run up to Christmas, and I bet teachers and their classes will completely and utterly fall in love with this story!

The Puffin Portal – Vashti Hardy

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Grace’s family are wardens of the incredible Griffin Map, using its teleport technology to fight crime across Moreland. Right now it’s all systems go at Griffin HQ, where Grace, her mum and her brother have their hands full answering a huge number of calls for help. They could really do with another warden on the team – but Mum believes their important work should be kept inside the family. Meanwhile, Grace is investigating a series of puzzling petty thefts. The clues lead her to a ramshackle castle on a lonely island, where the mystery only deepens. Will Grace be able to track down the thief?

I bloody love that Vashti Hardy’s books always feature clever female characters who are STEM whizzes. The Puffin Portal continues that! This is the second in the series and it was so wonderful to be back in this world! This is a great story featuring mysterious theft, a strange boy and what it means to actually be family. I love how kindness plays a massive part in this… and how much it means to listen to someone’s story and not just write them off! Can’t wait for the next!

Grimwood by Nadia Shireen

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Fox cub siblings Ted and Nancy are on the run from Princess Buttons, the scariest street cat in the Big City. They flee for Grimwood, expecting to find refuge in the peaceful countryside. Instead, they are met with thieving eagles, dramatic ducks, riotous rabbits and a whole host of unusual characters. Grimwood is . . . weird. But when Princess Buttons tracks them down, Nancy and Ted and the animals of Grimwood must unite in a mind-bending race against time . . .

Grimwood is madness. It’s funny; it’s crazy and it’s full of the maddest bunch of characters I’ve come across in a long time! When 2 foxes have to leave their home in the Big City because of an evil cat, they find their way to Grimwood… a place filled with bonkers animals, who end up being incredibly kind and welcoming! Can Nancy and Ted make this their new home? If you’re after something funny, a bit crazy and full of new friends, look no further! Illustrations in this are GLORIOUS!

The Midnight Thief – Sylvia Bishop

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Transplanted from her exciting life as an explorer’s daughter, Freya finds herself miserable at a posh boarding school. Freya hates all the boring rules, the other girls are mean to her, and the headmistress is frosty good manners personified. When a bat removal expert is called in to deal with an infestation, Freya meets his irrepressible children – and finds herself making friends at last. Together they explore the city, with particular interest in the grand exhibition showing priceless artefacts for the first time. When the objects are stolen in a dramatic heist, Freya is sure her new friends are responsible – but the true culprit might be closer to home…

I bloody love a Sylvia Bishop book and was very excited to read this! I got brilliant vibes from the cover alone and what’s on the inside is just as glorious! This is a great mystery with loads of animal and science goodness wrapped into it! When precious dragon statues start going missing and all the clues point to Freya, she must use her wits and friends to help her find the real thief! I loved Henny – she was a wonderful human! This would make a gorgeous read aloud!


And there you go! I had such a blast reading these! A massive thank you to the publishers who sent me these books, and to my bank account ha! Thanks so much for stopping by!

What have you read recently?
What’s on your TBR?
Recommend me a book that you’ve loved recently!

S x

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