Mini reviews: recent reads

Hello everyone!

I hope you are all well! I haven’t been about much recently (she says knowing full well it’s been about 6 months… more on that in the coming days!)

I’m stopping by your timelines today to share 3 books that I read and loved recently!


My Mum Is A Spy – Andy McNab and Jess French

My mum is absolutely definitely 100% NOT a spy…
When Lucia and her dad come to stay for a week, Idris can’t believe his bad luck. He had prepared himself to share the TV remote and maybe some of his toys, but he hadn’t prepared himself for Lucia. Lucia LOVES spying and – worst of all – she is convinced that Idris’ mum is a spy. And that just can’t be true . . . can it? But even Idris has to admit there is something a bit unusual about their family trip to the zoo. Were his eyes playing tricks on him, or did someone really drop something into Mum’s bag? And why is Budi the orangutan, who is normally so cheerful, suddenly off his food? Maybe it’s time for some spying, after all . . .

The brilliant people of Welbeck Kids sent me this review copy recently… and I was in the mood for something fun! This is real fun and a brilliant mission to boot! When Idris finds out his mam is a spy, his world is turned upside down… and add to that a missing pair of pangolins from the zoo and a very keen Lucia and you’ve got a spy-tactic story! This had gorgeous illustrations from Nathan Reed (whose illustrations I recognised from the Sam Wu books) that added so much to the storytelling! I am already looking forward to the next adventure already! This will be perfect for younger readers who are looking for a bit of fun!

Valley of the Strange – Dashe Roberts

Lucy Sladan has made the biggest, most bizarre discovery of all time … but still no one believes her. Even her best friend Milo Fisher is not convinced. But his father knows she is on to something. Soon Lucy is in a race to stop Mr Fisher’s monstrous efforts to uncover the source of the sticky-pine sap that is making his fortune … and so risking the destruction of the world.

This is the next book in the Sticky Pines series and I’ve loved the others. When I saw this on Netgalley, I knew I needed to read it… and I gobbled through it in a matter of hours! I’ve really enjoyed my trips to Sticky Pines – these creatures and the humans have brought me lots of science knowledge, plenty of intrigue and a good dose of fun! You can’t beat a good mystery and Lucy and co definitely love finding the weird and the wonderful in the world. I don’t think I’d wanna go messing with mines and weird yellow mist! This will be perfect for younger readers who love a good bit of sci-fi action! A massive thanks to Nosy Crow for the Netgalley copy!

Bad Panda: The Cake Escape – Swapna Haddow and Sheena Dempsey

Lin the panda is on a mission: to find her best friend, Fu. He’s disappeared from the zoo! Has he been stolen by the Horrid Human? Only her badness can help her find him . . .

Every now and again you just need to read something a bit fun and Bad Panda sure is that! When a TERRIFYING PREDATOR comes to the zoo and threatens Lin’s family, she must work with her zoo mates and save the day! This brought me lots of chuckles, and the illustrations just made me smile lots! Panda cake, flying penguins, banana fights and a young man called Billion – what’s not to love?? The second book in this series that I can’t wait to read more from! After a story which brings you laughter and amazing illustrations? Check out Bad Panda!


A massive thanks to the publishers for sending me these books!

Have you read any of these books?
What have you been reading recently?

And that’s it for now! Thanks so much for stopping by! Let me know if you’ve read any of these books!

S x

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