S4S – Witch-y books

Hey pals!

How you all doing today? Sorry for my absence of late. It’s been a mad busy week, but now it’s half term so I’m hoping for lots of time to write blog posts!

You’re here today for #SixforSunday and today we are honouring Halloween with the prompt:

Witch-y books

So 6 books featuring witches… let’s see what I can give you!

    Sanctuary by V.V.James (bloody magnificent)
    The Deathless Girls by Kiran Milwood Hargrave (definite witch vibes)
    Song of Sorrow by Melinda Salisbury (the witchiest of witches)
    The Burning by Laura Bates (loved the historical witch tale in this)
    The Wicked Deep by Shea Earnshaw (witches all over the shop)
    We are Blood and Thunder by Kesia Lupo (don’t mess with the witches in this!)

And there you have it! Six witch-y tales to fill your Halloween with!

See you next week!

S x

BLOG TOUR: Christopher Pumpkin

Hi pals!

Today is an exciting day! Today I’m part of the Christopher Pumpkin blog tour and I’m sharing with you my perfect Halloween playlist! I loved the idea of doing something a little bit different when I was emailed from the publishers… and naturally the playlist was the first thing I wanted to grab! 

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Christopher Pumpkin is the latest book from Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet, illustrated by Nick East publishes with us this week. This book is the absolutely adorable and brilliant. Chris is the one pumpkin from a witch’s enchanted patch who goes rogue when helping with party planning. When seeking assistance from her pumpkin patch the witch gets lots of spooky and slimy support from all except Chris… Chris loves all things pink, glittery and fluffy. Readers see how Chris makes the party planning his own, creating the scariest party the witch and her friends have seen yet!

I’ve already bought a copy of this for school to go in our Spooky Reads display in our library! 

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So… a Halloween playlist?! While I’m not the biggest Halloween fan, I love a good playlist, so I’ve put together 10 songs that I think are PERFECT for any Halloween party!

  • Thriller by Michael Jackson (obv)
  • Disturbia by Rihanna
  • Time Warp – Rocky Horror Picture Show
  • Black Magic – Little Mix
  • Dark Horse – Katy Perry
  • Bring Me To Life – Evanescence
  • Superstition – Stevie Wonder
  • Ghostbusters Theme Song
  • Judas – Lady Gaga
  • Thriller/Heads will Roll – Glee version!

There’s a lovely mix of songs on there… although I don’t think anyone will be inviting me to be in charge of the playlists any time soon. 

What would you put on your Halloween playlist?
Are there any songs on my list you love?
Are you also in love with Christopher Pumpkin as I am?

Talk to me!

Massive thank you to the publishers, Hachette, for the review copy and the opportunity to be on the blog tour! Full review coming soon! 

S x 

Halloween Creatures (2.0) Book Tag

Hello friends!

In the spirit of October being a spoooooooky month, I’m taking on a spooky tag! I was tagged by Cora (of Tea Party Princess fame) to do The Halloween Creatures 2.0 Book Tag, which  was created by Anthony at Keep Reading Forward (who also created the original version). If you’d like to see Cora’s post, check it out here!

Witch
A Magical Character or Book

Pages and Co – Tilly and the Book Wanderers: Anna James
There’s no magic quite as brilliant as being able to jump into books… right?

Werewolf
The Perfect Book to Read at Night

Sweetpea – C.J.Skuse
Rhiannon does most of her killing at night. It’s the perfect time to read about her evilness!

Frankenstein
A Book that Truly Shocked You

Outside – Sarah Ann Juckes
This shocked me in the kind of “I can’t believe would do that” kind of way. This book has stayed with me since I read it. I would recommend entirely. It’s out next year!

The Devil
A Dark, Evil Character

The Loneliest Girl in the Universe – Lauren James
I don’t know that J is dark and evil, but he’s certainly sinister. The first character who jumped into my head at this prompt!

Grim Reaper
A Character that Should Never Have Died

Sirius Black. 
Justice for Sirius Black fanclub member here.

Zombie
A Book that Made You “Hungry” for More

LOL, every book? 
Scythe – Neal Shusterman.
I finished that and NEEDED book 2 instantly. I’m saving book 2 for my half term holiday though. It’ll be a WONDERFUL treat.

Gargoyle
A Character that You Would Protect at All Cost

SO MANY. 
But my initial reaction was Twylla from The Sin Eater’s Daughter trilogy (not that she’d need my protection). Also, shout outs here to Amani and Jin (of Rebel of the Sands fame), Matilda and Miss Honey (duh). 

Vampire
A Book that Sucked the Life Out of You

Again… so many. I FEEL a lot of emotions about books.
However, I’m going to go with Countless by Karen Gregory. This book, even now, like months later, still makes me feel SO SAD. 

Ghost
A Book that Still Haunts You

I could go with quite a few books here… there’s a canny few books that I think about for a while after the fact. I’m going to go with Clean by Juno Dawson, purely because Lexi quite often crosses my mind quite often. I was SO CROSS with her at times. There’s some pretty explicit scenes in this book… but so good!

Demon
A Book that Really Scared You

I don’t read a lot of scary books, but Northern Lights by Philip Pullman GENUINELY had me (at one point) wanting to put the book down because I was SO SCARED for Lyra. 

Skeleton
A Character You Have a Bone to Pick With

Ev from The Light Between Worlds by Laura Weymouth FRUSTRATED the life out of me. I’d love to sit her down and just give her a stern talking to!

Mummy
A Book You Would Preserve Throughout Time

LOL. Would I even be me if this answer wasn’t predictable? Here… you all know me well enough to know that Matilda would OBVIOUSLY be my answer. But I’d also like to throw a spanner in the works and nominate 1984 by George Orwell.

Creepy Doll
A Cover too Scary to Look At

The Treatment by C.L.Taylor. That eye in the door peeping through… that’s the kind of thing my nightmares are made of!

The Monster Mash
It’s Fun to Be with Friends on Halloween!

I’m not going to tag anyone, but feel free to take part! Let me know if you do this tag!

S x

 

Spoooooooooky boooooooooks…

Hello there! 
It’s Hallowe’en tomorrow! 

Today I thought I would share a few of the brilliant Hallowe’en-ish books I’ve either been sent or bought over the past few weeks! I’m featuring picture books and MG books today and would love more recommendations!

First up the lovely people of Puffin sent me ‘Hortense and the Shadow’. A gorgeous picture book, written like a brilliant fable. It’s dark and beautiful. The kids at school absolutely loved this. The art work is just brilliant

“Hortense is a kind and brave girl, but she is sad–even angry–that her shadow follows her everywhere she goes. She hates her shadow, and thinks her shadow must hate her too. But one cold, dark night, when bandits surprise her in the woods, Hortense discovers that her shadow is the very thing she needs most.”

Next up, I saw this gorgeous ‘First Day at Skeleton School’ in a bookshop and I’m not going to lie, I bought it purely for the amazing skeleton teacher on the front cover! Just look at him! It’s a fun book incorporating starting school and the characters we associate with Hallowe’en! Looking forward to passing this on to one of the younger classes to read!

“Listen … can you hear it?
There’s a creepy noise …
‘Welcome!’ smiles Mr Bones.
‘Meet the spooky girls and boys.’
At Skeleton School they howl in assembly, fly broomsticks in the library and learn how to float through walls! Join in the fun with this comic caper from a bestselling author/illustrator of Calm Down, Boris, Mr Pusskins and First Day at Bug School – it’s perfect for back to school and Halloween.”

The final picture book is another the brilliant humans of Puffin sent me – Hide and Seek by the incredible Anthony Browne. His books all have a little bit of dark and deception about them and this one is no different. Despite it not actually being a Hallowe’en book, I think the illustrations in this book are PERFECT for this time of year! This book is one which definitely kept my kids engaged. Lovers of Anthony Browne will NOT be disappointed.

“When their dog goes missing, Cy and Poppy play hide and seek to distract themselves. Poppy counts to ten and looks for Cy – but she can’t find him anywhere. But then there’s a rustling from the woods – maybe someone else can help her find him…?”

Now, some MG books. 

First up, I have had my eye on Amelia Fang for a while. That cover is EVERYTHING about Hallowe’en to me. There’s a pumpkin, it’s orange and black, she’s clearly a witch, there’s a bat: all of the Hallowe’en. It’s absolutely spot on for this time of year and I can’t wait to get to read this!

“Welcome to the world of Nocturnia, where darkness reigns supreme, glitter is terrifying, and unicorns are the stuff of nightmares! Amelia Fang would much rather hang out with her pet pumpkin Squashy and her friends Florence the yeti (DON’T CALL HER BEAST!) and Grimaldi the reaper than dance at her parents’ annual Barbaric Ball. And when the King’s spoiled son Tangine captures Squashy, Amelia and her friends must escape the party to plan a daring rescue! In their race against time, they begin to realise things in Nocturnia may not be quite what they seem . . .”

Another beautifully orange book is the brilliant Jack Beechwhistle: Rise of the Hairy Horror by Kes Gray. When I saw this on the Puffin list, I knew I needed to get my hands on this for the kids at school – they love these books. This book has been in the hands of a few of my kids and they’ve all loved it! It’s grizzly, fun and “miss, it’s just brilliant!”. 

“The world’s a dangerous place. Luckily, Jack Beechwhistle is around to protect it. He might look like an ordinary boy, but really he’s a junior secret agent. He’s tackled all sorts of missions – exploding conkers, zombie sweet-shop owners, and man-eating giant slugs – with a bit of help from his best friends and sidekicks, Colin and Harry (as long as it’s not past their bedtime). Then Jack notices something strange and suspicious about the hairdresser in town, Valentino. Every time Valentino cuts someone’s hair, he sweeps the hairs up and collects them in a big plastic bag. But what is he using them for? Everything points to Valentino being an evil enemy agent! And Jack Beechwhistle’s on the case . . .”

The last book I’m going to feature today is an anthology of sorts – Stories of Wizards and Witches by Enid Blyton. As a child, I loved Enid Blyton books and when I saw this in the supermarket, I picked it up. It’s brilliant and packed full of short stories all about wizards and witches. These short stories have been brilliant to read at the end of the day or during down time in school!

Get ready for broomstick rides and bubbling cauldrons in these magical short stories from Enid Blyton – ideal for reading aloud, or for children over 7 to read alone! This bumper collection of 25 short stories is populated by every sort of magical and mysterious creature, from a grumpy wizard who is outwitted by an elf to pixie who rides on a rabbit. The stories are the perfect length for reading aloud in a classroom or at bedtime. With lots of humour and fantastic characters, these will appeal to newly confident readers to read alone as well as to younger children being read to.”

And that’s the books I’ve collected this year! 

Can you recommend any more spooky reads?
Do you have a favourite time of year?
What are your plans for Hallowe’en?

Let me know in the comments, or on twitter! 

S x

S4S – Halloween books!

Hello there!

Who stole my half term!? Where did it go? Never mind, to keep me going on this last day we have another #SixforSunday! This week’s theme is:

Halloween books

Now I’m not one for scary books to be honest, I’m much too much of a wuss BUT I’ve collated a list of 6 “scary” books I would like to read, ONE day.

  1. The Shining – Stephen King
  2. Charlotte Says/Frozen Charlotte – Alex Bell
  3. A Skinful of Shadows – Frances Hardinge
  4. Frankenstein – Mary Shelley
  5. Dracula – Bram Stoker 
  6. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children – Ransom Riggs

There you have it!

Talk to me, use the hashtag #SixforSunday and tell me the books you’re excited to read this Halloween! Or recommend me some books, I don’t read many scary books!

S x