Super Hairy Animals
New Books / Q&A

Super Hairy Animals

I’ve been having a bit of a Beatles week, listening my way through their records and revisiting their films. All of which provided the backdrop against which I read two recent picture books by the Superhairies – the creative team of artist Angus Mackinnon and writer James Thorp. The Lobster, Weasel, Puffin, Unicorn, Baboon, Pig … Continue reading

Rooftoppers
Field Trips / New Books

Rooftoppers

‘Lyra barged open the door, dragged her rickety chair to the window, flung wide the casement, and scrambled out. There was a lead-lined stone gutter a foot wide just below the window, and once she was standing in that, she turned and clambered up over the rough tiles until she stood on the topmost ridge … Continue reading

Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner
New Books

Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner

Another year, another amazing book for teenagers wins the Costa Book Award. Last year we had Patrick Ness’s A Monster Calls, a story that screamed INSTANT CLASSIC at you in CAPITAL LETTERS. Well here we are again, with Sally Gardner’s Maggot Moon, a book which is possibly even more perfect. Although they’re very different books … Continue reading