Book Review

Halloween Special: Kids Corner…Small Screams for Little Monsters!

I decided to bring back Kids Corner recently and what better way to kick it off than with a Halloween special! here’s 4 reviews of books suitable for ages 3- 11 years old.

Room On The Broom by Julia Donaldson

The witch and her cat are happily flying through the sky on a broomstick when the wind picks up and blows away the witch’s hat, then her bow, and then her wand! Luckily, three helpful animals find the missing items, and all they want in return is a ride on the broom. But is there room on the broom for so many friends? And when disaster strikes, will they be able to save the witch from a hungry dragon?

Illustrated by Axel Scheffler (From Goodreads.com)

Room On The Broom is by Julia Donaldson, which if you have any experience of picture books for under 5’s you’ll already know pretty much says it all about how awesome this book is! Told in her genius rhyming style this book tells the story of a Witch and her over crowded broom and is absolutely hilarious. But it’s not without small scares either as the Witch comes face to face with a hungry Dragon.

The rhyming flows impeccably, it’s a complete and utter joy to read and as witty and unique as they come. This is without doubt one of my daughters favourite books of all time and a Halloween must read for your little monsters. Axel Scheffler’s fantastic illustrations complete this delightful and funny picture book. Recommended for ages 2-5 years.


Published by Macmillan September 2002


The Grunt And The Grouch: Big Splash by Tracey Corderoy


The Grunt and the Grouch are two of the most disgusting and badly-behaved trolls in the world – and the most fun! They keep bogies and ear wax in jars, and they never, ever have a bath! This brand-new series of three-in-one storybooks will bring out the troll in all girls and boys! Dive in with The Grunt and The Grouch as they gatecrash the opening of the local swimming pool, get all tangled up on a camping trip and come face to face with a little troll horror when they’re left to babysit Grunt’s mischievous cousin

Illustrated by Lee Wildish (From Goodreads.com)

I recently reviewed Tracey Corderoy’s picture book featuring these disgustingly brilliant characters over on BookBabblers. This book is aimed at a slightly older audience who are just moving beyond pictures books to their own little novels and is a wonderful transition book. With Three short stories and plenty of fun illustrations to keep little ones interested, moving to ‘big kid books’ has never been so much fun.

The Grunt and The Grouch will delight boys and girls alike with their truly disgusting antics. My daughter thoroughly enjoys these books and didn’t want me stop reading. The language is also still very simple and is particularly suited to young readers to practice their new found skills, something I’ve found difficult to get just right when trying more advanced books for my daughter than her usual picture books. Tracey Corderoy gets everything just right for her target audience; language, characters, plot and fun factor. I’d highly recommend these books to boys and girls aged 5-8 years old.

Published by Little Tiger Press July 2010

FrightFully Friendly Ghosties: Ghostly Holler-Day by Daren King

It’s winter and what better than a ghostly holler-day by the sea? But how are Tabitha Tumbly, Charlie Vapour, Humphrey Bump and the other ghosties to decide between Frighten-on-Sea and Scare-borough? A postcard from their friend Headless Leslie decides for them: Headless is in Frighten and cannot remember how to get home. He wrote the address on the postcard, then he forgot what the address was. I’d lose my head if it wasn’t screwed on – which it isn’t.’ So the friends descend on Frighten and set off on an exciting ghostie caper, involving a haunted Frighten pier, a mysterious phantom magician, a fun fair and an extremely infuriating Headless Leslie.(from Amazon.co.uk)

Frightfully Friendly Ghosties is a pretty witty little book. There’s plenty of references and subtle name changes to the British Seaside town that had me chuckling to myself, and I loved Del-Boy like ghost, Charlie Vapour. However I think these may be lost on it’s target audience. Nonetheless I think this book will appeal to a lot of children aged 7-9 who will no doubt enjoy the thrill and terror of the phantom majician and the very cool illustrations. At just over 100 pages and smaller than a standard paperback it’s short enough and intriguing enough to keep attention and who could resist a ghostly fun-fair?


Published by Quercus September 2010

Fame School: Trick Or Treat by Cindy Jefferies

Dannys drumming is going badly, so to cheer him up Chloe and her talented friends at Rockley Park decide to treat him to a surprise Halloween party. But there are some spooky things going on that no one can explain. Is somebody playing tricks or is Fame School really haunted? Whatever happens, Dannys in for a wail of a time.

Book 14 in The Fame School series (from Amazon.co.uk)

Is there any tween girl who doesn’t love Boarding School stories? Add in a STAGE SCHOOL boarding school and this series is made of win! Despite joining this series at number 14, I was easily able to pick up the story. This book has everything, fun characters (Marmalade the mischievious dancer and Danny the brooding drummer my favourites!) a spooky mystery, a hint of romance and once again, boarding school! This is a must for girls aged 8-11 who will love this book, and I suspect the whole series! Fun from start to finish.


Published by Usborne September 2010



5 thoughts on “Halloween Special: Kids Corner…Small Screams for Little Monsters!”

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