Showing posts from March, 2011


Oh dear ol' friend, Bartimaeus IS BACK!!! The Ring of Solomon is prequel to the Bartimaeus Trilogy written by Jonathan Stroud. Here is a plot introduction I nicked from Wikipedia: It is the year 950 b.c. and King Solomon of Israel rules his empire from Jerusalem with a steely hand. Upon which rests a magic ring of incredible power. Among the many spirit slaves in the service of the king and his magicians is the djinni Bartimaeus, a spirit with extreme cunning, a sarcastic wit, and an unparalleled reputation for insolence. After botching a construction project, Bartimaeus is sent out into the desert to hunt down a group of bandits attacking Solomon's trade routes, and in the process he encounters Asmira, a girl in the service of the Queen of Sheba. Soon afterwards she drags the reluctant djinni into a seemingly suicidal mission: Kill Solomon and steal the magic ring. This one has got some mix reviews though...: While not as good as the original trilogy, The Ring Of So…

The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler

Title/Author: The Gruffalo/Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler
Publisher: Macmillan
Pages: 28
ISBN 13: 978-0-333-71093-7

In a nutshell
Walk into the deep dark wood, meet a quick-thinking mouse and discover what happens when he comes face to face with a ugly, hungry gruffalo.

What I liked
Ever since I took a liking to children's books, I'ver heard and read about Julia Donaldson and her very famous and well-loved 'The Gruffalo'. And I'm privileged and honoured to be given the chance to review some of her books, thanks to Odelia from Pansing :)

I asked my students if they've read 'The Gruffalo' or have been read to, one of them looked at me quizically and asked, 'Is that the story about the clever mouse?' Thrilled that he was right, I said,'Yes! Did you like it?' 'I don't remember much, but I liked the mouse who was small yet smart!'

That's what I loved about the story too :) It's fun to see how this little mouse always manage…

Freddie and the Fairy by Julia Donaldson & Karen George

Title/Author: Freddie and the Fairy/Julia Donaldson & Karen George
Publisher: Macmillan Pages: 28 ISBN 13: 978-0-330-51118-6
In a nutshell Freedie meets Bessie-Belle, a fairy whom he rescued from a tree. In return, she offers to grant his every wish. But Bessie-Belle can't hear very well, causing Freddie's wishes come out all wrong...
What I liked You can't go wrong with reading any children's books written by Julia Donaldson. This is a first collaboration between the queen of picture book text and a new talent in illustration, Karen George. Julia Donaldson said that "Karen has a warm, appealing and distinctive style that I think will complement the text of Freddie and the Fairy perfectly." And that was what made Karen the winner of the Bath Festival of Children's Literature.

I loved everything about Freddie and the Fairy. Not just the simple, rhyming words and illustration, but also the lesson learnt from it. Freddie sort of blamed Bessie-Belle for getting a…


Came across this article on Neil Gaiman's tweet:
On Saturday 5 March, a million books were away across the UK in the first ever World Book Night. Writers were asked which books they give as gifts and which they've been most pleased to receive. And children's authors recommended books to give to children.

Find out books that famous authors like Mark Haddon, Margaret Atwood (the book which also inspired the creators of World Book Night) and Neil Gaiman often give as gifts, books that AS Byatt gives his granddaughter (Angela Carter's anthology Wayward Girls and Wicked Women is one of them), PD James who doesn't have a favourite book giveaway 'as each book has to be chosen individually for the recipient' (totally agree with you PD James! :)), Hari Kunzu's current book fetish and many more :) I love what Margaret Drabble wrote about Dr. Seuss: The best book I've ever been given is the complete six-volume edition of Van Gogh's letters last Christmas, bu…

Special Weekend Treats for Bookaholics!!

Dying to splurge on books? Wanna hit the bookstores this weekend? This one's for you then ;) Thanks for the info Justina!



Thanks for all your great books, Dr. Seuss! You light up my life! Plan to get more of your books this weekend! :)) I hope they'll still be there! Here's something on Dr. Seuss from Wikipedia: Theodor Seuss Geisel (pronounced /ˈɡaɪzəl/; March 2, 1904 – September 24, 1991) was an American writer and cartoonist most widely known for his children's books written under the pen names Dr. Seuss, Theo LeSieg and, in one case, Rosetta Stone. He published 44 children's books, which were often characterized by imaginative characters, rhyme, and frequent use of trisyllabic meter. His most celebrated books include the bestselling Green Eggs and Ham, The Cat in the Hat, One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish, Horton Hatches the Egg, Horton Hears a Who!, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

Novel Home Decor for Bookworms and Bibliophiles

Omg....LOOK WHAT I FOUND!!! *salivating* I am so in love with the book vending machine, the book 'table' and the bookend! For more, go here.