Monthly Archives: July 2012

Jazzy in the Jungle

Fils cadet‘s all time favourite book is Jazzy in the Jungle by Lucy Cousins of Maisy fame. First published in 2002 by Walker Books, I’m not sure if it’s even in print any more – our copy was secondhand. (I’ve … Continue reading

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Down the Rabbit Hole – Juan Pablo Villalobos

Down the Rabbit Hole  made a bit of a splash on publication – innovative publisher And Other Stories’ first book, it was immediately shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award and the Oxford-Weidenfeld Translation Prize – so it had been … Continue reading

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Behold a Pale Horse by Peter Tremayne – a rant

I normally wait until I’ve finished reading a book before posting about it, but this is going to be more of a rant than a review! Having finished the excellent but mammoth Traveller of the Century, I was in the … Continue reading

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Traveller of the Century

This book looked dauntingly large when the review copy arrived, and it weighs in at 584 pages, which is why it’s taken a while to appear on my blog. Anyone following the #translationthurs hashtag on Twitter will also have noticed … Continue reading

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The Yoga Ogre

This is another of fils cadet‘s library books from the other day, but he has so far refused to actually read it! Fortunately, fils aîné has taken a shine to it instead. Written by Peter Bentley, the winner of last … Continue reading

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Tadpole’s Promise – horrific or hilarious?

Now here’s an odd one. Fils aîné loves this book and so, apparently, do a lot of other people – it won the Smarties Book Prize silver award, was longlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal and has heaps of positive … Continue reading

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Thomas & Friends: Day of the Diesels, The Movie Story Book

Everything about the title and cover of this book fills me with dread: it’s brash, it’s loud, it’s “based on the DVD!” I don’t know exactly what it is about the books of children’s TV programmes that puts me off … Continue reading

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