Mini-Reviews: Kid Lit Edition!


I’ve decided to put in this new feature for reviews of books that I’ve either read a long time ago or non-review books that I don’t want to dedicate an entire post to.

With that in mind, here are six kid lit books that I’ve read in the past.

28818327Fuzzy – Tom Angleberger and Paul Dellinger
Release Date: August 16th 2016
Source: Paperback from the publisher, Abrams & Chronicle

I flew through this book when I received it. It’s a quirky story about a robot being integrated into a normal school. There’s a dark secret about his mission though and as Max grows closer to her new robot friend, she’s determined to save him from his fate. It’s an excellent read for kids. Highly recommend.

32496122How to Catch a Witch – Abie Longstaff
Release Date: October 6th 2016
Source: Paperback from the publisher, Scholastic

I thought this book was just a delight to read. Charlie has had to move to a new town and is nervous about starting a new school. She soon discovers a woman named Agatha, who may or may not be a witch, who helps her to believe in herself again. A wonderful story for younger kids that teaches them the value of trusting in themselves.

28818229The Boy With 17 Senses – Sheila Grau
Release Date: September 13th 2016
Source: Paperback from the publisher, Abrams & Chronicle

This book was definitely an interesting take on the Jack and the Beanstalk tale. Jaq is about to lose his family’s farm if he can’t find a way to make more money and fast! When he’s forced to sell his beloved pet and naivĂ©ly trades it for a worthless looking key, favour turns its fortune on him when he finds his way through a portal to another world. A world rich with items that are worth a fortune back home. Jaq must conquer giants, make a daring rescue, and find his way back home to reclaim his family’s land and his best friend. An excellent re-telling that is rich with wonderful descriptions.

17169155The Accidental Time Traveller – Janis Mackay
Release Date: July 1st 2013
Source: Purchased eBook from Amazon

I love Scottish fiction and I’ve become a huge fan of historical fiction lately, so this series was ticking all my boxes before I’d even read the first page. Saul is an ordinary boy just walking to the corner shop when a girl suddenly appears in the middle of the road, completely lost and confused by everything around her. Turns out Agatha is from the past, 1813 to be exact, and now Saul must help her blend in until they can find a way to send her back where she came from. This book is hilarious from start to finish and hard to put down.

22581483The Reluctant Time Traveller – Janis Mackay
Release Date: November 1st 2014
Source: Purchased eBook from Amazon

I couldn’t wait to jump into the second book in this trilogy and it was every bit as good as the first. When Agatha and Saul travel back in time, they meet with a brother and sister who are servants in a large house. Now the pair must try to figure out a way to get back home without anyone being suspicious of them. Meanwhile, a rather important visitor is expected at the house and they’re not at all pleasant. An excellent follow up to the first book, this series is a great way to bring history to life for younger readers.

109484The Bad Beginning – Lemony Snicket
Release Date: May 12th 2003 (Originally September 30th 1999)
Source: Purchased paperback from Amazon

I wasn’t lucky enough to grow up reading this series, so I’m starting very late. I enjoyed the Jim Carey movie and it piqued my interest in reading the books behind it. I was surprised by how dark this book is – given it’s for kids – but it’s told in such a way that it’s not too gruesome or horrifying. I’m very much looking forward to continuing the series and finding out what happens. I fear I may have been spoiled a little bit by the Netflix series (I’ve only watched the episodes that corresponded with this book).

What are some of your favourite kid lit reads? Are any of the books on your list? Or have they been added to your TBR pile now that you know about them?

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