The Pennymores & the Curse of the Invisible Quill by Eric Koester (daughter collaborators Quinn, Parker, & Aven) #LoveBooksTours #PennymoresBookTour

“We couldn’t put it down.” – New York Weekly

“Exceptional” and “Filled with heart” – Latin Post

The new fantasy series delighting fans of Harry Potter, Narnia, Percy Jackson, The School of Good and Evil, & the Hobbit. 

When her brother vanishes in the night, along with all she thought to be true of magic, Parker Pennymore must unmask family secrets, travel far beyond the castle walls, and convince her sisters to break a few laws along the way – but what’s a hero’s journey without a little rebellion? 

Created first as a bedtime story with his daughters, The Pennymores explores a world where all writing has been banned for centuries (a setting inspired by the true-life events of Nobel Prize winner Malala Yousafzai). But when an unstoppable enemy returns threatening the destroy their world, the Pennymores must set off on a quest taking them inside hidden mystical realms, confronting ancient challenges, and forcing them to step closer to the heroes they are destined to be.

This “supernatural adventure story, filled with atmosphere, twists, the sublime and dripping with heart” (NY Weekly) features fast-paced action, surprising twists, spunky, funny, and relatable characters exploring fantastical magic and is perfect for fans of Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, Narnia, & The School of Good & Evil.

“Finally a new series for my kids who read every Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, Lord of the Rings, and Narnia book.” Jeff K. (Omaha)

Author Bio
Eric Koester is a professor at Georgetown University and created this book with his daughters (Quinn & Parker) during the pandemic as a bedtime story.  Koester teaches courses on writing and through his work has helped and coached more than 1,500 published authors, including more than thirty national book award winners and finalists in the past year.  

The Royal Leap-Frog by Peter Bentley and Claire Powell

A hilarious tale of rivalry, boasting and custardy chaos from the bestselling creators of The King’s Birthday Suit.

When a flea, a grasshopper and a frog compete to show the King who can jump the highest, it causes CHAOS in the royal dining hall. Who can jump the highest? Can the clever leap-frog use his wits to win?
And will the Emperor’s dog EVER get rid of the flea?

This funny and irresistible retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s classic fable, ‘The Leap Frog’, will make children laugh – AND show them that brains are sometimes better than brawn! With a pitch-perfect rhyming text by bestselling Peter Bently, and gloriously detailed illustrations by award-winning Claire Powell, this is an unmissable treat.

A fun filled story, the grasshopper was definitely my favourite! I liked when he landed in the custard and it went on the princesses dress.

I liked how bright and colourful the pictures were and spotting different things. I enjoyed

Mum’s thoughts – what a lovely rhyming book, I did get tongue tide a couple of times…. Much to Lily-May’s amusement! Beautiful written with stunning illustrations.

Day in the Life of a Caveman, a Queen and Everything In Betweenby Mike Barfield  (Author), Jess Bradley (Illustrator) | @Busterbooks @TheMikeBarfield @VenkmanProject @lovebooksgroup @lovebookstours 

A colourful and comical tour through history from cartoonists Mike Barfield and Jess Bradley.

The hilarious minds behind A Day in the Life of a Poo, a Gnu and You have teamed up once again – this time to give a taste of the daily lives of the people, animals and objects who made history.

Featuring a day in the life of early humans as they paint mammoths on the walls of a cave, a fierce gladiator battling in the Colosseum and the first woman in space. And not forgetting the animals of history – from an Egyptian cat (worshipped as a god, of course) to an albatross flying over Rapa Nui and a dog in the trenches of the First World War.

Readers can also discover the stories behind famous constructions, including the Great Wall of China and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, and delve into the secret diaries of a Viking, Isaac Newton’s cat and the wooden panel that became the Mona Lisa.

With over 90 entries told in the friendly, informative style of Mike Barfield and brought to life by Jess Bradley’s brilliantly funny illustrations, this book will have children learning and laughing as they go.

Mike Barfield is a writer, poet, performer, songwriter, ukulele player and cartoonist. He has written extensively for TV and radio – with credits as diverse as Spitting Image, The Dennis the Menace and Gnasher Show and five years on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire. His cartoon feature Apparently has appeared in the pages of Private Eye for over 20 years, and his drawings have been on display in the Cartoon Museum, the V & A, the Museum of London and Nigella Lawson’s downstairs loo.

His Destroy This Book series (published by Buster Books) has been sold around the world, starting with the Destroy This Book In The Name of Science!: Einstein Edition 2017. The Galileo and Brainiac editions were hot on its heels, and Destroy This Book in the Name of Maths and Destroy This Book in the Name of Art are both on the horizon. All of them are unique activity books where the reader doodles on, colours, and cuts up the pages, making over a dozen amazing working models in the process! Every page, including the cover, is an interactive experience – as well as being huge fun!

Mike is also the author of a series of hilarious random insult making books published by Laurence King. ‘The Ultimate Insult Generator’ (aka The Ultimate Wisecrack Generator’ in the USA) was a huge Christmas hit, and will be followed this September by ‘The Ultimate Spell-caster’ – more fun, but with a Halloweeny-feel.

Mike is also the author of a fact-filled, funny and beautifully illustrated children’s guide to the Periodic Table -‘The Element in the Room’. With drawings by up-and-coming illustrator Lauren Humphrey, the book encourages readers to hunt for the elements hiding in their homes, in the company of scientific detective Sherlock Ohms.

Mike has a first-class degree in botany and zoology from King’s College, London, and his ever first book many years ago was also a children’s science title – a tie-in for the ITV kids’ science series Panic Station. His second was the Oldie’s Dictionary for Our Time. He also edited the last great Beachcomber collection: ‘Cram Me With Eels!’. His comic dictionary This Septic Isle was published by Ebury.

He has five poems in the children’s poetry selection When Granny Won Olympic Gold, edited by Graham Denton. He has only one poem in the poetry collection, Best of Enemies, Best of Friends (compiled by Brian Moses) but they did at least put it on the cover. His most recent published poetry can be found in the collections A First Poetry Book by Pie Corbett and Gaby Morgan, and Is This A Poem, by Roger Stevens. Both highly recommended for use in primary schools.

He still cartoons for Private Eye, writes and performs poetry and comedy, often to the accompaniment of a ukulele. He also invented squirrel fishing.

He can easily be persuaded to give a very entertaining talk about his multifaceted career, and is best approached through his website at

Oh, and perhaps uniquely, he also presents a clicking, clanking circus of clockwork toys. Who else on Amazon can give you all this?

My favourite book of this year!!

I like the way the information is set out, like a comic. Lots of funny little parts and cartoons. I have taken this book to school when we were learning about the guillotine. My class friends got to look through it and our teacher read us parts to do with our lessons.

My favourite parts were the news flash sections.

Mums thoughts – This book has definitely been a hit! I’ve loved the random “Mum, did you know….” and off she would go with the new piece of information that she had read that day. Lilys teacher was especially impressed with the book, how child friendly it was and how engaged the children were with its content. BIG thumbs up from both parent and teacher!

Yaks can do Yoga by Snezana Danilovic | #BlogTour #Review @snezanawrites @sandyillustrates @lovebooksgroup @lovebookstours

Yoga makes children happy, healthy and strong!

But if you are a clumsy yak, with wobbly hooves, who has never done yoga before, it can be tricky. Join Yak in her first Happy Panda class and see how she discovers the power and playfulness of yoga.

Eight yoga poses and their benefits are clearly explained and illustrated at the back of the book so young children can easily do them at home or in the classroom.

Yoga is for everyone! Adorable, engaging characters and humorous story draw in young children and get them hooked on yoga, creating healthy mind-body habits to last a lifetime.

Mindfulness and meditation are lots and fun! The story’s humorous, creative visualisation exercises tap into young children’s innate imagination, facilitating a deeper understanding of their emotions and developing confidence and resilience.

Author and experienced children’s yoga teacher Snezana Danilovic and illustrator Sandy Thornton team up to create the Happy Panda Children’s Yoga picture book series of heart-warming stories full of gentle humour, aimed at encouraging even very young children to get hooked on yoga. Parents, teachers and educators don’t need to be experienced yogis – they can learn and enjoy yoga alongside young readers, too!

Yaks Can Do Yoga! is the first book in the series.


Snezana Danilovic is a children’s author and an experienced children’s yoga teacher. Her mission is to bring yoga to children through her passion for storytelling. She has spent the last 30 years writing and working in theatre and children’s TV, creating an array of characters for pre-school and early years. Snezana lives in Windsor with her husband, two children and a hamster. She loves hugging trees and her house is full of balloons and musical instruments!

Sandy Thornton is a picture book maker with over 20 years experience in early years creative play, running her own children’s art & craft classes, whilst providing creative ideas and content for children’s TV, including Cbeebies Mr Maker. From an early age, Sandy snipped, sketched, glued and stapled her own little books and magazines, influenced at the time by Herge’s Tintin and Jansson’s Moomins. Sandy lives in North London, with her family, their dog Winston and cat Rocky. 

A fun book that really gets you moving!

After reading this book we have had to do the yoga poses every night since. Lily loved the poses (even Mum!) She also enjoyed the story, she liked that Yak made friends, was willing to try even though she was frightened. The illustrations are wonderful, bright and eye catching.

A wonderfully written and displayed story, make sure you have some stretchy pants on before starting thing fun and entertaining book!

Billy Plonka and the Grot Laboratory by Ian Billings | #BlogTour #Review @ventorrosp @lovebooksgroup @lovebookstours 


Billy Plonka – the Prince of Stink, the Monarch of Muck, the Sultan of Slime, the Duke of Dregs and the King of Kak. He’s the most extraordinary maker of GROT in the entire world, and he’s invited 5 individuals (Orson Ploop – An overweight kazoo playing protégé; Victoria Scabb – 259th in line to the English throne; Viola Mudguard – 11-year-old, ex-Wollywood star; Spike Peecee – A self-obsessed dweeb who can never disconnect from the Internet; and Marley Suckett – An anti-hero), to visit his world-famous Grot Laboratory, and step into an adventure they will never forget!

Your tour is about to start. Don’t wander off . YOU! Yes, YOU! I’m talking to YOU! Mr. Plonka would hate to lose you along the way… READ IT!!! BILLY PLONKA AND THE GROT LABORATORY- the 100% unofficial official parody of one of the greatest children’s stories of all time.

This modern re-telling of the Roald Dahl’s ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ stays true to the wonderful wit of Dahl, but brings the tale into the modern age with a lovely twist at the end. Each character meets their grotty fate as they go on their tour of The Grot Laboratory – as the name suggests, a disgusting place full of scumpiddlinoxious fumes and materials. Words reminiscent of Dahl fill the pages – Whi-ffi (it’s like wifi only smellier), whazzplop and picklescooper to name but a few.

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Ian Billings was born at a very young age. He has done many things in his time and some of them he’d like to tell you about. He is an ex-juggler, a pantomime writer (fifty productions!), an actor, TV extra, a theatre technician, a university lecturer, a model and a general dabbler in many areas.

He has written episodes of BBC TV’s Chuckle-Vision and his stage plays and pantomimes have been performed in Wolverhampton, Northampton, Hastings, Nottingham, Weston-Super-Mare and on a ferry to Spain. He has a Masters Degree from Birmingham University and two goldfish from Petworld. He is five feet and seven inches in length and avoids cheese.

Ian began performing stand-up comedy for kids at Edinburgh Festival Fringe (whilst also presenting his own radio show for Festival FM!) and now he tours theatres and schools throughout the UK, Cyprus, Germany, Australia, Uganda, Kenya, Russia, Switzerland, UAE, Oman, Vietnam and Thailand. He was described by one young audience member as “the most imaginative adult I’ve ever met!”

Caboodle Books reprinted SAM HAWKINS AND THE POINTY HEAD LIGHT HOUSE followed by sci-fi poetry collection, SPACE ROCKS!

Ian has edited an anthology of children’s poems for Save the Children called “Born to Giggle!” and his latest book is “BILLY PLONKA AND THE GROT LABORATORY.”

2020 saw re-issues of his classic children’s comedies “Sam Hawkins and the Cutglass Cutlass” and “Chocolate Meltdown” from Tiddley Pom Books together with new versions of “The King’s New Space Suit”, “I’ve Got Your Nose” and two brand new books, “There’s a Vampire in My Bedroom” and “Boooo!!!”

Visit him at and follow him on Twitter @mrianbillings

One chapter in and Lily-May looked at me and asked if this was Charlie and the Chocolate Factory?

Yes I replied, but with a great big stinky difference!

As a parent who has seen the original film and the remake *rolls eyes* I personally found this hilarious! A fabulous twist on a much loved film, I loved Billy Plonka (I wouldnt want to get too close though). Lily laughed at the funny wording, even more so when I got the words wrong. We LOVED the illustrations, we liked picking out the little details and which picture would smell the most 😂

I for one enjoyed this book, at 6 this was maybe over Lilys head just a bit, maybe aimed at over 8’s

Definitely recommend to those that love a good giggle and enjoy the grot, rot and smelly things!

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Curse Of The Dearmad by Emma Mylrea | #CurseOfTheDearmad @TinyTreeBooks @EmmaMylreaBooks @byhannahjesse @lovebooksgroup @lovebookstours

Living in the ordinary world is anything but ordinary for twins Percy and Nell Shearwater. After all, Percy is not like most eleven-year-old boys. Most eleven-year-old boys don’t have gills.When the grip of death tightens its hold on the twins’ mother, Percy resolves to do whatever it takes to find a cure. But what if that means embarking on a secret and treacherous journey through uncharted waters, to the island of Doona… an island which some say doesn’t even exist?While Percy confronts the perils of the sea to save his dying mother, Nell will need to rely on her own mysterious gift if she is to have any chance of seeing her brother again. There’s just one thing that lies in her way: the Curse of Dearmad…

Emma Mylrea grew up mostly in the Peak District, in a little house with a big fire and not many neighbours. She graduated with a degree in English Literature from The University of Manchester and splits her time between writing and teaching. Emma lives in Manchester with her husband, two children, dogs Kiki and Molly, and long-suffering cat Kipper. Curse of the Dearmad is Emma Mylrea’s first novel.Follow Emma Mylrea on Twitter.

Firstly, can I just say, if you plan on buying this book PLEASE buy the paper copy….. IT IS STUNNING!!

Every chapter has a picture

There’s a map,

There’s a beautiful final picture.

The illustrations are so detailed and beautifully done, a paper copy is a must!

I love the characters, the introduction to Granny Marnie made me smile, big, bright, bold and loud. My other favourite character was Nelly. At the start I felt sorry for her, i felt she was pushed aside because she wasnt a gilly like her twin, but she really came into her own.

The chapters are pretty short making this a quick read, even though it has over 350 pages. It’s action packed, as the story progressed I felt myself wanting to read faster to find out what was going to happen, or to get the answers to the questions that came about while reading the book.

I loved every page of this story, how everyone came together to get the task done. There were some, will they won’t they moments, points where I held my breath, and points where I gave a little cheer!

A book I would definitely recommend.

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#BlogTour #Review The Raven Heir by Stephanie Burgis | @kidsbloomsbury, @stephanieburgis @kaleidoscopicbt #TheRavenHeir

Cordelia and her triplets Rosalind and Giles have lived safely in the castle at the centre of the forest all their lives, protected by the spells their mother has woven. The only time Cordelia feels truly free is when she turns into a dragonfly or a blackbird and can fly beyond the great stone walls. But then one day the outside world comes to them. Two rival dukes and their soldiers have come for the triplets – because whoever is the eldest is the heir to the throne.

But their mother knows that since the Raven Crown was broken, no one has been able to rule the kingdom of Corvenne and live, and she will not give up any of her children to that death sentence. When she refuses to reveal which child is the eldest, she is taken prisoner, and Cordelia and her brother and sister find themselves on the run in a dangerous new world. And as they set out across Corvenne to rescue their mother, Cordelia begins to see that there is a deep magic at work, driving her towards a destiny that could tear her family apart, take away her freedom forever or, just maybe, heal a kingdom devastated by a war that has raged for generations.

Stephanie Burgis lives in Wales with her husband, their two sons and their tabby cat, surrounded by mountains and castles. She writes fun MG fantasy adventures, most recently the Dragon with a Chocolate Heart trilogy and The Raven Heir.


Oh my word! This book was truly gripping, I read it in 2 days.
I loved the world that Stephanie created, the description of the forest, people and animals was perfect.
I liked our 3 main characters all for different reasons.

Rosalind for her kick ass attitude…. I wouldn’t want to meet her and her stick in the forest! I liked how she came into her character as the story progressed.

Cordelia intrigued me, her ability to change form and so quickly blew my mind. I didn’t like her ‘I can do everything and all by myself’ annoyed me a little. I’m glad she saw the error of this through the book and eventually let other in and help her.

And Giles….. Giles was my favourite. Always the one to defuse a situation, always the one to see the faults in plans and how to overcome them…. and his singing! I loved his last song (the one before the toes 😂).

Fabulously written, fast paced, loads of action and a really gripping story. I liked the little animals that introduced each chapter. I can’t wait to see if Stephanie adds to this story, I know I’ll be first in line for a copy!

Massive thanks to Kaleidoscopic Tours for inviting me along on The Raven Heir blog tour, Bloomsbury for the gifted copy of the book and to Stephanie Burgis for writing such an amazing story, enjoy the rest of your tour!

***All thoughts on this book are entirely our own.***

#BlogTour #Review – There is NO Big Bad Wolf in this story. Written by Lou Carter, Illustrated by Deborah Allwright – @loucarter240 @debbieallwright @kidsbloomsbury @kaleidoscopicbt #ThereIsNoBigBadWolfInThisStory #KaleidoscopicTours

The Big Bad Wolf is late AGAIN and is ruining stories as he rushes through the forest to Grandma’s house. When the Three Little Pigs get seriously grumpy AGAIN, Wolf tells them he’s had ENOUGH. There will be no more HUFFING and PUFFING from this Big Bad Wolf. The fairytale characters aren’t worried – they can totally manage without him!

But Big Bad Wolfing is harder than it looks . And what happens when they realise that they really need a Big Bad Wolf in this story.

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Lou Carter studied medicine for three years, then took a PGCE in primary education. Her work as a schoolteacher sparked her love of children’s picture books. The internationally successful There Is No Dragon In This Story was her first picture book with Bloomsbury. Lou lives in Cambridge.


Deborah Allwright has become a star of the picture book world following the publication of the bestselling The Night Pirates. She has been shortlisted for the V&A Illustration Award and illustrated the hugely successful Don’t Read this Book! Deborah works in a studio in Islington, stopping only to attend designer clothes sales, and to do a spot of DJing at music festivals.


A story about the Big Bad Wolf….. just not as you know it!

Lily-May loved it when the Wolf threw a paddy, she said being told you were late all the time would be no fun at all. She liked seeing how everyone tried to be the Wolf and that his part wasn’t easy. She also liked how everyone came to help him, he looked happier at the end of the story than he did at the start.

Mums thoughts – I love this take on the Big Bad Wolf. A villain turned into a hero and everyone coming together to help a friend out. The characters are cute and the illustrations are stunning – bright, bold and cheerful.

A wonderful addition to any childs book collection!

#CoverReveal -Swop The Satsuma-Sized Secret by Lucy Noguera | @monsterscantalk @lovebooksgroup @lovebookstours

What would you do if you found the world’s smallest dog?

When Ernie and his family leave the countryside to move to the city. Ernie feels like he’ll never settle into their new home.

Yet on his very first night, a surprising new friend introduces himself – Swop is a very tiny dog. A dog that just happens to be the size of a satsuma.

Ernie vows to keep Swop a secret, but Swop has other ideas and he’s determined to make Ernie’s first day at his new school a memorable one!

An ex-primary school teacher and Teacher of the Deaf. I now run a small educational company, specialising in arranging book projects and theatre events for schools and families. I live with my husband, our three children and our three dogs in Ealing, London. Yet the one in charge is our little ex-street dog, even though he has no eyes and three legs. He also happens to be called Swop!

#BlogTour #Review How To Be Brave by Daisy May Johnson | @chaletfan @pushkinpress @poppybookpr

Calla North and her mother Elizabeth live a quiet but happy life together. Elizabeth happens to be the world’s leading expert on ducks—but unfortunately, being an expert on ducks doesn’t always pay the bills (no pun intended).

When Elizabeth is offered a well-paid research trip to the Amazon, it’s an opportunity too good to miss. But while her mother’s off exploring, Calla winds up at boarding school. No adventures are likely to find her there—or so she thinks.

Then Calla receives the terrible news that her mother’s plane has gone missing. Can Calla, her friends, and a motley crew of nuns defeat an evil new headmistress and find Elizabeth before it’s too late?

I really enjoyed this book. The author pulled on the heart strings a lot sooner than I thought she would have…. but the part about Aslan really pushed me over the edge!

It’s a fun and action packed read, I loved the friendship, the adventures and mischief, and lets not forget the biscuits. The footnotes were a little off putting, especially if I forgot what they were relating to and I had to flick back.

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