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Review – Chloe’s Secret Princess Club by Emma Barnes.


Title: Chloe’s Secret Princess Club

Author: Emma Barnes

Illustrator: Monique Dong

Release Date: 1st September 2016

Genre: Young Fiction

Publisher: Scholastic

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Chloe never means to get into trouble but sometimes her plans get a little out of control. With her two best friends, she forms a Secret Club dedicated to making their dreams come true – but fantasy and reality don’t always mix!

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Emma is the author of several books for children, including JESSICA HAGGERTHWAITE: WITCH DISPATCHER, for which she was nominated for the Branford Boase award, and the WILD THING series. As well as writing, she enjoys spending time working in schools and libraries.





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Chloe is a bit of a scatter brain who spends more time in imagination land then in the real world, she also wants to be a princess….. and who doesn’t?! Chloe and her two friends form a secret princess  with club rules, what princesses should wear, how to act and my favourite, princess challenges.

This book is a fun, quick read. I like Chloe and her friends, they have so much fun together being real life princesses. I also like that she is called Higgins (that’s my mums name 🙂 )

I liked the little ‘Which princess are you?’ quiz in the back, i was princess Clarinda! Also the princess jam tarts are a must make on my next school holidays!!

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Dylan the Doctor by Guy Parker-Rees. Review and Giveaway!


BookTitle: Dylan the Doctor

Author: Guy Parker-Reeves

Release Date: 4th August 2016

Genre: Picture Book

Publisher: Scholastic

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Dylan’s on his way – are you ready to play? DYLAN THE DOCTOR is the first picture book in a series featuring an exuberant stripy dog, who just loves to play. Created by bestselling illustrator Guy Parker-Rees, Dylan is a joyous new character who uses playing and fun to help toddlers explore and understand their world. Today Dylan is playing at being a doctor. He dashes about looking after all of his friends: Purple Puss, Jolly Otter and Titchy Chick. But who will look after poor, tired Doctor Dylan? All his friends, of course! Look out for Dylan’s friend, Dotty Bug, on every page, as she encourages readers to join in with the story.

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Guy Parker-Rees is one of the UK’s best-loved children’sillustrators. His many successes include GIRAFFES CAN’TDANCE (Orchard) and SPOOKYRUMPUS (Orchard). Guy live in Brighton.

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Children’s picture books are my all time favourite! The brightness, colours and the smiles that came from my child  while reading this book was brilliant.  Lily-May is only 20 months old but she got to much out if this book (we have read it umpteen times!) She loved to make the dog and cat noises and loves turning the pages 🙂 the vibrant colours and beautiful illustrations kept her entertained until the end, which is rare for her! It’s now turned into her favourite bedtime story. The pages also seem to be toddler proof, which is a must!! Lily-May also enjoyed looking for Dotty Bug on each page, I thought that was a fun addition to the book. We look forward to reading Dylan the Shopkeeper when it hits the shelves 🙂

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✫✫¸.•°*˜”*° Review °*”˜*°•.¸✫✫ Shoutykid – Zombie movie and Broke the school by Simon Mayle


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Simon Mayle grew up in the USA but now lives in Cornwall with his wife and their own Shoutykids. He works in film and TV and amongst his credits are ‘THERE’S ONLY ONE JIMMY GRIMBLE’ – winner of a Brown Bear at Berlin Film Festival, Golden Griffin at Giffoni, best feature at Vienna and best feature at Kyoto. Author’s Home Cornwall

How Harry Riddles Made a Mega-Amazing Zombie Movie (Shoutykid, Book 1)


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Meet the funniest kid in fiction!

Hi there,

My name is Harry Riddles and I am ten years old which my mum says is too young to have problems but she is WRONG. My dad just lost his job, which means we might have to move house and I need money to make my mega-amazing zombie movie but there is NO WAY I will sell my X-box! I’ve written to the Queen, Harry Styles, and the people off Dragons’ Den who might be able help but I don’t know if they’ll write back. If you have any bright ideas for making money I’d love to hear them and I can tell you how to get past level 6 on World of Zombies if you like.

Good luck and have fun

Harry Riddles

Follow Harry’s hilarious ups and downs told through laugh-out-loud letters, emails, texts and more!

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I really thought the cover of the book really stood out and looked like it was going to be fun to read. Harry is a ten year old boy who is always plays games on his X-Box, he lives Cornwall with his sister who he hates. The Riddles home is under threat from bailiff’s and its looking like Harry will have to move schools as his family cannot afford his school fee’s. Harry thinks he can solve all their problems by making a television series about a vegetarian baby Zombie. I thought the way the book was set up with emails and text was good, it was enjoyable to read and  had me laughing at times, will be reading book 2 straight away!

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How Harry Riddles Mega-Massively Broke the School (Shoutykid, Book 2)


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The funniest kid in fiction is back!

Hi there,

My name is Harry Riddles, and I live with my mum, my dad and my EVIL sister Charlotte. But now my mum is having TWINS so either me or Charlotte are gonna lose our bedroom. ALSO, Dad’s moaning that I should do more sport and not be just a gamer (which shows what he knows cos I’m actually the BEST gamer World of Zombies has ever seen). But I’ve joined the school football team to keep him happy although if we win anything it will be a miracle cos we suck. I’ve written to some stars of the football world to see if they wanna help out, and also a bunch of people who might take Charlotte off our hands – oh and Brad Pitt’s wife to see if she wants to adopt a couple more kids, but who knows if they will write back. We’ll see.

Good luck and have fun.

Harry Riddles

Follow Harry’s hilarious ups and downs told through laugh-out-loud letters, emails, texts and more!

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Like how book 2 has kind of the same cover 🙂

I thought this book wasn’t  as good as the first, I did read the whole book, the drawings make the book easy to follow and was a quick read but a bit boyish for me but sure my bother will love reading them, I enjoyed book 1 more 😦

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Lookout for book 3 in August 2015! Visit Shoutykids website for hilarious blog entries, competitions and learning resources at


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Review: Dork Diaries Drama Queen


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Dork Diaries Drama Queen by Rachel Renee Russell.

TOTAL DISASTER!!! Mean girl Mackenzie has stolen Nikki’s diary! What if she tells everyone Nikki’s totally secret thoughts?!

But reading Nikki’s diary isn’t  the only thing Mackenzie’s interested in. Get ready for Dork Diaries with a twist as Mackenzie takes over and tells all about her GLAMFABULOUS life! What dies the queen bee really think about Nikki and her dorky friends?


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Another brilliant Dork diaries book. With brilliant illustrations by Nikki and Erin Russell. A gorgeous front cover (can`t beat a bit of leopard print!). A nice effect of when you shine the book in the light it makes the front cover of the book turn lots of different colours such as green, blue, yellow and lots more of different colours.
I love this Dork diaries book. My favourite part is when Brianna gets to look after the class pet, Rover, lets say it does not end very well.
When Mackenzie steals Nikki`s Diary she doesn`t just read it but she writes in it!
I like how in the book you can tell who has written in Nikki`s diary at what time.
But when Nikki`s BFF Chloe sends a message to Nikki`s website Miss Know-It-All Mackenzie decides to hack on to Nikki`s page and answer all the messages herself but no one know`s Mackenzie is answering the messages, not even Nikki, so will Chloe and Nikki`s friendship come to a end?!
Can Nikki put all the pieces of the puzzle together and fix her friendship with Chloe? Can she get her diary back? Or will she have to sacrifice one of them?
When Nikki finally gets everything back to normal and goes back onto the Miss Know-It-All website she see`s all the mean messages Mackenzie has sent, she remembers that at 12 o’clock Nikki`s messages will be getting put in the school paper, its now a race against time to delete all those awful messages before they get put in the school paper and get read by the entire school!!!
Review by Amy-Lee, aged 10.
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Review: Dork Diaries TV Star


Dork Diaries TV Star by Rachel Renee Russell

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Nikki Maxwell, Queen of the Dorks, is back in the seventh book of the blockbuster Dork Diaries series – now with over 13 million copies in print! Nikki and her friends are about to have their five minutes of fame! A reality TV crew is going to follow them for the whole month as they record their hit song together. But will the excitement also cause unexpected problems, now that cameras are everywhere Nikki and her friends go? Is life in the spotlight really going to be all they think it is or will it be a Dork Disaster? Full of Nikki’s doodles, diary entries and dorkish disasters, get ready to embrace your inner dork with his brand new novel from the hit series. Perfect for fans of Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Tom Gates and Jacqueline Wilson. Rachel Renee Russell has said that the Dork Diaries series was inspired by her own middle school experiences, as well as those of her two daughters, Erin and Nikki. Her older daughter, Erin, helps with writing the Dork Diaries series and her younger daughter, Nikki, helps with illustrations

Praise for Dork Diaries:

‘A brilliant read!’ Mizz

‘Dork Diaries is fast becoming my favourite series for younger readers … More please!’ Wondrous Reads

‘A tantalising series’ Waterstones Books Quarterly

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I really enjoyed this book from the Dork Diaries series. Its one of the first books i have read by the author and can not wait to read the next one.

I like the way the book is set out, It looks like a school book with the lines on the page and the pictures are FAB! (made me want to colour them in) and some of them very funny…. I think this adds to the reading of the book.


I like how each day has a diary entry from Nikki…..i sometimes felt like i had stolen her diary! I could imagine having her as a friend hehe i think she has a school life like any other kid (apart from the TV part) friend problems, embarrassing family and even boys!! (how gross is that!)


I liked that i could put this book down but easily get back into the story quickly when i started it again 🙂 Its a fun read and i think many of my friends would enjoy this.


I hope all of Rachel Renée Russell books are as easy to read as this one was and i hope to be able to read and review many more of hers in the future. I know my best friend would enjoy this so i will give this review copy to her 🙂

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Rachel Renee Russell is an attorney who prefers writing tween books to legal briefs. (Mainly because books are a lot more fun and pyjamas and bunny slippers aren’t allowed in court.) She has raised two daughters and lived to tell about it. Her hobbies include growing purple flowers and doing totally useless crafts (like, for example, making a microwave oven out of Popsicle sticks, glue, and glitter). Rachel lives in northern Virginia with a spoiled pet Yorkie who terrorises her daily by climbing on top of a computer cabinet and pelting her with stuffed animals while she writes. And, yes, Rachel considers herself a total Dork. Dork Diaries site:

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Holly Smale is the author of Geek Girl, Model Misfit and Picture Perfect. She was unexpectedly spotted by a top London modelling agency at the age of fifteen and spent the following two years falling over on catwalks, going bright red and breaking things she couldn’t afford to replace. By the time Holly had graduated from Bristol University with a BA in English Literature and an MA in Shakespeare she had given up modelling and set herself on the path to becoming a writer.


Geek Girl (Geek Girl, Book 1)

by Holly Smale

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“My name is Harriet Manners, and I am a geek.”

Harriet Manners knows that a cat has 32 muscles in each ear, a “jiffy” lasts 1/100th of a second, and the average person laughs 15 times per day. She knows that bats always turn left when exiting a cave and that peanuts are one of the ingredients of dynamite.

But she doesn’t know why nobody at school seems to like her.

So when Harriet is spotted by a top model agent, she grabs the chance to reinvent herself. Even if it means stealing her best friend’s dream, incurring the wrath of her arch enemy Alexa, and repeatedly humiliating herself in front of impossibly handsome model Nick. Even if it means lying to the people she loves.

Veering from one couture disaster to the next with the help of her overly enthusiastic father and her uber-geeky stalker, Toby, Harriet begins to realise that the world of fashion doesn’t seem to like her any more than the real world did.

As her old life starts to fall apart, will Harriet be able to transform herself before she ruins everything?

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Harriet is geek girl, bit clumsy but clever and doesn’t care about fashion  but has a fashion crazy best friend.

This was a  fantastic book about modelling and the life of a teenager girl trying to fit in. I enjoyed the humour in the book  and the story line was great.

I thought that this book was written very well and  I would recommend it to any one who  likes girly things. I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series now.

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Note from Leah : I gave the other book I got to my best friend to read as I knew she had read all the other books, and it made her smile a lot to get it 🙂


All That Glitters (Geek Girl, Book 4)
by Holly Smale

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“My name is Harriet Manners, and I am still a geek.”

The fourth book in the award-winning GEEK GIRL series.

Harriet Manners has high hopes for the new school year: she’s a Sixth Former now, and things are going to be different. But with Nat busy falling in love at college and Toby preoccupied with a Top Secret project, Harriet soon discovers that’s not necessarily a good thing…

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Reviewed by Erin age 10

I found this book a very easy read which I loved reading. I liked the facts inside the text to make the reader really believe that Harriet Manners was a true geek. I also liked the style of the writing the author used,it was written as if the main character had written it herself. I think Holly Smale should carry on writing children’s books because i loved the whole series and would always recommend it to my friends. A great read!

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Review – The Butterfly Club By Jacqueline Wilson

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The Butterfly Club by Jacqueline Wilson

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Tina is a triplet, but she’s always been the odd one out. Her sisters Phil and Maddie are bigger and stronger and better at just about everything. Luckily, they look after teeny-tiny Tina wherever they go – but when the girls start in scary, super-strict Miss Lovejoy’s class, they’re split up, and Tina has to fend for herself for the first time.

Tina is horrified when she’s paired up with angry bully Selma, who nobody wants to be friends with. But when Miss Lovejoy asks them to help her create a butterfly garden in the school playground, Tina discovers she doesn’t always need her sisters – and that there’s a lot more to Selma than first meets the eye.

A beautiful, heartwarming story about friendship, confidence and becoming your own person, from the mega-bestselling author of Tracy Beaker, Hetty Feather and Sleepovers.

Watch Jacqueline introducing the book

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The Butterfly Club is a really good book and a really good story on making new friends. With some nice and mean characters. It is a really good animal story too with lots of illustrations. But will small Tina be able to cope with mean Selma and Kay-Leigh, will Mrs Lovejoy easy down on Tina or will she just have to fend for herself for the next year.
My personal favourite part is when Bully Selma takes a rough turn, will it stay permanently that way. Another part is when her Mum gets a bit worried about the beginning of the Butterfly garden, will Tina and Selma be able to raise enough money to get all the flowers for there garden? What will happen to all there hard work… One sad part is when Tina’s sisters Philippa and Madeline will not except Selma as part of their life. Tina`s just about to give up all her hope on the butterfly garden when the first one appears but will Tina still carry on believing that more Butterflies will come or shall she just give up! Find out in this brilliant book.

I loved the Butterfly Sweets that           came with the book!

Finally a big thanks to Jacqueline Wilson the author of this brilliant book, also congratulations seen as The Butterfly Club is your 101st  book and another big thanks to Nick Sharrett the  illustrator of this brilliant book.

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The Butterfly Club is Jacqueline Wilson’s 101st novel, a beautiful, heart-warming story about friendship, confidence and becoming your own person, perfect for committed fans and as an introduction to Jacqueline’s books.

Tina is a triplet, but she’s always been the odd one out. Her sisters Phil and Maddie are bigger and stronger and better at just about everything. Luckily, they look after teeny-tiny Tina wherever they go – but when the girls start in scary, super-strict Miss Lovejoy’s class, they’re split up, and Tina has to fend for herself for the first time. Tina is horrified when she’s paired up with angry bully Selma, who nobody wants to be friends with. But when Miss Lovejoy asks them to help her create a butterfly garden in the school playground, Tina discovers she doesn’t always need her sisters – and that there’s a lot more to Selma than first meets the eye.

Dame Jacqueline Wilson is a former Children’s Laureate and a multi award- winning, best-selling author who has recently been revealed as the most borrowed author from public libraries of the past decade.  Over 35 million copies of her books have been sold in the UK alone and her books have been translated into 34 different languages. The Butterfly Club is her 101st novel.

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The critically acclaimed and hugely successful stage adaptation of Hetty Feather which toured the UK last year will return for a further West End run and UK tour in 2015. Dates will be announced soon. Fans of Hetty Feather will be well provided for in 2015 as a major BBC TV adaptation of the book is currently scheduled to air later this year.

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*** Parent Note***
I have never seen a book glued to my child’s hand like i did with this book! It went everywhere with her, school, car journeys, even the hairdressers!! Very proud of Amy-Lee’s first ever book review 🙂 here’s to many many more!