Yvette Fielding from our October selection of 6 children’s books


Children’s books for the month of October reviewed by CAROLINE FRANKLIN

This year has passed and here we are – Halloween is just around the corner and Christmas card catalogs are coming.

By the time you read this my summer vacation will be over – I have returned to the beautiful town of Gower in South Wales where cavemen long ago lived, hollows in the limestone cliffs and under the ground providing what then passed for good accommodation. There are also legends, as you might expect. Arthur’s huge stone on Cefn Bryn has its own story, while the odd worm’s head towering over one end of Rhossili Bay and the tiny islet of Burry Holm at the other end each have stories to tell. . I have never yet found one of the gold duplicates that are said to be found on Rhossili, but I do not give up hope, as I will definitely be returning to the bay with its story of shipwrecks, survivors and wreckers. Meanwhile, there are tales to be found in the books and here are ideas for the youngest members of the family’s fall reading.

Red truck yellow truck

Those of you who have been given exercises to improve singing may be familiar with the endless chirping “red truck yellow truck red truck yellow truck”. Red Lorry, Michelle Robinson and Jez Tuya’s Yellow Lorry has absolutely nothing to do with singing, but a lot to do with being a book that will be popular with very young people. Lots of big trucks of different kinds doing their job (sheep truck, ladder truck, biffing, brake truck, etc.) houses.

A simple, colorful and superb pleasure. Age group 3 years and over.

Posted by Andersen Press at £ 12.99 (HB)

The mystery of the howling witch
The mystery of the howling witch

What a great title for a book to read during the month of Halloween. Nicki Thornton’s The Howling Hag Mystery is about Raven Charming, her friend Morti, and a talented, magically speaking cat, Nightshade. Raven longs to follow in the footsteps of her mother and older sister, Rookery, who are both witches, but as she puts it, “My affinity hasn’t started yet.

It’s a shame as there is something going on in his hometown and it looks like the cunning is to blame. Magic might help find the answer, but Raven doesn’t like magic becoming too available because if it did, as she puts it, “people would ask for breakfast miracles!” Nonetheless, when a murder does occur, something must be done and it’s up to three friends to find out if there really is a howling witch causing the trouble.

The way they go about it makes for an exciting and magical story for children 10 years and older. Posted by Chicken House at £ 6.99 (PB)

Lost at the museum
Lost at the museum

If your kids haven’t received Lost In The Museum yet, as it’s been out for a while, buy a copy and treat yourself to hours of peace. The story follows the fate of young Stevie, a little girl lost in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. To help her find her way back to her family, she has to go through many rooms of the museum and as and when the reader is given objects to find. At the end of the book, there is more information about the various galleries Stevie visited, ranging from Greek and Roman art, Islamic art, European paintings and several more, each with their own images and artifacts. fascinating related to the gallery in particular. Here there is information about Chamenda, the horrific destroyer of evil, the secret message written around the rim of an ancient jug, the golden griffins, and why blind Orion turned his face to the sun.

Educational and fascinating besides having to find the myriad of objects, it will keep children very happy for a while. Age range: 9 years and over.

Posted by Dorling Kindersley at £ 9.99 (HB).

It can't be true
It can’t be true

Have you heard of the Great Red Spot? I hadn’t done it. The answer can be found in It Can’t Be True which is full of amazing facts about the world we live in. From the strength of an ant (it is capable of carrying 50 times its own weight) to the oldest tree (a Great Basin, California Bristlecone Pine has had more than 5,065 birthdays), the facts are filling in page after page. I wasn’t too keen to learn that the largest spider measured had a wingspan of 28cm (11 inches AAAAAGH !!), but the fact that a snow leopard could clean seven large family cars from one beautiful one. creature. This is a book for the whole family and if it makes you want more there is a companion volume It Can’t Be True – Animals from which you can find out which fish knots and which animal has. a tongue like as long as 15 scoops of ice cream. Both books are fascinating and will allow the reader to learn much more about the wonderful world we live in.

Age range: 9 – 99.

Posted by Dorling Kindersley at £ 12.99 each (HB).

The house of ashes
The house of ashes

“Weird” is certainly the word to describe Angharad Walker’s The Ash House. Two other words are “immensely readable” because this strange story of children who live in a place where they have no memory of their past will leave its readers guessing what the end will be.

A young boy who undergoes treatment in the hospital and has terrible spasms of pain is informed that he is being sent to the House of Ashes, run by the Chief. He assumes it will be for medical reasons, but when he arrives he meets a strange boy called Freedom, known as Dom, and is given the name Solitude (‘Sol’). He is discouraged from trying to escape and when he protests he is told that it is “badness”. The Chef is away, but Sol soon meets the Doctor and then wishes he hadn’t. A good book for Halloween – or any other time of the year.

Age range: 10 years and over.

Posted by Chicken House at £ 7.99 (PB)

The house in the woods
The house in the woods

It seemed such a fun idea – go to the old house in the woods and try the Ouija board on Halloween. However, the three friends have more than a few chills and instead find themselves drawn into a horror story. Yvette Fielding’s House in the Woods, released this month, isn’t for the faint-hearted, but for those who love their spooky fiction, this is exactly their cup of tea.

When Eve tells her uncle Rufus about what happened, he reveals that he secretly made a machine that allows her to talk to ghosts. The ghost trying to get the children’s attention is that of a war-killed soldier who desperately tries to convey information that will be vital to the country’s future security.

For young readers who enjoy scary and menacing stories with more than weird ghosts, this is a must see and is a story to keep them glued to the very last pages when a set of coordinates hidden on a stone reveals a secret. unexpected.

Age range: 11 years and over.

Posted by Andersen Press at £ 7.99 (PB)



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