Posts Tagged ‘Publisher- Templar’

Bookish Brits: Drummer Girl Buddy Review

Bridget Tyler
16691515It was supposed to be the summer of her life. Instead, 17-year-old Lucy finds her best friend Harper shot dead in an LA swimming pool. How did it come to this? Lucy Gosling is the drummer in Crush, a rock band formed by five London schoolgirls that has just won the UK semi-final of an international talent contest. But when the band lands in Hollywood for the big final, things are not quite as they seem. The band’s lead singer, Harper, has just one thing on her mind – using sex, drugs and rock and roll, not to mention Crush itself, to win back her bad-news ex-boyfriend. Lucy must decide whether she’s playing to Harper’s tune, or setting the rhythm for the rest of the band

Posted by Faye and Caroline

Publisher: Templar
Publication Date: May 2013
Format: Paperback
Pages: 361
Genre: Contemporary fiction, friendship
Age: YA
Reviewer: Caroline and Faye
Source: Own Copy
Challenge: None
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Bookish Brits: Bomb Maker Buddy Review

Claire McFall.
bombmakerThe English government have closed the borders with their Celtic neighbours. Any Celt found in England is branded with a tattoo, found twice they are executed. Scottish Lizzie is the ‘property’ of psychopathic London gang boss Alexander. Can Lizzie escape Alexander’s deadly grip and at what price her betrayal?

Posted by Faye and Caroline

Publisher: Templar
Publication Date: February 2014
Format: ARC
Pages: 336
Genre: Dystopian
Age: YA
Reviewer: Caroline and Faye
Source: Borrowed
Challenge: British book
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The Pirates Next Door

Jonny Duddle

pirates next doorThe Jolley-Rogers – a pirate family, are moving to Dull-on-Sea, a quiet seaside town. Stopping to fix up their ship, this unusual family get the whole neighbourhood spreading rumours. Defying the grown-ups, Matilda from next door decides to become friends with the youngest pirate son. When the Jolley-Rogers leave, the town discovers they were wrong to assume the worst – the pirate clan have buried treasure in everyone’s gardens (shown in a stunning double-gatefold). Matilda feels sad until she discovers her own treasure – an incredibly exciting new pen friend.

I picked this up because the front cover made it look like such fun as a boat full of pirates is rolling up the road. I wasn’t disappointed on the inside either as the story was great and the pictures a pure delight.

So to the story, there is an empty house on the street in Dull-on-Sea (great name) and one day a pirate family move in complete with pirate ship (which needs mending hence the break from the sea). Tilda next door is very pleased to have a friend in the ‘pirate boy’ but the rest of the neighbourhood are less than welcoming. They come together to moan about the piratey aspects of the new residents. However in reality the pirates are not any of the things that are being said of them. They are actually very wise pirates who know that these people are complaining and, in a cunning twist, they set out to show them that pirates are not actually bad at all by leaving a gift for each of the neighbours. Of course after that everybody loves them!

If you like to use books to talk about issues with your children this is a great way to take an early look at prejudice and not judging people you don’t really know.

The illustrations are brilliantly drawn, detailed and humorous. They clearly show the exuberance of the pirates and the complete disapproval of the neighbours as they move in. My girls will tell you that the best of all is the big picture. It shows all the neighbours lawn’s marked with crosses (as x marks the spot of course) and you open it out to see them all desperately digging in search of their treasure. There is lots to look at on every page and they are the kind of pictures you keep seeing more things in each time you go back to them.

Verdict: So both the girls and I loved this, written in rhyme means they get to read it with me these days, it is a firm favourite.

Reviewed by Helen

Publisher: Templar Publishing
Publication Date: March 2012
Format: Picture book
Pages: 36
Genre: Pirates, Humour
Age: Picture book
Reviewer: Helen
Source: Own Copy
Challenge: British book
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Calm Down Boris!

Calm Down, Boris! (Puppet Pop Ups)

Sam Lloyd

Boris just wants to be loved, but he’s too big and kissy and tickly! With this hilarious cut-away book, Boris the puppet comes alive when you put your hand through the back of the book! Turn the card pages to find out how he gets carried away… Boris is made of soft, orange fur and has a big felt tongue.

Ahh Boris. What child wouldn’t find a furry, manic monster who just loves to kiss and who gets chastised for being a tad overzealous, compelling? The joy of this book is how the child participation smoothly runs through this simple, quirkily illustrated story. It’s also a great book for when you want to entertain more than one child including babies.

My 8mth old son will collapse into giggles when petted by Boris and is clearly quite fascinated with the hand puppet.

It is a short read. We found though that it encouraged my 3 yr old daughter to ‘role play’ and she loves to pretend to be Boris herself.

Verdict: This is definitely a day time book as opposed to a bedtime book due to the excitement it causes and deserves a place in every preschoolers bookshelf.

Reviewed by Karen

Publisher: Templar Publishing
Publication Date: July 2006
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 5
Genre: Picture Book
Age: Picture Books
Reviewer: Karen
Source: Own Copy
Challenge: N/A
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