While I’m far behind in my reading and reviewing I will catch up. In the meantime I thought I’d share with you all this lovely set of books I received a few weeks ago from the wonderful people at Walker Books. All of the following books are already available to buy but I’ll do my best to bring you some reviews as soon as I can 🙂
By the way, I have to apologise for the quality of the following pictures. I’ve been using my phone camera for the last few months to take pictures, ever since my original camera stopped working, but now it seems my phone’s camera has serious problems with the focus and no matter how hard I have tried, the camera just won’t focus on what’s in front of it, although it often likes to focus on what’s around the edges of my shot instead of what’s in the middle (why?)
First to some children’s picture and activity books:
Title: Begone the Raggedy Witches (The Wild Magic Trilogy #1)
Author: Celine Kiernan
Illustrator: Victoria Semykina
Publisher: Walker Books
Genre: Children’s/Middle grade, Fantasy
Description: Mup’s dad has been kidnapped by witches, and Mup – along with her mam, brother and dog – must journey to an enchanted world to rescue him.
Danger awaits them. Witches Borough is a beguiling place of rhyming crows, talking cats and forbidden magic, ruled by a tyrannical queen and her band of raggedy witches. And Mam seems strange on this side of the border – striding, powerful and increasingly distant.
Even if they can save her father, Mup knows that nothing will ever be the same again.
Description: Mango Allsorts is a girl good at all sorts of things like making a tapir feel special. Bambang is that tapir and he thinks Mango is the brightest star of all. In this fourth collection of stories, the best friends nearly journey to the moon. But when disaster strikes will it be Bambang’s turn to shine?Read More »
Title: J. K. Rowling’s Wizarding World Movie Magic Volume Three: Amazing Artifacts
Author: Bonnie Burton
Publisher: Walker Books
Genre: Children’s non-fiction, Activity
Description: From wands and racing brooms to a case full of beasts, the wizarding world is full of enchanted objects and magical devices. With this interactive book, go behind the scenes of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and all eight Harry Potter films to learn how the myriad artifacts of the films were lovingly designed and crafted.
Detailed profiles of everything from the Golden Snitch to Lord Voldemort’s Horcruxes and Newt Scamander’s magical case include blueprints, concept illustrations, unit photography and more. Jam-packed with bonus inserts throughout, including stickers, removable extras, lift-the-flaps and many other fascinating items, this book takes young readers on a thrilling tour of the magical artifacts of the wizarding world.
My Review: This is such a stunning book and perfect for any Harry Potter fans! This hardback book is around A4 in size, though a little wider, and is beautifully embossed on both the front and back covers with some glossy images and shiny gold text and embellishments. Inside the book is filled with glossy and colourful pages filled with some text and lots of images.
‘Amazing Artifacts’ is the third book in the ‘J. K. Rowling’s Wizarding World Movie Magic’ series and focuses on the objects found throughout the Harry Potter films and ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’. Beginning with a quick introduction which tells you the different roles and departments that go into making props for the movies (which is really interesting), the book then focuses on the objects from Fantastic Beasts before moving onto those found in Harry Potter. Each page contains an objects, or type of object along with snippets of text about it. There are wonderful photos of the objects as well as moments in the films when they are used as well as illustrations and sketches. I really enjoyed this book, you learn about how the objects were made or how a special effects were used to make things look a certain way, such as the way they made the Philosopher’s Stone sparkle in the film. Every page is really interesting to read and because the text is in snippet form it makes it fun and easy to read.
A lot of the pages have additional extras attached to them. There are pieces of paper or card stuck into some pages such as Harry’s Hogwart’s acceptance letter from the first movie, which you can unfold and read (you even get to know who really signed it), and a short booklet version of the beginning of ‘The Tales of Beedle the Bard’, to name just two of the many things you can find in this book! I really love books with these little extras stuck in, it makes it so much more fun and makes this book feel so much more special than one which would only have text and pictures.
There are stickers in this book for you to use wherever you want too, as well as a paper A4ish sized painting of Dumbledore stuck to the inside back cover which you can place on your own wall or not. It’s actually got a frame around it and made to look like an old painting! There’s also tips on how to make your own wand at the back of the book which is a great little extra for keen Potter fans.
Overall this is a really amazing book and great not only for fans of the films but also for people interested in how movies are made. I’d also say that although this book is aimed at kids, any age would enjoy reading this. A great book and one of an entire series I can recommend!
-Thanks to Walker Books for a free copy.
What are your favourite artifacts from the movies? Would you enjoy reading this book? Let me know any thoughts you have and please don’t forget to follow My Peacock Books in these places and a big thank you if you do 🙂