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#BookReview: Judy Moody Saves the World! by Megan McDolnald & Peter H. Reynolds #MPBooks

Judy Moody Saves the World book coverTitle: Judy Moody Saves the World!

Author: Megan McDonald

Illustrator: Peter H. Reynolds

Publisher: Walker Books

Genre: Children’s/middle grade fiction, humour

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Description: Where would the world be without Judy Moody?
Learning about the destruction of the rainforest puts Judy in the mood to whip the planet into shape.  Someone needs to save the world, and she’s the girl to do it!
The adventures of Judy Moody are sure to put you into a very Judy Moody mood!Read More »

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#BookReview: Uncle Shawn and Bill and the Pajimminy-Crimminy Unusual Adventure by A. L. Kennedy & Gemma Correll #MPBooks

Uncle Shawn and Bill 2 book coverTitle: Uncle Shawn and Bill and the Pajimminy-Crimminy Adventure (Uncle Shawn and Bill #2)

Author: A. L. Kennedy

Illustrator: Gemma Correll

Publisher: Walker Books

Genre: Children’s/middle grade fiction, Humour

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Description: Uncle Shawn needs rescuing.  The evil Dr P’Klawz wants to squish all the Unusualness out of the world.  And he’s noticed that Uncle shawn is quite Unusual, Pajimminy-Crimminy Unusual, in fact.
Thank goodness Badger Bill won’t let anything bad happen to his best friend!  He’s never rescued anyone before, but he’s not alone.  he has four arguing llamas, a pirate boy, an invisible girl and lots of spiders to help him.  what could possibly go wrong?Read More »

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#BookReview: Judy Moody by Megan McDonald & Peter H. Reynolds #MPBooks

Judy Moody book coverTitle: Judy Moody

Author: Megan McDonald

Illustrator: Peter H. Reynolds

Publisher: Walker Books

Genre: Children’s/middle grade fiction, humour

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Description: Meet Judy Moody, the queen of moods! 
Bad moods, good moods, even back-to-school moods – Judy Moody has them all.
Meet Judy, her little “bother” Stink, her friend Rocky and her “pest” friend Frank.  They’re sure to put you in a very Judy Moody mood!

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#BookReview: Jake Atlas and the Hunt for the Feathered God by Rob Lloyd Jones #MPBooks

Jake Atlas 2 book coverTitle: Jake Atlas and the Hunt for the Feathered God (Jake Atlas #2)

Author: Rob Lloyd Jones

Publisher: Walker Books

Genre: Middle grade/Older Children’s fiction, Action, Adventure

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Description: Jake Atlas and his family are on the run.  They’re on a mission to stop the mysterious People of the Snake from hiding the secret to the history of humankind.
But the international police are chasing Jake and his family through the jungles of Honduras – one of the most dangerous places in the world.

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#BookReview: Begone the Raggedy Witches by Celine Kiernan #MPBooks

Begone the Raggedy Witches book coverTitle: Begone the Raggedy Witches (The Wild Magic Trilogy #1)

Author: Celine Kiernan

Illustrator: Victoria Semykina

Publisher: Walker Books

Genre: Children’s/Middle grade, Fantasy

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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.

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#BookReview: The Day Aliens (Nearly) Ate Our Brains by Tom McLaughlin #MPBooks

The Day Aliens Nearly Ate Our Brains book coverTitle: The Day Aliens (Nearly) Ate Our Brains

Author/Illustrator: Tom McLaughlin

Publisher: Walker Books

Genre: Children’s/Middle Grade fiction, Humour

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Description:  Best friends Freddy and Sal have accidently started a SPACE WAR with Alan, a grumpy alien brain muncher from Planet Twang.  Soon the police, NASA and world leaders are getting involved.  Freddy is about to become the MOST FAMOUS KID in his town, for all the wrong reasons…Wolverhampton, we have a PROBLEM.

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#BookReview: Julius Zebra Entangled with the Egyptians by Gary Northfield #MPBooks

Julius Zebra Entangled with the Egyptians book coverTitle: Julius Zebra: Entangled with the Egyptians!

Author/Illustrator: Gary Northfield

Publisher: Walker Books

Genre: Middle grade/Older children’s fiction, humour

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Description: So, you think you know about Julius Zebra do you?
He’s a gladiatorial champion!  Liberator of enslaved beasts!  A rebel of the Roman Empire!
But when Julius is shipwrecked on the shores of Ancient Egypt and mistaken for a horse god his luck takes a new turn and soon he’s bathing in donkey’s milk and being crowned Pharaoh of Egypt.  Just how long will his golden fortunes last?

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My Review:   This is such a funny book and perfect to bring a smile to anyone’s face. ‘Julius Zebra: Entangled with the Egyptians’ is the third book in the Julius Zebra series, the previous books being ‘Rumble with the Romans’ and ‘Bundle with the Britons’. You don’t need to have read any Julius Zebra books before reading this one as it’s a complete story in itself, (and I never read the first book before trying out the second one a few months ago) but it is extra fun to know where all the characters come from and what they’ve been through.

The hardcover book has shiny gold on the cover and inside the whole story is written in easy to read text along with funny illustrations on every page. After his last adventure in Britannia Julius and his friends find themselves shipwrecked on a beach. Before they know it the Egyptian army finds them and somehow Julius gets mistaken for a horse god! I don’t want to explain more of the plot as it’s just too funny and it would spoil it for me to go into detail, but will say that this book is hilarious and has a very daft and silly plot. When I read the previous book I couldn’t help but laugh out loud at all the silly things that happen to the characters and the way they react and I wasn’t disappointed with ‘Entangled with the Egyptians’ as there’s more of that brilliant humour!

Funny pictures among the text.

The story is just really silly with every moment being a chance for something funny to happen, and what makes it even more funny is the pictures. Rather than the odd illustration in the book which you’d look at after reading the text, there are pictures on every page and they are part of the story. You have to see what’s happening in the pictures and read the characters speech bubbles before reading the next part of the text. I love this style of illustrations and the images themselves are just really funny. Every small picture or large one spread on a double page is funny. It’s hard to describe but somehow the way the characters are drawn (and those eyes!) makes the plot all the more funny and just looking at the cover makes me laugh.

The story throughout is hilarious, there’s never a dull moment and although it’s predictably going to be very silly, I still didn’t know what was going to happen, especially at the end. I like the ending it’s fun and made the book feel like the last in the series but there’s an epilogue that shows that the story is far from over for Julius and his animal friends, which I’m so happy about as I really can’t get enough of Julius and his friends.

After the main story is finished there are a few pages of extras. There’s a quick explanation of how to read roman numerals, as all the page numbers are written in roman numerals. There is also information on how to write in hieroglyphics, a funny explanation of mummification along with some great pictures, and a glossary, explaining some of the real life things that exist in the book. A glossary was also in the previous book which I found fascinating and I especially liked this book’s addition as I’ve always loved learning about Ancient Egypt and I didn’t realise where ‘Heter’ comes from.

More funny illustrations! 😀

This whole book is so funny and silly and it really put a smile on my face. Although aimed at kids this book will make any adult laugh too. I think the sense of humour in this book is just perfect for me, and how funny someone finds the book might depend on their own type of humour, but I’d really recommend this book to anyone to try, especially if you enjoy really daft/silly stories. I can’t wait for a future instalment of the series and I could see this series going on for a long time, as long as there are ancient places for Julius to visit. A really great book and the fact that the line ‘We’re going on our holibobs!’ is used again just cracked me up (no idea why but it does!)
-Thanks to Walker Books for a free copy.


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