Author Archives: Gill Robins

Zubert – by Charlie Sutcliffe

Released by Tate Publishing in 2013, Zubert is a picture book so rich in detail that it almost defies definition. It joins a growing number of books in the picture book genre in which words are superfluous, but which nevertheless … Continue reading

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Archie’s Unbelievably Freaky Week – by Andrew Norriss, illustrated by Hannah Shaw

They’re back in another lol book: the accident prone Archie Coates with a gift for getting into scrapes, Cyd, the omniscient friend with a gift for sorting things out and Archie’s Mum, the maternal Victor Meldrew who despairingly refuses to … Continue reading

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The Onion’s Great Escape – by Sara Fanelli

The Onion’s Great Escape, the latest children’s book written by the gifted and multi-award winning artist, Sara Fanelli and published by Phaidon, is not just one picture book; rather like the onion which it depicts, it is actually several layered … Continue reading

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The Hunger Games – by Suzanne Collins

Published by Scholastic in 2008, this dystopian novel aimed at young adult readers sold nearly 1 million copies in its first 18 months. Now part of a trilogy, it has won multiple awards and in March 2012 became an instant … Continue reading

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Charles Dickens: A Lifetime of Storytelling; A Legacy of Change

Published by Templar and written by Catherine Wells-Cole, this detailed book is a cornucopia of information which will satisfy even the most inquisitive young mind. It forms part of Templar’s Historical Notebook series.  

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Spirit of the Titanic – by Nicola Pierce

Produced by O’Brien Press, this story takes a unique angle on the enduring Titanic story. The central character, Samuel Scott, worked at the Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast where Titanic, the pride of the White Star Line, was built. … Continue reading

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Charles Dickens: Scenes from an Extraordinary Life – by Mick Manning and Brita Granstrom

Anyone who is familiar with Manning and Granstrom’s work will welcome this book as yet another stunning example of their meticulous research, detailed art work and highly informative text.  Each opening describes part of the story of Charles Dickens’ life, … Continue reading

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I Don’t Believe it, Archie! – by Andrew Norriss, illustrated by Hannah Shaw

To borrow the parlance of the texting generation, this is an lol book – every page will make you laugh out loud.  It recounts just one eventful week in the life of Archie, a week in which he leaves home … Continue reading

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Taff in the WAAF – by Mick Manning and Brita Granstrom

This book is every bit as absorbing as its companion volume Tail-End Charlie.  Written in the first person, it tells the story of Mick Manning’s mother, who decided to leave her greengrocer’s job in Wales to join the WAAF, eventually … Continue reading

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Too Much Trouble – by Tom Avery

Unspoken menace stalks almost every chapter of this book. A modern day version of Oliver Twist, it tells the story of brothers Emmanuel and Prince Anatole and deals with the very contemporary issues of child immigration, gun crime and street … Continue reading

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