Review: Help! I Smell A Monster

The first chapter of Help! I Smell a Monster had us giggling, turning up our noses (at delightful yuckiness) and turning the page as quickly as we could to find out more – which set the pattern for the rest of this fabulous, funny and often surprising story. Alice MacAllister is an ordinary girl with an apparently-ordinary... Continue Reading →


Review: Clever dog, Kip

This day-in-the-life story about a hard-working sheepdog is a lovely, gentle read, and wonderfully detailed illustrations ensure that it is a treat young readers can enjoy again and again. Kip and the farmer have a full to-do list, from letting out the ducks and hens to milking the cow and gathering the sheep, and that's... Continue Reading →

Quick Lit: June News

A round-up of the month's Scottish children's book news The summer break is approaching fast, and we know where the Roaring Reads gang are heading on our first outing – to Moat Brae, Scotland's new centre for children's literature, in Dumfries. The attraction opened at the start of this month in the restored Georgian property... Continue Reading →

Review: Evie and the Animals

Matt Haig has said that he wrote this book because his daughter asked him to, and it's just the sort of story the almost-seven-year-old in our house would have commissioned too. There are amazing animals, outdoor adventures, and important friendships - and it all centres on a plucky heroine who is trying to master her... Continue Reading →

Review: The Revenge of Tirpitz

This gripping Second World War thriller was first published in 2016 and is being re-released this year with a brighter and bolder cover, under publisher Cranachan's new 'Gobstopper' imprint for young adults - giving us a perfect excuse to read it again. Set across parallel timelines of Norway in 1944 and Shetland in 2014, Michelle... Continue Reading →

Seven Stories: Justin Davies

Seven Stories is a Roaring Reads feature in which a Scottish children's author shares some stories about their own life. This month we chat with Justin Davies, whose first book Help, I Smell a Monster! is out in a couple of weeks. The Roaring Reads gang can't wait to get a sniff of it! 1... Continue Reading →

Review: D-Day Dog

Tom Palmer's latest children's book deftly explores the complexity of war through the eyes of a boy who is battling his own confused emotions on the subject. Jack is a dog-loving 11-year-old, about to embark on a school visit to D-Day Normandy. What should be a treat takes on new resonance when his dad, a... Continue Reading →

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