Review: ‘The Last Firefox’ by Lee Newbery (illust. Laura Catalan)

...I turn slowly.The head of the Grendilock is peering back through the curtain of ivy. I can see myself reflected in the empty blackness of its insect eyes.I look afraid. Rating: 4.8/5 paper planes Genre: Children's/Middle-Grade Fantasy; Contemporary Fantasy; Adventure; LGBTQ+; AnimalsPublication: 3 March 2022Pages: 304 (paperback) Synopsis: Between bullies at school and changes at … Continue reading Review: ‘The Last Firefox’ by Lee Newbery (illust. Laura Catalan)

Mini-Review: ‘Rumaysa: A Fairytale’ by Radiya Hafiza

[H]er favourite book, 'One Thousand and One Nights'...had beautiful drawings of palaces and animals, women in hijabs and men in magnificent robes. It was a relief to step into someone else's life and escape her tower room, if even just for a moment. Rating: 4.5/5 paper planes Genre: Children's fantasy; fairytale retellingsPublication: 1 April 2021Pages: … Continue reading Mini-Review: ‘Rumaysa: A Fairytale’ by Radiya Hafiza

Review: ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’ (‘Harry Potter’, #1) by J.K. Rowling (illust. Jim Kay)

Harry then did something that was both very brave and very stupid... Rating: 4.98/5 paper planes Genre: Contemporary fantasy (children/YA) Synopsis: When a letter arrives for the unhappy but ordinary Harry Potter, a decade-old secret is finally revealed to him. Harry’s parents were wizards, killed by a Dark Lord’s curse when Harry was just a … Continue reading Review: ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’ (‘Harry Potter’, #1) by J.K. Rowling (illust. Jim Kay)