A children book recommendation: Piggy Handsome: Guinea Pig Destined for Stardom! by Pip Jones

A critic review (source Guardian) can be read at: http://bit.ly/2CNwFlC.
There’s really nothing sweet or saccharine about Piggy and therein lies his charm; a modern animal hero with plenty of bite.
Book description from Google Books:
Piggy Handsome is a very confident Guinea pig with a hugely inflated ego – he hails from a long line of very famous Guinea pigs. But sadly Handsome hasn’t yet achieved world renown. With the help of gruff talking Jeffry the budgie and the inadvertent efforts of two dastardly villains Dick and Dolly, Handsome might realise his dream, get in the papers and save the day – without even realising. All in one day trip to the seaside!
The book is rated 4.00/5 at goodreads.com, from 6 ratings. See 1 reader reviews at: http://bit.ly/2ClPGu6.
Buy it or see reader reviews on amazon.com at: http://amzn.to/2CMFax0.
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A children book recommendation: Piggy Handsome: Guinea Pig Destined for Stardom! by Pip Jones

A critic review (source Guardian) can be read at: http://bit.ly/2CNwFlC.
There’s really nothing sweet or saccharine about Piggy and therein lies his charm; a modern animal hero with plenty of bite.
Book description from Google Books:
Piggy Handsome is a very confident Guinea pig with a hugely inflated ego – he hails from a long line of very famous Guinea pigs. But sadly Handsome hasn’t yet achieved world renown. With the help of gruff talking Jeffry the budgie and the inadvertent efforts of two dastardly villains Dick and Dolly, Handsome might realise his dream, get in the papers and save the day – without even realising. All in one day trip to the seaside!
The book is rated 4.00/5 at goodreads.com, from 6 ratings. See 1 reader reviews at: http://bit.ly/2ClPGu6.
Buy it or see reader reviews on amazon.com at: http://amzn.to/2CMFax0.
Google Books preview available in full post.

A children book recommendation: This Zoo is Not for You by Ross Collins

A critic review (source Guardian) can be read at: http://bit.ly/2Cbkqhn.
There’s a touch of Tim Minchin about Collins, who has worked on more than 100 children’s books and won several awards: his tone is funny but heartfelt and a little bit rock’n’roll.
Book description from Google Books:
When a small platypus applies for a vacancy at the zoo, he is taken on a rigorous interview process. But he’s far too bland for the chameleons, not nearly graceful enough for the flamingos, and his tricks, quite frankly, will never impress the monkeys. So, disappointed, he leaves. But soon the animals regret being so unkind and join together to welcome him to the zoo. Leading to a very fun party on his Platybus!
The book is rated 3.75/5 at goodreads.com, from 4 ratings. See 1 reader reviews at: http://bit.ly/2CaVTsQ.
Buy it or see reader reviews on amazon.com at: http://amzn.to/2C9R7fe.

A children book recommendation: This Zoo is Not for You by Ross Collins

A critic review (source Guardian) can be read at: http://bit.ly/2Cbkqhn.
There’s a touch of Tim Minchin about Collins, who has worked on more than 100 children’s books and won several awards: his tone is funny but heartfelt and a little bit rock’n’roll.
Book description from Google Books:
When a small platypus applies for a vacancy at the zoo, he is taken on a rigorous interview process. But he’s far too bland for the chameleons, not nearly graceful enough for the flamingos, and his tricks, quite frankly, will never impress the monkeys. So, disappointed, he leaves. But soon the animals regret being so unkind and join together to welcome him to the zoo. Leading to a very fun party on his Platybus!
The book is rated 3.75/5 at goodreads.com, from 4 ratings. See 1 reader reviews at: http://bit.ly/2CaVTsQ.
Buy it or see reader reviews on amazon.com at: http://amzn.to/2C9R7fe.

A children book recommendation: Daddy-Long-Legs (Puffin Classics) by Jean Webster

A critic review (source Dear Author) can be read at: http://bit.ly/2DgVIMX.
I think ultimately I would have enjoyed Daddy-Long-Legs more if it had ended with Judy running away to Europe to be a writer and leaving her suitor in the dust. As a romance it did not work for me at all but as a coming-of-age Young Adult novel it was delightful…
Book description from Google Books:
A trustee of the John Grier orphanage has offered to send Judy Abbott to college. The only requirements are that she must write to him every month and that she can never know who he is. Judy’s life at college is a whirlwind of friends, classes, parties and a growing friendship with the handsome Jervis Pendleton. With so much happening in her life, Judy can scarcely stop writing to ‘Daddy-Long-Legs’, or wondering who her mysterious benefactor is…
The book is rated 4.09/5 at goodreads.com, from 30091 ratings. See 2952 reader reviews at: http://bit.ly/2C8OUl0.
Buy it or see reader reviews on amazon.com at: http://amzn.to/2C7wH7e.

A children book recommendation: The Murder of the Romanovs by Andrew Cook

A critic review (source Washington Times) can be read at: http://bit.ly/2D4Zb0H.
British author and television documentary producer Andrew Cook is eminently qualified to explore the many facets of this terrible tale, chilling in so many ways, that it can still send shivers down one’s spine.
Book description from Google Books:
Based on exclusive access to newly discovered Russian documents, the last word on the fate of the Romanov family. The overthrow and execution of Tsar Nicholas II and the Russian Imperial family is a cause celebre of twentieth-century history. Andrew Cook’s re-investigation of the story finally solves one of the greatest mysteries of world history. The author draws upon new forensic evidence and newly discovered British and Russian Secret Service records reveal the truth about the family’s murder, the proposed British rescue of the Imperial family led by Major Stephen Alley, and the Secret Service mission inside Russia after the family’s reported deaths to discover the truth about their fate.
The book is rated 3.37/5 at goodreads.com, from 49 ratings. See 8 reader reviews at: http://bit.ly/2BWlhmN.
Buy it or see reader reviews on amazon.com at: http://amzn.to/2BYbeNY.
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A children book recommendation: Daddy-Long-Legs (Puffin Classics) by Jean Webster

A critic review (source Dear Author) can be read at: http://bit.ly/2DgVIMX.
I think ultimately I would have enjoyed Daddy-Long-Legs more if it had ended with Judy running away to Europe to be a writer and leaving her suitor in the dust. As a romance it did not work for me at all but as a coming-of-age Young Adult novel it was delightful…
Book description from Google Books:
A trustee of the John Grier orphanage has offered to send Judy Abbott to college. The only requirements are that she must write to him every month and that she can never know who he is. Judy’s life at college is a whirlwind of friends, classes, parties and a growing friendship with the handsome Jervis Pendleton. With so much happening in her life, Judy can scarcely stop writing to ‘Daddy-Long-Legs’, or wondering who her mysterious benefactor is…
The book is rated 4.09/5 at goodreads.com, from 30073 ratings. See 2951 reader reviews at: http://bit.ly/2C8OUl0.
Buy it or see reader reviews on amazon.com at: http://amzn.to/2C7wH7e.

A children book recommendation: The Explorer by Katherine Rundell

A critic review (source Guardian) can be read at: http://bit.ly/2C4SZH0.
On one level it’s a gripping story of survival and the tenacity of the human spirit against all odds, but it’s also a hymn to hope, love and courage, delivered with all the warmth and wisdom we’ve come to expect from one of our most talented writers for children.
Book description from Google Books:
Parents’ Choice Recommended From Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winner Katherine Rundell comes an exciting new novel about a group of kids who must survive in the Amazon after their plane crashes.Fred, Con, Lila, and Max are on their way back to England from Manaus when the plane they’re on crashes and the pilot dies upon landing. For days they survive alone, until Fred finds a map that leads them to a ruined city, and to a secret.
The book is rated 4.24/5 at goodreads.com, from 357 ratings. See 110 reader reviews at: http://bit.ly/2C60VI5.
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A children book recommendation: Paddington’s Finest Hour by Michael Bond

A critic review (source Financial Times) can be read at: http://on.ft.com/2BYeyZw.
The book is a delight throughout but the final section is the funniest, as a stage hypnotist is outmatched by one of those famous hard stares.
Book description from Google Books:
A brand-new title from Michael Bond chronicling new and exciting adventures of Paddington Bear!Somehow Paddington always finds himself in extraordinary situations, so it is no surprise when he appears in a popular TV cooking show, finds himself on a stage giving one of his hard stares to a hypnotist, and performing some precarious tricks at Mr. Gruber’s birthday party. For nearly sixty years, Paddington has enchanted readers around the world with his numerous misadventures and earnest good intentions. From master storyteller Michael Bond, and with interior illustrations by R. W. Alley, this new Paddington adventure will charm and delight readers of all ages.
The book is rated 4.14/5 at goodreads.com, from 36 ratings. See 14 reader reviews at: http://bit.ly/2BZx3wH.
Buy it or see reader reviews on amazon.com at: http://amzn.to/2C00Gy5.

A children book recommendation: The Murder of the Romanovs by Andrew Cook

A critic review (source Washington Times) can be read at: http://bit.ly/2D4Zb0H.
British author and television documentary producer Andrew Cook is eminently qualified to explore the many facets of this terrible tale, chilling in so many ways, that it can still send shivers down one’s spine.
Book description from Google Books:
Based on exclusive access to newly discovered Russian documents, the last word on the fate of the Romanov family. The overthrow and execution of Tsar Nicholas II and the Russian Imperial family is a cause celebre of twentieth-century history. Andrew Cook’s re-investigation of the story finally solves one of the greatest mysteries of world history. The author draws upon new forensic evidence and newly discovered British and Russian Secret Service records reveal the truth about the family’s murder, the proposed British rescue of the Imperial family led by Major Stephen Alley, and the Secret Service mission inside Russia after the family’s reported deaths to discover the truth about their fate.
The book is rated 3.37/5 at goodreads.com, from 49 ratings. See 8 reader reviews at: http://bit.ly/2BWlhmN.
Buy it or see reader reviews on amazon.com at: http://amzn.to/2BYbeNY.
Google Books preview available in full post.