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The Hundred and One Dalmatians by

The Hundred and One Dalmatians by Dodie Smith

Life for Mr and Mrs Dearly and their dogs, Pongo and Misses, is going well. They live near Regent’s Park in London and are very comfortably well off, Mr Dearly having helped the government out with its sums, he doesn’t really have to worry about money any more. But one day they bump into an old school-friend of Mrs Dearly,

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The Ransom of Dond by

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Illustrated by Pam Smy Darra lives on the island of Inniscaul is a small island off the coast of Eriu, or Ireland. And it is her fate to be sacrificed to Dond, for she is the thirteenth child born to her mother. Long ago Dond cursed the island with fear of death and a desire for wealth and power. He

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I am an artist by

I am an artist by Marta Altes

The narrator of this picture book is a young boy. He tells us he is an artist. Unfortunately his mother doesn’t always understand, where he sees a lonely carrot she sees an unfinished dinner, for example. I may have gotten that line a little wrong, but you get the idea. Of course if you had to live with a little

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Monzo’s Diary by

Monzo's Diary by Anne M Cashell

Monzo is a small dog, he usually recognises people by their footwear. He starts out life with “the cruel man” who docks his tale, but soon he comes to live with a new family where he starts to learn about life. As you know if you’ve read this blog for any amount of time I’m a sucker for animal stories,

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After tomorrow by

After tomorrow

In the near future the economy has collapsed. Money is pretty much useless. Matt and his family have been lucky, they can grow some food and have been sensible, trading and bartering for what they need. But now the raids have started. Those with nothing are coming after those with something, no matter how small that “something” is. The only

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Railsea by

Railsea by China Mieville

Before I start reviewing this, I just want you to do one thing, read the title of this book. Railsea. Now imagine what that means. If you have imagined a world covered in railtracks, with trains as ships then you have gotten a bit of an inkling about the world this book is set in. And if you happened to

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The Killables by

The Killables - Gemma Malley

Evil must be identified – Book one in the Killables trilogy In the future the only place of safety is The City. Ruled over by The Great Leader, with the system, overseen by The Brother, keeping track of everyone. Keeping them safe from the Evils outside the city, and the Evil inside them. It has been discovered that evil resides

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