Anne of Green Gables

Author – LM Montgomery34227894

Adapted by – Mariah Marsden

Illustrator – Brenna Thummler

Age – 8+

When brother and sister Matthew and Marilla decide to take in an orphan boy to help on their farm, little did they realise their world would be tipped upside down by a fiery, red-headed, freckle-faced, highly imaginative 11 year old girl.

At first they were disappointed to find Anne, but very quickly her constant chatter and the way she wears her heart on her sleeve, wins over first Matthew then his no-nonsense sister. Anne then sets out to find her first ever bosom friend in neighbour Diana Barry.

Anne’s forthright ways and vivid imagination transforms lives around her, and this graphic novel adaptation takes Anne right through until adulthood.

I haven’t read or watched Anne of Green Gables for many years, and was looking forward to diving into this modern version of this classic. It was as wonderful as I hoped.

(Classic, Graphic Novel, Friendship, Family, Orphan, Imagination, Adventures)

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Zita the Space Girl

Author / Illustrator – Ben Hatke

Age – 7+

Zita and her best friend Joseph are playing in a paddock when something falls out of the sky. Is it a meteorite? Inside they find a strange gadget with a bright red button. Joseph urges Zita NOT to push it, but that’s not Zita’s style. Suddenly to her horror, a tentacled creature appears and snatches Joseph! They vanish.

Although still in shock, Zita knows what she has to do. Press the button again….

This is where her Spacegirl adventures begin. Robots, strange creatures large and small, fear and new friendships follow. She has to find Joseph and bring him home. But time is ticking. There is an asteroid streaking towards the strange planet she finds herself on and everyone and everything will do anything to escape it.

The 1st in this Graphic Novel series, this was an action-packed, robot riddled and monster mashed adventure. Zita not only has to find Joseph, she has to avoid multiple attacks on her and her new, albeit odd, friends. A fun read.

(Series, Graphic Novel, Sci-fi, Robots, Friendship, Action, Adventure)

Ninja Kid – From Nerd to Ninja!

Author – AnH Do

Illustrator – Jeremy Ley

Age – 7+

Nelson Kane lives in a junkyard with his mum, weird inventor grandma and cousin Kenny. When he wakes on his 10th birthday, he has no idea his whole world is about to change.

Nelson is a klutz, petrified of spiders and has often been in tricky situations with Grandma’s gadgets. But today is different. Mum and Grandma have something to tell him. He is a ninja, just like his father before him. Nelson is in shock, but has to step up to his new skills as his town is attacked by mutant spiders!

Any fans of The Bad Guys, Pirate Blunderbeard and Pocket Pirates Series will love this fun format full of B & W Illustrations.

(Series, Family, Humour, Funny, Action)

Toto the Ninja Cat and the Great Snake Escape

Author – Dermot O’Leary36139079

Illustrator – Nick East

Age – 6+

Toto and her brother Silver have just moved from Italy to London. When they hear something in their bins outside one night, they go to investigate.

Little did they know they would make a friend called Catface. Catface is keen to show them the wonders of London and before they know it they are caught up in an adventure to save the small creatures of the city from an escaped King Cobra!

Toto’s eyesight isn’t that good, but she has razor sharp reflexes and was trained by a Ninja Master in Italy when she was small. Her skills come in very handy along the way.

A fun adventure above and below the streets of London, to find a giant snake escapee from London Zoo. Toto and Silver are based on the illustrator’s own cats. His Toto couldn’t see very well either, but had the reflexes of a fully-sighted cat.

(Animals, Cat, Snake, Rat, London, Sewers, Humour, Funny, Adventure)

Rabbit & Bear (3) – Attack of the Snack

Author – Julian Gough38192711

Illustrator – Jim Field

Age – 6+

Rabbit & Bear are swimming in a lake, enjoying the summer, when a THING whizzes past their heads. It screams, hits a tree and lands in the water.

What is it, they wonder as Bear plucks it from the lake. It’s unconscious. It’s small. Its face is flat. It has bird feet. Suddenly Rabbit recognises it. It’s a creature that he’s always been told to avoid. They are 6 ft tall and will terrorise you! They eat you alive and burp up your bones!

I don’t think so, says Bear having a closer look at the small, still, fuzzy bundle.

As always, Rabbit gets himself all worked up in a tizz, while Bear looks on figuring things out properly. Slowly but surely they work out the truth as the thing awakes, and Rabbit learns that he actually may have something (embarrasing) in common with it.

Just as good as the first two stories – Funny, thoughtful, and endearing, as these two friends learn about acceptance, no matter what they’ve always believed.

(Animals, Humour, Funny, Series, Acceptance, Prejudice)

Danny Best (3) – Me First

Author – Jen StorerCover image - Danny Best: Me First!

Illustrator – Mitch Vane

Age – 6+

4 more stories about a young boy called Danny Best. Danny is full-on and always first to do anything. He is always after a challenge and keen to beat everyone and then crow to the world!

1) Tongue Tied – Danny is determined to beat the World Record at talking with his tongue hanging out. And if it annoys his big sister, it’s a bonus!

2) Old Yellow Eye is a revered fish in Danny’s town, so when the annual fishing content rolls around, Danny is keen to catch this cunning creature. But when the time comes, he has to choose between Old Yellow Eye and someone close to him.

3) Bum-Free – Danny’s teacher gives his class a task. Write a story about a wholesome family – keeping to the class rules of course. No exploding bums, monkeys with guns, squashed kittens etc. So Danny begins with a very angry vacuum cleaner…..

4) Boy Vs Wild – Danny is bored. So he ventures out into the baking Aussie outback (his backyard), to brave any creatures (the chickens) that come along, and try and find water. His friends are watching through the fence as he acts out his adventure, and he soon has more water than he knows what to do with!

Anyone funny set of stories about this crazy kid. There are quizzes along the way to make sure you’re paying attention!

(Funny, Humour, Full-on, Friends, School, Fishing, Sibling, Series)

Pirate Blunderbeard (1)

Author – Amy SparkesPirate Blunderbeard

Illustrations – Ben Cort

Age – 5+

Blunderbeard is the worst pirate ever! His big brother Blackbeard enjoys rubbing it in every chance he gets. Blunderbeard is scared of fish, bites his nails, enjoys baking cupcakes and has a terrible sense of direction.

His pirate mum is embarrassed by her youngest son and signs him up for the POTY Award (Pirate of the Year), to try and make him become a better pirate. He is doomed!

He does his best with his trusty sidekick Boris the chicken at his side (the parrots were all gone when he went to the pet shop), and between the two of them and Blunderbeard’s crazy inventions, maybe, just maybe he can survive the trials to live another day.

(Pirate, Bully, Sibling, Family, Humour, Series)