children’s books


Recommendations: Scary Children’s Books (Kinderboekenweek)

In the Netherlands we have an annual event called ‘Kinderboekenweek‘ or Children’s Books Week where Dutch children’s books are promoted during ten days. Schools, libraries and bookstores all participate to organize activities. Moreover, there’s a themed book that you receive for free if you spend at least €10,- in bookstores. This year’s event takes place from the 4th until the 15th of October and the theme is terribly scary, which seems very fitting as it takes place in the Halloween month.

Since I read a huge amount of scary books when I was a child and since I usually focus on adult literature, I thought it would be fun to give recommendations for scary children’s books. Many of these books are ones I loved when I was younger.Continue reading


Review: How to Fly with Broken Wings

Title: How to Fly with Broken Wings
: Jane Elson
Publisher: Hodder Children’s Books
Release Date: March 3rd 2015
Genre(s): Children’s Books
Source: Netgalley
Purchase: The Book Depository

Twelve-year-old Willem has Aspergers Syndrome and two main aims in life: to fly and to make at least two friends of his own age. But all the other boys from the Beckham Estate do is make him jump off things. First his desk – and now the wall. As his toes teeter on the edge, Sasha Barton gives him a tiny little wink. Might she become his friend?

Bullied by Finn and his gang the Beckham Estate Boyz, Willem has no choice but to jump. As he flies through the air he flaps his arms, wishing he could fly and escape into the clouds. Instead he comes crashing down and breaks his ankle.

Sasha, angry with herself for not stopping Finn and his Boyz, is determined to put things right. And soon, while the gangs riot on their estate, Willem and Sasha form an unlikely friendship. Because they share a secret. Sasha longs to fly too.

And when Magic Man Archie arrives with stories of war-flying spitfires, he will change the lives of the kids on the Beckham Estate for ever. And perhaps find a way for Willem and Sasha to fly …

Netgalley provided me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review. The book cover and synopsis drew me in, but the story did not live up to it. I think it will be enjoyable for children, just not greatContinue reading