MG Review: Help! I Smell a Monster, by Justin Davies

Help! I Smell a Monster Justin Davies, illus Kim Geyer out now from Orchard Books Fab and funny MG mayhem with monsters I enjoyed this so much and readers of the target age (and up…) will too. The adventures are fast-paced, and have that irreverent madcap humour that particularly appeals at the younger end of […]

Adult review: In Bloom by C J Skuse

Genre: is serial killer black comedy a genre? If so: this is it! Age range: definitely 18+ – graphic language, violence and sexual content are key features of this series. I loved Sweet Pea¬†and was very excited to read this sequel, which picks up the minute Sweet Pea leaves off. Consequently, it is very difficult […]

Reading Recommendations Slide 23: For Fans of The Big Bang Theory

I haven’t done a media-linked theme for a while, so I thought I’d offer these books for this week, which I think will all appeal to fans of The Big Bang Theory. Each has that geek chic vibe and humour (the top two are more laugh-out-loud than the lower two, but all have some), and […]

Writing Funny Books for Children by M L Peel

Today at the Hearthfire, we are privileged to be visited by the fabulous M L Peel, author of The Fabulous Phartlehorn Affair, out now from Walker Books and a great fun summer read. Here is a brilliant authorly meditation on laughter and humour in children’s books. The first time my daughter really laughed, she was […]

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