Monday, 7 March 2016

Blue Peter Children's Book Awards: Winners

Last week saw the announcement of the winners of the coveted Children's Fiction Blue Peter Book Awards. Here is a quick review of the winners and runners up!

The Nowhere Emporium
THE WINNER! 

Orphan Daniel Holmes stumbles upon the mysterious "Nowhere Emporium", which suddenly has appeared in Glasgow, by accident. The "shop from nowhere" and its owner Mr Silver draw Daniel into a breathtaking world of magic and enchantment. Daniel becomes Mr Silver's apprentice, ready to learn the secrets of the Emporium and all that is contained in its labyrinth of rooms and passageways. But then Mr Silver disappears and everything is threatened. Can Daniel save his home and friends before the "Nowhere Emporium" is destroyed forever? (from Goodreads)

This is reviewed as a magical, fantastical tale, full of imagination and colour, for fans of Harry Potter and Philip Pullman. One reviewer on Goodreads intriguingly said it read like "the bedtime story you wish your dad had told you when you were young and fought sleep just to hear a little bit more...."

The Astounding Broccoli Boy
RUNNER UP
But was my favourite contender as both me and my son have read this and really enjoyed it!! 

Rory Rooney likes to be prepared for all eventualities. His favourite book is Don't Be Scared, Be Prepared, and he has memorized every page of it. He could even survive a hippo attack. He knows that just because something is unlikely doesn't mean it won't ever happen ...But Rory isn't prepared when he suddenly and inexplicably turns green. Stuck in an isolation ward in a hospital far from home with two other remarkably green children, Rory's as confused by his new condition as the medics seem to be. But what if it's not in their genes, or a virus, or something they ate? What if turning green actually means you've turned into a superhero? Rory can't wait to make it past hospital security and discover exactly what his superpower might be ...(from Goodreads)

Engaging, funny, imaginative and heartwarming. Will have you smiling and your children laughing out loud. Full of action and adventure, friendship and superheroes!

The Boy Who Sailed the Ocean in an Armchair
RUNNER UP:
I'm going to have to buy this just because of the cover and the title- gorgeous!! 

All Becket wants is for his family to be whole again. But standing in his way are two things: 1) his dad, his brother and him seem to have run away from home in the middle of the night and 2) Becket’s mum died before he got the chance to say goodbye to her. Arming himself with an armchair of stories, a snail named Brian and one thousand paper cranes, Becket ploughs on, determined to make his wish come true. (from Goodreads)

This has amazing reviews with people writing heartfelt comments about the breathtaking wonder of the writing and the perfect blend of emotion and humour. It sounds like a great read and has an impressive overall rating of 4/5 on Goodreads and Amazon!


The Epic Book of Epicness
NON FICTION WINNER!
Well this title should grab everyone considering the number of times I hear this word used in a day!

Pick up this book and see what you can find...
Crikey! That's dead scary. If all the dead people on earth came back to life as zombies there would be 101 billion zombies in the world. Aagh! Run for your life!
Check your worryometer! If you see a tiger shark be very afraid, it will eat you. On the other hand if it's a zebra shark - did you know they don't attack people? Safe!
Is there anybody there? Messaging home from outer space can take forever! If you're on Venus, a message sent would reach home in 8 minutes and from Neptune it would take over 4 hours! Better check you're in range.
Seeing RED! You'll have to travel all the way to Antarctica to see a red waterfall. It's called Blood Falls and the water is turned red by the element iron. WOW!
Top trunks! Find out all the things an elephant does with its trunk. He would die without it.

GAV! GAV! It's barking, literally, a dog bark in Russian. You'll find many of the noises animals make in different languages. WOOF! WOOF!  (from Amazon)
Looks ideal - especially for children who love facts, figures and books like Horrible Histories.


The Blue Peter Book Awards are voted for by Blue Peter viewers so these books are always guaranteed to be good reads that children will enjoy. Check out the Blue Peter website for more information on the books, the authors and for past winners and nominees. Watch the award ceremony on iPlayer from Friday's Blue Peter. The brilliant author and illustrator Chris Riddell presented the awards and was given his own gold badge too! It was a good show! 

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