Darling Hedgehog Goes
Down A Foxhole by
Auralee Arkinsly is a charming book for young children ages eight years and
below. It is beautifully illustrated by Julia Swezy. I only had a black and
white copy on my kindle and I imagine a paperback in colour would be stunning.
The book has some life lessons to be learnt –
trust must be earnt; be brave; find what you are good at. These are all
starting points for discussions with your child.
With simple sentences this book is ideal to read
aloud to young children or for early readers to read themselves. It would make
a beautiful addition to any bookshelf.
Both the hedgehog and the fox are well
illustrated and would appeal to young children. They would translate perfectly
into soft toys too.
Stranger Than Fiction
Cats, Cannoli’s and A
Curious Kidnapping by
Cheryl Denise Bannerman is a contemporary light-hearted suspense that would
make a perfect afternoon movie for channel 5.
The novel surrounds a crime author who accidentally
stumbles into a real life crime. She finds out that fact really is stranger
Told from three alternating points of view, the
reader ‘sees’ the action through the eyes of the author, perpetrator and a cop.
It is an entertaining and unique read.
As a crazy cat lady, I loved the inclusion of
seven cats. My favourite was the black Siamese.
Cats, Cannoli’s and A
was a pleasant story to while away a dismal autumn afternoon.
The Family That Works, Rests And Prays Together
Many Hands Make Light
Work by Cheryl
Stritzel McCarthy is a wonderful family memoir about growing up in a Christian
family in the 1960’s and 1970’s.
The author is one of nine children who had what
sounds like The Waltons type childhood. Mum and Dad happily welcomed strangers
into their home in the form of a series of college students needing board and
As with all large families, a degree of
organisation is needed to function. The family all pulled together to keep
everything running smoothly.
I loved the idea that the family sang together
as they worked together. I even found myself singing along in my head as I
read! Some songs did create moments of hilarity too.
Prayer, church attendance and God were all
present in the children’s lives as good strong influences on the adults they became.
A Journey Of Discovery
Red Cabbage Blue by Annie Try is a powerful
contemporary tale about discovery – just exactly what makes us who we are. It
is part of the Dr Mike Lewis series but can be read as a stand-alone.
The novel is told from two points of view –
psychologist Dr Mike Lewis and his patient Adelle. The reader becomes
intimately acquainted with both. Interestingly they are both dealing with
similar issues but in very different ways.
Our pasts shape us whether we consciously
realise it or not. Some things in our past are buried so deeply that we do not
even realise they are there. We do not realise the significance of why we do
what we do.