Review: No-bot, The Robot with No Bottom


The prospects look good for a story when you’re already laughing at the front cover, never mind what’s inside. There we have him, our little red robot, holding onto his bottom and giving a coy-looking smile to us as readers. Already we’re wondering how he ends up with no bottom, and whether the inside of the story will be as funny as the outside. No-Bot, happily, doesn’t disappoint. You can’t go wrong, really, with a funny red robot who has lost his bottom can you? Just saying the word ‘bottom’ to small children usually reduces them to giggles!

Read the rest of my review for The Bookbag.


Review: Fancy Dress Christmas by Nick Sharratt

Image  Who is who at the Christmas party? All the animals have come in fancy dress, so can you guess who is inside each costume? Someone is dressed as a snowman, someone is dressed as an angel. Someone is even dressed as a candle! Can you tell who each one is? Lift the flap and see…  Read my full review for The Bookbag here.

Review: The Highway Rat

Image  When you see a new book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler you know it’s already set to be a best seller and that you’re in for a treat! Here Donaldson takes the refrain from The Highwayman by Alfred Noyes and weaves it into a story about a rather naughty rat who just can’t stop stealing everyone else’s food!  Read my full review for The Bookbag here.

Catching up…

Well, what with being sick all through my pregnancy and then dealing with a newborn and a five year old I’ve somehow managed not to update all my reviews here…I have, of course, still been reading and reviewing.  I’d have to be dead to not read any more, sleep deprivation or not.  Here are a few highlights to catch up a little bit over the last few months…

For beautiful artwork in a children’s picture book then take a look at this one, my review for it is up here.





Then of course there’s my favourite, Alexander McCall Smith, who recently entertained me with these stories which I reviewed here and here.





Hugless Douglas can always make us smile, as you can see here.





We also thoroughly enjoyed this story about Whiffy Wilson, which has incredibly cute pictures…





Rabbityness is a beautiful story about loss and how to rediscover happiness.  Just wonderful.






And finally, for now, I love this book

Review: The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection by Alexander McCall Smith

My second favourite author in the whole world delivers another delightful story!  Read my Bookbag review of the 13th book in the No 1 Ladies Detective Agency series here.

Review: The Summer of Living Dangerously by Julie Cohen

I do love getting caught up in a good book, and that’s exactly what happened with Julie Cohen’s latest novel, The Summer of Living Dangerously.  Read my review for The Bookbag here.

Review: Claude at the Circus by Alex T Smith

When The Bookbag asked me if I’d like to review the latest Alex T Smith story I jumped at the chance.  It’s no secret that I am a big fan. I first discovered him in Claude’s first story, Claude in the City and fell in love with the little dog in the red beret and his best friend, Sir Bobblysock. I know, I can already sense some of you rolling your eyes at the thought of a story featuring a dog and a sock, but really you’d be doing yourself a favour to just stop being a grown up for fifteen minutes and let yourself revel in the pleasure of a highly enjoyable story!

Read my full review here.