Love getting some proof copies!! I picked up these two books at the London Book Fair back in March and am finally getting the time to read them.⠀
I’m starting with Malamander by Thomas Taylor, as that’s the one that is released first (2nd March). It’s about Herbert Lemon, who works as the Lost-and-Founder of the Grand Nautilus Hotel, and how he meets Violet Palma, who is lost and needs to be found.⠀
The next is Rumblestar by Abi Elphinstone, which follows Casper Tock (30th May). He hates risks, is allergic to adventures, and shudders at the thought of unpredictable events, but accidentally stumbles into Rumblestar, an Unmapped Kingdom full of magical beasts.⠀
Can’t wait to read these books this Spring! Are there any releases you are waiting for over the next few months?⠀
Thomas Taylor’s The Malamander is so clever and creepy and fun, it kept both of my kids utterly enthralled all the way from Wales to London! #malamander#mghorror
0 2619 April, 2019
Late night reading yesterday, spooky seaside tale of missing children and half man sea creatures.... #malamander
We will report back soon... In the meantime, who doesn't like a book with a map...
0 1418 April, 2019
If you head down to your local bookshop this weekend, you may just meet a monster... because copies of Thomas Taylor's #Malamander are in stores now!
It's the first in a wildly imaginative new middle grade series from an award-winning author/illustrator that'll have your hair stand on end...
3 7818 April, 2019
Some legends have a little more...bite
Deliciously creepy and impossible to put down this is going to be one of the best kids books of 2019! #Malamander
These are just some of the lovely proofs the wonderful @blackwellsoxford let me take after volunteering as a bookseller for the Oxford Literary Festival! I had a great time and all the Blackwell’s staff were absolutely lovely. I’m looking forward to hopefully helping out again next year! #sassenachstories
Oh I have been so excited to share this book with you! I honestly think it's my favourite book of the year so far... Malamander by @thomskagram is set in the seaside town of Eerie-On-Sea, (otherwise known as Cheerie-On-Sea in the summer months), and is jam-packed with mysteries! Firstly, it's 12-year old main characters - Herbie and Violet - aren't sure who their families are or what might've happened to them.
Herbie lives in the basement of a large hotel where he is employed as the 'Lost and Founder', (a person who returns lost objects to their original owners). Violet suddenly appears in his life one day when she bursts into his room, looking for somewhere to hide from a man with a boathook for a hand! They become good friends, helping each other in their quest for answers about their families, boathook man, and some local legends. The 'Malamander' is another one of those mysteries. Thought to be a mythical creature living off the coast of this wonderfully strange seaside town, the Malamander has brought tourists from all over the world hoping for a glimpse of its treasured crimson egg, which, should you get your hands on it, would grant you anything you wish for...
We really enjoyed the links to mythical legends throughout the story - wait until you find out Lady K's real name! - as well as the links to famous children's literature. We also loved the complimentary combination of Violet and Herbie's traits... where Violet is determined, brave and heroic, Herbie is cautious, resourceful and loyal.
This fantastic story was created by Thomas Taylor, is published by @bigpicturebooks and will be available from 2nd May 2019. It is absolutely thrilling and a impossible to put down! I hope you all get to read this some time 😊 #BooksThatWorkWonders#booklove#malamander#thomastaylor (We were very lucky to win this proof copy through a @toppsta giveaway earlier in the year).
Vor der Küste von Eerie-on-Sea regt sich was - ist etwa der legendäre Malamander zurück? Herbie Lemon versucht, das Geheimnis aufzudecken... Gewinnt die englische Originalausgabe samt To-Go-Becher und süßer Zuckerstange - einfach Follower werden, Post liken und die Person markieren, mit der ihr gerne Abenteuer erlebt!
I was lucky enough to be handed a proof copy of Malamander written by @thomskagram. I've read it twice already, once to myself, and once to my 8 year old boy. It's difficult to know who enjoyed this book more. We absolutely loved it and for different reasons. Leo just got engrossed in the narrative and how the story was unravelling at unprecedented speed. And I thoroughly loved the writing. How refreshing to read a children's book that is beautifully written. Each sentence is carefully crafted and I stopped counting the amount of times I went back to re-read a sentence that I thought was really lovely. As a primary school teacher and a mother of 2 boys, I get to read a lot of children's books, but I've never read one that respects its audience so much. Thomas Taylor understands that children also appreciate good writing.
So the story is great, the writing is beautiful but the setting is also compelling. When you read Malamander, you just want to be there! You want to feel the sea mist on your face and then curl up next to the wood burner in a cosy lost-and-foundry and warm your hands up around a cup of hot cocoa to ponder on your relentless adventures.
But mostly, you want to be friends with Herbert and Violet, the two main characters, and join them on their adventures, even though, they get up to some pretty scary stuff. They are the best protagonists I've met in a long time. Their personalities are diametrically opposed and yet, you totally get why they become such good friends.
I can't wait to read Malamander again, but this time to my Year 5 pupils. I know they will love this page turner with its cliffhangers, as much as I did and I'm already planning a literacy unit on it. There is so much to explore... my English lessons are about to get a lot more exciting! Sorry Kenzuke, please make way for the Malamander!
Belated March wrap up!
14 books, lots of poetry for World Poetry Day & some excellent fiction and non-fiction.
And Still I Rise - I adore Maya Angelou, it's always a pleasure to read any of her work.
The Bell Jar - I love Sylvia's writing & prose, but the subject matter is hard to read. There is a little cloud of melancholy hanging over you when you read this book.
Ariel - also Sylvia Plath. I hadn't read much of her poetry before, and this then triggered my reread of The Bell Jar.
Emily Brontë's Poetry - reviewed last week, I can easily say I preferred her poetry over Wuthering Heights.
Poems To Live Your Life By - the poems are selected and illustrated by Chris Riddell & his quirky illustrations are so fun.
Ink Knows No Borders: Poems of the Immigrant and Refugee Experience - seriously powerful words here, I'm glad they were given this platform so their voices could be heard.
Where the Crawdads Sing - you already know I loved this book!
The Enchanted April - chosen as part of the #modernmrsdarcybookclub & reviewed earlier this month.
The Magic Toyshop - reviewed yesterday!
Sense and Sensibility - part of my quest to read the remaining Jane Austen books, reviewed earlier in the month.
Malamander - a middlegrade book coming out in May, this one is such a quirky and imaginative little story.
A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions - loved this! If you liked 'We Should All Be Feminists', you'll enjoy this one too.
Reasons To Stay Alive - a hard one to talk about, mostly because I really like Matt Haig & enjoy his novels. I understand what he was trying to do with this book, BUT, some factual inaccuracies around statistics, & speculation about the purpose of antidepressants, meant that unfortunately, follow on discussion points were based on incorrect information. However, he comes out with some great lines.
It's Not About The Burqa - I truly treasure this collection of essays! Such interesting stories, & whilst it's not (& shouldn't be) their job to educate me on the life of a Muslim woman, I really appreciated being able to hear about their lives from their own perspectives.
87 2,8782 April, 2019
Tongue, tail, claw & scale in the darkest of nights you'll hear the Malamander wail.
If you follow me for a little while already, you probably know that I have a soft spot for childrens books in my chilly little heart. So when I first saw Kai from @fantasticbooksandwheretofindem talk about #Malamander by Thomas Taylor, I knew immediatley that I had to get my hands on this book. Lucky me the incredibly awesome @saraschum & the amazing people over at @walkerbooksya sent me an ARC a few weeks ago. Guys let me tell you, when this book hits the shelves on May 2nd make sure to grab a copy!
In the last two years I've read a lot of middle grade debuts, but except for Nevermoor by Jessica Townsend only Malamander managed to truely knock my socks off. This book is just so rich in detail. It's super imaginative & innovative, seriously I have never read anything like this before. The story is full of mysteries & magic. Gloomy & ghastly at times. But above all, the best thing to me about this book is Thomas Taylor's writing. It's incredibly atmospheric & imagistic.
He has one those writing styles, which always inspire me to sit down at my desk & start to work on my own stories.
I am super hyped about Malamander & I'm pretty sure in a few more weeks, some of you will board the hype train with me. Even if you don't tend to read childrens books, trust me, you don't want to let this one slip through your fingers. And now excuse me, I have to go, stare out my window & impatiently wait for the second book.
P.S. Mr Taylor if you ever going to read this, I am Sebastian Eels right now. I won't harpoon you but consider me super jealous of all the amazing ideas you've put into this book! 😁
I’m thoroughly delighted to receive a proof copy of the US edition of Malamander. Complete with monstrous bag. Also, it’s beautifully illustrated throughout by Tom Booth. #malamander#eerieonsea#walkerbooks
"Of course, we. You don't think I'm going to let you finish the adventure without me, do you?"
Once in a while, I pick a book that I cannot put down. There's just something about the characters, the way it was written and the whole vibe of the book that makes the reading experience enthralling. #Malamander was this kind of book. .
Herbert Lemon works at the Grand Nautilus Hotel as a Lost-and-Founder. Basically, he unites objects with their owner and keeps track of the lost property. Until one day, Violet Parma approaches him. She said that she's lost and she needs his help to be found.
@thomskgram created a world where even the unthinkable is possible. It was a wonderful world to be in after dealing with a hectic phenomenon called life. My heart goes out to Herbert Lemon. He's so, so cute, #protecthim . His personality is just AHHHHHH. I don't know how to say it. Herbert is a really determined person yet he's quite the scaredy-cat. I think that's one of his biggest flaws. Which is okay. It's perfectly fine. At times, it feels overwhelming to see me in him XD
The plot was compulsively readable and drives you to finish the book. Like no kidding. I had to slow myself down to appreciate the beauty of the writing. This was the first book I read this month that I inhaled. It was so fun and I can't believe it's over. I love how this was different from the other middle-grade books I've read before. The setting was totally refreshing and new for me. .
Thank you #pansing@definitelybooks for the arc! If you like adventure and a tinge of fantasy packed into a book, then #malamander is just for you! Died-ded/. This will be available at all good bookstores in May! It's not too far away and definitely mark your calendars to get the book once it is out!
5 5527 March, 2019
4.5⭐'s #bookreview 💜
Malamander is the EXACT kind of Middle Grade Fiction book that my younger self would've loved to bits. It's unfortunately predictable for my current self, but still, undeniably well written. (Full review on blog, link in bio!)
Thank you so much @definitelybooks#pansing for providing me with the ARC of this book! Thomas Taylor's Malamander will be available at all good bookstores.
1 4525 March, 2019
A little piece of Eerie-on-Sea will be coming alive soon, in the form of the book trailer for Malamander. Complete with brilliant props like this newspaper. Thanks to all the talented people at Walker! #malamander#eerieonsea
So what a whirl wind #wbd or should I say World Book Week has been. And then this week has been all about #londonbookfair from talks about the future of the picture book to publisher pitches thanks to the #bookassociation and #publishersassociation and now I have a wonderful teetering pile of proofs #seventhheaven but at least I’ve ticked off the blog that I needed to write- phew - one job done!
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There is nothing that makes me happier than this BEAUTIFUL Malamander coffee mug from @walkerbooksya . I mean, apart from reading the first pages of a book and immediately knowing that it’s going to be a new favourite. And of course, there’s my favourite food, and my friends. It‘s the little things in life that are after all the greatest.
13 2899 March, 2019
📚Q: Beach or city scape at night?
I'm a mixture of both... On one hand, you can only see the stars at the beach. On the other, the city scape is pretty amazing at night. But there's something about the vastness of the sea that scares me, especially at night, where everything is pretty much pitch black. Anything could be lurking... the Malamander could creep up the shore... •
𝗘𝘅𝗰𝗶𝘁𝗲𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝗹𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗹 𝗯𝗲𝗳𝗼𝗿𝗲 𝗿𝗲𝗮𝗱𝗶𝗻𝗴: 🌊🤩🌊
Malamander was a decent read and I enjoyed it. However, the plot was a little too simple for me. It may be because this is a middle-grade read and I'm waaaay past that age 😂. There were parts that made me want to keep reading though! If I was a middle-grade student, I'm pretty sure I would be kept at the edge of my seat. Little to no part of this book was boring. It was action packed, with references to Sherlock too 😍. The characterisation was appropriate and enjoyable. I could totally relate to Herbert at some parts if the story (timid and not adventurous) 😂. What I really liked though, was the map inlcuded at the beginning of the book (swipe to see) ! I believe the map and the chapter markers (illustration above the chapter number) were drawn by the author himself! I can't remember where i saw this, but it was an image of the author drawing the tiny houses on the map! 👏
This is supposedly Book 1 of 3! I wouldn't mind reading the next book to find out what our cheeky main characters will be up to next!
Thank you @definitelybooks for giving me a copy of this book to review! This book will available at all good bookstores some time around May!
19 1199 March, 2019
✨Q: Would you prefer to come face to face with a sea monster or a land monster?
I mean, obviously the answer is NEITHER, but if I had no choice, I’d go with the land monster, where I might have SOME chance of running away and hiding 😄
The wonderful people at @walkerbooksaus sent me a gorgeous copy of Malamander (with my own little explorers kit, including a torch, so I can Morse Code people with flashes from under the bed I assume, since I am the least brave person in the world 😄)
It’s sounds like a super fun middle grade read and I can’t wait to try it out! It’ll be out in stores May 2019.
📖 “Nobody visits Eerie-on-Sea in the winter. Especially not when darkness falls and the wind howls around Maw Rocks and the wreck of the battleship Leviathan, where even now some swear they have seen the unctuous Malamander creep…
Herbert Lemon, Lost-and-Founder at the Grand Nautilus Hotel, knows that returning lost things to their rightful owners is not easy – especially when the lost thing is not a thing at all, but a girl. No one knows what happened to Violet Parma’s parents twelve years ago, and when she engages Herbie to help her find them, the pair discover that their disappearance might have something to do with the legendary sea-monster, the Malamander. Eerie-on-Sea has always been a mysteriously chilling place, where strange stories seem to wash up. And it just got stranger...”
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Nobody visits Eerie-on-Sea in the winter. Especially not when darkness falls and the wind howls around Maw Rocks and the wreck of the battleship Leviathan, where even now some swear they have seen the unctuous Malamander creep…
Herbert Lemon, Lost-and-Founder at the Grand Nautilus Hotel, knows that returning lost things to their rightful owners is not easy – especially when the lost thing is not a thing at all, but a girl. No one knows what happened to Violet Parma’s parents twelve years ago, and when she engages Herbie to help her find them, the pair discover that their disappearance might have something to do with the legendary sea-monster, the Malamander. Eerie-on-Sea has always been a mysteriously chilling place, where strange stories seem to wash up. And it just got stranger... AD - book (proof copy - not a finished copy) gifted by @bigpicturebooks. We’ve got more plans coming up for this book, too! 😉📘👏🏻