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Daisy May Johnson is an author of children's books. Her blog is all about children's book reviews, writing, and everything in between.
2023-08-22 21:52
Spare by Prince Harry My rating: 4 of 5 stars I’ve been struggling to figure out how to review this but then, I think, that’s what reviews are for. Working out how you think abou… Read More
2023-08-17 17:36
Point of Departure: Experiment in Biography by James Cameron My rating: 4 of 5 stars There was a table in the bookshop, right at the back of the room, with several piles of books on it. The… Read More
2023-07-09 16:14
Snow Spider Trilogy by Jenny Nimmo My rating: 5 of 5 stars I think what is really interesting in books is where they start to get away from you. I know that makes no sense so let’s wor… Read More
2023-06-12 22:00
The Viking Saga: Viking’s Dawn / The Road to Miklagard / Viking’s Sunset by Henry Treece My rating: 4 of 5 stars I wasn’t surprised to discover that this trilogy was first… Read More
2023-05-16 08:45
[A brief content warning prior to this book. I am always in favour of content warnings because I am always in favour of making deliberate, conscious decisions about the books you read and en… Read More
2023-05-05 09:04
Happy Fat: Taking Up Space in a World That Wants to Shrink You by Sofie Hagen My rating: 4 of 5 stars Being fat is a process of daily reclamation of your body from a world that wants to clai… Read More
2023-04-26 15:02
Educated by Tara Westover My rating: 5 of 5 stars Genuinely remarkable and reading smooth as silk, there’s nothing about this book that doesn’t take your breath away. I have had… Read More
2023-04-23 11:20
Dear Mrs. Bird by A.J. Pearce My rating: 4 of 5 stars When I mentioned that I was reading this online, I got nothing but positive responses. And they were not wrong: Dear Mrs Bird is charmin… Read More
2023-04-13 09:51
Worrals Carries On by W.E. Johns My rating: 5 of 5 stars I have been thinking a lot about the idea of “outlandishness” in literature, that is to say the notion of people doing th… Read More
2023-04-10 11:12
The King Who Had To Go: Edward VIII, Mrs Simpson and the Hidden Politics of the Abdication Crisis by Adrian Phillips My rating: 4 of 5 stars I really found this fascinating but it is a book… Read More
2023-03-31 12:25
Cogheart by Peter Bunzl My rating: 4 of 5 stars Cogheart is a punky, sparky adventure with hints of The Wolves of Willoughby Chase and I enjoyed it very much. Lily and her friends have to fi… Read More
2023-03-20 15:33
Jill and the Perfect Pony by Ruby Ferguson My rating: 4 of 5 stars The Jill series is responsible for many things in my childhood, not in the least the solid belief that ponies should just s… Read More
2023-03-10 15:07
My Life on Fire by Cath Howe My rating: 4 of 5 stars I am always interested in what Nosy Crow do and even more so when it involves an author that I have a lot of time for. My Life On Fire by… Read More
2023-02-27 12:18
Small Fires: An Epic in the Kitchen by Rebecca May Johnson My rating: 4 of 5 stars I wasn’t sure for a while about Small Fires but then, all of a sudden, I realised that I got it. I wa… Read More
2023-02-17 18:15
Never Forget You by Jamila Gavin My rating: 5 of 5 stars I have always had a lot of time for Jamila Gavin. Her writing is always very classy stuff and I admire it intently. She has this skil… Read More
2023-02-01 17:56
The Complete Borrowers by Mary Norton My rating: 5 of 5 stars I had been wanting to reread the Borrowers for a while and then, all of a sudden, started to find it in every bookshop I went in… Read More
2023-01-16 10:05
A Bear Called Paddington by Michael Bond My rating: 5 of 5 stars It’s difficult to write any review of this gentle and elegant classic without simply repeating the word “perfect… Read More
2022-12-29 13:35
The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon by David Grann My rating: 4 of 5 stars I first came to this story through the film of the same name which was something I watched… Read More
2022-12-28 09:01
One of the things I like about Goodreads is that, at the end of the year, you get a fairly nifty round up of your reading. Admittedly you do have to remember to put the ‘read date&rsqu&hell…Read More
2022-12-17 17:50
Eventing Trilogy by Caroline Akrill My rating: 5 of 5 stars I think that when you were a pony girl, there will always be a little part of you that will remain a pony girl. She’ll make… Read More
2022-11-28 11:02
Hotel Splendide by Ludwig Bemelmans My rating: 4 of 5 stars Perhaps best known for the eternally joyful Madeline, Hotel Splendide allows Ludwig Bemelmans to showcase another side of his pers… Read More
2022-10-23 13:05
I got some very special post this week, namely my author copies of the US edition of How To Be True. I wanted to share it with you because pretty books are always a good thing to share, righ… Read More
2022-10-02 11:10
Felicity’s Fortune by Bessie Marchant My rating: 3 of 5 stars A very late stage Bessie Marchant novel, Felicity’s Fortune is also a rather interesting thing. It begins with Felic… Read More
2022-09-11 10:36
Managing Expectations: A Memoir in Essays by Minnie Driver My rating: 4 of 5 stars A “memoir in essays” is an interesting thing because it’s always going to be more selecti… Read More
2022-08-29 09:17
A Small Person Far Away by Judith Kerr My rating: 4 of 5 stars A Small Person Far Away is the third of Kerr’s thinly veiled autobiographies. It begins with When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbi… Read More
2022-08-24 15:55
Always, Clementine by Carlie Sorosiak My rating: 5 of 5 stars When I finished reading Always, Clementine for the first time, all I could think of was if I was nominating a book for the Carne… Read More
2022-08-20 15:56
Cherry Tree Perch by Josephine Elder My rating: 4 of 5 stars Cherry Tree Perch is the second in a series and sometimes it feels it: you are launched into the premise with very little preambl… Read More
2022-07-27 11:00
The Sea Egg by Lucy M. Boston My rating: 5 of 5 stars I hadn’t ever heard of The Sea Egg until a few days ago; I knew of Lucy M. Boston, of course, and although I rather loved the stra… Read More
2022-07-26 09:32
Hello! I have one of those ‘news in brief’ posts to share with you today so let’s get down to it. 😊 How To Be True is the Sunday Times Children’s Book of the… Read More
2022-07-18 17:40
Carbonel: The King of the Cats by Barbara Sleigh My rating: 4 of 5 stars When it is a hot day, we turn to the shadows and we read the books. I had prepared for this day with a visit to the l… Read More
2022-07-07 08:32
My new book is out! How To Be True is the story of Edie Berger and how she became the brilliant little revolutionary that she is today. You’ll discover all about her family and her his… Read More
2022-06-22 13:35
The Chalet School and the Lintons by Elinor M. Brent-Dyer My rating: 4 of 5 stars The first thing to say about The Chalet School and the Lintons is that it’s a much better hardback tha… Read More
2022-06-13 16:56
The Girls by Emma Cline My rating: 3 of 5 stars I had tried to read The Girls before and it hadn’t quite worked out. I had been put off by the first few chapters because they were tigh… Read More
2022-05-31 11:00
It’s vintage book acquisition o’clock! I recently picked up a couple of annuals from a local charity shop and was pleased to find them rather interesting things. Annuals aren&rsq&hell…Read More
2022-05-12 16:12
Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh My rating: 4 of 5 stars Sometimes I think thar you can get to books too soon. I first read Brideshead Revisited when I was at school, somewhere around my… Read More

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