The Mapmakers’ Race by Eirlys Hunter – A Mapmaker’s Review!
We are SUPER-excited to bring you a review of Eirlys Hunter’s latest gripping adventure book, ‘The Mapmakers’ Race’, from Bedford’s very own cartographer-extraordinaire, mapmaker ‘Captain’ Alice Gadney of ‘Mini Map-Makers‘! “I knew when I saw this book it would be good… but not until I read the first few pages did I realise it would […]
Independent Bookshop of the Year – Finalist
We’re very excited to announce that we’re a finalist in the 2018 Independent Bookshop of the Year awards.
Piggy Handsome by Pip Jones
We are VERY excited to have received this book review from one of our regular visitors to the shop, Isabelle, age 7! “Dear Rachael I liked Piggy Handsome because he kept on having tantrums for really silly reasons. It was really funny because Jeff got really calm in a crisis (he was his budgerigar friend). […]
Big Hid, by Roisin Swales
Most of you will, by now, be aware of my extreme fandom of publishing house Flying Eye, producers of such deliciousness as Francesca Sanna’saward-winning The Journey, Briony May Smith’s eye-dazzling Imelda and the Goblin King, and the exquisite Wild, by Emily Hughes… I have been known to salivate over their Latest Releases catalogue. So imagine, if you […]
They All Saw a Cat, by Brendan Wenzel
Pity the poor customers I have greeted, over the past few days, with an evangelical gleam in my eye. Watch, as they slowly back away from Crazy Book Lady, who babbles excitedly about a book so special, so important, so TRUE, that they MUST READ IT IMMEDIATELY. Cringe, as Crazy Book Lady starts to read […]
The Building Boy – David Litchfield & Ross Montgomery
In preparation for this post, I sat in my empty shop, settled myself into the Reading Chair, and read ‘The Building Boy’ aloud. Fortunately, passers-by couldn’t clearly see this mad woman at work, due to the book’s illustrator’s beautiful window display, obscuring their view: Had they peered through the branches and leaves, they may have wondered […]
Tree – Patricia Hegarty and Britta Teckentrup
Explore the beauty of the changing seasons in this timeless peek-through book with beautiful artwork from Britta Teckentrup and accompanying rhyming text. Following the life-cycle of a tree through spring, summer, autumn and winter, children will easily learn to recognise the signs of the seasons with this simple yet striking picture book.
Grandad’s Island – Benji Davies
After the phenomenal success of The Storm Whale and On Sudden Hill, this new book by Benji Davies deals with the emotional topic of losing a grandparent. Subtly told, this beautifully illustrated book tackles a difficult subject with great sensitivity and depth.
Time Travelling with a Hamster – Ross Welford
For readers who loved Wonder and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time this extraordinary debut will make you laugh and cry. A story that crosses time and generations, for adventure-loving readers young and old. “My dad died twice. Once when he was thirty nine and again four years later when he was […]
The Person Controller – David Baddiel
From the author of The Parent Agency comes a thrilling, funny and touching new adventure. Fred and Ellie are twins. But not identical (because that’s impossible for a boy and a girl). They do like all the same things, though. Especially video games. Which they are very good at. They aren’t that good, however, at […]