Tag Archives: London

The City of Secret Rivers – Jacob Sager Weinstein

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Walker Books Australia

August 2017

ISBN: 9781406368857

RRP $19.99

For children who are keen on fantastical adventures this first volume in a new trilogy will provide a thrilling subterranean ride through the underbelly of London.

Hyacinth Hayward and her mother have just arrived to live in the country of their forebears and Hyacinth hates it already. One of the most annoying and stupid things to her mind is the fact that there is no mixer tap on the bathroom basin so using her practical plumbing skills she fixes that up in a pet of temper. Unwittingly she unleashes a random but significant drop of water, is grabbed by an eccentric neighbour, Lady Roslyn, and whirled down into the sewers of London.

There she encounters the history of the hidden rivers and their magical properties, a vast array of odd, scary, helpful and villainous characters (gotta love a huge pig in a swimsuit who converses via notes!)  and a plot to harness the ancient powers that have long been guarded.

At times hilarious and always thrilling this is an adventure for children who not only enjoy the dash of magic but have an interest in history.  Certainly I enjoyed finding out more about what exactly lies underneath this sprawling city and the author’s end-notes and photographs are equally fascinating.

Highly recommended for readers from around eight years up.

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Ruby Red Shoes Goes to London – Kate Knapp

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Harper-Collins

Angus & Robertson

November 2016

ISBN 9780732297626

RRP $19.99

 

Ruby Red Shoes is a great favourite with my junior girls so they are all going to mighty impressed when this goes onto our New Books stand.

There is something completely charming about RRS, both the writing and the illustrations.  These are just totally endearing books.

Ruby and her Baboushka love travelling and this trip to London is chockfull of everything iconic about that amazing city. Red buses and letterboxes, HM the Queen, toasted crumpets for a cosy tea, squat black taxis and beautiful shops and parks abound.

Little readers will learn much about London as Ruby explores it in the gusty windy weather.  Despite the excitement of the visit with its many iconic sights and of course HM and the corgis, Ruby knows that home is always the best place of all.

Where will she and Baboushka adventure next? I know many little girls who will be wild with wondering.

Highly recommended for readers from around 7 years upwards.