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Reading Gladiators™ finalist for Teach Primary Resources Award!

We are delighted that Just Imagine's Reading Gladiators is a finalist for this award in the Literacy/English category. The winners will be announced at the end of the Summer break - watch this space! In the mean time you can read about the award here For further information about our Reading Gladiators programme for children…

Book Review: Wild World by Angela McAllister and illustrated by Hvass and Hannibal

Wild World is a beautiful non-fiction poetry book exploring habitats from around the world. Thirteen habitats from around the world, including Moorland, Prairie, Desert, Rock Pool and Mangrove among others, are shared through beautiful illustrations and stunning poetry. An unusual combination of non-fiction and poetry, Wild World introduces readers to…

Book Review: The Walkabout Orchestra: Postcards from Around the World by Chloe Perarnau

This is a 'Where’s-Wally-like' experience exploring musical instruments and cultures from across the world. As you turn the pages, you are led on a tour of different locations around the world as the Maestro and his assistant try to find their missing orchestra before their imminent concert. Each detailed double…

Q&A with Tracey Corderoy & Steven Lenton

Tracey: What is your favourite thing about being an author? I love the way that you can create something out of nothing at all. When you write you see a character come to life before your very eyes. You get to know them; what they like, what they find challenging, then you set them on…

Book Review: Knock, Knock Pirate by Carly Hart & Nick East

Reviewed for Just Imagine by Ben King   Who’s that knocking at the door? Pirate One, Pirate Two, Three and Four! Tells the story of a surprise visit from a bunch of not–so-bloodthirsty pirates and a runaway house. Disturbed from a nice restful day our heroin suddenly finds herself playing…

Book Review: The Night Knights by Gideon Sterer, illustrated by Cory Godbey

Reviewed for Just Imagine by Ben King   A wondrous ‘Knight-time’ delight. This wonderful picture book tells the story of what happens when things go ‘bump in the night’. We have all been there, so the narrator tells the reader, lying in bed in the dead of night when suddenly…

Book Review: My Stinky Dog by Christine Roussey

Reviewed for Just Imagine by Shenaz Bagshaw   Delightfully funny and warm picture book. Alfred is a very smelly and lovable family pet - but what happens when you clean him? The pictures in this book are fabulous and messy just like Alfred! Although there are lots of Americanisms, they don't detract…

Book Review: The Breadwinner. A graphic novel by Deborah Ellis

  Reviewed by Shenaz Bagshaw Moving and thought-provoking tale set in Afghanistan under Taliban rule. This graphic novel tells us about a family living under Taliban rule, as seen through the eyes of the youngest daughter Parvana. Parvana helps her father make money for the family at his market stall, but…

Q&A with Mitch Johnson

Just Imagine: Congratulations on winning the 2018 Branford Boase Award for your debut novel “Kick”. After working in the book industry yourself & seeing so many other stories being published, did you ever give up hope that your own book would make it onto the shelves Mitch Johnson: Working as a bookseller certainly makes you…

Q&A with Pamela Butchart

Hi Pamela,   How did the opportunity to write the new ‘Secret Seven’ novels come about & how excited were you to do this? Alex Antscherl (Editorial Director of Enid Blyton Entertainment at Hachette) read my Izzy series of books and got in touch to say she’s like me to write a new Secret Seven…

Q&A with Catherine Doyle

Just Imagine: Although you initially studied Psychology at University, did you always know you wanted to be an author? Catherine Doyle: Even as a child, I loved reading and writing stories, but it took me a long time to gain the confidence to sit down and write a full length novel of my own. I think my…