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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…

Q&A with Kita Mitchell

Where did the inspiration for Grandma Dangerous come from and did you plan all three books from the beginning? While I’d like to make it clear that most of my characters have no resemblance to people I know - living, dead, or teaching at my daughter’s school - the inspiration for Grandma Dangerous definitely came…

Q&A With David Solomons

JUST IMAGINE: You began your career writing for TV & film. Was writing for children something you always wanted to do? DAVID SOLOMONS: My first feature film was an adaptation of E Nesbit’s ‘Five Children and It,’ for the Jim Henson Company, so I began my career writing for children. Also, I have a terrible fondness…

Book Review: Ta-Da by Kathy Ellen Davis

Reviewed for Just Imagine by Kiran Satti   Ta-Da is a gorgeous picture book, splashed with the imagination of two children, creativity and boundless amounts of fun! It is a wonderful insight into the beautifully chaotic and fantastical world of play. Woven into the chaos is a well-defined narrative which…

Book Review: The Family Tree by Mal Peet

Reviewed for Just Imagine by Kiran Satti The Family Tree is a lyrical and powerful novella. It tells the story of a family breakdown through the eyes of the child, as an adult. Throughout the story, the narrator reflects on the reality he was living with an adult perspective –…

Book Review: Cinderella of the Nile by Beverley Naidoo

Reviewed for Just Imagine by Kiran Satti This is an eclectic mix of fairy tale and folklore. The reader, or explorer of a new world, follows Rhodopis on her journey. It is a story woven with golden threads of hopeful words from characters who hold wisdom, courage and kindness –…

Q&A Benji Davies

JUST IMAGINE: You studied animation at university, but did you always want to illustrate children’s books? BENJI DAVIES: I loved drawing from a young age and because I spent a lot of time doing it, I was good at it. When I was about eight or nine I decided I wanted to illustrate children's books. I also…

Book Review: The Other Dog by Madeleine L’Engle

Reviewed for Just Imagine by Caroline Ash. A delightful, dog’s-eye-view on how it feels when your owners decide it’s time for a ‘new dog’ and they arrive home holding the baby. This beautiful, large, hard-backed book is perfect as a read-aloud and it begs to be shared. The loose, watercolour and ink illustrations perfectly bring…

Q&A with Will Mabbitt

Just Imagine: You’ve moved from pirates with Mabel Jones to ghosts with your new series Embassy of the Dead! Can you tell us where your inspiration for the new series came from? Have you already planned the three books in your head? Will Mabbitt: The inspiration from the book comes from my childhood. I was…

Book Review: My Brigadista Year by Katherine Paterson

Reviewed for Just Imagine by Laura Ovenden I must admit I was very excited when I received this book to review, since Paterson’s well-known story Bridge To Terebithia is a true classic and loved in this household. However, this book is nothing like that one yet I wasn’t disappointed. My…