Just Imagine Book Reviews

The best children’s books reviewed by our expert panel

If you are left wondering which books to select for your school or classroom, our trusted children’s book reviews will help. Just Imagine book reviews are carefully curated by Reviews Editor Jo Bowers, who convenes the review panel of teachers, librarians, education consultants and teacher educators.

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28th May 2024

How to Chat Chicken

An endearing fact-filled animal compendium detailing the various ways in which animals communicate.

28th May 2024

Global

A powerful and timely graphic novel focused on the impact of climate change on two young lives.

26th May 2024

All About Flags

A detailed and brightly illustrated nonfiction book filled with fascinating facts and explanations about flags and what their colour and design tell us about their country’s history and identity.

24th May 2024

Finding Treasure Island

Sam's own adventures on a holiday in Scotland provide his stepfather, Robert Louis Stevenson, with the inspiration for his wonderful classic novel Treasure Island.

24th May 2024

A House Without Walls

A story following the difficulties of Safiya, whose life in war-torn Damascus, Syria, is turned on its head when her family have to escape.

24th May 2024

Ferris

A love story; eloquently, and with gentle wit and wisdom, conveying the concept of love in its many forms within families, friendships and communities. 

24th May 2024

Britannica’s Encyclopedia Infographica

Presenting knowledge of our world as something both beautiful and unique.

24th May 2024

Agent Harrier: This Book Will Self Destruct

A graphic novel following the canine spy Agent Harrier, who has been given orders by Top Dog to stop the book from exploding.

24th May 2024

The Princess and the (Greedy) Pea

A greedy pea eats and eats until he meets a grumpy princess in this twist on a traditional rhyme.

24th May 2024

The Giant at Number Two

A rhyming tale about an inquisitive girl and the giant who lives next door.

23rd May 2024

Aqua Boy

Aaron finds the courage to swim underwater with the help of an unusual friend.

23rd May 2024

Grey

Even when feeling grey a reassuring hand can help bring back the colour to life.

23rd May 2024

The Joy Bringers

The creatures of the woodland save the sparkles of sunlight to spread joy.

23rd May 2024

The Pinchers and the Diamond Heist

The first in a series of stories about a family of thieves who decide to visit a diamond exhibition and steal the precious gold diamond - but not without breaking Grandma out of jail first!

23rd May 2024

Poetry Prompts

A wonderful illustrated book that really celebrates the art of poetry and words.

18th May 2024

Meet the Maliks – Twin Detectives: The Cookie Culprit

A story which artfully fuses together engaging characters and an intriguing plot, with information about Islamic faith and culture.

16th May 2024

Two Together

A beautifully illustrated tale celebrating the friendship of a cat and a dog as they journey home together.

16th May 2024

Stateless

A compelling aviation crime thriller set in the time preceding WW2.

16th May 2024

A Little World of Ants

A colourful, lift-the-flap  book, enticing early years children to find out about ants and what they get up to.

14th May 2024

Major and Mynah: Tarantula Terror

An adventure about an escaped spider that must be rescued by Callie, Grace, and Bo, a mynah bird, before she dies of cold, leaving her spiderlings orphans.

14th May 2024

Angel of Grasmere

A gripping piece of historical fiction that brings to life the tension and challenges of World War II through the eyes of young Tarn.

13th May 2024

Ivy Newt and the Swamp Dragons

Ivy and her friend Tom have an exciting, gripping adventure rescuing the swamp dragons from naughty 'Trouble Ivy' who is trying to create wicked versions of everything.

13th May 2024

The Case of the Abandoned Boat

The third in the series of fast paced and engaging mystery stories.

13th May 2024

King of Nothing

A beautiful coming-of-age story about being exposed to different world views and deciding what sort of person you want to be.

13th May 2024

All the Pieces of Me

Tally's Year 8 experience is overshadowed by a bullying group of 'friends' and the management of her autism.

13th May 2024

The Storm and the Minotaur

Can a ghost from the past lead him back to safety, or will George meet the same fate as his long-lost uncle?

10th May 2024

Anna’s Garden

A gentle rhyming book about accepting and understanding our differences.

9th May 2024

Wilding: How to Bring Wildlife Back – An Illustrated Guide

This beautifully illustrated nonfiction picture book is a fascinating real-life story about the rewilding of the Knepp estate in Sussex and the wonderful way it brought wildlife back to the landscape.

7th May 2024

The Chestnut Roaster

Beautifully written through a well-realised 1880s Paris with a quick-paced plot to capture the memory thief and find the lost children.

7th May 2024

Bright Stars of Black British History

Rethinking what we thought we knew has never been so fascinatingly important.