Smorgasbord Children’s Reading Room – #Reviews – #Ghost Toni Pike, #FunBus Sue Wickstead


Welcome to the Reading Room update with recent reviews for books on the shelves age up to 12 years old.

The first book with a recent review is Brody Cody and the Haunted Vacation House (Brody Cody Series Book Two) by Toni Pike.

About the book

Brody Cody loves his new stepmother but is surprised to hear that she is expecting a baby. To celebrate, his parents take Brody and his friends away for a week to a very spooky house in the Blue Mountains, owned by the elderly and even spookier Mr Sludge.

Very strange things start to happen, and the friends soon become convinced that the house is haunted. They love scary stories and know all about ghosts, but will they be able to solve the mystery?

A hilarious adventure for children aged 6-9.

It would be best to read the series in order. Book 1 is BRODY CODY AND THE STEPMOTHER FROM OUTER SPACE.

One of the recent reviews for the book

Robbie Cheadle5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and humorous  Reviewed in the United States on February 26, 202

I enjoyed the first Brody Cody story and when I saw this author had released another book in this entertaining series for middle school children, I was enthusiastic to read it.

Brody has adjusted to having a stepmother and is enjoying the benefits of having a mother who cooks delicious and healthy meals and ensures he gets his homework done timeously, when his parents drop a new bomb on him. He’s going to become an older brother. Brody’s friends have siblings but he is uncertain he is up to the task. Sharing his home and the attention of his parents with a rival is also uncertain territory for young Brody. He is unsure about the impending new arrival to say the least.

Realising that Brody is feeling a bit uncertain, his parents go out of his way to do some fun and entertaining things with Brody and his friends. The group of youngsters go to a Creepy Terror Zone and enjoy visiting a haunted house and some other ‘ghostly rides’.

Next, his parents take him and his best friends on a vacation to the Blue Mountains. The guest house they stay in was very well priced and it doesn’t take long for the kids to discover why. Something is not right at Wysludge Manor and the kids think it is haunted. Brody and his friends set about unraveling the mystery and Brody also learns the contribution an older brother can make to protecting his family.

Younger readers will enjoy this engaging story about Brody and his friends and embrace the challenges of the kids trying to solve the riddle of the haunted vacation house. They will also find the humour entertaining and understandable.

I would recommend this book to young readers who will enjoy and entertaining and humorous story which is well written in simple and readily understandable language.

Read the reviews and buy the book: Amazon US – And: Amazon UK

Also by Toni Pike for children

Connect to Toni: Buy the books: Amazon US – And : Amazon UK – Follow Toni:Goodreads – Website: Toni PikeTwitter: @piketoni1

The next book with a review is Gloria The Summer Fun Bus by Sue Wickstead

About the book

A children’s picture book about a bus, a Playbus. The stories began with a photographic book about a real bus, with children asking questions it led to fictional stories.

What is a Playbus?

What does it do?

How is it different?

The photographic history book about the project, The ‘Bewbush Playbus’, was published in 2012.
The fictional tales began with ‘Jay-Jay the Supersonic Bus’, Gloria is the new bus which delivered Play-scheme support over the long school holidays to children. Providing a safe place to play.

One of the recent reviews for the book

Mr R D Baker5.0 out of 5 stars A great storybook for children  Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 16 February 2021
This is a lovely story book for children. Not only does it include a play bus (which is based on a real bus!), but also includes a number of positive messages such as giving things a go and being kind.

I loved the fact that one of the main characters thinks he’s too old to have fun and play with the other children, but after a while comes around to the idea and finally joins in. Once he does, he realises that he’s been missing out and enjoys having fun with the rest of them. The children in the story play a range of games so I love that it promotes physical play and encourages children to use their imagination.

I also like that it’s told from Gloria’s perspective and we hear her thoughts and how she hopes that he’s having a good time.

I read this with my daughters (7 and 4) and they both really enjoyed the story and liked the illustrations. 

Read the reviews and buy the book: Amazon UK – And: Amazon US

A selection of other books by Sue Wickstead

Read the reviews and buy the books: Amazon UK – And: Amazon US – More reviews: Goodreads – Connect to Sue: Website/Blog: Sue Wickstead – Facebook: Stories Sue – Facebook: Teacher Page – Twitter: @JayJayBus – LinkedIn: Sue Wickstead

 

Thanks for visiting today and I hope you will be leaving with some books..thanks Sally.