Welcome Guest! Login here or sign up during checkout to create an account.

Issue 302 Book Club

October 15, 2017


Amelia Fang and the Barbaric Ball

By Laura Ellen Anderson

Published by Egmont

amelia fang cover

Welcome to the world of NOCTURNIA, where DARKNESS reigns supreme, glitter is TERRIFYING, and unicorns are the stuff of NIGHTMARES! Amelia Fang would much rather hang out with her PET PUMPKIN, SQUASHY, and her friends Florence the yeti (DON’T CALL HER BEAST!) and Grimaldi the reaper than dance at her parents’ annual Barbaric Ball.

But when the King’s SPOILED son, Tangine, captures Squashy, Amelia and her friends must escape the party to plan a DARING RESCUE! In their race against time, they begin to realise things in Nocturnia may not be quite what they seem . . .

Join Amelia on her very FIRST ADVENTURE


About the author
LAURA ELLEN ANDERSON is the genius creator of Evil Emperor Penguin, and also the illustrator of countless brilliant books, including Sibéal Pounder’s Witch Wars series. If you like Squashy the Pumpkin (issue 301–303) and EEP (page 12), then you’ll love Amelia Fang!

Issue 301 Book Club

October 8, 2017


The Accidental Father Christmas

By Tom McLaughlin

Published by Oxford University Press


The Accidental Father Christmas is a madcap Christmas adventure and the perfect festive read for fans of funny fiction.

Ben’s starting to have serious doubts about Father Christmas, so hatches an elaborate scheme to try and capture him on Christmas Eve. This kicks off a sequence of hilarious events that makes this Christmas the most bonkers ever!

It’s a story with lots of heart and Christmas magic – but plenty of action-packed helicopter chases, daring present deliveries and tough-talking elves too! This yuletide tale is packed with awesome illustrations, and is spot on for kids with big imaginations.

An absolute cracker from comedy master Tom McLAUGHlin.

He’s funny by name, funny by nature.


About the author
Before becoming a writer and illustrator Tom spent 9 years working as a political cartoonist for The Western Morning News thinking up silly jokes about even sillier politicians. Then in 2004 Tom took the plunge into illustrating and writing his own books. Since then he has written and illustrated picture books as well as working on animated TV shows for Disney and Cartoon Network.
Tom lives in Devon and his hobbies include drinking tea, looking out of the window, and biscuits. Hi hates include spiders, running out of biscuits, and writing biographies.


Issue 300 Book Club

October 1, 2017


The Picture Atlas

By Simon Holland & Jill Calder

Published by Bloomsbury

Picture Atlas Cover

Explore the world by looking not only at borders, mountains, rivers, seas and oceans, but by discovering the natural wonders of the world, historical artefacts, amazing animals, fascinating cultures and much, much more.

With stunning illustrations from the incredible Jill Calder, The Picture Atlas is quite unlike anything you’ve seen before. From the freezing Arctic Circle with its powerful orca whales, to the amazing Sydney Opera House and the Great Barrier Reef, learn, explore and be amazed by the wonders of the world.

Bursting full of beautiful artwork, informative maps and astounding facts, take a trip around the world like you’ve never seen it before.



About the author
Simon Holland has been writing and editing non-fiction books of all colours, shapes, subjects and sizes, for children and adults, for more than seventeen years. His background is in medieval literature and history, and he has become passionate about the communication of science, nature and technology-related subjects.
Jill Calder has been working as an illustrator since 1993. She is also a calligrapher, digital artist and lecturer with a love of drawing, ideas, colour, ink, typography, bookbinding, and sketchbooks. Jill relishes blending traditional and digital image-making methods as seamlessly as possible to create her award winning illustrations and lettering.


Issue 299 Book Club

September 24, 2017


The Amazing Animal Atlas

By Dr Nick Crumpton & Gaia Bordicchia

Published by Flying Eye Books



From the great winding Ganges river in India to the thick conifer forests of northern Europe, travel across the globe to discover the rich variety of animals that share our blue planet. Written by zoologist Dr Nick Crumpton and fully illustrated throughout, this fascinating fact-filled book will be treasured for generations.



About the author
Nick Crumpton is a zoologist at University College London. He completed his PhD at Cambridge University before working at the Natural History Museum and for the BBC as a journalist and researcher.

Nick 20

Gaia Bordicchia is an established children’s illustrator from Italy. Her work has been published by Editions Milan, Penguin Random House and National Geographic, amongst many others.



Issue 298 Book Club

September 17, 2017


Greta Zargo and the Death Robots

from Outer Space

By A.F. Harrold

Illustrations by Joe Todd-Stanton

Published by Bloomsbury



Nobody knew it at that moment, but only three things stood in the way of the complete destruction of the Earth: one elderly parrot; one eight-year-old spelling mistake; and an intrepid young schoolgirl-turned-reporter in search of a story…

Greta Zargo needs a big scoop if she’s going to win the Prilchard-Spritzer Medal, the quite famous award for great reporting. But big scoops are in short supply in the quiet little town of Upper Lowerbridge, and all Greta’s got to investigate is a couple of missing cakes. But then, with a whoosh of unknown energy, a mysterious silver robot descends from the sky…

A laugh-out-loud funny new series from the author of the critically acclaimed The Imaginary.


About the author
A.F. Harrold is an English poet who writes and performs for adults and children. He spends his time showing off on stage, writing poems and books, and stroking his beard (it helps churn the ideas). He is the author of the Fizzlebert Stump series and the CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medal longlisted The Imaginary, illustrated by Emily Gravett. He lives in Reading with a stand-up comedian and two cats.

A magnificent beard - AF Harrold (C) Naomi Woddis 2011

Joe Todd-Stanton grew up in Brighton and studied at UWE Bristol, receiving a first class degree in Illustration. Joe has been commissioned to work for clients such as Oxford University Press, Usborne Publishing and Aquila magazine. He currently lives in London. For more information on Joe follow him on twitter @toddstanton1 or visit his website joetoddstanton.com

Joe Todd Stanton (C) Angelica Rose



Issue 297 Book Club

September 10, 2017


Corpse Talk: Ground-Breaking Scientists

By Adam & Lisa Murphy

David Fickling Books/The Phoenix comic

CT Scientists Front Cover 2D Lo Res


Incredible interviews with history’s most awesome scientists!

  • How did a taste of tortoise inspire Darwin’s discoveries?
  • What led Einstein to unlock the secrets of spacetime?
  • What’s the deal with Marie Curie’s deadly diaries?

Uncover all this and more in Corpse Talk, the hilarious and mind-expanding chat show that brings the dead famous to life!


About the author
Adam Murphy is a comics artist, writer and illustrator. He is the creator of ‘CorpseTalk,’ in which he digs up famous people from history and interviews their reanimated corpses, and ‘Lost Tales,’ in which he re-interprets unusual or lesser-known folktales from around the world, both for The Phoenix Children’s Comics Magazine. He lives and works in Ontario, Canada with his wife and son.
Lisa Murphy is a colourist. Her clients include: Adam Murphy (my very handsome husband!): CorpseTalk, Lost Tales, IDP: 2043, Gary Northfield: Gary’s Garden, National Geographic Kids, Neill Cameron: MEGA ROBO BROS, Neil Slorance: Dungeon Fun: Book 3







Issue 296 Book Club

September 3, 2017


A Place Called Perfect

By Helena Duggan

Cover illustration by Karl Mountford

A Place Called Perfect_front cover_RGB


Violet never wanted to move to Perfect, but when her father is offered a job that he can’t possibly refuse at the local opticians, she’s unwillingly thrust into a town full of overly obliging rose-tinted-spectacle wearers.

As her own eye sight begins to deteriorate and her mother starts acting as strangely as the other residents, Violet vows to discover the secret at the heart of Perfect – and then her father disappears! With the help of the invisible Boy, and a little imagination, can Violet save her family without making too much of a spectacle?

There’s something very wrong in Perfect, but the adults are too blind to see it…

About the author
Helena Duggan is from Kilkenny, a medieval, haunted city in the south of Ireland, which was the inspiration for A Place Called Perfect. She’s also a graphic designer and illustrator. Helena says on having her debut published by Usborne:
“Getting published was a childhood dream but to do it with Usborne has been amazing. I’ve enjoyed every step of my publishing journey so far, it’s been an education and I just hope A Place Called Perfect will be received as warmly with readers as it has been with Usborne.”

Helena Duggan copyright Dylan Vaughan

Issue 295 Book Club

August 27, 2017


Bunny vs Monkey: Book 4

By Jamie Smart

BvM4 Front Cover 3D Reverse Lo Res



A peaceful night-time picnic in the woods. What could go wrong…?


It’s Monkey, and he’s got a robot suit that shoots custard! And wait… there’s more?!

Rocket-powered hot air balloons!

Lord Wuffy-wuff’s dragon!

The wobbles!

and even the terrible HEW-MANS…

Can Bunny defend the woods and avoid getting poinked?!

About the author
He mostly tells adventures through comics. He’s worked extensively for The Dandy, The Beano, The DFC, The Phoenix, as well as The Guardian, The Sunday Times, Mega, Toxic, Doctor Who Adventures and others. He has released books through Scholastic, OUP, Penguin, Blank Slate, Random House, SLG, and David Fickling Books.
Image result for Jamie Smart illustrator

Issue 294 Book Club

August 20, 2017


The Boy With One Name


Simon & Schuster Children’s

Boy With One Name - final cover


Twelve-year-old Jones is an orphan, training as an apprentice hunter alongside his mentor, Maitland, tackling ogres, trolls and all manner of creatures that live in the Badlands – a hidden part of our own world, and which most people think exist only in fairytales and nightmares. But all Jones secretly wants to be is an ordinary boy and to leave the magical world forever…

When an ogre hunt goes wrong and Maitland is killed, Jones finally has a chance to find out where he came from. But the truth he uncovers isn’t what he’s expecting and it seems that if Jones is going to make his dream come true he’ll have to defeat a creature not even Maitland had dared take on and he won’t be able to do it alone…

He’s going to need help from Ruby, the first girl he’s ever met. She’s outspoken, fearless and determined to prove she’s as good as any boy, and unlike Jones, being ordinary is the last thing on her mind. Ruby’s desperate to find her place in the world and thinks the Badlands could be it. So, working together isn’t going to be straightforward. In fact, it could be downright dangerous.

But who said getting what you want is supposed to easy, even if it is just wanting to be ordinary?

About the author
Rupert Wallis read Theology at Cambridge University and holds an MFA in Screenwriting and Writing for Television from the University of Southern California. He now lives in Norfolk.

Issue 293 Book Club

August 13, 2017


Good Dog, Bad Dog: The Golden Bone

By Dave Shelton

Golden Bone Front Cover 3D Lo Res


Kirk Bergman and Duncan McBoo are pedigree police: the finest canine cops in Muttropolis. And they’re never short of work.

The Golden Bone of Alexandria has been stolen by malevolent mongrels and our doggy duo are the perfect pooches to take on the case…

Criminals beware: Bergman and McBoo are on you tail!

About the author
Born and raised in Leicester, Dave now lives in Cambridge with a brilliant woman, a beautiful girl, a bonkers dog and an inexcusable cat. He likes comics, cricket, crosswords and talking to cartoonists about pens. He is the creator of the slapstick comedy noir comic strip Good Dog, Bad Dog, as seen in the DFC, the Guardian and the Phoenix. His debut prose novel for children, A Boy and a Bear in a Boat, which he also illustrated, was shortlisted for the Costa children’s prize and the Carnegie medal, and won the Branford Boase award. He is fond of cake.