There have been so many great children’s fiction titles this year. I’ve been furiously reading books for ages 7-12 for my many school visits this year so that I would have some fantastic new books to introduce kids to. Here are my top 10 children’s fiction titles of 2015.
- The Shark-Headed Bear-Thing by Barry Hutchison
- Pugs of the Frozen North by Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre
- The Bad Guys: Episode 1 by Aaron Blabey
- Olive of Groves by Katrina Nannestad
- Fuzzy Mud by Louis Sachar
- The Porridge of Knowledge by Archie Kimpton
- The Astounding Broccoli Boy by Frank Cottrell Boyce
- The Ghosts of Tarawera by Sue Copsey
- The Marvels by Brian Selznick
- Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate (will review on the blog next year when it comes out in NZ)
My favourite children’s fiction title of 2015 is…Olive of Groves by Katrina Nannestad. It has been one of the last books I’ve read this year but it really stands out for its wonderful characters and quirky humour.
My favourite series for children of 2015 is…The Bad Guys by Aaron Blabey. The combination of Aaron’s hilarious text and illustrations make this series an absolute winner!
Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre are a dream team. They creative truly wonderful books together that grab readers’ attention. I have loved both of their previous books together, Oliver and the Seawigs and Cakes in Space. I get really excited every time I see they have a new book coming out and I can always tell by the title and the fantastic cover that it is going to be another great book. They even have their own ‘A Reeve and McIntyre Production’ logo that Sarah has created. Philip and Sarah’s latest collaboration is called Pugs of the Frozen North and it’s their best book yet!
The race to the top of the world! It comes around once in a lifetime – and the prize? Your heart’s desire. Shen and Sika can’t resist the chance to win, but competition is fierce. The path to victory is littered with snow trolls, sea monsters and a gang of particularly hungry yetis. But Sika and Shen have something the other contestants don’t have. Actually, they have 66 other things – PUGS, to be exact. That’s a 264-paw-powered sled. Let the race begin!
Pugs of the Frozen North is an action-packed, fun-filled spectacular of a book. One moment you’ll be holding your breath in anticipation and the next you’ll be laughing out loud. You meet Snow Trolls, sea monsters, hungry Yetis and all sorts of wonderful characters in Pugs of the Frozen North. I don’t think there is another author and illustrator team that are so perfectly matched as Philip and Sarah. They come up with the ideas for their books together, then Philip writes the words and Sarah draws the pictures. You can tell they have a lot of fun coming up with their stories as they are just brimming with imagination.
In Pugs of the Frozen North, True Winter arrives, freezing the seas and bringing adventurers from miles around to join the race to the top of the world. Everyone wants to be the first to reach the Snowfather at the top of the world and have their wish granted. Shen has been abandoned by his captain after their ship is frozen in the ice and he is left stranded with only sixty-six pug dogs to keep him company. Luckily Shen finds Sika, a girl who lives in the village of Snowdovia with her mother and grandfather. Sika really wants to enter the race to the Snowfather and thanks to Shen she now has sixty-six pug dogs to pull her sled. Shen and Sika are racing against other more experienced adventurers, including Professor Shackleton Jones with his high-tech sled and SNOBOT companion, Helga Hammerfest and her team of polar bears, Sir Basil Sprout-Dumpling and his butler Sidebar, and the glamorous Mitzi Von Primm. Someone is determined to take their fellow contestants out of the race and win the prize for themselves. There are also Snow Trolls, sea monsters, hungry Yetis and fifty different kinds of snow to deal with.
The main appeal of Philip and Sarah’s books for me is that they are chock-full of Sarah’s cute and comical illustrations. I’ve never seen a pug dog look as cute as the ones that Sarah has drawn in this book! Sarah truly brings the characters to life, from the pompous Sir Basil Sprout-Dumpling to the cuddly-looking Yetis. The limited tone of the illustrations (green, white, black and grey) gives the illustrations an icy feel. I also really love the cover, which I think looks incredibly appealing to kids.
Pugs of the Frozen North is one of my favourite books of the year. This wonderful book has all the elements that I love in a story and I can’t recommend it highly enough. Curl up with Pugs of the Frozen North and you’ll be sure to fall in love with Philip Reeve and Sarah McInytre’s books.