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My Feelings Exactly

Seeing Myself in Children’s Fiction

Growing up in the 60s and early 70s, on a working class estate on the south edge of Edinburgh that was gradually being abandoned, where all the traditional industries that sustained the community had disappeared, it was difficult to see myself in the children’s fiction of the era. I eventually found Kes but that was …

Children of Blood and Bone
Book Review

Children Of Blood And Bone

There has been so much hype about Children of Blood and Bone that I was a bit leery about starting it just in case it disappointed. I needn’t have worried as from the start of the book Tomi develops a set of characters and world that is both fantastically exciting and believable. The world draws …

Writing Tips

When Something Really Smells

You know when something really smells, it sometimes requires a word other than smells, something to distinguish its ripeness, or malodorous nature. Why not try one of these? Acidic Acrid Antiseptic Arid Aromatic Balmy Biting Bitter Briny Burnt Citrusy Comforting Corky Damp Dank Distinctive Earthy Fishy Flowery Fragrant Fresh Fruity Gamy Gaseous Heavy Lemony Malodorous …

Sam Wu Is Not Afraid Of Sharks
Book Review

Sam Wu Is Not Afraid Of Sharks

Sam Wu is Not Afraid of Sharks is another great read from the team that wrote and illustrated Sam Wu Is Not Afraid of Ghosts. The writing is clear and funny, with really energetic illustrations to accompany and flesh-out the story. A fun adventure that explores ideas of bravery and friendship. Sam, Zoe and Bernard, …

Publisher Profile

Lunicorn Press

Lunicorn Press is based in Renfrewshire and you can contact them through: Website: Website: Website: Instagram: badgerthemystical Facebook: badgermutt Twitter: @badgermutt Twitter: @LunicornLtd The Lunicorn Press is a teensy-weensy publishing company based in Renfrewshire, with a massive magical vision for its Badger the Mystical Mutt series of illustrated children’s books for 5 …

The Secret of Nightingale Wood
Book Review

The Secret Of Nightingale Wood

The Secret of Nightingale Wood is Lucy Strange’s debut novel and begins with a setting similar to ‘The Railway Children’ by E. Nesbit. It is set in the early 20th century and in a country setting reminiscent of ‘The Railway Children’, with a change in family home, with a similar family make up, and an …

Writing Tips

Questions To Ask About Magic

When thinking about adding magic to your world building, these are some questions to ask Who has it? Who can use it? Where does it come from? What does it go through? Is it active? Passive? Both? Is it tangible? Visible? Can magic people sense magic? Can non-magic people sense magic? Can non-humans be or …