Books for Keeps is, according to none other than Philip Pullman, ‘the most important periodical in the world of British children’s books’. So I was particularly delighted to find that Books for Keeps has given my Buzzing! book a 5-star rating.
I was thrilled to read the Books for Keeps review of Buzzing! too, which described the book as having:
‘close-up photographs of exceptional beauty’.
The review concludes:
‘This is a book that encourages research and respect for  small creatures … With initial adult help for younger children, it is likely to be a favourite at home or at school …’.
The lady who wrote this review is Margaret Mallett, who knows her onions when it comes to children’s books. Take a look at her profile. As you’ll see, amongst her many other accomplishments she’s written a book entitled ‘Choosing and Using Fiction and Non-Fiction 3-11: A comprehensive guide for teachers and student teachers‘. Need I say more?
Another person who knows her onions is the reviewer of Buzzing! for The Guardian. She is none other than one of the judges for the Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize (a prize that Buzzing! has been shortlisted for). This Guardian reviewer goes by the pen name (can you have a pen name in the digital age?) of GrrlScientist, and I was particularly pleased to read that she too had really ‘got’ what I was trying to do with Buzzing! Take a read:
‘How can you introduce a young child to insects and give them a lifelong appreciation and respect for these important creatures? I think Anneliese Emmans Dean has found an appealing formula in her lovely children’s book, Buzzing!: discover the poetry in garden minibeasts.’
Read the whole review
GrrlScientist’s review concludes:
‘Shortlisted for the 2013 Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize and recommended for children between the ages of five and eight, this small but educational hardcover will be enjoyed by children and adults alike.’
I’d like to thank both these reviewers for taking the time to read and really consider my Buzzing! book, and to then tell others about it.
If you’d like to read Buzzing! for yourself, then you can order (signed!) copies here.