The British Books Challenge is a simple one. Read one book each month throughout 2018 that has a British author. You can my other #BritishBooksChallenge18 posts here.
As with last month, Alex Bell is not an author I had heard of before. She has written a mixture of adult and children’s fiction and I would definitely pick up another of her books based of my experience with this one. She is also an author who replies to tweets which you can read about here.
When I snowed recently I took advantage and snapped this picture. I am not someone who regularly sets up epic photo shots. Here I just opened the back door, held up the book and voila!
Book Title: The Polar Bear Explorers’ Club
Author: Alex Bell
Series: N/A (although apparently a sequel is coming!)
Genres: Fantasy, Middle Grade, Childrens, Adventure
It sounded like a respectable and worthy enough death for an explorer – tumbling from an ice bridge to be impaled upon a mammoth tusk – but Stella really, really didn’t want that to happen, just the same.
Join Stella Starflake Pearl and her three fellow explorers as they trek across the snowy Icelands and come face-to-face with frost fairies, snow queens, outlaw hideouts, unicorns, pygmy dinosaurs and carnivorous cabbages . . .
When Stella and three other junior explorers get separated from their expedition can they cross the frozen wilderness and live to tell the tale?
I LOVED this book. It had everything I could possibly want for a fun, adventurous read. I mean unicorns and pet polar bears? Yes please.
There were moments that had me chuckling out load, particularly as my boyfriend takes his beard care very seriously. I read the part about beard care being an important part of exploring out loud to him. In fact there were several occasions where I read passages out loud. I so rarely do this and is a testament to how much I was enjoying both the story and the writing.
Woven into the book were some sweet and important messages about acceptance and thankfully these weren’t done in a preachy way. It was a lovely fantasy story with some lessons woven in there without feeling ramming them down my throat.
This review is also featured on Goodreads.