October #BookReviews for Magazines @FleetLife

October sees the following book reviews featured in Fleet Life.

For the online version go to http://www.fleetlife.org.uk. Load the online directory and find the book review on page 38

FL October

This month the following authors are featured.

The Lavender House Mob by Annie Crux

The Slapstyx by Annabelle Franklin

Shiri by D.S Taylor

Relentless by Karen Lynch

and Julie’s Butterfly by Greta Milan

Rosie’s Book Review Team #RBRT The Slapstyx by @Annabel1Franklin #KidsLit #Bookreview

Today’s team review is from Jessie, she blogs at http://behindthewillows.com

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Jessie has been reading The Slapstyx by Anabelle Franklin with her children


The Slapstyx was written for 8-10 year olds so, of course, I had to read it aloud with all my girls (ages 3, 5 and 8) to see what they would think.

I, as the adult, liked the set up of the book. The ocean is being harmed by super strong, super bad cleaning products and two sisters need to help stop it. That on it’s own could have been a bit much for young girls. BUT if the super cleaner is full of dark magic, the goblins are making the dirt and the dolphin spirits are getting hurt by the overfed plankton monsters. Well, that makes it a lot more approachable and fun!

The three year old, was interested in the mermaid type creatures (dolphinae) and that’s about it. She is three and there’s no pictures, what can you expect?

My five year old snuggled in very close during some of the goblin encounters but was always the first to want to hear what happened next.

The only reason she was the one begging the loudest is because the eight year old kept going to bed with my kindle to read ahead so she already knew what happened next, but she sat at attention to listen every night!

Would we recommend it? My eight year old girl says girls in her class would like it because it has mermaids in it and the boys would like it because of the goblins. All the girls agreed that the goblins were a little scary, though never scary enough to stop reading. But by far the best recommendation comes from my five year old. We had two chapters to go when she said, “Mom, can you finish the book tonight and then read it again?” a sentiment that was silently echoed by her older sister who took the book off to bed to re-read after we were done.

This honest review was given in return for a free copy of the book from its author.

Find a copy here from Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com

Rosie’s #BookReview Team #RBRT The Slapstyx by @Annabel1Franklin #Kidslit

Today’s second team review comes from Karen, she blogs at https://mytrainofthoughtson.wordpress.com/

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Karen chose to read and review The Slapstyx by Annabelle Franklin


My Opinion

This book introduces you to Zachary Zigstack, a greedy billionaire, successful in the detergent business. When his best employee marries the mother of Georgie and Gem, Zachary does not anticipate that there is trouble ahead.

With The Slapstyx, Annabelle Franklin has created a funny and suspenseful story of two girls who want to save the world. They are not too keen on their stepfather and his son Miles and even less on their new home. The Slapstyx are annoying as they keep getting the house dirty and the girls have to take the blame. The characters are believable and of sufficient depth, the matter of environmental protection is cleverly woven in the twins’ adventure. The story has a very pleasant flow, is expertly balanced between the good and the bad. The Slapstyx is a very enjoyable read – not only for children.

This is for you and/or your children if you like children’s adventures with a slightly educational, fantasy and/or paranormal touch.


Find a copy here from Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com

The Slapstyx by @Anabel1Franklin #ChildrensBook #Kidslit #Bookreview

The SlapstyxThe Slapstyx by Annabelle Franklin

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Slapstyx is a children’s book set in England. Zachary Zigstack is a successful businessman. He has created Zigstack Zoom, super-powerful cleaning products. His products a very good cleaners but are not environmentally friendly.

Geoffrey Penworth is the top salesman for Zoom cleaning products. He marries a second wife and with his son and Grace’s twin daughters they move to a house by the sea. The house is old and dirty and in need of a good clean, but rumours say it’s also haunted.

Gem and Georgie soon discover creatures in the night who put dirt and cobwebs all around the house. They find that these are Goblins and members of the Slapstyx tribe who are part of the Zagstick project.

Worried about gallons of toxic waste poisoning the sea from the Zoom cleaning products Gem and Georgie try to put a stop to the Goblins and Zachary Zigstack.

A good storyline involving Goblins, Mermaids and clever children.

Find a copy here from Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com

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Rosie’s Book review Team #RBRT The Slapstyx by Annabelle Franklin @Anabel1Franklin #kidslit #SundayBlogShare

Today’s team review comes from Amanda, she blogs at https://ajbookreviewclub.wordpress.com/

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Amanda chose to read The Slapstyx by Annabelle Franklin


The story features greedy businessman Zachary Zigstack, who is working with the grubby Slapstyx goblins to make sure everyone buys his disgusting detergent. This putrid product ends up in the sea, turning it into toxic slime, and the sea spirits are frightened for the creatures they care for. Astral-travelling twins Georgie and Gem must spy on the Slapstyx and find a way to stop their dirty dealings with Zigstack before all the sea creatures are destroyed.
I loved this book i would like to thank Annabelle for letting me read and review as part of Rosie Amber book review team
This book 185 pages so a nice size for children to read i say it be good for children over 6 years old a nice bed time book or for older children to read themselves sophie is 12 she read for me to and she said it was fab she really enjoy it
This book very modern i say most days in my houses were all this mess and dirty come from well now i know it a great fun idea but also helps children to understand just what harsh cleaning products can do to the environment it put across in a great fun way
I really like the family and the twins were so nice children i felt for them getting the blame for all the dirty each day
I wish I could dreamwalk it sounded so much fun but sometimes it get them in a mess or trouble but this does not stop them it a game to them a bit of fun  i liked how they dealt with their mum and dad
This book seem to catch Sophie attention she sat and read in a night after i read it she enjoyed reading it she 13 so great for any age she like the goblins and how they made the dirty it made her smile she enjoyed all the action that was going on she seem to enjoy the magical concept of the story it worked so well it just makes your imagination go into overdrive your there with them Sophie wanted to help the twins she like all the characters she loved the book
I would like to see this book as a film or cartoon it would be fun to see the characters come to live on tv  but as you read you can see the characters and creatures in your mind
The story just flows so well i loved all the characters they seem so real and likeable but one or two were not so nice but this just add the humour and fun of the book
The dad was so lazy  but what a great job he did or did he?
I really enjoy this book i look forward to read more of Annabelle books
A great fun read for children  but i enjoy it so much too
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