An introduction to this new post category.
The end of a calendar year is a time in the ACHUKA office when we clear decks ready for the next year’s titles. It’s a poignant time, because it means putting books aside that we haven’t found room to mention.
Books that are listed on the ACHUKAreviews site have always been read in full.
Books given our How About tag have either been reviewed (and therefore read in full) or have been sufficiently sampled for us to feel able to recommend them with confidence.
So what does ‘Worth A Look’ mean?
It means those books that have caught our eye as soon as they’ve arrived. Books that we’ve put onto various waiting to be read piles. Books that, if we were managing a bookshop with physical books on the shelves, we might bring to customers’ attention saying, “I’ve not read it myself but this book is worth a look…”
There are many reasons a book might be given the ‘Worth A Look’ tag:
- author/illustrator reputation
- persuasive publicity
- favourable reviews/mentions elsewhere
- pleasing cover and book design
to mention just a few.
Sometimes a quick dip inside a book will disabuse us of the notion that it was worthy of flagging up. Usually that dip will be appetite-whetting, as it was in the case of our very first Worth A Look Title:
My Brother’s Shadow by Tom Avery, was published by Andersen Press at the very start of 2014.
I love the way this book is presented, filled with shadowy and atmospheric illustrations by Kate Grove.
I’ve just read the first 20 or so pages and was immediately gripped. The book is dedicated to a class of Y6 children and looks to be a moving read for Y5 up.
The author updated his website only last month. Unfortunately, although the site seems to have rich content, the font size used is extremely small even on a large screen, and the the design is not responsive, so the page becomes completely unreadable on a mobile phone. I cannot emphasise this to authors enough: when updating websites it is essential that the design used is flexible enough to be user-friendly on a variety of devices, from hand-held up to 27 inch displays. I can help.