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Book reviews by our B Kids Club members


Book Review – Hannah and the Honey Bees

written by Alison Simms

Review By: Finn McMullan, age 10

Finn McMullan won our competition for a smoker last year. He also obviously supports Man Utd.

Finn McMullan was our first BKids diarist. Read his diary on the BKids club pages.

Hannah & the Honey Bees is available through's shop, £9

Hannah & the Honey Bees 

Hannah and the Honey Bees is a book written by Alison Simms. An ordinary girl named Hannah dreams herself into a beehive and has a great time.

Hannah learns about bees at her granddad’s farm. She gets a bee suit for her birthday so granddad can teach her about hive inspections and bee equipment. Hannah happily helps granddad catch a swarm and extract the honey.

One day Hannah falls asleep in the garden and ends up in a beehive. She meets a young bee called Tweeny and they become friends. Tweeny takes Hannah to the queen, where she introduces herself. The queen tries to feed her royal jelly, which I think is funny. One day while Hannah is in the hive, she sees lots of wasps trying to get in. She quickly tries to help save the colony. The bees win the battle bravely but something sad happens.

Was £9 – special offer price £6!  Limited time only!






New Book Review: The Honey Bee Castle

written by Asli Ozkirim


I was happy Melissa Bee asked me to read and review this book.


There are nine chapters in the Honey Bee Castle, each one is a different story. The pictures are colourful, exciting and drawn well. I could have read the book by myself, but I read one page and my mum read one. It was more fun snuggling up and reading together. I don’t know why but I got the long pages a lot. My little brother liked to listen as well.


Kirsty and her brother reading the
Honey Bee Castle

My favourite chapter was when the bees decided to replace the old queen with a new one. In the pictures, the new queen was beautiful and kind. My mum liked the story when the fairy gave the bees their stings so they could defend the castle from a greedy bear.

I have one more chapter and I’m going to read it tonight with my mum. I recommend this book to children my age. I think they would enjoy reading it as much as I did.


by Kirsty  (age 8)

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New review :  BeeBoy the clash of the killer queens

written by Tony de Saulles

Bee Boy is an amazing story about a young beekeeper, who has lots of problems. His biggest problem is the school bully but also killer wasps. Melvin can change into a bee and go into the hive. I liked the cartoon drawings all through the book.

The author, Tony de Saulles, lives in the countryside and keeps bees, he is also the author of the horrible science books so he really knows what he’s talking about.

The book is exciting and I really loved it. It is also really funny. I can’t wait to read the next one. I think anyone who likes bees will enjoy this book.

Thank you for letting me review this book.
Isabella aged 7

I would like to add that the book is set out very well and the simple drawings in white, grey and yellow really complement the text. It is written clearly in a way that appeals to children.

It would be ideal for newly confident readers wanting a “proper” book or older possibly reluctant readers as there are plenty of pictures and a good story line. Children who enjoy facts would also enjoy this as, unlike most ” story books”, it is factually correct and there is plenty of information to take in without being preachy. It might appeal to parents looking for a bedtime story to share  with their children as the chapters aren’t too long and there is a  lot to discuss.

I, too, am looking forward to the next installment of what I hope will be a successful series!

Please find attached a photo of Belle enjoying the book.

Tim  (Isabella’s dad)

available from Amazon £6.99 pre-order (Release date: 1st February 2018)


New review – The Honey Bee’s Reward 

written by Paul Vagg


The Honey Bee’s Reward is an interesting book. It is about a boy who saves a honey bee from a spider’s clutches. The grateful bee promises the boy a ‘trove of gold’.

Review by Aidan (11)

I enjoyed the main character because he is a kind, helpful and patient boy who puts others before himself. I especially enjoyed the funny twist at the end!  

I think this book is suitable for ages 4 -10 years because it is a quick, informative and surprising book.


available from Amazon from £7.42 for the paperback version






Book review – Honey Biscuits

written by Meredith Hooper. Illustrated by Alison Bartlett.

Honey biscuits by Meredith Hooper My 18 month old daughter, Erin and I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. Erin loved the bright illustrations and I love to cook so it was nice to read her a book about baking with honey.

The book is about a little boy called Ben helping his Gran make honey biscuits, his Gran explains where each ingredient comes from – we loved the page with the bees on it!  We attempted making the biscuits, apart from ending up with honey in my hair and all over the kitchen it was a great success and they were very scrummy.  This is a wonderful book for children.


Charlotte Tonge ACCA BA(Hons) (Erin’s mum)

This book is available from Amazon books priced between £2.19 for second-hand copies and £5.24 for new.





Hannah and the Honey Bees is an exciting, wonderful story that will interest kids, especially bee keepers. I really liked it and recommend this book.