I Don’t Like Books. Never. Ever. The end.

Blog Tour, Fiction, Picture Books / Thursday, February 6th, 2020

Welcome to Book Monsters stop on this blog tour for the debut and really quite wonderful picture book I Don’t Like Books. Never. Ever. The end. Written by Emma Perry, illustrated by Sharon Davey and published by David Fickling Books. Read my review or perhaps scroll down to read a very special Day In The Life of Emma Perry!

Being someone who grew up surrounded by books, demolishing titles such as The Very Hungry Caterpillar or Dogger through to The Chronicles of Narnia, I cannot imagine not loving books. But there are lots of people out there who just don’t feel the same way. Well once upon a time there was a little girl called Mabel. A girl who didn’t like books. She used them for all sorts of things, from juggling to sledging, but she NEVER looked at the stories inside. Until the books decided they had had ENOUGH!

In a whirlwind Mabel is dragged inside the books to experience, first hand, the action and adventure they hold inside. By the end of this book, Mabel learns to love and appreciate the joy within pages.

This book is a sheer joy, it is beautifully written by debut author Emma, which bags of humour, fun, entertainment and a very important point to make. It flows and reads so nicely and brought a huge smile to my face.

Sharon’s illustrations here are truly lovely, bright and immersive and perfectly pitched, Mabel has bags of character and the inside spreads of the books have their own colour scheme depending upon the story which is so effective.

This book is a real joy, a celebration of reading, perfect for existing book lovers, and a persuasive argument for non-readers. It’s comedic thread running through this adorable tale is what really lifts this story to engage readers of all ages. perfectly done and I’m very excited to see more from this author and illustrator in the future.

I’m absolutely thrilled to welcome Author Emma Perry to Book Monsters

A Day In Life of a VERY hardworking Writer by Emma Perry

Okey dokey, none of my days are the same. I don’t mean that in a ‘I have wonderfully exciting, varied days’ type of way. Nope, they’re absolutely definitely NOT like that. So, for the purposes of this post I am picking yesterday…

Stumbling out of bed to the shouts of, “Mum, the cat’s been sick on the doormat.” 

Nice! Morning everyone!

My phone hasn’t rung yet, so that means I’m not required to go in for supply teaching today – I’m either booked in advance or get an early morning call if a teacher is sick. So, I have a free day… endless opportunities to conjure up plenty of witty scripts. {insert lots of laughing emojis thingies here}

I’ve decided this is the year I need to get fit, THIS writer spends a lot of time sitting down. Once the kids have left for school, I drag myself into the dark and cold garage to head for our old exercise bike. I use a YouTube video to try and keep me motivated, and have a lovely, well-meaning American lady reminding me to peddle faster. I am! Honest! I’m trrrying!!

Now that the launch date of I Don’t Like Books. Never. Ever. The End is fast approaching there are lots of little bits and pieces that I need to do. Things I want to do. 

I saw some lovely, lovely bunting made out of old books (don’t judge me!) online, and so I’ve decided to try my hand at that. Running My Book Corner means I get heaps of wonderful book proofs sent through. But. They are proofs, not finished copies, and there’s a huge difference between the two. As a result, publishers ask us not to put them into general circulation, because the finished copy that appears in libraries and book shops can be quite different to the proof. So, I’ve got my eye on those proofs. I want to give them a new lease of life, now that I’ve read and reviewed them, as book bunting… ready for the launch of Sharon & I’s book, (Saturday 15th February, 3-4pm, Waterstones Bath – just in case you were wondering 😉 ) 

What do you think…? Good use of old books??

After lunch I start looking through some scripts I wrote at the end of last year… there are bits in them that I like, oh, but there are so many bits I’m just not sure about. I tinkle around with those words until the kids come home. Deleting, rewriting, putting the deleted words back in, sighing, taking them out. And. Repeat. To be fair this is the bit I love, even though it can be frustrating – it’s when the story starts to emerge. I find it much easier to write once I’ve got my character’s voice in my head, once that’s there the character can lead the way. But sometimes that voice can be a little buried and I have to dig around for it. 

Ooo I forgot to mention that just before lunch I turned a toilet roll into a dragon, (seriously, my talents know no bounds, right?!?!). I thought this would be a great craft for kids at our launch / workshops to get stuck into – as Mabel meets a knight who is about to meet a dragon, in I Don’t Like Books. My teenagers burst through the door and as they rummage through the fridge, I proudly show them my handy work. 

“LOOOOK what I made today?”

Answers ranged from… a jellyfish? A bit of seaweed? A mouse (what?!)

Fear not dear readers, I did allow my kids to eat after those comments. 


We rescued the jellyfish/seaweed/mouse and made it much more dragon like.


Emma Perry can be found either writing books, reading them or teaching them. It’s always been that way. In fact, her first two picture books are about… yep, books. 

The founder of MyBookCorner and organiser of International Book Giving Day, the book obsession shows no sign of slowing down.

Twitter: @_EmmaPerry 
Instagram: @EmmaPerry
Website: www.emmaperryauthor.com

Illustrated by Sharon Davey @thecreativefox www.sharondaveyillustration.com

Edited by Alice Corrie
Designed by Ness Wood @wood_ness
Published by David Fickling Books @DFB_storyhouse

Thank you so much for reading this Book Monster review.


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