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Tracey Corderoy’s children’s books of the year

The Secret Diary of John Drawbridge

Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam author Tracey Corderoy has shared her favourite children’s books of the year on the Waterstones blog – and we’re delighted to see that The Secret Diary of John Drawbridge, Medieval Knight in Training, written by Philip Ardagh and illustrated by Jamie Littler, features on Tracey’s list!

Of The Secret Diary of John Drawbridge, Tracey writes:

“This is just GREAT for anyone who wants to learn about mediaeval knights and castles but wants to do it with a huge smile on their face. There are banquets, hunting with birds of prey, archery – and *spoiler alert* they get attacked by the Welsh (I’m not going to take offence at that btw).

Philip Ardagh’s writing is immensely humorous and informative. He cleverly signposts facts within the fiction so that you learn whilst being entertained. You become aware very quickly that the author has a BIG passion for the past, and especially castles, and is very knowledgeable on the subject. This book would be a brilliant addition to the classroom library as well as the home bookshelf.  If bringing the past alive is what you’re after then this book is an absolute must!”

And if you’ve not yet discovered The Secret Diary of John Drawbridge, you can take a look inside the book below! The first book in a hilarious new ‘faction’ series published in partnership with the National Trust, and with a fantastic balance of great characters, exciting plot, and interesting, accessible historical facts woven into the story, this is PERFECT for fans of Horrible Histories.

Here’s a look inside the book:

Buy the book from Waterstones.

You can read Tracey’s full list of her books of the year on the Waterstones blog here.

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