World Book Day 2019

Author Sarah Finn visits 7 schools in two days with her wonderful book

Erik the Lone Wolf.

Everybody knows that wolves live in packs. But one little wolf cub dreams of setting off on his own adventure… all by himself!  Will life as a lone wolf be everything he hoped, or will he miss the rough and tumble of the pack? This fun adventure story featuring a cute wolf cub teaches young readers about the value of friendship, showing how good friends can still be with you, even when they’re not!


This year, the theme for Frinton Literary Festival Children’s Poetry Competition is:


Children are free to interpret this in any way they wish; it could be in the form of a message to nature, to their present or future selves, or to people in power.

We are looking for poems which demonstrate an imaginative approach, with good use of descriptive language and original ideas.

Poems can be written in either free verse or rhyme and need to be well presented: neatly written or typed.

The competition will be judged in the following categories: Year Groups: 3, 4, 5, 6

Each child’s Name, School and Year Group should be written on the back of their entry.

All entries must be submitted to Caxton Books, Connaught Avenue, Frinton

by FRIDAY 12th October.

The competition will be judged by local authors Anita Belli and Lesley Kara.

The prizes will be awarded on

Saturday 20th October at 10.30 am

at Walton Library, 52 High Street, Walton-on-the-Naze.

Join our Tiger Tea Party

To celebrate Independent Bookshop Week

Join our Tiger Tea Party on Wednesday 20th June at 3.30pm

We will have:

  • Tiger Cup Cakes
  • Tiger Masks to Make
  • Tiger Games and Tiger Activities and Tiger Balloons

To join us on Wednesday 20th June for The Tiger Tea Party at 3.30pm

Pop into the shop NOW to put your name on the

Special Tiger Tea Party Guest List

Independent Bookshop Week Bear Hunt

To celebrate Independent Bookshop Week

& 25 years of We’re Going on a Bear Hunt…

We’re inviting you to go on a Bear Hunt in Frinton!

Pop into the shop to pick up an entry form.
Find the Bears hidden in Connaught Avenue between 24th June and 1st July
Bring your entry back to the shop
Join us for Story Time and Prize Giving on Saturday 1st at 11am

The first 3 correct answers out of the hat will receive a £10 Caxtons Token

Celebrate World Book Day 2018

To celebrate
World Book Day 2018
come and share a story with
Hugless Douglas
in the shop on
Tuesday 27th and Wednesday 28th February and Thursday 1st March from 3.15 to 4.15 pm.

Hugless Douglas will be here to share his stories and some  VERY big hugs, so please pop in to say hello, share a hug and story with him AND exchange your WBD token for one of this year’s brilliant WBD books.


Book Review of ‘Bad Mermaids’ by Beatrice Easterbrook – Age 10

What it’s about:  Bad Mermaids is all about three mermaids named Beattie, Mimi and Zelda. They go on holiday to experience land for themselves and to see what legs look like. They are enjoying it until they receive a letter saying that the Queen of Mermaids has been fish napped and there are bad mermaids on the loose! They return home to their new leader Ommy Pike, the most horrible person and the supposed new Queen. With piranhas following their every step, will they ever get the old mermaid town back?

Why I like it:  It has got amazing illustrations and the storyline is very inventive and exciting. It’s got a great sense of humour, so it is full of cool, creative and crazy characters (which are very magical). And it has the element of surprise, giving you that feeling of suspiciousness that every book should have. The only trouble is that I can never put the book down!

I would recommend this book to Age 8 and over. This is for people who enjoy lots of twists and turns, and especially like girl power!  This is one of the best books that I have ever read and I can’t wait for more. A big thank you to Sibeal Pounder for making this book ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!


Book Review by Beatrice Easterbrook, aged 8

‘The Girl Who Saved Christmas’ by Matt Haig

About the Book

Interestingly, the book is all about the sentimental value of hope and the fact is that, if we did not believe in Father Christmas, and believe that he would come, then Father Christmas would not be able to deliver all of the wonderful presents that we get!

You might think that Father Christmas himself never gets any gifts, but he gets one of the most brilliant gifts in the world, seeing the children smile on Christmas Day.

MyFavourite Character

My favourite character is the elf called Little Mim because he is a little bit cheeky! The reason why I think this is because he woke up really early on Christmas morning and started jumping up and down on his parents bed (his poor parents were still asleep!) But he is also a really brave elf, because as soon as he discovered that his Mum was dangerously going to visit the trolls, he followed her! I like that he is also really excitable, and could not wait when he heard that he was going to the workshop where the older elves make presents for the children.

My Favourite Part of the Story

I loved the part of the story where Amelia meets Charles Dickens because I felt more and more curious about what might happen. I really enjoyed the way that the author described it, it really made you feel the emotions that the characters felt. I enjoyed imagining what the scene looked like, as I felt that I knew and could picture it, from the extraordinary vocabulary used.

Who Would I Recommend this Book to?

Overall, I recommend this book to people that like exciting and captivating stories. I think that this book is aimed at children of the age of about 8 and upwards, if you are a fairly confident reader, as it does have a couple of sad moments in it, but also lots of fun!

This is one of the best books that I have ever read, I am very glad that Matt Haig wrote it!