Francesca Simon offers readers of all ages a brilliant, thought-provoking collision of ancient Norse myth with contemporary celebrity culture.
Guardian on The Lost Gods
This is Francesca Simon's best book.
The Times on The Lost Gods
You have to read it: it's fast moving, it's funny, it's silly and it's scary: what's not to like?
The Bookbag on The Lost Gods
Children will love the banter, the darkness and physicality of the tale.
Guardian on The Sleeping Army
A wildly original, rollicking twist on Norse mythology.
Jacqueline Wilson on The Sleeping Army
Guaranteed to bring gales of laughter.
The Times on The Sleeping Army
Breathtaking, magical storytelling. I loved this book.
Eoin Colfer on The Sleeping Army
If this version of the Greek myths doesn't win over your child, nothing ever will.
Telegraph on Helping Hercules
This is told with flamboyant characterisation and the hair-raising tales offer an exciting introduction to the world of Greek mythology.
Junior magazine on Helping Hercules
Francesca Simon's fairytale school story is feisty and funny, blending the familiar with original additions into an entertaining whole.
Julia Eccleshare, Guardian on Don't Cook Cinderella
Set in modern Britain (but with a Norse twist) this highly enjoyable sequel to The Sleeping Army revisit the themes and characters of Francesca Simon's earlier novel. The three most powerful Viking gods, Woden, Thor and Freya are now seen to be lost and powerless in a secular world where the achievement of celebrity status signifies fame. Sharply ironic in her swipes at modern day faithlessness, media culture and worship of celebrity, Francesca Simon's skill as a social commentator and keen-eyed caricaturist is woven with a light touch throughout the book. This is fast-paced entertainment during which the reader is confronted with tough, illuminating questions about modern beliefs and values.
Carousel on The Lost Gods