Having loved the first book in this trilogy (Beetle Boy), when I found out that there was a limited edition of Beetle Queen with sprayed edges, I was straight on-line ordering myself a copy. And it was worth it! The yellow ladybird spots are a true delight. Let me just fill you in quickly … Continue reading ‘Beetle Queen,’ by M.G. Leonard, cover illustration by Elisabet Portabella.
I'm delighted to bring you not one, but two, brilliant picture books in this post. And one of them has just been nominated for the Waterstone's Children's Book Prize 2017! The Bear Who Stared Bear liked nothing better than to come out of his cave in the morning and stare, and stare, and stare.... The … Continue reading ‘The Bear Who Stared,’ and ‘The Lumberjack’s Beard,’ by Duncan Beedie.
Welcome to my stop on the 'The Everything Machine' blog tour. I was very excited to be able to get my hands on a copy to read and review. Have you ever wished you could print yourself anything you wanted? Rare Pokémon cards, strawberry ice cream, a brand new bike? How about a mountain of … Continue reading ‘The Everything Machine,’ by Ally Kennen, illustrated by Chris Jevons.
So what's special about 14th February 2017? That it's St. Valentine's Day? Well yes, but that's not what I want to talk about. It also just so happens to be........ What better way to show your love to someone than by giving them a great book to read?Tomorrow, people all over the world will be … Continue reading International Book Giving Day 2017
I'd like to share a delightfully odd duo set in a world where the odd is the ordinary: 'Alistair Grim's Odditorium,' by Gregory Funaro, illustrated by Chris Mould The unlikely hero of this piece is Grubb, a twelve-year-old orphan scraping a living as a chimney sweep in Victorian England. After an unfortunate accident … Continue reading ‘Alistair Grim’s Odditorium,’ by Gregory Funaro.
This glorious book has just been published with a new cover after the release of Sharon's second book, 'Snail Mail.' Lucy Lady Bird is feeling sad as her spotty friends keep telling her she doesn't belong with them as she has no spots. She flies off to be alone but keeps bumping into some of … Continue reading ‘Lucy Lady Bird,’ by Sharon King-Chai.
The next two books are from a new interactive book series aimed at toddlers and pre-schoolers. Both books have lots of fun interactive elements to physically engage young readers. There are plenty of glittery, bumpy trails for fingers to follow, encouraging the development of the fine motor skills needed for pre-writing. My three year old … Continue reading ‘Follow the Trail series,’ from DK.
In celebration of Harry Potter Book Night last week, I built a rather magical golden snitch courtesy of this book: I am huge fan of all things Harry Potter so was very excited to be sent a copy of this title and another in the Incredibuilds series, 'Aragog' but as I'm scared of spiders, I … Continue reading ‘Harry Potter Quidditch Deluxe Book and Model Set,’ from Incredibuilds, written by Jody Revenson.
For this blog post, I have chosen two fantastic books which celebrate the importance of being yourself and pursuing your dreams. 'Duck Gets a Job,' by Sonny Ross Duck wants a job. All his friends quack on and on about how amazing their jobs in the city are. Duck thinks their jobs sound a bit … Continue reading It’s Good to be You!