Review – Dougal Daley: It’s Not My Fault by Jackie Marchant

Dougal Daley

Title: Dougal Daley: It’s Not My Fault

Author: Jackie Marchant

Illustrator: Loretta Shauer

Release Date: 4th April 2017

Publisher: Wacky Bee Books

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I, Dougal Daley, am dead! Ok I’m not actually dead. But if I’m not careful I soon will be.

In this first book, football-loving Dougal Daley finds himself at risk from the mysterious creature living in the garden shed. Nobody believes him but as a precaution, he sets upon writing his will – rewarding those who help him and disinheriting those who get on his bad side. Meanwhile, as limbs and windows alike are broken by rogue footballs and unhinged canines, Dougal finds himself in all sorts of trouble. . .and NONE of it is his fault!

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Dougal Daley was inspired by a messy bedroom and a random question from my son about writing a will. Dougal Daley has been huge fun to write about – you wouldn’t believe the disasters that happen around him (none of which are his fault of course)! When I’m not writing I love doing school visits and creative writing workshops. I also take time away from the writing world looking after guide dogs while their owners are away.





I originally studied performing arts and have a degreein Dance Performance – well you never know whenyou need a quick pirouette! I also worked in practicalconservation for a long time, and spent many yearsbattling balsam, identifying lichen, and searching forcreepy crawlies before I picked up my pencils andpaints and began exploring illustrating and writingfor children. In 2011 I won the Waterstone’s ‘PictureThis’ competition and I now illlustrate full time.However I am still happiest noodling around forfossils and shells on the beach!




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This book, even though its not my usual kind of read had me in fits of laughter and really, how many kids write a will?! But i guess when a creature is after you you want to make sure your toys are going to the right people lol

In a typical boy style where nothing is ever his fault, Dougal is so over the top dramatic (like the boys in my class) i couldn’t help but laugh along with him. This book was fun to read and action packed from beginning to end

I loved the illustrations but then who doesn’t? It was like the doodles you see on comic books, there to add to the story as well as telling there own little one at the same time…… a picture can say a thousand words….. and these did 🙂

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Massive thanks to Wacky Bee Books for our copy of the book and to Faye Rogers for allowing us to partake in the tour…… once all our gremlins had been caught…. better late than never!!

Be sure to stop by Heather Reviews tomorrow!

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Review – The Adventures of the Owl and the Pussycat by Carol Rumble

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Title: The Adventures of the Owl and the Pussycat
Author: Coral Rumble
Illustrator: Charlotte Cooke
Publisher: Wacky Bee Books –
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“The Owl and the Pussycat went to sea
In a box on the living room floor.
They sailed away for a year and a day
And these are the things that they saw…”
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Oh to be a child again!
With their wild imaginations and sense of adventure anything is possible and this story really brings those days to life.
A fun read about two children and their homemade ship out on the wild seas of imagination, and what an imagination they both have!!
We loved this story, anything to do with animals is a BIG hit in our house and there are tons of them in this book. Lily-May enjoyed pointing out all the different ones she spotted, some even new to her, we had to make the noise to go along with which animal we spotted.
The illustrations are out of this world! No detail is left out, i especially like the Puffin page with his stamped passport…….he definitely gets around.
The wanted sign for naughty seagull made me giggle.
This has to be one of the most stunning children’s books i have seen in a long time, both Carol and Charlotte should be proud of the end results and i hope to see many more books along the way……. definitely ones to watch!!
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I have worked as a poet and performer for many
years and I’m proud to have my work featured in
Favourite Poets (Hodder). I have three published
poetry collections of my own and have
contributed to more than 150 anthologies. I am
also one of the writers of the popular Cbeebies
programmes ‘Poetry Pie’ and ‘The Rhyme
Rocket’. I have given workshops in some fairly
unusual venues as well…the grandest of which
being Buckingham Palace!
I was thrilled and proud when my picture book The Adventures of the
Owl & the Pussycat was highly commended for the Macmillan Children’s
Prize in 2010. Since then I have gone on to illustrate many other picture
books and I enjoy making the occasional card too. When I’m not in my
studio I’m usually outside running or playing referee to my two kids.
Make sure you check out all the blog stops on this adventurous tour!!
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Review – The Everywhere Bear by Julia Donaldson.

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A sweet story about a classroom bear that gets his very own adventure! From drains to seas to fishing boats to libraries, this bear sees it all!
My little one loved the fact that one of the school children had the same name as her (Lily) and she enjoyed pointing out the bear on every page. The illustrator, Rebecca Cobb, has done a wonderful job on the pictures, my personal favourite being the teacher putting bear in the washer after his big adventure.
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***This book was sent by Tesco as part of their #PassTheStoryOn campaign ***

Review – The Hightway Rat by Julia Donaldson.


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In true Julia style this book seems to rhyme, or to me it does, so i sat as “sang” this book, much to my youngest s amusement! Naughty Rat wants what everyone else has and intends on taking it all for himself…….and as we teach our children not to take Lily shouted ‘naughty rat!’ every time he took something. But does rat get away with it? You’ll have to buy the book to see 😀
Lily loved this book and i too am a HUGE Julia Donaldson fan, her books keep my little one entertained for ages and the pictures *WOW* Axel Scheffler is amazing! Lovely vivid colours and the detail is spot on.
4 thumbs
***This book was sent by Tesco as part of their #PassTheStoryOn campaign ***

Henry the Hula Hooping Hippo by Kelly Robinson-Key.

Come and meet Henry the Hula Hooping Hippo by Kelly Robinson-Key.



Henry was a hippo, a hippo that loved to dance,

He would dance around the desert whenever he had the chance.

Henry the Hula Hooping Hippo was written and illustrated by Kelly Robinson-Key. It is the first in a series of books about a Hippo called Henry and his animal friends. It is a wonderful story about a hippo that has to find courage to do something that he loves.

You can also listen to the author, Kelly, narrate the book over on her YouTube channel –

Henry is available to buy over at Amazon –


Review – Chloe’s Secret Princess Club by Emma Barnes.


Title: Chloe’s Secret Princess Club

Author: Emma Barnes

Illustrator: Monique Dong

Release Date: 1st September 2016

Genre: Young Fiction

Publisher: Scholastic

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Chloe never means to get into trouble but sometimes her plans get a little out of control. With her two best friends, she forms a Secret Club dedicated to making their dreams come true – but fantasy and reality don’t always mix!

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Emma is the author of several books for children, including JESSICA HAGGERTHWAITE: WITCH DISPATCHER, for which she was nominated for the Branford Boase award, and the WILD THING series. As well as writing, she enjoys spending time working in schools and libraries.





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Chloe is a bit of a scatter brain who spends more time in imagination land then in the real world, she also wants to be a princess….. and who doesn’t?! Chloe and her two friends form a secret princess  with club rules, what princesses should wear, how to act and my favourite, princess challenges.

This book is a fun, quick read. I like Chloe and her friends, they have so much fun together being real life princesses. I also like that she is called Higgins (that’s my mums name 🙂 )

I liked the little ‘Which princess are you?’ quiz in the back, i was princess Clarinda! Also the princess jam tarts are a must make on my next school holidays!!

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Dylan the Doctor by Guy Parker-Rees. Review and Giveaway!


BookTitle: Dylan the Doctor

Author: Guy Parker-Reeves

Release Date: 4th August 2016

Genre: Picture Book

Publisher: Scholastic

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Dylan’s on his way – are you ready to play? DYLAN THE DOCTOR is the first picture book in a series featuring an exuberant stripy dog, who just loves to play. Created by bestselling illustrator Guy Parker-Rees, Dylan is a joyous new character who uses playing and fun to help toddlers explore and understand their world. Today Dylan is playing at being a doctor. He dashes about looking after all of his friends: Purple Puss, Jolly Otter and Titchy Chick. But who will look after poor, tired Doctor Dylan? All his friends, of course! Look out for Dylan’s friend, Dotty Bug, on every page, as she encourages readers to join in with the story.

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Guy Parker-Rees is one of the UK’s best-loved children’sillustrators. His many successes include GIRAFFES CAN’TDANCE (Orchard) and SPOOKYRUMPUS (Orchard). Guy live in Brighton.

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Children’s picture books are my all time favourite! The brightness, colours and the smiles that came from my child  while reading this book was brilliant.  Lily-May is only 20 months old but she got to much out if this book (we have read it umpteen times!) She loved to make the dog and cat noises and loves turning the pages 🙂 the vibrant colours and beautiful illustrations kept her entertained until the end, which is rare for her! It’s now turned into her favourite bedtime story. The pages also seem to be toddler proof, which is a must!! Lily-May also enjoyed looking for Dotty Bug on each page, I thought that was a fun addition to the book. We look forward to reading Dylan the Shopkeeper when it hits the shelves 🙂

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We have 3, yes 3 copies of Dylan the Doctor to giveaway!!

***Click the link below***

Dylan the Doctor Giveaway

Make sure you check out all the other blogs taking part in Guys blog tour!


✫✫¸.•°*˜”*° Review °*”˜*°•.¸✫✫ Shoutykid – Zombie movie and Broke the school by Simon Mayle


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Simon Mayle grew up in the USA but now lives in Cornwall with his wife and their own Shoutykids. He works in film and TV and amongst his credits are ‘THERE’S ONLY ONE JIMMY GRIMBLE’ – winner of a Brown Bear at Berlin Film Festival, Golden Griffin at Giffoni, best feature at Vienna and best feature at Kyoto. Author’s Home Cornwall

How Harry Riddles Made a Mega-Amazing Zombie Movie (Shoutykid, Book 1)


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Meet the funniest kid in fiction!

Hi there,

My name is Harry Riddles and I am ten years old which my mum says is too young to have problems but she is WRONG. My dad just lost his job, which means we might have to move house and I need money to make my mega-amazing zombie movie but there is NO WAY I will sell my X-box! I’ve written to the Queen, Harry Styles, and the people off Dragons’ Den who might be able help but I don’t know if they’ll write back. If you have any bright ideas for making money I’d love to hear them and I can tell you how to get past level 6 on World of Zombies if you like.

Good luck and have fun

Harry Riddles

Follow Harry’s hilarious ups and downs told through laugh-out-loud letters, emails, texts and more!

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I really thought the cover of the book really stood out and looked like it was going to be fun to read. Harry is a ten year old boy who is always plays games on his X-Box, he lives Cornwall with his sister who he hates. The Riddles home is under threat from bailiff’s and its looking like Harry will have to move schools as his family cannot afford his school fee’s. Harry thinks he can solve all their problems by making a television series about a vegetarian baby Zombie. I thought the way the book was set up with emails and text was good, it was enjoyable to read and  had me laughing at times, will be reading book 2 straight away!

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How Harry Riddles Mega-Massively Broke the School (Shoutykid, Book 2)


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The funniest kid in fiction is back!

Hi there,

My name is Harry Riddles, and I live with my mum, my dad and my EVIL sister Charlotte. But now my mum is having TWINS so either me or Charlotte are gonna lose our bedroom. ALSO, Dad’s moaning that I should do more sport and not be just a gamer (which shows what he knows cos I’m actually the BEST gamer World of Zombies has ever seen). But I’ve joined the school football team to keep him happy although if we win anything it will be a miracle cos we suck. I’ve written to some stars of the football world to see if they wanna help out, and also a bunch of people who might take Charlotte off our hands – oh and Brad Pitt’s wife to see if she wants to adopt a couple more kids, but who knows if they will write back. We’ll see.

Good luck and have fun.

Harry Riddles

Follow Harry’s hilarious ups and downs told through laugh-out-loud letters, emails, texts and more!

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Like how book 2 has kind of the same cover 🙂

I thought this book wasn’t  as good as the first, I did read the whole book, the drawings make the book easy to follow and was a quick read but a bit boyish for me but sure my bother will love reading them, I enjoyed book 1 more 😦

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Lookout for book 3 in August 2015! Visit Shoutykids website for hilarious blog entries, competitions and learning resources at


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Review: Dork Diaries Drama Queen


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Dork Diaries Drama Queen by Rachel Renee Russell.

TOTAL DISASTER!!! Mean girl Mackenzie has stolen Nikki’s diary! What if she tells everyone Nikki’s totally secret thoughts?!

But reading Nikki’s diary isn’t  the only thing Mackenzie’s interested in. Get ready for Dork Diaries with a twist as Mackenzie takes over and tells all about her GLAMFABULOUS life! What dies the queen bee really think about Nikki and her dorky friends?


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Another brilliant Dork diaries book. With brilliant illustrations by Nikki and Erin Russell. A gorgeous front cover (can`t beat a bit of leopard print!). A nice effect of when you shine the book in the light it makes the front cover of the book turn lots of different colours such as green, blue, yellow and lots more of different colours.
I love this Dork diaries book. My favourite part is when Brianna gets to look after the class pet, Rover, lets say it does not end very well.
When Mackenzie steals Nikki`s Diary she doesn`t just read it but she writes in it!
I like how in the book you can tell who has written in Nikki`s diary at what time.
But when Nikki`s BFF Chloe sends a message to Nikki`s website Miss Know-It-All Mackenzie decides to hack on to Nikki`s page and answer all the messages herself but no one know`s Mackenzie is answering the messages, not even Nikki, so will Chloe and Nikki`s friendship come to a end?!
Can Nikki put all the pieces of the puzzle together and fix her friendship with Chloe? Can she get her diary back? Or will she have to sacrifice one of them?
When Nikki finally gets everything back to normal and goes back onto the Miss Know-It-All website she see`s all the mean messages Mackenzie has sent, she remembers that at 12 o’clock Nikki`s messages will be getting put in the school paper, its now a race against time to delete all those awful messages before they get put in the school paper and get read by the entire school!!!
Review by Amy-Lee, aged 10.
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Review: Dork Diaries TV Star


Dork Diaries TV Star by Rachel Renee Russell

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Nikki Maxwell, Queen of the Dorks, is back in the seventh book of the blockbuster Dork Diaries series – now with over 13 million copies in print! Nikki and her friends are about to have their five minutes of fame! A reality TV crew is going to follow them for the whole month as they record their hit song together. But will the excitement also cause unexpected problems, now that cameras are everywhere Nikki and her friends go? Is life in the spotlight really going to be all they think it is or will it be a Dork Disaster? Full of Nikki’s doodles, diary entries and dorkish disasters, get ready to embrace your inner dork with his brand new novel from the hit series. Perfect for fans of Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Tom Gates and Jacqueline Wilson. Rachel Renee Russell has said that the Dork Diaries series was inspired by her own middle school experiences, as well as those of her two daughters, Erin and Nikki. Her older daughter, Erin, helps with writing the Dork Diaries series and her younger daughter, Nikki, helps with illustrations

Praise for Dork Diaries:

‘A brilliant read!’ Mizz

‘Dork Diaries is fast becoming my favourite series for younger readers … More please!’ Wondrous Reads

‘A tantalising series’ Waterstones Books Quarterly

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I really enjoyed this book from the Dork Diaries series. Its one of the first books i have read by the author and can not wait to read the next one.

I like the way the book is set out, It looks like a school book with the lines on the page and the pictures are FAB! (made me want to colour them in) and some of them very funny…. I think this adds to the reading of the book.


I like how each day has a diary entry from Nikki…..i sometimes felt like i had stolen her diary! I could imagine having her as a friend hehe i think she has a school life like any other kid (apart from the TV part) friend problems, embarrassing family and even boys!! (how gross is that!)


I liked that i could put this book down but easily get back into the story quickly when i started it again 🙂 Its a fun read and i think many of my friends would enjoy this.


I hope all of Rachel Renée Russell books are as easy to read as this one was and i hope to be able to read and review many more of hers in the future. I know my best friend would enjoy this so i will give this review copy to her 🙂

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Dork Diaries, TV Star is available NOW from Amazon:

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Rachel Renee Russell is an attorney who prefers writing tween books to legal briefs. (Mainly because books are a lot more fun and pyjamas and bunny slippers aren’t allowed in court.) She has raised two daughters and lived to tell about it. Her hobbies include growing purple flowers and doing totally useless crafts (like, for example, making a microwave oven out of Popsicle sticks, glue, and glitter). Rachel lives in northern Virginia with a spoiled pet Yorkie who terrorises her daily by climbing on top of a computer cabinet and pelting her with stuffed animals while she writes. And, yes, Rachel considers herself a total Dork. Dork Diaries site: