Monthly Archives: January 2018

#TheTrolls blog tour – @RonButlinMakar @LoveBooksGroup


The Trolls have taken over our blog today! But not to worry, even though they are a mischvious bunch they bring you two very fun stories written by Ron Butlin and very amusingly illustrated by James Hutcheson.

Book 1 is Here come THE TROLLS!



Through gaps in the roof we didn’t repair

through cracks in the walls we pretended weren’t there…

…the trolls have come creeping

while we were all sleeping.

Trolls on your chair, trolls in your bed –

is anything worse than a troll on your head?

What happens when your house is invaded by trolls – mischievous creatures who do nothing but cause havoc and mayhem? Find out in this zany and charming book which tells you how to get rid of them for good and make your house a troll-free zone!

Book 2 is Day of THE TROLLS!



It’s the Day of the Trolls: Fart-Fart and all the trolls are back! Join them in the shopping mall where they go wild, causing havoc as they overrun the place. But when they follow sign saying All Trolls – This Way, things turn out very differently to what Flycatcher, Bumscratcher, SnotFace, Squeer and the rest of them expected.

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Both books are highly funny! My 3 year old (pictured) chuckled the whole way through both books, especilly with the words FART and SNOT! I found myself chuckling along with her, especilly when the author said that eating drain-slime, slug stew, squid-eyes-on-toast and Rat-on-a-stick was what the Trolls ate, my daughter’s reaction was priceless 🤣


These are fun to read with some great tongue twisters, I did trip myself up a couple of times! But what I love the most about these books is that you also  get a FREE downloadable version. This is the first time I have had this with a child’s book, I think it’s a great addition and for the older children that are just starting out reading they can follow along in the book as the narrator reads!


Lily has loved these books, we have to read them both if this is what she has chosen for her bedtime story. She is entertained throughout (She loves the wiggly worms in book 2 and the two random dummies, she asked if those belonged to the Trolls or the worms) these are amongst a few books where she has asked questions about the story or the pictured, I love that these books have engaged her in both ways.

This is definitely a set of books that I will be recommending to my Mummy and Daddy friends.

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Blog Tour – I Swapped my Brother on the Internet by Jo Simmons.

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I Swapped My Brother on the Internet by Jo Simmons

Illustrator: Nathan Reed

Release Date: 11th January 2018

Genre: MG Humour

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Format: Paperback

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‘I can get a new brother? On the internet?’ Jonny muttered. ‘Oh sweet mangoes of heaven!’

Everyone has dreamed of being able to get rid of their brother or sister at one time or another – but for Jonny, the dream is about to become a reality with! What could be better than someone awesome to replace Ted, Jonny’s obnoxious older brother.

But finding the perfect brother isn’t easy, as Jonny discovers when Sibling Swap sends him a line of increasingly bizarre replacements: first a merboy, then a brother raised by meerkats, and then the ghost of Henry the Eighth! What’s coming next?! Suddenly old Ted isn’t looking so bad. But can Jonny ever get him back?

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Jo Simmons began her working life as a journalist. Her first fiction series for children, Pip Street, was inspired by her own kids’ love of funny fiction, and two Super Loud Sambooks followed. In addition to children’s fiction, she co-wrote a humorous parenting book, Can I Give Them Back Now?: The Aargh To Zzzzzz Of Parenting, published by Square Peg. Jo lives in Brighton with her husband, two boys and a scruffy formerly Romanian street dog. I Swapped My Brother on the Internet is her first book for Bloomsbury.


Meet the Illustrator.

Nathan Reed has been a professional illustrator since graduating from Falmouth College of Arts in 2000. He has illustrated Christopher Edge’s How to Write Your Best Story Ever and the Elen Caldecott’s Marsh Road Mysteries Series. His most recent picture book is Samson the Mighty Flea by Angela McAllister. He was shortlisted for the Serco Prize for Illustration in 2014. When he’s not illustrating he can be found with his two boys and a football on Peckham Rye Common.



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Let’s face it, we’e all thought it, swapping our sibling for a “better one” “one we like more” or “one we don’t fight with” but you know you’d miss them in the long run. And have you ever actually ordered something on the internet and it’s exactly as it’ described? When something sounds too good to be true it usually is but we learn the session the hard way and so does Jonny!

This has to be the FUNNIEST book I’ve read to date! You have to feel a little sorry for Jonny, especilly when Henry the 8th’s ghost arrives for the swap! I wouldn’t actually mind the meerkat swap (just don’ tell my mum I said that!)

I loved the illustrations that were within the book, they say a picture says a thousand words and these certainly did 😂 these added to the fun read of this book.

I’ve recommnded this book to my friends and they can’t wait for it to be catalogued at our village library! It’s a fun fast read that has a chuckle a minute. I’d say it’s a 2018 must read for anyone with those annoying siblings and those without. Just be careful what you order!!

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Tour Schedule

(Links Below)

Monday 15th Jan

An Awfully Big Adventure

Tales of Yesterday

Tuesday 16th Jan

Library Girl and Book Boy

Book Lover Jo

Wednesday 17th Jan

Golden Books Girl

Childishly Passionate

Thursday 18th Jan


Delightful Book Reviews

Friday 19th Jan

A Little But a Lot

Charlotte Somewhere

Saturday 20th Jan

OBC Mini Reviewers

Wee Bit Wordy

Sunday 21st Jan

Cupcake Mumma

Get Kids Into Books

***A great big thanks to Faye for inviting me on this fun Tour!***