Monthly Archives: April 2018

#BlogTour #MrSnufflesBirthday by #DavidGreaves

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‘It was a wonderful day for snuffling for truffles,

‘What a birthday treat!’ thought Mr Snuffles…’

Adults and children of all ages will delight in following Mr Snuffles’ frustrating woodland quest for his beloved truffles. But is Mr Snuffles on the right scent?

Beautifully illustrated by Emily Wallis, David Greaves’ Mr Snuffles’ Birthday is a glorious celebration of language, friendship and truffles: a tale to be treasured and to read aloud together time and time again.

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Born in Yorkshire in 1985, David Greaves’ warmth and generosity of spirit, and his love of travel and adventure led him to make friends around the world with people from all walks of life. His strength of character and devotion to achieving his goals was shown in his achievements as an ultra-marathon runner and Iron Man triathlete. It was also shown by his
determination to finish this book, and nine others, after being diagnosed with MotorNeurone Disease (ALS) in June 2015, just after his thirtieth birthday. In the fifteen months after his diagnosis he got married to the love of his life, climbed Mt Kilimanjaro, raising over
£12,000 for the Motor Neurone Disease Association, and travelled through East Africa before settling in Newcastle upon Tyne. As David lost the use of his arms and speech he finished his collection of children’s books using revolutionary Eye Gaze technology which allowed him to type by tracking the movement of his eyes. David passed away peacefully at
home in September 2016. Mr Snuffles is David’s first book and his wife Philippa and family intend to honour his memory by eventually publishing all of his completed works.
About the illustrator 
Emily Wallace
Emily Wallis is an illustrator who uses traditional
hand-drawn techniques. She completed her MA
in sequential design and illustration at the
University of Brighton. She lives in London, UK.
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This stunning and beautiful book is made even more special by David’s story!
Poor Mr Snuffles thinks someone is stealing his truffles and on his birthday too! We follow this fella through the woods on a truffle chase, will we discover the theif and where are all his friends going??
My toddler (aged 3) adored this book, she loved Mr Snuffles wearing his party hat and all the little details along the woodland trail. The illustrations fit perfectly with this sweet book and I definitely will be adding the actual book to her collection after reading it to her umpteen times already, maybe even gifting a copy to her little friends for birthday gifts too 💗
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#BlogTour #TheEarthMyButtAndOtherBigRoundThings by @CarolynMackler


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Virginia feels like a fat, awkward outsider in her perfect family, especially next to her golden-boy big brother Byron. Not only that, but her best friend has moved away, the mean girls at school treat her like used chewing gum and there seems to be a boy who actually likes her – though she’d bet that he wouldn’t if he ever looked under all her layers of clothes.
To handle the pressure she develops the Fat Girl Code of Conduct, which seems to be working until something unthinkable happens and Virginia’s flawless family begins to disintegrate. As her world spins out of orbit, Virginia realises that breaking her own rules might be the only way back.
Award-winning author Carolyn Mackler updates her hilarious and heartbreaking novel for a new generation

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Carolyn Mackler is the acclaimed author of the YA novels The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things (A Michael L. Printz Honor Book), Infinite in Between, Tangled, The Future of Us, Vegan Virgin Valentine, Guyaholic, and Love and Other Four-Letter Words, and the middle grade novel, Best Friend Next Door.  Carolyn’s award-winning books have appeared on bestseller lists and been translated into more than twenty-five languages.  Her much-anticipated sequel to The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things, entitled The Universe Is Expanding and So Am I, comes out in May 2018.

Carolyn lives in New York City with her husband and two sons.

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This book is a must read for any teen! It touches on so many subjects so I felt myself really relating to Virginia and her life….. well apart from her living in NYC…. and in a pent house!

It has a fun factor as well as dealing with real life events. School, friendship, boyfriends, even parents…..which I thought they are awesome to start with but then I realised that they spoke down to her, made her feel small and not I  the “family” and they always seemed to leave her at the weekends!! It’s like she was unwanted baggage 😲

I really liked how Virginia comes out of her shell as the story goes on, she finds courage to stand up to those that put her down and by the end I was fist pumping the air!!

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#BlogTour #PlanetStan by @elainewickson

Welcome to Elaine Wickson’s book tour for Planet Stan.  We have been super excited to share this book with everyone 😀

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Stanley Fox might as well be a planet seeing as his younger brother Fred buzzes around him like an annoying satellite all day long. They say we’re made of stardust, but Fred is 70% annoying and 30% fart. Brotherhood is supposed to be about developing fellowship and understanding not developing a snail collection under your bed. Why can’t Fred come with diagrams like his 1001 Space Facts Book?

Luckily life on Planet Stan comes with pie charts, survival kits, top tips, bruv bingo and the most complicated Venn diagram ever drawn (probably).


As Stan tries to figure out what on earth he and his brother have in common, he charts all the ups and downs of his life in a series of hilarious infographics in this highly-illustrated and visually-appealing book.

Planet Stan is the out-of-this-world guide to sibling survival, and the first in a series of three.

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​I live in Oxford with my husband and two sons, and have written stories since knee-high socks.

Some of my many jobs have included school photographer, film extra, potato-peeler, and barmaid. I also worked within the media industry for both local radio and newspapers, but it was a visit to the Oxford Literary Festival that rekindled my passion for writing. Listening to authors and illustrators talk about their work ignited the imagination in my long dormant brain.

Nowadays, if I’m not star-gazing, I’m often found in my Plotting Shed at the bottom of the garden, where all my ideas germinate.

Top Tip: If you share a plotting shed with lots of woodlice, give them names – it makes them less scary.


 You can read my fun facts, writing stories and sooo much more on Elaine’s website which can be found here —>



(He did the pictures)


Chris Judge is an illustrator, artist and children’s picture book author based in Dublin, Ireland.

His work is a mixture of illustration, painting and design, and has appeared in books, advertising, newspapers, magazines, exhibitions and interiors.

His debut picture book, The Lonely Beast, won the Irish Children’s Book Award in 2011.

You can find out more about him here.


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My family once spent an afternoon walking around a museum full of marble statues. My eldest was six at the time.

‘Did they not have pants in the Greek ages?’ he shouted. A fair observtion, I thought, as it echoed around the hall. I kept notebooks containing all the gems my sons came out with when they were growing up. Like the time one of them forgot what their elbows were called and renamed them armbows, which made more sense. I treasure those notebooks. It’s like travelling back in time whenever I leaf through the pages. At the heart of Planet Stan are two brothers – Stan and Fred. They are +conal, but some of our time-travelling memories glimmer through the pages.


Stan and Fred were originally in another story, but were itching to be given their own. I soon found one when I read about Dippy the dinosaur being replaced with a blue whale at the Natural History Museum in London. I ticked through my notebooks and travelled back in time to when my youngest was five and first saw Dippy.

‘It’s a longosaurus!’ he shouted, in another hall.

There’s something magic about seeing your first dinosaur fossil, and the smaller you are the better. I remember mine: it was an iguanodon, in the Oxford University Museum of Natural History, which in itself resembles a dinosaur with its iron rib-cage roof. Although I also remember looking down at the spider crab and thinking nothing should have that much leg-to-body ratio.

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Now I had my story: Fred, whose mission is to save the museum dinosaur, and Stan who just wants to focus on winning a telescope so he can study Jupiter’s moons. Because that’s what I’ve made my family do on countless winter nights, snuggled in sleeping bags on the lawn, sharing the binoculars.

‘I love looking up at the skyling,’ yelled the youngest, around 11pm, with no regard for neighbours. He may have been no match for Professor Brian Cox, but knew the planet closest to the sun was called Margarine.


I probably shouldn’t tell you about the time my three-year-old asked if we could ‘put the baby in the microwave’ after his brother treated us all to an intense week of teething. He just meant to shut out the noise, not actually cook him. But also in those notebooks are the dynamics of sibling-hood: the ‘You Should Know Betters’, the ‘Sharing and Other Myths’, the ‘Concept of Borrowing’. And that sparked a sort of Haynes manual for siblings. Stan is mighly organised, enjoys his me-time, and his 1001 Space Facts full of infographics. His younger brother needed to come with diagrams too, being a chaotic, disruptive Frednado. Planet Stan is filled with charts, top tips, and survival kits. There’s a handy bingo card to take to the restaurant that will just about cover the embarrassment of being out with your family; and the Five Levels of Humiliation, because who hasn’t been embarrassed by their siblings on a daily basis? The most important chart of all is a Venn diagram, as Stan tries to stand out what on earth he has in common with his brother. Like this conversation, now remembered fondly by my sons with a smile and an arm punch:

‘All around the planets and back to Earth, that’s how much I love my brother,’ said one, as he lovingly threw Nerf bullets at his head. To which the other replied, without looking up from his comic: ‘I love you to the radiator and back.”


As for snails, I definitely didn’t accidentally put one through the wash after forgetting to check a pocket and have a sleepless night about it and this is my way of making it up to them.


The most traumatic thing my eldest son remembers from his younger years? Not the seven stitches on his left leg, but the time he refused chocolate cake round his grandparents.

‘Why?’ he laments. ‘Just… why?’

If only he could travel back in time.


And who doesn’t love a book trailer!!

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This book had me giggling the whole way through! If you have a younger sibling then you’ll definitely be able to relate to Stan and his younger and slightly grose brother Fred (snails n all!)

Stan goes into great detail about his life with his younger brother and the obsession he has over the dinosaur at the local museum, Fred has a great imagination, that sometimes gets Stan into a little bother unless he’s quick on the uptake. Now I have a little sister so my life isn’t as grose as poor Stan’s but I’m half way there! I have the bogies, the wanting to ‘borrow’ my stuff and the tantrums….. thankfully I’ve missed out of the farts!

I did feel sorry for Stan in some parts….. it’s like he’s always expected to look after Fred even though his Mum and Dad know he’s a little monkey but brotherly love really shines through towards the end of the book (I’m not going to spoil it for you) but it’s a heartfelt story from front to back with a giggle on every page 🙂 the illustrations really add to the story, from the fun chapter pictures to the fun MY GENERAL STATE OF MIND gauge.

A great fun read for all and I’m sure it will fly off our library shelf (we donate outlet review books to our community run library)

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