Month of Reviews Day 10 – The Tales Of Beedle The Bard.

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Written by J.K. Rowling 

Published by Bloomsbury

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The Tales of Beedle the Bard, a Wizarding classic, first came to Muggle readers’ attention in the book known as Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Now, thanks to Hermione Granger’s new translation from the ancient runes, we present this stunning edition with an introduction, notes, and illustrations by J. K. Rowling, and extensive commentary by Albus Dumbledore.

Never before have Muggles been privy to these richly imaginative tales: “The Wizard and the Hopping Pot,” “The Fountain of Fair Fortune,” “The Warlock’s Hairy Heart,” “Babbitty Rabbitty and Her Cackling Stump,” and of course, “The Tale of the Three Brothers.” But not only are they the equal of fairy tales we now know and love, reading them gives new insight into the world of Harry Potter.

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I’m not sure why it’s taken me so long to pick Beedle the Bard up and I only with I had read it sooner! 5 wizarding childrens stories (The Tale of Three Brothers, which is featured in the film) its a quick read book which i finished it within an hour.

After each story Dumbledore pens his own thoughts about each book, which I really enjoyed. I loved reading how he interpreted each story and at points had you rethinking how you read the story yourself, I loved the extra glimpse into this wonderful Wizards mind.

My favourite out of the 5 stories has to be The Fountain of Fair Fortune. The more muggle kind of story from the 5, it was the most heart warming and dare I say ‘normal’ one that I would probably read to my own children.

A must read for any Harry Potter fan, and a must for the collection!

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Month of Reviews Day 9 – Perfectly Norman.

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Title: Perfectly Norman
Author & Illustrator: Tom Percival
Publisher: Bloomsbury
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Norman had always been perfectly normal. That was until the day he
grew a pair of wings!
Norman is very surprised to have wings suddenly – and he has the most
fun ever trying them out high in the sky. But then he has to go in for
dinner. What will his parents think? What will everyone else think?
Norman feels the safest plan is to cover his wings with a big coat.
But hiding the thing that makes you different proves tricky and upsetting.
Can Norman ever truly be himself?
A poignant yet uplifting story about individuality, with stunning artwork
in a striking minimal palette from the author/illustrator of Herman’s
Letter. Fans of Oliver Jeffers and Benj Davies will love it.
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Tom Percival writes and illustrates picture books and has also produced
covers and internal illustrations for the Skulduggery Pleasant series. Tom
has written and illustrated three books for Bloomsbury: HERMAN’S
LETTER, BUBBLE TROUBLE and the forthcoming HERMAN’S HOLIDAY.
He grew up in a remote and beautiful part of South Shropshire. He now
lives in a far more conventional building (a house), with his girlfriend and
their young sons.
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Twitter: http://twitter.com/TomPercivalsays
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First off, can we just say how brilliantly bright, colourful and spangly this cover is!!
Just look at it!

 

This story is the sweetest book ever!  A story about teaching children to be themselves, be who they are and not mingle into the crowd….. Because being you is the very best thing. 

Norman isn’t happy until he grows his beautiful wings but then is frightened about people will say, on these pages the illustrations are coloured grey and look sad, an amazing job by Tom. It made those parts of the story sad a gloomy but once Norman has his wings on show all the colours come out and the story starts to bloom. Everyone in the world need to have their wings on show!

 Lily-May loved to see Norman flying in the book, she then ran around the room with her arms stretched out pretending to fly! Its safe to say that she loved the book, we read it umpteen times before bed for the last few nights and probably for the next few nights to come. 

We cant wait to see what Tom throws at us next, you’ve set the bar high for the next book and cover…….no pressure!!

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Be sure to check out the rest of the book tour and see what the other bloggers thought to Perfectly Norman.

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Month of Reviews Day 8 – A Case of Good Manners.

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Anyone with Toddlers need this book box set in their lives! 12 great, colourful books in their own case all about manners.

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My 2 year old adores these books, on the odd occasion she has done something wrong and has to sit on the naughty step we get the book that relates to what is has done wrong, I then sit and read it to her and explain to her why it’s not nice and why manners are important, and they seem to work with her understanding of the different manner.

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I also took these to playgroup and they went down a treat with both parent and child, below is a comment from Mum, Kelly about this great case of books….

“That’s me and my little boy in one of the pictures 🙂
He loved the stories and loved talking about the pictures, he’s an animal lover so that went down a treat.
I got a little bit too excited about the puzzle picture on the back of the books, great little added touch.”

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Sweet Cherry Publishing  is an independent children’s publishing company that specialises in fiction series.Their books explore engaging characters and worlds that children will want to revisit time and time again, and their list targets a wide range of readers – from board books and picture books all the way through to YA. They publish a diverse selection of genres including action, fantasy, and coming-of-age, and their educational titles for younger children are very popular with parents and teachers. 

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They truly do have some amazing titles available (we have our eye on a few) so do make sure you check out their website, when we say there is something for everyone Sweet Cherry has you covered!!

Month of Reviews Day 6 – The Keeper.

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The Keeper

Written by David Baldacci

Published by Macmillan Children’s Books 

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Vega Jane was always told no one could leave the town of Wormwood. She was told there was nothing outside but the Quag, a wilderness filled with danger and death. And she believed it – until the night she stumbled across a secret that proved that everything she knew was a lie.

Now Vega and her best friend Delph must find a way to make it across this terrifying land of bloodthirsty creatures and sinister magic. But the Quag is worse than Vega Jane’s darkest imagining. It’s a living, breathing prison designed to keep enemies out and the villagers of Wormwood in.

The Quag will throw everything at Vega. It will try to break her. It will try to kill her. And survival might come at a price not even Vega is willing to pay.

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The Keeper is book 2 from the Vega Jane series by David Baldacci and is not his usual writing style so please be aware of this before you one-click or buy, that being said it turns out I’m turning into a huge Y/A fan and this book definitely didn’t let me down.

David steps away from his usual thriller style writing to bring us an action packed read of Vega Jane. With twists, turns and some pretty Wild sounding and looking animals on their trail it makes you wounder if Vega, Delph and Harry Two should have ventured into The Quag.

The story flowed so well I actually lost track of time reading, not always a good thing with a baby and night feeds to be had but I just couldn’t put it down! And I love the drawings throughout the book,

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especially the map at the front.

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Also the guide to Wormwood and beyond was a fab idea…. I’m just glad the likes of Adar’s and Outlier’s are firmly in Baldacci’s books and not of the real world!!
With a great mix of characters, both main and secondry, I felt they each brought their own to the story.

This book has had me reserving book 1 at the library so I can really get into the world of Wormwood and read Vega Jane’s story from the beginning…….. now all we need is book 3!

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Month of Reviews Day 5 – The Everywhere Bear.

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The Everywhere Bear 
Written by Julia Donaldon
Illustrated by Rebecca Cobb
Published by Macmillan Children’s Books
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The Everywhere Bear has a home on a shelf
But he doesn’t spend very much time by himself,
For each boy and girl in the class is a friend
And he goes home with one of them every weekend. The Everywhere Bear has a wonderful time with the children in Class One, but one day he gets more than he bargained for when he falls unnoticed from a backpack and embarks on his own big adventure! He’s washed down a drain and whooshed out to sea, rescued by a fishing boat, loaded onto a lorry, carried off by a seagull . . . how will he ever make it back to Class One?

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Now were are MASSIVE Julia Donaldson fans in our house so we were very excited to review this book!
 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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Month of Reviews Day 4 – AniMalcolm

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AniMalcolm 
Written by David Baddiel
Published by Harper Collins Children’s Books
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Malcolm doesn’t like animals.

Which is a problem because his family love them. Their house is full of pets. What the house is NOT full of is stuff Malcolm likes. Such as the laptop he wanted for his birthday.

The only bright spot on the horizon is the Year Six school trip, which Malcolm never thought his parents would pay for. And yet there he is, on the bus, heading to… oh no. A farm.

Over the next days, Malcolm changes. He learns a lot about animals. More, in many ways, than he would like. He learns what it’s really like to be an animal. A whole series of animals, in fact…

It does make him think differently. And speak differently. And eat differently. And, um, smell differently. But will he end up the same as before?

Because sometimes the hardest thing to become is… yourself.

 

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A story about Malcolm and his animal obsessed family. Now being animal obsessed is ok, unless your’e Malcolm. You see, Malcolm has a dislike for animals (crazy i know) but each to their own. So you can imagine the horror when he finds out that his year 6 school trip is to……THE FARM!!!
Now you have to feel sorry for poor Malcolm at this point, the poor boy has to spend the next few days surrounded by the thing he dislikes most in his life BUT how will he feel once hes spent a few days AS the animals?! Yep poor Malcolm somehow ends up as the animals… looks… smells… acts like all the different animals hes surrounded by, at the end of the trip will Malcom become his animal disliking self or a new animal loving Malcolm? Only a read of this book will tell you because we definitely wont spoil this must read book for you!
Have a sneak peek on what Animalcolm is all about with this fab book trailer….
This book had me in fits of laughter, at one point i asked my Mum ‘Could you imagine being a Cat or a Monkey?! Might be fun at first until it comes to bath time!’ made me think for a second until i saw our own cat having a wash!
It was an easy read, easy to get into and easy to pick up again once i had put it down. The little drawings kept me entertained and my little sister (aged 2 ) made all the animal noises along the way. I also enjoyed the numbered after thoughts at the bottom of the pages, i also love to know if penguins can understand pigeon?!?
I would definitely recommend it to all my friends (both boys and girls as its certainly one for them all) and I’ve also asked if i can get David’s other books for Christmas!
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Month of Reviews Day 3 – Baby and Lion Dog – The search for the missing nose.

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Written by Elizabeth Forbes

Illustrated by Tom Boyle

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Baby and Lion Dog have a special relationship. Each story takes them on a different adventure; searching for clues, helping people and solving mysteries.

This is a heartwarming story which has just enough adventure and mystery for young children to enjoy.

What will happen on their special adventure this time?

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The story is about a little boy and his dog who like to go on adventures and solve mysteries along the way. This book takes them on a hunt to find the missing nose to a very sad circus clown. Do they find it? Like i’m going to tell you……. It will spoil your read.

My little one loved this book, every time is said “lion” she ROARED! as well as yelling “There he is!”

We pointed out all the different characters in the book, and had fun guessing where the clowns nose would be found, neither of us guessed right.

The illustrations in the book are beautifully done and kept my 2 year old’s interest throughout the whole book, which is pretty hard to do as shes always on the go!
I know this will be a book we will read over and over again 🙂

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Month of Reviews Day 2 – The House of Secrets.

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House of Secrets
Written by Chris Columbus & Ned Vizzini
Published by Harper Collins Children’s Books
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HOUSE OF SECRETS follows three siblings and their family as they are forced to move to a mysterious new house in San Francisco and end up embarking on a journey to retrieve a dark book of untold power. The first story in an epic fantasy adventure trilogy!

When Brendan, Cordelia and Nell move to Kristoff House they have no idea that they are about to unleash the dark magic locked within. For the house once belonged to a crazed writer, whose stories have come to life. Literally. Now the Walker kids must battle against deadly pirates, bloodthirsty warriors and a bone-crunching giant. If they fail they will never see their parents again and a power-mad Witch will take over the world. No pressure then . . .

House of Secrets is the first book in a major new series. IT’S GOING TO BE EPIC!

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 Thrilling heart-stopping adventure for three ordinary kids Brandon, Cordelia and Eleanor. Will their life get be any different after they have just moved to San Francisco? Will they be able to stop the power from within the crome woman who gave the Walkers a very weird welcoming.
 
This book had me on the edge of my seat the whole time! Its a chunky book so not for the faint hearted that’s for sure.
The part of the book I enjoy the most is when Brandon, Cordelia and Eleanor go on their exciting adventures and meet lots of new friends. 
A brilliant motto that the authors Chris Columbus and Ned Vizzini 
‘Homework can wait. It`s time to save the world`
  Many exciting things happen in this house such as finding things that no one even knew were there.
When Eleanor does something that changes their life, will it stay that way forever or will it end?!?  
Its fast paced and action packed, with twists and turns….. some you see coming and some you don’t!! With Pirates, Withces & Ghosts there’s something for everyone.
Can the Walker children save the world. Find out in this brilliant exciting amazing book.
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***Mums note*** The back of this book states it is for 9+ readers. When Amy-Lee read some of the book to me I was a little worried that parts would frighten her, I think aged 9 is a little low for this type of book.

Month of Reviews Day 1 – Stone Underpants – Maverick Books

So as the summer holidays hit we thought it would be fun to do a month of reviews, a different book review for the 31 days of August…… is it possible? Lets find out!

Kicking off Day 1 is Stone Underpants

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Written by Rebecca Lisle

Illustrated by Richard Watson

Published with Maverick Books.

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This book is guaranteed to have the kids…… and adults giggling the whole way through! The story is about Pod, a cave boy how hates his stone underpants, and who can blame him?!

He spends the story creating different pants made out of different things, my personal favourite were the mud pants! Each pants are put through Pod’s tests to find out which are the best. 

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This story has become a family favourite in our house. Lily-May enjoys pointing out the different animals in the book and i expect a giggle or two every time i say bottom.

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Its a fun read with beautiful illustrations, its also bright and colourful which keeps Lily-May’s concentration (always a bonus in my book!)

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If Maverick books are new to you then i highly recommend you checking out their website, they have something for every age range,

Picture Books,

Early Readers,

Junior Fiction,

Activity Books and Board Books

As well as some amazing series!! (click photo)

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A Maverick round up post can also be found on our parenting blog (click photo)

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Blog Tour & Giveaway – The Salvation Project by Stewart Ross

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Title: The Salvation Project (The Soterion Mission #3)

Author: Stewart Ross

Release Date: 20th June 2017

Genre: Dystopian YA

Publisher: Blean Books

Format: Paperback

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35095911-the-salvation-project

Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Salvation-Project-Stewart-Ross/dp/0957101929

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Humanity’s hope of salvation lies within a single laptop…

A mutation in human DNA means no one lives beyond nineteen. Scientists working to reverse this pandemic died before their Salvation Project was complete, leaving behind the results of their research in a sealed vault – the Soterion.

122 years have passed. The civilisation of the ‘Long Dead’ is almost forgotten, the Soterion has been burned to ashes, and communities of Constants are tormented by brutal tribes of Zeds. Cyrus, Miouda and Sammy flee their burning city with a laptop rescued from the inferno. They believe it contains the key to the Salvation Project. But its batteries are dead, there is no electricity to power it, and murderous Zeds will stop at nothing to get it back…

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Stewart Ross

Stewart was born in Buckinghamshire and educated in Oxford, Berkhamsted, Exeter, Bristol, and Orlando, Florida. He taught at a variety of institutions in Sri Lanka, the Middle East, the USA, and Britain before becoming a full-time writer in 1989.

With over 300 published titles to his credit, he is now one of Britain’s most popular and versatile authors. His output includes prize-winning books for younger readers, novels, plays, three librettos, a musical, and many widely acclaimed works on history and sport. Several of his books are illustrated with his own photographs.

Stewart also lectures in France and the UK, gives talks, runs workshops, and visits schools. He is an occasional journalist and broadcaster. His brother, Charlie Ross, is the celebrated auctioneer.

In his spare time Stewart enjoys travel, restaurants, sport, theatre, photography, art and music. He lives near Canterbury with his wife Lucy, and – occasionally – his four children and two grandchildren. Each morning he commutes 10 metres to work in a large hut in the garden.

Website: http://www.stewartross.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Booksmyth

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