Book review ~ ‘Clever Tykes’
Let me walk you through it
Art Book Review ~ ‘The Impressionists’
Boolino got in touch to ask if I’d like to review a book about the group of artists known collectively as the Impressionists. And I thought it would be fun to read an arty book because our daughter had been learning about Van Gogh. (Though I didn’t realise he was an Impressionist until we read the book!)
Book Review ~ One Third Stories
Does the concept work?
What language would you consider buying for your child? Tell me in the comments below or tweet me @AllSortsHere 🙂
*I was sent this book for the purposes of this review but all words and opinions are my own (and my daughter’s!)
When we received a package from Vicks as part of their #VicksTricks campaign, we were intrigued by the book inside. The title of my blog post for their campaign was ‘I’ve Got a Trick Up My Sleeve’ and so did they, it seems!
Their ‘trick’ was a book entitled ‘The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep: A New Way of Getting Children to Sleep‘
by Carl-Johan Forssen Ehrlin.
And what an intriguing book. The idea is to read this book to your child who doesn’t want to or won’t sleep, at bedtime. I found it quite challenging to read because of the style. By that I mean that parts were in italics (which you say in a soft, slow voice) and bold (which you say ‘in character’ and animate your voice etc). To accompany the book were 3 finger puppets, to use alongside the book, to really bring the book alive.
We love a bedtime story in our house, we always have and in all honesty, we’ve never really had any issues with our 7 year old wanting to go to bed or to sleep. I’ve mentioned before how she asks me to read 7 pages and then she reads the rest herself by torchlight..
So to be asked by our daughter to read the whole lot came as a surprise. A nice one though! It felt very odd not to be reading the whole 7 pages and our daughter didn’t even manage to read the rest herself! Why? Because by about page 4, she was curled up in bed, with her teddies and duvet around her, heavy-eyed and ready for sleep. She usually sits up next to me in bed, snuggled up under her duvet holding a teddy. So was this coincidence? Well, we will never know but in any case, the concept of the book is really clever!
Have you come across this book? Do you find bedtime challenging?! Tell me in the comments below or tweet me @AllSortsHere 🙂
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which was inspired after her own struggles with her mental health as a child and young adult.
here’s her favourite part of it:
My favourite part:
Watching our daughter’s face when she opened the box to see the picture, letting her read the message and telling her that she IS awesome!
And also showing her that she could take the picture out.
Some other good points to note:
The chocolate does not contain alcohol and is kosha accredited. It does not contain eggs, and is gluten free. This is good, quality chocolate and I’ll bet that not many messages stay in tact for long. If they do, someone has very good willpower!
What I would change:
*This is a review post but all opinions are my own.
I was sent this book at a discount for the purpose of a review but all words and opinions are my own.
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Welcome to my ‘Captain Pug’ book review!
Here we have a lovely little
tail tale which follows Pug and Lady Miranda on a nautical adventure.
The first thing I noticed was that, given it’s a book for children, at 124 pages long, it doesn’t take long for the author Laura James to build up Pug into a lovable character.
You see, Pug is afraid of water and isn’t very keen when Lady Miranda turns him into a seafaring Captain for a day!
Nonetheless, he perseveres and we come to the point when Pug faces his fear of water. A fear that Lady Miranda is unaware of. This worries Pug.
We now learn that when Pug gets sad and worried, he gets hungry. As luck would have it, his nose leads him to an unattended picnic basket, which he falls into…
And so the adventure really starts… with a Pug-napped Pug!
The story moves on at a good pace, which is great for children. James’ story-telling kept the attention of our little girl (aged 6), who loves a good book.
And what good story for children is complete without good illustrations? They appear on every page and help to move the story on.
One of our favourite parts was when Pug finds himself the captain of a boat in a rowing race. He’s very worried about being on the ‘open sea’ but there’s no food to calm his nerves. He barks and barks, which the crew take to be him ‘barking orders’ and row faster!
The speed worries Pug even more, but with no food on
paw hand to calm him down, he barks more, which makes the oarsmen row even faster…
Will Captain Pug and his crew win the boat race?
I’ll leave it there for you to find out for yourselves!…
The final verdict from us?
A heart-warming, slightly farcical story for children; as we follow a pug who faces his fear. Beautiful, colourful, quirky illustrations and endearing characters.
The right length to enable a good adventure to unfold.
A portable size too – perfect for little(ish) hands and to slip into a bag for an adventure on the move!
And a good price… published by Bloomsbury and available from Amazon
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And in January 2017…
Cowboy Pug is coming! Yeee-haaa!
We’re looking forward to reading a new adventure with Pug 🙂
I felt I could have written an essay on ‘Big Little Lies’ by Liane Moriarty
when I’d finished reading it. An essay about the genius of the themes interwoven through it: bullying, Domestic Violence, friendship. (I had been rooting for one of the heroines from around halfway through.) That’s why I loved the discussion points at the end and I’ve never come across this before. I even discussed them with my hubby who doesn’t really read and had no idea what I was raving on about! But I felt the need to de-brief myself after this powerful novel.
Admittedly, it wasn’t until a good few chapters in that I felt the novel really took off and I did get a bit impatient with it, due to the focus on the cattiness of the school run: humourous and ironic as it was. Once the main themes had been introduced though, it really took off and I was hooked, making this a book that was very difficult to put down!
It really was one of those books that left me feeling a bit dazed for the rest of the day while I fully digested it. In a good way…
So tell me, have you read any of Moriarty’s books? Does this sound like your cup of tea (with biscuit?)
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