Diary of a bookworm
I came across this fun post from Jo Tracey and thought I’d join in. I absolutely love getting absorbed in a book, sometimes ‘lost’ in a book and I do my utmost to read a bit of my current book every day. I’ve recently rekindled this habit and I love it!
So here we go:
Do you have a specific place for reading?
Bookmark or random piece of paper?
Do you eat or drink whilst reading?
Music or TV whilst reading?
One book at a time or several?
Do you prefer to read at home or elsewhere?
Read out loud or silently?
Break the spine or keep it like new?
Do you write in books?
What books are you reading now?
What is your all-time favourite book?
Give up or read on if you don’t enjoy the book?
Would you lend your books?
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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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 🙂
Our little girl has a love of books and was really excited to browse the books at her school’s week of hosting the travelling book fair. She had been promised a new book from us and after a quick perusal of the shelves, made a bee-line for What the Ladybird Heard Next
by Julia Donaldson.
This surprised me a little because she tends to be much more into chapter books than picture books these days. She even got a new book storage cushion for Christmas!
It must be the very clever rhymes and therefore the rhythm of Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len’s misdemeanours!..
We’ve just recently moved house and joined the local library. With our little girl enjoying reading so much, we were keen to get registered as soon as possible.
The ‘switch over’ from our old library got me to looking at the history of our old library accounts. You might call them ‘the archives’.
just about barely (!) see in our little girl’s account that she has borrowed 289 books since she joined as a baby. And that’s not including the books she’s got a home, some of which she has read over and over and over again!
Thankfully, the world of books is still at her fingertips and she loves to go along with us and using the machine to take out and return books.
Do you visit your local library very often? What does your child like best about it? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below 🙂
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I recently launched my ‘The Friendly Little Trolls’ funding campaign and now I’d like to share with you all how the seed was planted for my children’s book series…
My passion for writing, particularly in rhyme, has never left me. Once I get in the flow, I often feel that there’s no stopping me!
‘The Friendly Little Trolls’ was much the same. After countless occasions of reading to and with our little girl (6), not to mention the children’s books I read when I was younger, one day a little vision (a little seed) came into my head.
There are 2 friendly little trolls,
Do you know their names?
Fizzle is the girl and she likes to play games.
She has fluffy pink hair which is curly wurly,
Fizzle the troll is very, very girly!
So, there were the characters (or one in the rhyme above in any case). I played around with the names for the Trolls and settled on Fizzle and Wizzle because like looking for a new home, the names just felt right. Also, the idea was (and still is) that they zapped germs with a ‘fizz’ and a ‘wizz’. A few of the other names just didn’t flow…
The next stage in my creative process was the adventures they could have. It was important to me that they couldn’t be seen by grown-ups and that they were friendly with a little bit of cheek thrown in for good measure 🙂
Seeing as my artistic abilities are generally limited to stick people (and I didn’t see Fizzle and Wizzle as stick people!), I approached an illustrator with my brief to create 2 friendly looking ‘trolls’. It’s amazing how she just ‘clicked’ with my brief and created Fizzle and Wizzle (and other characters besides). This was exactly what I was looking for and you can see one of her later illustrations on the front cover of ‘The Dentist’ book…
Let’s have a recap. We have:
- The initial idea, you could call it a ‘concept’
- The stories in draft
- The visual characters
Next, we have a plan which is all encompassing of a major project and too much to share in a blogpost. I’d like to hold some of it back to keep a surprise element for future blog posts.
Although I will share that the first book in the series of 6 includes a ‘brushing teeth’ ditty 🙂
I’d be interested to hear how this compares with writing projects that you’ve had or have on the go. I found that F&W just clicked into place in the creative process. It was difficult to stop the flow at times! What have you worked on where the flow keeps flowing?
If you’d like to get involved, just follow this link.
When our little girl unwrapped a cushion from her Grandma and Pop for Christmas, she was really excited… and so was I!
Having been to a Christmas Fayre, my lovely Mum saw these brilliant cushions that double up as a novel book storage idea!
When our little girl saw that her cousin had a similar cushion, she was even more excited.
When she unwrapped 5 new Rainbow Magic books, she slotted a couple into the little pockets on her new cushion.
What a neat idea!
The cushion now flits between her reading nook and her bed, as do the cats most days. I’m convinced that the cats enjoy a read when she’s not there! She’s even been known to take it in the car with her over the Christmas break!
Our little girl chose to spend some of her Christmas money on a Rainbow Magic bookmark, which arrived just after Christmas.
What I love is that our little girl is being so very patient (mostly) because she’s pre-ordered another Rainbow Magic book for delivery in March…
Whereas I… well I haven’t got a lovely book cushion but I have managed to explore our new (to us) library and brought a couple of books home 🙂
To be perfectly honest, I was really disappointed with ‘Shadows of the Workhouse’ by Jennifer Worth. Having devoured a couple of her other books, I had high hopes for this one but just couldn’t get past the first couple of chapters which seemed more like character studies than the interesting insight into history that I was expecting.
So I tried a different genre, recommended to me. This one is by Liane Moriarty ‘Big Little Lies’ and I am enjoying it. It’s hard to put down and I’ll hopefully report back in a few weeks 🙂
This week, the last in our little bear’s Reception year at ‘big’ school, I’m not penning a poem (like I did last week). Instead, I’m handing the spotlight over to our little bear (aged 5) and her imagination station!
Hubby and I are passionate about reading to our little bear. She has a desk that will grow with her as she goes through the various stages of development in literacy at school. When I was blogging as Mummy Bear, I wrote this poem about changing her cot into a desk. And she uses this desk daily. At this stage of her life, she uses it for colouring, writing, sticking, crafting ~ being creative. As she goes through school, I’m sure it will be used for more ‘focussed’ activities…
As the end of Reception approached, we began to sit at it (me/hubby teetering on the edge of a little chair!) while doing her homework. This meant that it needed a good tidy up but it has also put her in the homework mindset.
Her desk gives her ready access to all things creative, ready access to all things that fuel a 5 year old’s imagination and this is what she came up with.
As I was pottering around, she asked me how to spell the odd word. But really, the majority of this is her own work. And that’s what makes me oh-so-very-proud 🙂
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