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#BookReview: The Magician’s Glass by Ed Douglas #MPBooks

The Magician's Glass book coverTitle: The Magician’s Glass – Character and Fate: Eight Essays on Climbing and the Mountain Life

Author: Ed Douglas

Publisher:  Vertebrate Publishing

Genre: Non-fiction, Outdoors, Biography/autobiography

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Description: The Magician’s Glass by award-winning writer Ed Douglas is a collection of eight recent essays on some of the biggest stories and best-known personalities in the world of climbing.
In the title essay, he writes about failure on Annapurna III in 1981, one of the boldest attempts in Himalayan mountaineering on one of the most beautiful lines – a line that remains unclimbed to this day.
Douglas writes about bitter controversies, like that surrounding Ueli Steck’s disputed solo ascent of of the south face of Annapurna, the fate of Toni Egger on Cerro Torre in 1959 – when Cesare Maestri claimed the pair had made the first ascent, and the rise and fall of Slovenian ace Tomaz Humar. There are profiles of two stars of the 1980s: the much-loved German Kurt Albert, the father of the ‘redpoint’, and the enigmatic rock star Patrick Edlinger, a national hero in his native France who lost his way.
In Crazy Wisdom, Douglas offers fresh perspectives on the impact mountaineering has on local communities and the role climbers play in the developing world. The final essay explores the relationship between art and alpinism as a way of understanding why it is that people climb mountains.Read More »

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#BookReview: Football School: The Amazing Quiz Book by Alex Bellos, Ben Lyttleton & Spike Gerrell #MPBooks

Football School Quiz book coverTitle: Football School: The Amazing Quiz Book

Authors: Alex Bellos & Ben Lyttleton

Illustrator: Spike Gerrell

Publisher: Walker Books

Genre: Children’s non-fiction, Sports, Quiz

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Description: How much do you know about the World Cup – and the world?  Test yourself and your friends with our brain-busting questions, such as: Why are England called the Three Lions?  What is Lionel Messi’s creepy-crawly nickname?  which World Cup player wore a wig?  What is a meerkat doing here?Read More »

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My Blog’s Name in Books #MPBooks

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I saw this fun little meme on the Secret Library Book Blog (originally created on Fictionophile)and wondered if I could manage to spell my own blog’s name out with books…there is a catch however, I can only use certain books and in doing so you get to see what book reviews might be appearing in future on this blog.  Sounds interesting?  Well it turns out it’s not so easy, especially with a long blog name like mine (and lots of the letter O!)…Read More »

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#BookReview: Judy Moody by Megan McDonald & Peter H. Reynolds #MPBooks

Judy Moody book coverTitle: Judy Moody

Author: Megan McDonald

Illustrator: Peter H. Reynolds

Publisher: Walker Books

Genre: Children’s/middle grade fiction, humour

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Description: Meet Judy Moody, the queen of moods! 
Bad moods, good moods, even back-to-school moods – Judy Moody has them all.
Meet Judy, her little “bother” Stink, her friend Rocky and her “pest” friend Frank.  They’re sure to put you in a very Judy Moody mood!

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#BookReview: Lift the Flap: Who is Sleeping? by Petr Horáček #MPBooks

Who is Sleeping? book reviewTitle: Who is Sleeping?

Author/Illustrator: Petr Horáček

Publisher: Baby Walker (Walker Books)

Genre: Young children’s bedtime, Learning

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Description: A lift the flap book to share with your baby.
Who is sleeping in the river, under the leaf and in the tree?  Lift the flaps and find out in this bedtime guessing game.

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Happy (Late) Blogiversary! My Peacock Books is 1 Year Old! #MPBooks

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Yes that’s right, My Peacock Books is officially a year old…Or at least it was a year old on the 8th April but I was so caught up in stuff I didn’t realise!  Sorry for being late and for generally being less involved with the blogging community recently but I wanted to celebrate getting my blog to a one year mark 😀

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#BookReview: Count with Little Fish by Lucy Cousins #MPBooks

Count with Little Fish book reviewTitle: Count with Little Fish

Author/Illustrator: Lucy Cousins

Publisher: Walker Books

Genre:  Young children’s non-fiction, Learning

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Description: I am Little Fish, swimming in the sea.  I’m off to count my fishy friends…Come and count with me!
Count from one to ten with Little Fish in this deep-sea delight from award-wining Lucy Cousins, creator of Hooray for Fish!

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