#BookReview: Goodnight Everyone by Chris Haughton #MPBooks

A fun and very colourful bedtime picture book for children.

Goodnight Everyone book coverTitle: Goodnight Everyone

Author/Illustrator: Chris Haughton

Publisher: Walker Books

Genre: Children’s picture book

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Description: The sun is going down and everyone is sleepy.  Well…almost everyone.  There’s still one Little Bear, who is very wide-awake…

My Review: This is a lovely bedtime book I’m sure many young children will enjoy. I haven’t seen or read any of Chris Haughton’s other books before, but I love the illustrations in this and the simple message of everyone going to sleep. The paperback copy is around A4 in size, a little wider and a little shorter, with thick and colourful matt pages inside

‘Goodnight Everyone’ starts with the sun going down and everyone is getting sleepy. But Little Bear isn’t tired and doesn’t want to go to sleep yet. Although the rest of the book has full pages, there are some half pages at the start of the story which I’ve tried to show in the photos I have taken. It’s a fun way of turning the pages and showing all the animals getting sleepy. The story itself is very simple and not much of a story, with Little Bear soon feeling sleepy himself. The whole book has a lot of fun repetition of wishing the animals goodnight.

Lovely colourful pages.

The illustrations are what I really enjoy about this book. They are so simple and yet the expressions on the animals faces are easy to see. I love the block shape of Great Big Bear’s legs and the whole way that all the animals are made out of simple coloured shapes. The colours in this book are great too. The book has an amazing amount of colour, with purple, orange, green and blue being the main colours in use. Some people might find the colours a little strong but I think kids really enjoy a colourful book and I know as a child I would have loved this book’s illustrations.

Interesting page with several sections.

The book has a lovely end which is obviously predictable, but there’s also and added extra on the first and last pages. At the front, before the story begins there is a picture of the southern night sky. This is a complete image of all the star constellations, and is a clear illustration. The back of the book features the Northern night sky with a special extra image where ursa minor and major are shown. I love this added extra, it not only is a fun little extra image to add to the book, but makes this something kids can look at when they are older too, if they want to learn the star constellations in the future.

Simple fun images and easy to read text.

I really do love this book, I know I would have loved it when I was younger. The colours, the shapes and the fun and simple story make this the perfect book to read to kids, especially if like Little Bear, they don’t feel sleepy yet.
-Thanks to Walker Books for a free copy.


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#BookReview: They Didn’t Teach This in Worm School! by Simone Lia #MPBooks

A very funny middle grade book with a silly story but a great message of friendship.

They Didn't Teach This in Worm School book coverTitle: They Didn’t Teach This in Worm School!

Author/Illustrator: Simone Lia

Publisher: Walker Books

Genre: Children’s/Middle Grade, Humour

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Description: Marcus is a worm.  He likes the colour brown.  He likes mud (because it’s brown).  And he likes digging holes in the mud-brown earth.  But when Marcus meets Laurence (a scruffy, fat bird who looks a lot like a chicken…and thinks he’s a flamingo!), he comes face to face with his worst fear.  Marcus has two choices: Survive.  Or be slurped up like piece of spaghetti…

My Review: I really love this book.  It’s so funny and silly and has some great messages about friendship too.  Marcus is a worm and likes to do worm things, but one day he ends up on a plate in front of a bird.  About to become the bird’s breakfast he does the only thing he can…he says hello.

The story in this book is silly with Marcus the worm getting to know Laurence the bird and agreeing to help him go on a journey.  I don’t want to give away the plot but this book is just really funny and daft.  The book is told from Marcus’s point of view and is written in the first person.  Every page of the book is filled with funny moments.  The whole way the book is narrated and Marcus tells it is funny, there’s never a moment that isn’t and the illustrations just add to the humour.

Some funny illustrations.

There are pictures throughout the story and there isn’t a page in the book that doesn’t have an image around the text.  The illustrations are all black and white and grey with the exception of the pink used to colour Marcus and a few other things.  I really like the style of the pictures and especially the way that Marcus looks with no outline and that cute little face.

Funny images around the text.

The story has a great message of friendship wrapped around the humour and I especially liked the ending which is of course funny but also quite heartwarming too.   I enjoy a lot of funny children’s books but this is one of my favourites, there were moments I actually laughed aloud, especially when the ‘Eiffel Tower’ made an appearance.  I think plenty of adults would really enjoy reading this every bit as much as kids would and I’d recommend it to anyone who wants a book to cheer up their day.  It’s definitely a story I’ll be reading again in the future!
-Thanks to Walker Books for a free copy.


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#BookReview: My First 123 by Shirley Hughes #MPBooks

An excellent children’s book for learning numbers.

My First 123 book coverTitle: My First 123

Author/Illustrator: Shirley Hughes

Publisher: Walker Books

Genre: Young Children’s picture book

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Description: Learning to count is easy – at the seaside, on the bus, playing with friends or at home with Mum.  It’s fun learning to count anytime, anywhere, as Katie and her little brother Olly discover.

My Review:  This is a great book that teaches young kids how to count to ten. Katie and her baby brother teach kids how to count, with lots of great pictures and an easy way for kids to learn to count. Each page or double page represents one number. The number is shown in the top left hand corner of the book along with dots, as many large dots as the number represents, so three dots for the number 3. Below the number is a fun illustration showing the number in use such as four kittens. There is also a short description with the number shown in letters (two instead of 2) in bold print. Each page gives kids several ways to remember each number and I love the way this book does this so simply.

Fun and clear images

The illustrations in this book are very fun but also have a dated feel. The characters all have clothes and a look that says ’80s to me despite this being printed more recently. This is due to the fact that Katie and Olly first appeared in children’s books in the ’80s but I don’t know if this would put off some young kids today. At the back of the book as well as the first double page before the main ‘story’ there is a diagram, a sort of index of each of the numbers. The number as well as a set of dots and a little picture give kids more chances to count and I really like this little index.

More fun images to help with understanding numbers

I do like this book, much more than Shirley Hughes ‘My First ABC’. Despite the old-fashioned pictures I really do like the way this book makes it so easy for kids to remember their numbers up to 10. There are so many chances to count, either the dots or the objects in the picture and having the numbers written in letters too makes this a great book for kids and one I think I would have liked as a child. Overall a great first numbers book!

The fun index! 🙂

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#Colouring #BookReview: Millie Marotta’s Curious Creatures #MPBooks

A beautiful and detailed adult colouring book.

Millie Marotta Curious Creatures book coverTitle: Curious Creatures

Author/Illustrator: Millie Marotta

Publisher: Batsford

Genre: Colouring book

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My Review: Once again another Millie Marotta book does not disappoint! I’ve bought every Millie Marotta book I can since I first discovered them and this book is just as great as the rest but with lots of new creatures to colour in. ‘Curious Creatures’ is all about animals, be they fish, birds, insects or mammals, and each page or double page spread contains lots of intricate designs which I just love to colour in.

Interesting range of different creatures to colour in.

The book is the same size and thickness as her other books (or Johanna Basford’s books),wider than A4 but shorter, and contains so many pages that even for full price you are getting a bargain in terms of how much there is to colour! Each page is crisp white and nice and thick enough to colour using pens although being double sided I’d always be careful not overdoing the amount of felt pens or gel pens you use in one spot. I’ve only use pencils in my book.

More pretty and detailed images to colour.

Every picture in the book is a realistic outline of the real animal with lots of fun and detailed shapes inside it to colour in. Some of the images just have random shapes, while other animals are made from lots of leaves which just looks amazing! The animals really vary in this book and there’s plenty I’ve never seen before. My favourites include the weed sea dragons, narwhal and the kiwi. Some of the images have extra details in them such as leaves while others have blank around them. I love the blank spaces as it gives me the chance to doodle in my own drawings and there’s also a few pages at the back of the book for creating your own images which some people who enjoy drawing as well as colouring, like me, will love!
One thing I’ve noticed which I think is an improvement on the first Millie Marotta book, Animal Kingdom, is the slight increase in the size of the shapes that make up the animals. It’s not a drastic increase and there’s still as much detail to colour in but the first book had such small shapes you couldn’t always colour individual ones in easily with pencils (you’d need incredibly sharp pencils all the time).

Sharks! 🙂

The start of the book features an introduction by Marotta which as always is nice to read and the back of the book has list of all the animals that feature in the book which is great as I didn’t know what some of the birds were especially the mandarin duck.

I really love this book. I’ve barely coloured in anything and I’ve already spent hours on this and I just love it! I can’t say a bad thing about this book. Maybe it’s a little tricky to get into the centre of the book especially when colouring in a double page spread, but the book’s spine opens easily (might want to push/crack it open) and lies quite flat on a surface. It doesn’t bother me at all. I’ve included some pictures including my own colouring in with pencils. This book is just great, I can’t wait for the next one!

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Millie Marotta Curious Creatures sea dragon
My own colouring 🙂

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#BookReview: Tell it to the Moon by Siobhan Curham #MPBooks

An amazing and really inspiring young adult novel.

Tell it to the Moon book coverTitle: Tell it to the Moon

Author: Siobhan Curham

Publisher: Walker Books

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

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Description: What happens when a dream is impossible to achieve – or even figure out?  Amber, Maali, Rose and Sky are the Monlight Dreamers, an unlikely group of friends who give one another the courage to be themselves and pursue their dreams.

As they discover, life may not always turn out as planned, but sometimes the unexpected can be even better. A celebration of friendship and finding your place in the world.

My Review: This is such an amazing and inspiring novel.  ‘Tell it to the Moon’ is the sequel to ‘The Moonlight Dreamers’ a book which I loved reading and which itself was inspiring and heartwarming.  You don’t need to have read the first novel though to enjoy this one but if you’ve read ‘The Moonlight Dreamers’ you’ll understand the characters far better.

Set several months after the previous book, it’s Christmas Eve and a lot has happened for all four girls.  Amber’s struggling to know who she is and where she comes from, Sky feels terrible about her school situation, Maali’s family are having some problems and Rose has some big news to tell everyone.  As soon as I started reading this I felt compelled to read on.  All four girls face typical situations and emotions that any teenager would feel, and I think this is why the book is so appealing to read.

The story is told from the point of view of all four girls, though always in third person.  The tale switches between the different girls very often but there’s never any confusion in the plot, in fact it only engages you more as you read about a situation from one girl’s perspective and then switch to another to see what she is thinking and feeling.  I really enjoyed all four girls individual stories and how they all came together to help each other overcome their problems, but Sky’s story about school and Amber’s need to find her way resonated with me the most.  Having been through similar emotions and problems myself when I was younger, I would have loved to have read this book when I was at school.

The book has very occasional use of the s swear word but nothing else offensive.  The ending is really uplifting and heartwarming and the whole story just feels so inspiring and a little emotional too.  Although some of the plot was a little predictable for me, at times as I’ve read a lot of YA in the past, it didn’t bother me as there were many moments where I didn’t know what would happen and the way the Moonlight Dreamers came together was what really kept me reading this story.

It’s the perfect book for anyone to read but I think teens who feel like they are different from others or scared to dream big will really love this novel as it has such an inspiring message that it makes me want to pursue my own dreams, no matter what they are.  I’d definitely recommend this book to others and if you plan on reading this then try ‘The Moonlight Dreamers’ first as the story’s so much more engrossing if you know what happens in the first book too.
-Thanks to Walker Books for a free copy.


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#BookReview: My First ABC by Shirley Hughes #MPBooks

A fun picture book for young kids to learn their ABC.

My First ABC book coverTitle: My First ABC

Author/Illustrator: Shirley Hughes

Publisher: Walker Books

Genre: Young Children’s Picture Book

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Description: A is for apple, B is for ball.  Learning your letters is fun with Katie and her brother Olly in this charming first alphabet book.

My Review:  As the name suggests this is an introduction to the alphabet for young kids. ‘My First ABC’ is an interesting book that looks fun with a definite old-fashioned feel to it. In the book the young girl Katie and her toddler brother Olly go through the alphabet mentioning things that start with the letters of the alphabet and then give a little more information about them. An example is the first page ‘Aa is for aeroplane. High in the sky, an aeroplane zooms by, Olly and I wonder how far away it is going.’ Each letter of the alphabet is on one page and the whole alphabet is filled with lots of objects, some I didn’t expect.

Very clear letters and images.

While I enjoyed reading through the alphabet and I’m sure many young children will enjoy this book, I do wonder about some of the letter choices. Most of the letters are okay, with objects such as aeroplane, hats and leaves, and I think adding Grandma, Mum and Dad are appropriate too as kids will of course relate to these words easily, but a couple of the last letters were strange such as X for kisses and Z for zzzzzz(sleep). Although kids will see the letter X used as a kiss in cards and such, and the letter Z used to represent sleep in some fun books, I did think there were better words that could have been used such as the obvious Xylophone or Zebra/Zoo.

Some great word choices for the letters of the alphabet.

Each letter of the alphabet has a picture attached plus some extra information which Katie tells us. This is a fun extra which might help kids relate to the things being described. There is also a diagram on the back page of each letter, a word and a small picture attached to help kids learn even more things beginning with the letters of the alphabet. I do like this diagram as it’s a great index for kids to look at and more for them to learn, however I did think it was lazy to have some of the words repeat. A for example had Apple instead of Aeroplane, but C is a Cat in the story as well as the in the index. I also question the letter X being ‘box’. Box clearly starts with a B but I think it might confuse kids to have it as an X.

The list at the back of the book.

The illustrations are lovely but have a dated feel, this is probably due to the fact that this is a re-print of a book from the 80s. The pictures have lovely detail in them and I like the illustrations but I do prefer more modern artwork especially for very young kids. Overall this is a lovely book and there are some fun things to learn for kids but I still think some better words could have been used to represent the letters of the alphabet. Although this book is a story about Katie and Olly showing kids the alphabet, I think kids would find it easier to remember actual objects that begin with the alphabet and E for everyone or K for Katie sounds a bit strange to me. But that’s just my own personal opinion 🙂
-Thanks to Walker Books for a free copy.


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#BookReview: Hansel and Gretel by Michael Morpurgo & Emma Chichester Clark #MPBooks

A wonderful retelling or a classic fairytale with illustrations to add to the magic.

Hansel and Gretel book coverTitle: Hansel and Gretel

Author: Michael Morpugo

Illustrator: Emma Chichester Clark

Publisher: Walker Books

Genre: Children’s/Middle grade, Classic

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Description: No child ever forgets the story of the witch, the breadcrumb trail and the gingerbread house in the woods.  Retold by master storyteller Michael Morpurgo and illustrated by celebrated artist Emma Chichester Clark, this powerful and beautiful retelling of the Brothers Grimm classic will grip the imagination of a while new generation of children.

My Review: This is such a magical book. I couldn’t remember the story of Hansel and Gretel properly. Most of the story I remember, the gingerbread house and what happens next, is actually the ending of the story, so it was wonderful to sit down and read through this book and be reminded of how this tale started.

Beautiful illustrations.

I won’t go into the plot in any detail but it is an exciting read: Gabriel and Lisette are a wonderful and happy couple who love their kids Hansel and Gretel very much, but one day an old witch spies on the family and wants to have Gabriel and the kids to herself. This version of the classic fairytale really has an enchanting and haunting feel. I felt drawn to reading this from the first page and couldn’t put it down until I had finished the whole story.

The illustrations really lend to the tale and its atmosphere. There are images throughout the pages, sometimes a double page image, sometimes a picture among the text. All of these illustrations though are so amazing that I felt they really pulled me into the atmosphere of the story. I especially liked the way Belladonna’s eyes are so different from the others.

Lovely images among the text.

I’d really recommend this book to everyone. Although it is aimed at kids it is certainly a book adults can enjoy reading too. With a great ending but enough of a haunting atmosphere to really grip kids, this is a wonderful version of the classic fairytale and one which I’ll be reading again.
-Thanks to Walker Books for a free copy.


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