#BookReview: My Favourite Animal: Dolphins by Victoria Marcos #MPBooks

A fun and informative book for kids all about this lovely marine animal.


My Favourite Animal DolphinsTitle: My Favourite Animal: Dolphins

Author: Victoria Marcos

Publisher: Xist Publishing

Genre: Children’s, Non-fiction, Nature/Animals

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Description: Learn all about dolphins in this fun and informational text. Like all books in the My Favorite Animal Series, Dolphins offers engaging facts and checks the reader’s knowledge and comprehension throughout the book.

My Review: This is a lovely book all about dolphins and is a great book for introducing these beautiful marine mammals to children. I’ve viewed a digital copy so I can’t comment on the size or the quality of the print book itself but it’s aimed at young children and filled with colourful pages.

Every page of the book is filled with colour, there are large photographs across one or two pages with text on the side or within each picture. The parts of text take on a dolphin/marine theme being grey, pale green or pale blue under the text rather than white. The start of the book has a beautiful photograph of dolphins along with the contents and the rest of the book is made up of simple facts explained alongside detailed dolphin images. The facts are easy to understand and written in a way that young children will easily grasp. Despite the seemingly simple facts there are interesting things even I didn’t know such as what the world’s smallest dolphin is and how fast dolphins can swim and dive. The book is a short one to read but along the way there are question pages that have another lovely photo of a dolphin along with a question. These questions are simple reminders to see if kids remember what they’ve read on the previous pages and are simple questions which kids should be able to answer. There is an unfortunate error on the digital copy I received via NetGalley (whether this is in the final version available to buy I don’t know) it’s on the first question which should be ‘What do dolphins breathe through?’ but my copy is missing the word ‘through’ which makes the answer on the back page seem wrong. As I said it may be a small error on my copy alone but worth checking before giving this book to kids (pointing out the missing word if it is indeed on the final version of this book).

The photographs are what really make this book special. The facts alone are interesting but it’s the photographs that appear on each page which really make this book worth getting. The photos are of the same quality as on the front cover. Every photograph features a dolphin, not all bottlenose, and many of the photos feature close-ups or some interesting positions such as one photograph, which really made me smile, features a dolphin close to the camera, near a turtle, its mouth so close you can’t help but think the dolphin is smiling and saying hi to the turtle.

The back of the book features a short glossary of terms and the answers to the questions. This is a simple and yet really lovely book to give to kids as an introduction to dolphins. I know I loved looking at photographs of dolphins as a child and just looking at such beautiful images can really inspire kids to want to know more. The facts in this book are a great introduction too, especially when read alongside looking at the pictures. The only thing I would have liked as an added extra would have been a note on the photo (or in the back of the book) of which dolphins feature in the photographs as well as a possible picture of an orca after it is mentioned in this book. However overall I think this is a lovely book and I’ll be looking into more of the ‘My Favourite Animal’ series of books.
-Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a free copy.

No pictures were available for this review as this was a digital copy of the book.

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#BookHaul: Walker Books October 2017 (Xmas Gifts Special!) #MPBooks

An amazing Christmassy book haul filled with more than just books!

I received a wonderful package from Walker Books recently and I felt like Christmas came early as there are some lovely books as part of the haul along with a kit…It just screams Christmas gifts so here is the book haul.  I’ve separated the books into several images.

First let’s start with two beautiful books to read, both hardbacks:

Beautiful covers and another sequel to Julius Zebra!

The Dollmaker of Krakow by R. M. Romero – One night a little doll named Karolina comes to life in a toyshop in Krakow, Poland, in 1939 and changes the life of the gruff, broken-hearted Dollmaker. When the darkness of the Nazi occupation arrives, they must bravely use their magic to save their Jewish friends, no matter what the risks.

Julius Zebra Entangled with the Egyptians by Gary Northfield – After being shipwrecked on the shores of Egypt and mistaken for a Horse God, Julius can’t believe his luck! But a tour of the pyramids signals the end to their glorious fortunes in Egypt and Julius has to fight for his life as the truth is unravelled

Now for some picture books:

A hardback and paperback book.

The Wolf, The Duck & The Mouse by Mac Barnett & Jon Klassen – When a woeful mouse is swallowed up by a wolf, he quickly learns he is not alone: a duck has already set up digs and it turns out it’s pretty nice inside the belly of the beast … until a hunter shows up…

A Mighty Bitey Creature by Ronda Armitage & Nikki Dyson – In this raucous jungle caper something MIGHTY with SUPER-DUPER sharp teeth keeps biting Frog, Monkey and Zebra … right on their bottoms! They’re looking for big, brave King Lion, who just might know what to do…

Here’s a special educational but fun hardback:

Educational books are fun! 😀

Curiosity: The Story of a Mars Rover by Markus Motum – Discover the incredible story of the search for life on Mars, told from the unique perspective of Curiosity, the Mars Rover sent to explore the red planet.

Here are some obvious Christmas or pre-Christmas gifts:

A book and a fun kit!

National Threatre: Play in a Box – Discover how to create, direct and act in your very own play in this brilliant kit. Find everything you need to put on a show, including ideas for the characters, settings and plot, as well as expert top tips for staging, costume, make-up, props, sound and lighting.

Pick a Pine Tree by Patricia Toht & Jarvis – A  beautiful, irresistible Christmas gift book that all begins with … picking a pine tree! This is a celebration of all the familiar rituals of decorating the tree – from digging out jam-packed boxes of trimmings, stringing tinsel, to, at last, turning on those twinkly fairy lights.

And finally a Walker Classic with a new spin 😀 :

Where’s Wally is a classic!

Where’s Wally: Destination Everywhere by Martin Handford – Join Wally as he handpicks his most amazing twelve journeys of all time, with lots of terrific twists! Fantastic scenes are revisited and are bursting with art, new things to search for and additional eye-boggling games to play.

Reviews of all these books coming soon!  Did you enjoy this selection of books?  Which book(s) are you interested in reading/using out of this lot?  For me I’m extra interested in ‘Julius Zebra Entangled with the Egyptians’ as I’ve already read the previous book here.  And I found ‘The Dollmaker of Krakow’ so interesting that I began reading it the minute I opened up the package from Walker books!

Are you interested in any of these books?  Or do you have other books you’re interested in reading this month?  Please let me know I’d love to hear from you 🙂  You can also soon find me in these places: 

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