#BookReview: The Greedy Goat by Petr Horáček #MPBooks

A very funny children’s picture book that’s great for teaching kids too.

The Greedy Goat book reviewTitle: The Greedy Goat

Author/Illustrator: Petr Horáček

Publisher: Walker Books

Genre: Children’s Picture Book

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Description: Goat is greedy.  She’s had enough of eating grass.  But when she decides to try something different, she gets more than she bargained for.

A hilarious, cautionary farmyard tale that teaches colours and days of the week.

My Review:  This is such a funny book it really made me laugh aloud!  ‘The Greedy Goat’ has such a simple story but it’s so silly, kids will definitely enjoy reading it again and again.  The paperback is wider but shorter than A4 in size and is filled with colourful images on thick glossy paper.  The story is simple, Goat is greedy and having had enough grass she tries a variety of different foods, including typical goat things such as eating a shoe!  I won’t spoil the rest of the tale but it’s very funny and there are some great images throughout.

Fun illustrations

The illustrations really make this story so funny.  I do like Horáček’s style, each picture looks like a combination of pencil, crayon and paint.  Each illustration has a lot of humour in it especially when Goat starts to feel strange after eating so many odd foods.  I don’t think this book would be so funny if it wasn’t for the images!

Some more great images

The ending is really great and has a funny twist on the last page that really made me laugh out loud!  The story isn’t just fun to read but at the same time kids will learn the days of the week as well as several colours and some animals.  And the simple repetitive sentences make this even more enjoyable.  I can’t say a bad word about this book and love looking at it over and over again.  I think adults will find it fun too.  It’s definitely a book I would have loved as a child and would recommend it to everyone, it’s one of my favourites I’ve read this year!

The pictures really lend to the humour! 🙂

-Thanks to Walker Books for a free copy.

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#BookReview: Nemesis by Brendan Reichs #MPbooks

An amazing YA thriller with a science fiction edge!

Nemesis book coverTitle: Nemesis

Author: Brendan Reichs

Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Books

Genre: YA Thriller

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Description: It’s been happening since Min was eight. Every two years, on her birthday, the same man finds her and murders her in cold blood. But hours later she wakes up in a clearing just outside her hometown – alone, unhurt, and with all evidence of the crime erased. Across the valley, Noah just wants to be like everyone else. But he’s not. Nightmares of murder and death plague him too, though he does his best to hide the signs. And as the world around them begins to spiral towards panic and destruction, the two troubled teens discover that people have been lying to them their whole lives . . . A YA summer blockbuster thriller for fans of The Maze Runner and The 100

My Review:  Wow! I love a good sci-fi thriller and this book does not disappoint! Set just a few months into the future this book isn’t so much sci-fi as all thriller and it really keeps you gripped from the start. The first pages launch straight into Min’s story where she is being hunted in her home by someone who’s come to kill her. Despite her best effort to escape him, she ends up being killed but then wakes up unharmed in the woods, as she does every two years. From there the story unfolds at a fast pace and we’re introduced to the main story of an asteroid threatening to destroy the earth.

I don’t want to go into too much detail as it would really spoil the plot and every chapter kept me interested in reading it. The first part of this book follows Min’s story, as well as flashbacks she has from her previous birthdays. Chapters alternate between flashbacks and the story now but are all told in the first person. It’s easy to get into the plot right away and although Min’s story kept me really interested in reading this, I started to enjoy this book even more when we started to see Noah’s point of view. After we’re introduced to Noah’s story, also told in the first person, the story alternates between them both, chapter headings always telling you which character you are following.

I really liked where this story went. Although it does seem a little weird that a bunch of teenagers are investigating such high security things, I loved the way the plot went. There’s never a moment to relax as things in the story are always moving so fast. Although this is set just a little way into the future it will appeal to anyone who enjoys science fiction. The further into the story you go the more sci-fi it ends up being and the ending, the answers the teens are looking for are brilliant! Although I did part-guess the ending (one of many guesses), this book really is unpredictable and I had many failed guesses as to what was happening throughout reading this book.

There are only a few uses of the s swear word and although some dark things happen in the story there isn’t anything graphically violent. The description that this book is like ‘The 100’ is not wrong. I haven’t read the book but seen the series and this has just the same amount of intrigue and suspense! It really is a gripping read and the ending is a satisfying one overall considering you find out the general idea of what’s happening, but the book also has a bit of a cliff-hanger ending. If this was a series it’s one of those where you’d be expecting another series to be made and I really hope there’s another book as the story is far from finished. Answers in this book just let to more questions at the end and some amazing twist happens especially with one character I grew to love reading about which totally surprised me. I’d definitely recommend this book to others and will definitely be reading it again.

If you don’t like books that leave you with questions then you might not like this, but if you are looking for a futuristic thriller with a sci-fi edge that will keep you turning the pages and engrossed in reading it them you won’t be disappointed!
-Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a free copy.

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#BookHaul: Walker Books July 2017 #MPBooks

A great July book haul of books for all ages from Walker Books.

This is a belated book haul of July’s books from the wonderful people at Walker Books.  These  arrived a little while ago but I’ve been behind in my posts.  All these books have been released in July or earlier and the descriptions of each book are a brief snippet I got when offered these for review.  Let me know if there’s any books that stand out for you 🙂  To start some middle grade and Where’s Wally?  books including a colouring book! :

Where’s Wally books among others! 😀

Where’s Wally?  The Colouring Collection by Martin Handford – A transportable Where’s Wally? colouring book to take with you on every adventure! There are pages upon pages of busy black and white pictures to colour, with small splashes of colour printed on the pages to give you inspiration.

Where’s Wally?  The Totally Essential Travel Collection by Martin Handford – Seven sensational classic Where’s Wally? books packed into a handy travel-sized edition. All the wondrous Wally worlds in one, with six postcards to colour in and send to your friends

Pigsticks and Harold: the Ends of the Earth! by Alex Milway – Pigsticks and Harold set off on a journey to the Ends of the Earth armed only with a sense of adventure (Pigsticks’), common sense (Harold’s), and a lot of cake. Will they ever find it, and make it back alive?

Terrible, True Tales from the Tower of London by Sarah Kilby – The ravens of the Tower of London bring its fascinating history to life, telling tales of gore, guts and great escapes. Perfect for fans of Horrible Histories.

And here are some great picture books:

Fun picture books!

We’re Off to Look for Aliens by Colin McNaughton – Dad’s new book has just arrived and his children are sitting down to read his latest adventure… Blasting off into space, Dad’s on the hunt for aliens. But what will his family think of his far-fetched tale?

The Greedy Goat by Petr Horacek – Goat has had enough of eating grass. She wants to try something different – the dog’s food, the pig’s potatoes and even the farmer’s pants. But things go wrong in this hilarious, but cautionary, farmyard tale.

My First ABC by Shirley Hughes – Learning your ABC is fun and easy with Katie and her baby brother, Olly.  A delightful introduction to letters and first words from Shirley Hughes, one of the best-known and most-loved picture book creators.

My Frist 123 by Shirley Hughes – Learning to count is fun and easy with Katie and her baby brother, Olly.  A delightful introduction to numbers from Shirley Hughes, the author of Dogger

And a special bonus for Harry Potter fans:

And a Harry Potter treat!

Harry Potter: Magical Film Projections: Patronus CharmExpecto Patronum! Discover the powerful Patronus Charm that Harry Potter and other wizards and witches use to produce a magical guardian. Shine a light through the window on each page to project incredible scenes on the wall or ceiling

So that’s it!  So many amazing books released this month and I’ll be reviewing all of them on this blog soon 🙂  Any reviews you’d be interested in reading first?

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Is Sorry Really the Hardest Word? Does a Blogger Deserve an Apology? #MPBooks

Do bloggers deserve an apology if their work has been printed somewhere without proper permission?

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Does saying sorry make you weak? Does apologising for a simple mistake ruin your reputation? Does that apology matter to you if you are the one who was wrong? That’s what I want to discuss today and there’s a very personal reason, please read on…

Imagine this scenario: Your blog/website is on show at a special event and lots of people get the chance to read it (and I meant LOTS). But part of your blog posts are copied from someone else’s blog. You asked permission beforehand of course and she (let’s pretend this blogger is a she) agreed to have you re-print some of her posts, as long as you promised to let everyone know where those blog posts came from, that they weren’t yours but hers, and you promised to put a link to her blog too.

Now, imagine you’ve attended this event, and plenty of people have read your blog and you’ve gained more followers and connections with important blogger people. Your friend (the fellow blogger you re-printed some posts from) is excited too, thinking how cool it was for so many eyes to see her posts. But there’s one problem. You made a mistake. You re-printed her blog posts, but you put the wrong blog address under her posts so if anyone wanted to look up her blog they couldn’t. Instead they’d be sent to some other website.

So this was a mistake. You didn’t mean to put the wrong blog address next to her posts.  So you apologise to her and quickly edit your blog so her posts now appear there with her real blog address attached. That fixes anyone new seeing her re-printed posts. But what about all those people who attended the event and followed you as a result? How are you going to let them know that it was your friend’s posts and not some random site? Some of them might have tried to look her up but couldn’t find her.

Your friend wants an apology, a public apology.  A quick message on your blog to let everyone know you made a mistake. But is your friend being unreasonable? Is making a short post on your blog or social media (to all your new followers) really that big a deal? And if so…why?

Ok, so if you’ve managed to stay with me through this scenario, this is what’s basically happened to me, kind of. You see on my old blog (one which was pretty successful a year ago and is still archived online) I wrote a review for a book I was given by a publisher. This review was really popular, it was reprinted (with my permission) on several other online sites. The review was so well liked that the publisher even asked if they could use if as part of their promotional magazine for the London Book Fair this year! So of course I agreed as long as my previous blog’s name and address was printed along with the review. Every time that review has been reprinted somewhere I’ve received lots of messages from people, so I was excited about the prospect of people at the London Book Fair reading it and possibly contacting me (maybe a slim chance but you never know).

Imagine then, a few months later, my shock and honestly, my horror when I check out the magazine (now printed online) and some other website was credited for the review. It wasn’t a fellow review site, it was an online newspaper. I checked and checked that website and found no copy of my review anywhere so it couldn’t have been a mistake of seeing it re-printed there. So I contacted the publisher and let them know what I’d seen.

They were apologetic, initially, and said they’d try to fix things, but over a week later and nothing was done.  I’d had several emails back and forth but nothing happened until I told them what they should do.  I had to tell them I wanted the creditation in the online magazine fixed so it had my own blog’s address attached and I wanted them to make a quick apology on their social media feed as some people may have genuinely wanted to get in touch with me, or at least view my old blog after reading that review (maybe nothing would have happened but you never know…).

The online magazine was amended. Good. But the apology was apparently not going to happen. They didn’t want to put out a public apology, they said they wouldn’t be  ‘facilitating an apology’, that their social media feeds are only for author/business promotion and it ‘would serve of no interest to our followers’.

The thing is their social media is filled with plenty of non-promotional tweets.  Some even fun quotes.  I also think that it would serve of interest to someone, at the very least it would make the publisher seem nice and friendly and dare I say a little bit humble.  But am I wrong in thinking this? The thing is, before you answer (and believe me I would really like to hear from you about this) let me share some facts about this issue.

  • The first is that the publisher I’m dealing with isn’t one of those big name publishers it’s a smaller publishing house.  Still a publisher but nowhere near the scope of the likes of Penguin and such.  They deals with bloggers, they even reblog reviews by us bloggers no matter how small our following is.
  • Big businesses and corporations always make public apologies, whether in newspapers, online or on TV, I often hear companies making an apology if they stated the wrong person’s name in an article, show, etc.
  • Book reviews are copyrighted articles themselves. A book review (assuming it’s a proper blogger style review and not a three-word review) is a unique piece of writing and is the copyright of the person who wrote it. That means that if it’s re-printed somewhere else, without your permission, it’s considered to be stolen and people go to court over copyright of their writing (look up copyright law for more information).  
  • I never would have agreed to have my review used if I wasn’t credited as the author of that review.  I made this clear to the publisher when they asked to reprint it.

Now I’m not saying I’m someone who wants to go to court over this. A review is hardly a 400 page novel. But the fact is that it DID take me a long time to write that review, about an hour if I remember, and a lot longer to look back at it and edit it. I worked hard on it and clearly people really liked it or I wouldn’t have had it shared and re-printed so many times. The publisher themselves wanted the review! Out of all the promotional stuff they had on this book, they chose my review to be a part of it, to promote both their book and themselves.

So is it really wrong for me to want them to make a public apology? It would take less than 30 seconds to type one tweet saying ‘We’re sorry we credited ‘book name’ review in our London Book Fair magazine to the wrong website. Here is the right one.’ Is it really that big a deal to do this? Am I really asking too much?  Am I too big headed about this or should bloggers stand up for themselves in situations like this?

Do I deserve a public apology? Yes or no. And if no then why not?

I’d really like to hear your opinions on this issue. I still don’t know if I’m alone in my thinking or if I do deserve a public sorry.  Let me know your thoughts in the comments below. 

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#BookReview: We’re Going on a Bear Hunt: My Adventure Field Guide #MPBooks

A fun activity book for kids interested in the outdoors with a great tie-in to the book and animation ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’.

We're Going on a Bear Hunt adventure field guide book coverTitle: We’re Going on a Bear Hunt: My Adventure Field Guide

Publisher: Walker Books

Genre: Non-Fiction, Children’s Activity book

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Description: There are so many wonderful things to discover on a nature adventure!

From the changing weather, creep-crawlies or even animal tracks, this guide is packed full of field tips, nature activities and fun facts to think about on your journey.

My Review:  This clever and fun book is perfect for children who are interested and love to explore the outdoors. Using the characters and illustrations from the much loved ‘We’re going on a Bear Hunt’, this book is packed with facts and things to do for kids.

Images from ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’ appear throughout.

The book is an average book size with semi-hardback covers which can be wiped clean on the outside. Inside the pages are very thick and filled with colourful illustrations and text. The book begins by suggesting what kids should pack in order to go on a nature hunt and then each chapter focuses on a different aspect of the adventure such as the sky, what can be found in the ground/soil and plants, etc. Each chapter has lots to discover and find and I’m surprised how educational the book is while being so fun. The chapter about the sky for example explains how rainbows are formed, the lunar cycle and how weather works and the various types of clouds.

Fun activities to do.

Each chapter is really informative (I even learned some things myself) while being very fun due to the way things are easily explained and the short sections of text with lots of illustrations in between. Although the book is called an ‘adventure field guide’ it covers what can be found in urban areas as well as more rural. There are also lots of fun things for kids to do such as creating bird feeders, worm farms and baking some bear feet cookies. And of course the book wouldn’t be complete without mentioning details of the different bears and the caves you could find them in.

Lots of interesting facts to read.

The back of the book has an easy to understand glossary for kids of the more complicated words they may not know such as ‘annelids’ and ‘deciduous’ and there’s also a brief section about climate change which fits well into this whole book. I would have loved this book when I was younger. It’s not only easy and fun to read due to all the pictures but also packed with fun things to discover and do. I think plenty of kids would love to read this book and the tie in with ‘Were going on a Bear Hunt’ is a fun bonus.
-Thanks to Walker Books for a free copy.

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June 2017 Round-up (Sorry I’ve been away!) #MPBooks

A sum up of June and what to look forward to in July.

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Hi everyone!  Sorry for being away for this past week.  I’ve been busy, busy sorting out a few things and ran out of posts to schedule on this blog.  I’ve been posting daily at 9am on here but if I run out of content then it just stops so I might have to rethink when I post so there’s always something coming soon for you to read.

Apart from a hectic few days I’ve been dealing with a bit of a copyright issue.  Some of you on social media might have seen me ranting on about this but for those that don’t know, my previous blog is still up online (containing all sorts of book reviews and other things) and a review from there was used by a publisher for promotion.  Long story short – they credited some other site instead of mine which left me both a bit upset and frustrated with how long it’s taking to sort it out.  I’m still talking it out with them and hopefully the trouble will be resolved soon but I’ll let you know what happens.

So this month was a great month for this blog!  I’ve written some articles/discussion posts as well as read some great books and of course some poetry.

This month’s highlights…

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I love the fact that my May article What Makes a Young Adult book Versus Just Adult? is my most popular to date!  It’s the most popular post of June and I hope you all enjoyed reading it.  I’m thinking of follow up posts at the moment to go into more detail about YA books and others!

In June I wrote two articles one focussing on books Paper or Digital? I gave my personal experience of the two and which one I ultimately prefer.  Please read it if you haven’t already and let me know which you prefer 🙂   I’ve also got a special thank you for that post as it’s had the most shares to date from Twitter, Facebook and even LinkedIn!  So thank you to everyone who shared it ❤ 🙂

Grenfell Tower Wide imageThe other article I wrote focused on the terrible fire in a tower block which left many people dead and the survivors without homes.  There was controversy surrounding the fire and I wrote my own opinion and feelings about this in Was Grenfell Tower a Disaster Waiting to Happen?

June book highlights…

Apart from articles I wrote some more poetry, both happy and sad and lots more book reviews although I admit most of my ‘June book hauls’ haven’t yet been reviewed in June 😮  Sorry, I’ve been behind this month but hopefully will catch up now in July.  So which books were my favourites of June?  These 😀  :

A Singular Baptism book cover

A Singular Baptism A hilarious comedy of errors.  This book is pure farce and perfect for those who want to enjoy a good laugh at some silly over the top situations.  It has a great ending that’s just a little bit heart-warming too 🙂


The Lost Sentinel book coverThe Lost Sentinel The first in the ‘Silent Sea Chronicles’ this book is perfect for dark fantasy lovers.  It’s so engrossing and so dark that you just can’t predict what will happen, including some very unexpected deaths! 😮


Julius Zebra Bundle with the Britons book coverJulius Zebra: Bundle with the Britons Although aimed at a middle grade/older children audience, this was just so silly that I loved it!  It’s a silly story based in Roman Times but it’s not at all serious and has some great and funny illustrations.


Kancil The Mouse Deer book coverKancil The Mouse Deer This children’s picture book is short but a little like ‘The Gruffalo’ and I think I just fell in love with the illustrations even more than the story, though that is cute and fun too.


And June’s favourite poem…

Bouquet on floor

This month’s favourite poem Life With You is the first I’ve written on this blog that’s with a twist!  It’s had quite a few views and amazingly shares on wordpress as well as other places.  It’s also the first poem I’ve written that hasn’t completely followed my usual 1,2,3,2 or 1,2,1,2 rhyming style so I’d love to know what you think of it if you haven’t already read it.  Be warned it’s emotional though!

Plan for next month

Those of you who are observant might have seen that I haven’t kept up the #MondayMotivation posts every week.  I’ll admit it’s been hard for me to keep these up.  I guess I’m just not that motivated lol! :p  I think motivation posts are things that I can write but just not once a week.  there are other bloggers far better at these sorts of posts than I am.  I’m still going to keep up with some #MondayMotivation posts but maybe limiting it to one or two a month.  I’m still thinking about the details 🙂

As for reading, I’ve got a ton of that to do!  Lots of books already to read including some big releases coming up like ‘The Upstairs Room’ and ‘Nemesis’ in paperback which I am reading soon as well as all those books I still have from June’s book haul.

As well as all that I’m still going to bring you some poetry and colouring and anything else that I feel like writing.  I’ve got lots of articles/discussion posts planned in my head, some for readers, some for writers and some purely random things so hopefully I’ll get those written and out this month.  I’ll also send news of what’s happened to that previous wrongfully credited review…Copyright issues and stuff going on there – no fun :/  I might even go into more detail about my old blog and reasons for starting over.

I hope you all have a great July and that your June was a great one!

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#BookReview: King of the Sky by Nicola Davies & Laura Carlin #MPBooks

An interesting children’s picture book endorsed by Amnesty International.

King of the Sky book coverTitle: King of the Sky

Author: Nicola Davies

Illustrator: Laura Carlin

Publisher: Walker Books

Genre: Children’s Picture Book

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Description: Starting a new life in a new country, a young boy feels lost and alone – till he meets an old man who keeps racing pigeons.  Together they pin their dreams on a race across Europe and the special bird they hope can win it: King of the Sky.

This is a moving story about the meaning of home which will touch and inspire people of all ages.

My Review:  This is an interesting and very relevant book but I’m not sure if it’s one children will enjoy as much as adults. It’s a hardback book around A4 in size but in landscape rather than portrait. Inside there are thick but matt pages of both illustrations and text. The story is told by the boy, an Italian immigrant, who has recently moved to a mining town in the UK. The boy is lonely and everywhere he looks around him makes him feel like he doesn’t belong in this country. But a kind old neighbour who owns racing pigeons becomes friends with the boy and gives him a pigeon of his own, one he names ‘Re Del Cielo’ (King of the Sky).

Simple images and text.

It’s hard not to give away the whole plot of the story, and I won’t, but through racing the pigeon the boy learns to feel like he belongs in this country despite being an immigrant. The message of the book is very relevant to today’s world with lots of immigration into this and many other countries. The book is in fact endorsed by Amnesty International because of its message of belonging and having a right to a home. I don’t mind the message in this book at all, I think it’s very relevant to our times and as the daughter of immigrants I feel it needs to be told. But the book never appealed to me to re-read it, there’s just something about the look of the pictures that felt a little too depressing.

Simple pastel-like illustrations

The illustrations all look like pastel drawings and they depict the dark and gloomy atmosphere of the mining town (a place that didn’t feel like home to the boy) very well. But I just never warmed to these images and I’m not sure if children would either. Some of the pictures are simple and some have interesting extra details in outlines but I feel like the last image, especially at the end of the story where it ends on a happy note could have had more colour or been brighter to reflect this happiness.

More illustrations of the book 🙂

To me this is an important book for kids to read. The message is very important to get across but it feels more like a book to discuss at school rather than one kids would choose to read. It’s just my personal opinion but this book wouldn’t have stood out for me to read when I was younger.
-Thanks to Walker Books for a free copy.

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