Birthday Bookish & Arty Treats! #BookHaul #MPBooks

Some amazing book treats and some news!

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As many of you know I had a birthday on Monday and it was lovely to get some messages from everyone here as well as on various social media and of course at home.  I’ve had a great birthday and spent some time away and apart from a bit of a bout of headaches at the end of the week I’m still feeling very cheerful.  I’ve taken a bit of time away from the blog, though you may not have noticed as I kept putting up my automatic blog posts 😀 .  Not only did I receive lots of lovely birthday presents but also some more book post which felt like a bit of a birthday present, and I also treated myself to some bookish arty treats too!  So I thought I’d share with you some of the books I got myself, beware there’s a definite Christmassy colouring theme!

Firstly I got a great book in the post from Bookbridgr.  I’m very much into books that look at cultural issues and am especially fascinated with things that happen in other countries so I was excited to be approved to read and review this:

A book proof and press release – I love getting proofs it feels kind of special!

The Maid’s Room by Fiona Mitchell – Set in the heat of Singapore, The Maid’s Room follows the lives of two Filipina maids- sisters Dolly and Tala who are working hard to send money back home and British ex-pat Jules who has left her job as a midwife to move to Singapore with husband David.

The book proof also has an unbelievably strong book smell – I’m a book sniffer and proud of it 😜☺️!  The next set of books are also a birthday present.  it combines two things I love: Colouring and stickers!!  I’ve always been a secret sticker-freak and these books let you colour in pictures and add stickers of cats and dogs to make the scenes fun…

Stickers, colouring and animals – bliss!

And finally the books I treated myself to!  I can’t lie, I love Christmas and everything about it!  My family has always enjoyed celebrating Christmas our way, stress-free and making sure we all enjoy it.  I love anything with a Christmassy theme and Christmas pictures are some of my favourites to colour in.  So I treated myself to these three books which are filled with Christmas pictures..

Christmas! (and cats! 🐱)

I’ve also received a new sketchpad and some other great goodies 🙂 So that’s it for my treats post.  Do you like any of the books I’ve received, looking forward to any reviews I might make?  I might just show off the colouring books in more detail in the future 🙂   I’m going to be more active in a few days, I’ve got lots of posts I want to get out and done before Christmas.  Although it’s still November I can tell you that I have Christmas posts lined up already, plus lots more reviews I really want to get done and posted before the end of the year.  I hope you’ll want to stick with me throughout the next few weeks, and a big THANK YOU to everyone who follows, likes, comments and shares this blog.  You guys are the reason I love blogging and keep coming back.  😊😊😇🙃 ❤ ❤ ❤


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#Colouring: The Aviary Peacock #MPBooks

A beautiful peacock image to brighten up your day! 🙂

The Aviary Peacock
Colouring outline from ‘The Aviary’ – Colouring © My Peacock Books
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This is a coloured in peacock from the colouring book called ‘The Aviary’.  It’s filled with realistic images of birds and is published by LOM Art an imprint of Michael O’Mara books.  I did this piece of colouring and took a picture a while ago now but recently looked back and was impressed with my own colouring skills (is that weird?).

What do you think of the peacock?  Would Phoenix the Peacock approve do you think? 🙂
(p.s. apologies for the general light tint on the picture, fault of the light in the room, and the slight shadow in the middle bottom of the pic)


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#BookReview: Where’s Wally? The Colouring Collection by Martin Handford #MPBooks

A fun colouring book with plenty of fun things to find!

Where's Wally The Colouring Collection book coverTitle: Where’s Wally? The Colouring Collection

Author/Illustrator: Martin Handford

Publisher: Walker Books

Genre: Colouring

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My Review: I’ve always loved Where’s Wally? and this colouring book is a great special celebration of 30 years of Where’s Wally. Around A5 in size the book has semi-hardback covers and a handy material elastic strap that helps keep the book from getting scruffy while it’s used on your travels. Inside the pages are crisp white and nice and thick. They are printed double sided but quite thick so colouring with pens might work (I use pencils in this so I can’t comment on the use of pens).

Almost all the pictures are double page spreads and contain sections of Where’s Wally scenes. The entire scene isn’t displayed in this book, it would be too small and fiddly to colour in if it were but it’s amazing how much colouring there is to do in this book. Each page also comes with a piece of the page already coloured in, this includes a border or maybe one or two characters coloured in. It’s hardly anything but is supposed to give you a head start into colouring.
Some of the pages in this book contain small blank sections, such as some photos or parts of book covers. these are blank so you can fill them in yourself which is a fun little extra.

Very detailed pictures with some colour to start you off.

Colouring in as I said I use pencils but I will say that although you can open the spine of this book to lie it almost entirely flat, the area of the images that do go into the spine is a little tricky to colour. It’s not that big a deal, but if you like to colour right down into the spine it is a bit tricky and some of the characters that sit right in the centre of the image might not get coloured in that easily. It’s not very noticeable when you look at a coloured in image though.

What’s fun about this book is that there’s still so much to find within each page. Apart from Wally and his friends there’s little objects that are still visible in each scene and it’s extra fun when colouring in each picture as you really get to see all the little bits of a scene that you might miss when looking at a regular Where’s Wally book.

Some different pages with chances to add your own doodles! 🙂

Inside the back cover there is a folded paper, a little smaller than A5 when folded which unfolds to reveal a dinosaur scene. This poster is 16 times its size to when it’s folded! It’s so much extra colouring and can then be hung on your wall!

I really do love colouring books, I already have several Where’s Wally colouring and activity books and this one is another great addition. Not only is it fun to colour in but there’s so much to find you’ll be having fun for hours, even after colouring in the pictures, finding all the things there are to find. I’d recommend this to anyone of any age, whether a Where’s Wally fan or not. There’s a lot of colouring to do and even if you have all the books already, or a previous Where’s Wally colouring book, it’s always fun to add your own colours and make each image unique!
-Thanks to Walker Books for a free copy.

Some of my colouring-in-progress 🙂

(The coloured in photo I took of my work is actually a work-in -progress. I hadn’t finished colouring in when I took the picture but wanted to give an idea of how it works with pencils.)


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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!

Here’s a coloured in picture.  Tell me what you think of my colouring 🙂 …

Millie Marotta Curious Creatures sea dragon
My own colouring 🙂

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#Colouring: Animal Kingdom Budgie #WordlessWednesday #MPBooks

A colourful budgie to brighten up your day 🙂

I have a new colouring book review to bring you tomorrow by the amazing Millie Marotta, her books never fail to please me!  But for now I wanted to share a very colourful budgie to cheer up your Wednesday.  This image comes from ‘Animal Kingdom’ (not the book I’m reviewing tomorrow).  I know my photography skills leave something to be desired (need a new camera) but I hope you can still enjoy the image.  Please let me know what you think?  Does it cheer you up?  Do you enjoy colouring and in particular the Millie Marotta books?  Let me know your thoughts in the comments below 🙂

Animal Kingdom Budgie
A Beautiful Budgie 🙂 ❤
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Here’s a close up, hope it’s not too fuzzy 🙂

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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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#Colouring #BookReview: Kings, Queens & Palaces Colouring Book #MPBooks

A fun colouring book for kids (and adults) to colour and learn.

Kings, Queens &; Palaces colouring book
Printed by Walker Books

Title: Kings, Queens & Palaces Colouring Book

Author: Historic Royal Palaces

Publisher: Walker Books

Genre: Colouring (aimed at children)

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Description: Published in association with Historic Royal Palaces, this fun-filled activity book with beautiful illustrations to colour features kings, queens and palace people from some of the finest heritage sites of the British Isles. From William the Conqueror and the Tower of London to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth and Buckingham Palace you can colour and learn with fun facts and information about the history of the royals, where they live and where they work.

My Review: This is a lovely colouring book for kids although some adults might enjoy some parts of this too. The book is a little smaller than A4 and not too thick but still has a lot of colouring inside it considering the price. As the name of the book suggests this is filled with images of palaces, Kings and Queens but also features extras such as the crown jewels and pictures of various other royal things. Each page is crisp white with clear black outlines and many of the pages are double page spreads. Each paper is double sided and although the quality of the paper is good it is a little thinner than some colouring books (such as the Buster Activity Books) so I’d only advise using pencils in this as I think pens of all kinds would just bleed through. I use pencils and they just glide on the paper making colouring in this book very easy and fun.

Detailed images with space for doodling.

There are a lot of different images to colour in and each page and picture has various facts surrounding it, interesting facts I didn’t know. The pictures are mostly of palaces such as Hampton Court, Windsor Castle and Kew but also feature other things and I really like the doll’s house which is quite detailed! The pictures all look impressive and some of them are quite detailed too. I’m really amazed at how the current Royal Family look in some of the pictures, their faces are exactly like real life down to some creases and wrinkles. Some of the images look like they’ve been adapted/copied from real photographs which I suspect they may have been. Some of the palaces are more detailed than others in terms of colouring and plenty of the pictures have some additional white space which I like to use to doodle extras such as some birds.

Interesting facts and detailed and clear images.

What I love about this book is that it’s not like any other I’ve had before. I have the Kings & Queens to Colour book by Usborne but this one is very different with realistic yet fun images of everything. It’s simple enough for kids to enjoy but detailed enough for older ages to enjoy colouring in too. There are chances for you to doodle on certain pages that have blank spaces (if you feel like it) and the added fun facts about the palaces and royals just adds to why I like this book so much. The pages also open up fully so there are no issues with colouring into the spine. I just really like this book and can’t wait for another. I have included some images including one of my colouring in progress (in case anyone’s interested I know the jewels aren’t the same colours as the real crown but that’s the beauty of colouring – you can reinvent reality!)

Some images have less detail but are still impressive.
Some of my colouring 🙂

-Thanks to Walker Books for a free copy.


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