#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: Sam and Jump by Jennifer K. Mann #MPBooks

A great children’s picture book which anyone who’s ever lost their favourite toy can relate to.

Sam and Jump book reviewTitle: Sam and Jump

Author/Illustrator: Jennifer K. Mann

Publisher: Walker Books

Genre: Children’s Picture Book

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Description: Sam and Jump do everything together.  One day they go to the beach, where they meet Thomas.  They play all day.  But when Sam gets home he realizes he’s forgotten something: JUMP!

My Review:  This is a really sweet and simple tale that many kids will relate to. Sam and his best friend Jump, a cuddly toy rabbit, do everything together. Like many kids with their toys, Sam is very attached to Jump and one day they go to the beach where they have fun together, until Sam meets Thomas. Sam and Thomas end up enjoying the rest of the afternoon together at the beach, but when it’s time to go home Sam forgets poor Jump and doesn’t know what to do.

Simple yet fun illustrations.

It’s hard not to spoil the ending of this story as it’s such a short and simple tale, but it has a really happy ending and I couldn’t help but smile at what happens. I really enjoyed this paperback picture book. It’s a little smaller than A4 in size and filled with thick colourful pages that have such simple illustrations. I really liked these pictures, they are so simple and yet really show the story well. They look like simple pencil drawings and that along with the font used in the book has a childlike appearance that I really enjoyed.

Pictures look like simple drawings.

A lot of children have a favourite toy and can relate to losing that toy, or the idea of losing it, which is why I think a lot of children would like this book. It’s so simple and gives a happy, uplifting ending for what kids may sometimes experience. I certainly would have loved this book as a child and would definitely recommend it to others.

Really sweet pictures, I just love these images! 🙂 ❤

-Thanks to Walker Books for a free copy.


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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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#BookReview: Kiki & Bobo’s Sunny Day by Yasmeen Ismail #MPBooks

A really fun picture book with a great friendship message and fun flaps to turn.

Kiki and Bobo's Sunny Day book coverTitle: Kiki & Bobo’s Sunny Day

Author/Illustrator: Yasmeen Ismail

Publisher: Walker Books

Genre: Children’s Flap Book

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Description: Kiki and Bobo are going to the beach.  It’s the perfect day for eating ice cream and swimming in the sea.  But why does Bobo look so worried?  Can Kiki help?  Lift the flaps and find out in this sunny seaside story.

My Review: I really love this book! Kiki the cat thinks it’s a great day for going to the beach but her friend Bobo the dog isn’t so sure. The book is a hardback, about A4 in size but a bit wider and square in shape. Inside there are some lovely images on glossy thick paper and each page has a few flaps to open which show something fun hidden underneath.

Very cute and colourful illustrations.

The story is very simple but has such a great feel to it that I’m smiling after reading this. Bobo is really scared of going to the beach and ends up trying to put off what Kiki wants to do. I don’t want to spoil the rest of it by telling you how this ends but I’ll say that we do find out what Bobo is so worried about and the book has a lovely ending with a key message about friendship.

Flaps reveal some fun details

The illustrations are really fun and I enjoyed the simple style. Each picture looks like it’s been painted, almost like a children’s painting, and I really like the way Kiki and Bobo look in the pictures. I like how simple each image is and yet there are fun extras in the flaps. There are lots of flaps in the book, some large and related to the story and some really small flaps which show fun hidden things such as the inside engine of the bus (this image is funny and shows how ‘happy’ the inside of a bus engine is!).

More fun and cute illustrations.

It’s the ending of the book that really made me enjoy this. The simple message of friendship is one that is so heartwarming it made me smile and one that is so easy for kids to understand. Although I’ve seen some other reviewers criticise how short and simple this book is, I think the book is perfect as it is. It is aimed at younger kids and is easy to understand and the flaps are a great bonus as you see all the hidden things hiding inside. I would have loved this book as a child and I could see myself searching for all the flaps in this book again and again. A book I’d recommend.
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#BookReview: No, Nancy, No! by Alice Tait #MPBooks

A really fun flap book featuring London that kids and adults would enjoy.

No, Nancy, No! book cover Title: No, Nancy, No!

Author/Illustrator: Alice Tait

Publisher: Walker Books

Genre: Children’s Flap Book

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Description: Watch out London, Nancy, coming!

At Buckingham Palace Nancy and Roger discover a lost teddy bear, and the chase is on across the sights of the city to find the children who dropped it!  But little Nancy just can’t help creating a spot of mischief along the way…

Help Nancy spot the children and discover the sights of London!  With flaps to lift, a fold-out map and plenty of surprises throughout, this is a wonderfully interactive story for the whole family.

My Review: This is a very fun flap book that children and I’m sure adults would love to look at. Nancy and her friend, Roger (the dog) spend a day in London sightseeing while trying to track down the two children who dropped their teddy bear. But Nancy can’t help but get up to some mischief while there, mischief that has Roger calling out “No, Nancy, No!”

The first page of the book.

The book is a hardback around A4 in size (a bit wider but a bit shorter) filled with thick glossy pages which show the story really well. Each page opens showing Nancy and Roger at a new location with lots of different details to see in the pictures. Each double page though has at least one flap which when turned shows what mischief Nancy gets up to.

An example of Nancy’s mischief!

The images are really fun. There’s a lot of detail in them and I found myself intrigued. At times it felt like looking at a ‘Where’s Wally?’ book, with so many different things to spot while reading along with the story. The illustrations are also fun as there are some recurring characters that show up in each double page.

Fun and detailed pictures with lots to see.

The story is predictable but also has a nice ending. Despite Nancy’s behaviour she does a good thing and although I guessed the ending of the tale some kids might not and it makes this a very fun book to read. I did enjoy this book when reading it and I think it has a real appeal for kids. The whole story is fun and the flaps are a real bonus, including a special ‘flap’ near the ending which I enjoyed but wasn’t prepared for. The book is also great as it really does a good job of showing off some of the London landmarks, something which could be extra fun for kids who might be visiting the capital.  Overall a really fun book which will really keep you entertained for a long time.

Fun flaps and still lots of detailed pictures.

-Thanks to Walker Books for a free copy.


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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.
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#BookReview: Lots: The Diversity of Life on Earth by Nicola Davies & Emily Sutton #MPBooks

A beautiful and detailed picture book with a powerful message.

Lots book coverTitle: Lots: The Diversity of Life on Earth

Author: Nicola Davies

Illustrator: Emily Sutton

Publisher: Walker Books

Genre: Children’s Picture book/Non-fiction

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Description: How many different kinds of living things are there on Earth?  LOTS and LOTS and LOTS!  And the more you look, the more you discover.

Find out in  this brilliant book how all the living things – including us – are part of a big, beautiful pattern and depend on each other for survival.

My Review:  I really do like this book and was charmed by just the cover! ‘Lots’ is a hardback book which is a little larger than A4 in size. The book begins by asking the question ‘How many different kinds of living things are on our planet?’ with a little girl pictured at the start who will feature throughout the book. We are then introduced to the many different types of living things such as mammals, marine life, mushrooms, etc and the different places they exist such as deserts, etc.

Beautiful illustrations

Along with the basic message that there are lots and lots of different living things out there, there are interesting facts spread throughout the book about some of the different animals or exactly how many species of mushrooms there are (to give a couple of examples). This is interesting enough but what really makes this book stand out for me is the images spread throughout the pages. Every page is just like the front cover, filled with gorgeous and detailed drawings. It’s these illustrations that I really adore not only because there’s a lot of detail in them but they are cute too.
I love the smiling faces of many of the animals and the overall old fashioned feel of the images, it really is very appealing to look at. Not only do the illustrations have that old-fashioned feel to them but they are printed on thick but matt paper making it feel even more like an old fashioned book.

Lovely old fashioned style pictures

The ending of the book has a powerful message about how humans are causing so many things to become extinct, it’s a message that I see in a lot of Nicola Davies’ books. I’ve not always been keen on this message being put into every book as it sometimes doesn’t fit and feels like forcing children to understand conservation but with this book I feel different. Although the message might seem an upsetting one to put in a book it really does fit here and I don’t think it would upset too many kids as the message is sort of positive, about humans needing to look after all the species as we are one of the many species on the planet.

Wonderfully detailed images.

I really like this book and think many kids and even adults might enjoy reading this and studying the images. If nothing else the book is a joy to look at and there’s many different creatures you may not notice from first glance, and if the message of looking after our planet is taught to kids along the way then that’s a positive move too.
-Thanks to Walker Books for a free copy.


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