#BookReview: The Lonely Giant by Sophie Ambrose #MPBooks

A fun children’s book with a powerful message.

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The Lonely Giant book coverTitle: The Lonely Giant

Author/Illustrator: Sophie Ambrose

Publisher: Walker Books

Genre: Children’s Picture book

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Description: How the giant loved to heave and hurl logs and smash and mash mountains!  But the more he smashed and the more he bashed, the smaller and quieter the forest became.  Until, one day, little yellow bird appeared…

My Review:  This is a lovely picture book with a brilliant environmental message. ‘The Lonely Giant’ paperback book is as tall as A4 in size but slightly wider and filled with thick matt pages full of colourful illustrations and text. The story starts with the giant doing giant things such as puling out trees like they are weeds and smashing mountains. But soon the forest becomes quiet and the giant is all alone.

Great and large illustrations 🙂

The story is an environmental one and is told really well. I don’t want to spoil what happens, although I’m sure many can guess, but it’s a great message to give to kids about the importance of conservation. I really like the illustrations in this book. I love the way the giant looks, especially in the cave, and I love how simple all the pictures are. They really tell the story well, you don’t even need to read the text to know what is happening.

Lots of great and clear pictures among the text

Sometimes I dislike books that go on about the environment to children because some books can be overly pushy about it and try to scare kids, but I love this picture book as it doesn’t do that. Instead it’s a brilliant message with a lovely ending. I know I would have enjoyed this book when I was young, for the pictures alone, and the added message about the environment is a wonderful extra I’m sure many adults would love to teach their kids.
-Thanks to Walker Books for a free copy.


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#BookHaul: Walker Books August 2017 #MPBooks

A wonderful book haul courtesy of Walker Books. Are there any in here that spark your interest?

I’ve come down with something the last couple of days and it’s drained me a bit of energy so I hope nobody minds but this week I won’t be posting up any articles or poetry or anything and instead this week/rest of the week will be a catch up of mainly kids book reviews.  Today however I want to bring you the latest August book haul from the kind and wonderful people at Walker Books 🙂  It’s a mixture of picture books, middle grade/children’s reading books and a YA book!

Here are some lovely picture books (descriptions of each book courtesy of Walker Books’ email to me):

Some great picture books! (There’s a light reflecting on the cover of ‘Return’ – ooops!)

Goodnight Everyone by Chris Haughton – In this stunningly illustrated bedtime book, all of the woodland families – bears, deer, rabbits and teeny, tiny mice – are beginning to feel really … rather … tired … YAWN! “Dear me,” says Great Big Bear, “it must be time for bed!” But Little Bear is certainly not sleepy – he’s wide awake! (For now…)

Return by Aaron Becker – Failing to get the attention of her busy father, a lonely girl turns back to a fantastic world for friendship and adventure. It will take something truly powerful to persuade her to return home from this enticing realm of kings and emperors.

The Came From Planet Zabalooloo! by Sean Taylor & Kate Hindley – Boron, Bazoo and Zob are three extra-terrestrials on a mission. They’re going to take something brilliant from Earth and bring it back to their home planet, Zabalooloo. Something like … an enormous elephant!

The Lonely Giant by Sophie Ambrose – A heart-warming story about a giant who, after destroying his forest home, must learn the true value of the natural world.

And here some reading books:

Some great books to read here 🙂

Hansel an Gretel by Michael Morpurgo & Emma Chichester Clark – No child ever forgets the story of the witch, the breadcrumb trail and the gingerbread house in the forest. Michael Morpurgo takes the Brothers Grimm classic to a new level, weaving from these themes a rich fairytale tapestry of hunger and hope, cruelty and courage.

Tell it to the Moon by Siobhan Curman – Tell It to the Moon continues the story of Moonlight Dreamers Amber, Maali, Sky and Rose, who are not like everyone else and don’t want to be: becoming friends gives them the courage to be themselves

They Didn’t Teach This in Worm School by Simone Lia – Marcus is a worm. 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. Will he get eaten for breakfast?

Hope you all enjoyed this months book haul from Walker Books! 😀  I’m already reading ‘Tell it to the Moon’!  I’ve read the Moonlight Dreamers and really enjoyed it so I couldn’t wait to pick this next book up 🙂   I also love the sound of ‘They Didn’t Teach This in Worm School’.

Do any of the books in this haul interest you?  Are there any books that you are planning on reading this month?  Any recent books added to your shelves?  Let me know I’d love to chat with you 🙂


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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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#BookHaul: Walker Books June 2017 #MPBooks

Another amazing book haul from Walker Books featuring novels, picture books and even a colouring book! Check them out!

It’s June and the lovely people at Walker Books continue to bring a smile to my face with another new book haul!  Check out this wonderful selection of kids, teen and even a colouring book!  Details of each book are below the pictures and you can expect these books reviewed this month (and maybe heading into next month if I’m a bit slow at reading 😉 – LOTS of books to read! )

First some great picture books and a colouring book:

Two picture books and a colouring book! 😀

Sam and Jump by Jennifer K Mann – A sweet, reassuring story about friendship for all young readers who have ever loved, and lost, a special toy.

Mr Large in Charge by Jill Murphy – Mrs Large isn’t feeling too good. So Mr Large sends her back to bed. “I’ll take charge,” he says. But Mrs Large’s day doesn’t turn out to be quite as restful as she had first hoped!

Kings, Queens & Palaces Colouring Book – Colour your way from Buckingham Palace to Kew with this regal colouring book of kings, queens and palaces of the United Kingdom.

And how about these novels?

I can’t wait to read all these books!

Truth or Dare by Non Pratt – How far is too far when it comes to the people you love? A powerful and moving novel about bravery from the Guardian’s “writer to watch” Non Pratt.

Alex Rider: Never Say Die by Anthony Horowitz – In this brand new, explosive adventure in the number one bestselling series, Alex Rider is trying to get his life back on track after the traumatic events of his last mission. But even Alex can’t fight the past … especially when it holds a deadly secret.

Love & Gelato by Jenna Evens Welsh – People go to Italy for love & gelato … but sometimes they discover much more.
A wonderful coming-of-age novel.

Beck by Mal Peet – The final novel from Carnegie Medal-winning author Mal Peet is the sweeping coming-of-age adventure of a mixed race boy transported to North America.

Truth of Dare is extra special with a double sided cover (you literally flip the book upside down and then read the second half from the back to the front! – I’ll add pics when I review it!)

These descriptions are as I was given them by Walker Books.  Anyone interested in any of these titles?  I’ve got a LOT of reading to get on with (and an internet connection that’s still driving me bonkers so I’ll do my best to get posts out as soon as I can).

Let me know what you plan to read in June, any of the above?  Or something else? I’d love to hear some recommendations too 🙂 


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#BookReview: Things To Do With Dad by Sam Zuppardi #MPBooks

A fun picture book with the surprise that there are virtually no words!

Things to do with Dad book coverTitle: Things To Do With Dad

Author/Illustrator: Sam Zuppardi

Publisher: Walker Books

Genre: Children’s Picture Book

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Description: To Do: Wake Up, Make Breakfast, Do The Chores, Have Fun!

My Review: This is a very fun and rather simple picture book. This picture book is surprising as there are hardly any words at all and yet the story is told so well. The book starts with a boy and his father having fun making pancakes for breakfast. But then Dad looks over at the list of things to do, such as wash the dishes , hoover the carpets, etc. The dad sets off on completing his to-do list and with every double page you see him washing the dishes, for example, while his son plays separately from him, but in the same room. The boy tries desperately to get his dad’s attention but his dad, even though smiling at his son, keeps on doing his chores.

Some lovely and fun illustrations.

 

It’s hard not to give away the rest of the book but it is such a simple idea it’s impossible not to. The boy decides to resolve the problem by re-writing his dads chore list and calling it ‘Things to do with Dad’. After that the chores are still done but at the same time the dad and son can play and have fun such as exploring the jungle, instead of watering the plants.

So easy to understand without words 🙂

 

This book is very fun and a perfect gift to give for Father’s Day. The book has thick and glossy pages with some great illustrations that are very simple, looking like kids drawings, and yet hold some fun details too. I really like this book, it’s really a feel good story, so simple and yet the dad and son having fun while still doing the chores can remind both kids and their parents how much fun it can be to do the small things if you make them into an adventure. The fact this book has no words other than the chores listed makes this extra special too as it shows just how powerful some simple images can be. I’d definitely recommend this book whether for Father’s Day or just any day of the year. It doesn’t have to be exclusively for kids with dads either!
-Thanks to Walker Books for a free copy.


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#BookReview: Mrs Mole, I’m Home! by Jarvis #MPBooks

A hilarious kids picture book with little mini jokes adults will love!

Mrs Mole, I'm Home! book cover
Mrs Mole, I’m Home!

Title: Mrs Mole, I’m Home!

Author, Illustrator: Jarvis

Publisher: Walker Books

Genre: Children’s Picture Book

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Description: Morris can’t find his glasses…anywhere.  And now he can’t see…anything.  Not to worry.  Morris is positive that his instincts will lead him home!
But just how good are Morris’s instincts?

My Review: This is such a funny book! Morris Mole works at a restaurant but when it’s time to go home he misplaces his glasses and decides it’s not that difficult to burrow his way home without them. As the front cover and the title show, Morris pops up assuming he’s home only to have burrowed into another creatures home. The rest of the book follows a predictable path of Morris repeatedly popping up in various different places thinking each time he’s home when he’s not.

The first pages of the book

This is a brilliant picture book and definitely has appeal to both kids and adults. The repetitive nature of the story will appeal to kids, it usually does, and the fun illustrations add a lot of humour to the already funny story. The copy of the book I have is an A4ish sized paperback with thick, colourful pages inside but papery rather than glossy. The pictures are quite simple and yet detailed in a way that there are little things to spot within the image that you might miss at first glance. The illustrations also feature funny things that only adults will really ‘get’ such as the name of the restaurant where Morris works or the titles of some books.

A closer look at another page of the book

The story is funny right to the end and although has a happy and predictable ending, there’s a twist on the last page which make me smile. I really like picture books like this and I would certainly recommend it to others but I do have a personal issue and that is the red colour used on both the front page and the first couple of pages inside the book. The colour is lovely but when I view the book in low light, that particular shade contrasts with the blue next to it in such a way that I squint every time I look at it, especially the book cover as the red feels like it’s almost ‘dancing’ It’s not a big issue but something to be aware of if you have sensitive eyes like me and plan to view this book in a low light atmosphere. Overall though a great and very funny picture book worth reading!

And this is where the real funny starts in this book! 😀

-Thanks to Walker Books for providing a free copy.


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#BookHaul: Walker Books May 2017 #MPBooks

Another big book haul of teen and kids books!

It’s May and there’s some excellent new releases out there and the very wonderful people at Walker Books have sent me another package of children’s and teen books!  You can expect to see some reviews of these lovely books over the next month so but for now, here’s what came in the post 😀 !

First there’s the Middle Grade and Young Adult books…

So much to read!

Books included:

Here I Stand (YA) by Amnesty International UK (various contributors) – Through short stories and poetry, twenty-five leading authors and illustrators, including Neil Gaiman, explore the top human rights issues facing young people today. Now is the time to take a stand and make a difference.

The Teenage guide to Friends (YA) by Nicola Morgan –  comprehensive guide to teenage friendships, including sections on making friends, keeping friendships strong, and what happens when they break down – as well as online friendships, cyber-bullying, peer pressure and group behaviour, toxic friendships and frenemies, and empathy.

Julius Zebra: Bundle with the Britons (MG) by Gary Northfield – Julius and his pals must go to the far-off and strange land of Britain to win over the crowds of Hadrian’s empire. But this will be no happy-go-lucky holiday. A hilarious romp and mad-cap story set in Roman Britain, cram-packed with jokes and bursting with action.

The Tale of Angelino Brown (MG) by David Almond & Alex T Smith – Bert and Betty Brown have got themselves a little angel. Bert found him in his top pocket when he was driving his bus. What a wonder! But Mrs Mole is not so sure. Nor is Professor Smellie. Or the mysterious bloke in black who claims to be a School Inspector …

Release (YA) by Patrick Ness -The most personal and tender novel yet from Patrick Ness, the twice Carnegie Medal-winning author of A Monster Calls. It’s Saturday, it’s summer and, although he doesn’t know it yet, everything in Adam Thorn’s life is going to fall apart. But maybe, just maybe, he’ll find freedom from the release.

Picture books…

Some hardcover picturebooks

Poor Louie by Tony Fucile – Poor Louie! Life is perfect for this pup until Mum’s belly starts getting bigger…

King of the Sky by Nicola Davies & Laura Carlen – A powerful and beautifully illustrated story about migration and the meaning of home, endorsed by Amnesty International.

A paperback book perfect for Father’s Day!

Things to do With Dad by Sam Zuppardi – A morning of fun with Dad takes a turn for the boring when a long to-do list interferes. Can a young boy figure out how to turn an obstacle into an opportunity in this nearly wordless picture book?

Some Fun Pop-up books…

Pop up books are always fun! 🙂

No, Nancy, No! by Alice Tait – Nancy and her sausage dog Roger are ready for a day out in London! But is London ready for naughty Nancy?

Kiki & Bobo’s Sunny Day by Yasmeen Ismail – Join bouncy Kiki and shy Bobo for a day at the seaside in this charming lift-the-flap story, perfect for very young children.

And a special for Harry Potter fans…

A fun kit to use at night!

J K Rowling’s Wizarding World Creatures Magical Film Projections – Using black line illustrations on framed acetate pages, this enchanting book allows fans to project their favourite scenes from the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them films at home with a torch.

So..

Do you like the look of any of these books?  I realise I’ve got a LOT of reading and reviewing to get done, I’ve got so many books the last few weeks  (plus even more from NetGalley 😮 ) that I’m flooded with books…but I’m not complaining! 🙂

You can look forward to these books getting reviewed on this blog, in a random order, in the next few weeks!  But in the meantime, tell me, do any of the books interest you?


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