#BookHaul: Walker Books November 2017 #MPBooks

A wonderful Christmassy book haul filled with all sorts of goodies including some Harry Potter related books!


(Before you start reading the main post – WordPress admin is giving me a bit of trouble today, not letting me create links or edit images, so I had to create this post and fix the missing bits in the standard editor.  I’m not used to it and the blog post took almost twice as long to write up than usual.  Has anyone else noticed any issues with the admin editor or do you not use it?)  Anyway on to today’s post:

A few days ago I received this wonderful bundle of books from Walker Books, even more Christmas goodies are in this haul, to go with the Christmassy books in last month’s book haul, along with a bunch of books that would make great presents any time of year!  I’ll be reviewing them here throughout this month and next, so I hope you like the look of these books, let me know which ones interest you.   Here’s the collection in no particular order 😀 :

Some great picture books and a hardback story book on myths!

Red & Lulu by Matt Tavares – Red and Lulu make their nest in a beautiful evergreen tree.  It shades them in the hot months and keeps them cosy in the cold months.  But one day Red and Lulu are separated.  It will take a miracle for them to find each other again.  Luckily, it’s just the season for miracles…

Norse Myths: Tales of Odin, Thor & Loki by Kevin Crossley-Holland & Jeffrey Alan Love – The gods of the Vikings come to life as never before in this extraordinary illustrated anthology.  Dramatic, enthralling and atmospheric tales based on the Scandinavian myth cycle tell of Odin with his one eye, Thor with his mighty hammer and Loki, the red haired, shape-shifting trickster.

Penguin Problems by Jory John & Lane Smith – Little Penguin has problems: his beak is cold; there’s snow everywhere; the water smells salty; he waddles; he looks the same as everybody else.  No – it’s not easy being a penguin!

A couple of books that stood out in this book haul – literally.  A pop-up book and a big A3 sized hardback about cities.

Two very different books but both equally stunning!

World of Cities by Lily Murray & James Brown – Climb Paris’s Eiffel tower, explore Cairo’s ancient pyramids, wander the busy streets of New Delhi and see the lights of Shanghai in this whirlwind, large format tour of the world’s most beautiful cities.

The Christmas Story: An Exquisite Pop-up retelling by Robert Sabuda – The Nativity is brought to life by master pop-up artist Robert Sabuda in six gorgeously imagined, white and gold 3-D scenes, making this a Christmas gift book to treasure.

And for Harry Potter fans:

Some amazing books with plenty of stunning images and fun things to see.

J. K. Rowling’s Wizarding World: Movie Magic Collection – This pack is the ultimate insider’s guide to the eight Harry Potter films and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.  People and places, creatures and artifacts and all are explored in these interactive compendia through inserts, detailed character profiles and fascinating insights into the making of the films.

I’ll be reviewing the collection as well as an in-depth review of each book over the next month or so.  Hope you enjoyed a look at this book haul, don’t forget to tell me which books interest you 🙂

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#BookReview: Changes by Anthony Browne #MPBooks

An interesting surreal picture book with an interesting subject.

Changes book coverTitle: Changes

Author/Illustrator: Anthony Browne

Publisher: Walker Books

Genre: Children’s picture book

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Description: When Joseph’s mother comes home, says his father, things are going to change. And almost at once they do – in the weirdest of ways . . .

My Review:  I’m not sure what to say about this very surreal and strange book. Joseph Kaye is waiting at home while his dad has gone to pick up his mum. He’s been told things will change but what did his father mean by that? ‘Changes’ is a large book, a bit bigger than A4 in size and filled with thick glossy pages of illustrations and easy to read text.

As Joseph ponders on the question of what will change, his imagination starts coming up with all sorts of things. First he sees the kettle changing its shape. Before he knows it the kettle’s become a cat! Is this what his father meant when he said things were going to change? The whole story follows this similar feel with Joseph left alone to imagine all sorts of things happening.

The opening page of the book – clear images and text.

I really like the illustrations. I’ve always enjoyed Dali’s paintings and Browne’s illustrations take on a similar feel. There are lots of different things happening to the objects around Joseph and it’s interesting just to look at the pictures and spot all the surreal changes going on. Even some very small objects such as a framed photo on top of the television have hidden fun extras that you may not notice the first time you read this book.

Interesting surreal images

Although the illustrations are good, I’m not sure the story will really be understood by kids and it felt a little strange. I’m going to put a spoiler here by telling you that the ending of the book has a twist: That the ‘change’ is that Joseph has a new baby sister which his parents bring home for him to met. This is a good twist but I’m not sure kids will really understand this ending if they are reading it alone.

More surreal pictures 🙂

The illustrations are great in this book and I think many kids will really enjoy looking at the pictures and spotting all the changes that appear, but whether the message in the story will be understood, and whether it’s a good book for discussing a new sibling to children I’m not so sure.
-Thanks to Walker books for a free copy (as part of The Anthony Browne Collection).

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#BookReview: Willy the Dreamer by Anthony Browne #MPBooks

A picture book with a fascinating surreal take on some famous artwork.

Willy the Dreamer book coverTitle: Willy the Dreamer

Author/Illustrator: Anthony Browne

Publisher: Walker Books

Genre: Children’s picture book

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Description: Willy loves to dream. He dreams that he’s a film-star, a painter, a ballet dancer. He dreams of fierce monsters and super-heroes. Willy’s dreamland is a gallery of amazing and magical pictures. Enter and see.

My Review:  This is a surreal and interesting children’s picture book that’s great for introducing kids to the world of art as well as sparking the imagination. ‘Willy the Dreamer’ doesn’t have much of a story, it is a book that is more about the pictures inside than the story being told. The paperback is a bit larger than A4 in size and filled with thick and glossy, colourful pages, mainly of large pictures of Willy’s dreams.

The story runs along the bottom of the page and is a short and repetitive story made of simple sentences about what Willy dreams. Above the writing there is a large picture of Willy’s dream, each page dedicated to one of his dreams. The pictures are quite amazing and very detailed. Although all the pictures are of Willy and his dream, the images are his versions of famous paintings or movie characters, book characters, etc. These illustrations are amazing to look at and I was particularly drawn to pictures of paintings such as Dali’s ‘The Persistence of Memory’ which has melting bananas instead of melting clocks for example.

The first page of this big book 🙂

The further you go into the book the more detailed the pictures become. Each one of the images is very detailed and a perfect altered copy of a real painting. There are plenty of little extra things to spot too such as how many bananas you can find (so many objects are morphed into bananas and I couldn’t help laughing at one of Van Gogh’s paintings of a bed ‘Bedroom in Arles’ where the bed is an entire banana!). There are also funny surreal extras such as a hammerhead shark literally having a hammer for a head.

Some famous images inspired these dreams of Willy – clear and fun pictures!

The book has a good ending, though the last page image is a twist on the first which I didn’t notice straight away!. This is more of a visual book than a storybook. I really enjoyed reading this and can’t help but constantly flick back to see the pictures again. I might be a bit biased having studied art but I think this is a great book which kids will love and one which also has an educational quality as children will learn and know famous paintings through Willy’s dreams, and adults will love sharing this book too as there’s just so much to see and think about!
-Thanks to Walker Books for a free copy (as part of The Anthony Browne Collection).

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#BookReview: Willy the Wimp by Anthony Browne #MPBooks

A very funny book with a great deeper message.

Willy the Wimp book coverTitle: Willy the Wimp

Author/Illustrator: Anthony Browne

Publisher: Walker Books

Genre: Children’s picture book

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Description: Willy, the diminutive chimp, wouldn’t hurt a fly. It’s no wonder the suburban gorillas call him Willy the wimp–until one day Willy answers a bodybuilding advertisement with hilarious results.

My Review: This is an interesting book which I wasn’t expecting to like as much as I now do. This special anniversary edition of the book is in paperback, about A4 in width and square in shape. Inside there are glossy, thick pages with colourful illustrations and text. ‘Willy the Wimp’ is a simple story which seems a bit silly but at the same time has a great message which may have been lost on a few amazon reviewers.

the first page of ‘Willy the Wimp’ 🙂

Willy wouldn’t hurt anybody, not even a fly, but no matter what, the suburban gorillas still call him ‘Willy the Wimp’. Willy hates being called a wimp, and one day he reads an advert in a newspaper which promises to change everything. The book has such a simple story, Willy answers a body-building advert and follows all the rules to get fit and strong. The plot may seem simple and at first it seems silly that Willy goes through changes in order to deal with the gorillas, however, those that look at the book’s ending more carefully will realise that it’s a brilliant story of overcoming the bullies by doing something that makes you feel better and more confident, and feeling happy with who you are.

The illustrations in this book are good and funny and show the story well. Some of the illustrations do look a bit silly though such as the gorillas, who are body building. They look so silly that it made me laugh.

Very colourful pictures and show what is happening well.

I do like the ending, there’s a very funny dialogue between Willy and Millie which itself made me laugh, and the last page is funny too! The ending is satisfying and I think plenty of kids will really enjoy this book. Whether they’ll get the subtle message in the story without an adult pointing it out though I’m not so sure, but this is definitely a book worth reading with kids particularly those who may be dealing with self-confidence issues.
-Thanks to Walker Books for a free copy (as part of The Anthony Browne Collection).

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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!

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#BookReview: The Lonely Giant by Sophie Ambrose #MPBooks

A fun children’s book with a powerful message.

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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