#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.


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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#BookHaul A Super Book Haul #MPBooks

A super jumbo sized book haul of picture, MG & YA books courtesy of publisher Walker Books!

I received this wonderful jumbo book haul from the lovely people at Walker Books.  I actually received two packages from them for review, one last month and one just now and decided to photograph them all together 🙂  Walker Books publish picture books, middle grade and YA fiction and nonfiction and I can’t wait to review these all for you here on this blog!

Walker Books picture books
Books in photo: Triangle, Let’s Go To Nursery!, Lots-The diversity of Life on Earth, Mrs Mole I’m Home!, Alphonse That’s Not OK To Do!

Walker Books middle grade books
Books in photo: Uncle Shawn And Bill and the Almost Entirely Unplanned Adventure, Pop-Up Crown Jewels, Timmy Failure-My Cat Stole My Pants, We’re Going on a Bear Hunt-My Adventure Field Guide, #Help My Cat’s A Vlogging Superstar!, The Cherry Princess Pie, William Wenton and the Luridium Thief
Walker Books YA books
Books in photo: Wing Jones, the Cruelty, The Hate U Give

Any books that interest you?  Do you have any of them, or want to get some.  Let me know in the comments! 🙂

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