Category Archives: children’s books

Book Review: Miffy at the Seaside

We do love a Miffy book in this house, so we were over the moon when we were sent Miffy at the Seaside. Little Miss had me read 10 times in a row!!



The thing I love best about Miffy books are the illustrations, you can look at any page and even if Miffy isn’t in the scene you know its a Miffy book. The books are always high quality with lovely thick paper and brightly printed illustrations. The girls instinctively handle it  care so not to rip the pages or damage it in anyway.

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The story as always is charming and both girls enjoyed it. All Miffy books make great gifts, this one in particular would make the perfect book for travelling on holiday.

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Parragon Book Buddies: Hold That Thought Milton

Hold That Thought Milton by Linda Ravin Lodding and Ross Collins is a very funny book indeed. Poor Milton his frog is missing and no one will take the time to listen to him. It’s the day before his Aunt’s wedding and they are all too busy to take any notice.

Hold that Thought, Milton!

We read this on a train to London and the people in the seats around us were listening intently and laughed with us at the end.

The story is great and reminded just a little bit of an old favourite of my Not Now Bernard. The illustrations are brilliant.

BG really enjoyed this book and it was read several times on our journey. She couldn’t pin point one particular bit she liked she said ‘it’s all good mummy’

Hold That Thought Milton gets big thumbs up from us.

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The Great Carrot Cake Catastrophe which we love is now available as an ebook  on ibooks, Kobo and nook. We downloaded a copy onto our ipad and it’s just as brilliant and you can listen to the story or read along.

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Paragon Book Buddies Review February

Technically this January and February sorry Parragon Books!

BG took the first book to school to be read in class and it was in a queue.

The first book we were sent was Muddypaws: New Friends

Muddypaws’ New Friends

When Muddypaw’s best friend Ben goes to school he has to stay at home. One day Ben takes him to puppy school where he makes new friends.

It a really sweet story.

BG took this to school and they all loved it. They laughed when the puppies go splashing in the puddles.

This book gets the big thumbs up from BG and her class!

We were then sent some of the new DINO SUPERSAURUS activity books.

There are three in the set Stickersaurus, doodlesaurus and superpower colouring £3.99.

We were sent Stickersaurus and superpower colouring to try out.


The Stickersaurus was BG’s favourite. It opens up and has 7 large stories in it and you add the stickers to the pages. There are 50 stickers and they are reusable. It also comes with a stretchy dino on the the front.

The Superpower Colouring book is brilliant its not just a colouring book . You follow the story in comic book form colouring in and finishing the parts of the story as you go. It also comes with a flipbook on the front.

These would be perfect to help beat the boredom in the Easter Holidays.

Big thumbs up from us!

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Psst the Superpower Colouring book is only £1.99 at The Works at the moment!

5 Copies of Project Space to be Won

As our Project Ancient Egypt giveaway was so successful and tomorrow is World Book Day Miles Kelly Publishing has given us 5 copies of Project Space to giveaway.

This book is packed with super cool facts, hands-on activities and flaps to lift. Covering a wide range of topics, including the Big Bang, stars and galaxies, and the Solar System, each spread features vibrant photos, stunning artwork and fun cartoons. The step-by-step illustrated projects encourage practical learning, and the spectacular fold-out pages allow children to delve deeper into space than ever before.

Learn how to:

  • Make a model to watch an eclipse
  • Launch a balloon rocket
  • Go on a hunt for space rocks

To enter just follow the instructions in the rafflecopter widget below.

Closing Date: 26th March 2014

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3 Copies of The Middle School by James Patterson to be Won

The third instalment from the Middle School series from world best-selling author James Patterson, as the hilarious MIDDLE SCHOOL: MY BROTHER IS A BIG FAT LIAR was released yesterday and we have three copies to giveaway.

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Georgia Khatchadorian plans to excel at Hills Village Middle School in all the places her troublemaking brother failed. She’s even bet him that she’ll quickly become one of the most popular girls in school. But Rafe left a big mark at HVMS, and no one will give Georgia a chance! Even worse, Rafe has sneakily signed up her band to play at the school dance, and she’s terrified to embarrass herself in front of the snooty ‘Princesses’ who run the school and the boy who’s caught her eye.

To win a copy of MIDDLE SCHOOL: MY BROTHER IS A BIG FAT LIAR just follow the instructions in the rafflecopter widget below:

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Little Miss Gets a Library Card

In the last few weeks Little Miss’s love for books has grown. She has gone from walking around with them in her mouth to throwing a book and herself onto my lap so I can read for her. It is very cute though after reading the same book 30’s times it does get a little repetitive. I thought this was probably then perfect time to get her a library card.

LM Library card

I think the local library is a really important thing to have in community, its a place were everyone can go. I am really aware that a lot of our local libraries are being closed down and I really scared if we don’t use them we will lose them.

Since BG has started school we haven’t visited as often I would like so I am making an effort to go at least once a fortnight with Little Miss, ideally once a week but life gets busy. The plan is to get Little Miss some new books each time and I am going to get out a book once a month to read. I am doing #theyearinbooks on my blog and want to read more this year.

BG gets reading books from school and has a pile of books for bedtime stories we are working through so we have said that will we save her library trips for the school breaks and she can choose her own reading books. Its tough to fit in trips around school and other commitments in term time.

Our local library is really good. The staff are really helpful, there is a nice children’s area and they have story time on a Tuesday afternoon which I will take Little Miss as she gets older.

Do you use your library?


Parragon Book Buddies: The Carrot Cake Catastrophe

Our latest book from Parragon is The Carrot Cake Catastrophe by Elizabeth Dale.

Jenny’s grandad has come to babysit her on her mummy’s birthday. Jenny really wants to make her mummy a really special surprise present and together she and Grandad make a Carrot Cake. But Grandad’s glasses get messed up and Jenny’s not that good at reading, and somehow all the wrong ingredients are added… 

BG found this book hilarious she couldn’t wait to find out what happened next. She read this with her daddy and I could hear them giggling the whole time.

The pictures are lovely and the story is nice. There is also a recipe for carrot cake at the back of the book and I have promised we will make them soon.

I asked BG what she thought of the book:

What did you think of the book?

It’s really funny.

What was your favourite part?

When they kept putting the wrong ingredients in.

Its double thumbs up from BG again.

The Carrot Cake Catastrophe