Saturday, 29 March 2014

The Yes by Sarah Bee & Satoshi Kitamura

My Review

The Yes is a powerful story who's message is not only for children but for adults alike!

In a world full of No's, closed doors and rejections it can be tough to push through and fight back to try and get what you want out of life. This fantastic story does exactly this and it's very empowering!

In a lovely comfy place is a thing called a Yes, who has to try and get to where he needs to be. But to get there he must battle his way through a barrage of endless No's who try and stop him and bring him down. It's a bumpy journey for the Yes and at times it looks like he'll never get there, but he never gives up or gives in to the endless stream of No's that try and drag him under.

The artwork in here is glorious - really eyecatchingly vivid and inviting.

The Yes is actually quite a moving story about overcoming your fears and your own self-belief. Everyone out there needs to hear this message - so either buy it to share with the little folks in your life or even just for yourself! I really can't recommend it enough!

5 / 5 Stars!

*Special thanks to Andersen Press for the review copy*

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Miffy Dress-up Colouring & Activity Book

My Review

Yay for new Miffy books! She really is quite an awesome bunny and it's so lovely to see her in print again - full of life and colour!

Inside this super fun activity book you can match shadows, colour Miffy, do fun mazes, make patterns and match pairs. All of the activities are great for practising fine motor skills, encouraging imagination and also memory.

Although there is quite a few activities to do throughout the book, it's still quite short (16 pages) - I think it could of had tons more to do inside!

This is an adorable Miffy activity book that will entertain and delight children everywhere. We can't wait to have more modern Miffy books in our hands!

4 / 5 Stars!

*We won a copy of this book on Twitter*

Monday, 24 March 2014

Don't Call Me Sweet by Smriti Prasadam Halls & Angie Rozelaar

My Review

Don't call me sweet is a gorgeous story full of fun and humour!

We have a mischievous little monster, who wants to be seen as scary, slimy and stinky....definitely not sweet! He stomps around getting stinky, dirty and demanding not be called sweet....until he bumps into something rather big and scary!

An oh how the tables turn...our terrifying little monster wants to be....sweet! I wonder why?

Kids always want to be big boys and girls, and they don't like to to be babied. This fantastic story pushes the don't grow up too fast point home to all those little devils that are in a rush to grow up too quickly!

The artwork really is wonderful and we delighted in all of the icky sticky things the super cute little monster got up to.

Don't Call Me Sweet really is quite a sweet book that will have kids (and adults) grinning from ear to ear! It's also the perfect story for showcasing your different voices - so read it out loud and with great enthusiasm.

5 / 5 Stars!

*Special thanks to Bloomsbury for the review copy*

Friday, 21 March 2014

Hector & the Big Bad Knight by Alex T. Smith

My Review

A new Alex T. Smith book is always a cause for a celebration and celebrate we did after reading this fabulous picture book!

We hoorayed for the unlikely hero - the laughed at hero and the hero that was utterly charming in every way! This story pushes home the little guy can triumph point perfectly!

Hector embarks on a dangerous adventure with his pal Norman (who may or may not be a chicken) and his hanky of useful things - which include Norman's crisps, Granny's umbrella and Hector's scissors. What a great combination if I do say so myself!

Hector and Norman must track down the big bad knight and get back Granny's magic wand! It won't be an easy task and the big bad knight puts them in peril at every turn....

The illustrations are excellent and we marvelled at their big bright brilliance! Seeing the ending will put smiles on faces everywhere!

Hector and the Big Bad Knight is a must read for little people everywhere! It is filled with charm, humour and has a fab little message!

5 / 5 Stars!
*Special thanks to Scholastic for the review copy*

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

The Deep Dark Wood by Algy Craig Hall & Ali Pye

My Review

Step into the Deep Dark Wood and have yourself a surprising adventure filled with danger and lots of twisting turns!

A super sweet little lady goes into the Deep Dark Wood to visit a friend. Along comes a wolf....and all isn't what it seems. They stumble upon lots of ghastly giants, trolls, witches and maybe even something more terrifying!

Never knowing what to expect at every turn makes this book super surprising and the ending has the biggest unexpected twist of the lot...

The illustrations are gorgeously inviting, with dark and very brooding colours to make things that bit more atmospheric!

The Deep Dark Wood is a seriously mixed-up fairy tale that is unexpected and very moreish!

4 / 5 Stars!

*Special thanks to Orchard for the review copy*

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

I Love You, Baby! by Giles Andreae & Emma Dodd

My Review

'Guess what I've got? Hip hip hooray! A brand new baby to love all day!'

A big hip hip hooray for a fabulous new I Love You book!

This instalment looks at all things babies and is just perfect for new or soon to be new big brothers and sisters. We will be having a new bundle soon ourselves, so this was a must read for us!

As you can always expect with an I Love You book, the text is a whole lot of warm rhyming fun - with humorous little hints. Our favourite page: 'One fat tummy, tight like a drum. Two little cheeks on one little bum.' this had a chorus of giggles all round!

Emma Dodd's unique illustrations really stand out from the crowd. We adored looking at all those super cute and chubby baby bits and pieces.

A new baby is a cause for celebration and what better way to mark it than with sharing this book with your little lovelies!

5 / 5 Stars!

*Special thanks to Orchard for the review copy*

Friday, 14 March 2014

Mother's Day Round-up!

I Love Mum by Joanna Walsh & Judi Abbot

What a gorgeous read I Love Mum is - both the story and visually! It takes the reader through wild and super adventurous times and we get to see how much fun the little tiger's mum is!

She is a whizz at making fun games, baking, tidying, playing, fixing grazed knees, tea-time, bed-time and snugly time! I love that this beautiful story pushes the point home that there really is no one quite like mum.

It's the little things in life that make children happy - a mum's smile, encouragement and approval. This is a lovely bonding book that will put smiles on faces everywhere! The illustrations are a big plus too!

4 / 5 Stars! *Special thanks to Simon & Schuster for the review copy*

Dino-Mummy by Mark Sperring & Sam Lloyd

Juggling 2 little monsters can be a tricky business - but not for this superstar mum! Dino-Mummy is a grime fighting, dressing-up, bubble popping mega mummy!

Mum's really are the very best and we loved seeing this mum is action and actually seeing how much she actually does throughout the day!

The illustrations are so big, bold and super vibrant - we fell in love with those little green cuties!

The text is a whole lot of bouncing fun - the perfect thing for snuggling up with your own dino-babies! (we will have to pick up a copy of Dino-baby ASAP).

5 / 5 Stars! *Special thanks to Bloomsbury for the review copy*

I Want My Mummy! by Tracey Corderoy & Alison Edgson

Aw, I actually think this is the sweetest book ever! The illustrations are stunning and I could just happily look at little Aurthur all day long - he is the cutest thing! We also loved watching the fun adventures unfolding on each page!

Aurthur's never been away from his mummy before and he's not too keen. Every knock at the door has him running, expecting his mum. But his Granny knows just what to do to take his mind off things...

This is a really lovely read that is reassuring for little people who may be nervous about leaving mummy. A gorgeous read for sharing together!

4 / 4 Stars! *Special thanks to Little Tiger Press for the review copy*

Mummy's Little Sunflowers by Angela McAllister & Alison Edgson

This is another super cute book from Little Tiger Press that is perfect for Mother's Day!

Scurry and Scamp are brothers, although Scamp seems to be always in a hurry. The pair go on a wild sunflower finding adventure and even have some mishaps along the way! The brothers plant their very own sunflower seeds for their mummy - but poor Scamp gets upset when they don't grow quickly. Luckily the pair have a surprise up their sleeves for mummy.

The illustrations are so colourful, cute and moreish - we could of poured over the pages all day long!

Mummy's Little Sunflowers is a wonderful tale full of sibling love, sharing and adventure. Growing seeds is super fun - maybe you could plant your very own sunflowers.

4 / 5 Stars! *Special thanks to Little Tiger Press for the review copy*

Me and My Mummy

In this very beautiful carry case are 4 gorgeous picture books, which are lovely and fun sized! Also, a make your own mothers day card with stickers - kids will adore sticking those stickers and having fun making their very own card for mummy.

The books titles are: Big Bear Little Bear by David Bedford & Jane Chapman, The Most Precious Thing by Gill Lewis & Louise Ho, My Mummy & Me by Tina MacNaughton and Little Bear's Special Wish by Gillian Lobel & Gaby Hansen.

All of the reads have a mummy theme and are just perfect for snuggling up with mum's and little folks everywhere. This super fun carry case of books is an absolute must have! We LOVED it!

5 / 5 Stars! *Special thanks to Little Tiger Press for the review copy*

Monday, 10 March 2014

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear and Other Favourite Nursery Rhymes! Illustrated by Steven Lenton


My Review

This is a delightful little padded board book that is so wonderful for sharing those all time favourite nursery rhymes!

Nursery rhymes are a very important learning curve for any young child. What better way to start learning them then by seeing them showcased in this beautiful book!

Each page has a different rhyme to read and enjoy. From Eeny, Meeny, Miny, Moe to the Hokey-Kokey - there are so many to choose from and they are all crackers! Our new favourite is Polly Put the Kettle On.

The illustrations are a feast for the eyes. Bursting with life and colour they showcase this book perfectly.

This is one of the best 1st nursery rhyme books out there. We will pick it up again and again - it's a real keeper!

5 /5  Stars!

*Special thanks to Little Tiger Press for the review copy*

Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Zoe and Beans - We're Not Scared by Chloe & Mick Inkpen


My Review

Zoe, Beans and their friends are fierce little warriors that aren't afraid of anything! Flying through their wild and super fun adventures they encounter lots of potentially scary things with ease!

They go fast, pop, splash and even encounter slimy creepy things! But at the end of the day when they're all tucked in....there may be one pesky thing that they are afraid of....

The illustrations are absolutely stunning and have gorgeous subtle colours. Zoe actually has the cutest little face EVER!!

Zoe and Beans - We're Not Scared is a fantastic little board book, just perfect for sticky little fingers and also twitchy little people who just don't like to sit still for long. We delight in the illustrations and are always super excited to go on more Zoe and Beans adventures!

4 / 5 Stars!

*Special thanks to Macmillan for the review copy*

Monday, 3 March 2014

My Little World - Roar! (Little Tiger Kids)

My Review

This gorgeous little board book is strong, sturdy and super vibrant!

The text is a bouncing rhyme that just begs to be read put loud. Each animal makes it sound, when startled by something unknown....but what could it be?

At the bottom of each page is a little hint at what startled the animal. Can you guess?

There are a lot of lovely talking points throughout this book and toddlers will love learning and trying out those animals sounds. Because of the holes on each page, it makes it easier and more fun for little fingers to turn the pages.

The ending has a super fun surprise that you will most definitely not be expecting!

This little board book is super fun and is brought to life so beautifully by the fab illustrations! A real winner!

5 / 5 Stars

*Special thanks to Little Tiger Press for the review copy*