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Monday, 28 December 2015

Seasons Come, Seasons go Tree by Britta Teekentrup

Explore the beauty of the changing seasons in this timeless peek-through book with beautiful artwork from Britta Teckentrup and accompanying rhyming text. Following the life-cycle of a tree through spring, summer, autumn and winter, children will easily learn to recognise the signs of the seasons with this simple yet striking picture book.

Publisher: Little Tiger Press Group
ISBN: 9781848691810
Britta Teckentrup is a favourite author of mine. Her books are cleverly constructed and filled with beautiful illustrations.
Seasons come, Seasons go tree tells the story of a tree throughout the seasons. With cleverly planned 'windows' on each page, the reader can follow the inhabitants throughout the year. Children will adore looking through this book and spotting all of the animals hidden within the tree and during the time it is possible to talk about the seasons, the changing weather and changing colour of the leaves on the tree.
This is a beautiful book which should be treasured and shared.
Thank you to the publishers, Little Tiger Press, for sending me the book to review in return for an honest review.

The Amazing Human Body Detectives by Maggie Li

Our body is an amazing thing and there's so much more to discover about it than meets the eye. The Amazing Body Detectives is a fun and informative insight into the inner and outer world of our bodies. No nook and cranny is left undiscovered, no goosebump left unexplored. We all know that we all have unique fingerprints, but did you know that we also have a unique tongue print? Did you know that when you are awake, the human brain has enough electricity whizzing about to power a light bulb? Our eyelashes have little creatures living on them - come and take a look at them! Following on from BUG DETECTIVE, this follows the same interesting, fun and informative look at different parts of the body. Hidden elements appear on every page making this interactive and enjoyable. Taking a more lighthearted approach than many other books on the market, this book covers the key facts with fun and humor, as well as dispelling the myths.
Publisher: Pavilion Books
ISBN: 9781843652977
As a child I loved any books about the human body and I think this one would have been a popular favorite of mine.
As soon as the reader opens this book they begin a journey through the human body. Each topic has a double page spread which is jam packed full of information, facts and challenges which will keep readers busy and interested for some time. The pages are cleverly laid out to maximise space but also provide lots of information for inquisitive children or for inclusion of those school projects! 
This is a must have book for school age children as the starting point for many projects or revision. It is a great book about the human body and will capture a child's imagination when they ask how do we see, what happens to food when we eat it, or how can i feel?
Thank you to the publishers, Pavilion Books, for sending me the book to review.

Aliens (Dirty Bertie) by David Roberts

Aliens! - Dirty Bertie 26 (Paperback)

Calling all Dirty Bertie fans! Dirty Bertie - the boy with nose-pickingly disgusting habits - is back for another helping of comic chaos! With ever-increasing madcap schemes and crazy capers, Bertie continues to delight his legions of fans who revel in his revolting ways. Join Bertie in Aliens! his 26th adventure, as he prepares for an alien invasion, has a go at bird watching and tries to improve his school report! Dirty Bertie is a hugely popular series created by award-winning illustrator, David Roberts (Tyrannosaurus Drip, The Wind in the Willows, The Troll, Eddie Dickens Trilogy). With each hilarious story approximately thirty pages long and split into chapters with illustrations on nearly every spread, Dirty Bertie is ideal for confident readers to enjoy by themselves, or for sharing with your child.

Publisher: Little Tiger Press Group
ISBN: 9781847155122

This is the twenty sixth book in the popular Dirty Bertie series of books. Dirty Bertie is a lovable little boy, who has nose-pickingly disgusting habits,  who children adore reading about. Each book contains three stand alone stories and tell the tales of Dirty Bertie at his disgustingly worst.

Aliens tells the story of Bertie as he visits the local library to listen to a talk about UFO's and which leaves Bertie certain he has met with real aliens! 

These books are perfect for young readers, who are developing their reading skills, and are wanting more than basic story picture books. The three stories within each book are split into manageable chapters which are perfect to be shared at bedtime or for a child to read themselves. There are a number of illustrations throughout the book which break up the text but leave the young readers proud that they have read a 'proper' book.

Dirty Book is a great character which is loved by both girls and boys alike and I remember my son falling in love with reading through both Dirty Bertie and Horrid Henry. For young girls who like these sort of characters, David Roberts and Alan MacDonald have also written books about Angela Nicely too.

I received this book in return for an honest review from the publishers, Stripes Books. 

Apple Pigs by Ruth Gary Orbach

Some ate cores,Some ate peelings,Some ate apples from the ceiling. Soon the apples were no more We'd gobbled up our whole great store. A timeless classic, loved by a generation, reissued to be enjoyed by today's children. This beautifully illustrated tale of an apple tree that grows too many apples is delightfully told in rhyme. A little girl finds a withered apple tree surrounded by rubbish. To stop the tree being chopped down for firewood, she clears the rubbish to help the poor tree grow. When Spring arrives, the tree bursts into blossom and produces a glut of apples. But as the little girl's family try to eat, cook and hide the apples in rugs, blankets, wagons and jugs, the apples continue to grow! There is only one answer: an apple feast! A wonderful tale published in time for Apple Day, its charming illustrations and story will amuse and educate a new generation, giving them an appreciation of nature's bounty and the importance of sharing. The book includes a guide to making your own 'apple pig' (a fruit sculpture that looks just like a pig!).
Publisher: Pavilion Books
ISBN: 9781843653028

This book, at first glance, is a strange poem all about apples. However, when I read it again, I decided that it is a beautiful written poem which is a perfect celebration of harvest and growing ones own produce to share during harvest time for both humans and animals alike to eat from the land.

The story is told in verse, a beautiful poem, which gives lots of thoughts from which many discussions can be had but the illustrations which accompany it are also very good. They would make great discussion starters for circle time and are great to look at with younger children as there are lots of individual components which make up the larger scene.

I would say it is a perfect book to celebrate harvest time.

Thank you to the publishers, Pavilion Books and The National Trust Books, for sending me the book to review in return for an honest review.

The Village Show by Alexandra Brown

The Great Village Show (eBook)

The warm and witty new novel from bestselling author Alexandra Brown, perfect for fans of #GBBO. For fans of Jenny Colgan and Carole Matthews. Tindledale is in a tizzy . . . The Village Show competition is coming around again and after last year's spectacular failure, the villagers are determined to win. Meg, teacher at the local school, is keen to help and to impose some much-needed order. After a terse encounter with a newcomer to the village, Meg discovers that it is celebrity chef and culinary bad boy, Dan Wright. Meg thinks he is arrogant and rude but rumour has it that Dan is opening a new restaurant in the village which could really put Tindledale on the map. As things come together, villagers old and new all start to come out of the woodwork, including new arrival Jessie who seems to have it all. But first impressions can be deceptive and Meg discovers that when it comes to Tindledale – and Dan – nothing is ever quite as it seems . . .
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
ISBN: 9780007597406

Alexandra Brown's back catalogue includes her debut series of books based in Carrington's department store and her last book introduced us to a new series of books based in the fictional village of Tindledale and was based in the local haberdashery shop, Hettie's House of Haberdashery, entitled The Great Christmas Knit Off.

The Great Village Show takes us back to Tindledale and we follow Meg, the acting head teacher of the village school, as she organises the village ready for the annual village show, which last year was a disaster. Although the main focus of the book is Meg's life, Brown also includes the characters who readers met in the previous book, and also other villagers as the story progresses. Tindlesdale appears to be a lovely English village which I would love to visit or maybe even live in and the likeable characters all add depth and reality to the village and leave readers wanting to meet more. 

Brown's writing style is easy to read and leaves readers with a warm and cosy glow. They are easy reads which can be devoured over a weekend.  Tindlesdale is a village which I hope to be visiting again as I am sure there is much more village life to retell in Brown's next novel. 

Thank you to the publishers Harper Collins, who sent me the book in return for an honest review.

The Beachside Guest House by Vanessa Greene

The Beachside Guest House (Paperback)

When Rosa and Bee get together in the run-up to Bee's wedding, they reminisce about the holiday they took together as teenagers to the beautiful Greek island of Paros. They remember the sandy coves, the guest house in the converted windmill where they stayed with their friend Iona, and the gorgeous local men. As memories of that long-forgotten holiday resurface, they are forced to confront the turns their lives have taken - and the guilt they both feel about letting Iona slip away from them. When they learn that the windmill guest house is going bust they form a plan: why not go back to the island and take it over themselves? And so begins a life-changing journey - because it turns out that opening a guest house and reliving their teenage dreams isn't that easy ...Full of romance and friendship, love and life, laughter and tears, The Beachside Guest House is an uplifting novel about the magic of starting over with friends by your side.
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
ISBN: 97807515522
Vanessa Greene's books are always a fantastic read. They transport the reader to a lovely setting and while on the face of it they might appear to be an easy read, there is a great story within. The Beachside Guest House is no exception and I think this one has the best storyline so far!
While readers can loose themselves in the beautiful Greek scenery, the storyline is about three girls, who had visited the island in their teens, when they were best of friends, and who now have lost touch with Iona but decide to, following a breakdown in relationships, return to the island and renovate the windmill and return it to the guesthouse glory they remember. 
Greene's storytelling is beautiful - the characters are life like and believable and the tales they tell within the story all interweave to give the readers a story they want to read more of. 
This is a great read, and one which will leave the readers basking in the Greek sunshine and itching to get on a flight to visit the windmill themselves.
Thank you to the publishers, Sphere, for sending me the book to review in return for an honest review.

Old bear's bedtime stories by Jane Hissey

Old Bear's Bedtime Stories - Old Bear (Hardback)

A beautifully-illustrated classic picture book treasury from popular author-illustrator Jane Hissey, featuring the beloved characters from the Old Bear series in a variety of charming and enchanting adventures from winter picnics to theatrical performances. Perfect for bedtime reading.
Publisher: Salariya Book Company Ltd
ISBN: 9781910706152
This is the perfect book to give to a child to celebrate their birth, for their first birthday or as a book to share at any time. It is an heirloom which can be stored on a book shelf to pass on to their own children. In fact it is a beautiful book for any occasion.
Jane Hissey's Old Bear stories are books which I fondly remember from my own childhood and looking through this book has bought back many happy memories from that time.
This book features twenty one of Hissey's fantastic stories and throughout the book are featured many of her beautiful illustrations which are so life like that the reader could be forgiven for believing the teddy bears could be lifted from the page and cuddled. 
The stories are timeless classics which will continue to be loved by children of all ages and this book will make a perfect gift to share them with others.
Thank you to the publishers, Scribblers books, for sending me the book in return for an honest review.