Review of Rabbits Don’t Lay Eggs! by Paula Metcalf and Cally Johnson-Isaacs

24.04.2015
14:06

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Rupert the Rabbit is bored, he can see all of the animals on the neighbouring farm and thinks that they must be having so much more fun than him. Rupert decides to burrow under the fence and see what it is really like, but he doesn’t make a good impression when he pops out of the ground right underneath Dora the duck’s nest (we thought this was very funny). The farm is different to how Rupert imagined and he realises that every animal has a job, but if Rupert wants to stay what can his job be?

This is a lovely story with sturdy pages and a very cute, glittery cover. The illustrations are really fun and it is perfect to read together with little ones.

Thank you to Macmillan for sending us a copy to review.

Review of Hungry Roscoe by David J Plant

20.04.2015
09:16

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Hungry Roscoe is the story of a raccoon who wants to break into a zoo to find some fresh food. Roscoe thinks it will be easy, but he doesn’t realise that the zoo keeper sees him as a pest and doesn’t want him anywhere near the other zoo animals. Undeterred Roscoe decides to create a disguise and try to look like a different animal, but will he be able to convince the zoo keeper?

This is a really fun book with some hilarious moments that had us laughing out loud. Perfect for young animal lovers and adults will find it very funny too. We also loved the vivid illustrations, which really bring the story, and cheeky Roscoe, to life.

Thanks to Flying Eye Books for sending us a copy to review.

Review of Violet and the Hidden Treasure by Harriet Whitehorn

19.04.2015
15:16

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Violet and the Hidden Treasure is the second book in this fabulous series by Harriet Whitehorn.

Violet and her Godmother Celeste go on holiday to India where she visits a beautiful palace and meets the Maharajah who lives there. The Maharajah and Violet get on well straight away and Violet is very taken with his pet cockatoo known as the Maharani. When Violet returns home she receives a surprise visit from the Maharajah’s butler asking her to look after the cockatoo as someone is trying to steal her. Soon Violet and her best friend Rose must do everything they can to protect the bird from cunning thieves who want to get their hands on the Maharajah’s fortune.

I absolutely loved this story and Violet is a fantastic heroine. It is action packed and full of surprises with some very funny moments.

This is a beautifully illustrated book with a stunning cover. It is such a great series and can’t wait to read the next instalment.

5 stars

Thank you to Simon and Schuster for sending us a copy to review.

Giveaway and Review of The Secret Kitten by Holly Webb

13.04.2015
08:17

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We love the Animal Stories from Holly Webb and were thrilled to be asked to take part in the 30 days of Holly Webb tour to celebrate Holly’s 30th book in this series.

The Secret Kitten 30th

In The Secret Kitten, Lucy and her brother have moved to live with their Granny. Lucy finds the move daunting, especially when she has to go to a new school. She longs to have a cat of her own, but her Gran doesn’t like pets so she doesn’t think it will be possible.

One day, Lucy and William spot some stray kittens near to their house and fall in love with a tiny black and white one. When the kitten appears in their back garden, Lucy calls her Catkin and they decide to try and keep her and keep her a secret from Gran. Their own secret kitten, but how long can she really stay secret before someone finds out?

This is a lovely story that is perfect for animal lovers. We loved the sparkly cover as well.

5 stars

Thank you to Stripes for sending us a copy to review.

We have 3 copies of The Secret Kitten to giveaway. To enter, re-tweet this post or leave a comment below. Open to UK residents only. Giveaway closes Friday 24th April 2015.

Review of The Italian Wife by Kate Furnivall

10.04.2015
13:37

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I am a huge fan of Kate Furnivall and couldn’t wait to read her latest book The Italian Wife.

It is 1932 and Italy is ruled by Fascist dictator Benito Mussolini. Isabella Berotti is an architect and is working on one of Mussolini’s new cities called Bellina. When a woman confronts Isabella asking her to look after her young daughter and then leaps from the city tower, she is shocked both at the suicide and at the allegation the dead woman made about Isabella’s past and her late husband. She also does not know what to do with young Rosa the child left in her care.

Roberto is Bellina’s official photographer and keeps a day to day record of all of the goings on. He is drawn to the body, but is forbidden from taking pictures. However, the events of that fateful day will change Bellina forever as well as those who live there.

Isabella and Roberto are pulled together and determined to help Rosa, but find themselves in getting into dangerous situations especially as Isabella is determined to find out who killed her husband ten years earlier and why.

Furnivall’s historical knowledge on this era is second to none and I was swept away into the world of 1930s Italy. I was fascinated by the Agro Pontine and the building of the new cities, it is something I knew little about before reading this book.

The Italian Wife is a mesmerising book with a plot full of twists and turns and is one that I did not want to put down. It is a story of secrets, love and betrayal.

5 stars
Copy received via Net Galley in exchange for a review.

Review of A Monster’s Moved In! by Timothy Knapman and Loretta Schauer

03.04.2015
10:52

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It’s a rainy day and Barnaby is bored. His parents suggest things to do, but they all sound very boring. Then, Barnaby decides to make a den and ignores his mum when she says that a monster might move into the den. Barnaby thinks his den would be far too cosy for a monster, but when playing alone gets boring he thinks that maybe some monster company might be fun afterall When Burple the monster arrives, Barnaby is definitely not bored anymore.

A Monster’s Moved In is a fun story about friendship that had us laughing out loud. We loved the brightly coloured illustrations that really brought the book to life.

Thank you to Little Tiger Press for sending us a copy to review.

Review of Little Snappers: Cheep Cheep

02.04.2015
20:32

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Cheep Cheep is a lovely pop up book from Little Tiger Press. It is great to read with young children and encourages parent and child interaction – we had a great time guessing who was hiding behind each pop up.

This is a really fun picture book that will keep little ones amused and occupied with the animal pop up pictures. Below is our favourite pop up scene. Can you guess what is behind the door?

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I really recommend this brilliant book and will be looking out for other books in the series.
5 stars
Thank you to Caterpillar Books for sending us a copy to review.

Review of Egg from Little Tiger Kids

01.04.2015
11:09

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Egg is an Easter story for young children from Little Tiger Press. Bunny and her animal friends are off on an easter egg hunt and on each page they look for the hidden eggs. The book is full of bright colours and there is a cut out of an egg on every page. It is a very sturdy board book and is perfect for small hands.

This is a fantastic book that is great to read with young children. There is a different animal on each page and a fun surprise at the end of the book. I really recommend the My Little World books from Little Tiger Kids, they are great for encouraging hand to eye co-ordination and are always exciting for little people to read. This is a great book to read together this Easter.

Thank you to Little Tiger Press for sending us a copy to review.

Review of This is my Rock by David Lucas

30.03.2015
17:28

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This is my Rock is the story of a goat who does not want to share. The goat has his own rock and doesn’t want to share it with anyone. He spends all of his time making sure that everyone knows that it is his rock and no one else can go there. However, when he is finally alone he realises that it is not so much fun being on your own.

This is a lovely picture book about sharing and friendship. It is a joy to read and we loved the bright, warm colours and beautiful, vivid illustrations. Below is a picture of one of our favourite scenes from the book.

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Thank you to Flying Eye Books for sending us a copy to review.

Review of The Beloved by Alison Rattle

23.03.2015
09:18

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I have loved Alison Rattle’s last two books (The Quietness and The Madness), so I was really looking forward to reading her latest book The Beloved.

Alice Angel lives with her family at Lions House in Bridgwater, but life is not filled with happiness for her. She is treated cruelly by her mother who has disliked her from birth and straps her to a bed at night. She is much closer to her father, but he struggles to see the nasty things that his wife does to their daughter. Alice longs to get away and live happily and a chance encounter with a strange man plants the seed for a plan of escape in her mind.

The man that Alice sees is Henry Prince, known as the Beloved to his followers. However, there is more to Henry Prince than Alice realises and she soon starts to feel that the man she thought was her saviour is keeping her as much of a prisoner as her mother had. I felt so sorry for Alice who only wants somewhere to be happy. I was also torn over my thought about Alice’s brother Eli; on one hand I thought he was very selfish, but part of me also thought that he did love Alice but was also blinkered when it came to his mother.

This is a dark, intriguing story that is as terrifying as it is mesmerising to read. I was hooked from the very first page and read this in one sitting.

5 stars

Thank you to Hot Key Books for sending us a copy to review.

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