Storytime Saturday: The Perfect Guest

Storytime Saturday a weekly blog feature showcasing any new books we’ve been reading with Erin, reviewing picture books and talking about our monthly library haul! Basically, Storytime Saturday is all about books! This week we’re talking about The Perfect Guest by Paula Metcalf. It was published by Walker Books on 2nd February 2017.

The Perfect Guest

Walter is really a very neat and tidy dog. His house is his pride and joy and he gets quite nervous when guests come round… When his best friend Pansy asks to stay, though, Walter is so excited! She’s just a teeny weeny squirrel after all, how much trouble can she possibly be?! But when Pansy tries her very best to be helpful things just seem to keep going wrong! Nothing – from Walter’s trousers to his curtains to his beloved brand-new teapot – is safe from accident-prone Pansy! Is she turning out to be the worst guest there ever was?

The Perfect GuestWalter the dog is very proud of his house. He loves everything to be neat and tidy and he especially loves his teapot. When his friend Pansy comes for a visit Walter is very happy but things go disastrously wrong!

Oh this is such a cute book! I loved Walter the dog and his very particular ways. He is a bit like me in a lot of respects. I like things to be a very particular way and get a bit put out sometimes when things don’t go to plan. My husband on the other hand is the complete opposite can be a bit destructive where ever he goes. Somehow, we manage to live in peace a lot of the time.

The Perfect Guest is a story of two friends who are very different getting along no matter what. While the story and illustrations are really fun and funny, they also help to teach children a really important lesson. The book teaches that although things may not go perfectly there is always a silver lining somewhere and to look on the brighter side of things!

Disclaimer: We were sent this book for the purpose of this review. All opinions are our own.

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Storytime Saturday: A first book of animals

Storytime Saturday a weekly blog feature showcasing any new books we’ve been reading with Erin, reviewing picture books and talking about our monthly library haul! Basically, Storytime Saturday is all about books! This week we’re talking about A First Book of Animals by Nicola Davies. It was published by Walker Books on 6th October 2016.

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Nicola Davies, the award-winning author of A First Book of Nature, presents a spellbinding treasury of poems about the animal world, illustrated in breathtaking detail by Petr Horacek. Polar bears playing on the ice, tigers hunting in the jungle, fireflies twinkling in the evening sky and nightingales singing in the heart of the woods – there are animals everywhere. From blue whales to bumblebee bats and everything in between, A First Book of Animals takes you all over the planet to visit all kinds of different creatures. This book is a glorious celebration of life in the wild in all its variety and splendour, and belongs on every child’s bookshelf.

A first book of animals

Erin doesn’t really understand about animals yet. She’s 14 months old and the only thing she really understands is that we have a huge, white fluffy dog that she can run around after. However, we love the zoo and I want to teach her all about different animals. This book is perfect for that.

The book is split into 5 different sections which is really handy. These are:

Big and Small
Colours and Shapes
Animal Homes
Animal Babies
Animals in Action

With each different animal that is covered a verse comes with it. It’s a nice change from a standard story or just a list of facts. I love that the book covers such a wide range of animals from a tiny little ant to a massive whale! The book even talks about parasites!

This book is a must for animal fans or children who just love learning new things. However, although called ‘A First Book of Animals’ it’s not really aimed at babies and toddlers like the title suggests. It’s certainly not just a picture book. However, I still highly recommend it. It will be something I enjoy discovering myself when Erin is a bit older.

Disclaimer: We were sent this book for the purpose of this review. All opinions are our own.

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Storytime Saturday: This is the Kiss

Storytime Saturday a weekly blog feature showcasing any new books we’ve been reading with Erin, reviewing picture books and talking about our monthly library haul! Basically, Storytime Saturday is all about books! This week we’re talking about This is the Kiss by Claire Harcup. It was published by Walker Books on 5th January 2017.

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A charming and lyrical picture book that celebrates the timeless bond between parent and child. You’ve had a fun day and you’re ready for bed. This is the wave that led to the smile, that led to the giggle and the kiss goodnight. A delightful story from Claire Harcup with beautiful illustrations by Gabriel Alborozo, perfect for sharing at bedtime.

This is the kiss

Honestly, what drew me towards this book was the cover. How cute are the two bears snuggled up in the snow? I couldn’t resist.

This is a fantastic book for bedtime and I know we’re going to have a lot of fun reading this to Erin before bedtime over the years. The book is a sort of nighttime routine that leads up to a kiss goodnight at the end. There is a different action or thing to do on each page like a tickle or a cuddle. It’s so tremendously cute!

The book is set in a snowy winter scene so it would have been perfect to read over Christmas or when we did actually get some snow. However, it does work at any other time of the year as well.

The illustrations are really quite simple but then so is the point of the book. There are only two characters and one location so there is lots of snow and then the two bears. I like the simplicity of this book though because it doesn’t need much to illustrate the point.

This is the Kiss is perfect for children of all ages. Erin may only be 14 months old now but we can read this to her for many years to come.

Disclaimer: We were sent this book for the purpose of this review. All opinions are our own.

 

 

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Storytime Saturday: Frog and Beaver

Storytime Saturday a weekly blog feature showcasing any new books we’ve been reading with Erin, reviewing picture books and talking about our monthly library haul! Basically, Storytime Saturday is all about books! This week we’re talking about Frog and Beaver by Simon James. It was published by Walker Books on 5th January 2017.

Frog and Beaver

Frog and his friends all live happily together on the river. At least they do until Beaver comes along. Beaver is determined to build the biggest and best dam that anyone has ever seen, but it’s so big that it stops all the water and Frog and his friends are forced to move. Frog tries to warn Beaver that his dam is too big, but inconsiderate Beaver just won’t listen…

Frog and BeaverSomething I think is really important for children to learn is the idea of friendship and accepting new and different people. Frog and Beaver is a book for exactly that.

Frog lives by the river with a load of his friends, including the ducks and the voles. When Beaver moves to the river and begins to build his home there are problems. Beaver doesn’t think about the others that live on the river!

Frog and Beaver is a short story but it’s such a nice one. There are plenty of issues encountered along the way and there is a lot of problem solving to be done. Obviously as this is a children’s book, there is a happy ending and everyone ends up getting along but it’s an entertaining journey to read about.

The illustrations are also lovely. The pictures are simple and not over busy which I think is great. Children will be able to pick out the animals easily and also follow what is going on. I kept asking Erin to find something on the page after showing it to her and she could do it quite easily.

Disclaimer: We were sent this book for the purpose of this review. All opinions are our own.

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Storytime Saturday: I Am Bear

Storytime Saturday a weekly blog feature showcasing any new books we’ve been reading with Erin, reviewing picture books and talking about our monthly library haul! Basically, Storytime Saturday is all about books! This week we’re talking about I am Bear by Ben Bailey Smith and Sav Akyuz. It was published by Walker Books on 5th January 2017.

If there’s trouble, one thing is certain: Bear was there. In (and out) of his outrageous purple outfit, Bear can do anything – steal honey from the bees, do magic tricks, steal doughnuts from a police officer, and annoy a certain pesky squirrel. This hilarious picture book debut of actor Ben Bailey Smith (aka rapper Doc Brown) and artist Sav Akyuz will keep young mischief-makers in stitches.

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Normally, I read books to Erin that are not aimed at children her age. She’s nearly 14 months old but I tend to read her picture books aimed at 3 year olds or older. She does have board books but she likes to eat those. I read her older books because she finds them more exciting and more colourful. As picture books go, this is one aimed at children closer to Erin’s age.

The bear in this book is an extremely mischievous bear. I loved him! He’s big and purple and doesn’t like to wear clothes. He likes to play games and get up to no good but have fun at the same time. I really loved reading about such a naughty bear. It made this a fun book for me as well.

The language used throughout the whole book is really nice and simple, which is why I say it is aimed at children close to Erin’s age. There is quite a lot of rhyming and it is fairly fast paced. The bright and bold illustrations fit perfectly.

Erin really enjoyed picking out the bear on each page and she giggled as we were reading. I loved watching her face as we turned the pages. I think this one will be a favourite for quite some time.

Disclaimer: We were sent this book for the purpose of this review. All opinions are our own. 

Storytime Saturday: Also an Octopus

Storytime Saturday a weekly blog feature showcasing any new books we’ve been reading with Erin, reviewing picture books and talking about our monthly library haul! Basically, Storytime Saturday is all about books! This week we’re talking about Also an Octopus by Maggie Tokuda-Hall and Benji Davies. It was published by Walker Books on 5th January 2017.

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From Benji Davies, the illustrator of The Storm Whale and Grandad’s Island, comes a metafictive story about … how to build a story! First, a story needs a character. So why not a ukulele-playing octopus? And since this is a story, the octopus has to want something – maybe it dreams of travelling to faraway galaxies in a purple spaceship. But every character needs an obstacle to overcome, and when the octopus sets out to build its own spaceship out of glue, umbrellas, glitter and waffles … well, he doesn’t have much luck. Could there be another character that could help? Debut author Maggie Tokuda-Hall sets up a funny, smart and warm-hearted story all about storytelling, then hands the baton to imaginative readers, who will be more than prepared to take it away.

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Oh what a wonderful book this is. It amazes me how people come up with such good ideas for children’s books. The premise for this one is so super simple but it works so well.

Always an Octopus starts off with nothing. I mean nothing. As in blank white page nothing. This is how all stories start out though, which is the whole point. Always an Octopus helps to teach children how to construct a story and what they need to make one up. After the blank beginning you need characters! You need something that happens, a problem, a resolution. You need an ending.

The book is so bright and colourful, with pages and illustrations being mostly blue, purple and yellow. The characters and story are just as bright and interesting and it each page will be sure to capture any child’s eye, and hopefully their imagination.

Disclaimer: We were sent this book for the purpose of this review. All opinions are our own. 

Storytime Saturday: A Child of Books

Storytime Saturday a weekly blog feature showcasing any new books we’ve been reading with Erin, reviewing picture books and talking about our monthly library haul! Basically, Storytime Saturday is all about books! This week we’re talking about A Child of Books by by Sam Winston and Oliver Jeffers (Published by Walker Books on 1st September 2016).

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I am a Child of Books. I come from a world of stories, And upon my imagination, I float.

In this inspiring, lyrical tale about the rewards of reading and sharing stories, a little girl sails her raft “across a sea of words” to arrive at the house of a small boy. There she invites him to come away with her on an adventure. Guided by his new friend, the boy unlocks his imagination and a lifetime of magic lies ahead of him. But who will be next?

Forget the kids, this is a book for adults as well. More so, it’s a book for book lovers and story enthusiasts.

A Child of Books doesn’t really have a story to it, which makes it a bit strange. However, what it does do is explain the magic of reading a book. The girl in the book explains all the things that can happen through reading, like going on an adventure, discover fairy tales or go into space. The whole point of the book is to make other books and stories seem really exciting!

The illustrations are what really make this book for me though.

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As you can see, the words of other stories make up the illustrations. I love how inventive this book is, using the actual words from other books to get the point across. I think this is why adults will be able to appreciate this book a bit more than children will.

However, I still think this is a lovey one for slightly older children, especially if you’re trying to get them into reading a bit more.

Disclaimer: We were sent this book for the purpose of this review. All opinions are our own. 

Storytime Saturday: Meltdown

Storytime Saturday a weekly blog feature showcasing any new books we’ve been reading with Erin, reviewing picture books and talking about our monthly library haul! Basically, Storytime Saturday is all about books! This week we’re talking about Meltdown by Jill Murphy (Published by Walker Books on 1st September 2016).

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From the bestselling author of The Worst Witch and the Large Family series comes a true-to-life, laugh-out-loud family comedy about a toddler tantrum. Ruby the rabbit likes to be helpful, but she often gets a bit overexcited . especially in the supermarket. Crisps are so CRUNCHY! Tins of beans are fun to ROLL! And when Ruby sees a cake, a cake in the shape of a cute pink piggy, she wants it . she wants it now. Introducing Ruby, a completely loveable new bunny, Jill Murphy observes the oh-so familiar supermarket sulk with all of her trademark warmth and wit, and perfectly depicts family life – in all its hectic glory – once again.

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Now, Erin doesn’t get to sit in the trolley when we go to the supermarket. We don’t have a car so when we go to the supermarket, Erin is always in her pushchair. However, I know we’re going to get to the point soon where she can walk instead and then it’s going to be a whole other game completely.

Meltdown tells the story of an innocent shopping trip. Well, I guess it started out that way. Ruby, the little girl (rabbit) in the book is a complete nightmare. The illustrator has actually made me look a bit evil, as that is what she is in this book. She throws things in the trolley, she grabs things she’s not supposed to and does everything against what her mum says. It scares me because I know this is probably what I have to come.

I love this book! Honestly, I think this is a book for every family with children. It might scare you while reading it, as it did me but at least you’ll be prepared.

Disclaimer: We were sent this book for the purpose of this review. All opinions are our own. 

Storytime Saturday: Du Iz Tak?

Storytime Saturday a weekly blog feature showcasing any new books we’ve been reading with Erin, reviewing picture books and talking about our monthly library haul! Basically, Storytime Saturday is all about books! This week we’re talking about Du Iz Tak? by Carson Ellis.

Du Iz Tak?

Carson Ellis invites readers to imagine the dramatic possibilities that can be found in the natural world, even in the humblist back garden. With gorgeous, exquisitely detailed illustrations that appeal to children and art-lovers alike, and a wonderfully playful invented language, we soon find ourselves speaking “Bug”… Du iz tak? What is that?

Du Iz Tak?

I love, love, love the idea of this book! To start with, the cover really draws you in. it makes the bugs look absolutely beautiful and sort of like they’re on an alien planet. Which, I guess, they are sort of. Also, as someone who took Linguistics at university for a year, I found it so interesting to read!

Although this book obviously has a made up language, the story is really quite simple. Thankfully! I was expecting to not know what was happening whatsoever throughout the whole book but that really wasn’t the case. The language is lovely and easy to understand so there was no confusion at all really. My 1 year old daughter isn’t going to understand but this book is aimed at older children.

Although Erin doens’t understand stories yet, she did love looking at the pictures. Each page is beautifully illustrated and is packed full of detail. I spent loads of time with Erin pointing out little things on each page and she seemed to really enjoy tracing them with her finger. Once you spend a bit of time looking at the pictures, you’ll realise just how detailed they are.

If you’re looking for something really different for your child, then this is the book for you. I’ve never seen anything like it and it’s now one of our favourites!

Published by Walker Books on 3rd November 2016. 

Disclaimer: We were sent this book for the purpose of this post. All opinions are our own. 

Storytime Saturday: King Baby

Storytime Saturday a weekly blog feature showcasing any new books we’ve been reading with Erin, reviewing picture books and talking about our monthly library haul! Basically, Storytime Saturday is all about books! This week we’re talking about King Baby by Kate Beaton (Walker Books)

All hail King Baby! King Baby is gracious – bestowing smiles on his public, allowing tickles and hugs, and posing for photo after adorable photo. But this teeny tiny royal ruler also has many demands, and when his faithful subjects can’t quite keep up, King Baby must take matters into his own hands.

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King Baby is described as the perfect gift for any family expecting a new baby. Now, before anyone gets any silly ideas I am not having another baby. However, this book is pretty funny and I think I would have quite liked it before we had Erin.

King Baby helps to prepare you for what having a baby is really about and what to expect. Babies are extremely demanding. This baby cries, demands ‘the thing’ but also the ‘other thing’ because ‘the thing’ is not right. The poor parents look exhausted. I love that it’s real! I would easily give this to a friend as a gift if they were expecting.

This is a really bright and colourful book and lovely to read. The illustrations stand out so much but they’re lovely and simple at the same time.

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King Baby is quite strange looking if I’m honest. I think he looks like an evil genius. I guess that’s the point of the book. Babies rule the house, no matter what! I know that all too well as whatever Erin says goes… well, if she could actually talk! I actually hate to think about what she’ll be like when that happens.