Children’s Book Review: The Doughnut Of Doom

AD | Gifted The Doughnut of Doom by Elys Dolan was published by Nosy Crow on 1st August 2019. The book is available to purchase on Amazon. It’s another ordinary day in Food Town and Nancy McNutty, peanut butter sandwich and rookie reporter, desperately needs a big break. So, when news comes in of a monster doughnut on the rampage, she’s straight on the case – she knew there was something dodgy about the superfoods down at Lemon Labs! And boy, is that doughnut hungry! It’s EATING everything in sight and not even the police, the fire chiefs OR the military

Children’s Book Review: The Buddy Bench

AD | Gifted item The Buddy Bench by Patty Brozo and illustrated by Mike Deas. Published by Tilbury House Publishers on 13th September 2019. Having seen what being left out is like, children become agents of change, convincing their teacher to let them build a buddy bench. Buddy Benches were introduced in Germany in 2014. When a child sits on the bench, it signals to other children to ask him or her to play. Patty Brozo’s children bring a playground to raucous life while Mike Deas’s illustrations invest their games with images of planes, dragons and elephants. The children match

Children’s Book Review: The World Never Sleeps

AD | Gifted The World Never Sleeps by Natalie Rompella, published by Tilbury House Publishers on 1 July 2019. Available to purchase on Amazon. Midnight. Stars speckle the darkness with bits of light. A cockroach skitters across the kitchen floor to snatch a forgotten breadcrumb. In the backyard, a spider weaves an intricate design on the fence. Winged insects dance and flicker in the porch light. Day and night, small creatures are busy working, eating, hunting, hiding. Just recently Erin has been a lot more interested in all different kinds of animals and bugs. While we have a few books

Children’s Book Review: Red Red Red

AD | Gifted Red Red Red by Polly Dunbar, published by Walker Books on 1st August. Available to purchase on Amazon. Every toddler feels frustrated sometimes, every toddler gets ANGRY. They scream, they shout, they see RED RED RED. Now, in her singularly expressive style, the beloved Polly Dunbar brings us the perfect picture story book to share with those little ones overwhelmed by their emotions; a true-to-life, upbeat story about a toddler tantrum that offers a meditative way to calm them down. “Why not count to ten?” Mum suggests to her son. One … two … three… Erin will

Children’s Book Review: Is 2 A Lot?

AD | Gifted item Is 2 A Lot? by Annie Watson and illustrated by Rebecca Evans. Published by Tilbury House Publishers on 23 August 2019. Ten is not a lot of popcorn pieces but it is a lot of chomping dinosaurs. One thousand is not a lot of grains of sand but it is a lot of hot air balloons! While Joey’s mother explains the context of numbers in vivid ways, Joey’s imagination transforms their ordinary car ride into a magical odyssey through a land of make-believe. Erin loves numbers and you can often hear her just sat counting for

Children’s Book Review: The Same But Different Too

The Same But Different Too by Karl Newson and Kate Hindley, published by Nosy Crow on 2nd May. Available to purchase on Amazon.  These children and animals are all very different to each other. Some are big, some are small. Some are gentle, some are rough. Everyone is playful, but who’s the best at hiding? One thing’s certain: they all love a good bedtime story! The perfect picture book for little ones who are just beginning to make sense of their place in the world. We live in a small-ish town in North Norfolk and honestly, it’s probably the least diverse

Children’s Book Review: Henry Is Kind

AD | Gifted item Henry Is Kind by Linda Ryden and illustrated by Shearry Malone Ms. Snowden and her class practice sending kind thoughts to the people they love, and they launch a class Kindness Project. There is only one problem: Henry can’t think of one kind thing he has done. Declaring that kindness is stupid, he stomps to the classroom door on the verge of tears, but his classmates save the day by reminding him of the kind things he has done for each of them.   Back when I was at school we definitely didn’t have things like

Children’s Book Review: Tooth Fairy In Training

AD | Gifted item We love reading and one of Erin’s favourite things to do is to visit the library to get something new to read. We’re always on the look out for books she might enjoy and we were recently sent Tooth Fairy In Training by Michelle Robinson and Briony May Smith.  Tate’s big sister May is taking her out on her very first tooth-collecting mission, and it’s going to be a little … well, dangerous. It will involve trekking through the deep, dark jungle, plunging into the murky ocean, and facing the ice of the Arctic. Because it’s not just sweet,