Children’s Book Review: Nuts!

AD | Gifted  Nuts! by Lou Peacock and Yasmeen Ismail was published by Nosy Crow on 1st August 2019. It can be purchased on Amazon. When a little squirrel finds a big pile of nuts, he is VERY excited! But soon he is joined by another squirrel . . . and this squirrel thinks the nuts belong to HER. And when Mouse, Bear, Badger and Rabbit get involved, well, things get VERY confusing indeed! They won’t even listen to wise Rabbit. Will the quarrelsome squirrels ever learn to share? Ever since Erin was really little she has been fantastic at

Children’s Book Review: The Way Home For Wolf

AD | Paid collaboration Being a parent I wish I had all of the answers. Three year olds are full of questions and a lot of the time struggle with things they are thinking or feeling. Sometimes even if I try to explain something to Erin she doesn’t really understand what I’m saying so I have to look for other ways to do things. I always find that books can really help in these kinds of situations. We’ve recently been reading The Way Home For Wolf, which is the fourth book in a series of picture books by Rachel Bright

Children’s Book Review: Bizzy Bear Ambulance Rescue

AD | Gifted Bizzy Bear Ambulance Rescue by Benji Davies was published by Nosy Crow on 7th September 2019. The book is available to purchase on Amazon. Today, Bizzy Bear is working as a paramedic and when the emergency call comes in, there isn’t a moment to lose! Help him speed along in the ambulance and switch on the flashing lights. Then, once he’s rescued the injured cyclist, lift the stretcher and pull back the ward curtain for the doctor. One of Erin’s absolute favourite subjects is the emergency services but I haven’t seen many children’s books that focus on

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 Pigeon Has To Go To School

AD | Gifted  The Pigeon Has To Go To School by Mo Williams, published by Walker Books on 1st August 2019. Available to buy on Amazon. The Pigeon is about to get SCHOOLED. Do YOU think he should go? Why does the Pigeon have to go to school? He already knows everything! Well … almost everything. And what if he doesn’t like it? What if the teacher doesn’t like him? I mean, what if he learns TOO MUCH!?! It wasn’t long ago that I wrote about Erin having a few issues with going to nursery sometimes. It’s not that she

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: Have I Ever Told You?

AD | Gifted item Have I Ever Told You? by Shani King and Anna Horváth, published on 1st July 2019 by Tilbury House Publishers.  “Have I ever told you that, for me, there is no one more special than you? That for me, you are the most special child in the world, and that I love you now and will love you forever? Have I ever told you that?” Shani King wrote Have I Ever Told You? as a note to his children, to remind them that they are amazing in their individuality and that they have the power to choose who they

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