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: 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