To finish off the week, I have a lovely giveaway for all my lovely readers.
We may only be in August but I bet those diaries are staring to look full and worn. Not everyone keeps a diary, I do; but if you don’t then they also make lovely Christmas gifts if your stuck for ideas as the majority (including this one) begin right after Christmas of course.
This one is a little bit more special than most. It’s designed for mums like me and is also a recipe diary meaning there is a recipe on virtually every page, or every diary week.
The recipes are a mixture of sweet and savoury dishes to suit the season, complete with full instructions and approximate cooking times.
As well as recipes, the diary also contains some really useful kitchen information, including weight conversions, cooking times and time saving tips.
There are pages for contacts, notes and even Christmas lists too.
It is an A5 size diary which is small enough to fit inside most standard handbags and comes with a lovely gold teal cover with ribbon, date stickers and pen loop for just £10.99.
I have the same diary to offer as a prize to one of my followers. This diary is the 2018 edition beginning January 1st 2018 worth £10.99. If you would like the chance to win this diary then click the entry link button below.
(Giveaway for one Mum’s diary from Dairy diary uk worth £10.99. The giveaway will run for 28 days with final date for entries being September 8th 2017. Entrants need active email, Facebook and twitter accounts to complete entry steps.)
This book is part of the new Autumn collection at Ivy kids books. This won’t be released until September so I’m really happy to have a copy before release.
Any child who has an interest in science will like this book. The pages are full of interesting science subjects and facts and there are a fair few pull outs and things to make.
Each page comes with detailed images making the book more fun to read.
The pull outs include a sun dial, periodic chemical symbol chart and a brief science history poster.
The book is aimed at science lovers aged 8 and over and should be in stores September.
This is just the sort of book that I would have loved as a kid. It is just packed with non stop fun. It may be mistaken for a joke book on first glance but it’s far from that.
This or That is page by page fun giving the same question on each page – “Would you rather?” and two answers, both of which can be quite gross and revolting or not so bad. Here are just a few examples.
Just as I imagined, my older two kids absolutely love this book and Izebella enjoys being read the questions and answering. We get a lot of laughs and lot of “Eeughs” and other strange noises.
This book would be great for parties and sleepovers and bound to get everyone laughing and making weird noises at some of the questions.
The author is Brandon T Snyder and the publishers are Sterling books. It costs about £8 and well worth it for lots of laughs.
Many parents and children will be familiar with a book called Dear Zoo. The book; aimed at very young children is a hard back, lift the flap type book and was wrote by Rod Campbell. The story is told in nurseries everywhere and this year the book celebrates a huge 35 year anniversary. It’s almost as old as myself!
Dear Zoo is a very easy read book. There are no real characters but the story is told as if it’s from a child who writes to the Zoo for a new pet. The Zoo send all sorts of animals but none are suitable for different reasons – too big, too scary, too naughty etc. In the end the child gets a perfect pet which they keep.
All young children and toddlers will love the lift flap pages where they see which animal has been sent on each page.
Both Ryan and Jordanna had copies of this book when they were younger, and now Izebella also had her own special copy, being the 35th anniversary box copy but still exactly the same book.
Izebella is learning a few letters and words at nursery but she is not reading yet. She can however read this book. I only had to read it once and now she knows the story word for word. The images and limited txt make it a very easy book to read and learn. She loves it.
Throughout 2017 Macmillan Children’s Books (Dear Zoo publishers!) is celebrating 35 years of Dear Zoo with an exciting programme of anniversary activity will include new publishing, an ongoing licensing programme, Dear Zoo live on stage plus an unmissable Easter treat at ZSL London Zoo. The Dear Zoo Trail will be open through the Easter holidays at London Zoo and families will be able to follow the story of the Dear Zoo book, with fun trail stops, animal facts and photo opportunities along the way.
When I was a little girl, I longed for some sort of item with my name on it. Unfortunately for me, my name is unusual and also spelt in an unusual way so there was never anything with my name on. These days, thanks to the internet and more modern technology, we can buy almost anything with names on, no matter how unusual or rare the name may be. Izebella may be a popular name but the particular spelling is not. Years ago I would have struggled to find anything personal for either of my girls but it’s so much easier now.
A lovely personalised book came before Christmas for Izebella. The book is from Wat adventure. The books website allows the parent or sender to include any name, sex of child, personal message and create a character. This is Izebellas.
The story is about a trip to India and when creating the book; there is a choice of which animals to include.
The child’s name appears on most of the books pages as well as the front cover.
Izebella has not started reading yet but can recognize letters. The size and format of the text makes it easy to read and suitable for beginner readers. All the pages are full of colourful images.
The books cost 19.99 each and do make lovely gifts. Also £1.00 from every book purchase will be donated to the Rainbow trust who provide support to families who have a child with a life threatening illness.
Izebella only got her new book yesterday but I just had to share as it’s nearly Christmas and it’s a perfect Christmas book for young children.
The book title is “What I love about Christmas” the author is Maryann Cocca-Leffler and the publishers are Sterling children’s books.
It’s a board type book which are good for the really young kids, as unlike paper books, these can’t really be ripped. The pages are also easier to turn.
It reads as a poem with easy read txt and just a few pages. Lots of Christmas type pictures with animals (Mainly bears) rather than people.
This book also has some interactive features. A little like the old style pop up books that I remember from my childhood with tabs and wheels that children can move and a pop out snowman too.
Izebella seemed to really enjoy it and I think I’ve read it maybe ten times so far. It’s a lovely book and perfect just before Christmas.
The RRP on this is approximately £9.20 but I have spotted it on Amazon for much less.
Being a fan of the Dork diaries book series means Jordanna gets sent a fair few of them to read. Reading Dork diary instalments usually takes her about a week or so. I’m unsure how many instalments in this series are out but judging by the inside of the front cover; it looks like this may be the 12th one.
Dork diaries is the work of author Rachel Renee Russell. The books being aimed more towards girls than boys and perhaps for girls of Jordannas age and over (8/9 and upwards). The book series follows the adventure of the main character Nikki and her many adventures with family, friends, school and even enemies.
“When the animal shelter Brandon volunteers at is too full to take a litter of abandoned puppies, Nikki decides to look after them until the shelter has more room. Simple. There’s only one slight problem…her parents won’t allow dogs in the house so Nikki has to hide them at home and take them to school in secret. But with seven puppies to hide, things are going to get messy…Is Nikki’s plan going to end in a pawfully dorky disaster? “
The books are made to look like an actual diary of a young girl, with date and time entries, line spaces and many sketches and doodles making them very easy to read. Also readers don’t have to start from book one to follow the storyline as they are easy to from any book.
This new instalment has an RRP of £6.99 from most book stores and Amazon. Published by Simon and Schuster.
“When nine-year-old Tiger Days stays with her grandmother at Willowgate House she never knows what might happen… new friends to meet, animals to rescue and problems to solve!Tiger’s grandmother looks after animals in need and on her first visit, Tiger quickly learns how to feed a baby warthog and keep it safe.Tiger already has her hands full, but then a mysterious sound leads her to another little animal…At Willowgate House, no day is ever dull for Tiger!”
Jordanna has been happily reading the new Tiger Days book which I believe is the first book in this young fiction series by author Sarah Lean.
Tiger Days is the name of the main character, a young girl who loves animals and stays with her grandmother who looks after animals. Many animals are included throughout the book.
This is an easy read book. The book text is minimal per page and medium sized so easy to see. There are black and white sketches throughout too.
It is published by Harper Collins and available to buy on Amazon and most good book shops for just £5.99.
If you have a young girl then you may just be familiar with the Dork diaries book series. If so then you may get the feeling that perhaps the boys are missing out a little. Now no one is saying that boys can’t read Dork diaries too but given the girly characters and many pink and purple covers, it’s easy to see why Dork diaries appeals more to girls.
Well worry not because now the author of Dork diaries (Rachel Renèe Russell) has a brand new book series called – The misadventures of Max Crumbly.
Now this book has a blue cover and an image of a boy on the front. This boy being the main book character Max Crumbly, and is more likely to appeal to boys.
Max Crumbly is the new dork on the block. The book has similarities to Dork diaries. It is wrote in a similar style with various character entries and incidents, thoughts, feelings etc. There are many doodles and images (drawn by character) throughout. There aren’t any dates on the entries as such but each page of entries flows on to the next.
As the text is nicely spaced out, with images appearing regularly, it makes it quite easy and fun to read.
Storyline -Poor Max Crumbly! Stuffed in his locker for the second time in one day! Thinking he might never get out.
Max decides to chronicle his first two weeks of eighth grade at South Ridge Middle School in his journal at least then there will be a record of what happened when his body is found.
Coming from seven years of homeschooling, Max dreamed of being a superhero here; instead, he s school-bully Doug Thug Thurston s new favorite target. Luckily, Erin Madison rescued Max from his first involuntary locker vacation, but the next time Thug strikes is after everyone has left for a three-day weekend. Enduring a few hours of cramped conditions, Max escapes through the back of his locker, where he crawls through ductwork, foils a robbery, and saves the school s new computers!
And this brand new book series which starts with “Locker hero” is aimed towards young readers aged 9 and over. The publisher is Simon and Schuster and the book can be found on Amazon and most good book stores. RRP £10.99.
Dotty detective is a Harper Collins publishing by author Clara Vulliamy.
The story, characters and overall look of the book, suggests that this is most definitely geared towards girls, it seems perfect for my 8 year old too with easy fun txt and images throughout.
Dotty detective is wrote in diary form, and is made to look like the main character (Dot) has wrote the diary herself with her own thoughts and feelings each day.
The book begins with Dot explaining to readers; in her own style, that she has recently moved house and is about to attend a new school. School events fill up the majority of the diary style pages. New friends, teachers and a bit of mystery solving, all of it in a pretty fun to read book.
There is about 165 pages in total but the wording is quite large for a paper back book of this type and most pages contain images and doodles too meaning it’s a really easy read for most children.
Dotty detective has a moderately low RRP of just £5.99. But from Amazon and most good bookstores. The recommended age for this book is 5-8 years.