#Bookreview By Lou of One Camel Called Doug By Lu Fraser @_lufraser #SarahWarburton @simonkids_UK #picturebook #RhymingStory #ChildrensBook #BedtimeStory

One Camel Called Doug
By Lu Fraser
Illustrated By Sarah Warburton

Rating: 5 out of 5.

One Camel Called Doug is a rhyming picture book for young readers that I highly recommend. Today I have a review, thanks to Simon & Schuster Kids UK for gifting me a copy. Find out more about it in the blurb and my review below.

One Camel Named Doug

Blurb

A warmly reassuring rhyming story (with a fun counting element!) about how it’s ok to need a little alone time, from the author of the award-winning The Littlest Yak.

Doug the camel is all alone and sometimes he wonders whether one is enough (it makes playing hide and seek terribly tough…). So when at first one, then two, then three, then four more camels turn up (followed by a whole camel herd), Doug delights in the possibilities all these new friends bring. But when Doug is ‘all camelled out’ from all the excitement and it’s time to count down to bedtime, he takes just as much pleasure from the peace of being alone once again.

Lu Fraser’s warm, funny text is a delight to read out loud and is brilliantly illustrated by Sarah Warburton in the first book from this exciting new picture book partnership.

Review

One Camel Called Doug is a funny rhyming story that also involves counting. It starts with one camel, but there may be more, or it could be something else. Doug tries to figure out what he is seeing and how many you need for playing games like hide and seek or going on a bobsleigh or playing football.
It’s bright and vibrant with some hilarity in its illustrations.
It’s a beautiful book that brings camels alive in ways readers will find hilarious and will never have seen before.
Any nursery, library, home could have this in their possession to great effect.
It’s a book I highly recommend!

#Interview By Lou with Siena about her book Why We Walk, Illustrated By Shannon Wilvers @rararesources #Siena #ShannonWilvers #ChildrensBook #SummerRead #Summer #Walking #Nature #SienasStories #WhyWeWalk #PictureBook #GreatOutdoors #Outside

Interview with Siena
About her new children’s book – Why We Walk

It was a pleasure to interview Siena – the author of Why We Walk, a Canadian who writes stories for young children that are relatable and entertaining for children the world over. This one is suitable for 1-6 year olds. You will find out why it was written, her passion for people walking and the environment, how she puts her books together and how the writer/illustrator working relationship came about. Finally you will find a little about how Siena felt when her first book got published and how she had to convince her family.
First, find out about the blurb and then onto the 5 questions in the interview.

Blurb

Why we walk_coverWhen we walk we see things that we would have missed if we drove. Things like birds, cats, & squirrels. When we walk we have fun spending time together. We talk and learn how walking can help to care for our planet. Join Siena and her dad as they walk to school and discover every little step counts.

This is the second book in the Siena’s Stories series. The first book, The Dance of the Snow Tractors, was named a top book for children in the automobile category by Newsweek magazine.

Now onto the interview…

  1. You have a clear passion for walking and inspiring young children to get outside to walk, what inspired you to write the book – Why We Walk? Also, what is your favourite types of places to walk?

This book was my first idea for a book. It just came to me when my daughter asked me that simple question while we walked to school. I like to walk and really enjoy birdwatching. I walk almost daily for exercise and enjoy trying to find my favourite bird, the cardinal.

  1. What inspired you to care about the environment?

I grew up on a small island off the coast of British Columbia and learned about sustainability at an early age. I also saw the destruction of the land by the mine my parents worked in and the clear cutting of the old growth forest by a nearby logging settlement. It seemed like every year the clear cuts got closer and closer to my island and they were ruining the amazing view I had of the surrounding forest and ocean from my window. I will always remember waking up early to eat breakfast and watching all the stars in full view without the big city lights.

I also have fond memories of the many times Green Peace ships would visit our settlement and share their stories.

  1. Do you find that by writing children’s books about walking and how this helps the environment then rubs off on adults. I had a primary school teacher who had a passion for the environment in the 90’s and a lot permanently rubbed off on me and positively impacted my thinking. Do you think books like yours has a real impact for the longer term how children think as they grow into adults?

I have faith that children today are much more aware of how their parents polluted the planet and will take measures to combat climate change. My book will be a small reminder.  I also believe technology will help them along the way. I used to work in the power electronics industry and have first hand experience with solar, wind and micro hydro installations. They are becoming more affordable everyday. I tell my daughter that even small simple changes like LED lighting will make a huge difference over time.

  1. You have an illustrator – Shannon Wilvers. How did this working relationship come about and can you give a little insight into the process of you both working together to create a finished story?

I had come up with the idea for my book a few years ago but I cannot draw. I do collect original comic book art and have a side job selling movie memorabilia at comic conventions. At the various shows I met a local comic artist (Geof Isherwood) who also teaches art at a local technical school. I discussed the book with Geof and he introduced me Shannon who was his student at the time.

I use Microsoft Powerpoint to write the books. I create a slide and put in the text. Next, I insert a personal picture or a picture from the internet as reference for Shannon. When I am done, I send the file to Shannon. She creates a storyboard and we fine tune the art and text.

  1. Your first book – The Dance of the Snow Tractors, was named a top book for children in the automobile category by Newsweek magazine. How did that make you feel and how did you celebrate?

I was over the moon. I had a hard time convincing my family and friends that I was serious about writing these books. Newsweek helped bring them over to my side.

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#Review By Lou – The Fairy In The Kettle By Pauline Tait @PTait_author @SilverWoodBooks @RandomTTours #TheFairyInTheKettle #ChildrensBook #Fairies #BlogTour

The Fairy In The Kettle
By Pauline Tait

Rating: 5 out of 5.

The Fairy In The Kettle is sweet for 3-6 year old children by Pauline Tait. Thanks to Random T Tours for inviting me to review. Find out more in the blurb and my review and discover more about this author who lives in Scotland. She has much to offer readers of all ages…

The Fairy In The Kettle cover

Blurb

Leona knows she is very lucky, she has wonderful friends and family and lives in a beautiful old round cast-iron kettle, a place filled with adventurous fun. Leona fills her days with dancing, listening to music and decorating her kettle.

However, how will Leona and friends cope on one particular wild and stormy evening when the fairy village turns into a nightmare…?

Review

The type is beautiful in purple and goes with what transpires to be very sweet story about a fairy and her home. There is warmth and friendships to be found within the 25 pages, with their large and colourful illustrations, with a plot to keep young readers (3-6 years), enthralled.

There’s the creating of the home in the kettle, the friends Leona has and some dance. Life is good, until a storm hits, creating some tension and trepidation in the plot, until its lovely ending.

It’s short and sweet and is sure to capture the imaginations beautifully of young readers. It’s a great story to be read aloud too, whilst children cosy up to their parents/caregivers etc. It’s sure to give them a lovely warm fuzzy ending by the end of the entertaining story.

About the Author

Pauline Tait Author PicPauline is a multi-genre author, living and writing in Perthshire, Scotland. Having worked as a pharmaceutical technician for over twenty years and then in primary pupil support for learning, Pauline is now enjoying writing full time.

Her writing spans the ages as she writes both adult fiction novels (Romantic Suspense/Second Chances) and children’s picture books for 3- to 8-year-olds.

Writing has allowed Pauline to reach out and encourage children through her school and library visits and bookshop and festival events. She is passionate about children’s futures and welcomes opportunities to encourage children in their own reading and writing.

Married with two grown up children, Pauline also has a passion for cooking, travel and photography.

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#BookReview By Lou of Trains, Trains, Trains! By Donna David and Nina Pirhonen @DonnaMDavid @MacmillanKidsUK #ChildrensBooks #KidsBooks #Kidlit #PictureBooks #Trains #TrainsTrainsTrains #Parents #Carers #Families #Transport #Libraries #Nursery

Trains, Trains, Trains
By Donna David and Nina Pirhonen

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Today I have a review of a bright, fun picture book, with a fun game for those young children who love trains. It’s short and an exciting book to add to the picture book category. It is one that is great for reading together and lends itself perfectly for interactive fun. Find out what else I think about it in my review. First of all, a thanks to MacMillan Children’s Books for gifting me an e-book copy,  and take a look at the fun, eye-catching cover and the blurb too.

Trains Trains Trains cover

Blurb

Big trains, small trains, short trains, long trains . . . which do you like best? Follow fifty colourful trains as they whizz along tracks and through tunnels – up, down, around and back again! Can you find your favourite?
Full of spotting and counting fun, with five trains to find on each page and an exciting fold-out race at the end, this rhyming preschool picture book from Donna David and Nina Pirhonen has been specially developed to encourage pre-reading skills and expand language and vocabulary. With a super-shiny foil cover and fun read-aloud text, Trains Trains Trains! is just the ticket for any transport-obsessed toddler!

Review

TTrains Trains Trains coverrains, Trains, Trains….. says a lot in the title doesn’t it? It’s about…. you guessed it! Trains!
This is a seriously fun book with short, snappy sentences about each sort of train within the story. There’s much fun that can be had. It is written in a way that can be read to the movement of a train if you’re on one, and even if you are not. That certain rhythm can be found in the text.

Each page is brightly coloured and each has a plethora of trains of varying lengths and speeds, daytime, night time, going through a tunnel time, ones that are a bit bumpy, others that are smooth and so much more… There is also plenty of humour to be discovered too.

Trains, Trains, Trains is a book where much enjoyment can be gained over and over again. It’s also going to be great in extending vocabulary and observation skills. Whether your child is a few months old or 4/5 years old, there’s much to be gained in this entrancing, interactive book, that is best read aloud for full-effect and maximum fun!

There’s lots you can do with the book, besides reading it. You can have fun with the rhyme and you can use it to count trains and carriages etc, see what other things you can spot in the pictures. There’s a game that encourages this at the back. There’s a great section at the very end as a guide to “Reading Together – Tips for Parents and Carers”, with all sorts of ideas about what you can do and talk about. 



#Review By Lou #ChildrensBook -The King Who Didn’t Like Snow By Jocelyn Porter Illustrated By Michael S. Kane #JocelynPorter #MichaelSKane #Snow #Christmas

The King Who Didn’t Like Snow
By Jocelyn Porter
Illustrated By Michael S. Kane

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

The King Who Didn’t Like Snow is dedicated to Hospital Radio Volunteers in Plymouth and is a picture book, suitable for 0-6 year olds. Thanks for gifting it to me to review. Check out the blurb and my review below…

The King Who Didn't Like Snow

Blurb

King Mark is a higgledy-piggledy king who gets into a pickle every day. “Do something, Bert!” he shouts, and Wizard Bert, with his sidekick, Broderick the bookworm, always saves the day.
When snow falls on Windy Hill Castle, everyone is delighted – except for King Mark! King Mark doesn’t like snow and starts to sulk.
Will Bert and Broderick save the day again? Will King Mark walk into trouble? Do the children of Windy Hill Village have the answer…?
The King Who Didn’t Like Snow is a magical, amusing tale from the imagination of children’s author Jocelyn Porter. The unique illustrations are provided by none other than Michael S Kane, AKA Shaky Kane, the legendary comic artist.

Review

The book is bright and bold in its illustrations and easy to follow. Unusually, the text is also not only pretty big, it’s in bold, making it easy for a story-time curled up together or for children to read by themselves too, when they reach that stage.

The story takes place in a magical land called – Cornovia, where a time-travelling wizard (Bertram Ebenezer Rufus Togtangle) lives with Broderick – a bookworm in a Windy Hill Castle.

There are spells to be cast and a gigantic library, where Broderick goes to and almost forgotten games to discover.

When it snows, King Mark is not a happy man and is rather grumpy about it. The bookworm has and the wizard have an idea to create some fun and change the snow to a different colour.

There’s trying different things, such as toboganning down a hill. There’s also a message of being careful for what you wish for.

The book has some humour in it and also shows libraries off really nicely and in a fun way as well as winter fun, just in time for wintry weather.

#BookReview By Lou – The Dragon With The Blazing Bottom @simonkids_UK #Beach #PictureBook #Preschool #KS1 #ChildrensBook #KidsBook

The Dragon With The Blazing Bottom
By Beach

Rating: 5 out of 5.

There’s plenty of humour for children in The Dragon With The Blazing Bottom. Thanks to Simon and Schuster Kids for gifting me this book to review.
Please find out more in the blurb and my review below.

The Dragon With The Blazing Bottom cover

Blurb

The first in a fabulously funny and hugely commercial series about a dragon who has lost his flame – but may just find fire elsewhere . . . Perfect for fans of The DInosaur That Pooped series.

Sir Wayne’s dragon has lost his flame. Are his teeth TOO clean? Is his tongue TOO pink? Perhaps his diet is to blame. Not to worry – Sir Wayne has a meal plan of EPIC proportions, including a big lump of lava, one burning bush, some sparklers and fireworks – the ones that go ‘WHOOOOSH’. Oh, and one VERY mouldy old piece of cheese – almost as green as the snot from a sneeze . . . What could possibly go wrong?!
A hilarious and dynamic character-driven picture book, with a truly explosive ending! From the hugely exciting new picture book talent, Beach.

Review

The Dragon With The Blazing Bottom absolutely would appeal to children’s sense of humour in its rhyming tale. This is a great debut picture book by Beach. It hits all the right notes for pre-school to 5 year olds.
There are 2 great characters to meet – a knight – Sir Wayne and a huge, bright red dragon who can’t breathe fire. The knight assists the dragon and the illustrations just add to the fun of this as many ways are tried.
Young children are sure to have fun as they discover what happens to the dragon.
It’ll absolutely appeal to children with that “toilet” sense of humour and those who like dragons, knights and dinosaurs, like the one who pooped… It’s sure to gross them out in a way that will have them laugh lots.
It’s a book that is great for bringing some humour into your child’s life and one that adults can have fun with when reading it to their child(ren).