#Bookreview by Lou of #ChildrensBook – My Daddy Is A Monster by Natalie Reeves Billing @BillingReeves @RandomTTours #MonstrousMe #MyDaddyIsAMonster

My Daddy Is A Monster
By Natalie Reeves Billing
Rated: 5 stars *****

Following from My Mummy’ – Is A Monster, this is another dual perspective book that is thought-provoking for young children.
Thank you to Anne at Random Things Tours and Natalie for inviting me onto the blog tour and for a copy of the book.

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Blurb

The Monstrous Me collection are split perspective books looking at situations from other points of view, helping children develop a sense of balance, roundedness and wellbeing. Readers can literally and figuratively, turn the story on its head, and look at the very same situations from different angles. In this second book, ‘My Daddy is a Monster’ a curious little boy is convinced his dad is a monster. But, is he really? When we look through his dad’s eyes, we see a very different story.

Review

One way the book is My Daddy Is A Monster. Turn the book upside down and you get My Kid Is A Monster.
Monsters can hide and daddy turns into a big purple monster. He does all sorts of things like takes away the kids IPad, makes them awful food, drags them to a football match and much more. Then at bedtime, it all turns more positive for the kids as they realise daddy is not a monster after all as he does some really kind things.

On the flip-side the kids are monsters who leave toys lying out, fidget and fight, take daddy’s phone and moan through the football game and more…
When the kids are all tucked up in bed, the perspective changes and both kids and daddy wonder if each other are really monsters.

It’s a story that will make children think and could assist in seeing each other’s perspectives and try to regulate and think about their behaviour. It could enhance certain aspects of growing-up and being respectful and in growing into a more rounded individual. It’s perfect for opening up thoughtful discussions with young children, as well as enjoying the game and story, in a home and education setting.

It’s also beautifully illustrated with a game of “Hunting the Monstrometer” throughout the book.

About the Author

Natalie Reeves Billing. Author Pic (1)Natalie Reeves Billing is a Liverpool lass with a dark sense of humour, which often spills onto the page. She loves to write spooky, fantastical stories for young audiences, and dabbles in poetry, contemporary fiction.
Natalie spent most of her early career in the music industry as a performer and professional songwriter. This lead, almost inevitably, to storytelling.

Natalie is an Arvon Foundation friend and is a student of the Golden Egg Academy. She is mentored under the Lloyds Bank SSE program, with her Bubs Literacy project. She is published in several anthologies with her poetry and flash fiction, including the Writing on the Wall, Read Now, Write Now, and is involved in several collaborations with fellow writers across poetry, song, and scriptwriting.
Her new book, My Mummy is a Monster (part of the Monstrous Me collection) will be available in March 2020 and Carry Love in June 2020
Connect with Natalie on Twitter @BillingReeves.

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#BookReview by Lou – of charming #ChildrensBook – The Butterfly Inside by Serena Lane Ferrari #readingrocks #edutwitter #minibeasts #Kidslit

The Butterfly Inside
By Serena Lane Ferrari
Illustrated By Georgia Vallicelli
Rated: 5 stars *****

I am delighted to present my review of The Butterfly Inside. This is a beautifully illustrated picture book that will benefit so many young children up to at least age 5, and whisk them away on a great imaginative journey they are certain to relate to in this charming modern fairytale that will sit well in any nursery and primary school bookshelves. It is also great for reading for pleasure at home too.

I thank Serena Ferrari for posting a copy of her book to me.

The Butterfly Inside cover

Blurb

One young elf. One big dream.

Every night Oliver dreams of becoming a butterfly. He wants to fly and flutter around the forest with all the other butterflies.

The butterfly within him, trapped in the prison of his elf body, is battling to come out. Despite Crow’s laughing, Oliver has many friends that support him in finding his power and path to trasformation.

Can Oliver hold onto his dream and become a Butterfly?
Follow his journey in this magical modern fairytale to find out.

Review

What child doesn’t wish they could be something else other than human? I know I certainly did. Oliver is an elf who wishes he was a butterfly. He takes a walk and tries to find the materials he needs to turn himself into a butterfly, meeting all sorts of creatures along the way who try to help in this charming story, that ends with beautiful colouring in pages.

The book encourages imagination, problem-solving, friendship, fun and teamwork.

I simply love the character and humour within this essentially, heartwarming book. The illustrations are bold and accompany the story very well. It’s full of positivity and optimism and fun that will brighten any child’s story-time.

For families, this is a beautiful book to share together, that children are sure to delight in.

For schools  and nurseries, especially, there is enough in the story to either have a quiet story-time and/or incorporate it into a mini-beasts project that could create some fascinating discussions and artwork, I’m sure.

You will also find more books by Serena Lane Ferrari after the story, but then keep reading all the way to the very last page (more so if you’re and adult), it is incredibly poignant for what the author has to say…

#Review of My Awesome Autism by Nikki Saunders @NRSaundersbooks #autism #edutwitter #childrensbook #picturebook #primaryrocks #libraries

My Awesome Autism
By Nikki Saunders
Rated: 5 stars *****

If I were asked to describe this book in 3 words, they would be:
Bold, Creative and Positive!
The rest of the review can be discovered below, after the blurb.

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Blurb

We Are All Different! That’s Wonderful! Some Differences Are Easy To See…
A book about autism and diversity. This book is the first step to providing a communicational gateway for your child to learn about their autism in a positive and nurturing way.

Whilst delivering such love and reassurance, your child can enjoy the stimulating, colourful illustrations with you, and later revisit upon the child’s experiences thereafter.

my awesome autism cover

Review

This is such a positive and uplifting book that child-educators and parents/caregivers can all enjoy with children. It can be used for those with autism or even to help provide empathy and understanding to those who do not. All children can gain something from this book. The fact that everything is backed up with positive and warm words of love may make lots of children smile and perhaps feel good about themselves. It could also have that effect on families and teachers too as they read it with their child(ren).

Each page is simply illustrated in large brightly coloured pictures that bring the story to life. So, nothing too intricate and not too busy either.

It has a terrific accrostic using the word “Autism”. It is super positive. The book then goes on to show that everyone is different from hair to skin colour to skills to observation.

There’s a really clever picture within the book that demonstrates observation perfectly. It is drawn in a way that it could be a duck and a rabbit and asks which you see first. It reassures it doesn’t matter, just that people are different in what they initially see, both are right.

The book then goes on to demonstrating that people’s senses, feelings, likes and dislikes can all be different and each is backed up with still promoting that message of Love.

There’s an affirmation about being Amazing!

There’s a section on how everyone has strengths and weaknesses and how some people may find certain things trickier than others. It’s backed up with reassurance that this is ok!

Twitter Link  @NRSaundersbooks

 

#Review of Timothy (and Lucy) Mean and the Time Machine 2 by William AE Ford @williamaeford@marcelo_cinica #kidslit #libraries #Childrensbook #kidslit #edutwitter #primaryrocks

Timothy Mean and the Time Machine 2
(and Lucy)
By William AE Ford
Illustrated by Marcelo Simonetti

Rated: 5 stars *****

I’ve been impressed at the calibre of writing and style that’s been coming from award winning author – William AE Ford before in both Timothy Mean and the Time Machine and The Cockatoo from Timbucktoo and this latest is no exception. This series is perfect for primary school children. I’ve read the previous books to classes to great success as they take children on imaginative adventures through time and space, all in rhyme and with computer graphic like pictures that really stand out. There are ways you can make them interactive stories. They are as good as Julia Donaldson’s books.
There are also resources on his website…. See after the review for links to that and his social media and a bit about William AE Ford.

I thank William AE Ford for surprising me with a copy of the book.

Timothy Mean and His Time Machine 2

Blurb

With Timothy Mean’s amazing imagination and time machine, anything and anywhere is possible!

Join Timothy and sister Lucy on a new magical rhyming adventure in this sequel to the Award Winning ‘Timothy Mean and the Time Machine’ children’s picture book.

Mummies, Gladiators, Cavemen, Albert Einstein, Giant Squids, Leonardo Da Vinci and Aliens make an appearance in this exciting, laugh out loud, time travel escapade.

Review

The escapades start when Timothy Mean has had enough of his Mega Space Anti Alien Laser Gun. The thought of tidying his room isn’t much better. Let’s face it, no one likes to actually tidy their room. Timothy has the perfect antedote to that. His time machine that he created in book 1 is ready for more adventures. Do note that they are also stand alone books as well as part of a series.

I love that the lines that children can tag onto and recite about pushing the button of the time machine are still there. What I’ve found is that children love to create their own sound to this too. These are books where educators could get very creative with and still be within a learning and growing capacity, whilst also expanding imaginations of children and creating a love of reading.

Characters throughout history are discovered from Cleopatra in Egypt, Julius Caesar in Rome, Cavemen and wooly mammoth’s during the Ice-Age, Albert Einstein in a classroom in 1909, King Neptune in Atlantis, Leonardo Da Vinci painting the Mona Lisa and then it’s off to the future and up to Mars where Timothy and Lucy see aliens.

It’s a spectacular book that has a terrific range of subjects within it and rhymes wonderfully well. It has enough fun and detail for children of primary school age, to really get into in each page. I whole-heartedly believe it will feed into their curiosity and humour.

This is one that could easily spark conversations in a classroom or school library setting in the most fun ways.

The illustrations again, produced by Marcelo Simonetti that accompany the story, stand out very well and look very exciting in their boldness of colour and style. Each depicts the story very well indeed.

So all in all, I highly recommend this book and others by William AE Ford, who is shaping up to be an exciting author in this section of children’s books. No longer is he a debut author, but one who is now award-winning and produced a few books and is becoming ever more established in the book world. Children are really enjoying his books.

Social Media Links

Website: www.williamaeford.com
Twitter: @williamaeford

ABOUT THE AUTHOR.

William has always had a passion for books, writing and story-telling.  William’s favourite way to end a cosy evening is to spend time dreaming up and reading bed-time stories to his five wonderful children.

 ‘Timothy Mean and the Time Machine’ and ‘The Cockatoo from Timbuktu’ were inspired by the spark of his children’s colourful imaginations as they tirelessly created unique, laughter filled days from even the most mundane, everyday objects and situations!

Born in England, William  currently lives in Oslo, Norway with his wife and five children.

‘Timothy Mean and the Time Machine’ won the Readers Favourite Children’s Sci-Fi / Fantasy 2019 Award.

‘The Cockatoo from Timbuktu’ is William’s second published picture book. 

Timothy Mean 2 an epic fun-filled, action-packed sequel to the award winning Timothy Mean & The Time Machine has just been released.  

William has been described as an exciting author with his books being in the same calibre as Julia Donaldson. 

“If you are a fan of Julia Donaldson, you will love William A.E. Ford’s books. They are of that calibre. They are packed full of a rhyming story, big and bright illustrations that match the stories and with something that children will take away from them – fun and just enough knowledge along the way. These book are fun to interact with at home, in a library or in school or to curl up with at bedtime. However you like to read books, this is an exciting author I highly recommend” Bookmarks & Stages.


William welcomes enquiries from agents and publishers.

Gloria – The Summer Fun Bus by Sue Wickstead @JayJayBus @rararesources #ChildrensBook #Kidslit #Edutwitter #Review #SummerReads #SummerReading

Gloria – The Summer Fun Bus
by Sue Wickstead
Rated: 4 stars ****

Today I am on a blog tour with Gloria – The Summer Fun Bus is by Sue Wickstead – Award Winning author (and teacher)  of The Wishing Shelf Book Awards Sue Wickstead. She is also an official Patron of Reading.
Gloria, the Summer Fun Bus is a super, vibrant book for children. Summer fun on a Play Bus, what can be better?

She also, according to Twitter, does school visits. Her books, although fictional, do have a factual link to a real school bus.

So come and discover the journey that will entertain your children this summer.
Discover the blurb, my review and then about the author and her social media and purchase links. Thanks to Rachel at Random Resources for inviting me on this blog tour.

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Blurb

Gloria the Summer Fun Bus
Gloria is a special Playbus.

She is painted with bright colours that makes her stand out. Now she is ready for a summer of fun, but will Max enjoy the adventure.

Why don’t you join in the fun, too?

Review

This is a joyous book full of fun and perfect for reading for pleasure!
Come and join the Play Bus it calls out to children with its vibrant, welcoming cover.
Play buses in various guises have been around awhile now in real life, so this is a great story to introduce children to them or to sit with your child and just have lots of fun, perhaps reminiscing about them, or just generally have a lovely story-time together. It’s action-packed full of wonderful pictures and characters up to all sorts of activities ranging from painting to dressing-up. It could spark the imagination within kids to try something different or re-discover an activity they’ve not done in awhile.

First, the playworker Bridget needs help to re-design a plain old red bus and then she needs customers. Max and his siblings go with their parents. Max is reluctant to join in and is rather naughty. Children will have fun finding out all the activities and what Max does in the end.

All in all it’s a book that is packed full of mischief and fun with an endearing end.

This book is ideal for schools, libraries and reading at home.

About the Author

Play bus Sue picSue Wickstead is a teacher and an author and writes children’s picture books with a bus theme. She has also written a photographic history book about the real bus, which is where her story writing began.

Sue once worked with a playbus charity based in Crawley. This led her to write the photographic history book about the project. The ‘Bewbush Playbus’ book was published in 2012.

Sue then began to write a fictional tale about the bus. ‘Jay-Jay the Supersonic Bus’, his number plate JJK261 gave him his name and has now been followed by more picture books which all indeed have a bus connection as well as links to her teaching journey.

Gloria is the most recent book and is based on the summer play-schemes which operated during the school holidays providing a safe place for children to meet and to play.

Award winning author.

 

Social Media Links –

Website : www.suewickstead.co.uk

Facebook: – Author Page https://www.facebook.com/storiesSue/

Facebook  – Playbus page https://www.facebook.com/BewbushPlaybus/

 

Purchase Links

https://suewickstead.co.uk/shop

www.suewickstead.co.uk

amazon.co.uk https://www.amazon.co.uk/Gloria-Summer-Fun-Bus-Wickstead/dp/191639230X/

Amazon .com https://www.amazon.com/Gloria-Summer-Fun-Bus-Wickstead/dp/191639230X/

Waterstones https://www.waterstones.com/book/gloria-the-summer-fun-bus/sue-wickstead/9781916392304

Barnes and noble https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/gloria-the-summer-fun-bus-sue-wickstead/1136923441?ean=9781916392304

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#review of the funny, rythmic Dylan’s Cozy Doze by Elsa Joseph @writerelsa @BookTasters #DylansCozyDoze #ChildrensBook #Parents #picturebook

Dylan’s Cozy Doze
By Elsa Joseph
Rated: ****

It’s nearly the weekend, so what better way of spending it than spending time with your little ones, than with a funny book. Today I have a review for Dylan’s Cozy Doze – a sweet, funny, rhythmic children’s book that would make for a good bedtime story or for cosying up and reading for pleasure. Thank you to Elsa Joseph for sending me the book and to the folks at Book Tasters for providing the opportunity to review.

About the Author

Elsa Joseph is the author of Best Kept Secret and Dylan’s Cosydoze. She gained her writing degree at London South Bank University, UK.
From an early age, Elsa had an ambition to be a writer. She often tried her hand at writing by entering writing contests, although little came from her early efforts. Besides her love of writing, Elsa has a passion for theatre and sits on the committee of a community theatre group which promotes new writing and encourages people to go to the theatre regularly.
Elsa draws inspiration for her books from travelling, art, theatre, reading and conversations with friends.
Living in London proves to be inspirational to Elsa as she sits at her desk in her office where she writes her stories and can merely look out the window at the hustle and bustle of city life to renew her creativity.
Elsa strives to make stories with interesting plots and beautiful scenery. Characters with great strengths and weaknesses that readers can identify and fall in love with.

Blurb

Dylan cannot sleep without his Cosydoze, but it goes missing on a visit to Granny’s house. Where has it gone? And can Mumand Dad get Dylan to sleep without it?

Dylans Cozy Doze Cover

Review

This is a lovely picture book about Dylan and his “Cozydoze” – a muslin cloth he won’t let go of, even on his way in the car to granny’s house, where he goes and has some fun with a ball. Later tragedy strikes. His “Cozydoze” cannot be found and no substitute is good enough. It’s a sweet book with a nice rhythm to it and will make a good bedtime story for pre-school children. There’s also a nice part that encourages children to look at the pictures and think about how the muslin went missing.
It is also a story that many parents will be able to relate to, wherever in the world you live, as well as being a book that pre-schoolers will enjoy and find very amusing.