Barbie in Princess Power Book & Jigsaw Giveaway x3

Barbie in Princess Power is the latest guise of Barbie and one that has been hugely successful with my daughter.  Princess Kara acquires a magical power after being kissed by a butterfly that gives her the power to turn into a superhero allowing her to prevent disasters and save the day!

The Barbie in Princess Power Jigsaw and Book set from Autumn Publishing is perfect for young Barbie fans to read about the adventures of Princess Kara using her superhero powers to save the town.

barbie princess powerThe book is written in comic book style, with full colour pages and lots of illustrations to help guide you through the story.  Miss M who is 7 and and able reader, enjoying reading this herself especially at bedtime.

barbie powerA 60 piece jigsaw is included in the set which is an exceptionally high quality puzzle, the best I have ever seen.  The pieces are incredibly glossy and strong and Miss M couldn’t wait to get started.

barbie princess power 1The jigsaw is a brightly coloured image of Barbies Kara and Corinne in their superhero costumes flying through the sky.  Miss M thoroughly enjoyed completing this and did it herself.  On the back is a equally glossy black and white picture which is designed to be coloured in and wiped clean so you can keep redoing it in any colours of your choice.  Miss M just enjoyed the challenge of doing the puzzle of the picture on the back.

barbie princess power 2We loved this Barbie in Princess Power Jigsaw and Book set and are pleased to offer our readers the chance to win 1 of 3 copies in a giveaway!

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All reviews are my own opinions and I received a Barbie box set in order to write the review.

Horrid Henry’s Tricky Tricks – Book Review

Horrid Henry’s Tricky Tricks is a collection of ten Horrid Henry stories presented in a hard back book, with full colour illustrations on each page – perfect for any Horrid Henry fan.

Horrid HenryContaining the stories:

Horrid Henry Robs the Bank
Fluffy Struts Her Stuff
Horrid Henry Wakes the DeadMoody Margaret’s Sleepover
Horrid Henry’s Autobiography
Horrid Henry and the Nudie Foodie
Horrid Henry and the Mad Professor
Horrid Henry’s Horrid Weekend
Horrid Henry and the Abominable Snowman
Horrid Henry’s Grump Card

Miss M who is almost 7, loves Horrid Henry and I often find her reading Horrid Henry books at bedtime.  She couldn’t wait to get stuck into to this collection of stories and started with Horrid Henry Robs the Bank.  The story follows him playing the board game, Gotcha, with Perfect Peter and Moody Margaret who has won a number of times previously.  This time Horrid Henry is determined that he will be the winner and will go to any length to make sure that he does win.  His first idea was to be the banker, but Moody Margaret takes on that role so he has to resort to an alternative method of cheating… You’ll have to read it for yourself to find out what he did.

This a great set of stories for Horrid Henry fans, and would make a great gift.  There is plenty to read and with the colour illustrations on each page, it helps maintain interest and engagement with the story for children who are fairly new to reading independently.

All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions and we received the book in order to write the review.

Anthony and the Ants – Book Review

Anthony and the Ants from Parragon books is an amusing little story that made us giggle.  It a nice size picture book with full colour pages and and fun illustrations.

Anthony and the antsThe story follows Anthony the anteater who loves his food, but unfortunately a group of ants keep walking away with his food before he’s had time to eat it.  Anthony starts to get really fed up that this keeps happening so decides to go somewhere else to eat.  I won’t spoil what happens next but it does result in the ants and Anthony being friends and learning to share with each other.

anthony antsAnthony and the Ants is a fun book with a happy ending.  Both my children enjoyed the storyline and thought it was quite amusing.  The pictures help to set the scene for them and they giggled at the ants carrying away all the food.  This is a fun, quick to read story that we’ll enjoy many times over.

All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions and the book was sent to us in order to write the review.

 

Personalised Peppa Pig Book from Penwizard – Review

Penwizard offer personalised books starring your children alongside household name characters such as Peppa Pig, Fifi, Roary the Racing Car, Ben and Holly etc.  We chose a Peppa Pig book which is A4 size, 24 full colour pages with a personalised story throughout.

Peppa 3When 3yr old Mister B saw the book, he immediately recognised Peppa Pig and then I pointed out his name.  It’s only in recent months that he’s become aware of his name written down, but when he realised what he said, he thought it was hilarious – he was so excited and couldn’t wait to read it.

What I like about the story is that not only does it incorporate your child’s name, but you can modify the characteristics of the image of your child to make it more realistic.  I was able to select hair colour, hair style, eye colour, skin colour etc to help make it more lifelike.  Also on one of the pages it mentions the full name of the child, which reinforces to the child that the book really is about them.

Peppa 2I have never seen Mister B so excited reading a book, he genuinely giggled everytime we read his name almost in disbelief that it was a real book.  Big sister Miss M has kindly sat and read the book through to him a few times – they both were genuinely excited and thoroughly enjoyed the story of Mister B in the swimming pool with Peppa Pig and George.  This has also been a firm favourite that has been on his reading pile every night for mummy or daddy to read at bedtime.

peppa 1I think the Penwizard personalised books are a great gift for little ones.  The delight in their faces to see themselves in a book alongside their favourite characters is so special.  These books are ideal for birthday gifts and one that you know will get used over and over again.

The ordering process is very simple, and takes just a few easy steps that the website guides you through, delivery is fast too.  If you are looking for a personalised book then I’d definitely suggest checking out Penwizard.

All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions and we received the book in order to write the review.

Mr Tumble’s Big Book of Counting – Review

Mr Tumble has undoubtedly been one of my children’s favourite television stars.  They have both sat glued to his television programmes and love joining in as much as they can.  Miss M has started to grow out of him but is keen for her younger brother Mister B to have the same fun with Mr Tumble that she has enjoyed over the years.

Mr Tumble bookMr Tumble’s Big Book of Counting, a new lift the flap book from Egmont arrived for us to review, and Miss M’s eyes lit up as she showed Mister B through the pages, seeing if he knew his numbers.

The book teaches children to count up to 5 with each number spanning a double page with a flap that opens out to make a triple size page.  Each page contains a large number image with traceable finger lines, a little rhyme and bright colourful pictures with items to count relating to the number on the  page.  The book also makes use of the different Tumble family characters to include, Fisherman Tumble, Grandad Tumble, Aunt Polly and more.

Mr Tumble

Mister B, who is 3, enjoyed the book and was able to recognise the numbers and enjoyed counting the objects.  The flaps proved a hit too as he was intrigued to see what was underneath.  This a large hardback book with thick card pages.  With it’s bold, bright illustrations it’s perfect for any little Mr Tumble fan out there and a great way to get to grips with numbers!

All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions and we received a copy of the book in order to write the review.

The Carrot Cake Catastrophe – Book Review

The Carrot Cake Catastrophe is a beautiful new children’s picture book from Parragon books.  Written by Elizabeth Dale and illustrated by Gemma Raynor this book is an absolute delight, both to read and visually.

Parragon carrot cakeThe story follows Jenny rabbit and her Grandad as they attempt to make a delicious carrot cake for mummy rabbit’s birthday.  Unfortunately Grandad doesn’t have his glasses on and they end up using soap instead of butter, salt instead of sugar etc.  As you can imagine this is a total recipe for a Carrot Cake Catastrophe!

Fortunately all turns out well in a little twist at the end of the book.  I read this to my two children who really enjoyed the fun storyline.  They love baking so thought it was hilarious hearing the ingredients that Grandad was adding to the cake mixture.  They also enjoyed the pictures which really bring the story to life.  They pages are beautifully illustrated – a real delight.

Carrot cakeAs a bonus at the end of the book, there is a carrot cake recipe, one we are keen to try out.  The Carrot Cake Catastrophe is a lovely book that I’d definitely recommend.

All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions and we received the products in order to write the reviews.

Win Heroes of the City Goodies

Heroes of the City is a television cartoon about rescue vehicles in a small town where everybody gets to be a hero!  There are lots of fun characters such as Pauli Police Car, Harry Hot Rod, Percy Post and not forgetting Fiona Fire Engine!  Well this has been an instant hit with my two children, particularly three year old Mister B.  With my name being Fiona, he just loves that I am a Fire Engine in the show!

The storylines follow the exciting adventures of the characters as they help the townspeople find thieves, put out fires, and solve one of the many mysteries that happen in the otherwise quiet town. You will also get to know Calamity Crow, the most misunderstood bird in town.

HeroesAimed at ages 3-7, Heroes of the City is the perfect first app for three year old Mister B to be using, he loves watching the episodes and has really got to grips with the games.  He does require a little assistance with some of them but loves playing Fiona Fire Engine to put out the fires and also has spent much time playing the puzzle games which he can sit and do himself.  I love the way the app motivates and applauds the child after each stage of the game with cheers, stars and fireworks.  Mister B is so proud of himself when he see’s this as he feels like he has done really well.  With trophies in each game to be won, there is plenty of scope for him to play this and reach higher levels.

Heroes of the cityWith episodes to watch, games to play and trophies to collect, Heroes of the City has plenty to do to keep little ones occupied.  I highly recommend it as a preschool app, one of the best we’ve tried.

The app is available from the following app stores:

AppStore: https://itunes.apple.com/app/heroes-of-the-city-movie-app/id602592310
GooglePlay: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.rutaett.HeroesMovie&hl=en

If you’d like to win an exclusive bundle of goodies like the one shown above then enter below.  The book is full of bright pictures and easy to follow stories that little ones will love and the little vehicles are great, Mister B loves playing with them and more so carrying them around in his pocket when we go out and about!
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Christmas by Dick Bruna

Christmas by Dick Bruna has to be one of the most delightful children’s nativity picture books I’ve come across, telling an elementary tale of the nativity story with simple, but charming pictures in a hard back book.  To mark the 50th anniversary since the book was first published in 1963, a stunning gold and white edition has been published by Simon and Schuster.

Dick Bruna Christmas 50 years

Christmas tells the tale of the shepherds who see the bright light of an angel telling them of a baby called Jesus who has been born in Bethlehem.  They make their way to meet Jesus and find him in a stable.  The three kings also make a visit bringing gifts before returning home on their camels the spread the word that Jesus was born.  Everyone decided that every year the day that Jesus was born should be a holiday and that day is Christmas day.

I have read this to my children aged 5 and 3 numerous times over the last week or two.  This is the perfect time of year to read the book and due to them enjoying both the story and the pictures, it has become a firm favourite at the moment.  They love the nativity story which 5 year old Miss M recognises from what she has learnt at school .  She loves the style of the book and has read the book to us a few times with it’s easy to read sentences and simple style.  Mister B who is 3 enjoys the pictures which are simple and recognisable giving us something to talk about.

Dick Bruna ChristmasThe Christmas book includes a ribbon bookmark to save the page you are on with a delightful angel attached half way along.  Miss M love this and guides it through the pages as we read.  Dick Bruna’s illustrations are uncomplicated in design but totally lovable.  Any fans of Miffy (which we are) will instantly recognise his unique style which has lasting appeal through generations.

I absolutely adore this Christmas book by Dick Bruna and highly recommend it.  It’s classic tale that has widespread appeal which children will enjoy year after year.   The 50th anniversary edition is a delight that I am proud to put on my bookshelf and one that I only let the children read supervised.  This book will be enjoyed many times over by our family on the run up to Christmas and is a book that I hope I can read and pass on to my grandchildren one day.

All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions. We are not paid for reviews although we do receive the product to try out and enable us to write the review.

HABA Come with us! Opposites book – Review

We were delighted to be sent some little HABA toys to help celebrate HABA’s 75th Anniversary!  HABA are a German toy manufacturing company that produces high quality children’s toys, games and furniture.  A lot of their toys are made from wood but in more recent years they have expanded to use other materials but have maintained the excellent high standard we have come to know from HABA.

I have always found that any HABA toys I have come across have been beautifully designed, attractive to look at and well made.  They are a joy to own and play with and great to pass down to younger children – they definitely stand the test of time.

We received a book from the Come with us! series and it was all about opposites.  It is a board book aimed at preschool children and covers opposites such as tall/short, empty/full, small/large etc.

HABA Come with us book 1 HABA Come with us book 2

What makes this book from HABA so delightful is that it comes with a beautifully made wooden sheep called Willow.  He is magnetic and what makes the book clever is that on each page the Willow will only stick to the opposite described in the story.

My two children both enjoyed this book and had fun playing with Willow to see where he would and wouldn’t stick and although 5 yr old Miss M knew immediately where to stick him, 2 yr old Mister B had to think a bit more and by trying to stick Willow in various places has helped reinforce opposites with him.

We love this HABA Come with us! book and think it would be great for any child of pre school age.  A nice little story along with learning opportunities in a fun, interactive way.

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All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions. We are not paid for reviews although we do receive the product to try out and enable us to write the review.

 

Sylvester and the New Year – children’s book review

New Year is always a hard concept to get across to little ones, particularly Miss M who’s birthday falls on New Year’s day.  She finds it hard to grasp the concept that her birthday is next year when it is only a few weeks away.  So when I was offered to review the updated version of a traditional German tale by poet Eduard Mörike about the magical journey of Sylvester as he travels by moon horses to Earth to deliver the New Year and return the Old Year back to be rejuvenated by the River of Life, I thought it’d be a great opportunity to talk about the change from one year to another with Miss M as well as enjoying a story with lots of lovely colour illustrations.

The book is a lovely size with many more pages in it than I expected.  The pages are strong and of high quality, with each one beautifully illustrated.  The story is a good length too, being aimed at a child of 5+, it is neither too short or too long with just a couple of lines of text on each page ensuring the child stays focussed and interested in the story.

I enjoyed sitting down with Miss M in the evenings to read this magical tale, it is perfect for this time of year, with a festive feel to it – although Miss M did ask if Sylvester was Santa at one point with his long white beard!!  It has given Miss M a better understanding of the concept that as one year goes, a new year comes in and she did enjoy the magical tale that went with it.

I think this is a really enjoyable story to sit down to read especially in the run up to New Year and has a traditional feel to it without being dated.  I look forward to reading this many more times with Miss M on the run up to her 5th Birthday at New Year!!

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Sylvester and the New Year is published by independent publishers Far Far Away.  You can follow them on Facebook or Twitter.

And if you wish to purchase a hard back copy of this book for £9.99 it can be found here on Amazon.

All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions. We are not paid for reviews although we do receive the product to try out and enable us to write the review.