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Algy’s Amazing Adventures in Space – Review

Algy’s Amazing Adventures in Space is one of the latest books from the Orion Early Reader series.  It is a red Early Reader which means it is perfect for those who are to read by themselves or to a listening adult.  Miss M is 6 and a fairly confident reader so this is perfect for her to sit down and enjoy.

Algy early reader orionThis book follows the adventures that a young boy Algy has when he visits the shed at the end of his garden.  Behind a loose plank always lies an amazing adventure which he visits with the girl next door and her little brother.  In this book they find themselves in space on another planet where they find a little tin dog who leads them to a crater where the dog’s owner GUS, a robot has fallen.  Algy and his friend’s adventure follows their journey rescuing GUS from the hole and then learning a bit more about the planet such as the strange plants that are grown.  They soon decide to return home through the shed after learning that the masters of the planet are due to return and they are aliens!!

Algy early reader orion 2This Orion Early Reader is a fun read, one that all children will enjoy.  Miss M found it exciting and eager to read what happened next which is great to motivate her to finish the book.  The book is full of colour illustrations on each page too which keep a child’s interest, Miss M always like to stop and look at the pictures before continuing to read.

We love the Early Reader series from Orion and think Algy’s Amazing Adventures in Space fit in really well, definitely something all young readers will enjoy.

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

Lego Friends Olivia’s Rainbow – Book Review

Lego Friends Olivia’s Rainbow activity book from The Works is excellent value at £2.99 and comes with a small Lego kit to make to add to your collection.   My daughter Miss M who is 6yrs old has become interested in Lego over the last year and already has a collection of Lego Friends sets.  She was thrilled to see this book and couldn’t wait to get the little cat out and build it’s bed and milk bowl.

Olivias Rainbow Lego FriendsThe book is a lovely quality for an activity style book with 32 full colour pages with a multitude of activities inside.  The contents have really been thought about and I’m really impressed at all the things there are to do.  There is quite a long story called Olivia’s Rainbow which is great for slighter older children to read along with facts about characters in Heartlake City.  There’s many puzzles such as spot the difference, sudoku and quizs along with some more unusual activities such as a simple experiment with water and a mirror to make a rainbow, mixing paints to make different colours and a song to add words to and make into a tune.

Lego Friends bookMiss M has really enjoyed this book, it has given her plenty to do and a story she can read again and again.  The little Lego cat fits perfectly in with her other Lego Friend’s sets and has added to her creativity in playing with Lego.  I think this is a lovely book for a young Lego fan and the activities are fun and a bit different from others you usually see.

lego friend olivia's rainbowAll reviews are my own and my family’s opinions and the book was sent to us in order to write the review.

Bunny Loves To Learn – Book Review

Bunny Loves to Learn is a gorgeously illustrated picture book written by Peter Bently and illustrated by Emma Foster & Deborah Melmon.  Published by Parragon, this book is a beautifully presented picture book, with full colour pages.

Bunny Loves to learnIt follows the story of a little class of bunnies and their teacher Miss Nibbler.  She brings in a box of costumes and challenges them them to dress up as people who lived a long time ago and make something from the time when they lived and tell the class about it.  After lots of busy making and decisions they finally each do a wonderful show and tell to the the class with a knight, viking, princess and an Egyptian mummy.

Bunny loves to learnxBunny Loves to Learn is a delightful little story with fabulous illustrations that we really enjoyed reading.  We found the storyline interesting and it gave us talking points with each of the costumes being made.  A great little book that we love reading over and over again and is suitable for both my children aged 3 and 6.  They have both enjoyed it

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

 

Horrid Henry’s Wedding – Early Reader Book Review

Horrid Henry’s Wedding is a classic tale of naughty Henry getting up to his usual antics and mischief.  In this story by Francesca Simon, Henry’s family are invited to Prissy Polly and Pimply Paul’s wedding and Horrid Henry is a pageboy!

Horrid Henry wedding book orion early readerThe day doesn’t start well with it pouring of rain, then Horrid Henry trips in a muddy puddle which covers his pageboy outfit before losing the rings in the church.  It’s never ending with Horrid Henry as usual but his constant antics are what keep children entertained.  Miss M enjoyed reading this and was amazed at all the things Henry got up to.  The book is an Orion red Early Reader which is perfect for her current reading ability and the writing is interspersed with plenty of colour pictures which helps maintain her interest and motivation to carry on reading.

Horrid Henry wedding book orionWe enjoyed this book and have already read it several times.  I would definitely recommend the Orion Early Reader series for young readers, they never fail to disappoint, are of a high quality and always full of colour illustrations that help bring the stories to life.

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

 

Hallmark Interactive Gifts – Review

Hallmark is a brand I’ve always liked for greetings cards, they have great designs and are of a good quality so I was pleased to try out some of their new interactive gifts aimed at children.  We received the Until We Hug Again teddy bear along with two interactive storybooks, All Aboard and Fairy Grandmother.

hall4The Interactive story books come complete with batteries.  They are operated by an on/off button on the top of each one and they work by reacting to certain lines you say within the book.  Each page highlights the last line in a different colour and this is to prompt you to read this line clearly as the book will respond and often ask the child a question as to what to do next.  You need to make sure your child responds clearly and quite quickly to enable the book to keep interacting.

All Aboard is a book about a train journey to Celebration city with Connor the conductor.  Connor interacts with you, getting you to make decisions about which way to go, or to point out where something is.  The book usually gives you two options and depending on your answer will respond accordingly.  Unfortunately a cow gets stuck on the track but with your help, you can get the cow to move to allow the train to continue it’s journey.

hallmark 1Mister B who is 3 loved being able to talk to the book and make decisions for Connor.  It’s a really entertaining idea and totally different to any other book we have seen.

Miss M who is 6 was really excited about reading A day at Fairy Grandmother’s.  The brightly coloured illustrations immediately caught her eye and she actually did quite well at reading the story herself.  The story follows your adventure as you visit the Fairy Grandmother at her castle and get to choose what to eat and help her look for her lost wand in her garden full of delightful sweet treats where you even come across a friendly dragon.

hallmark  2Both of these Hallmark interactive books would make excellent gifts for children.  We have been really impressed with them, they really engage the children in the storyline and it’s a really unusual and different concept for a character in a book to respond to things you say and ask questions.  My children both enjoyed the interaction and couldn’t wait to hear what was said next.  The books are a good, large size too being just slightly bigger than A4, and all pages are full colour with bold interesting pictures, plenty to look at and talk about.

 

The Until We Hug Again bear is a fantastic idea, a great gift and would be really special if you ever had to be apart from a little one, whether it’s just for the weekend or longer.  The bear was an instant hit with Miss M who hasn’t stopped cuddling him.  The quality of the bear is really good, it’s well made and feels lovely and soft to touch.  Standing at around 11 inches it’s a good size too.

hallmark 3The bear has the ability to record a message that can be played by pressing the heart on the bear’s tummy.  To record a message you simply press the record button on the foot and say your message.  This will then play back each time the heart is pressed and a new message can be recorded at any time.  If you want to save the message you have recorded you simply slide a switch in the battery compartment to lock it.

I recorded a message for Miss M to tell her I love her and wishing her a good nights sleep.  She takes it to bed each night for cuddles and can listen to my voice whenever she wants.  She has really taken to this bear and it has come everywhere with us.  A truly special gift for a child, ideal for parents or grandparents to give to a child close to them.

We’ve really enjoyed all these Hallmark interactive gifts. As you can see below the Until We Hug Again teddy has had trips to the park and the children enjoyed listening to Nanny reading them the interactive books and she was just as impressed with them too!

hallmark 4If you are looking for a special gift for a child then why not check out Hallmark?

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

 

Lottie and Dottie Sow Carrots – Orion Early Reader

Lottie And Dottie Sow Carrots is a fun story by Claire Burgess in the Orion Early Reader blue series.  It’s perfect for this time of year, just as you head out to your own gardens to start sowing seeds and plant things for the season ahead.Lottie and DottieLottie and her little sister Dottie love growing things and head off to the local garden centre to choose some seeds.  They decide on something orange so look at the array of carrots on offer and buy some seeds.  With some helpful advice from a neighbour they set to work planting them and and the end of the summer they are able to pick them and eat them.

Lottie and Dottie picturesThis is a lovely book that 6yr old Miss M found simple to read, the colour illustrations on each page really engaged her and helped bring the story to life.  She paused after each page to view the pictures and reinforce her understanding of what she has just read.  I like these books because they are great to read together but she can also sit and read them alone and I know she is of the level where she is understanding and reading the majority of the book correctly.

Lottie and Dottie discover that growing your own carrots tastes so much better and is fun to do, something I think most children would enjoy.  After all, there’s nothing better than growing your own food then getting to eat it!

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

Personalised Book from Unique Editions

Personalised story books are fascinating to most children, they are a novelty, something fun and a great keepsake.  Unique Editions have pushed the boundary a little further than most personalised books I’ve come across and made the most awesome personalised story for a family I’ve ever seen.

I chose a book for my daughter Miss M, which included her family members, mummy, daddy and younger brother Mister B.  This was the result:

unique 3The front cover itself sold it to me – how fabulous!!   I was literally grinning to myself as I placed the order, a simple process where you add the names of each family member, along with a clear, front facing photo of each person to be included within the book.

When the book popped through our letterbox, I had the first viewing.  I was beyond happy, a smile across my face as I read the book through, seeing the pictures on each page.  I am very impressed, Miss M was the star of the book, but the rest of the family were featured on many pages and we were referred to under the surname of our family too which the children loved!

unique 2The book I chose was the story of a superhero family, one I knew both of my children would love being big superhero fans!  It follows the story of mummy with her X-ray vision powers allowing her to see through walls so she knew who was sleeping at night *love my powers*.  One day they were out shopping when mummy discovers some people robbing the bank, arghh!!  But when our family change into our superhero outfits we manage to save the day!

unique 1It really is hard to show here how many giggles and how much excitement this book has brought.  We have showed it to friends and family who’ve all enjoyed it and found it highly amusing as they read through the story seeing our faces on each page.

We LOVE this personalised childrens book from Unique Editions and think it would make the perfect gift for a young child.  The books are available in several different stories, with just one child, or with an added sibling or even the whole family.  The pages are of a great high colour quality and being quite thick will withstand little ones turning the pages.  These really are books to be treasured and look back on in future years.  I imagine we will have just as much fun reading it then as we do now!

If you are looking for a personalised book, then I highly recommend checking out Unique Editions – I promise you won’t be disappointed!

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

How to Catch a Star – 10th Anniversary Edition – Review & Win

How to Catch a Star by Oliver Jeffers is a classic children’s picture book that tells the story of a young boy eager to catch a star from the sky.

catch a star 5To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the book a special set has been put together which we were lucky to receive including a hardback copy of the book, some glow in the dark ceiling stars and a star shaped usb stick.  There were also lots of activity sheets which my children have been having lots of fun with.  The special edition of the How to Catch a Star book includes a letter from the author and previously unpublished drawings.  Aimed at ages 2 to 7 years, this is perfect for both my children to enjoy being aged 3 and 6.

catch a star 3How to Catch a Star follows a young boy who loves stars and spends many hours gazing up at them.  It then shows the journey of his efforts to catch his own star and after various attempts he finally finds one.  The book is simply yet beautifully illustrated with full colour pages that keep little ones entertained whilst listening to the story.

This has made the perfect bedtime reading for 3yr old Mister B as it’s a relaxing easy read that doesn’t bring too much excitement yet has a storyline that little one’s love.  Mister B loved it when the boy went up in his rocket to search for a star.

The activity sheets proved a big hit with both my children, Mister B loving the mazes which he could sit and do with his finger.  He loves following the lines around hitting a “dead end” before having to turn back and find an alternative path.

catch a star 2Miss M who loves her cutting and sticking was immediately attracted to the mobile to make.  She sat carefully cutting out each shape before glueing them together with a piece of cotton inside.  I then helped her to stick them to a cross that we made out of sturdy cardboard strips.  She was so proud of her effort and wanted it hung in her bedroom so she could look at it whilst in bed.

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Why not print the activity sheets for you little ones to do?

How to Catch a Star Activity Sheets

Released on 27th March 2014, How to Catch a Star is available from Amazon for £12.99.

How to Catch a Star by Oliver Jeffers is a great book with a storyline that little ones love and I’m pleased to say I have a copy of the book to give away to one of my readers.  If you’d like to win, just fill in the rafflecopter form below.

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Woolly & Tig Books – Review

Woolly & Tig has been a firm favourite in this house since the first series aired on CBeebies, so I’m pleased to see a range of books have now been published by Random House.  They have a good selection, covering story books and activity books which include wipe clean and sticker types.

woolly 3If you haven’t met Woolly & Tig before, they are a young girl called Tig and her toy spider, Woolly.  The shows aim to explore new experiences that young children face such as the first time going swimming or being afraid of the dark.  Woolly encourages Tig to try new things, not be afraid of things and learn lots of new activities.

We received a couple of story books, Woolly at Nursery and I Love Mummy.  They are both high quality books, with thick glossy pages and bright pictures.

I Love Mummy discusses the relationship between Tig and her mummy, how much her mummy loves her and all the things she does for Tig.  It then shows Tig how she should help her mummy and understand that sometimes her mummy has to do things and can’t play but it doesn’t mean she loves Tig any less.

Woolly at Nursery explores the fun Tig has at nursery until she accidentally bumps into a little boy one day.  They both blame each other and she no longer enjoys nursery.  But by learning to share her worries and concerns she is happy to go back to nursery.  Both these books build on experiences and we have enjoyed reading them.  They make good talking points if your child has come across similar issues.

We then had a look at the activity books.  The Wipe Clean book is excellent for little ones who are just starting to hold a pen and get to grips with making marks on paper.  This is perfect for 3 yr old Mister B who could follow the lines, dots, shapes with the pen.  It also has simple words to copy which he struggles a bit with, but this makes the book a bit of a challenge and gives him something to learn from.  He is the ideal age for this and has really enjoyed doing it.

woolly 1The sticker books are all of a high quality, with lots of colourful stickers for little ones to add to the pages.  There are lots of other activities such as mazes, counting, colouring in etc. plenty to keep little ones occupied.  We’ve had great fun with these and it’s perfect to sit down with Mister B and do.  He’s really enjoyed them.

woolly 2If you are looking for activity books for your young children, then I’d definitely recommend trying out the Woolly & Tig books from Random House.

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