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.

The Night Before Christmas – Book Review

The Night Before Christmas by Parragon books is the perfect book to read to children on Christmas Eve or anytime on the run up to Christmas.  This Parragon picture book is a lovely quality with beautifully illustrated full colour pages by Henry Fisher that are sure to delight any young child.  The front cover is glittery and gives a magical feel to the book.

The Night before ChristmasWritten by Clement C. Moore this delightful story about The Night Before Christmas when Father Christmas took to the skies with his reindeer pulling his sleigh delivering presents in the quiet of the night is a pleasure to read.  With it’s rhyming lines, children are eager to hear what happens next and use the pictures to help bring the story to life.

My two children love this and it has been on the reading pile every night.  They find the story enchanting and love the excitement of the quick paced tale.  I’d highly recommend for everyone to read this to their children through the festive period.  It really helps keep the spirit of Father Christmas alive!!

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.

Picture Story Books from Parragon – Review

Parragon Books have a delightful selection of children’s books and we were lucky to be sent a couple to try.

The first is called The Adventures of the Owl and the Pussycat, a familiar title based on the classic Edward Lear poem that I remember from my childhood.  Although, this little tale follows two children dressed up as an owl and a pussycat who go on an adventure in their living room, travelling in a cardboard box.  They see many things on the way until they return home and fall asleep.

Parrogon owl and pussycatMy children both thoroughly enjoyed hearing me read this book to them, it’s fast paced with rhyming text, making you eager to turn the page to hear the next line.  The story is accompanied by beautifully illustrated pages that my children love to look at and point out things on.  It’s not too long and this makes it the perfect reading book for 3 year old Mister B.  He likes books with good pictures that he can understand and that aren’t too long as he prefers to have several books read at a time.  This is written in a modern way but still has a classic feel to it.  A lovely story that we all enjoyed.

The second book we tried was Wakey Wakey Big Brown Bear, a delightful tale about a group of animal friends.  The story centres around Big Brown Bear who is due for his long winter sleep but is worried about missing all the delightful things that happen during Autumn and Winter like crunchy leaves and puddles of rain.  Not wanting him to miss out his friends put together a mock Autumn and Winter when he wakes up.

Wakey wakey big brown bear parragonThis book has an enchanting storyline showing how friends come together and do nice things for each other.  This book also has lovely illustrations with plenty of detail giving my children lots to talk about. They loved the part of the story when Big Brown Bear’s friends were trying to wake him up and started shouting themselves for him to wake up!  They also enjoyed the pretend Autumn and Winter scenes as it’s all things they enjoy – walking through big piles of crunchy leaves, jumping in puddles and snow.

Both these books have been a great success with my children and I think they are both excellent books.  I’d definitely recommend them as ideal picture story books for pre school children.

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.