Archive for July, 2011

Love Books Will Travel: Jo Frost

What: Book Signing
Who: Jo Frost (Supernanny)

Where: Waterstones

When: July 2011

Why: Promotional Tour for Jo Frost’s Confident Toddler Care
Who better than Jo Frost– the UK’s most trusted nanny– to help you through the challenging but exciting toddler years.
In Confident Toddler Care Jo Frost guides parents through the new demands and needs of their growing toddler, from teething and potty-training, to playdates and happy mealtimes, Jo is at hand to offer practical advice.
In her usual calm and down-to-earth style, Jo provides solutions to common problems and practical help on every element of your toddler’s life including: Sleeping, Healthy eating, Tantrums, Sibling rivalry, Playdates, Teaching life skills, Nursery and childcare, Positive communication, Praise and encouragement, Milestones, Creating routines
Jo’s essential know-how will help all parents create a thriving and peaceful home for their toddler, taking the dread away from the ‘terrible twos’ and ‘troublesome threes’ so that parents can feel confident and enjoy the toddler years.

The event was attended by a good crowd of Mums, babies and toddlers, with the odd Dad thrown in too! Jo was happy to sign copies of her new book and spent several minutes with many Mums chatting about their concerns and worries, as well as posing for pictures.  She was extremely friendly and took the time to speak and interact with each child she saw.  Should the opportunity arise, I would happily travel to meet Jo again.  What a lovely lady!

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Love Books Will Travel: Alyson Noel

What: Book Signing

Who: Alyson Noel

Where: Waterstones West Quary

When: July 2011

Why: Promotional tour for Everlasting

Everlasting is the sixth and final installment of the epic love story that has enchanted readers across the world. Ever and Damen have spent centuries facing down bitter rivals, jealous friends and their own worst fears-all in the hope of being together forever. Now in Everlasting, their destiny is finally within reach.

Verdict: The event was attended by a 50/50 mix of teen girls and female adult readers. Alyson was extremely warm and congenial. Despite being at the end of a long day of book promotion events, she was happy to sign any number of her books and pose for photographs with fans.  She took the time to have a conversation with each attendee while providing personalised inscriptions. I would  be happy to travel to meet Alyson again.

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Small Mouse Big City

Small Mouse Big City

Simon Prescott

Country Mouse is going on an adventure! He’s leaving his quiet countryside to stay with his friend in the Big City. But when Country Mouse looks across the rooftops and sees the green hills of his home, he begins to feel sad.

This book is beautifully illustrated, the drawings are stunning, and clever too. They are used in lots of different ways to help tell the story with some pages having four or even eight drawings and others having one picture on a full two page spread. I particularly like the depiction of the big city as small mouse sees it, you have to turn the book round so it is vertical and mouse is tiny, standing at the bottom looking up at the enormous sky scrapers, it even makes me feel small! It seems to resonate with a child’s eye view of the world too.

Once you have finished admiring the pictures there is also a sweet and thought provoking story. It encompasses many ideas; what it means to have a friend, sharing experiences, being afraid, being lonely, doing something new, going on holiday. Mouse discovers many things on his visit to the city and a younger child can relate to lots of them, and might like to talk about them. However this might make it a book to read when you have a bit of time, even more so if you have a child like mine who loves to ask ‘why?’. This story isn’t necessarily one for a quick bedtime read.

The heart of the message of this tale is that it is great and exciting to have, and specifically share, new experiences, but it is at least equally important to come home. This enables children to safely explore their feelings about going away and returning home again. It is an old idea, but told in a fresh way.

Verdict: This book may not be read repeatedly by your child, but when it is picked up it will definitely be enjoyed.

Reviewed by Helen

Publisher: Little Tiger Press
Publication Date: January 2010
Format: Paperback
Pages: 32
Genre: Picture Books
Age: Picture Books, Early Readers
Reviewer: Helen
Source: Own Copy
Challenge: N/A
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Where She Went

Gayle Forman

It’s been three years since Mia walked out of Adams life.
And three years he’s spent wondering why.
When their paths cross again in New York City, Adam and Mia are brought back together for one life-changing night. Adam finally has the opportunity to ask Mia the questions that have been haunting him. But will a few hours in this magical city be enough to lay their past to rest, for good or can you really have a second chance at first love?

Having devoured If I Stay in one sitting I waited expectantly for the Continuation of Mia and Adam’s story. Where She Went is set three years after the events of If I Stay.

The subject of miles of gossip column print, a superstar girlfriend on his arm and a bathroom cabinet full of prescription medications, Adam is a 21 year old rock god.

A chance encounter enables the couple to reunite for one night. Through a series of flashbacks and moving song lyrics we explore the lead up to, and the aftermath of, their break up from Adams’ first person perspective. The camping flashback is probably one of the sweetest romantic scene I’ve read this year. Adams voice is honest with a maturity that reflects his experiences of grief, loss and unfulfilled expectations.

The major supporting character in the book is New York City. The descriptive narrative completely immersed me in the sights, sounds and smell of the city. If I ever have the opportunity to visit NYC I will be adding Mia’s places to my itinerary. Never mind breakfast at Tiffany’s, I want black coffee and vanilla scented croissants in the historic district.

Although the premise of this book is not as harrowing as the preceding novel, suffering from less tear-stained pages, Where She Went contains it’s fair share of ‘bash their heads together’, will they won’t they, heart in the mouth moments.

Verdict: Another Gayle Forman triumph consumed in one sitting. Definitely one for the re-read pile.

Reviewed by Caroline

Publisher: Doubleday
Publication Date: April 2011
Format: Paperback
Pages: 260
Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Romance
Age: YA
Reviewer: Caroline
Source: Own Copy
Challenge: N/A
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