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A Quiet Night In

Jill Murphy
a quiet night inIt’s Mr Large’s birthday and Mrs Large has prepared him a meal, as they’re going to celebrate with a quiet night in. But as usual in the Large household, things don’t go to plan, and Mr and Mrs Large fall asleep on the sofa! So the little Larges sneak off to bed with all the lovingly prepared food…

We love Jill Murphy’s elephant books in our house. In this story Mrs Large is trying to celebrate Mr Large’s birthday with a lovely meal for two, she gets the kids ready for bed early ( a bath at 4 o’clock, they are not impressed!) and prepares the dinner. Mr Large comes home from work tired and feels he wants his supper in front of the telly. The children persuade him to just read them a story and Mr Large obliges but falls asleep over the book. Mrs Large is imposed upon to finish the tale and makes the same mistake. The children decide they’ll leave their parents to have their quiet night in and make off to bed with the dinner.

This has all the charm and humour of the other stories and it is so easy to relate to. I am sure all parents have tried to get the children off to bed quickly for some special occasion, there is much for parents to smile at here, as the children moan and grumble through the bedtime routine and make plenty of mess. It’s nice to read books that make fun out of family life and that are as easy to appreciate as adults as well as for the children. My children like the details of the mess in the pictures as the soap is on the floor and the toothpaste tube is trodden on and so on. They laugh at the parents falling asleep on the sofa and the added mess the young elephants make taking the food off to bed with them.

The pictures are wonderful, full page, clearly drawn, plenty of colour and lots of details. The ones on the end papers and on the pages with the writing add to the fun.

Verdict: The perfect bedtime story, we wouldn’t be without it.
Reviewed by Helen

Publisher: Walker
Publication Date: June 2006
Format: eBook
Pages: 24
Genre: Paperback
Age: Picture book
Reviewer: Helen
Source: Own Copy
Challenge:British book
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The Avery Shaw Experiment

Kelly Oram
perf5.250x8.000.inddWhen Avery Shaw’s heart is shattered by her life-long best friend, she chooses to deal with it the only way she knows how—scientifically.
The state science fair is coming up and Avery decides to use her broken heart as the topic of her experiment. She’s going to find the cure. By forcing herself to experience the seven stages of grief through a series of social tests, she believes she will be able to get over Aiden Kennedy and make herself ready to love again. But she can’t do this experiment alone, and her partner (ex partner!) is the one who broke her heart.
Avery finds the solution to her troubles in the form of Aiden’s older brother Grayson. The gorgeous womanizer is about to be kicked off the school basketball team for failing physics. He’s in need of a good tutor and some serious extra credit. But when Avery recruits the lovable Grayson to be her “objective outside observer,” she gets a whole lot more than she bargained for, because Grayson has a theory of his own: Avery doesn’t need to grieve. She needs to live. And if there’s one thing Grayson Kennedy is good at, it’s living life to the fullest.

Avery Shaw is a scientist with an analytical mind whose feet are so solidly planted on the ground they’ve got roots. With a spirit governed by logic and Newton’s laws of physics when her heart is broken, by her long-life best friend Aiden, there’s no room for the emotional cataclysm that inevitably follows. And yet emotions and tears run free.
So what does she do? She does the only thing a scientist can do: analyse the problem and find a logical solution. The solution presents itself in the project of finding the cure to a broken heart through the stages of grief. The solution also comes with a side-kick, the very good looking and charming Grayson. Aiden’s elder brother, who is allergic to work and nerds, and who has his own theories on the best cure for a broken heart, Avery’s in particular.

Written with alternating points of view between Avery and Grayson, Kelly Oram grabbed my attention from the very first page. Coincidentally I read The Avery Shaw Experiment after my own personal heart was broken, and although it didn’t cure me it did make me look at things differently, but most importantly it put a smile on my face. I absolutely loved every aspect of this book. For such a short and simple standalone it had hidden and unexpected depth and yet managed to keep the tone light. I was laughing and cooing and aaaahing the whole and devoured it in one sitting.

Verdict: The Avery Shaw Experiment has secured a very firm spot in my comfort reading list and I will most definitely be reading it again soon. As soon as I finished I searched for more of Kelly Oram’s work as I thoroughly enjoyed her writing style and characters. I have now set my reading glasses onto Serial Hottie! And I have high hopes for it to be just as good!!! I’ll keep you posted 😉

Reviewed by Pruedence

Publisher: Bluefields
Publication Date: May 2013
Format: eBook
Pages: 157
Genre: Contemporary romance
Age: YA
Reviewer: Pruedence
Source: Own Copy
Challenge: None
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