Archive for the ‘Little Book’ Category

The Adventures of Billy Bog Brush: The Lost Boy

Ian Campbell and Tim Constable

While Billy is out for a walk, he comes across a lady who is looking rather worried. Offering to help, he discovers that her son hasn’t come home for his tea when he should have. Billy, who knows all the places where the local children go to play, suggests that he could look for him, which leads to an adventure involving various people and places in his home town, Flushington! In this intriguing story Billy once again demonstrates his willingness to help others and work out a way to do something which at first seems beyond him.


A Fascinating Morale Boosting Story

Having read and enjoyed the first book in this series, I was excited to find out that there was going to be a second book published. The Lost Boy goes a little bit deeper than the first book and I think I liked it just a little bit more for that very reason. It was a very interesting read as we follow Billy Bog Brush helping out a mother who has lost her son. On his adventures this time, Billy helps and is helped by a multitude of characters which really boosts how good it is to help others. This book definitely has an uplifting message and I think that a lot of children would be able to take a lot away from this book – it is certainly one that would allow you to talk to your child about helping others.

Overall, a wonderful read and one that I would definitely recommend.

Publisher: Clink Street Publishing
Publication Date: August 2019
Format: Paperback
Pages: 40
Genre: Picture Book
Age: Children
Reviewer: Faye
Source: Review Copy
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There’s A Giraffe In My Bath

Louise Andrews

When four toy animals come to life, they become unlikely friends. The toys try to help each other out in a fun bath time adventure. But they might just need some extra help..! There’s A Giraffe In My Bath! is the first story for children between the ages of 3 and 6 by Louise Andrews. Illustrations are by Nick Roberts.


A Fun Rhyming Read

I cannot lie to you. I absolutely adored this book. It read really well with a wonderful rhyme that rolls of the tongue and was full of bright and beautiful illustrations that bring the whole story to life. This book tells the story of a Giraffe falling into the bath and the rest of the toys on the bath’s edge, trying to save the poor Giraffe. It is full of imagination and I am positive that it will be a true delight to hundreds of children as they try and make their own bath times just as fun and creative.

I highly recommend this book so go and make sure you get a copy now!

Publisher: Clink Street Publishing
Publication Date: July 2019
Format: Paperback
Pages: 20
Genre: Picture Book
Age: Children
Reviewer: Faye
Source: Review Copy
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Big Boys Cry

Charlotte Moncrieff and Helena Maxwell

It’s Billy’s seventh birthday and no one is more excited than he is to finally be a big boy! At the park later that day, Billy finds himself in tears after getting hurt in a small accident. When a passing stranger scolds him, telling him that ‘Big Boys don’t cry – only silly ones do’, Billy questions what it means to be a big boy. Thankfully, Mum and Dad and some new friends help Billy understand that crying is normal and that everyone does it, including some of Billy’s favourite and most admired members of his family.
For many boys today, there is a fear that expressing emotion is seen as a sign of weakness. This only becomes more evident as they move from boyhood into adolescence.
This book helps parents frame emotions in a positive light, normalising the idea that all boys cry, whether they are seven years old, in the armed forces, a fireman or a father – all big boys cry, it does not make them silly!


A Powerful Important Read

It’s so important to ensure that boys and men are aware that it is okay to be sad and to cry when they need to and I definitely think that this book is a good stepping stone towards having open and honest conversations about it. It is set out in a way that makes it easy to talk to the child while you’re reading it. It shows children, both boys and girls, that is is okay to cry no matter your age or gender. Everyone cries and it’s okay to do so.

As well as an important discussion, the book is also colourful and fun and I think that it will go down really well with children. I definitely recommend this book as one to read with your kids as well, as it is something that should definitely be spoken about carefully and frankly. It is time that we change how society views mental health – especially when it comes to males and this book is definitely a stepping stone in the right direction.

Publisher: Clink Street Publishing
Publication Date: July 2019
Format: Paperback
Pages: 26
Genre: Picture Book
Age: Children
Reviewer: Faye
Source: Review Copy
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The Arrival of Tavish the Tractor

Anne K Stewart

This delightfully illustrated story for children aged between four and seven follows our hero Tavish the Tractor on his adventures..


A Beautiful Read

This is such a beautiful story about acceptance and how some people may look different but it is what is inside that counts. It is a book that I cannot wait to share with my neice because I know that she will love how colourful it is – including all of the beautiful artwork inside! I was honestly touched by this lovely little book and think it is one that a lot of children will really enjoy reading and will hopefully take a lot of empathy away from it too.

As well as a book full of beautiful images and a fantastic message, the story is also easy to read and flows really easily. I think it would be perfect for those just starting to learn to read as well as a book to be read to children – that way you can then have a conversation about the themes in the book too.

This one is one that I very much enjoyed and think many should have a look at!

Publisher: Clink Street Publishing
Publication Date: July 2019
Format: Paperback
Pages: 26
Genre: Picture Book
Age: Children
Reviewer: Faye
Source: Review Copy
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The Dream of the Tortoise

Nyako Nakal

This is the story of a tortoise with very big dreams.


A Wonderful Read

The very first thing that needs to be mentioned is how beautiful the illustrations are in this book. I loved the detail a lot and just thought the whole picture book was absolutely stunning. It was definitely vibrant and is likely to be loved by adults and children alike. Secondly, I really loved this book. The story of a tortoise who just wants to swim but isn’t able to was just such an interesting book to read. I loved how she made friends along the way and how it all unfolded throughout. I especially loved how this book ends and I think it is such a lovely message for children too. Just because there are obstacles in our way, doesn’t mean that our dreams aren’t possible.

I would definitely recommend this book. I have a feeling that a lot of children will love the tortoise, her friends, and the journey that they all take to ensure that the Tortoise can fulfil her dreams!

Publisher: Clink Street Publishing
Publication Date: April 2019
Format: Paperback
Pages: 36
Genre: Picture Book
Age: Children
Reviewer: Faye
Source: Review Copy
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The Amazing Adventures of Wobblin’ Wobin

Tony Rocca

Meet Robin, or rather, Wobin: a metal garden ornament transported from England to the beautiful French Riviera. He’s lonely and can’t speak French. Neither can he fly, which is a bit unfortunate for a bird. This is his story about learning to fly and being brave.


Interview

with Tony Rocca

What is your favourite thing about writing books?
It’s being able to shut out the real world around me and escape to another place where I can let my imagination fly (literally so in the case of Wobblin’ Wobin).

Who is your favourite character in your book and why?
This has to be Wobin. He’s been bashed and beaten, unwanted and put up for sale on eBay, and then discovers he’s only of value to someone as a scarecrow. It’s all very demeaning for a once-proud little bird. He’s already conscious of a disadvantage, being unable to pronounce his “r’s”; but suddenly he is whisked off to a strange land where he can’t even speak the language, has no friends, and most embarrassingly has a fear of flying. When two turtle-doves and a lady blackbird take him under their wing, so to speak, a transformation occurs. He transcends his disadvantages and takes flights of fancy to discover the great destinations of the French Riviera. He is fearlessly cocky when faced with danger, and emerges in his true colours as a beautiful robin. I hope this theme of triumph over adversity will capture the imagination of children wherever they happen to live and they will want to visit for themselves some of the most beautiful places in France featured in the story.

What is your favourite drink to consume while writing?
Black coffee in the daytime. Our local aperitif, pastis, in the evening.

Do you have any bad habits while you’re writing?
Drinking two glasses of pastis in the evening. Or, I admit, three when writer’s block strikes.

How do you research your books?
I have lived on the Riviera, where the book is set, for more than 30 years so I am very familiar with the destinations concerned and have actually written travel pieces about them for The Sunday Times.

Are you a plotter or a pantser?
Very definitely a pantser. I like the spontaneity it affords and the freedom to go where the story takes me rather than stick to a specific plot. I know this is a dangerous road to take but I have a broad idea of the direction of travel and if I get stuck I can always U-turn and feel my way around the book another way.

If you could live in any fictional world, which would you choose and why?
The happy childhood evoked by Swallows and Amazons, the adventures of children sailing, fishing, camping and exploring the Lake District from their little island. For me, growing up in the north of England, it was familiar territory, but Arthur Ransome managed to imbue it with something magical with references to Robinson Crusoe and turning plain old lemonade into ‘grog’ and tinned corned beef into ‘pemmican’. The story has survived remarkably through the generations from first publication in 1930 to the latest iteration, a film version three years ago. I also like the fact that the author used to be a journalist with what was then the Manchester Guardian. With the book’s initial success he gave up the newspaper business and concentrated on writing more in the series.

If you could befriend any fictional character, who would you choose and why?
Eeyore. He’s so depressed, gloomy and pessimistic I’d like to take the old donkey out of the House at Pooh Corner and cheer him up with a good dose of grog and pemmican on a Lakeland holiday. Wouldn’t that be fun!

Publisher: Clink Street Publishing
Publication Date: April 2019
Format: Paperback
Pages: 182
Genre: Middle Grade
Age: Chrildren
Reviewer: Faye
Source: Review Copy
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Ting-A-Ling: The Old Ambulance

Harry Goldstar

Welcome to the world of Ting-a-Ling. The friendliest old ambulance there ever was. With line drawn illustrations for YOU to colour in helping you to familiarise yourself personally, with Ting-a-Ling, his owner and restorer Alf, his mum, and Mr .Grimsby the boss of the big ambulance station. Open the cover and jump into a whole NEW world of ambulance stories and adventures.
Designed in a quirky style encompassing story telling entertainment colouring and education suitable for both younger readers and adults alike. Truly an all in one compendium. Just like the filling in a sandwich, the best bit’s inside.
Simple and easy to read. The stories are written with a smattering of comical northern dialect in bite size chapters so as not to be taxing on the brain.
Have difficulty in reading? Written by a dyslexic who knows what a struggle it can be. This book really is here to help YOU!
If Ting-a-Ling had wings I would say welcome to the flying start. This book is the first in a series in the making where you will meet Ting-a-Ling and his friends.
TRY ME. If not for yourself. Think of someone else. Possibly a little person who the stories are written for.
You will love Ting-a-Ling. EVERYONE does!


A Lovely Book

Ting-A-Ling: The Old Ambulance is a book which contains two different stories and both are incredibly cute and well worth the read. The premise of the stories is that an old ambulance is found and then brought back to life. The stories then detail how the ambulance becomes helpful to the community. It is full of wonderful descriptions of the ambulance’s bells and really shows true community spirit throughout the books as well. It was a lovely read and one that I definitely believe that young children would really enjoy.

As mentioned above the book doesn’t have any colour in which means that as well as having a fun story, the kids also get a fun activity from the book, which is always a little bit more fun. I can definitely see my niece enjoying this book being read to her and then being able to imagine what colours she wants the ambulance to have.

On top of that, I also think the book is one that would easily be read over and over again. And it works having the two stories in one book as you can finish one story one day and then pick up the book and read the next story the next evening. I would definitely be interested in hearing further adventures that the ambulance goes on as well. I think this book would appeal to any child that enjoys Thomas the Tank Engine books as well, as it has the similar feel of a vehicle having fun and helping out with his community.

So if you’re looking for something new, fun and a book that encourages children to look at what they could help fix and re-turn to life – make sure you give this book a try!

Publisher: Clink Street Publishing
Publication Date: May 2019
Format: Paperback
Pages: 50
Genre: Picture Book
Age: Children
Reviewer: Faye
Source: Review Copy
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The Last Leaf

Gwyn Ellis Pritchard
The Last Leaf
“You will have to place a small handful of the maggots under your tongue, and must hold them there for a full two minutes,” Jack instructed Isabella . . . .And boy did they wriggle! She struggled not to wretch!
Two worlds collide when a chance meeting brings together Jack and Isabella. Jack, the son of the Head Gardener of the Oakfield Estate, finds himself a friend in the lovely Isabella, the ‘little lady of Oakfield Hall’.
Set in Victorian times in the Southern Counties of England – with an intermittent welsh presence in the form of the Jones’ travelling gypsy family – much laughter, dance, music and cultural challenges lie before the two friends this summer!
How will the delicate Isabella fair among the unfamiliar countryside with its host of creatures and seasonal demands?
Will the rugged, uneducated Jack rise to the challenge of learning to read and write poetry about his beloved countryside – poaching, skinning rabbits and river fishing?
Every day is an adventure and it seems they are meant to be together, always. Or are they?
Read about their exciting adventures and discover the true meaning of friendship with them as they each discover new worlds and new challenges!


A Wonderfully Moving Story

As soon as I heard about this book, I knew that it was one that I wanted to make sure I got a chance to read – and I am incredibly glad that I did. This book is very unique. It’s a lovely tale that I fell into easily and I cannot express how much I loved the friendship between Isabella and Jack. It was such a heart-warming friendship that blossomed throughout the novel. This book is also one that hit me quite emotionally as well, which is always a good thing – in my opinion!

The writing style is quite different but I liked it. It reads as though someone is telling the story to you – sort of like a bedtime story and so I feel that it would work really well when read aloud. Despite that, you were really able to get a good grasp on the characters and their relationship with each other and those around you. If I had one negative to say it would simply be that I wished the book was a little longer and we got a little bit more background information about the two characters – but that’s only because I really enjoyed reading about them!

Overall, this was a quick read but I definitely think it is one that will be loved by a lot of children. I think it’s a wonderful book for not just highlighting how strong and powerful friendships can be, but also how we’re also different but that doesn’t mean we can’t still be friends with those who are other from us. I honestly really enjoyed this novel and hope that many others will enjoy it as well!

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Publisher: Clink Street Publishing
Publication Date: March 2019
Format: Paperback
Pages: 128
Genre: MG Historical
Age: Childrens
Reviewer: Faye
Source: Review Copy
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Dino Knights

Jeff Norton
Imagine medieval times where the dinosaurs never went extinct. When dinosaur stable boy Henry Fairchild stops a vicious T-Rex from attacking his master, he is invited to join the most elite group in Brecklan, the brave Knights of Panterra, the Dino Knights. But before he can prove himself, the enemies of Brecklan attack with a flock of pterodactyls and kidnap Lord Harding. Whether he’s ready or not, Henry and the Dino Knights mount a daring rescue mission…but nothing is what it seems.


Dino Knights by Jeff Norton; Cover Reveal

Today we’re sharing the cover to Jeff Norton’s new book, Dino Knights! The book is being released on 6th June 2019 and you can pre-order a copy here: Awesome Reads Pre-Order.

Cover of Dino Knights

We hope you’re as excited about this book as we are!

Publisher: Awesome Reads
Publication Date: June 2019
Format: Paperback
Genre: MG Adventure
Age: Children
Reviewer: Faye
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Uthan

Uthania Jackson
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Follow the adventures of Uthan as he goes on his first holiday and encounters the magic of a world under the sea.
Mum, Uthania, was inspired to write this story after discovering video selfies of Uthan after they came back from their holiday together.


A Lovely Read

This is a really lovely read about a boy who goes on holiday and is told that he will be able to spend some time with turtles. It starts with how excited he is to be going and what he needs to pack and ends with how much he loved his holiday and cannot wait to go back. It’s a simple story that I think many children will like and it’s a good book to have a conversation about holidays and trips out. I can definitely see many children and adults reminiscing about their own journeys that they’ve been on and really enjoyed.

The illustrations are a nice mix of handdrawn and computerized which brings a nice feel to the book overall. It makes it nice and easy to see what is going on as well. I definitely think that the colours jump off the page nicely. The illustrations are very pretty and would definitely appeal to children. I would definitely recommend this book.

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Publisher: Clink Street Publishing
Publication Date: March 2019
Format: Paperback
Pages: 18
Genre: Picture Book
Age: Children
Reviewer: Faye
Source: Review Copy
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