Archive for the ‘Little Book’ Category

Hello Dark

John Coxhead

Welcoming and becoming comfortable with the dark is such an important thing for children to learn. Simply by saying ‘Hello Dark’ has proven – in the author’s experience – to be a fun, engaging way of overcoming the worries and fears of the dark. This delightful story for children aged 5 to 8 can help support them at bedtime and during the day.


This was a really wonderful read and one that can definitely be used to show children that there isn’t anything to be afraid of in the dark. Freddie is terrified of the dark and to conquer his fear, his dad shows him how to walk into the room and say hello to the dark. It helped to make Freddie less frightened until he turned on the light. It then helped him to overcome darkness when there is no light to turn on. Lastly, Freddie manages to overcome his fear and even helps his sister start to do the same. This is such a lovely story. I haven’t had a chance to try it out on children but I think it would be a really interactive read, getting them to say hello to the dark while it is dark but also along with Freddie in the book. I would definitely recommend this read.

Publisher: Clink Street Publishing
Publication Date: May 2020
Format: ebook
Genre: Picture Book
Age: Childrens
Reviewer: Faye
Source: N/A
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Pirate and R

Daniele Forni

The Pirate and R is a simple introduction to the statistical software R, specifically aimed at future data scientists.
Got to www.thelittledatascientist.co.uk for more codes to use and to stay up to date regarding future publications.


As an adult who knows absolutely nothing about R data coding, this book was really well written and laid out. It explains how the coding works with the backdrop of a pirate. So, for example, how to show what fruit the pirate has in his basket all the way to working out how much treasure the pirate has in his chest. It was really well depicted as well and I feel like this is a book that is a brilliant starting point for children to start coding themselves. It is a really simple introduction and I would definitely be interested in reading further books like this one!

Publisher: Clink Street Publishing
Publication Date: June 2020
Format: Paperback
Pages: 30
Genre: Picture Book
Age: Childrens
Reviewer: Faye
Source: N/A
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The Broccolis

J. C. Allan

Meet the Broccolis – your vegetable super hero family.
This is their first adventure together!
Next time, you will be able to continue the adventure at Barney’s Birthday. Keep an eye out for book two where their story continues.


This is a very short but lovely story about a young Broccoli and her first day at school. It is a wonderful introduction to the Broccoli family and their lives. Summer is a little bit of a handful, unable to sit still and often this leads to things going wrong. Namely in this book she ruins her younger brothers’ train set and bumps into him on the slide! But all is not lost as the eldest brother is on hand to fix everything. I believe that children would really enjoy this book and it could be a good opportunity to talk to children about starting school and how to deal with arguments between siblings.

Publisher: Clink Street Publishing
Publication Date: May 2020
Format: Paperback
Pages: 20
Genre: Picture Book
Age: Childrens
Reviewer: Faye
Source: N/A
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Dad You’ve Trumped!

Andrew Rogerson

This is the story of how a dad tries to explain away his moments of flatulent indiscretion to his daughter Poppy who is five. These are real moments. They are real excuses!


A book that is absolutely full of tongue-in-cheek good ole British humour! It is the tale of a young girl who is constantly hearing her dad trump and instead of admitting it, he blames everything around them instead. It’s a light-hearted read that would definitely work well being read between a father figure and a child. At the end of the book, it even suggests making the farting noises while you read to your child which would definitely make things a lot more interesting in my opinion! Definitely a fun and entertaining read that I am sure your child will want you to read again and again!

Publisher: Clink Street Publishing
Publication Date: May 2020
Format: Paperback
Pages: 34
Genre: Picture Book
Age: Childrens
Reviewer: Faye
Source: N/A
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Brilliant Baxter at the Funfair

Carol Cordrey

An exciting visit to the Funfair for Eliza, her grandmother, Grinny, and their much loved Labrador, Brilliant Baxter. This story’s easy rhyme and vibrant illustrations are certain to delight both children and adults.


Brilliant Baxter at the Funfair is a short but sweet picture book story about a family dog being incredibly protective of his family. It is a lovely story that has the dog rescuing some children while at a fun fair before they all have more fun. It’s perfect for those that enjoy dogs and love how instinctive they can be when it comes to protection. I think that children in particular would happily read this book and look to their dogs for protection in the future. It would also work well to warn of some of the dangers of funfair rides as something to talk through with the child you’re reading with.

Publisher: Clink Street Publishing
Publication Date: May 2020
Format: Paperback
Pages: 20
Genre: Picture Book
Age: Children
Reviewer: Faye
Source: Review Copy
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Sully’s Glow

Simi Godagama

Harpi the eagle discovers her inner voice that guides her to Sully, a boy with a glow. Sully is unaware of his glow until he discovers he has the capacity to help someone in need. After he meets Harpi, together they meet more friends who each in turn have their own issues that heal and transform through their encounters with one another. Eventually with their combined energy, they transform the world they live in. Sad Sully becomes Smiling Sully, Hopeless Harp becomes Hopeful Harpi, Perfect Parrot becomes Pitch Perfect Parrot, Greedy Giraffe becomes Grateful Giraffe and Cranky Croc turns into Courageous Croc.


Sully’s Glow is a charming little story about how four different animals and a human, who are struggling with inner demons, work together to find each other’s worth and to help each other become happier. It has a good rhyming feel to the book that allows it to be easy to be read aloud to children as well. I really enjoyed the moral story at the centre of this book and I know that my niece would really enjoy this book. It’s also got some amazing illustrations as well that really bring the story to life.

I would definitely recommend this book, especially to those children aged 5-8 who are struggling to find friends. Perhaps they feel like they don’t belong anywhere, or that they are too ugly, or too bored or simply too angry. This book shows that if you open your heart and help one person that you will feel better yourself and it may just lead to a wonderful friendship. It’s just got a lovely feel to the book that I really enjoyed.

Publisher: Clink Street Publishing
Publication Date: March 2020
Format: Paperback
Pages: 88
Genre: Picture Book
Age: Children
Reviewer: Faye
Source: Review Copy
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The Princess and the Valley Man

Dorota Kluza and Evan Williams

The Princess and the Valley Man is an enthralling, educational tale of adventure, fantastic creatures, and dashing acts of bravery!
Join Solis and Princess Luna, on an amazing journey through the Earth’s most unusual place: Death Valley. Luna, a princess from a kingdom in a far-away star, is curious to see the sights in Death Valley. And Solis, smitten by Luna’s beauty, is only too happy to indulge her.
They travel through landscapes – from the exhilarating Sea of Sand to the majestic Canyon of Marble to the eerily frightening Mysterious Cave – forming new friendships and gaining a deep understanding of each other.
Meet fantastic creatures – from moving rock formations, to Kiko the talking bird, even mysterious inhabitants of a ghost town – and be with Solis and Princess Luna as they dodge challenges, solve puzzles, craft clever solutions and find a way out of hairy situations.
More important, discover how to love with all your heart, the most seemingly unlovable place on Earth.


Exclusive Extract

There was a place on Earth that was considered most unusual: Death Valley, which was in California in the United States. Now you might be asking yourself: what make’s Death Valley so unusual? Well, it was a land of extremes. While it had towering mountains, it also had below-sea-level salt flats and even sand dunes. All strewn across the landscape were rock formations of many colors, some of which held mystery. Sometimes, when the rain comes at the right time, the landscape would bloom with an explosion of flowers. These mostly grow from the many seeds that had been waiting in the dirt; sometimes they wait many years for the rain to come. Mostly, though, it is the heat that makes this place famous. You see, Death Valley is the hottest place on Earth!

One day, because of Death Valley’s unique terrain and features that focused the sun’s energy upon itself, it reached a temperature of 134 degrees Fahrenheit (56,6 Celsius degrees) – the hottest temperature ever recorded on Earth. Something very special also happened on that day: a child was born in this place of extremes. This child, some say, got something even more special from the sun on that day, an inexplicable kind of energy that would be with him wherever he went which kept him safe and protected him from harm. His parents called him Solis. He was an extraordinary boy who grew up in this most interesting and unusual place. He was not afraid of anything and he made lots of friends, including local animals that he used to play with. A born explorer who never gets sick, decided one day to take it upon himself to protect and preserve Death Valley, which he loved with all his heart.

As a young man, Solis travelled to many places far and wide and has seen many kingdoms. In fact, as a former soldier in his kingdom’s army, he had fought in many battles. His exploits were famous throughout the lands, especially among schoolchildren who were studying history. Living in Death Valley, he worked by helping those who came to seek adventure and see the amazing sights.

One day, on his way back home after a deeply exhausting day at work, he came upon a group of travelers who had become trapped in their big coach within a massive sand cloud. He sped up his wagon to reach them quickly and to help them get out of it. He knew it was not a typical sand cloud caused by the wind, but a monstrous attack of a deadly sand creature living in this area that could not stand any noise. Luckily for the travellers, Solis was not afraid of it!

“Do not leave your coach!” Solis screamed. “Close the windows and your doors, and be as quiet as possible!”

But the travellers were overwhelmed with fear and panic. “Help us and get us out of here!” They screamed. “Get us out of here, please!”

Solis jumped off his wagon as quickly as he could. He looked like a cowboy wearing an old Western-looking bandana on his face and a special pair of shoes designed to not sink on any surface. He ran to them, then tied a big thick cotton rope from his wagon to their coach. But at this moment, the scary sand creature came out of the sand cloud and started to shake the noisy coach violently from one side to the other.

The travellers were screaming loudly from fear, but Solis was not afraid of the creature at all. He stayed calm, carefully connecting the rope. He made a few quick steps, like he was floating on the sand on his wide flat shoes, and was back in his wagon in a second, pulling the tourists and their coach away from this dangerous sand monster.

Once they all were on safe ground, Solis emerged from his wagon covered in sand. “Are you all okay? Is anyone hurt?” His voice was calm, reassuring. “This was the sand beast living in this area. I hope she did not scare you too much. Next time you must be more careful here and must follow some precautions. By the way, my name is Solis.”

Just as he introduced himself to the travellers, he saw among them the most beautiful girl he had ever seen. He was entranced. But the travellers interrupted his reverie, crying with happiness and saying, “You saved us! You saved us! Thank you so much, Solis!”

“Oh my goodness, you are all covered in sand,” one of them said, helping Solis dust the dirt off his shirt. “We are very sorry for this trouble, but we got confused by the intense heat of this place. Luckily, we found the coach. But when we tried to drive out, the beast attacked us. You know the rest of the story, Solis. You are our hero!”

Solis’s face blushed from the attention. “Oh, I’m not a hero, guys. I am just glad I could help and to make sure you are all fine. Travellers often get confused from the heat here. Ordinary folks could rarely stand the kind of heat we have in Death Valley. Just be more careful next time, wear a hat and drink lots of water, and watch out and take precautions to avoid the sand beasts in this area.” Solis flashed them a smile that was pure charm.

“We would love to thank you, somehow, Solis,” said someone from the group. “Please allow us to invite you for dinner tonight?”

“It is really not necessary,” he replied, but then he could not take his eyes off the beautiful girl. “But of course, I would love to have dinner with you all.”

“Hoooraay!” they cheered in unison. “See you tonight at the Last Kind Words Saloon?”
“See you then,” replied Solis happily.

On the way to their accommodation, the travellers could not stop talking about how Solis fought off the deadly sand creature, and how brave he was for saving them. And among them, the beautiful girl that Solis liked merely smiled, quietly anticipating to meet him again.

Publisher: Clink Street Publishing
Publication Date: January 2020
Format: Paperback
Pages: 100
Genre: Adventure
Age: MG
Reviewer: Faye
Source: Review Copy
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The Magic Fairy Godmother

Libby Lake

Hesta is a beautiful but different creature , who everyone wonders about . This is until she meets a dashing Prince called Lance with Star, the unicorn. They are transformed by The Magic Fairy Godmother, but can they live happily ever after or is the spell about to be broken …


Today we’re sharing with you a short extract from this book. We hope you enjoy!

Publisher: Clink Street Publishing
Publication Date: November 2019
Format: Paperback
Pages: 18
Genre: Picture Book
Age: Children
Reviewer: Faye
Source: Review Copy
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The Incredibly Nosey Cat Flap Pony

Libby Lake

The tiddliest of ponies with wondersome wings was buzzing around examining things…
What would you do if a teensy flying pony busily bustled into your house?
This hilarious, heart-warming story for younger children shows how being incredibly nosey can be a good thing!


A Lighthearted and Fun Read

After hearing the premise of this book, I simply had to give it a read myself and I was incredibly glad that I did. This book is a delightful, fun read about a little pony with wings who flies into a cat flap and starts getting up to a lot of mischief. It follows with the family finally capturing the creature and feeling grateful to get things back under control. But the pony suffers greatly so they try and work out what to do next. The story is a lovely, lighthearted and fun read that rhymes nicely and I know that it will make a lot of children very happy. I can imagine that it would also be really wonderful to imagine what the pony would get up too next. Though be careful, when they’re naughty after this book, they might just blame it on the pesky Incredibly Nosey Cat Flap Pony!

Publisher: Clink Street Publishing
Publication Date: November 2019
Format: Paperback
Pages: 30
Genre: Picture Book
Age: Children
Reviewer: Faye
Source: Review Copy
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Archie and the Lawlor Cat Hotel

Jane Lawlor

Congratulations! You have just found the best cat book ever written. I’m Archie and I am a ginger cat and the manager at the most incredible hotel just for cats. I’ve written this book so humans get to meet me and my guests as we get up to all sorts at night including cat rodeo, cat casino night, cat sailing and even skiing. I can’t wait for you to meet my guests and get to know their real personalities, not to mention my team, which includes Dan and Louis the horses and my three faithful hounds Buddy, Dougy and Alfie. Get ready for the read of your life.


A Fun and Engaging Read

I wasn’t sure what to expect with this book but I have to admit that I ended up really enjoying it and I am positive that this one will go down well with other cat lovers – and hopefully non-cat lovers too! Archie is the lead cat at the cat hotel and he has such flare that he really makes this book an interesting one to read. I loved all of the personalities of all of the cats, the pony’s and the dogs too. I think this was such a fun read that many children would absolutely delight over. So if you’re looking for a fun and engaging read for your kids, this is definitely a book that you should pick up.

Publisher: Clink Street Publishing
Publication Date: October 2019
Format: Paperback
Pages: 168
Genre: MG
Age: Children
Reviewer: Faye
Source: Review Copy
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