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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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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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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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The Secret Life of Moles

Liz Burgess

Liz Burgess has always held a keen interest in nature, especially small furry mammals!
Long fascinated by their secret activities at home in her own back garden, and the fields surrounding it, she decided to explore this special underground world, and find out more about moles and their other little friends. Liz Burgess lives in South Yorkshire and The Secret Life of Moles is her first book for children.


This is a wonderfully written story about a mole who wants to find a new home but comes across an issue straight away. Unfortunately his home is in the middle of a garden owned by humans and they do not like the mole hill he creates. Thus to ensure that the moles disappear, they put a hose into the hole to wash the moles away. Undettered, the mole returns to the garden the next night and talks to his friend, the Hedgehog and asks if he knows what happened. The story unfolds to leave lots of wildlife animals helping the moles create a new home for themselves in the garden so that the humans do not try and wash them out again!

It’s a lovely story of friendship and teamwork. I loved the fun descriptive words the author has used for the different animals that you come across too – such as house tigers for cats and barking tigers for dogs! It’s laid out in a very child-friendly way. However, with very little pictures – and the ones that are there being black and white – I would believe this book is better for an older audience, perhaps children who are just thinking about learning to read themselves or who want longer picture books as the story is also quite wordy. So probably perfect for kids between 5 and 8.

All in all, I definitely recommend this book as even as an adult I really enjoyed the story and I am positive that children will enjoy it too!

Publisher: Clink Street Publishing
Publication Date: February 2019
Format: Paperback
Pages: 40
Genre: Picture Book
Age: Childrens
Reviewer: Faye
Source: Review Copy
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Anna and Evan meet Charles Darwin

Tanya Hutter and Lina Daniel

Join Anna and Evan on a magical adventure to the Galapagos Islands where they meet Charles Darwin, discover unusual animals and learn some interesting scientific facts.
This engaging and educational book is ideal for young children to encourage curiosity and interest in the natural world and science.


This is such an informative and entertaining read. I really think it is a great introduction to science and I am definitely interested to see what other adventures Anna and Evan get up to. In this book they meet Charles Darwin who very helpfully explains why some animals are the same but also very different due to the environment that they live in. (Such as the difference between African Elephants and Indian Elephants). It’s all laid out in a fun, explorative way and throughout the book are little descriptions of the pictures on the page and I think that this could be a really great book to inspire children to start asking more questions about the world in which we live in.

Alongside such a brilliant story are beautiful illustrations. They’re really vibrant and colourful and depict the different animals really well. I also loved how the siblings return home and we get to see the drawings that they made of their time in the zoo. Once again showing that once we’ve learnt about the world, we can then explore it further with creativity. Lastly, but certainly not least, I also love that it has a little biography of Charles Darwin at the back of the book.

Honestly, this is a great book to introduce some curiosity into children!

Publisher: Clink Street Publishing
Publication Date: February 2019
Format: Paperback
Pages: 30
Genre: Picture Book
Age: Childrens
Reviewer: Faye
Source: Review Copy
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The Adventures of Eric the Spider

Elaine Madle

Eric may only be a little spider, but that doesn‘t stop him from having some big
adventures!
When a spider, with big, long, spider legs, is spotted behind a curtain he seems a little scary. Luckily, he is quickly caught in a box full of socks and named Eric.
But when Eric steals the socks (and a bike!) and goes on the run it is up to a diligent policeman to find the right sock-footed spider, stop Eric and rescue the bike!
Join Eric on his adventures as he escapes with some socks, flees from a birthday party, and goes camping on a very, very wet day in this beautifully illustrated rhyming book.


I am not going to lie. I do not like spiders. Not even a little bit. They make me itch and squirm and I just dislike them in every single way. And I am aware that this is not an uncommon feeling either. However, Eric the Spider is definitely a different kettle of fish! Somehow I actually found Eric to be a really wonderful protagonist for this book and cannot wait to read more of his adventures! Elaine Madle has done a fantastic job of taking a creature that is often feared and turning him into a lovable character!

Throughout this book, I found myself smiling and chuckling to myself as Eric gets up to quite a bit of mischief! I think this really makes the book that much more entertaining and I know that this is what will definitely draw in children. They can point at Eric on the page and laugh as he continues to be a naughty little spider before feeling pleased with how everything works out in the end.

Elaine and Shaun have done a wonderful job of creating a picture book that will keep the little ones entertained and may even help for people to find spiders less fearful and more interesting! Although… I don’t think I’ll be friends with a spider anytime soon! If you’re looking for a fresh, new and enjoyable picture book to share with your little one, I would definitely recommend giving this book a read!

Verdict: A funny, adventurous read that will definitely have you “itching” to read more!

Reviewed by Faye

Publisher: Clink Street Publishing
Publication Date: May 2018
Format: Paperback
Pages: 32
Genre: Picture Book
Age: Childrens
Reviewer: Faye
Source: Review Copy
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