Archive for the ‘Picture books’ 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 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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Tigger’s Arrival

Jacqueline De Carteret

Sarah works at the animal shelter, and Tigger is a rescue cat there.
Sarah wants to take him home to live with her and her family. Will she be allowed to?
He could get up to all sorts, with the other cats. Harley, Midnight and Pumpkin.
Tigger is a real little character and loves having fun.
Come and join him and his friends, and see what they get up to.


All About Those Cats

This is definitely a book for cat lovers as it tells the tale of how a small kitten is re-homed with a family which already has three other cats. It’s an interesting story and should definitely help with children who are adopting cats for the first time or who just enjoy being around cats. Unfortunately, aside from the story of how Tigger arrives at the house and the things that he gets up to, not much else happens in this book so I’m not sure it will entertain every child. But it will definitely entertain those cat lovers and animal lovers for sure.

Publisher: Clink Street Publishing
Publication Date: October 2019
Format: Paperback
Pages: 26
Genre: Picture Book
Age: Children
Reviewer: Faye
Source: Review Copy
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The Magical Sunglasses

Nicole McGrath

What would you do if you had one day with magical powers? This fun, bouncy read captures the imagination, and demonstrates the power of courage and self-belief. Inclusive book for early school aged children. Message for everyone.


A Vibrant and Wonderful Read

I absolutely loved this little rhyming story. It has a wonderful message at it’s core about inner belief – or what the book claims to be magic. It allows some children to put on some glasses to accomplish some of their fears that they have. Upon returning the glasses, the teacher admits that their is no magic to the glasses at all and that the children conquered their fears all on their own. I feel that this is a brilliant book to read to children and get them to talk about some of the things they’re afraid of and help them to use their own self-belief to conquer the fear. It’s also really well illustrated and rhymes in a way that simply rolls off the tongue. I give this one top marks!

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