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Whee to the Moon

Arron Charman

Neil is a young boy who likes to scream “whee!” with excitement when he’s at the playground. Neil develops a love of flying. As he gets older, he learns how to fly aircraft that will take him on many different adventures. Even though he is now a grown up, Neil still excitedly screams “whee!” as he gets to fly all the way to the Moon!

An educational read

This is such an informative and entertaining read. It follows the story of Neil Armstrong but not the one where we just know him as an astronaut, but the one that includes how he became an astronaut. It follows him as he is a little boy, all the way until he finally lands on the moon. He dreamt big and continued on working towards his dream until he finally made it. It’s a book that will hopefully help to encourage children to not give up on their dreams as if you work hard, there’s a higher chance they’ll happen. All dreams take work after all.

Add to that a wonderful science aspect and fantastic illustrations and I believe that this is a book that every child should definitely give a read. Definitely recommend!

Publisher: Clink Street Publishing
Publication Date: September 2019
Format: Paperback
Pages: 34
Genre: Picture Book
Age: Children
Reviewer: Faye
Source: Review Copy
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Invisible Us

Dougie Arnold

Can you imagine being almost invisible? Well, that’s exactly what Gecko felt he was, so decided to set out on an adventure to find some new friends like him. Join Gecko on his journey and you will be amazed at the fantastic creatures he meets. Have fun trying to find them in this magical story.

A Wonderful Story

Invisible Us is a lovely picture book about creatures who become camouflaged in their surroundings or are too tall or large to have different kinds of friends. It is a book about how they all meet and become friends one day because they’re all feeling quite lonely as no one else can really see them. It’s a really charming story and one that I know many children would really enjoy. Before the animal appears, there is a page where it is hidden and it would definitely be a lot of fun to see a child try and guess what animal they can see on each page! It has a lovely moral story of being friends with people who are different to you – we’re all still lovely inside and want friends just as much as everyone else. To end it off, the book has a page for the children to draw their own animal friends which is also really fantastic to see in the book too.

I would definitely recommend this book and I think it would be one that could easily be read again and again but also one that a child could run away with and come up with new adventures for all the new animal friends to go on together!

Publisher: Clink Street Publishing
Publication Date: September 2019
Format: Paperback
Pages: 40
Genre: Picture Book
Age: Children
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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Non Pratt

Unboxed is about four teenagers who come together after several months apart. In previous years, they had put together a time capsule about their best summer with a friend who was dying. Now that their friend has passed, they reunite to open the box.

I went into this book with high expectations. Having heard of many people who had read the book and really enjoyed it, I expected it to be a good read. Fortunately, I am here to report that I really liked the book. It was a short book so I was a little worried that I would not have a chance to fully connect to the characters but I need not have worried at all. All of the characters were well grounded, well thought-out and easy to imagine and like. I especially connected with Alix who is our main protagonist. I loved how you could really get inside her head not only to understand more about her but also to understand more about this small group of teenagers and the lives that they live.

It was wonderful getting to know each of the different characters and this small brief part of their lives. I loved that it felt like you were witnessing something magical as they delved into their past and what it was that essentially brought them all together before tearing them all apart again. It was beautiful in so many ways and the book ends in such a hopeful and bright way that you can’t help but imagine that from now on, these four will not let anything get in the way of their friendship. It’s just such a perfect short but poignant story that I would highly recommend to others.

Verdict:This is essentially a very emotional and magical book that will touch your heart when you least expect it.

Reviewed by Faye

Publisher: Barrington Stoke
Publication Date: August 2016
Format: Paperback
Pages: 140
Genre: Contemporary
Age: YA
Reviewer: Faye
Source: Own Copy
Challenge: British book
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Win Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part 2: The Game

While the chosen few continue to explore Pottermore and iron out the creases, the rest of us mere Muggles will have to make do with immersing ourselves in the books, films and games. To help the time pass more quickly we are giving away a copy of The Deathly Hallows Part 2: The Video Game, to the individual whose Harry Potter book review sparks the most discussion and comment.
The Game
Manufacturer’s Description: Step into the roles of your favorite heroes in the epic finale of the entertainment event of the decade. Playing as harry and other key characters in the Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows-part 2 video game, you are on a dangerous and urgent quest to locate and destroy the remaining Horcruxes, and with them, Voldemort. Break in to the high security vaults of Gringotts Bank, escape Fiendfyre in the room of Requirement and battle Voldemort’s most powerful allies as you defend Hogwarts in this action-packed experience.
Featuring the most epic battles of any Harry Potter game gone before, this is the ultimate showdown against Voldemort and his Dark forces. The fate of the wizarding world rests in your hands in the final battle of Hogwarts.
The Competition
To enter simply write a review for one of the seven original Harry Potter books and email your review to [email protected]
Label your email: Harry Potter Competition
Please state how you would like to be addressed on the review and include details of your postal address and preferred game format (in case you win!).
The Big Book Little Book Team will select their favorite review for each book. These reviews will be posted over seven consecutive days (in order of book publication) on the Big Book Little Book blog.
The general public will be invited to comment on the reviews.The review which generates the most comments in the given time period will win the Game*
Closing date for review submissions: Saturday 12th November Addendum 12/11/2011: Due to the volume of entries we have moved the closing date for submissions to 08:00 on Friday 18th November.
The selected reviews will be posted from: Saturday 19th November
The winner will be announced: Sunday 4th December (comments posted until 23:59 GMT  on Friday 3rd Dec will be included)
The Small Print.
In keeping with the games recommendation applicants should be aged 12 and over.
One prize winner will receive a  single copy of HP and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 for either  Xbox 360™, PLAYSTATION® 3, Windows PC, Wii™ or Nintendo DS™
No alternative prize will be offered.
UK postal addresses only. An address is required to ship the game to the winner and will not be used for any other purpose.
All emails will be deleted on completion of the competition.
Each individual can enter a max of 7 reviews (one for each book) however each review must be submitted/ emailed individually.
By entering the competition you are giving your permission for Big Book Little Book to post and archive your review on it’s blog.
In the event of a disagreement or a tie the decision of Big Book Little Book is final.
You do not have to be a follower of Big Book Little Book to enter this competition but it is a great way to show your appreciation!
*we welcome discussion, debate  and constructive criticism, therefore multiple comments from individuals will be  allowed as long as each comment expresses a valid point. Big Book Little Book reserves the right to discount/delete any comments which are intentionally offensive or spam like.
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