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The Tiger Who Came To Tea

Judith Kerr

The doorbell rings just as Sophie and her Mummy are sitting down to tea. Who could it possibly be? What they certainly don’t expect to see at the door is a big furry, stripy tiger!

This brilliant children’s book is a timeless classic! The drawings, if perhaps a little old style, are beautiful and capture the storyline perfectly. It is well written and provides humour throughout. We love the fact that although the tiger is so hungry he doesn’t want to eat Sophie and her Mummy, just all the food in the house! Sophie acts lovingly towards the Tiger as though it’s an every day occurrence and provides him with as much food as they have. Sophie’s Daddy is a great character at the end – he comes home to find no dinner and no beer left and instead of being cross takes them all out for dinner!

Verdict: A funny and lovely traditional book that should definitely be given a place on any child’s bookshelf!

Reviewed by Jane

Publisher: Harper Collins Children’s Books
Publication Date: 2006 (new ed.)
Format: Paperback
Pages: 32
Genre: Picture Book
Age: Picture Books, Early Readers
Reviewer: Jane
Source: Own Copy
Challenge: British Book
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Love Inc

Yvonne Collins & Sandy Rideout

Make up, break up, or take up with someone new…Love, Inc. does it all!
Zahra, Kali and Syd would never have met if their parents’ marriages hadn’t fallen apart. But when the three girls collide in group counselling, they discover they have something else in common: they’ve each been triple-timed by the same wicked charmer, Eric, aka Rico, aka Rick. Talk about eye-opening therapy. Now all three girls have one mission: to show that cheater the error of his ways. Project Payback is such a success, the girls soon have clients lining up for the consulting services. Is your boyfriend acting shady? Dying to know if your crush is into you? Need matchmaking expertise? Look no further than Love, Inc.

Zahra Ahmed-Macduff is a ‘Scotistani’ Texan, half Scottish and half Pakistani, 15 year old high school girl who ends up in group therapy, (affectionately termed ‘Crazy Class’) along with other teens who are not handling their parents’ separation well.

Zahra blames her situation on her Pakistani grandparents, who are staying indefinitely and are very antagonistic towards her father. Just as she feels her life can’t get any worse, she discovers her boyfriend’s been cheating on her with two of the girls she has met at group therapy – Kali and Syd. The three of them decide to take revenge on Rico, aka Rick, aka Eric and form a strong friendship into the bargain. The revenge plan and subsequent actions result in the three girls forming a business together. Love, Inc. provides; mediation services, surveillance, break-up management, matchmaking, relationship coaching and revenge – all for a price! Through word of mouth the cash soon starts pouring in, and whilst each of the girls seem to be achieving strong results in their own areas of Love, Inc. expertise, none of them seem to be making any headway in their own personal and relationship issues within their home environments.

The story is narrated by Zahra, who constantly struggles with self-esteem and her multi-cultural background as she compares herself to the artfully talented, if somewhat loner – Syd and the pretty, musically minded and confident Kali. However, she builds on her confidence through their business and her skill at relationship mediation – something she has also found herself tied up in within her own personal family situation. Zahra dreams of being a celebrity chef one day and one of her coping strategies with her home life is to fantasise about having her own television show, which she would entitle “The Sweet Tooth” and she uses these fantasies throughout the book in various humorous ways as she feels “Everything’s Better with a Little Sugar” – her self-claimed motto!

Whilst the book is written from Zahra’s perspective, Kali and Syd are fantastic characters in their own right and the three of them together provide an entertaining if somewhat fluffy teenage read! It’s fairly well written with some light-hearted humour and the usual love interests along the way, not to mention the added interest Syd’s dog Banksy, brings to the mix! Love, Inc. provides the reader, as well as the girls, with a great escape. The cultural differences are handled well and whilst Zahra struggles initially with her Pakistani grandparents, a heart to heart with her Grandmother helps her to come to terms with their concerns and understand her family background, which in turn of course, helps her to move forward with her own personal and family issues.

Verdict: Perhaps a little long, certain aspects seemed to be dragged out a little, although saying that I’m not sure how it could have been reduced. Overall, a fun and humorous read which tackled subjects such as religion and parental separation in an interesting and informative manner.

Reviewed by Jane

Publisher: Allison & Busby Ltd
Publication Date: September 2011
Format: Paperback
Pages: 445
Genre: Romance, Humour
Age: YA
Reviewer: Jane
Source: Received at event
Challenge: N/A
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Quiet As A Mouse

Mouse is too quiet to join in all the party fun! How can he find his voice, and make his friends take notice of him?
This book is filled with bright, funny and action packed illustrations, with the added bonus of a cute finger puppet for the reader to get snip snapping with their fingers, and giving a great 3D dimension to the story!

Quiet as a Mouse is the story of a little mouse that is so quiet and timid he keeps getting left out of all the party fun his friends are having.He desperately wants to join in but just can’t get anyone to hear him.

When a big cat threatens to spoil the party fun, Mouse surprises himself as he finds his voice and ‘roars’ the cat away, leaving all his friends in awe of his new found bravery!

This is a brilliant interactive picture book providing great entertainment as well as a ‘feel good’ story about a cute character! The illustrations are bright and colourful promoting great discussions about the actions of the mice on each page.

Verdict: A great, fun book with an interactive finger puppet that is sure to delight adults and children alike as they follow Mouse on his adventure.

Reviewed by Jane

Publisher: Child’s Play
Publication Date: 2008
Format: Hardback with Puppet
Pages: 515/559KB
Genre: Picture Book
Age: Picture Book, Early Readers
Reviewer: Jane
Source: Own Copy
Challenge: N/A
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On My Wish List

As book lovers we often find that our eyes are too big for our bookshelves! So once a month we join the ladies at Book Chick City and take part in their meme ON MY WISH LIST where we post about some of the books we are keen to get our hands on whether they be old books, newly released or those yet to be published.

Reviewer: Jane

Harvesting The Heart  by Jodi Picoult

A young woman who was abandoned by her mother when she was 5, left her father behind in Chicago to pursure art school. She marries an ambitious doctor and soon becomes a mother herself. She cannot forget her mother’s absence and the shameful memories of her past, which make her doubt herself. Out of Paige’s struggle to find wholeness, Jodi crafts an absorbing novel that explores issues and emotions we can all relate to.

Having read a couple of Jodi Picoult’s books over the last year I found I enjoyed her contemporary style as well as the way she writes about human emotions.  The topic of the novel sounds very controversial – a young woman was abandoned by her own mother as a baby and now she has a child of her own she doubts her own maternal ability and can’t help but think that maybe her own baby would be better off without her.  As a mother myself this may well prove difficult but interesting reading….

Twitchhiker – How One Man Travelled The World by Paul Smith

Bored in the bread aisle of the supermarket one day, the author wondered how far he could get around the world in 30 days through the goodwill of users of social networking site Twitter.
Having read Helen’s review of this one, I found myself intrigued by the topic and therefore wanting to read the story myself and update my own lack of knowledge about this new way to communicate with the world!

Having read Helen’s review of this one, I found myself intrigued by the topic and therefore wanting to read the story myself and update my own lack of knowledge about this new way to communicate with the world!
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Around The Table: Teen Reads

AROUND THE TABLE: We love to get together as a team and discuss all manner of book related subjects.  On the 2nd Sunday of the month we take a transcript of one of these discussions or copy and paste a Facebook thread (which has been corrected for spelling and typos) and post it on our site.  We welcome your contributions and comments related to the featured discussion.

Caroline: As you know I absolutely love YA books. Like many people it was the Harry Potter series and The Twilight Saga which turned me on to reading middle grade and young adult books as a not so young adult. What I’d like to know is, what books did you read as a teen? Do you think your reading preferences have changed as an adult? Are there any books that you read as a teen that you would recommend to today’s teen audience?

Karen: I’m desperately trying to think of what I used to read as a teen and am genuinely coming up stumped! I remember choosing to read Animal Farm by George Orwell as enjoyed studying 1984 and Lord of the Flies but, at that age I was far too obsessed with going out, my part time job and of course studying to really pursue books that I would enjoy. I was quite content to read my mum’s discarded Mills and Boon and my brothers Alien vs. Predator books when I had nothing better to do….both genres memorable in their own right but hardly challenging!
I guess it is a shame as I did enjoy books at a young age. I guess my hormones just took over and I think it’s fair to say that young adult 15-20yrs ago isn’t a patch on today’s very lust worthy leading characters!

Caroline: Teen hormones aren’t all bad, I first read Austin’s Pride and Prejudice after Colin Firth’s legendary damp shirt scene! and it is still my favourite book today. As a result I went on to read other books in the Penguin Classics Collection:Emma, Sense and Sensibility, Little Women, Jane Eyre, Frankenstein, Dracula….

Lesley: I was an avid reader as a teen. I used to go to the library regularly and spend hours there. While some of the names of the books I read escape me all these years later, I know that I used to borrow the Mary Poppins series by P.L Travers – 4 stripy hard backed books, as I remember, regularly. I tended to have favourite books that I read over and over again. A series I enjoyed was the American Sweet Dreams series. Stories of young teen romances often set in either high school or summer camps or on holidays abroad. They were largely innocent, fun reads and were very popular back in the early 80’s during my own young teen years!

Karen: In my Tweens, I do remember with affection the Point Horror books. RL Stine being a favoured author. In our class these books were very much our obsession and you would be so smug if you managed to read a title before anyone else got their hands on it!

Caroline: The Point Horror series were a prominent feature in my early teens. I particularly remember The Forbidden Games Trilogy by L.J Smith; In fact I became a little obsessed with the main male character, a hot bad boy. I don’t recall discussing the characters the way teens might today, there was certainly no team Julian! Surely everyone read Forever by Judy Blume- that book was an eye opener for my teen self! It’s certainly the first book I read containing sex scenes and did lead to further education in the form of Mills and Boon *secret shame*

Lesley: Oh yes -Forever! *chuckles*. Covertly read by many of us during our teen years – and one of those first ‘eye opening’ books that was discussed in hushed tones over school lunch! It was a natural step to progress to Lace after that… ahem…

Jane: Lol Lesley! Yes, I too remember Forever being discussed with hushed giggles! In my early teens I was particularly into the Sweet Dreams series which were all predictably trashy teen romance – girl desperately wants first boyfriend and to be kissed etc etc! I also remember reading the Anne of Green Gables series which I adored and started my transition into more adult reading. By my later teens I had moved swiftly on to one of the ‘big’ books doing the rounds at my school- If Tomorrow Comes by Sidney Sheldon and hence my literature quickly advanced! One series I absolutely loved though was the The Flowers in the Attic series by Virginia Andrews, which had me enthralled for some time and which I re-read many years later.

Helen: I was an avid reader too! I also remember Forever and Lace they must have been doing the rounds for a while! I read other Judy Blume books too, the Little Women series, all the ‘Anne’ books, and lots of Chalet school. These were followed by Sweet Dreams romance books, Sweet Valley (these series started whilst I was a teenager!) and then other classics. I also read things like The Flowers in the Attic series, Catherine Cookson (no Mills and Boon for me, sorry girls!). They were my progression into more adult literature. But I reread my favourite classic books more than these (Anne of Green Gables for instance).

Lesley: I’ve heard so much about the Flowers in the Attic series… but I’ve never read them! Did I miss out? Wondering if I should check them out now 🙂

Jane: Definitely Les – and yes you did miss out! An absolutely brilliant series which for its time, was probably quite taboo.

Helen: Flowers in the Attic was a great read Lesley. Don’t expect great literature, but a good, well paced and sometimes shocking read! In answer to some of your questions Caz, it definitely shaped my reading today! I still love classics and hate badly written books (I won’t name and shame them here!). I read chick lit and light hearted stuff too, a bit like the romances were for me as a teenager. I still like a bit of crime drama, but generally not too much blood and guts! I did allot of re-reading and still do, I can’t get rid of a good book and still have loads of my old books that I couldn’t bare to part with and still read.

Jane: I’m not so sure my reading preferences have changed all that much as I’ve got older – I still prefer a good romance, although I have probably moved onto more contemporary styles, but I’m still a sucker for a good old Danielle Steele, of which I read many as a late teen and is still my ‘guilty pleasure’ today!

Lesley: I’m not sure my reading preferences have changed hugely either. I also still enjoy a good romance, and I like contemporary stories with a dash of humour too.I do remember chuckling over The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole aged 13 ¾, and the sequel, The Growing pains of Adrian Mole. They were books I read over and over and I think that today’s teens would enjoy them too. Although perhaps they would be a little innocent today… or, having a 13 year old myself perhaps it would give him an insight into the ‘teen life’ his own parent might have known! Ha!

Jane: Brilliant! I had forgotten all about Adrian and Pandora!!! They were fantastic books of the time and definitely ones that I think every teenager could associate with in one way or another!

Helen:To today’s teens I would say give some of the older books a chance, if you put the effort in to read them and take your imagination back to another time and place they will reward you! And allow you to discover that a lot of the characters in those books aren’t really so different to us today.

Jane: Writing styles may have changed and technology moved on, but deep down all the same old issues and angst’s are still there for today’s teens and I reckon some of our old favourites would appeal today.

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A Perfect Proposal

Katie Fforde

Sophie Apperly has spent her whole life pleasing others– but when she realises her family see her less as indispensable treasure and more as general dogsbody, she decides she’s had enough. So when an old friend offers her the chance of a lifetime, she decides to swap Little England for the Big Apple, and heads off to the land of opportunity.
From the moment Sophie hits the bright lights of Manhattan she’s determined to enjoy every minute of her big adventure. And when fate throws her together with Matilda, a spirited grande dame of New York society who invites her to Connecticut for Thanksgiving, she willingly accepts. English-born Matilda is delighted with her new friend – though her grandson Luke, undeniably attractive but infuriatingly arrogant, is anything but welcoming.
When Luke arrives in England a few weeks later, Sophie hardly expects him to seek her out, but Matilda has hatched some complicated plans of her own– and so Luke has a proposal to make…

Sophie comes across at the start of the book as a complete dogsbody who her family take for granted and uses to keep their own lives running. I found her goody two shoes routine quite irritating at the start, even down to her constant keeping busy whilst looking after ‘Evil Uncle Eric’! That aside her character does start to grow on you and I found myself rather enjoying the story as things moved along – which they do so at a swift pace. Whilst in New York, which the overall summary leads you to believe is where most of the book is set but is in fact a relatively short part of the overall story; Sophie has a chance meeting with a rich elderly lady by the name of Matilda and her grandson Luke. Luke is not a particularly likeable character and acts for the most part like a sullen schoolboy, however he does somewhat redeem himself by the end! Matilda on the other hand is a superb character, not to be underestimated and certainly manages to engineer situations in a very clever manner. Sophie starts to come into her own and is an interesting and likeable character as the story unfolds, with a very practical side to her nature which she puts to good use during her excursion around the countryside with Luke!

A few nice touches and turns, round the story off in a clean if somewhat predictable manner.

Verdict: Reasonably predictable in places, your fairly typical ‘girl meets boy’ storyline, it was nonetheless an enjoyable story punctuated with some interesting and humorous characters. Not one I would rush to re-read or necessarily keep though.

Reviewed by Jane

Publisher: Arrow
Publication Date: February 2011
Format: Paperback
Pages: 384
Genre: Chick Lit, Romance
Age: Adult
Reviewer: Jane
Source: Own Copy
Challenge: N/A
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Flashing Fire Engines

Amazing Machines Truckload of Fun

Tony Mitton and Ant Parker

Big, bold fire engines, waiting day and night, ready for a rescue or a blazing fire to fight.
Jump aboard the engine and join a band of brave animal firefighters in this exciting picture book. Zippy wordplay, zappy art, plus a picture dictionary make learning about fire engines fun!

My son received this book in a cardboard truck style set of 10 entitled The Amazing Machines Truckload of Fun. Whilst not able to review each and every one, I wanted to show what an absolutely brilliant set of books these are! I chose ‘Flashing Fire Engines’ as this has been one of the favourites alongside ‘Dazzling Diggers’!

Each book is written entirely in a clever yet simplistic perfect rhyming style describing a particular vehicle, its constituent parts and what and how it is used– ‘As soon as there’s a fire alarm, the engine starts to roar. The fire-fighters jump aboard – it rumbles out the door’, so making them easy and entertaining reading for parents and memorable for children. The accompanying graphics are bright and colourful and promote great discussions about the characters and their actions.

The final page contains details of ‘Fire Engine Bits’ and includes small images with well thought and written descriptions such as ‘fireproof coats and trousers– these are made from special material that does not burn easily and protects fire-fighters from the fire’– that pre-school children can understand and learn from. This set of books is a great size (similar to that of the Mr Men series) and hence easily transportable when entertainment is required out and about.

Verdict: Absolutely fantastic set of books that I would highly recommend to anyone with a train/digger/fire engine/truck mad pre-schooler, or just anyone who enjoys entertaining children’s books!

Reviewed by Jane

Publisher: Kingfisher
Publication Date: September 2007
Format: Hardback collection
Pages: 24 each
Genre: Picture Books
Age: Picture Books
Reviewer: Jane
Source: Own Copy
Challenge:N/A
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Around The Table: Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins


AROUND THE TABLE: We love to get together as a team and discuss all manner of book related subjects.The following facebook thread took place over six days.
As Karen hasn’t read The Hunger Games Trilogy (yet!) and Lesley is enjoying a family holiday we are delighted to be joined, by Alison aka augustwilliow, blog follower and school librarian.

Please be aware that this post contains spoilers and we advise not reading any further unless you have already read Mockingjay.

Caroline: I don’t need to tell you ladies that I really LOVE this trilogy. I think that my insistence that everyone read it speaks for itself!  What elements did you enjoy?

Jane: I really enjoyed this trilogy, more than I thought I would, especially as I found the whole idea of ‘The Games’ a particularly gruesome thing to get my head around! I found it interesting that Katniss, after much persuasion, should become the Mockingjay symbol (something created by the Capitol), creating the uprising that becomes its downfall. Hence the Capitol is ultimately brought down by its own creation.

Caroline: I, too, loved the notion that Katniss, like the Mockingjay, is a product of the Capitols rule, and how both of their creations backfire on them.

Helen: I was also intrigued by the amount President Snow knew about Katniss. Where did he get some of that information?

Caroline: I really enjoyed the end of the Mockingjay. The choice Katniss makes, initially appearing to agree to further games, allowing her up on to the stage, to then assassinate President Coin rather than President Snow.Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, Book 3)

After so much time being used as a pawn, initially by the capitol, in the games, and then by District 13, as a part of the resistance, she exerts her free will and chooses the future. Preventing anymore horrific games, rather than extracting revenge for the past.

Helen: I was horrified, initially, when she agreed to another hunger games, I agree she used it to look like she was playing along, but I wasn’t completely convinced that she wouldn’t have had chance to do the assassination anyway. We don’t know whether that act did actually prevent another hunger games anyway.

Caroline: I disagree; I think that if she had openly disagreed with the new regime she would have been whisked away. We already know (from the brain washing of Peeta) that the technology exists to manipulate people’s images for propaganda. I think she needed to play along to allow herself access to the public stage, making an undeniable public statement, with no possibility of cover up or opportunity for actions to be taken in her name.

Helen: But all the others had a say too, she wasn’t the only one, if Haymitch had voted the other way then there would not have been a vote for more games anyway.  I’m sure that what you say is what Collins wants us to think, but I just didn’t feel that Katniss saying no to a games would have been the end of everything for her.

Alison: I think that it was fitting that it ended the way it did. Not only was Kat making a point on how wrong the hunger games were and how they were possibly moving from one dictatorship to another, she was regaining a measure of control over her own life. Whilst the ending was not what I wished for, it felt right.

Helen: I was really frustrated by the complete lack of information at the end. I would have liked to know about what happened at Katniss trial and whether there really was any change in society as a result of what happened

Jane: Although tying up loose ends (to a degree), we were left with a lot of questions about the characters and the state of Panem after the uprising. I would have liked more definitive answers as to how the future of Panem changed after the uprising. However, through information such as Gale working in television to help create entertainment programs for the city, I guess we are led to believe that life must have been somewhat better if television was being used in this way for its people rather than just the previous years of compulsory ‘Games’ viewing!

Caroline: In relation to the trial think that it is quite fitting that it took place without her, that the powers that be didn’t allow her to represent herself and that they decided to “retire” her. After all Katniss was a pawn for them from the start.
It was important for Suzanne to focus on Katniss’ breakdown and eventual recovery; you can’t put a character through all of that without some consequences! As the trilogy is written in first person she would have had to either swapped protagonists or included it after Kat’s recovery.  I think that as a reader I would have resented that, she’d already been through so much, and following her recovery I was ready for a “happy” ending.

Helen: Yes, Caz, I agree, would have been odd, but I still want to know what happened!

Helen: Great idea to have an out-take. On that front I would like one about Cinna! He was a great character and we could piece together a lot about him but I would love to know his back story, which we never really found out.

Caroline: Suzanne if you’re reading we want more Cinna!

Helen: On the whole I preferred the first two books. I did like the third, but I felt that the first two were particularly well plotted and paceier. Collins was really clever in her writing of The Games and all the little twists and turns that came together at the end of both books. As the third was more about the war, propaganda etc it wasn’t quite the same in these respects. Which books did everyone else prefer?

Jane: The first two books were real pages turners that I couldn’t put down, and although I read the third with the same urgency I felt it lacked the same punch! I was gearing myself up for this big war that just never really seemed to happen for me as Katniss was constantly pushed ‘on the back burner’ by those around her!

Alison: I think I preferred the first two more than Mockingjay as the focus changed so much. In the arena Kat is strong and has more control over her own destiny, whereas in Mockingjay the fact she is used as a pawn is much more apparent.

Jane: On the whole, a superb set of books with a unique and extremely imaginative plot, full of twists and turns – some of which I certainly didn’t expect! It will certainly be very interesting to see how they put this on the Big Screen!

We welcome your comments and would love to read your thoughts on the topics discussed.

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Some Dogs Do

Some Dogs Do

Jez Alborough

All dogs walk and jump and run, but dogs don’t fly – it can’t be done … or can it?’

This is a heart-warming story of a little dog named Sid who from sheer happiness manages to fly to school one day. Once there no-one will believe him and his happiness quickly disappears. Back at home his Dad shows a loving concern for his sons’ unhappiness, which is quickly dispersed when a secret is revealed!

The story is very entertaining, with a fun bouncy rhyme and repetition to enthrall and engage the participation of your audience.

My son always follows the story, repeating crucial points throughout. We especially enjoy Sid’s ‘long and lonely walk home’ as we talk about his walk through fields and over hills! I could easily recite it by heart now and having read it so often (usually 4 times every night), my son nearly does too– which only adds to the amusement and enjoyment we both get from our nightly rendition of ‘Sid’!

The fantastic colourful illustrations delight with their emotionally expressive characters– we witness Sid’s elated happiness at flying, his disbelief at the response of his classmates and teacher and the loving concern of his Dad and family.

This book is about believing in yourself and shows that anything is possible if you believe in it enough, despite what others around you may think! In addition to studying the actions and adventures of Sid through the story, his emotions provide excellent opportunity to explore feelings and the reasons for them.

Verdict: I think I love this book almost as much as my 3 year old son and it’s certainly a firm favourite in our house! I would strongly recommend this delightful book to anyone looking for a book for a child.

Reviewed by Jane

Publisher: Walker Books
Publication Date: August 2004
Format: Paperback
Pages: 38
Genre: Picture Book
Age: Picture Books, Early Readers
Reviewer: Jane
Source: Own Copy
Challenge: N/A
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Love Books Will Travel: Jo Frost


What: Book Signing
Who: Jo Frost (Supernanny)

Where: Waterstones
Guildford
Surrey

When: July 2011

Why: Promotional Tour for Jo Frost’s Confident Toddler Care
Who better than Jo Frost– the UK’s most trusted nanny– to help you through the challenging but exciting toddler years.
In Confident Toddler Care Jo Frost guides parents through the new demands and needs of their growing toddler, from teething and potty-training, to playdates and happy mealtimes, Jo is at hand to offer practical advice.
In her usual calm and down-to-earth style, Jo provides solutions to common problems and practical help on every element of your toddler’s life including: Sleeping, Healthy eating, Tantrums, Sibling rivalry, Playdates, Teaching life skills, Nursery and childcare, Positive communication, Praise and encouragement, Milestones, Creating routines
Jo’s essential know-how will help all parents create a thriving and peaceful home for their toddler, taking the dread away from the ‘terrible twos’ and ‘troublesome threes’ so that parents can feel confident and enjoy the toddler years.

The event was attended by a good crowd of Mums, babies and toddlers, with the odd Dad thrown in too! Jo was happy to sign copies of her new book and spent several minutes with many Mums chatting about their concerns and worries, as well as posing for pictures.  She was extremely friendly and took the time to speak and interact with each child she saw.  Should the opportunity arise, I would happily travel to meet Jo again.  What a lovely lady!

Post by Jane

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