Book Review animalcolm

AniMalcolm book review

Malcolm doesn’t like animals. Which is a problem because his family love them. Their house is full of pets. What the house is not full of is stuff Malcolm likes. Such as the laptop he wanted for his birthday.

The only bright spot on the horizon is the year six school trip, to… Oh no. A Farm.

Over the next few days, Malcolm changes. He learns what it is really like to be an animal. A whole series of animals, in fact….

It does make him think differently. and, um, smell differently. But will he end up the same as before?

Because sometime the hardest thing to become is yourself.

 

Back with another book review. I have said it before and I will say it again, we love books! We love to read books as a family, on our own or as mummy and me time. It is so important to read with children and to get that routine of sitting quietly with a book set early on in a child’s life.

As you already may know BG1 loves to read. And I mean love. It is now the half term and BG1 has already set up her own library in her bedroom complete with an open sign and library cards.

We were offered recently the chance to review Animalcolm by David Baddiel, another author we have not come across before and another book to add to BG1’s Library.

Animalcolm is a book aimed at both boys and girls aged 7-11 years old. BG1 was quick to sit down on her own and begin reading the book.

She didn’t just read the book by herself. As we do BG1 and LM snuggled on the big arm chair with me and we read together. Throughout the book there were some illustrations scattered on various pages. Some were amusing and very characterful. I would have liked to have seen more illustrations in the book, mainly to help the younger children on the scale 7/8 year olds who still like to have some visuals.

The book is not a small quick read, it is a 355 page story and will take more than a couple of bedtime reading sessions to get through. However it is a good read with easy to read font and letter spacing throughout the book. So even when you are coming to the end of the day and you are ready to put the kids to bed and read them a story your tired eyes can still focus and follow along!

AniMalcolm

BG1 and LM loved this book, They enjoyed reading about Malcolm changing into different animals and going from hating animals to actually loving them. It sparked a conversation of what animal would you wish you could turn into. I chose myself a fierce lion so I could roar loudly. LM wanted to become a giraffe, his favourite zoo animal so he could reach up at the tallest trees. And BG1 wanted to become a penguin and live in Antarctica.

BG1 and LM had great fun throughout the book not only reading Malcolms story but also  making up their own story and what they would do if they became a Tortoise, a cat, or a goat.

Over all AniMalcolm was a huge hit with BG1 who wants to read it again. It was fun and humorous and  great to get the kids imagination flowing. We really enjoyed reading this book and will be looking at more David Baddiel Books to read.

You can buy your very own copy of AniMalcolm from Amazon!

 

What animal would you most like to turn into?


Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post – We were  also sent this book for the purpose of this review. All opinions and words are my own.

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Book Review Goth Girl

goth girl book review

Meet Ada Goth. She lives in Ghastly-Gorm hall with her father, Lord Goth, lots of servants and at least half a dozen ghosts, but she hasn’t got any friends to explore her enormous, creepy house with. Then, one night, everything changes when Ada meets a ghostly mouse called Ishmael. Together they set out to solve the mystery of the strange happenings at Ghastly-Gorm hall, and get a lot more than they bargained for….

 

If you have read through my blog you will know how much we love books and think that reading with your children is so important. Lately we have got into a routine again of reading stories before bed and it doesn’t stop there. BG1 constantly has a book in her hand, and LM – now he started to read more independently – is reading more often. I find myself when trying to choose books for the children that I tend to go for the books that I read as a child with the likes of Harry Potter, Narnia, and Tracey Beaker. There are so many more new Authors that I haven’t heard of or explored. BG1 being a little book worm that she is loves to find new books to read and new authors that she hasn’t come across.

So when we were given an opportunity to read Goth girl and the ghost of a mouse by Chris Riddell we were both very excited. We hadn’t come across this series before nor had we read books by Chris Riddell.

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When the book arrived the first thing that caught my eye was the deep purple colour. Purple is my favourite colour and I knew from this moment that me and BG1 would love this book. Also on the edge of the book was purple embossed flourishes and skulls. It is a beautiful and clean presented book.

I then noticed that not only did Chris Riddell write the book but he also illustrated it. I love when authors also illustrate their books, BG1 has said for many years now that she can’t decide whether she wants to be an Author like Roald Dahl or an illustrator like Quentin Blake and I am always telling her that she can be both and like to show her work where authors are also illustrators. Chris Riddell is a great example that I now reference for her to be inspired by.

The book itself contains 219 pages, the paper is an off white, thick and durable. BG1 has already opened and bent every page of the book, folded the corners when BG1 couldn’t find her bookmark and slept with it under her pillow.

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The book starts by briefly giving a backstory into Ada goth’s life. Her mother dies from a typrope accident when Ada was a small baby and her father is very unhappiness and lives his days writing long poems. He believes a child should be heard and not seen so Ada ha s to were big clumpy boots so Lord Goth can hear her coming. Ada is left on her own for most of the time and her father avoiding her.

There are numerous sketches throughout the book which I love. There are so many interesting characters drawn throughout and I love that it has a map of Ghastly-Gorm Hall. The sketches through out are a big part of what makes this book so exciting. I cannot express enough how much I love the sketches throughout the book. They help with visualizing each character and add a humour to the book.

What I find especially charming is the added footnote on certain pages. It actually contains a sketch of a severed foot holding a quill. According to the book it is the severed foot of a famous writer who lost it at the battle of Baden-Baden-Wurttenberg-Baden. Fairly early in the book we also meet the Polar explorer that was made by a scientist from body parts left from the same battle.

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Ishmael the mouse was killed by a mouse trap and meets Ada – Goth girl shortly after. Ishmael and Ada want to stop any more mice being killed by traps and set about getting rid of it. The traps were set up by the indoor games keeper Maltravers who was up to no good. Ada and Ishmael set about their adventure trying to find out what Maltravers was up too. Along the way they meet new characters and people that Ada had not met before. Including more children who she set up the Attic club with.

Don’t Let the title fool you. This book is not just for girls, LM enjoyed the book just as much when I read out loud to him.

What we liked about the book was the colourful and quirky characters. There were so many. Throughout the books the were a little humour about the story that parents would get. Characters that resembled well known characters from popular books such as the governess Jane Ear and there were the secret garden and the ever-more-secret garden.

Even though there were such colourful characters the story still had an element of realism. It didn’t feel so far fetched that you couldn’t believe a word of what was going on. It still felt believable. Vampires included.

We loved most about this book…..

Both Bg1 and I agreed that our favourite part of the book was the ending. We wouldn’t want to spoil it for you, you will have to read it and find out.

We enjoyed this book very much, and even though we tried to find something about the book that we didn’t like we really couldn’t. It was enjoyable and entertaining to read to BG1 and LM.

Have you read any Chris Riddell books? Which is your favourite? Have you read Goth Girl? What is your favourite part of the story?

But wait! There are more from Goth girl:

Goth girl and the fete worse than death

Goth girl and the pirate queen

Goth girl and the wuthering freight

And new!!! Goth girl and the sinister symphony out September 2017

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post: We were also sent this book for review. All opinions and words are my own.

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Tesco baby club Christmas story book club review

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We love books, by now if you read my blog regularly you will know this from an earlier post here. A book for Christmas makes a perfect gift. We were asked by Tesco Baby Club to review a couple of Christmas Story books. We love books and we love Christmas, what a great fit.

Tesco Baby Club Peppa's Christmas

Peppa Pig – Peppa’s Christmas

I sat in my chair with B2 nestled in my arms. I pulled out Peppa’s Christmas. She recognised Peppa instantly and showed her eagerness with an ‘ooooooooooo’ and repeating the word ‘Peppa’ I began to read the story to her. She loved to look at the colourful pictures and would reach out and try to grab the characters.

BG2 was excited during the story. She would look up at me, watching me with interest as I read the story to her. Once we had finished a page she eagerly moved onto the next until the book was finished.

Tesco Baby Club Peppa's Christmas

Once we had finished the book BG2 took the book from my hands and sat with it on her lap looking at the pictures and turning the pages.

This book was short and simple, it was short enough to keep a very young child like BG2 engaged in the story. Yet it was also simple enough that a slightly older child learning to read is able to try and read it themselves.

The book was a durable cardboard book so isn’t easily ripped by over excited hands. However BG2 has attempted to eat this book a few times while reading it.

We have read this book a few times now and it has quickly become a favourite of BG2’s . I love the bright pictures and Peppa is a well known loved character which children can instantly engage with.

Tesco Baby Club Peppa's Christmas

Tesco Baby Club Norman the slug that saved christmas

Norman The slug who saved Christmas

My Kids love the collection of books by Sue Hendra, so when Norman the slug that saved Christmas arrived in the post they where eager to read it. This one didn’t disappoint. It was full of entertaining and bright pictures that engaged the children in the story. However there was a few pages that where dark blue with black writing on top which although was still able to read did make it a little more difficult to notice.

They both loved the book. BG1 loved the sleigh Norman the slug made from holly and when he used his slug slime to re seal the presents. LM Loved seeing the snails fly like Santa’s reindeer. But they both agreed that the best part was when Norman pretended to be a bauble and he looked like a snail.

Tesco Baby Club Norman the slug that saved christmas

This story was lovely to read with LM, and BG1 was able to read it herself. They where entertained the whole way through and it was short enough to keep them interested from start to finish.

I love the meaning behind the book about doing the right thing, not taking what is yours and being honest. Promoting good behaviour and kindness. This book was a lovely addition to our Christmas book collection. We would definitely recommend this book to mummy friends with children of the same age.

Tesco Baby Club Norman the slug that saved christmas

*We were sent these books by Tesco Baby Club for the purpose of this review. All opinions and words are my own. This post contains affiliate links which means if you make a purchase through these links I will be compensated with a few pennies at no extra cost to yourself.

Give a book for Christmas

Give a book for Christmas

 

Christmas is a time for family. A time for giving your time, and a time to enjoy with the people you love around you. What better way to spend time with your child than curled up on a cosy chair reading a family favourite book.

I love reading with my children and there are so many reasons why you should read with your child. Books make a wonderful gift to give to everybody at Christmas. From a small baby to a young child, a Teenager, a Mother, or Grandparents. There are so many books to be chosen from.

Whether you love great big adventures, want to fly across the sky, walk on the moon, or want to transport to a whole new world. There is a book out there for everybody.

We are taking part in the BritMums and Penguin Random house children’s Books Christmas Present Challenge!

Penguin random house sent us 3 books to wrap up and give as gifts for Christmas. So what did we receive?

The Racehorse who couldn’t gallop.

What girl hasn’t dreamt of owning her very own pony. I am sure my daughter has, I know I did when I was her age. She loves reading. She spends every evening reading in bed and aspires to be a writer herself just like her favourite author Roald Dahl.

This book will keep her very entertained especially knowing it contains a farting pony named Percy. What is it with kds and farting?

the race horse that couldn't gallop

Diary of a Wimpy Kid

We also received The Diary of a Wimpy kid – Double down. This book has been onBG1’s Christmas list for quite some time, it is something that has caught her attention and she is eager to read it. But I am sure this book won’t just be enjoyed by her but also my son – and the hubby will enjoy reading it to them too.

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Girl online going solo

Lastly we were sent Girl online going solo. This book is for the slightly older girl and my younger cousin is sure to love it. I took a sneaky peek and I am tempted to give it a read myself before it gets wrapped up in bows.

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Books in our house are treasured. I was brought up to love and take care of my books. My mum, as I grew out of the books packed them away in a large suitcase ready for when I had my own children.

Well that day came and when they were old enough we brought the suitcase down from the loft. Opening the suitcase revealed a reasure trove of books. Books ranging from Roald Dahl’s Matilda to Quentin Blakes all join in, C.S.Lewis Chronicles of Narnia to A.A.Milne Winnie the Pooh.

Now these books have been passed onto my own children. Many of them I received as gifts for Christmas. My mum would write the year we received it in the corner of the inside cover.

My daugter is now a huge fan of Roald Dahls Matilda and James and the giant peach thanks to my old book collection.

What was my favourite book when I was a child?

There are so many it makes it hard to choose, but the one that sticks out the most is Dorothy Edwards My naughty little sister. Mainly because when I read this book as a child I could relate to the character telling the story because I had a naughty little sister myself.

What books are on your Christmas list this year? What was your favourite book growing up?