The very unique Book of Everyone review and giveaway

book-of-everyone

I saw the Book of Everyone featured on blogs last year and had it on my list of present ideas for people. Of course, then I forgot about it until the Book of Everyone asked me to choose a book to review. And with 40th birthdays coming up, it was the perfect time to check out the website and make a decision of which book to buy. The Book of Everyone is a book I’ve never seen before. You choose… Continue Reading “The very unique Book of Everyone review and giveaway”

I-Spy books – the activity book relaunch

i-spy books

When I was a child I had an i-spy book of horses. I loved that little book, having been bought it at Banbury Museum just after moving to the area. I didn’t really manage to tick off many of the horses, but I loved it all the same. So when I heard that I-Spy books were being relaunched this summer, it made me smile. I jumped at the chance to take a look and try the modern versions out ourselves.… Continue Reading “I-Spy books – the activity book relaunch”

A Gruffalo Experience in Milton Keynes

Gruffalo experience Easter 2016 Milton Keynes

We love Julia Donaldson books, with the Gruffalo being one of N’s favourite characters.  We’ve seen The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo’s Child on stage, so when I noticed there was a Gruffalo Experience running this spring at Milton Keynes I decided to take N along. I presumed it was going to be similar to The Lost Gift, an immersive experience where you met characters as the story was told, and it wasn’t far off. We arrived having totally mucked up… Continue Reading “A Gruffalo Experience in Milton Keynes”

Hello Nature, hello grow, make, colour and draw book

Hello Nature book review

I’ve always said I’m not that creative although as I’ve got older it’s brought a realisation that creativity isn’t always about art and drawing, as it always seems to mean when you’re a child.  I’ve never been comfortable drawing doing art, although I’ll happily doodle a few shapes and patterns when I’m in meetings and a little bored. N on the other hand is a little boy who loves to write, draw and colour.  This love’s only come in the… Continue Reading “Hello Nature, hello grow, make, colour and draw book”

Discovering spaces and planes with Shine-a-light books – giveaway

shine-a-light books

We’ve not done any book reviews for a while.  We’re still both reading – I completed my 2015 52 book challenge back in October, and N’s still loving his books.  Now phonics teaching has started, I’m expecting him to be reading simple words after, if not by Christmas.  Exciting times. Recently we were sent a couple of new books from the shine-a-light books range.  I’ve not come across these before, but they’re definitely a new and unique concept. In the… Continue Reading “Discovering spaces and planes with Shine-a-light books – giveaway”

Pumpkins Pumpkins Everywhere – getting ready for Halloween

Pumpkins pumpkins everywhere

Apart from books from school, we’ve not had many new books for N recently.  I think he’s generally really happy with repeating the rest of the books he has already.  But we were sent Pumpkins Pumpkins Everywhere as our next Parragon Book Buddies read. N does like a themed book at certain times of the year (he’s already had out the Christmas books!), so he’s been quite interested in this one as we’ve been able to talk about Halloween and… Continue Reading “Pumpkins Pumpkins Everywhere – getting ready for Halloween”

Spot a Lot Animals jigsaw and book from Parragon Books

spot a lot book reading

We’ve not done any book reviews for a while.  It’s mostly because N’s not being interested in new books – he just wants us to read Biff and Chip. Oh, how I wish I’d never bought the set for him. Fingers crossed it’s not the book system they use at school. I was surprised therefore, how quick he was to pick up the box that Parragon Books’ latest offering came in.  Spot a Lot Animals attracted him straight away.  I… Continue Reading “Spot a Lot Animals jigsaw and book from Parragon Books”

Book lover style with Roald Dahl cushions from House of Fraser – giveaway

Roald Dahl House of Fraser cushions

I have to admit our house is a tad on the unfinished side (and has been since before I moved in 13 years ago). I love looking at stylish houses, but just never have the impetous to do it in our own home. I had vague plans for N’s room but it’s still a hotch potch, and generally full of books spread all over the floor. N takes after me in loving books, so when I was shown the Roald… Continue Reading “Book lover style with Roald Dahl cushions from House of Fraser – giveaway”

Learn to fasten with Zip It by Patricia Hegarty

Zip It book

I was looking forward to receiving this Zip It hardback book from Little Tiger Press, written by Patricia Hegarty and illustrated by Fhiona Galloway.  While it looks like a book for younger children, it’s aimed at 3-6 year olds, with the main purpose of letting them practise undoing and doing up fastenings.  N really needs some help with those, because he doesn’t really make the effort to try (apart from being able to pull a zip up and down). Zip… Continue Reading “Learn to fasten with Zip It by Patricia Hegarty”

The ideal book for a farmer’s son? Good little bad little pig

good little bad little Pig

Our latest Book Buddy read from Parragon Books is Good little bad little Pig by Margaret Wise Brown, and illustrated by Loretta Schauer.  I thought this book would appeal to N given the subject matter. The story is about a little boy who wants a piglet as a pet.  His parents bring up all the barriers to having one, but he writes to a farmer that he wants a good little bad little pig.  And a piglet duly arrives.  We… Continue Reading “The ideal book for a farmer’s son? Good little bad little pig”