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“MOG” May Giveaway

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“Mog” May Giveaway

Regular readers of my blog will know that Judith Kerr’s ‘Mog’ series has a special place in my heart (and on my bookshelf). I’ve read the stories of the lovable, and just a little bit naughty, cat to my children and now to my grandchildren. And they love them just as much as I do. So, here’s your chance to win 4 ‘Mog’ books in my May Giveaway.

Titles up for grabs this month include:

Mog the Fogetful Cat

Mog the forgetful cat

Mog always seems to be in trouble. She forgets that she has a cat flap and she forgets that she has already eaten her supper. But, one night, Mog’s forgetfulness comes in very handy…

Mog in the Dark

mog in the dark

One night Mog’s imagination takes her on a hilarious twilight adventure to a land of fantastical creatures, but true to form, all Mog really wants is her supper!

Mog on Fox Night

mog on fox night

One evening Mog refuses to eat her food and Mr Thomas decides he’s had enough and outside she must go. In the snow Mog feels cold and alone until she wakes from a snooze to find some young foxes are playing with the rubbish bags.

Mog and the V.E.T mog and the vet

One day Mog was chasing a butterfly when something happened to her paw. “She’ll have to go to the vee ee tee,” said Mrs Thomas. But Mog hates going to the vet and before her paw can be made better, she causes great confusion in the vet’s surgery…

Every child deserves to read ‘Mog’ so if you’d like to win these four stories, just enter on the form below.

The winner will be drawn on 1st June.

Good luck.

Suzie xx



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Children’s Easter Book Bonanza

Easter Book Bonanza

Children’s Easter Book Bonanza

A very quick post today from a wet and windy Wales. I’ve teamed up with ten authors to bring you the Children’s Easter Book Bonanza. Yay!

Go to the Children’s Easter Book Bonanza

There are books for children between 0 and 12 years… and they are awesome. So, head over to the giveaway and download yourself a bargain. But be quick as this is a Four Day Event and the discounts end on the 2nd of April.

Even if the weather is as bad with you as it is with me, you’ll have your Easter reading sorted 🙂

Happy reading.

Suzie xx


 

Book review: Ten Sheep to Sleep by Nidhi Kamra

 

Ten Sheep to Sleep

I’ve been a bit quiet on my blog recently but I thought you might like to look at some of the books I’ve been reading. I’m starting with Ten Sheep to Sleep by Nidhi Kamra.

The Blurb

Sammy Jo counts ten sheep to put her to sleep, but tonight, ten more sheep appear. The new sheep are creating a ruckus. Sammy Jo has to find a way to calm the sheep down, count twenty sheep, and ensure everyone is happy so they can get a good night’s sleep.

The Story

There was a lot I liked in Ten Sheep to Sleep. For a start, the title is wonderful and the grandkids ran about chanting it after we’d read it.

I liked that Sammy-Jo was pro-active in problem solving to help the sheep and it was fun seeing the things that the other people in the story counted to help them fall asleep.

Ten Sheep to Sleep screenshot 1

I’m not an artist but the illustrations have a painted-in-watercolour effect that adds to the dream-like feel. I did worry that my grandson might complain the book was a bit ‘pink’ but it didn’t seem to offend him.

What the grandchildren thought.

At 3 and almost 5 years old, my grandchildren are below the suggested age range for this book of 5 – 8 years. The idea of counting sheep when you couldn’t get to sleep was not one that they’d encountered so we had to discuss this. Grandson promised he’d try it at bedtime.

They had no problem counting to ten with Sammy-Jo, however they’d not tried counting in two’s. The concept went over the head of the 3 year old but the older one was very interested and we had to try out the idea with his Lego blocks. Older children would probably understand the maths already but the book was a nice way to introduce them to little ones.

Ten Sheep to Sleep screenshot

 

The final verdict.

Ten Sheep to Sleep is an unusual book which created some interesting talking points and learning opportunities with my grandchildren. It would be equally useful for early readers or as a picture book.

Love Suzie xx

PS Don’t forget about my March giveaway. Enter below.



 

March giveaway – 5x Guy Parker-Rees Picture Books

Announcing my March giveaway, 5x Guy Parker-Rees Picture Books.

March giveaway

If you’ve been reading my blog, you will have noticed that I often wish I could draw. OK, I can do stick people and things with straight lines, like houses, aren’t too shoddy, but anything more?  Forget it.  One of my favourite book illustrators is Guy Parker-Rees. I love his bright, bold artwork… and kids do too. So, I’m excited to have five of his picture books up for grabs in my March giveaway.

Here are the books you can win.

Come to Tea on Planet Zum-Zee

alien tea on planet zum zee

If you take your rocket to the outer edge of space, you’ll come across a funny little alien place. The alien peoples call it Planet Zum-Zee, and they’re meeting here today for a special picnic tea. Join the space party on Planet Zum-Zee! Meet the crazy creatures and share their deliciously funny food.

The Jungle Run

Here come the animals, one by one.
They’re all getting ready for the Jungle Run.
Cub turns up to take her place 
but the others say, ‘You’re to small to race . . . ‘

Cub may be little compared to the other animals, but she’s quick and clever and she knows just how to show the rest of the jungle what a winner she is.

Spookyrumpus

Bong! Goes the bell in the rickety tower, Twelve times…that means it’s Spooky Hour. 
Listen! Hush! Oooh, what’s that sound? The midnight spooks are coming round. 
The creepy countdown has begun, so get ready to giggle at funny, floaty ghosts, clickety-clackety skeletons and terrific tromping trolls! A real rollicking, romping, rhyming story with hilarious illustrations.

Jolly Olly Octopus

Jolly Olly Octopus

When Jolly Olly Octopus gets the giggles, it isn’t long before the waves of bubbly laughter have spread to all his friends and the whole sea bed is awash with sea creatures chuckling away. But, oh no! Here comes Shark! Suddenly things aren’t quite so funny any more.

K is for Kissing a cool Kangaroo

K is for Kissing a cool Kangaroo

From juicy jellybeans to kissing kangaroos, children will love learning and remembering the letters of the alphabet in this fun-packed ABC book with vibrant illustrations

If you’d like to be the proud owner of these great books, enter the competition below.

Good luck peeps.

Love Suzie xx



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Judith Kerr 5x Mog picture books Giveaway

Mog

5x Mog Picture Books Giveaway

February is the month of love and Judith Kerr’s stories of ’Mog’ the naughty but very lovable cat will always hold a special place in my heart. I have many happy memories of reading about ’Mog’ with my children and now I am sharing the books with my grandchildren. So, I’m excited to announce that February will be my 5x Mog Picture Books Giveaway.

Up for grabs this month are five books in the ’Mog’ series.

Titles included are:

  • Mog and Bunny

Mog and Bunny

Bunny is Mog’s best thing. But one day Mrs Thomas says she is going to throw Bunny in the dustbin… 

Awww.

  • Mog and the Baby

mog and the baby

Mog’s peaceful day is shattered when a baby comes to visit. All Mog wants to do and sleep and play but there is no chance of that with a little baby around!”Mog loves babies,” says Mrs Thomas but suddenly Mog isn’t quite so sure… 

This was my children’s all time favourite bedtime story. You have to know how Mog saves the baby.

  • Mog’s Bad Thingmog's bad thing

When Mog’s garden disappears under an enormous white flappy thing, Mog is very unhappy and does A Bad Thing. But inside the white flappy thing a Cat Show is taking place, the perfect setting for Mog to make her family very proud indeed. 

All kids love it when ‘bad things’ are done lol!

  • Mog and the Granny

mog and the granny

When the Thomas family go on holiday, Mog stays with Granny. It seems safe enough…until she meets Tibbles. 

Oh dear. More trouble for Mog.

  • Mog’s ABC

mog's abc

On the day of Debbie’s birthday party, Mog sets off on an adventure through the alphabet. Along the way she meets the dragons in the dark and the jaguar with a jug of jelly. M is for Mog, but to her surprise, it is also for the mad mouse monster of her dream.

An ABC book with a difference 🙂

 

So, there you have it. Five fantastic books that should be on every child’s bookshelf.

I’ll be drawing the winner the 2nd of March.

Enter below.

Good luck!

Suzie xx



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The winner of the Winnie the Pooh classic boxset January Giveaway

Winnie the Pooh Giveaway

A.A Milne’s Winnie the Pooh books are such classics and they must be as popular today as they’ve ever been because I had nearly 1500 entrants in my January Giveaway – a record number for me.

Anyway, onto the business of announcing the winner.

The winner of the Winnie the Pooh Giveaway is…

*** Chris Fredlund ***

Chris, if you can get in touch with your address, I’ll post the books out to you straight away.

Snowy Wales

We’ve had a few days of snow here in Wales, so I thought I’d share the view out of my back gate.

winter snow

Stay warm and happy reading.

Suzie xx


Today is Winnie the Pooh Day. How will you be celebrating?

Winnie the Pooh day

Did you know that 18th of January is the official Winnie the Pooh Day?

A.A. Milne, the author of this classic story, was born on this day back in 1882. It’s hard to imagine that this well-loved little bear was first published on 14 October 1926. The story started around the author’s son’s collection of stuffed toys. And yes, his son was called Christopher Robin in real life.

Did you catch last year’s film Goodbye Christopher Robin? It’s a dramatization of how the characters came to be created and well worth a watch.

Idea’s to celebrate Winnie the Pooh Day

Read a book. 

Yeah, that one’s obvious but Pooh always has some words of wisdom even though he professes to be a ‘bear of very little brain.’

Watch a film.

There have been loads of animations of Winnie the Pooh stories. Here’s the trailer for the 2010 film.

Cuddle your Teddy

Go on, everyone had at least one cuddly Pooh bear, didn’t they?

Eat some honey

A day without a friend is like a pot without a single drop of honey left inside. AA Milne Click To Tweet

Enter my January Giveaway

I’m giving away a Winnie the Pooh Classic Collection Box set. It features 4x titles:

  • Winnie the Pooh
  • The House at Pooh Corner
  • When we were very Young
  • Now we are Six

Winnie the Pooh

Whatever you do, have a Happy Winnie the Pooh Day.

Love Suzie xx


 

Winnie the Pooh Giveaway: 4x Classic Books Box Set

I love Winnie the Pooh. As a child I had cuddlies of Pooh, Piglet and Kanga (complete with a removable Roo in her pouch.) So, the books in my January Winnie the Pooh Giveaway are very special to me.

Winnie the Pooh Giveaway

Winnie the Pooh Giveaway

Titles include:

  • Winnie the Pooh
  • The House at Pooh Corner
  • When we were Very Young
  • Now we are Six

There are four books in a tidy slip case and they are illustrated throughout in full colour.

Winnie the Pooh GiveawayThese are lovely books which are a must for any child’s bookshelf.

I will be drawing the winner on 2nd February.

Good luck.

Suzie xx


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A Mummy Trick: my Nativity story video for you

Nativity

A Mummy Trick: my Nativity story video for you

Back in 2013, I wrote a script to enter into The Nativity Factor, a competition run by ITN on British TV.

Writing a short film was a lot of fun and a great exercise in constructing a story through dialogue alone.

“A Mummy Trick” came fourth overall in the competition  – which was great.  But I was super pleased with being awarded the title of Most Heartwarming Story.

All say awwww!

Check it out below. (PS this was my little grandson’s acting debut.)

Wishing all my readers a Happy and peaceful “Bookish” Christmas.

See you all in 2018

Suzie xx


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The winner of the Usborne Christmas Picture Book November Giveaway

Usborne Christmas Picture Book Giveaway

There were exactly 1300 entrants in my Usborne Christmas Picture Book November Giveaway. Being a numbers freak, I liked that it ended so perfectly lol.

Anyway, onto the business of announcing the winner.

The winner of the November Giveaway is…

Paul from Omagh.

Paul, your books are already speeding their way to you so you’ll have plenty of reading time before Xmas.

Balloon festival

There was a fantastic balloon festival near me this month. The grandchildren thought it was magic. Don’t they look cute?

November Giveaway

Yikes, I just realized there’s only 21 sleeps until Christmas. I’m off to panic.

Happy reading

Suzie xx