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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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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.



 

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 

 

Usborne Christmas Picture Book Giveaway

Usborne Christmas Picture Book GiveawayUsborne Christmas Picture Book Giveaway

Christmas is coming! As I write this there are just 51 sleeps until the big day. Yikes!

With that in mind, my November giveaway has four classic picture books from Usborne; perfect for building excitement for your little ones.

The titles are:

Twas the Night Before Christmas

twas the night before christmas

This is one of my personal favourite books of all time. I did so many reads of this story that my kids could recite it word for word. (And, thirty years later, one still can ha ha)

The Snow Queen

the snow queen

A classic tale with gorgeous illustrations.

A Christmas Carol

a christmas carol

A fantastic version to introduce children to the story of Scrooge.

The 12 Days of Christmas

Is it a book or a song? The Twelve Days of Christmas is a must.

The Giveaway finishes on 30th of November so you will get plenty of pre-Christmas bedtime reading so enter now.

Good luck.

Suzie xx



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Julia Donaldson September Giveaway Winner

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My “Win 5 Julia Donaldson Picture Books” contest had the biggest response ever. There were over 1200 entrants in my September Giveaway! I guess you guys love Julia Donaldson’s stories as much as I do.

The Winner of the September Giveaway

The books in this prize are some of my favourites but Kingsumo decided on a winner and it was … wait for it … Deborah from Falkirk.

Yay for, Deborah!

Autumn is creeping on fast here in Wales. I love the misty mornings and beautiful colours of the leaves on tress. This was the sunrise from my window today. september giveawayHappy reading.

Suzie xx


 

Win 5x Jill Murphy Picture Books in the October Giveaway

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Win 5x Jill Murphy picture books in the October Giveaway.

My October Giveaway is for 5x picture books about “The Large Family”  by Jill Murphy.

These stories are a firm favourite in our house with both the children and the adults. Which parent doesn’t relate to the long-suffering Mrs Large longing for Five Minutes Peace?

The five books in the prize are:

  • Five Minutes Peace
  • Mr Large in Charge.
  • A Piece of Cake.
  • A Quiet Night In.
  • All in one Piece.

The competition runs until the end of October and I’ll be announcing the winner on the 1st of November.

Entering is easy-peasey – just answer one simple question. Good luck everyone 🙂

Suzie xx



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Usborne’s Peep Inside the Zoo – book review

Peep inside the Zoo

Peep inside the zoo

One of the new books we acquired over the summer was Peep inside the Zoo by Simona Dimitri.  My two and a half year old grand-daughter claimed it right away.

reading Peep Inside the Zoo

I’m a big fan of Usborne books, and the quality of this book is no exception. It’s a chunky book with a lovely silky feel to the cover and the size is just right for grand-daughter. The illustrations are colourful and attractive, and there are lots of different shaped flaps to lift and interesting holes to peep through.

Peep inside the ZooWhilst there isn’t a fictional story as such, there are lots of interesting facts about zoo animals and their families.

Penguins shuffle when they walk.

They’re birds that cannot fly.

But when they dive into the water…

and flap their wings like flippers…

they’re super speedy swimmers!

It would be a great book to read to prepare for an actual zoo visit.

One of grand-daughters favourite pages features a gorilla cradling a (sneakily concealed) baby in its arms. All say Aww 🙂

peep inside the zoo

There isn’t really enough text to keep my 4 year old grandson interested for more than a few read-throughs but it’s a great book for the 2-3 year old age group – especially as it’s on offer on Amazon at £3.85 at the moment.

Peep Inside the Zoo is part of a fun series of books and are a must for all lift-the-flap fans.

Happy reading

Suzie xx

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Win 5x Julia Donaldson books in the September Giveaway

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Win 5x Julia Donaldson books in the September Giveaway.

I just love Julia Donaldson books… and kids do too. So, it was a no-brainer when it came to choosing my September Giveaway.

The books included in this month’s prize are:

  1. Stick Man
  2. Superworm
  3. The Highway Rat
  4. Tiddler
  5. Tabby McTat

Answer the super simple question below and you could be the lucky winner.

I’ll be announcing the result on 2nd October, just in time for those cozy autumn nights when all you want to do is snuggle up with a book.

Good luck in the giveaway and happy reading.

Suzie xx



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Pre-reading skills: when you know you’re raising a reader
Pre-reading skills: when you know you’re raising a reader

When you know you’re raising a reader

 

My two year old grand-daughter was playing in the bedroom when things became worryingly quiet. I sneaked a peek round the door and she had tucked her teddy’s into bed and was ‘reading’ them her favourite bed-time story, The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

She even turned the book round so they can see the pictures just as I do. How sweet was that?

raising a reader

Pre-reading skills

Sweetness apart, grand-daughter is showing some pretty impressive pre-reading skills.

  • She understands how a book works: she holds in the right way up (even when she shows the book to her audience), she starts at the beginning and turns the pages correctly.
  • She remembers the story and can retell it. It doesn’t matter that she’s not actually reading the words, she’s using ‘book language’ rather than ‘spoken language.’
  • Best of all, she’s motivated by books. Learning to read is hard work and a child who enjoys books is more likely to keep trying. ‘Wanting’ to read is half of the battle.

It was so rewarding to see all those repeat reads I’ve done of The Very Hungry Caterpillar were paying off. Grand-daughter is nailing it.

I’m starting a series of posts about helping your child learn to love reading. If you have any questions, let me know in the comments below.

How are you raising your little reader?

Suzie xx



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Review of pop-up book, Six Brave Explorers

Book review of Six Brave Explorers

I was searching in the loft the other day when I came across some books my own children had owned. Six Brave Explorers is a pop-up book by Kees Moerbeek. My grandchildren immediately claimed it for their own.

Six Brave Explorers

The triangle shape of Six Brave Explorers is intriguing in itself but it doesn’t prepare you for the surprises inside. There’s the ‘rare bird’ (which eats one of the explorer’s but no-one seemed to mind!)

six brave explorers bird

And the hyena (who takes out another explorer)

six brave explorers hyenaIf you’re thinking this all seems a little bizarre, you could be right. Here’s the story in it’s entirety.

Six brave explorers came to Egypt alive. One discovered a rare bird … and now there were five.
Five hungry explorers looking for a store. One asked a Cobra … and then there were four.
Four thirsty explorers taking time for tea. One poured for a panther … then there were three.
Three explorers said, “How do you do?” “Fine,” smiled a hyena … and then there were two.
Two sleepy explorers glad the day was done. ” Good night,” said a crocodile … and then there was one.
One smart explorer finally used his head. He hurried home alone and there he stayed in bed!

OK, it’s not the most interesting plot and, yes, you could use it as a counting book. But you don’t buy Six Brave Explorers for that reason. It’s beauty is in the pop-ups which I have to say have survived my three children and now my grandchildren admirably well.

Shadow Play

We’ve had this story at bedtime for over a week now and, quite by accident found out it is brilliant for shadow play on the bedroom wall. I tried and failed to take a good picture of this but I’m sure you can imagine the crocodile casts a wonderful shadow when back-lit by a torch.

six brave explorers crocodilWere all these disappearing explorers scary? Did the teeth on the crocodile silhouette give the grandchildren nightmares? Not at all. It’s still the book that the 2 year old and the 4 year old chooses.

Six Brave Explorers is now out of print but copies can still be found on Amazon.

This was an unexpected find and a great hit.

Happy reading

Suzie xx



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