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Storytime Live: Things Evie Eats
Storytime Live: Things Evie Eats

I just did my first ever live post on facebook! Yikes, it was super stressful because I thought I’d never get the streaming thing to to work, but finally it did. Phew! Although there are some things I need to note for next time, like turn-your-phone-onto-silent-before-you-start, and don’t-set-the-timer-to-go-off-on-the-cooker-in-the-middle! *sighs*

Anyhow, Storytime was in conjunction with the Indie Author Week 2020 Online Festival.

There are some fantastic events for both authors and readers streaming from the festival including a bedtime story from a different author every night this week, so please do go and check it out.

You can get a copy of Things Evie Eats here. Evie is free for everyone on the 14th and 15th of June, and permanently free for members of Kindle Unlimited.

Thanks for watching.

Suzie xx

Don’t forget my new series of early reading books, Read with Rhino, launches on the 16th of June.

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5x Funny Picture Books #giveaway
5x Funny Picture Books #giveaway

Have you read every book to your child during lockdown so many times you no longer need to look at the text?

We’re on lockdown here in the UK, which means we can’t make visits to our local library for new books – a disaster in my house. It’s not that we haven’t got books, but even our favourites are getting old. If you have the same problem, fear not. My ‘5x Funny Picture Books Giveaway’ is here to help.

About the books.

All illustrated by Guy Parker-Rees, these books are bright, colourful and will (hopefully) survive being retold until the end of lockdown.

Titles on offer are:

The Chimpanzees of Happytown

Chimpanzees of Happytown

Story by Giles Andreae

Life is no fun for the chimps in Drabsville – the mayor demands that all their houses look the same and that no one should have a good time. But things take a more colourful turn when Chutney the chimpanzee arrives, carrying a tiny seed in a box…

With all the craziness in the world at the moment, I think we all deserve to escape Drabsville and find a piece of ‘Happytown.’

Down by the Cool of the Pool

Down by the Cool of the Pool

Story by Tony Mirton

Join sprightly Frog and his energetic farmyard friends frolicking down by the cool of the pool – flipping and flopping, splishing and splashing in the watery wonderland. 

If you’re missing a trip ‘down by the cool of the pool’, this is the book for you! (Gotta stop with the lockdown puns)

All Afloat on Noah’s Boat

All Afloat on Noah's Boat

Another story by Tony Mitton

Noah’s amazing Rainbow Ark is busy and noisy, and it’s not long before the animals begin to get cabin-fever. Clever old Noah hatches a plan for an incredible creature cabaret to get the Ark swinging again.

Did someone say cabin fever! Arrghhh!!!

Ants in your Pants

Ants in your Pants

Story by Julia Jarman

Leopard is having a party, but he hasn’t invited Aardvark. When naughty ants start biting bottoms at the birthday bash, it isn’t long before all the guests are throwing their pants in the air to get rid of them! Only Aardvark can eat the ants and save the day, but will he make it to the party?

I dedicate this book to all the children out there with birthdays who will have to wait to invite their friends and family to their parties.

Bumpus Jumpus Dinosaurumpus

Bumpus Jumpus Dinosaurumpus

Another great Tony Mitton/Guy Parker Rees collaboration.

Shake, Shake, Shudder…near the sludgy old swamp. The dinosaurs are coming. Get ready to romp.

Join in with Triceratops, Stegosaurus and their friends as the dinosaurs stir up a dinosaurumpus! 

Perfect for dinosaur fans – and not a lockdown joke in sight for this one ha ha ha.

Entry is simple, just answer the ridiculously easy question below, and these books could be on the way to you very soon.

Hope you’re all surviving lockdown, and Good Luck with the giveaway.

Love Suzie xx

PS Look out for ‘Read with Rhino,’ my new series of Early Readers launching 5th May.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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

PS. Don’t forget this months Julia Donaldson giveaway. It ends on Sunday.



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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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