Treasure in the post

Libby and I have reviewed a few Zoe and Beans books in the past and we are always delighted to received our books to review. Today though, receiving a Zoe and Beans book in the post was more exciting than ever.  The latest Zoe and Beans Book by Chloe Inkpen and Mick Inkpen is called Zoe and Beans Pirate Treasure! To our delight, when we got home from our walk this morning, the book had arrived, along with some of our very own hidden treasure!  In the book Zoe, Beans and Oscar have an adventure on the beach. Right at…

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Early Starters – it’s Competition Time!

This week, Libby and I have been lucky enough to be reviewing the latest books by Rod Campbell, creator of the much loved Dear Zoo. The new series is called Early starters and consists of these four fabulous books.  Each one of them is based around a particular theme. “How many?” is a great introduction to counting, “My Day” follows the baby’s day and encourages children to name objects. “What’s That?” has lovely colourful page tabs and helps a child to learn about animals and things they might encounter in every day life. Libby’s particular favourite is “Can You?”. This…

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Read the beans book!

A couple of weeks ago, Libby was lucky enough to be sent two more of the beautiful Zoe & Beans books to review. The books are called “Hello Ladybird” and “We’re Not Scared”.  As always, both books feature really sweet, simple stories and gorgeous, brightly coloured, eye-catching illustrations.  Hello Ladybird follows the story of Zoe and Beans finding a ladybird, only to lose it again. Luckily enough, it turns up, just where you wouldn’t expect it!  We’re not scared is another lovely book that demonstrates to children that so many of the things that people are commonly afraid of are…

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More books!

My last post was about the first four fabulous books that Libby and I received from Campbell Books to review. The other books that we received were the brilliant buggy books and, Libby’s favourite, the Noisy Jungle.  I’m really pleased to be in a position to review some buggy books because I actually have quite strong views on them. Libby adores these London based books about a London Bus and a London Taxi. She has always loved looking at buses and cars and has recently learnt all her colours, so looking at the pictures gives her the opportunity to comment on…

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Busy books!

This week, Libby has been lucky enough to be sent some absolutely gorgeous books to review by Campbell Books. We’ve had a chat about it, and we’ve decided to review them in two separate posts because there are quite a few and we love them all! This first review is about the four “busy” books; Busy Garage; Busy Park; Busy Farm and Busy Train.  Libby is growing up and changing every day, her speech is really coming along, as is her ability to amuse herself. Because I work full time, I can’t do things around the house when Libby is…

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Reasons my kid is crying

Usually when I hear from Macmillan books, they are asking me to review one of their fabulous children’s books with Libby. That’s why I was so pleased when this time, they asked me to review a book that was one for me to read!  Reasons My Kid is Crying by Greg Pembroke is a fabulous book that was published as a result of a photograph that Greg Pembroke had published online. The photograph was of his toddler in the depths of a tantrum, caused by the fact that he had broken his piece of cheese. Understandably, many parents related to this…

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Nothing beats a good book!

Having written a blog post yesterday about words that inspire me, it seemed apt that a couple of books arrived today for Libby to review. Books are such an important part of a child’s education, whether they are formally learning from them, reading them to pass the time or, like Libby, just playing with the pages and listening to the story. I was greatly influenced by some of the books I grew up reading. They have enriched my vocabulary, broadened my knowledge and improved my writing skills. I only hope that Libby enjoys reading as much as I did. She…

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