Children’s book review: The Great Cat-Nap

It is a sad reflection on the seriousness of second child syndrome in our house. For several months, our long-suffering youngest has been listening to bedtime stories aimed at much older children. In fact, the recommendation is that they’re for children age six plus – she’s three. So, it was time to redress the balance with an adorable new book for little ones. And it’s one she can wholeheartedly relate to. The Saccone Jolys and the Great Cat-Nap The Saccone Joly family consists of mum and dad, three children and six dogs. The girls giggled at the children’s activities that…

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#StarWarsReads review and giveaway

To celebrate Star Wars Day on May the 4th, Egmont have released a selection of Star Wars branded books for children. They have kindly sent us a selection of the books to review and as you will see, Libby has got into the spirit of it! Star Wars The Force Awakens illustrated story book The illustrated story book of The Force Awakens is a brilliant introduction to Star Wars for younger children. The words are simple and there are fantastic pictures. It gives a little briefing about each of the characters as they are introduced. This is great for people who…

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Books for young children: Review

The King Cat by Marta Altés As in every household, the cat in this story rules the roost. It makes its own rules, entertains the humans and protects them at night. In return, the humans keep everything just the way the cat wants them. Then all of a sudden, the unthinkable happens – a new resident in the house; A dog! The cat tries to welcome the dog and show him the ropes. But the dog just doesn’t understand the house rules so the cat kicks him out. Little does the cat know, the dog has only gone for a…

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Back to books

It is quite a well-known fact that Libby and Lia’s love of watching nursery rhymes on the computer drives me bonkers.  I don’t know whether it’s the fact that they’re so obsessed with them, the tantrums they throw when I stop them watching or whether quite frankly it’s just the fact that they’re so flipping annoying. Either way, I’m always looking for distractions that they prefer instead of being in front of the screen.  Libby loves to play doctors and is usually quite happy to play on her own with a teddy bear.  Both girls enjoy play dough so that’s…

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New books for the summer

I wrote a blog post recently about filling our days during the summer holidays. The fact that the children are not in school doesn’t mean that there’s no disruption to their routine. We’ve managed to keep busy, going out every morning to spend some time outside somewhere and wear the girls out for their afternoon nap. But I don’t like wasting the time that we do spend at home, and one of the best ways to pass the time is with some exciting books. Here are the brilliant new releases from MacMillan Books that we are enjoying this summer. 1. Bear and…

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The best birthday present ever!

This morning, we headed to the singing group at the library that the girls go to. By the time we’d finished that and picked up a bit of shopping before heading home, our postman had been and gone.  I have to say, our postman is excellent. He never just takes our package back to the post office, he always leaves it somewhere safe or with a neighbour and today was no exception.  I wasn’t expecting a package, so I was a little confused when Libby started scrabbling around under our trailer tent when we got home. I was even more…

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