• Win £200 of Love2Shop vouchers with DFS #SofaMoment

    johnny on the sofa
  • Book Review: Blue Moon by Jenny Oldfield

    blue moon
  • Book Review: Doodle Girl and the Money Mystery by Suzanne Smith and Lindsay Taylor Illustrated by Marnie Maurri

    doodle girl
  • Book Review: The Bumblebear Written and illustrated by Nadia Shireen

Win £200 of Love2Shop vouchers with DFS #SofaMoment

I don’t know about your household, but things would very rapidly deteriorate here in terms of well being without our lovely comfy sofa’s to relax on. DFS have asked me to talk about my favourite #SofaMoment and to get you thinking about yours. When I started thinking it was amazing just how much happens around the sofa’s; you tend to think of the kitchen being the heart of the home. I’d argue it was the big sofa in the lounge in our house!
johnny on the sofaMy personal favourite #SofaMoment is the first few weeks when we got our cat Johnny. He was a rescue cat from St Albans Cats Protection. He was only just over one years old when we got him and quite timid, but a really good looking cat. We all fell in love with him at first sight. Just have a look here at my first post about him.

It took him quite a while to get happy with us as his new owners and pluck the courage up to come and sit with me on the sofa, but when he did it was quite magical. My parents used to have a cat when I was little but I think he resented me- not like Jonny. My evening isn’t complete unless he comes to snuggle up with me and try his hardest to push his way between the sofa arm and me, creating an effect like a fluffy water bottle.  I’ve had plenty of wonderful sofa moments with him!

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Book Review: Blue Moon by Jenny Oldfield

blue moonBlue Moon is set in the Rocky Mountains in the USA it is the story of a young girl  Anna and her horse. When the girls mother becomes poorly and they need to raise the money for an operation the horse is put up for sale. Anna cant bear to be parted with her horse and so with her friend she launches a plan of action.

Published by Barrington Stoke who produce the UK’s most outstanding books for reluctant readers or children struggling with issues such as dyslexia. These books look exactly like standard children’s books except the font, paper and colours are very carefully considered to make the books easier to read and very accessible.

Blue Moon is written by a well established author and she has done a great job in recreating the landscape and the tension of the situation. The illustrations help break up the text further and convey some of the more oblique references.

My daughter Fifi who is pony mad and aged seven enjoyed reading this book and we both felt that this was exactly the sort of thing that would be really useful as part of the school reading scheme. In fact, I’d go so far as to say that these sorts of books should be part of the reading scheme as they do really help inspire a love of reading!

Blue Moon ticks all the boxes for us, its a great read for any pony fan and works well as a book for a reluctant or struggling reader or perhaps a slighter younger reader who likes to be challenged. If you’d like to find out more and have a look at the other books available from Barrington Stoke have a look here.


Book Review: Doodle Girl and the Money Mystery by Suzanne Smith and Lindsay Taylor Illustrated by Marnie Maurri

doodle girlDoodle Girl lives in a big bright red magic sketchbook and draws doodles which lead her to have the most amazing adventures and meeting the most wonderful new friends.

This is a brilliant book for getting children to use their imagination and think about constructing stories in a creative way. Its a very original book and I think you’d either love it or hate it, in our household I really liked it and the husband did not enjoy reading it. The children were also a bit divided as the boys thought it was a bit too girly for them but Fifi loved it.

The book itself is a bit of a work of art as you’d expect and I wouldn’t be surprised to see it in the children’s book section of an art gallery shop. It also includes an absolutely delightful colouring sheet which is worthy of being framed.

I’m a big fan of this sort of book as it can challenge the usual conventions and it helps to get children thinking about stories and using their imagination. I think there is far too much emphasis at school on children learning and thinking about creative writing in a prescribed way. This book is the perfect antidote to that and will help your children set their imagination free!

If you’d like to find out more have a look here.

Book Review: The Bumblebear Written and illustrated by Nadia Shireen

the bumblebearThe Bumblebear is about a bear who loves honey and hatches a cunning plot to get his hands on some by making friends with bees and going to bee school.

This is a fun read which has proved very popular for a bedtime story since it arrived. My four year old really enjoyed the plot twists and we have read it so often he is now predicting them. I think this is probably a good thing for his literacy!

It’s lovely to find a picture book which is a really original story. To see that the author illustrated it herself  means that its completely her vision and we have entered her story entirely.

The kids love this book, i’ve enjoyed it a lot and it deserves its spot on our bookshelf.

You can find out more about the book here

Book Review: Jonny Jakes Investigates: The Old School Ghoul by Malcolm Judge

jonny jakesIts very hard to get my nine year old reluctant reader to read a book independently from start to finish. However, he loved Jonny Jakes Investigates: The Hamburgers of Doom so much that when the latest book in the series about schoolboy reporter, Jonny Jakes arrived, he took it away up to his room and started reading.

In this book Jonny is trying to find out about the school ghoul currently terrifying people. Its 100 years since the ghoul was last active, so Jonny can smell a rat!

My eldest has been reading this book without prompt at bedtime ever since it arrived and is making good progress. I’m amazed and thrilled.

When I asked what it was about these books which has prompted him to read them he told me that he likes the font and how it looks which makes it easy to read. These are well produced books which look and feel nice, something I’ve realised is very important for the reluctant reader. He also identifies with Jonny Jakes which I thought was lovely. The boy enjoys books with a lot of humour and a bit of adventure so I can see why he likes it. I just hope I can steal it off him to see what its all about for myself.

If you’d like to find out more about these books and perhaps order a copy for yourself you can find everything you need here on the Curious Fox website.