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#SPIDEYPARTY to Celebrate the Home Entertainment Release of Spider-man: Homecoming

We had a brilliant time on Saturday night hosting a kids Spider-Man: Homecoming party to celebrate the release of the movie. We put on the DVD, sorted out lots of snacks and the kids dressed up as Spider-man!

Thanks to Hasbro for this truly fabulous Spider-man: Homecoming Spider Sight Mask. The mask features moving eyes that are activated when the wearer opens their mask. We love it here and have been fighting over it ever since. Check out my husbands Instagram:

Spider-Man #hasbro

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The eldest is also wearing probably the best Spider-man costume we’ve come across, it was given to us by Rubies and i’m really impressed with the quality. They are definitely the  go to dressing up brand for us going forwards.

So, what did we think of the film? By making Spiderman younger than in the previous films this film is different to the other Marvel films because for the first time Spider-man is a proper school boy super hero. Following on from his appearance in Captain America Civil War this movie charts his rise as Marvel’s youngest and most exciting super hero. Tom Holland is brilliant as Spider-man, managing to be a proper high school geek which enables the kids watching the film someone to associate with.  It all works spectacularly well and my boys absolutely loved him.

Peter Parker’s relationship with Tony Stark provides much of the humour for the film. Some of this is lost on the kids, but as adults we enjoyed it.


Tom Holland is Spider-Man in Columbia Pictures’ SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING.

There is a great moral theme contained within the film for kids and thats the one of not being taken seriously by adults. There is a running joke where Spider-man is waiting for a call to action from Tony Stark and he doesn’t do various things because of this. In the end he goes out on his own mission, with its own consequences. This provided us with something to talk about after watching the film.

Tom Holland stars as Spider-Man in Columbia Pictures’ SPIDER-MAN™: HOMECOMING.

For once the baddie,  the Vulture, is quite nuanced, he isn’t a typical bad guy. Instead he starts out trying to protect his family and his livelihood but makes some bad decisions which leads to him becoming the bad guy.

Spider-man: Homecoming is a great movie, we all enjoyed it a lot and we’re looking forward to the next movie featuring him! You can get hold of a copy at all the usual outlets in DVD, Blu-ray or digital download. Why not have your own party and tweet us using #SPIDEYPARTY so we can see how you get on.

Tom Holland stars as Spider-Man in Columbia Pictures’ SPIDER-MAN™: HOMECOMING.

Disclosure: We were provided with the DVD, costumes, masks and other items for our party. This hasn’t influenced my review.

Book Review: Diary of a Wimpy Kid- The Getaway

One of the absolute best series of books i’ve found for reluctant readers is The Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney. My eldest who needs serious pushing to read anything has read his way through them all and Fifi (now 8) is working her way through them at speed. This week they were incredibly lucky to be gifted some copies of the book (one each!) prior to the official release.

Fifi loved it so much she read it during the course of one evening and and early morning. The reluctant reader took a bit longer but did it! That means they’ve both read a whole book this week (and more). I’m thrilled by this, there isn’t anything better than seeing your children enjoying a book. Rather than me tell you all about the story and how good it is I’ll leave it this time to Fifi:

You can find out all about the Wimpy Kid book series here: https://www.penguin.co.uk/puffin/worlds/wimpy-kid/

Film Review: Paddington 2

We were lucky enough to attend and advance screening of Paddington 2 and we all came away feeling cheered and uplifted. Paddington 2 is the prefect anecdote to this gloomy November weather with its ups, downs, laughs, mild peril and story of friendship.

One of the things we loved about the first Paddington movie was its use of London and in particular the Natural History Museum. This movie made good use of lots of familiar landmarks and as a born and bred Londoner it was lots of fun spotting all the places we knew and recognised. I wont spoil it by telling you.

In the movie Paddington gets arrested and ends up in prison. He turns the experience around in only the way that Paddington can revolutionising the prison dining experience. Meanwhile Paddington’s family are trying to work out who did the crime. Its a brilliant story which works on many levels and entertained us as adults and the children- something many childrens films fail to do. I go as far as saying Paddington 2 is this years must see children’s film, its brilliant and we loved it!

I’ve posted a bit more information about the film below including the social media information should you want to join in the chat.

A Heyday Films and STUDIOCANAL production, Paddington’s return to the big screen is helmed by BAFTA nominated director Paul King (PADDINGTON, COME FLY WITH ME, THE MIGHTY BOOSH) written by Paul King and Simon Farnaby (PADDINGTON, YONDERLAND and MINDHORN).

Paddington 2 is produced by multi award-winning David Heyman (producer of all eight of the HARRY POTTER films, GRAVITY, THE BOY IN THE STRIPED PYJAMAS, FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM).


Baking with Paddington #PADDiNGTONBEAR

Paddington 2 is out in the cinemas shortly and we cant wait. We all loved Paddington and the kids quite often watch it now its out on DVD. To celebrate the release of the movie and the launch of PADDiNGTON’S POP-UP LONDON Fifi, my daughter has been spending half term working her way through Paddington’s Cookery Book.

She particularly enjoyed making Paddington’s special gingerbread bears, she had such fun. Have a look at below. If you’d like to make your own you’ll find the recipe in Paddington’s Cookery Book by Lesley Young and illustrated by R.W. Alley

The sieved ingredients

Rolling out the gingerbread

Cutting out the gingerbread bears and suitcases

The finished product


We are off to see the movie this sunday so will post a review then but in the meantime you can have a look at the trailer here:

Book Review: Molly Mischief My Perfect Pet by Adam Hargreaves

Adam Hargreaves is best known as the illustrator and author of the Mr Men and Little Miss series of books over the past 30 years. Molly Mischief is an entirely new character and she is cheeky, determined and mischievous- everything you want a little girl to be. This is the story of Molly’s trip to the zoo where she ‘borrows’ various animals to try out at home.

We loved this story it really made my five year old laugh and it brightened up bedtime. The illustrations are great and very accessible and the font was easy enough for the five year old to attempt to do a bit of reading himself. The book got a big thumbs up from our five year and I thorough enjoyed reading it too.

You can find out more here

Disclaimer: We were given this book for review purposes