We were thrilled to be asked to be part of the Witchy Travel Tales book blog tour as we love to support new and emerging authors. Witchy Travel Tales are written by Sibel Beadle for her daughters and are about all the places that she has visited. We were asked to have a look at Book 2 which is inspired by Stonehenge.
Witchy Travel Tales Book 2: Sleepless in Stonehenge
Sleepless in Stonehenge is about a little girl called Viva and her fear of the dark. Its a magical story all about how to overcome this fear and have an adventure on the way.
I often find that there are only essentially a few different types of children’s book stories and themes and authors tend to write imaginatively around them. This book is a little bit different though, it deals with facing a fear (which is a common theme) but in a really quite unique way. It isn’t at all like the usual books we review. My children really enjoyed it, not least because they’ve been to Stonehenge. The illustrations were unusual enough to spark their imaginations and actually get them trying to copy them. In fact, the illustrations really make these books very unusual and quite special. Its nice to have the option to read something slightly different to the usual picture book format and we really enjoyed that element of this book.
In terms of the story, as I mentioned its very original and quite special. You can really tell that its well thought through and tested on little ears. My eldest enjoyed reading it to herself whilst our six year old had to have it read to him over a couple of nights as its too long for one sitting when you’re a six year old boy!
Witchy Travel Tales are clearly a labour of love and the books are really quite delightful. Its a privilege to read something which is born from family love and trying to deal with real issues. If you’d like to find out more have a look at the website and follow Sibel on Twitter:
About the author: Living in Billericay, Essex with her two daughters Sibel Beadle previously worked as a senior banker for the European Bank for Reconstruction & Development in Central London before becoming a full time children’s author. Previous titles in her Witchy Travel Tales series include; The Seven Sisters andSleepless in Stonehenge (Grosvenor House Publishing Ltd 2017). The third, The Golden Bunny of the Lake District is published by Grosvenor House Publishing Ltd March 2018. All three books are available to purchase in paperback RRP £6.99 from online retailers including amazon.co.uk . For more information please visit: www.witchytraveltales.com
If you have a little one you’ll know how hard it is to restrict their sugar intake over Easter. Fortunately Usborne books have come to the rescue and I think these little board books would make a great gift instead of yet another Easter egg!
For children who love the ‘That’s not my…’ series there are volumes on bunny’s and chick’s which are so adorably cute you wont be able to resist reading them. At just £6.99 each you’ll get loads of use out of these, my eldest who is ten had lots of the “That’s not my…’ books and reading them with him was such an important part of his toddler years I’ve still got them.
For toddlers that like peep through books Usborne have produced Are you there little bunny? which is so lovely that you’ll definitely end up reading it many times! It priced at just £5.99 which I think is money well spent!
Usborne books have also got lots of great free Easter activities on their website: www.usborne.com/easter
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/
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.
I’ve started the countdown to Christmas and have been looking for perfect gifts for people who have everything. Its a tricky one as i’ve got a reputation for finding great gifts but this year i’m quite stuck.
Fortunately earlier on in the year we were sent these fantastic Colouring Books by Noisy Crow who have been collaborating with The British Museum. I’ve reviewed some of their other books and they are just great, they would have been perfect for me as a child or as a mum reading to my child. However, these colouring books are even better as they meet the criteria for doing something crafty and mindful, they’re useful and interesting.
You can chose from either Fabulous Flowers & Perfect Patterns or Amazing Animals & Beautiful Birds. Both are illustrated by Rachel Cloyne who was inspired by objects in the British Museum collections. Her illustrations are real works of art in themselves, but brilliantly once you’ve coloured them in you have a card and an envelope (each book makes 24 cards)!
A card to colour
If you’re looking for the perfect gift for a history/ museum loving creative friend then this is it. You can find more information here