Book Review: Super Rabbit by Stephanie Blake

SuperRabbit_Cover_medOnce there was a little rabbit… “I’m not a LITTLE rabbit! I’m Super Rabbit!”

Gecko Press produce some really lovely books. They seem to excel in the production value of their books meaning that you get something that feels really good quality and stands out amongst the rest.

Super Rabbit is another story featuring Simon the rabbit from the best selling book Poo Bum. This is a simple story with a brilliant ending which every child reading it will be able to identify with. I would suggest it is perfect for the pre-school age group where the bright visual and graphic illustrations and the story will really set imaginations on fire.

Little Ned (4) thought that this was the best book he has seen for a while when it dropped through the letter box and he has been fiercely guarding it, making sure we read it at bed time. The idea of a Super Rabbit really captivated his imagination.

Well worth a read, especially if you fancy a book which is just good fun for your little one!

Find out more from the Gecko Press website


Book Review: I Have and Orange Juicy Drink by Andrew Sanders

i have an orange juicy drinkIf you like your picture books to be good looking from the point of view of design as well as being great little stories then this book is for you.

This is the story of a small boy and his orange drink. It has a strong message about sibling love and simply asking nicely. We loved this book as its so amusing in the hyperbole of what the character does when someone tries to take his drink from him. If i’m honest it reminds me of my eldest who makes outlandish threats about what will happen if we do various things.

I like a book which encourages literacy skills and imagination and this book is perfect for that. We have hours of fun talking about what might happen in various circumstances. What might your child do if someone tried to take their drink? Crush them with an ocean liner, send an elephant to sit on them? It’s all about expanding imagination and from that helping with sentence construction. Children don’t get many opportunities to develop creative writing in primary school these days as there is such a focus on grammar.

If you’d like to find out more and order the book have a look at FatFox Books website here.

Review: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at Theatre Royal Drury Lane

Charlie Chocolate FactoryYou cant beat a West End musical for a fabulous family day out and we were lucky enough to be invited along to see Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at the Theatre Royal in Drury Lane at the weekend. This was a major excitement for us as myself and the older children love Roald Dahl books and we all love west end musicals but this time was special as it was little Ned’s first ever experience.

Charlie Chocolate FactoryAnd what a fantastic introduction to the sheer magic of musical theatre Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is. Little Ned is still talking about his experience and the magic lift- he really couldn’t fathom how it lifted itself off the ground and floated.

This is a show packed full of the most amazing sets which are truly mind-blowing, especially when you’re little. The songs are catchy and varied and are performed brilliantly. On Saturday we thought that Ross Dawes who played Willy Wonka was superb. We couldnt fault  the rest of the cast either, they were all great although I should make a particular mention to the actor who played Charlie. The children found the fact that one of their peers could appear in a West End show quite inspirational and i’ve been asked about opportunities ever since!

In terms of the show, we all thought it was fabulous. If I was being highly critical I suggest  that the second half, when they go around the factory, is far stronger than the first, in terms of the music and general entertainment. However, I don’t think you’d be disappointed at all.

We had an amazing day out, probably the best for a very long time. The children were delighted, inspired and amazed by the show and it was really nice to do something special like this as a family. This is the sort of thing that you wont forget as part of your children’s childhoods and I’m sure that when little Ned is much older we will still be talking about how amazed he was by the great glass elevator.

Have a little look for yourself:

For those that don’t know the story here is the synopsis:

When Charlie wins a golden ticket to the weird and wonderful Wonka Chocolate Factory, it’s the chance of a lifetime to feast on the sweets he’s always dreamed of. But beyond the gates astonishment awaits, as down the sugary corridors, and amongst the incredible edible delights, the five lucky winners discover not everything is as sweet as it seems.

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Book Review: Too Many Carrots By Kate Hudson

carrotsKate Hudson is  a rising star author and illustrator of the children’s picture book world and this is her second book.

In this delightfully illustrated tale Rabbit finds that his carrot hoarding has dire consequences for himself and his friends. It neatly illustrates why hoarding stuff is bad (brilliant for getting the de-cluttering message across to kids). It can also help explain  how real friends can overcome problems and that sharing with friends is always one of the best things you can do in life.

This is a charming little book which makes a lovely addition  your bookshelf, my children have really enjoyed reading it. The illustrations are full of humour and frankly, carrots. For us this meant a glut of drawings by the four year old all with an orange carrot theme. Nothing like feeling inspired.

If you want to get hold of a copy, i’m thinking it would be a good treat to go with the annual Easter Egg glut, then have a look at the Curious Fox website here.



Book Review: The Feelgood Plan by Dalton Wong and Kate Faithfull-Williams

the feelgood planI think I’m just going to have to write off January as I have spent most of it being poorly. Prior to my illness I was all set on being good and starting January off being healthy, this wasn’t a result of new years resolutions rather that I’d been sent The Feelgood Plan book and I felt thoroughly inspired! It just looks like I’ll have to start in February instead.

The Feelgood Plan is a brilliant book for helping you quick start a new healthy lifestyle. Not only is it the first realistic fitness book i’ve read in a very long while, its also very accessible. This book is absolutely by the far the easiest way to inspire yourself begin a new healthy lifestyle. The philosophy behind it is good old fashioned common sense: when you feel good about yourself, you look your best.

There were several things which I really loved about this book; the emotional eating quiz was revealing, the starter menu’s and the emphasis on how to make more ‘me-time’ and its importance. It has really inspired me to think carefully about what I eat, the reasons why i’m eating and whether I should be buying it in the first place. I’ve always thought that popcorn was a healthy option in the cinema- it turns out that a large popcorn at the cinema is the same calories as seven burgers! That certainly made me think twice on my last cinema trip.

The book is a holistic approach to a healthy lifestyle and so it includes personal workouts from Dalton Wong who has trained loads of celebrities including Jennifer Lawrence. He has provided some simple, brilliantly photographed exercises coupled with plans to follow. This is a non-confrontations exercise plan which includes a realistic page talking about where and why its OK to skive.

If you’re looking for a nicely presented, easily accessible plan for kickstarting a new approach to life then I can thoroughly recommend this one as it has inspired me.

I’m hoping to start on my own personal training sessions for an event thats coming up in the summer. Coupled with the advice and plans in this book, I really hope that I can regain some of my former fitness, and more importantly health! I shall keep you updated.

If you’d like to have a stab at changing around your life to become more healthy and active without all the fads and with some realistic and thoughtful advice you can find out lots more information about the plan and get hold of the book here.