Book Blog Tour: Witchy Travel Tales by Sibel Beadle

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:

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

Book Review: King of the Sky Written by Nicola Davies and Illustrated by Laura Carlin

King of the Sky is an Amnesty International endorsed picture book about a young boy who has started a life in a new county and feel alone and lost. The boy makes friends with Mr Evans an old man who races pigeons and they build a friendship over a shared interest in the birds and one in particular who they call King of the Sky.

This is one of those books which works on many different levels which means its an enjoyable read for your little five year old and your 10 year old. With migration and ideas behind what is meant by home so high on the agenda at the moment its a good book to read with your children. For us this came at a good time as my eldest is acutely aware of migration because he has recently made friends with a few new children who are just starting to learn English. I think it has helped him to understand how these children may feel and it has helped me to discuss the situation with him.

Nicola Davies always writes in a thought provoking manner but for us it was the illustrations that really made this such  a powerful book. Each page is a piece of art in itself and that encourages you to spend some time reflecting upon what you’ve read.

I like this book a lot, it hit a nerve at the right time and its just filled with depth which is rare for a picture book.

Book Review: The Bad Bunnies Magic Show by Mini Grey

Mini Grey produces my husband Daddacool’s favourite children’s books. He has read Three by The Sea to the children more times than they could remember and Traction Man is one of my daughters favourite books.

Personally I think that with the creation of Mr Abra and Mr Cadabra Mini Grey has upped her game yet again. These Bad Bunnies are brilliant and my kids loved them. My 10 year old thought that this was a really engaging picture book, he loved the graphics and the ways the flaps worked to imitate actual magic tricks. Its such a great idea and has inspired him to try to create his own version of a magic book.

The thing which we all loved about this book was that you could actually through the text and images and the way that the flaps worked, build into reading it a bit of showmanship and drama. It became a little performance which everyone could enjoy. We’ve read it several times and the eldest children have taken it in turns to perform it.

We are really looking forward to seeing what else the Bad Bunnies get up to next! If you’d like to find out more  have a look here.

Book Review: My New Room by Lisa Stickley

We are currently thinking about moving house and so the potential of a new room is quite high on the children’s agenda. Lisa Stickley is a designer and illustrator and this is the second in a series of books about Edith.

In this story Edith meets all her toys which are arranged in new places around her room. The toys talk about what they like in the new room, which of course helps Edith settle into her new bigger bedroom.

If you like quite unique picture books which have style and a quirkiness about them then you’ll love this one. In our household it appealed most to the middle child who is a girl and I think sort of identified with Edith.

The five year old really loved the page about Major Ted who lives on Edith’s bed: ‘I sometimes have to wear earplugs to block out Edith’s snoring, but thats part of the job’. Ned our five year old has his own teddy and it has made him think in a lot of detail about his teddy’s adventures whilst he is at school.  I’ve been given several illustrations and five work stories on the theme which have been accompanied with lots of discussion!

This is a lovely book with great illustrations and a really unusual way of laying out the text. We all have enjoyed it and we cant wait to hear more about Edith’s life. Find out more here.