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.

Book Review: Early Learning at the Museum- Nosy Crow with The British Museum

It isn’t very often that I get really, really excited by picture board books. In fact, if i’m honest I could count the number of times on one hand- probably less. HOWEVER, being a museum curator and archaeologist I could not believe my luck when these two titles dropped through the door for review.

Nosy Crow have teamed up with The British Museum to produce these 2 chunky concept board books and there are more to come!

The books feature a range of objects form the museum collections to try to help children grasp the concepts of letters and numbers through using fabulous images of objects in the collections. To add to the books adults can scan the QR code in each book to find out more about the featured objects and there is a full key at the back.

These are perfect books for anyone with an interest in history who has new children, they are such a refreshing change from the usual types of concept book and hold an interest for parents as well as the child. A brilliant idea, I love them and they will be staying on our bookshelves for a long time!Find out more here.

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They are priced at £6.99 each and publish on 4th May

Book Review: Maisy’s Sports Day and Maisy’s Bus by Lucy Cousins

 

The Maisy books will be forever associated with my kids pre-school years. We spent hours and hours learning about all her and her friends adventures.

Maisy’s Sports Day is a brilliant little picture book to read to your pre-school or nursery aged child to prepare them for all the exciting activities they will be taking part in. With Sports Day just around the corner this is surely THE book to buy this week for them!

Maisy’s bus is a delightful little book all about the journey to the seaside in a bus driven by Maisy. What a fab book to help prepare your little one for any UK adventures you might be having soon!

If you’re looking to build a library for your child then the Maisy books are a good investment as they are bright colourful and appealing. In our household of girls and boys we found that they were the most used books on our shelf between the ages of 1 and 6 because they appeal to both sexes.

Have a look at the Maisy website for lots more games and activities.

Book Review: Also an Octopus by Maggie Tokuda-Hall and Benji Davies

Sometimes its difficult to think about how to write a story, this book is for those moments. It really is a fantastic metafictive picture book which works on lots of different levels making it perfect for our household of children  whose ages range from 5 to nearly 10 years old.

I really enjoy reading picture books which are essentially about story-telling and creation to the children as I find that they always stimulate a lot of conversation. This book was no exception with lots of discussion about alternative characters and scenarios.

I cant write this review without mentioning Benji Davies fabulous illustrations. Having previously reviewed Storm Whale and Grandad’s Island, Also an Octopus has a very different feel to it. The illustrations have a vintage feel to them and fit the story perfectly, providing children with lots to see and engage with.

This is a great addition to your bookshelf, its a brilliantly sculpted way to assist the children with structuring their own stories but also a great story in itself. Very entertaining!

You can find out more about it here.

Book Review: I Dont Know What To Call My Cat by Simon Philip and Ella Bailey

If you are a family of cat lovers like us then this picture book is a real treat. From the moment we saw the book we knew we would love it. Naming your cat is quite a common dilemma it appears- we had terribel trouble but settled on the name Jonny. This book provides plenty of inspiration for that dilemma.

This book is clearly written by a cat lover as they’ve managed to hit upon the exact level of sass which every cat seems to possess and use that to keep the story moving. The book takes a strange turn when the cat goes missing and she gets a new pet from the zoo, for my five year old this appeared to be hilarious. Then like all cats, the cat came home with a new collar and a name. Clearly the cat has several ‘owners’ probably like my cat whose name can be heard being called by various neighbours at various times!

This is a great book for any budding or actual cat owner, its an easy going story for bedtime and to be honest the main thing my children liked about it was the illustrations. Visually it looks great and is a piece of art but for my children the fact that there are loads of different pictures of different cats with different names is the thing they love the most. I cant tell you how many hours we have now spent looking at each cat, discussing its name and its features and deciding which cat we’d like the most. And therein lies how to make children happy- write a great book, well illustrated but provide a lot of choice in one thing (in this case a variety of cats).

The ideal picture book for a cat fan! You can find your own copy here