Book Review: The Bumblebear Written and illustrated by Nadia Shireen

the bumblebearThe Bumblebear is about a bear who loves honey and hatches a cunning plot to get his hands on some by making friends with bees and going to bee school.

This is a fun read which has proved very popular for a bedtime story since it arrived. My four year old really enjoyed the plot twists and we have read it so often he is now predicting them. I think this is probably a good thing for his literacy!

It’s lovely to find a picture book which is a really original story. To see that the author illustrated it herself  means that its completely her vision and we have entered her story entirely.

The kids love this book, i’ve enjoyed it a lot and it deserves its spot on our bookshelf.

You can find out more about the book here

Book Review: Shadow Warriors by Chris Bradfield

shadow warriorsBarrington Stoke are a great publisher to look at if you have a reluctant reader. I’m rapidly becoming a fan of their books because they offer something different. The stories are usually original and tackle some interesting issues and the books themselves are well produced with consideration for children who find reading difficult or unappealing for various reasons (including dyslexia).

Shadow Warriors is a brilliantly exciting story which just the right amount of violence to keep your little ninja engaged and enthralled. The book is well written, researched and beautifully illustrated. My 9 year old liked the quizzes at the end of the book and saw them as a bit of an incentive to keep going with the story. For him, this is the ideal book, the content and the size are perfectly pitched. This meant could finish it in a reasonable time and feel a sense of achievement alongside enjoying the story.

The one criticism which my son levelled was that he didnt like that the story was told in flashback, as he felt he already knew the outcome. However, this is the first book he has read with this sort of structure and so I think its as much a matter of what he is used to than anything else!

As a parent I thought this was an excellent book, its a reasonable price, well produced which makes its nice to read and is appealing. If you’d like to find out more have a little look here.

Book Review: Squirrel Me Timbers by Louise Pigott

squirrel me timbersSquirrel Me Timbers wins this years prize (so far) for the best usage of rhyming text and puns in one picture book. I found it an incredibly amusing read and myself and the four year old had a really lovely afternoon reading the book, acting out parts of it and talking about the rhyming words. Sammy Squirrel, the pirate is just the most amusing concept and as a character he really does work.

This is the author Louise Pigott’s first children’s picture book and I think she has really done herself proud here with fun illustrations and a witty story. A walk in the woods will never be the same again!

This is a lovely little book which I’d recommend and I think it would make a fab gift for a toddler alongside a pirate hat and cutlass!

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