Book Review, Non-fiction Books, Picture Books

Polly Bee Makes Honey by Deborah Chancellor & Julia Groves

Polly Bee Makes Honey is the second in a collection of four titles showing children where their food comes from. A young girl follows some bees as they work together step by step to create honey. Each page has large, clear illustrations with a few sentences explaining exactly what is happening. There is even more… Continue reading Polly Bee Makes Honey by Deborah Chancellor & Julia Groves

Book Review, Non-fiction Books

As Large as Life by Jonny Marx & Sandhya Prabhat

As Large As Life is one of those books that calls to readers, tempting them to open the cover and explore inside. The animal illustrations are gorgeous – appealing, sometimes slightly scary, and absolutely majestic. They draw the eye around the page until it settles on a favourite, ready to find out more. I love… Continue reading As Large as Life by Jonny Marx & Sandhya Prabhat

Book Review, Picture Books

A Walk in the Woods by Caroline Thornton & Maria Finchenko

There are so many things Bunny wants to do. When she discovers she can't fly like the bees or swim like the toad, she feels so sad. What she doesn't realise is that there are so many things she can do. Owl helps her to see her strengths rather than her flaws and she feels… Continue reading A Walk in the Woods by Caroline Thornton & Maria Finchenko

Book Review, Picture Books

I’m Sticking with You Too by Smriti Halls & Steve Small

Bear and Squirrel are back in this musical story of friendship and acceptance. The two fun, furry friends have a good thing going – they love making music together and everything’s great. When Chicken comes along and wants to join their gang, they decide three is a crowd and there’s simply no room for another… Continue reading I’m Sticking with You Too by Smriti Halls & Steve Small

Book Review, Picture Books

Shoo! by Susie Bower & Francesca Gambatesa

I was so excited to read Susie Bower’s debut picture book, Shoo! after enjoying her Middle Grade novels, School for Nobodies & The Three Impossibles so much! Shoo! is the fast-paced, funny story of a woman who doesn’t like animals. When a zoo moves in next door, it’s her worst nightmare! There are animals everywhere… Continue reading Shoo! by Susie Bower & Francesca Gambatesa

Book Review, Non-fiction Books, Picture Books

September Picture Books from Little Tiger

Home: Where our Story Begins by Patricia Hegarty & Britta Teckentrup Britta Teckentrup has to be one of my favourite picture book illustrators. She depicts nature in such a soft, gentle manner that really brings the animals to life in their habitats. The creatures are absolutely adorable yet still natural rather than artificial and animated.… Continue reading September Picture Books from Little Tiger

Blog Tour, Book Review, Picture Books

Scaredy Bat by Jonathan Meres & Anders Frang ~ Blog Tour

When my children were little, there were certain bedtime stories they would ask for again and again. If Scaredy Bat had been around ten years ago, it definitely would have been one of them. This charming story has everything a little audience wants: loveable characters, a feeling of injustice, a brave little hero and a… Continue reading Scaredy Bat by Jonathan Meres & Anders Frang ~ Blog Tour

Book Review, Chapter Book (7-9)

The Book Cat by Polly Faber & Clara Vulliamy

This is a book for cat people and everyone else who has yet to realise that they are cat people too. Based on the true story of a little cat who makes his home in the Faber and Faber offices during the Second World War, it’s a book full of charm, energy and the loyalty… Continue reading The Book Cat by Polly Faber & Clara Vulliamy

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Keeper of Secrets by Sarah J Dodd

Family, loss, heartbreak and healing. Keeper of Secrets is a beautiful story of the power of nature. Everything has been wrong since 11 year-old Emily’s mother died in a tragic accident. The happy life she once knew with her favourite person by her side has completely disappeared. When her grief-stricken father, a vet, needs a… Continue reading Keeper of Secrets by Sarah J Dodd

Book Review, Picture Books

Together by Jane Chapman

Together is a beautiful picture book that teaches young readers that sadness doesn’t have to last – there is comfort in friendship and community. Being together is always better than being alone. This story follows a little gorilla alone in the jungle. Something big and scary comes along. It seems frightening but it’s actually a… Continue reading Together by Jane Chapman