Willow's Reviews

The Valentine's Day Kitten
By Cathy Hopkins | Publisher: Barrington Stoke Ltd

When Marcie's silver kitten Misty goes missing, her best friend Ellie leaps into action and Operation Find Misty is born. But soon Ellie's detective skills are put to the test. Will Marcie's dreams of an artistic boy help the pair solve the mystery of the lost kitten? BUY IT ON AMAZON

Review: I really liked the cover of this book which inspired me to pick it up and read it. I thought this book was a really good book. Misty is a kitten who is lost, and her owner Marcie must have been feeling really worried and shocked that her precious Misty was missing. Ellie, Marcie’s friend is a really good friend because she is helpful and helped Marcie find her missing kitten. We read this book at bedtimes and I really liked the illustrations throughout this great book. We have looked at more books by this author. 5 stars

My Book of Birds: A beautifully illustrated compendium of birds
By Geraldo Valeriob | Publisher: Wren & Rook

Full of stunning illustrations and incredible facts, My Book of Birds is a glorious celebration of birds. From majestic golden eagles and snowy owls to brilliant red crossbills and puffins to the tiniest of hummingbirds, the book covers them all. Meet cormorants that can dive underwater for up to 30 seconds at a time, and ptarmigans whose feathers turn completely white in winter, so they can blend in with their snowy habitat. BUY IT ON AMAZON

Review: I absolutely love this book because the cover is just beautiful. I love the coloured eggs on the inside of the front cover and the feathers on the inside of the back cover too. This book has such beautiful pictures in, and lots information on many birds, some I have never heard of before but I loved learning about the new ones. I think bird lovers would love this book. 5 stars

Learn to Draw with Katie: A National Gallery Book
By James Mayhew | Publisher: Orchard Books

Learn how to draw with Katie - the star of James Mayhew's much-loved Katie books. Art adventurer Katie has been capturing the hearts and imaginations of children for over 25 years - and now you can create your own masterpieces too! Get creative and learn how to draw portraits, landscapes, animals and more with easy step-by-step guides and prompted drawing activities. BUY IT ON AMAZON

Review: I really like this book as it teaches you how to draw pictures. I liked that this book has more different famous paintings in my favourite from this book is A vase of flowers by Paul Gauguin.I like that it shows me how to draw horses and squirrels. I like the back page telling you more about the different artists. 5 stars

Discover Art with Katie: A National Gallery Sticker Activity Book
By James Mayhew | Publisher: Orchard Books

Discover London's National Gallery with Katie, the star of James Mayhew's Katie books, in this fun-filled sticker activity book - with over 150 stickers inside! Art adventurer Katie has been capturing the hearts and imaginations of children for over 25 years. Featuring paintings from the National Gallery's world famous collection - alongside mazes, drawing challenges, sticker puzzles and more - this sticker activity book will keep little Katie fans entertained for hours, whilst introducing them to the wonderful world of art. BUY IT ON AMAZON

Review: This book is full of fun activities. The cover is eye catching and I would choose this if I seen it in the shops. Its packed with lots of stickers to use in the activities. There is drawings, word searches, puzzles, dot to dots as well as mazes. I have taken this book out with me on several outings. I like that this book shows some different famous paintings, my favourites are The water lily pond by Claude Monet and Sunflowers by Vincent Van Gogh. 5 stars

Princess Smartypants and the Missing Princes
By Babette Cole
 | Publisher: Hodder Children's Books

Princess Smartypants rules her kingdom of Totaloonia on her own - she certainly doesn't need the help of a silly Prince of a husband. However, she is always willing to help her friends, and agrees to host the engagement party of three would-be princesses. But the trouble starts when the princes fail to turn up to the party - they've gone missing. BUY IT ON AMAZON

Review: I liked this cover because it looked funny, making me want to read it. Princess smartypants is cheeky! This book has lots of pictures in which I really liked because it helps you to understand the story better because the pictures help tell you what's going on. This book is very funny, my favourite part is when the troll is described as the nastiest and smelliest troll in Fairyland and he is so terrible that no one goes near him, (I bet he stinks haha) this book is ideal for bedtime reading due to nice chapters. 5 stars

Kitty's Magic 1: Misty the Scared Kitten
By Ella Moonheart
 | Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens

Kitty always thought she was allergic to cats, but when her best friend's new kitten, Misty, gives her a tickly feeling in her nose, something magical happens . Kitty turns into a cat!

Being cat and human means that Kitty can have the best of both worlds! But with the special power comes a special role: Kitty becomes the Guardian of the local cats' Cat Council and must help them find the purrfect solution to their feline problems.

So when there is trouble in the neighbourhood and Misty is too scared to go outside, can Kitty's magic help her to be braver? And can Kitty keep her ability a secret from other humans? If not, she may never be able to turn into a cat again. BUY IT ON AMAZON

Review: I loved that the cover is all sparkly and glittery. This book has nice sized writing and lots of pictures. My mum read this to me at bedtimes and we liked the easy to read words. Kitty was given a special necklace and she was able to help her friends new kitten. I look forward to reading more of these books as the story was cute. I think my friends would love this book.

The Cat Who Ate Christmas
By Lil Chase
 | Publisher: Brown Books for Young Readers

It's Christmas, and everyone in the Hudson family is very excited - including their kitten. First he knocks the Christmas tree over, then he shreds the presents, and finally he eats the entire Christmas turkey! Mum gets cross, and the kitten runs away. But when he doesn't come back, the Hudson family have to venture out on Christmas Day to find their naughty kitten. Can they have a merry Christmas after all? BUY IT ON AMAZON

Review: We read this book over Christmas - it was VERY funny. The kitten is greedy and got up to lots of mischief, I am glad that our cats don't get up to mischief like this kitten does. I laughed lots when he ate the turnkey - oh no! I really loved the pictures throughout this lovely book. My sister also enjoyed reading this book as did my mummy and daddy.

The Pumpkin Project
By Katie Smith | Publisher: Hodder Children's Books 

Lottie and her class are given an end of term project competition called Big and Small. The problem is, class show-off Penelope Pembleton-Puce always wins. But this time, Lottie and Gramps come up with a brilliant idea: to grow a giant pumpkin! With the help of grandad's old vegetable growing tricks, they set about trying to break world records for the biggest vegetable ever. But this pumpkin is fussy, demanding and has a mind of its own, and with Penelope willing to do literally anything to win AGAIN, does Lottie really stand a chance? BUY IT ON AMAZON

Review: I really liked the cover as its shiny and colourful making it eye catching and one that I would choose. The writing is a nice size for children my age to read. Me and my mum read this book over Halloween so the pumpkin theme fitted well with the time of year. The book is full of lots of lovely pictures, which I enjoyed looking at. Lottie is a kind girl and I'd like to be friends with her. It would have especially been fun to help her and her Grandpa grow the pumpkin for her school project.

Billy Button, Telegram Boy
By Sally Nicholls
 | Publisher: Barrington Stoke Ltd 

When Charlie the telegram boy breaks his leg and can't ride his bicycle, Billy Button sees his chance. He has always wanted to be a telegram boy, delivering messages all over the village on the red Post Office bicycle. Soon Billy is zooming about all over the place with news of new babies, sick sisters and sweethearts coming to visit. He even has a chance to put a few things right with a special 'extra' telegram or two...High quality cream paper and a special easy to read font ensure a smooth read for all. BUY IT ON AMAZON

Review: This book has a really nice cover. The font size is ideal for me to read by myself, although I was read to it at bedtimes as the chapters are nice and short so ideal for bedtimes. This book has 90 pages. The story is about a boy called Billy Button who becomes a Telegram Boy. I really enjoyed learning all about Telegrams as I didn't know what one was until I read this book. The book was brilliant and made me smile and giggle. I loved hearing about the adventures of Billy Button. 5 Stars

Grandpa was an Astronaut
By Jonathan Meres
 | Publisher: Barrington Stoke Ltd

Sherman loves the moon and he loves his grandpa even more - who has actually been to the moon! Grandpa was an astronaut and has a chunk of moon rock on his mantelpiece. Playing space games with Grandpa is one of Sherman's most favourite things ever so he's thrilled to hear that's exactly what a visit to Grandpa will involve. High quality cream paper and a special easy to read font ensure a smooth read for all. BUY IT ON AMAZON

Review: I liked the eye catching cover for this book and inside has pretty pictures. The font is a nice easy size for me to read. This is an adventure book that teaches you about space and the moon when a boy goes on a special space adventure with his Grandpa. I enjoyed the maze at the end of the book. 4 stars

Insect Emporium
By Susie Brooks & Dawn Cooper
 | Publisher: Red Shed

Open up this treasure trove of insects and immerse yourself in a wondrous collection of creatures as nature unfolds around you. 

Hidden amongst the foliage you’ll spy splashes of purple, orange, yellow, green and blue as a cloud of grasshoppers spring into action. And as you wander through, listen out for the buzzing of bees and the flitter of wings as caterpillars transform into a flutter of moths and butterflies. Then pause to admire the twinkling from the fireflies and glow-worms, and remember that your magical journey into this enchanting secret world has only just begun . . . BUY IT ON AMAZON

Review: The cover of this book is very colourful and detailed. My favourite insect on the cover is the grass hopper. Inside this book is full of beautiful illustrations and labels. I found this book very interesting and it will help me learn more about insects. It also teaches about life cycles. I really loved all the butterfly pictures and I have drew several myself. I have looked at this book lots of times and have showed lots of other people, all who have loved it like I do. My mummy explained that it also teaches the Latin names for all of the insects too. I really love this book and think it will remain a favourite. I highly recommend it. 5 stars

The Dragon and the Nibblesome Knight
By Elli Woollard
 | Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books

When a kind young boy helps a strange-looking bird, a beautiful friendship forms. But what these two friends don't realise is that one is a young knight . . . and the other a young dragon! What will they do when they discover they are enemies and destined to FIGHT? The Dragon and the Nibblesome Knight is a bold, funny and heartwarming story from a perfect picture book pairing; the uniquely talented Elli Woollard and award-winning Benji Davies. BUY IT ON AMAZON

Review: This isn't the type of book that I'd usually choose but I did like it 😁 I thought this book was going to be scary but it wasn't. I loved the rhyming words. I really laughed when James the knight thought Dram the dragon was a duckie when he ended up in the water. The pictures are full of detail and are lovely to look at. You will love this book if you like dragons and knights or rhyming word books.

Amber's Song
By Gillian Cross
 | Publisher: Barrington Stoke Ltd

Music is the most important thing in Mark's life and he never misses band practice ...until new baby sister Amber turns life upside down. She screams all day and all night and nothing Mum, Dad or anyone else does makes a difference! But when Mark is left holding the baby, he turns to the only thing he can to help him through - music. And it might just be that it's the key to Amber's happiness too. BUY IT ON AMAZON

Review: The cover of this book is brightly coloured and has 2 children and a screaming baby on it. The cover made me wonder why she was screaming and how they were going to calm her down. I enjoyed the pictures throughout the story and the writing is easy for me to read (aged 7). The chapters are short meaning that you can read several at bedtime. I enjoyed this book because the story is about a music band and a family with a baby who always screamed! I was glad when they found a way to stop her screaming.

My Underpants Rule
By Rod Power
 | Publisher: Kids Rule Publishing Limited

Teaching kids to protect themselves is CHILD'S PLAY! My Underpants RULE! empowers without needing to go into the darkness of this tricky topic through rhyming language, colourful illustrations, a super-hero theme and child-friendly humour. LOVED by kids and EASY for parents/carers and educators, it engages and effectively teaches "What's under my PANTS belongs ONLY to ME!". Reinforced by games and scenarios, it clearly defines what is appropriate and inappropriate, and ingrains what to do should anything happen. Like a nursery rhyme, reading this book with your child will ensure the lessons stay with them for life. Ages 3 to 8 years. BUY IT ON AMAZON

Review: This book teaches children that what's under their pants belongs only to them! The cover is brightly coloured and eye-catching. The book came with a bookmark. We read the book as a family and again just me and my mummy. I think it's a good book to teach children that their privates are for them only. You get asked questions to answer and what should you do in different situations. The rule is easy to remember. I think all children should have this book read to them as it's important that you know what to do if someone asks to see inside your underpants! 5 stars

Who Will Marry Prince Harry? (Reading Ladder Level 3)
By Tony Bradman
 | Publisher: Reading Ladder

Prince Harry loves lists. He makes one every day and it’s always full of his favourite things to do. But then the King and Queen decide it is time for a change. Now there’s only one thing on Harry’s list. He must find the perfect princess . . . and get married! BUY IT ON AMAZON

Review: This book is is part of the reading ladder books and is level 3 so good for getting children my age reading more challenging books. The book is about a prince called Harry who loves to make lists and the king and queen want him to get married! Lots of princess's come to see prince Harry, he wasn't that keen on any but soon finds a princess perfect for him. I really liked this story and loved how it was full of pictures. I hope to read more of the reading ladder books. 5 stars

My Mum is There
By Martin Thomas
 | Publisher: Wacky Bee Books

It's not easy being small. Nothing is simple. Not speaking, sleeping or walking. Not counting, reading or swimming. Not even hopping or skipping or jumping! But the love of a mother is an amazing thing. With mum close by there's no need to be scared. With mum close by anything is possible. BUY IT ON AMAZON

Review: This book has a very pretty cover, because it is colourful. I like the different coloured letters. Inside the book the size of the writing is good, I am easily able to read it. The pictures are pretty and colourful. I like that this book is about your mum being there for you. I like this book as much as the other one which is called My Dad will do. I think children would like this story.

Book Worms
By Jane Cohen
 | Publisher: OUP Oxford

Meet Professor Wormsworth and his twin boys, Wurzel and Walter. The cleverest worms in the wormiverse! But on a holiday to China by wormaplane they discover a terrible secret. It's the ghastly 'Earth Dragon Soup' made by an evil wizard. Walter and Wurzel find themselves on a mission to save a million billion earth worms. But can they do it? BUY IT ON AMAZON

Review: My mum and dad read this book to me at bedtimes. I thought it was very random but did enjoy it. The cover made me laugh as it is covered in lots of worms, doing random things like reading, flying, in a spaceship and a hot air balloon, the angel worm made me giggle. The twin worms called Wurzel and Walter were my favourite. The worms had an exciting adventure. I give it 3 stars.

Nixie: Wonky Winter Wonderland 
By Cas Lester | Publisher: OUP Oxford

Geronimo s mum has so many puppies she doesn’t t know what to do. So when Geronimo decides to leave home for a better life, he enters a great, big, scary world where he doesn’t t know who he is...and has no idea WHAT he is either! BUY IT ON AMAZON

Review: This book is about a girl called Nixie who is a fairy. The book had lots of lovely pictures, which helped me to see what was happening. The chapters all have clocks on, this helped me learn telling the time as they were all different. The writing is nice, I especially liked all the different fonts that were used. There is another book about Nixie that I hope to read too. I think my sister would like this book aswell as children who love cheeky fairys.

Geronimo: The Dog Who Thinks He's a Cat
By Jess Wall | Publisher: Wacky Bee Books

Geronimo s mum has so many puppies she doesn’t t know what to do. So when Geronimo decides to leave home for a better life, he enters a great, big, scary world where he doesn’t t know who he is...and has no idea WHAT he is either! BUY IT ON AMAZON

Review: I loved this book and really enjoyed the story. The cover made me laugh with the dog with his head through the cat flap! The writing in this book is large enough for me to read to myself and there is lots of pictures through the book which I thought was really great. The story is about a dog who thinks he is a cat and he grew up to be a big dog very quickly. My favourite part was when his new cat mum taught him how to be a cat! I hope there will be more books by this author. 

My Dad Will Do
By Martin Thomas | Publisher: Wacky Bee Books

It's not easy being small. Especially not being able to reach things. Like the hook to hang a coat, a shelf to get the toys, or the pedals of a bike. Kitchen sides, the shower, and a light switch are all too high. But the love of a father is an amazing thing. With dad close by anything is possible. With dad close by nothing is out of reach. BUY IT ON AMAZON

Review: The cover is eye catching  which I liked because of the 2 elephants. I liked the blurb on the back as it is in all different colours. The writing inside is a great size so I can read this book by myself. Each page is brightly coloured. There is another book in the set called My mum is there, I will look out for this book to read aswell. I recommend this book to young children, who will enjoy it like I did.

LEGO® Friends Build Your Own Adventure
By DK
 | Publisher: DK Children

Get ready for your own LEGO® Friends adventure! Build, play and learn all about the wonderful world of LEGO Friends

LEGO® Friends: Build your own Adventure combines great ideas for building with exciting stories. Get inspired to build with creative Friends-themed story starters, then play out your own LEGO Friends adventures using your LEGO bricks. Comes with bricks that can be used to build an exclusive touring car model that appears throughout the book and a Liza mini-doll.

LEGO, the LEGO logo, the Brick and Knob configuration are trademarks of the LEGO Group. © 2015 The LEGO Group. Produced by Dorling Kindersley under licence from the LEGO Group. BUY IT ON AMAZON

Review: I was very excited when I saw that I had a Lego Friends build your own adventure book waiting for me when I came home from school. I enjoyed building the Lego car, as the instructions are in the book and are easy to follow.  The book has over 50 building ideas for me to choose from and I cant wait to give them a go using the Lego we have already. The pages are really colourful and interesting. I think all girl Lego fans would love this fabulous book and I can see it being popular.

Amelie and Nanette: Snowflakes and Fairy Wishes
By Sophie Tilley
 | Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens 

Amelie and Nanette are very excited! Christmas is coming, and they are busy making their fairy costumes for the party at school. But on the day of the party, poor Nanette starts to shiver and sneeze - and has to stay at home! They are both sad, but when Nanette gets better, a special fairy comes to visit, and Pilou the dog delivers a sack full of cards from her school friends!

An enchanting festive story featuring two very special girls, who discover that the best gift of all is to have a friend to share Christmas with. Contains beautiful Christmassy paper chains to cut out and make! BUY IT ON AMAZON

Review: The cover of this book is Christmassy which I liked. The writing was small but my parents read me the story and I looked at the lovely beautiful pictures. The story is about best friends, getting ready for Christmas, they made paper chains that was very very long and made cakes. I liked seeing them decorate the Christmas tree. I liked the snowman they built in the garden. This book came with a make your own paper chains set, which I loved. There is other Amelie and Nanette book that I will keep an eye out for as I really enjoyed this story. 

The Great Farty Slob Beast
By  Charlie Farley | Publisher: Wacky Bee Books

'Bored children get monsters to play with, not Dad.' So begins this riotous, rhyming adventure as The Great Farty Slob Beast threatens to gobble up Molly and her two little sisters. Will Molly's plan to distract the Slob Beast with a hilarious day-trip to London be enough to stop his greedy plans? BUY IT ON AMAZON

Review: This book has a nice pretty cover and the title made me really laugh. I knew that this book would be funny because on the back of the book it says 'Bored children get monsters to play with not Dad'. The pictures are colourful and detailed and nice to look at. The writing is easy to read at my age because it is big font. I liked the slob beast, he made me laugh. The slob beast took the children on an outing, which was funny especially as they stood on top of the London Eye instead of going inside it - I don't think the slob beast would have fitted! I really recommend this book, even my sister and my mum and dad liked it. 

Chu's First Day of School 
By Neil Gaiman | Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens

Chu is a little panda with a BIG sneeze and when his first day at school approaches he is nervous. Will the other boys and girls be nice? Will they like Chu? A fabulously warm and funny story about little Chu and his enormous sneeze! BUY IT ON AMAZON

Review: I liked this book because of the nice sized writing and the pretty colourful pictures. This book was easy for me to read and the story was funny. It made me laugh each time Chu sneezed. There are more Chu books which I will look out for at the library. I think school aged children will enjoy this book. I give it 5 stars. 

A Lottie Lipton Adventure: The Curse of the Cairo Cat
By Dan Metcalf | Publisher: A&C Black Childrens & Educational

Lottie loves living in the museum with Great Uncle Bert but, when the Golden Cat of Cairo disappears at the launch of a new exhibition, Lottie s home is under threat.

Can Lottie, Great Uncle Bert and Reg the caretaker follow the clues and find the cat in time, or will Lottie lose her home forever?

Perfect for developing and newly confident readers, Lottie Lipton Adventures are packed with action, adventure and puzzles for the reader to solve. BUY IT ON AMAZON 

Review: This book was read to me at bedtimes by my mummy. I liked this book because I liked that it had lots of pictures. The story is set in a museum and it reminded me of when I went with my family to look around a museum. There were riddles to try and work out where they needed to go next. Lottie is kind and clever.  I will look out for other books about Lottie’s adventures. I give it 5 stars. 

Fairytale Frankie and the Tricky Witch
By Greg Cormley & Steven Lenton | Publisher: Orchard Books

A page-turning hide-and-seek adventure full of favourite fairytale characters from princesses to unicorns to knights, with a magically funny and reassuring twist at the end.

Fairytale Frankie is a fearless tomboy who wakes up one morning to find a princess hiding under her bed and a frog in the cornflakes . . . all the characters appear to be hiding from a baddie and Frankie is determined to keep them safe. BUY IT ON AMAZON

Review: I love cover of this book. The pages are brightly coloured and the writing is a good size for me. The little girl Frankie helped everyone to hide in different places around her house, I giggled at the twist at the end - I didn't see this coming! I wont tell you what it is as don't want to spoil it but this book is a must read for children as its funny. I think this is a book I will read lots more. I give it 5 stars.

The Wheelie Wonderful Life of Millie Monroe
By Kim Tserkezie | Publisher: Kitty Cat Publishing Ltd

In this story, we meet Millie’s amazing Grandad, his cat Poppy and some of her friends. It shows how with a little guidance, even the cheekiest little ones can channel their energy into something wonderful. BUY IT ON AMAZON

Review: I enjoyed this book because it had colourful pictures. Millie is a girl in a wheelchair and she likes to help her Grandad in his toy shop and because she is in a wheelchair it taught her Grandad that wheelchair users need more space to safely get around the shop and not knock things over. I felt sad to start with because a boy was being naughty and stamping on a toy. I liked that everyone came to help make old or broken toys new again - even the boy who broke the toy. I give this 5 stars.

Cezanne and the Apple Boy
By Laurence Anholt | Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children's Books 

Paul Cezanne was one of the greatest of the French impressionist painters. This delightful book follows his son, also called Paul, as he travels to the mountains to spend a summer with his father. He discovers that his father, a very large man, paints the natural world with a passion that few can understand. But one day they meet an art dealer in a village who offers to try to sell some of the paintings in Paris ... the rest is history. 
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Review: I liked this book because it had very colourful pictures and they are pretty. I also liked it because it was about a famous artist who I hadn’t heard about so I learnt something new. I felt I was there in the book because of how it was written. I give this 5 stars. There are other books in this series that I will look out of. 

Atlas of Adventures Activity Fun Pack
By
 Lucy Letherland | Publisher: Wide Eyed Editions

Get busy with this activity book packed with stickers, maps, global wildlife, cultural activities and exciting adventures from around the world.

Colour in every continent and put together your own adventure as you decide whether you'd prefer to stay in a treehouse, an igloo or a lighthouse, whether you'd rather to travel by camel, tuk tuk or hot air balloon and if you'd like to party at the Rio Carnival, go trick or treating or row a Viking longship! BUY IT ON AMAZON

Review: I was very excited when this came in the post. This book is full of lovely interesting colouring pages, a huge world map poster and 50 stickers! As well as lovely colouring pages there is writing, like on the Go wild around the world page there is a range of different animals, naming them and a fact about them. I like the Flamingo, for this it says ‘it takes 3 years for a flamingo to turn pink’ I found this interesting as I didn’t know this. I have really enjoyed colouring this book with my mummy and my sister. This book is well made and the pages are nice and thick. Everyone will love this book. I give this 5 stars. 

The Five Misfits
By Beatrice Alemagna | Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children's Books

There were five of them altogether. Five misfits. The five had never amounted to much in life, nor did they feel like doing anything. And then one day, from who knows where, came an extraordinary fellow...

When Mr Perfect comes to stay, the five misfits find themselves questioning what their purpose in life is. Can they teach him that not fitting in is more fun than trying to be perfect? 

A quirky, allegorical picture book from the multi award-winning creator of A Lion in Paris. BUY IT ON AMAZON

Review: This book had good sized writing and lovely pictures. I liked the fourth misfit best, she was upside down and I liked her dress. I didn’t like the perfect person, because he was rude and unkind. The 5 misfits stayed together and the perfect one was left alone. I give this 3 stars. 

Hedgehugs Horace and Hattiepillar
By Lucy Tapper & Steve Wilson | Publisher: Maverick Arts Publishing

Horace and Hattie are the very best of friends... One day they find something tiny and interesting under a leaf. But what is it? 

A much anticipated sequel to Hedgehugs with beautiful artwork by Lucy Tapper. Definitely a book with the cute factor. BUY IT ON AMAZON

Review: This book has a pretty cover and lovely sized writing. In this book there is 2 Hedgehog friends, they found a caterpillar and it grew very big and turned in to a beautiful butterfly, Horace and Hattiepillar also wanted to be butterflies so they made themselves beautiful and colourful aswell. I give it 5 stars. 

A Gold Star for George
By Alice Hemming | Publisher: Maverick Arts Publishing

The Heavenly Hippos Wildlife Park is awarding gold stars to the animals and George the Giraffe has the perfect spot on his fence for one. But will George win a gold star. 

George the Giraffe is back in this second book in the George the Giraffe & Friends series and this time the story focuses on how helping others brings about the greatest reward. BUY IT ON AMAZON

Review: I like the cover of this book because it made me laugh as George the giraffe has a hula hoop on his neck. This book has good size writing and is easy to read. George wanted to win a gold star so he helped all of his friends but they all got stars and poor George didn’t and this made him feel really sad. It worked out in the end and he finally got what he wanted. I give it 5 stars. 

A Box of Socks
By Amanda Brandon
 | Publisher: Maverick Arts Publishing

Granny Mutton loves to knit and so she has made a whole box of socks for Little Lionel’s friends. But Little Lionel gets all the socks muddled and has to find out which pairs belong to whom! BUY IT ON AMAZON

Review: This book is very colourful and has nice sized writing. The pictures are funny and made me laugh. Granny knitted lots of colourful socks but they all got mixed up when they fell out of the box, no one knew which socks went with which animal but they had fun matching them up again.  Granny knitted her grandson a special present while he was delivering the socks. I would recommend this book to people who like animals and farms. I give it 5 stars.

Seb and Hamish
By Jude & Niki Daly
 | Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children's Books

Seb and Mama go to visit Mrs Kenny, but there’s a dog called Hamish at the house too. Woof woof, says Hamish. “Home,” says Seb in a little voice. While Mama and Mrs Kenny have tea, Hamish is shut in another room and Seb plays with his train set . He gets so absorbed he forgets all about Hamish – until a piece of his cookie slips under the door. Seb puts his finger through the gap, peeps under the door, and two gentle eyes look back at him. “Hello, Hamish,” says Seb.  When it’s time to go home, Mama looks everywhere for Seb. Where could he be? Seb and Hamish are found at last, curled up together, fast asleep! BUY IT ON AMAZON

Review: This book was quiet nice because the writing was a good size for me to read.  The pictures are really good because they are colourful and there is lots to look at in them. Mrs Kenny was kind because she got toys out for Seb and gave him some biscuits she had made. Seb thought Hamish was scary because he barked lots but they soon because best of friends. I really enjoyed this book. I give it 5 stars.

The Monster Busters (Little Gems)
By Julia Cornelia Funke
 | Publisher: Barrington Stoke Ltd 

A mad-cap, thrilling monster adventure - with extra monsters! Fun and quirky tale from Inkheart author Cornelia Funke. When Rosa comes across a real live monster in the fun fair Ghost Train, she and her friend Ivan manage to fight it off and become the monster busters! BUY IT ON AMAZON

Review: I enjoyed this book because it made me laugh and I liked the jokes in the front of the book. At the back of the book is a maze. This book is good because it has lots of pictures. My mummy and daddy took it in turns to read this to me because it was a long book but I enjoyed it.  I give this 5 stars.

Hugless Douglas Goes to Little School
By David Melling
 | Publisher: Hodder Children's Books

Douglas is a huggable, lovable young brown bear who wakes up one morning in need of a hug. He goes to try and find one but none of them seem quite right. Join Douglas on his search for the perfect bear hug!

Douglas is a irresistible and hugely popular character created by David Melling - one of today's leading author/illustrators. BUY IT ON AMAZON

Review: I liked the size of the writing in this book, it was a good size and the pictures were colourful and nice. Hugless Douglas was nice and helpful and helped all his new friends. I like it at the end with all the sheep doing different activities. I really enjoyed this book and recommend it to children who are starting school as it shows them that you make new friends and have lots of fun at little school. 

What the Jackdaw Saw
By Julia Donaldson
 | Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books

The jackdaw wants all his friends to come to his party, but when he calls out his invitation the animals just touch their heads. Why won't they answer? And what do their actions mean? Luckily a brown owl can help him with the puzzle!

This book about friendship and sign language was created by Julia Donaldson, author of The Gruffalo, with a group of deaf children in a workshop organised by the not-for-profit organisation Life & Deaf which helps deaf children to explore their identities through poetry, film, performance and art. BUY IT ON AMAZON

Review: This book has good sized writing and very colourful pictures. This book is about friendship and sign language. I asked my mummy about sign language and we discussed it together, this book made me want to know more about sign language and people who are deaf. I really liked the back of the book because it showed me signs for different things like danger, cat and tree. I give this 5 stars. 

The Pirate Colouring Book
By Jake McDonald
 | Publisher: Buster Books

The Pirate Colouring Book is a brilliant new colouring book bursting with pirates, shipwrecks and hoards of hidden treasure! Boys and girls will love to sail the Seven Seas with this treasure chest of a colouring book which will keep them entertained for hours. The book is partially coloured to inspire amazing colouring scenes that can be seen from the crow's nest. BUY IT ON AMAZON

Review: I really enjoyed this colouring book, it is full of interesting colouring pictures with some bits coloured already. I like that there is pirate talk in the speech bubbles. Its a nice size and I have enjoyed colouring the pictures with my mummy. I think boys and girls would like this book. I give this 5 stars

Animal A-Z (Smart Kids)
By Louisa Cornford
 | Publisher: Priddy Books

Discover 26 incredible animals, from Anteater to Zebra in this fantastic book. It is the perfect first introduction to the animal kingdom- ideal for home and school projects- with everything you will need to know about what they eat, where they live and more. BUY IT ON AMAZON

Review: I like the pictures in this book and the writing is colourful and easy to read. I like that it shows how big each animal is, I had great fun comparing the animals size to my family! There were some animals I had never heard of but that was good because I learnt about animals I hadn’t heard of before. I would recommend this book to people who love animals. 5 stars but should be 101! 

The Four Little Pigs
By Kimara Nye
 | Publisher: Maverick Arts Publishing

Tom's granny is a witch and when he tells her that the Three Little Pigs is boring Granny uses her magic to send him into the book. Now Tom must beware of the big bad wolf! A modern day twist on The Three Little Pigs. BUY IT ON AMAZON

Review: I liked the pictures in the this book because I liked the people in the story. I already knew the story of The Three Little Pigs so it was nice to read it as four little pigs. I liked the part when the little boys nose changed in to a pigs nose. 5 stars

A Quiet Corner of the Woods
By Sylvia Coombs
| Publisher: Arthur H.Stockwell Ltd

Chaos reigned at times in the 'quiet' corner of the woods. Bonny Boletus tried hard to keep her brothers and the other young Fungi Folk under control, but it was a tough job - the terrible Toadstools cheating against the Merry Mushrooms on sports day; the Stinkhorn family not speaking to one another; somebody giving poor Aunt Alice Agaric a scare ...! What would they get up to next? Bonny was full of good ideas to keep them out of mischief, but did the ideas always work? Find a moral in every story. BUY IT ON AMAZON

Review: I didn't like this book, there was way to much writing and the not enough pictures. The story wasn't very exciting either. I wouldn't recommend it to my friends. 0 stars

Doodle Monster's Sticker Doodle You
By Roger Priddy
 | Publisher: Priddy Books

A sticker doodle book all about you! What to doodle for breakfast today? And how about doodling a new design on my school bag? Whether it's friends, pets, family or themselves, inside Sticker Doodle You there s a fantastically imaginative selection of photographic and illustrated doodle-starters to inspire creativity. With over 200 stickers to decorate their art, too, kids will be inspired to create a fantasy doodle world about their own lives with this irresistible book. BUY IT ON AMAZON

Review: I really like that this book has a handle so you can carry it around easily. I love that it has over 200 stickers. This book is so full of activities pages that are fun to do. The book is bright and colourful. I bet my friends would love this book. 5 stars but should be 100!

The Giant of Jum
By Elli Woollard
 | Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books

"Fee!" he said, and "Fi!" he said, and "Fo!" he said and "Fum!"

Look out children, the Giant of Jum is grumpy and hungry and he's off in search of a tasty snack. And the tastiest of all is a boy known as Jack! BUY IT ON AMAZON

Review: I love this colourful pictures in this book, the writing could have been a bit bigger but my mummy read this book to me instead. The giant was helpful and gave the children back their things, like their ball. I loved how the story ended. I think my friends would like this book. 5 stars.

The Dog Detectives in an American Adventure: 4
By Zoa Gypsy 
| Publisher: Maverick Arts Publishing

Imogen the opossum is lost and it's up to the Dog Detectives to get her home! But detective Jack knows a shortcut, which takes them zigzagging across America, through some famous places. Will deputy Poco Loco ever convince his boss just to use a map? BUY IT ON AMAZON

Review: I loved this book! the pages are filled with colourful pictures and the writing is big and easy to read. I enjoyed this story and think other children will enjoy it as well. I also loved the American facts at the end of this book. 5 stars

Pom-Pom Goes to Bramble Wood
By Sandra Christina Shaw
 | Publisher: Arthur H.Stockwell Ltd

Everyone admires the new dress her mother has made for Pom-Pom. It has tiny rosebuds stitched around the hem, and Pom-Pom looks very pretty indeed in it. It is certainly not the sort of dress she ought to wear when she is meeting her friends to play in Bramble Wood. Full of fun, and bursting with energy, she cannot keep from joining in with every game. But things with Pom-Pom are apt to go wrong and soon poor Pom-Pom is in trouble again. Pom-Pom Goes to Bramble Wood is the third book in this series for rhyming stories for children. BUY IT ON AMAZON

Review: I enjoyed this book because I liked the colourful pictures. I liked that the writing was big and easy to read. 5 stars

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