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Tom Thorneval by Cornelius Addison

I have received a free e-copy of the childrens’ book Tom Thorneval by Cornelius Addison for son1 to review. To find out more about the author you may visit his blog.

Tom Thorneval by Cornelius Addison

Here is the book blurb.

This rippingly entertaining anti-fairytale follows the misadventures of a half-fairy Dreammaker hoping to make it big in the world of men. Unfortunately, Tom Thorneval’s plan has drawn the ire of Fate, and the little merchant is robbed of all his dreams shortly after setting out on his grand adventure. With his loyal (if slightly insane) stoat Wix, a devastated Tom battles on through a series of horrifically funny misfortunes as he makes his way towards what he hopes is the Grand Goblin Fair, only to draw farther away from it in the process. This innovative literary event that races middle-schoolers through a Pythonesque world of music, color and wild adventure. Readers are invited to listen to the three songs from the tale with their smartphones and can even learn the author-composed melodies at the Addison’s Tales channel on MuseScore.com. With its philosophical turns, innovative digital additions and fable-like qualities, Tom Thorneval is a modern twist on what it’s like to be a little dreamer in a very big world.

Tom Thorneval

Son1 decided to write his review this time, rather than his usual video style. This is what he had to say.

I’m reviewing a book called Tom Thorneval
I didn’t actually like the book but you might like it. I rate it ⭐️⭐️
It’s all about a half-fairy called Tom Thorneval who sets off on a journey to sell his dreams at the Grand Goblin Fair. But he suffers a lot of trouble while he tries to get there. It comes with music 🎶. If you get it on IBooks or Kindle then it comes with music 🎶 but if you buy the paperback then you have to scan the QR code to get music 🎶.

Tom Thorneval is published by Wivern Digital and is available on Amazon, currently priced at £7.99 in paperback and is also available in Kindle format. Son1 didn’t like this book, but it is a prize-winning tale, so just not to his taste.

I had a read of it as well, to try to determine why it didn’t hit the spot for son1. Tom has plenty of adventures on his journey involving trolls, a male witch, a goat-man, a toad, fairies and other creatures. The reader also gets to make a choice at one point as to whether takes the left or right path at a fork. All sounds good so far for a young boy to enjoy, but what may have put him off, is that Tom often mentions Mary, his true love. And this is where the book featured music. I really enjoyed listening to the music, but boys of my son’s age tend to dislike anything to do with love. So I feel although a nice story in my opinion, Tom talks about his true love too much for some of the target readership.

And finally here’s a fun link aimed at the children to interactively discover more about Tom Thorneval and other Cornelius Addison characters.

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The Fortress by Faye Carlisle

I have received a free e-copy of the book The Fortress by Faye Carlisle to review. To find out more about the author you may visit her website.

The Fortress by Faye Carlisle

Here is the book blurb.

Nargassus is in trouble from the evil Sinisters. A prophecy says that a boy who is able to control the four elements of earth, fire, air and water will be able to restore peace to the land and defeat evil.

Cameron has these extra-special abilities and is sent on a mission to find the Sinisters with his two friends Anna and Sam. Anna is able to see visions of the future, and Sam has navigating powers.

The children’s search for the Sinisters leads them to a fortress where they meet Electro. Can they win against his lightning powers?

Here is son1’s video review.

The Fortress is available on Amazon, currently priced at £4.99 in paperback and is also available in Kindle format. It is the first book in the Kodo children’s fantasy series and is aimed at age 7 to 10. Son1 enjoyed this book.

The Fortress by Faye Carlisle

I’ve mentioned previously that fantasy is not one of my favourite genres, but I read it too. Three keys have been stolen from the king and hidden by the Sinisters and young Cameron has been picked to retrieve them where experienced soldiers have previously failed. Two of his school friends, Sam and Anna accompany him on the dangerous mission. Later another child, Jenny who is untrained also joins them.

As the reader, I initially assumed that the book would encompass finding all the keys, but no, it ends shortly after finding the first key, leaving you all fired up to read the next book in the series,

The book is illustrated by Sunil Kalbandi. I always feel it is great for a child’s book to be illustrated but in this instance, I didn’t really care for the style of illustrations.

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The Day My Fart Followed Me To Hockey by Sam Lawrence & Ben Jackson

I have received a free e-copy of the book The Day My Fart Followed Me To Hockey by Sam Lawrence & Ben Jackson for son2 to review. He was very keen to receive this book, purely from it mentioning “fart” in the title.

The Day My Fart Followed Me To Hockey by Sam Lawrence & Ben Jackson

Here is the book blurb.

Timmy and his best friend the Fart are back again!

If you and your child love to read together, then you are going to love reading along with Timmy and his Fart as they play hockey together!

The Day My Fart Followed Me To Hockey is a beautifully illustrated journey of Timmy and his best friend the Little Fart as they attend Timmy’s first hockey tryouts. Chaos and laughter ensue as the Fart attempts to help out his best friend the only way he knows how.

Here is son2’s video review.

The Day My Fart Followed Me To Hockey is written by married couple Sam Lawrence & Ben Jackson and beautifully illustrated by Danko Herrera. At 42 pages it is a great early reader or you can read it out loud to your child.

Timmy is worried about trying out for the ice hockey team and he definitely doesn’t want his imaginary best friend Little Fart coming along, making a stink. However Little Fart turns up anyhow and sees that Timmy is still nervous. Little Fart has a great idea and dresses up in some of the spare hockey clothes and skates off towards the other children. They soon start to smell the fart and start skating away from each other, blaming someone else for the bad smell. Soon all the children were laughing and Timmy started to relax and pass his hockey skill tests.

The Day My Fart Followed Me To Hockey by Sam Lawrence & Ben Jackson

The Day My Fart Followed Me To Hockey is available on Amazon, currently priced at £2.39 on kindle and is also available in paperback. Highly recommended by both son2 and me. Plus there are a couple of other titles in this fun series.

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Max Hamby and the Blood Diamond by Kathy Cyr

I have received a free e-copy of the book Max Hamby and the Blood Diamond by Kathy Cyr for son1 to review. To find out more about the author you may visit her website.

Max Hamby and the Blood Diamond by Kathy Cyr

Here is the book blurb.

It’s the last week of school. With sunny days ahead and no more tests or bullies, life for Max Hamby is about to get a lot better…..until he crashes into an odd exhibit at the local museum.

Strange things begin to happen.

When Max’s mother disappears, he’s left in the care of his eccentric neighbour where lawn gnomes come to life and a bird meows. Mrs. Pitt shows him that magic is real and not all like the fairytales
he once knew.

The discovery leads him to Merrihaven, where even stranger things await, including a dwarf, a troll and a couple of pixies.

He quickly finds himself at the center of a battle between good and evil.

Someone has resurrected the Shadowstone to free the evil imprisoned inside. Max must summon the courage to find seven magical stones to save his mother and stop the evil, before it’s too late.

Here is son1’s video review.

Max Hamby and the Blood Diamond is available on Amazon, currently priced at £6.02 in paperback and is also available in Kindle format. It is the first book in the Max Hamby children’s fantasy series. Son1 gave this book a resounding thumbs up.

Max Hamby and the blood diamond

I took the opportunity to read this book too. Fantasy is not one of my preferred genres, but I do like to keep abreast of what the boys are reading. There are a lot of characters to meet, some of whom I assume will be developed further in subsequent stories in the series. We have humans, dwarves, gnomes, a friendly troll, pixies to name but a few of the heroes versus a very nasty witch and her entourage. I would say it is aimed at age 9+ as some parts are quite scary. There is lots of magic including seeing Max learn the extent of his magical powers that he was totally unaware of at the start, when he was the victim of the school bullies. It definitely ends leaving you wanting to read book 2 to find out what happens next.

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Twenty Four Days to Christmas by Fred Arthur

As we approach the Advent season, we are waiting for our free paperback copy of children’s Christmas book “Twenty Four Days to Christmas” by Fred Arthur to arrive. In the meantime, we have been looking at the kindle version. Just like how you can have Advent candles as an alternative to an Advent calendar, here is a book with a tale for each day of Advent.

Twenty Four Days to Christmas by Fred Arthur

Here is the book blurb.

Poppy is in agony – it is the First of December and she has twenty-four days to wait until Christmas and she is convinced that she will not be able to contain her excitement and impatience: How can she possibly wait so long for Santa to arrive? Poppy’s parents put their heads together and come up with a cunning plan that has Poppy completing a different, Christmas themed activity every day, to keep Her busy until Christmas (and Santa) finally arrives. Twenty-Four Days To Christmas is an Advent Calendar of a book, which can be read one day at a time, or as a complete story, and centres on Christmas, family and the magic of the Christmas season.

This book is truly delightful and beautifully illustrated. It can be read each day throughout Advent or alternatively all in one go. Think of it as an Advent calendar but as a book. It is packed full of 24 Christmas activities for Poppy to participate in, all thought up by her parents to keep her busy so she forgets her impatience at waiting for the big day itself.

It is one of those timeless Christmas books that we shall enjoy year after year, just like The Night Before Christmas.

Twenty Four Days To Christmas by Fred Arthur

Twenty Four Days to Christmas is available on Amazon, currently priced at £5.99 in paperback and is also available in Kindle format. and is published by Clink Street Publishing. Written by Fred Arthur and illustrated by Paul Winward. I highly recommend this gorgeous children’s Advent book. I’ve read the story in one go and we are looking forward to reading it together on a day by day basis throughout Advent. Son1 has also already enjoyed dipping into it.

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The Wolf Wilder by Katherine Rundell – book review and giveaway

Son1 has received a free copy of The Wolf Wilder by Katherine Rundell to review.

The Wolf Wilders

Here is the book blurb.

Feodora and her mother live in the snowbound woods of Russia, in a house full of food and fireplaces. Ten minutes away, in a ruined chapel, lives a pack of wolves. Feodora’s mother is a wolf wilder, and Feo is a wolf wilder in training. A wolf wilder is the opposite of an animal tamer: it is a person who teaches tamed animals to fend for themselves, and to fight and to run, and to be wary of humans.

When the murderous hostility of the Russian Army threatens her very existence, Feo is left with no option but to go on the run. What follows is a story of revolution and adventure, about standing up for the things you love and fighting back. And, of course, wolves.

The Wolf Wilder by Katherine Rundell

This book is set a hundred years ago in Russia. The aristocracy send their unwanted pet wolves to Feo’s mother to rewild them. However General Rakov of the Russian Army comes saying that in future they must shoot these wolves. They refuse to comply when the next wolf arrives and Rakov returns, capturing her mother and burning their home. Feo, Ilya and the wolves set off for St Petersburg to try to free her mother, meeting friends and foes enroute.

Here is son1’s video review.

The Wolf Wilder is available on Amazon, currently priced at £5.59 in paperback compared to RRP of £7.99 or in hardback or Kindle format and published by Bloomsbury. We both highly recommend this lovely story. Targeted at children age 9-11.

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The Royal Rabbits of London by Santa and Simon Sebag Montefiore – book review and giveaway

The latest book that son1 has received free to review is The Royal Rabbits of London by married authors Santa and Simon Sebag Montefiore.

The Royal Rabbits of London

Here is what it says inside the front cover

Life is an adventure. Anything in the world is possible – by will and by luck, with a moist carrot, a wet nose and a slice of mad courage!
Shylo has always been the weakest and quietest of all of his family and his siblings spend their days making fun of him. But when he stumbles across a band of rats and overhears a diabolical plan against the Queen, it’s up to Shylo to find the Royal Rabbits of London to help save the day. Can this smallest of rabbits prove himself to be the biggest of heroes?

The Royal Rabbits of London

I had a quick read too and it really is a delightful story with an underlying theme to encourage shy children to be braver. And the illustrations are gorgeous, bringing each rabbit’s identity to life. We’ve zoomed in on some of these in the vlog below.

Here is son1’s video review.

The Royal Rabbits of London is available on Amazon, currently priced at £5.49 in hardback compared to the RRP of £10.99 or in Kindle and published by Simon & Schuster. Son1 and I both highly recommend it. Suitable from age 7 up.

Santa and Simon Sebag Montefiore are both globally renowned authors, who have each written number one Sunday Times bestsellers. The Royal Rabbits of London is their first novel for children and their first ever collaboration.
Illustrated throughout by leading illustrator Kate Hindley, film rights have been optioned pre-publication by 20th Century Fox, and the second book in the series will publish in autumn 2017.

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Gordon’s Great Escape – book review and giveaway

Although son2 now enjoys chapter books, he still loves snuggling up for a bedtime picture book story. And he was quick to spot the logo indicating that our latest one was by the same authors who wrote Supertato, a character that he enjoys. This book is Gordon’s Great Escape by Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet and we received a free copy of it to review plus an e-booklet of balloon activities.

Gordon's Great Escape

This is what it says on the back cover.

You may think being a balloon is all parties and floating about.
But have you ever thought about  how dangerous and adventurous a balloon’s life can be?
You haven’t?
Then it’s high time you met Gordon.

Gordon's Great Escape

Son2 loved listening to this book and the next day the boys had fun trying out balloon badminton from the activities booklet.

Balloon Badminton

We used actual badminton rackets, but you can make your own as per this screenshot from the activities booklet.

Balloon badminton

Gordon’s Great Escape is written by Sue Hendra and illustrated by Paul Linnet. It has been published today and is currently available on Amazon for £5.24 compared to a RRP of £6.99 for a paperback copy. It is also available as a Kindle edition. This beautifully illustrated lovely story for young children, suitable for age 0-5 is published by Simon & Schuster.

You may see details of Sue Hendra’s other books here, plus there are games and activity sheets.

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Alfie and His Very Best Friend – book review and giveaway

Our latest free kids book to review is Alfie and His Very Best Friend by Shirley Hughes. This is the new book in the Alfie series. We used to have a few Shirley Hughes books when the boys were younger. Son2 even had a little bag of four titles which he used to love to carry round. Sadly the boys are getting too old for Alfie, so I shall be passing this book onto my niece and nephew, but first we shared this Alfie story together.

Alfie and His Very Best Friend

This is what it says on the back cover.

Alfie and Bernard are very best friends and together they have lots of adventures. Join them as they go to the library, take part in scooter races and make a very special club with only two special members! A heart-warming tale of friendship by the award-winning Shirley Hughes, creator of Dogger.

I read this book to son2. However he had already made up his mind before we started reading that he no longer likes Alfie. A shame as he did enjoy Alfie books when he was younger. But the photo tells a different tale, as you can see he is concentrating on the story, even though he wouldn’t admit it afterwards. It is a nice tale conveying the importance of friendship. And I do love the beautiful illustrations.

Alfie and His Very Best Friend

Alfie and His Very Best Friend is currently retailing on Amazon in hardback at £8.79 compared to the RRP of £10.99 and will be published in paperback next year. Written by Shirley Hughes and published by Bodley Head, a division of Penguin. Targeted at children aged 3-5. I highly recommend this book, but not for older children.

And there are some fun activity sheets to enjoy alongside the book. Son2 had a try at the maze whilst son1 did spot the difference.

Alfie and His Very Best Friend

Alfie and His Very Best Friend

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Spot the puppy

Over the years, I’ve read tales about Spot the puppy many times to my boys. A firm favourite. However they are now beginning to get a bit old for Spot. That didn’t prevent their eyes from lighting up when they saw me open a package containing a Spot book, glove puppet and bag which I had been sent free to review. I think it was mainly due to the puppet, as they are both cuddly toy mad. We have zillions of soft toys in our home.

Spot's lift the flap Peekaboo

I was planning  to pass all these lovely Spot goodies onto my niece, but first I had a bedtime read with son2 whilst he wore the Spot puppet. The book is called Spot’s lift the flap Peekaboo and we found Spot and all his friends hiding behind the flaps ready to play Peekaboo. Result is son2 is hanging on tight to the puppet, so that will be staying with us.

However I did email the Spot activity sheets to my sister and I’ve received some lovely colouring back from my niece and nephew. They had great fun doing it and just look at my nephew’s brilliant dalmatian sheep, who is even spottier than Spot!

Spot the Puppy

Spot the Puppy

This lovely board book is available on Amazon, currently priced at the RRP £7.99 and published by Puffin. I highly recommend it for all young children. It is a delight to watch their faces light up as they look behind the flaps as you read.
And did you know that Spot has a brand new website and has also launched an app this week. These are suitable for all ages from 0+. Loads of fun for just £2.99.

Spot's lift the flap Peekaboo

Eric Hill’s loveable puppy, Spot, has been an integral part of early childhood since he first appeared in the classic lift-the-flap storybook Where’s Spot? in 1980. A firm favourite with parents and pre-schoolers, Spot’s toddler-like behaviour introduces children to new experiences through friendship and play.

Spot is truly international and his adventures have been published in over 50 languages (including sign language and Braille editions) selling over 60 million books. 

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