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Gangster School – The Brotherhood of Brimstone by Kate Wiseman – book review and giveaway

Regular followers of my blog may remember that son1 recently reviewed Gangster School and loved it. I have now received a free copy of the second book Gangster School – The Brotherhood of Brimstone by Kate Wiseman for him to review.

Gangster School - The Brotherhood of Brimstone by Kate Wiseman

Here is the book blurb.

Trouble is brewing at Blaggard’s School for Tomorrow’s Tyrants. Sir Byron’s Brain, a priceless legendary diamond, has gone missing. If it leaves the school grounds, Blaggard’s will be destroyed forever and the head teacher obliterated! Could the evil Brotherhood of Brimstone – an ancient secret society – have anything to do with it? Best friends Milly and Charlie embark on an adventure to find out. They discover a web of evil plots involving Gruffles, Charlie’s stinky dog, and Wolfie, the robot dog turned invisible superhero. On top of this, Blaggard’s is expecting a school inspection from the mysterious Dr X – Chief Inspector of Criminal Schools. He could turn up at any time, and no one knows what he looks like. Time is running out for Milly and Charlie. Will Dr X appear? And can our heroes defeat the evil Brotherhood, rescue their canine companions and save the day? The rollicking second instalment in Kate Wiseman’s Gangster School series.

This is what son1 had to say about the book.

I thought Gangster School: Brotherhood of Brimstone was good because it was exciting and adventurous. I rate it ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Gangster School - The Brotherhood of Brimstone by Kate Wiseman

A bit of background for those of you who haven’t seen our previous review of book 1. This series is set in Blaggards, a boarding school for children of criminals, where the uniform is a mask and stripy top. The teachers are master criminals, lessons are in subjects like fabrication and thievery and the houses are named after famous criminals.

Am I allowed to admit that I too was really looking forward to reading this children’s book. I’m hooked on this series just like I was with Harry Potter. It is set only 2 months after book 1, so allowing plenty of scope for future titles.

Book 2 starts with our heroes Millie and Charlie breaking into the headmistress’s safe to check that Sir Byron’s brain has really vanished. It must be still somewhere within Blaggards, as there is a curse that the school will immediately collapse and the head teacher die, if the brain leaves Blaggards. Can they come up with a plan to find the brain, a priceless diamond.

Meanwhile the school is getting geared up for Founders Day and awaiting a surprise visit from Doctor X, the mysterious Chief Inspector of Criminal Schools. Also there is a new teacher of Criminal Disguise and Deception.

Who has the brain? Where is it hidden? What will ensue?

Gangster School – The Brotherhood of Brimstone, newly published today, is available on Amazon, currently priced at £6.99 in paperback. Another fantastic children’s book, which certainly was up to expectation. Son1 may have said 4*, but definitely 5* in my opinion.

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Timmy on the Toilet by Peta Lemon

I have received a free e-copy of the book Timmy on the Toilet by Peta Lemon for son2 to review. He was really looking forward to it having enjoyed Peta’s previous book Hilda The Fed-Up Cow.

Timmy on the Toilet by Peta Lemon

Here is the book blurb.

Timmy is walking to school one day and saves a fairy in distress. He is granted a wish but accidentally wishes that he could fly whilst sitting on the toilet at school.

Join Timmy on his adventures flying on the toilet and find out what happens when the fairy grants him another wish for looking so daft!

This is what son2 had to say about the book.

This book is very funny, especially when Timmy’s teacher ends up on a flying toilet. This book is 8/10. I think it is aimed at children aged 3-6.

Book review - Timmy on the toilet

Once again author Peta Lemon has teamed up with illustrator Maria Dasic Todoric, to bring us a fabulous children’s picture book. Son2 loved that the theme of the book involved toilets and chose his ideal place for his photo. Timmy is thinking of lots of great ideas for his wish, but on seeing a bird fly past the window whilst he is on the loo, accidentally wishes that he could fly. Oops too late to take back his words. See what happens as Timmy flies out of school on the toilet for an adventure.

Timmy on the Toilet is available on Amazon, currently priced at £4.99 in paperback and also available in Kindle format. A gorgeous rhyming picture book. Thumbs up for this book from son2.

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Gangster School by Kate Wiseman – book review and giveaway

I have received a free copy of the book Gangster School by Kate Wiseman for son1 to review.

Gangster School by Kate Wiseman

Here is the book blurb.

Milly and her new friend Charlie have just started at Blaggard’s.
But what’s it like to be in a school that teaches lying, kidnapping and stealing instead of Maths and English? Their parents and teachers are master criminals and want them to follow in their footsteps…but are Milly and Charlie just too…dependable? In this funny and exciting adventure, smart Milly and super-hacker Charlie face some of the worst villains around, including the cold-hearted Pecunia Badpenny and her sidekick: Wolf the evil electronic dog.
Can Milly and Charlie beat Badpenny and her demonic plans?
And are they criminal enough to keep their place in a school they’ve come to love?

This is what son1 had to say about the book

Want to be a master criminal (hopefully not though) then Blaggards is the place to go. Or Crumbleys though best not go there it is nasty. This book shows how criminals learnt to be so criminal. Read the book it is very interesting BUT DONT BECOME A CRIMINAL I SAID NO NO NO NOOOOOOOOOOOO! (PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE DON’T  BE A CRIMINAL) 👿👿👿

Book review - Gangster School by Kate Wiseman

Son1 usually takes a very long time to read a book, but he read this in a matter of days, so I knew it had to be good. I then read it too and I can certainly say it is one of the best children’s books I have come across. The story is set in Blaggards, a boarding school for children of criminals, where the uniform is a mask and stripy top. The teachers are master criminals, lessons are in subjects like fabrication and thievery and the houses are named after famous criminals. If you are thinking Hogwarts and Harry Potter, then yes I agree. I’m sure J K Rowling must have been a huge inspiration behind this book. Millie and Charlie have just joined the school in year 7 but are they too well-behaved to avoid being expelled from the school? Read to find out.

Gangster School is available on Amazon, currently priced at £6.65 in paperback. A fantastic children’s book. If you’re a Harry Potter fan, then you’ll enjoy this too. Thumbs up for this book from son1 who is now eagerly waiting to read book 2 in the series.

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As Good as Gold by Patricia Furstenberg

I have received a free copy of the children’s poetry book As Good As Gold: A dog’s life in poems by Patricia Furstenberg for son2 to review.

As Good As Gold by Patricia Furstenberg

Here is the book blurb.

As engaging as a tail wag
Celebrating the simple things in life as seen through the eyes of our old time favourite furry friends, “As Good as Gold” is a volume of poetry revealing the talent and humour we always knew our dogs possessed.
Dogs are full of questions, yet they are famed sellers of innocence especially when it comes to explaining their mishaps and often foolish effervescence through ponderings such as “Why IS a Cat Not Like a Dog”, “As Brown as Chocolate”, “Silver Stars and Puppy Tail” or, best yet, “Dog or Book?”
A book with an enormous heart for readers of all ages, it includes 35 poems and haiku accompanied by expressive portraits of our canine friends.

As Good as Gold by Patricia Furstenberg

My favourite poem is “As Pink as a Puppy’s Tongue” because it has a pug in it and pugs are my favourite dog. This is a very good book.

The two sentences above are what son2 has written for his review.

I also read this book and loved how the 35 poems are arranged in categories. So it starts with a section where the poems are all questions from the dogs. The second section features poems, each based on a particular colour. Then we have musings. And finally Haiku, which are 3 line poems. I remember being taught Haiku at school, but certainly never succeeded in writing any as good as these. And all the poems are beautifully illustrated with dog photographs.

A delightful collection, that you can dip into time after time. Great for reading out loud to younger children or for older children to read themselves. And appealing to adults too, especially dog lovers.

Newly published today, As Good as Gold is available on Amazon, currently priced at 99p in kindle format. A lovely poetry book. Highly recommended by both son2 and me.

About the author

Patricia Furstenberg came to writing through reading. She always carries a notebook and a pen, although at times she jots down her ideas on the back of till slips or types them on her phone.

Patricia enjoys writing for children because she can take abstract, grown-up concepts and package them in humorous, child-friendly ideas while adding sensitivity and lots of love. What fuels her is an exhilarating need to write and… coffee: “How many cups have had this morning?” “None.” “Plus?” “Five cups.”

Between her books you can find the beloved Joyful Trouble, The Cheetah and the Dog, Puppy, 12 Months of Rhymes and Smiles.

She is a Huffington Post contributor and pens the Sunday Column for MyPuppyclub.net as well as dabbing in freelancing. After completing her Medical Degree in Romania she moved to South Africa where she now lives with her husband, children and their dogs.

Author Website
Pat’s books on Amazon UK
Pat on Goodreads, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Pinterest.


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Let’s Learn Spanish & Let’s Learn French by Judy Martialay

I have received free e-copies of the books ¡Hola! Let’s Learn Spanish and Bonjour! Let’s Learn French by Judy Martialay for the boys to review. You may find out more about the author on her website.

Bonjour Let's Learn French by Judy MartialayHola Let's Learn Spanish by Judy Martialay

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is the French book blurb.

Bonjour! Let’s Learn French gives children roughly 6-10 an early and fun introduction to French. Kids board Pete the Pilot’s magic airplane en route to France. On board, they learn their first French words and phrases. In France, they meet Louis, l’escargot and his friends, and follow their adventure while learning French and absorbing the culture. The French words and expressions are introduced gradually during the story, which is told in English. Back home, kids can use and expand their French with family and friends with fun activities. These include a treasure hunt, daily expression, and a skit. The Culture corner explains some of the cultural differences that children encounter during their stay in France. This section includes a traditional French song. In the crafts section, children learn about impressionist art and how to make an impressionist-style painting., as they are encouraged to use their French. Easy to use, whether or not parents know French. The Audio is free and downloadable at website mentioned in the book. It is my wish that all children have the opportunity to begin learning a language early. Although anyone can start to learn another language at any age, children will have more time to become proficient, and they have the ability to acquire native-like pronunciation. In the U.S., there are relatively few programs that introduce a language in elementary school. Parents wishing to give their children the many benefits of knowing another language can “homeschool” French for their kids. Bonjour! Let’s Learn French is a great way to start. Parents can learn or review the language themselves. I hope that parents will also ask their local elementary school to implement programs of Foreign Language in Elementary School (FLES).

Bonjour! Let's Learn French by Judy Martialay

And the Spanish book blurb.

¡HOLA! gives children 6-10 an early and fun start in learning Spanish. Parents can use it with their children, whether or not they know Spanish. Go to website http://www.polyglotkidz.com and download the audio. Follow the book along with the audio to learn the pronunciation. Kids take an imaginary trip to Mexico where they meet Panchito the Mexican Jumping Bean. They follow his adventures while being drawn into the culture and learning Spanish. Activities follow to practice Spanish. They include a treasure hunt and a skit. Culture Corner give more ideas for practicing Spanish while learning more about Mexico, including the song for breaking a piñata. Children can follow directions for making a traditional Mexican Mask. Parents should go to Parents’ page on website for more advice on how to use the book.

¡Hola! Let's Learn Spanish by Judy Martialay

These books are a little bit different, in that they are sold as the books, but then you are encouraged to download the audio to go alongside. This is what I tried to do, but I ended up with technical issues, so I resorted to downloading the audio onto my laptop whilst the books were on the iPad. Once I had this work-around tested, I joined in with the boys to read the books. They are written with a mixture of English and either French or Spanish. The audio was very helpful, as we were able to take time to pause and repeat at any point. Also there are useful pages for both books aimed at parents on the website.

So son2 chose to review the Spanish book. This is his first full year of learning Spanish at school, although he did study it for one term only in both the preceding two years. In comparison, I don’t really know more than a few words of Spanish. He really enjoyed this book and is looking forward to being the best Spanish speaker on our holiday this summer. This is what he said about this book.
I liked it because it translated some words into Spanish and at the end it has lots of translations.

Meanwhile son1 chose to review the French book. This is a language he started learning in nursery at age 2, so he is now quite proficient. I quickly realised that he was not enjoying  listening to the English parts of the audio, so we turned off the audio and focussed just on the book. However he still wasn’t particularly engaged and this is what he had to say about the book.
I found this wasn’t really for me as it is too young because I know it all. I would suggest it is aimed at under age 10.

Both titles are available on Amazon, currently priced at around £4.33 in kindle format and also available in paperback. Highly recommended by son2, but son1 wasn’t so keen.

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The Fed-Up Cow by Peta Lemon

I have received a free e-copy of the book The Fed-Up Cow by Peta Lemon for son2 to review.

The Fed-Up Cow by Peta Lemon

Here is the book blurb.

Hilda is FED-UP with being a cow. Spending all day doing not much but moo. There has to be something more she can do. So she decides to be a sheep… … then a pig … and even a chicken. Is the grass any greener on the other side? Join Hilda, the fed-up cow, on her voyage of self-discovery in this daft but timeless story, written in rhyme.

This is what son2 had to say about the book.

I liked it best when she turned into a pig because I love pigs. It was a good book.

The Fed-Up Cow by Peta Lemon

This delightful picture book has been written by Peta Lemon and beautifully illustrated by Maria Dasic Todoric. You may see some of the illustrations on the author’s website. We follow the antics of Hilda the cow, as she tries to become various other farm animals before realising she can be happy as she is. Targeted at children aged 3-5 years.

The Fed-Up Cow is available on Amazon, currently priced at £5.99 in paperback. A lovely rhyming picture book with a message to convey. Thumbs up for this book from son2.

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I of the Hurricane by Kali

I have received a free e-copy of the book I of the Hurricane: Eating Up a Storm
by Kali for son2 to review. You may find out more about the author on her website.

I of the Hurricane by Kali

Here is the book blurb.

Instant love takes place between a young pet store employee and a small white puppy. She takes her pup home to meet the household which includes another dog, Prince, and two white cats – Thunder and Lightning. Aptly called Hurricane, the pup lives up to her name by sweeping up the household with her love of food and wisecracking outlook.

“I run and spin and swim and dry.
Mother calls me a bundle of joy. Oh my!”

I of the Hurricane by Kali

This is what son2 had to say about the book.

This book was good. I liked it best when Hurricane is showing off her tricks to Mother’s friends for better treats.

This chapter book is about a white puppy called Hurricane and is written from Hurricane’s viewpoint. This is the first time that I have come across a book narrated by a dog, but it definitely works, as you see her character build. And I would suggest that it is targeted at children age 7-10.

Mother buys the puppy and takes her home where she meets the other members of the household, Prince a Sheltie dog and the cats Thunder and Lightning. We hear how she got the name Hurricane. But the story mainly focusses on Hurricane’s love of food.

I of the Hurricane is available on Amazon, currently priced at £5.99 in paperback and is also available in kindle format. Highly recommended by son2.

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The Dog Ate My Homework by Aaron James

I have received a free copy of the book The Dog Ate My Homework and other poems for children by Aaron James for son2 to review.

The Dog Ate My Homework by Aaron James

Here is the book blurb.

The Dog Ate My Homework by Aaron James is a collection of short poems that will capture your imagination. Filled with fun stories that make you think, laugh and tell your friends. Do you remember your first day at school? Or when you tried to convince your teacher you actually done your homework? Or the excitement you felt when you bought your new pair of trainers? In The Dog Ate My Homework you will get a chance to read all these stories and many more!

The Dog Ate My Homework by Aaron James

My favourite poem is The Dog Ate My Homework because it is funny that a dog actually ate his homework and that the teacher didn’t believe him. This is a good book.

The two sentences above are what son2 has written for his review.

And you may click on the image below to see a fullsize copy of my son’s favourite poem as it appears in the book.

The Dog Ate My Homework poem

I loved these poems too but I was expecting there to be a lot more than just five poems in the book. The blurb describes three of them plus “many more”. So only two more poems does feel a bit of a let down compared to expectation. And why are there 7 blank pages at the back of the book. Were these for more poems which didn’t materialise?

The Dog Ate My Homework is available on Amazon, currently priced at £5.99 in paperback and is also available in kindle format. Suitable for a wide age range. A lovely illustrated book to read out loud to your children or for them to read themselves. But a shame that there were only 10 pages.

About the author

Born and raised in Tottenham, North London and today living in Bromley, South London with his wife, Aaron James works as a poet and spoken word artist. The Dog Ate My Homework is his first children’s poetry book.


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Snobbity Snowman by Maria Bardyukova & Quiet Riley

I have received a free e-copy of the book Snobbity Snowman by Maria Bardyukova & Quiet Riley for son2 to review. You may find out more about the authors Maria and Quiet on their blogs.

Snobbity Snowman by Maria Bardyukova & Quiet Riley Jr

Here is the book blurb.

Snobbity Snowman has everything a snowman could possibly want: a shiny hat, freshly-picked noses and enough pride to last a lifetime. In fact, he is so egocentric that he can’t even see when his life starts falling apart.

What disasters must take place to open his charcoal eyes? To help him see that pride and possessions cannot bring true happiness? Will he defrost his chilly ego and embrace the warmth of friendship? Only Snobbity can tell. 

Depicting winter in rich and whimsical tones, Snobbity Snowman’s quirky characters and unexpected twists promise to leave a lasting impression on all its snobbulous readers.

A lovely seasonal picture book for this time of year with a message to impart. This book is suitable either as an early reader or to read out loud to very young children, although some of the words like “monocle” may need some explaining by the parent. The illustrations are bright and vibrant. And it has some fun puzzles at the back of the book, although son2 was disappointed that when he pressed the “click here” on each puzzle, that he was redirected to a page that could not be found on Maria’s blog.

I feel it is important that the latter issue is addressed, as children will naturally feel let down when any interactive features don’t work as expected. Hopefully this has already been spotted and resolved.

Snobbity Snowman is available on Amazon, currently priced at £4.61 in kindle format. Amazon suggests an age range of 2-12, but I would say it better suits upto age 7.

Snobbity Snowman by Maria Bardyukova & Quiet Riley

My boys are in the 8-12 age group. They both read and enjoyed the book but it was clearly too young for them.

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The Many Journeys to Different Worlds by Adam Monk-Daschke

I have received a free copy of the book The Many Journeys to Different Worlds by Adam Monk-Daschke for son2 to review.

The Many Journeys to Different Worlds by Adam Monk-Daschke

Here is the book blurb.

When a group of magical crystals break free they weren’t to know that they would be flung to far away unknown lands and wake up in unimaginable places — this happened to one such crystal, let’s call them Purple. On waking, Purple embarks on an adventurous journey and meets strange and wonderful creatures and friends —from a family of tall and entangled Roots to the terrifying but friendly Bones and the clumsy and confused new arrival who they call Egg-Kid— all of whom he hopes to protect from the one knowns only as the Evil Waker. 
 
Complimented by unique and psychedelic illustrations The Many Journeys to Different Worlds is an original new addition to children’s fiction. 

The Many Journeys to Different Worlds by Adam Monk-Daschke

I liked this book. My favourite character was egg kid.
Though when I looked at the book on amazon it had a baby panda and this book didn’t.

This is what son2 has written for his review. Let me explain the reference to the baby panda. I believe this is a character in another book in The Unknown Crystals series. However we can no longer find that particular book on Amazon.

I read the book too and I have to say it seems very unique in concept with quite wacky illustrations. The subject matter seemed aimed at older children, with references to Evil Wakers and the pictures of the character Bones, a skeleton. However the amount of text was more at the level of an early reader. Also it appeared to end mid-story, so I assume it will carry on in the next book in the series. Overall, I wasn’t quite sure what to make of this storyline, even after re-reading several times. Maybe I am just too old to appreciate it fully, as son2 was quite taken with it.

The Many Journeys to Different Worlds is available on Amazon, currently priced at £8.99 in paperback. Also in kindle format. An unusual book.

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