Mar 292012

Foundling (Monster Blood Tattoo #1) by DM CornishSource: Local libraryLinks: Amazon, Goodreads, Author’s website Set in the world of the Half-Continent-a land of tri-corner hats and flintlock pistols-the Monster Blood Tattoo trilogy is a world of predatory monsters, chemical potions and surgically altered people. Foundling begins the journey of Rossamund, a boy with a girl’s name, who is just about to begin a dangerous life in the service of the Emperor. What starts as a simple journey is threatened by encounters with monsters-and people, who may be worse. Learning who to trust and who to fear is neither easy nor […]

Oct 112011
Bedtime Stories

My son is at the age where he loves bedtime stories. This has only started in the last six months or so, but we now have a pretty good ritual of reading two or three stories every night before bed. Here are a few of my favourites that we have read over the last little while. The Very Noisy Night by Diane Hendry, Illustrated by Jane ChapmanSource: Personal collectionLinks: Amazon, Goodreads A sweet story about a little mouse who is too fidgety to sleep. He hears all kinds of noises and needs constant reassurance that they are normal noises that […]

Jun 302011
Extreme Animals

Extreme Animals by Sarah CreeseRating: 4/5Source: Personal collectionLinks: Amazon, Book Depository, Goodreads This is a Ready to Read Level 1 book about animals. The cover is actually 3D, and easily captures a child’s attention. Each page as simple photos of animals with short, interesting facts. This book is a hit with my animal loving son. He loves to look at the pictures and point out the animals he knows. The facts are neat and the photos are of superb quality. This is definitely a good addition to a kid’s book shelf.

Jun 292011
Silly Ninky Nonk!

Silly Ninky Nonk! by Andrew DavenportRating: 3/5Source: Personal collectionLinks: Amazon, Book Depository, Goodreads True to the In the Night Garden television series, this is a simple story. The Pontipines want to go for a ride, but the Ninky Nonk won’t stop for them. If you’ve ever watched the show, you will hear the narrator and accompanying sounds in your head as you read this. It is very inline with the show, and as such, was a hit with my son. All it needed was the sounds, and he would have been jumping, pointing and yelling at the book. This is […]

Jun 272011
My Little Noisy Book of Ducklings

My Little Noisy Book of Ducklings by Roger PriddyRating: 3/5Source: Personal collectionLinks: Amazon, Book Depository, Goodreads This is a cute little board book with photos of ducklings and short descriptions of things they do. The big attraction is the green button accessible from any page. Push this and you are treated to quacking ducks. This would make a great gift for someone else’s kids. The button is irrestible for kids, but the quacking is loud. How long can you last until you hide the book? I lasted about 2 hours of solid quacking. Then I needed a break. It was […]

Apr 052011
Cows Going Past

Cows Going Past by Bruce BalanRating: 3/5Source: Local libraryLinks: Amazon, Goodreads, Author’s website The reader goes on a journey in the car past a whole lot of cows. They are unusual cows, and many are doing funny things like cutting the grass or playing baseball. Cows are an endless source of mooing in our house. Very page was accompanied by several moos. Very cute pictures, with a simple storyline. This makes a funny and quick read.

Apr 042011

ZooBorns by Andrew Bleiman and Chris EastlandRating: 5/5Source: Local libraryLinks: Amazon, Goodreads, Book’s website ZooBorns is a picture book featuring baby animals from zoos around the world. Each page has an adorable baby, along with a little blurb about. My son loves animals. As soon as I saw this book, I had to pick it up. He loves going through it. And of course, his favourite picture is the baby elephant on page 1. I will admit to loving the book too. Since my son just wants to look at the pictures, I sat down with it by myself and […]

Mar 232011
Leon the Chameleon

Leon the Chameleon by Melanie WattRating: 5/5Source: Local libraryLinks: Amazon, Goodreads, Author’s website This is an adorable children’s book about Leon the Chameleon who always changes the opposite colour of his surroundings. He feels like an outsider who doesn’t belong, but this ability helps him save the other little chameleons one day. After that, he becomes proud of his different colouring. My son loves the book. He immediately went through it and pointed out every single chameleon on every single page while saying “there he is”. Most of the chameleons blend in with only their shape distinguishing them from the […]

Feb 202011

Where is Maisy’s Panda? by Lucy Cousins is the latest Maisy book my son and I have read. Past reviews will show this series is a huge with my son, and this volume is no exception. In this volume, you are looking for Maisy’s stuff animal Panda. You are taken on a voyage through the house to look in all kinds of hiding places. Unfortunately, there are all kinds of other animals hiding out. And Panda is in the last place you’d think to look… or is she? Like the others in this series, the book is a great size […]

Feb 202011

Where is Maisy? by Lucy Cousins is the first Maisy book we have read. It will not be the last. My son really liked it. This is another lift-the-flap book, which are becoming huge hits in my house. Our favourite page is the alligator in the boat. Which apparently makes a “rawr” noise. According to my son, who will go right to that page and open the flap and rawr repeatedly. Very cute. Now to decide which Maisy book we should read next… Rating: 5/5Source: Local library