Wednesday, 21 February 2018

The River Book Review

Over the years I have seen plenty of picture books based around animals, what they are, where they come from etc. However I don't recall any stories specifically based on fish, to be more specific, fish migration. Patricia Hegarty seems to have spotted this gap in the market and along with illustrator Hanako Clulow, they have created a tale all about one fish on what can only be described as an epic journey as she travels down the river.

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In snow-capped mountains, among the firs, the north wind blows; something stirs. Through icy water, a small fish darts - This is where her journey starts...

The River is actually quite a simple book but I think that is what makes it so effective. It begins in those snowy mountains and we see through a peep hole a small fish lurking in the water. What caught my attention immediately was the pictures themselves. The colours aren't too bright and there isn't too much going on, this gives the reader a chance to enjoy what's on the page. We get an idea as to what animals live in colder conditions and this opens up the discussion as to what other animals you might find in the snow.

Monday, 19 February 2018

Read With Me 2018 #7

Hello and welcome to this weeks Read With Me, I hope you are all well! With half term last week I only managed to finish one book.

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I keep forgetting that I've set myself a target for one book a week so I shouldn't be disappointed at one book but I'm so used to reading more that it is hard to break the habit.

Sunday, 18 February 2018

My Sunday Photo 2018 #7

I shared a bunch of flowers with you a couple of weeks ago and here they are now that the rest of them have bloomed. One of my favourite colours at the moment. I've decided that I'm going to try and buy a new bunch of flowers every fortnight or so as they have a clever way of brightening my mood.

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Friday, 16 February 2018

Half Term, Cinema Trips and Family Time #LittleLoves

I have been on count down for this week for what seems like forever, well you know since the kids went back to school after Christmas. Tell me I am not the only one who does that? I'm a parent that seriously misses their kids when they go back to education after the holidays, I crave the family time, even if it is just sitting indoors watching films together. There never seems to be enough hours in the day to just enjoy each others company.

So this half term started off fairly lazy, a lot of Netflix and a fair amount of junk food. Did anyone else make a point of grabbing themselves a Big Mac. As soon as I saw them advertised I was instantly craving one. On Saturday we were like a family of Big Macs with the adults eating the Grand Macs, the two eldest eating normal Big Macs and the little ones chomping on their Junior Macs and let me tell you, they were well worth the calories consumed!

As good as those Big Macs were, they didn't make it on to my list for this weeks Little Loves so read on to see just what could beat those burgers....

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I'll admit my reading slowed down this week, I was having too much fun with the kids. A novel I didn't mention last week was Turtles All the Way Down by John Green. An author that I really rate, this story was just as good as his previous books. It's sort of a mix of genre as in one hand it is a coming of age story and on the other hand it covers another subject, one that I'll let you read for yourself as it would take away from the impact if I shared it now.

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Wednesday, 14 February 2018

The Red Dread Book Review

My youngest two are still very much into picture books, they have their favourites that they'll tend to read over and over again but then every so often a book comes along that really grabs their attention and this is precisely what Tom Morgan Jones' debut picture books, The Read Dread has managed to do.

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Thump thump... Thump thump... Thump thump... The Read Dread is on the loose! Is anyone safe?

This is a book that is literally full of surprises. When you look at the front cover and ask the children what they think it could be about, they're replies are perhaps monsters, something spooky, it could be a little bit of a scary tale. The question we should all be asking is, "what is the red dread and just what does it want?".