Wednesday, 13 November 2019

Alice's Wonderland Tea Party November Book of the Month

I have always been a huge fan of Alice in Wonderland. It's a tale that has appealed to many generations of adults and children and with that has come many interesting adaptions. I was recently sent a fantastic version from Little Tiger Group, Alice's Wonderland Tea Party by Poppy Bishop. 

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Alice wants her tea party to be perfect. Not silly like the Mad Hatter's. No growing or shrinking, or - WAIT a MINUTE! Where has the Cheshire Cat gone? And why is everyone upside down?

This book is beautifully illustrated and begins in the most interactive of ways, with a fold-out invitation to the reader to a rather spectacular Wonderland tea party. Now who wouldn't want to attend this sort of party?

My seven year old had her imagination immediately captured. The pictures are quirky alongside flaps in different shapes and sizes to lift with hidden curiosities. You begin to wonder just what this tea party might entail. 

It is a visual delight!

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There is an abundance to see and read on each and every page, which means that every time you decide to read the book there is still something new to be discovered. A story that will never become boring or tiresome.

The speech bubbles used give the reader a chance to use various voices, to create what they think each character might sound like to them.

Alice's Wonderland Tea Party is a great introduction for younger readers to some well loved, classic characters. 

It's utterly chaotic (which is just how Wonderland should be.)

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My favourite part is a double page spread at the end where both pages can be opened up to reveal something rather special underneath.

A fresh and invigorating twist on a vintage tale with a great message to be found within its pages too. In my opinion this is a book that is ideal for both fans of Alice and to those who are yet to be introduced to her wonders.

Monday, 11 November 2019

Read With Me 2019 #45

Hello you lovely lot and welcome to another weeks Read With Me linky. Thank you to everybody who took the time to link up and comment on other posts last week.

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I've got piles of books literally building up at home right now. Between books that I've been sent and books that I have bought, I have simply run out of room.

Normally I share them between my kids school, charities and friends but for some reason I just haven't found the time to sort this of late.

What do you do with books when you've finished with them?

Thursday, 7 November 2019

Schleich Bayala Glittering Moon Unicorns & Pegasus Mare Toy Review

Ad - We were kindly sent these toys in exchange for an honest review.

Earlier in the year my girls and I had the pleasure of reviewing The Horse Club from Schleich but those guys over at Schleich are expanding their range even further and their latest releases include the Bayala Glittering Moon Unicorns and Pegasus Mare.

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Magical beings: new, glittering moon unicorns



These mythical creatures are set to enchant children. Coated in an abundance of glitter and rhinestones - these toys will instantly capture a child's imagination. I mean I say a child but I was quite taken by them too (I may have claimed the little one as my own.)

Wednesday, 6 November 2019

Be Your Best Self Book Review

Something that I have always struggled with is self-confidence, loving who I am and being comfortable in my own skin. 

I'm very conscious of this fact and it is something that I don't want my own children to have a problem with. At the moment I see them growing into beautiful, independent girls but I know that there could be times in their lives when they struggle with self doubt.

Be Your Best Self is a fantastic book that I was sent recently, aimed at kids aged eight and upwards, the title itself is automatically appealing.

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To be your best self means loving who you are, feeling confident in your own skin and achieving things that you want to do


This book comes from an exciting pair of authors. Danielle Brown who is a double paralympic gold medallist and five time world champion in archery (my children have a keen interest in archery as their dad does this in his spare time) and Nathan Kai who is the world's youngest published self-development author and member of MENSA!