Friday, June 24, 2016

ReadItDaddy's Book of the Week - Week Ending 24th June 2016 - "Under Earth, Under Water" by Aleksandra Mizielinski and Daniel Mizielinski (Templar Publishing)

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The fabulous duo behind the award-winning and truly glorious "Maps" books have once again come up trumps. Our book of the week this week is "Under Earth, Under Water" by Aleksandra Mizielinski and Daniel Mizielinski.
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Thursday, June 23, 2016

50 Things You Should Know About Space by Raman Prinja (QED Books)

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QED's "50 Things" books are a staple part of our non-fiction book collection...
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A fantastic exhibition and a dazzling show coming to Seven Stories and the Live Theatre in Newcastle

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Newcastle book-lovers are in for a double treat in July as Seven Stories, the National Centre for Children's Books is curating a new exhibition celebrating the work of Michael Morpurgo starting on Friday, 1st July 2016.

The author of War Horse, Private Peaceful, Kensuke's Kingdom and a host of brilliant children's books will have his maniscripts and notebooks on display at the centre as well as photographs and correspondence spanning Michael's writing career.

Coupled with an atmospheric soundscape to set the tone, and lots of child-friendly exhibits and interactive elements including propper and dress-up opportunities, the exhibition will run until June 2017 so there's plenty of time to dash up to Seven Stories and catch it. More information on the exhibition and other great events at Seven Stories can be found on their website:

Staying in Newcastle, David Almond's child-friendly play "The Savage" begins its run at the Live Theatre, Newcastle on the 30th June running until the 23rd July.

This exciting and absorbing play, suitable for children 9+, is full of dazzling visuals, amazing music and brilliant choreography.

You can find out more on the Live Theatre Website (including ticket prices):

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Father's Day - Sport, Booze and Socks - a ReadItDaddy Editorial

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I do love my wife and daughter, and the fact that they put up with a geek child-man whose idea of paradise is a blank sketchbook and a scribbly pen or pencil, a couple of decent sci-fi flicks and perhaps a smorgasbord of Sushi.

Wherefore art though Geek Dad in the imagined gift lists that most supermarkets and retail outlets were advertising a week ago though?

The Waitrose Magazine - that paragon of idyllic lifestyle-and-grub guidance that seems to exist on an entirely parallel plane inhabited only by beautiful people with perfect lives - suggested that Dad isn't that difficult to buy for. All dads love sport, all dads are relentless alcoholics, all dads love barbecues and all dads cannot get enough socks (it even said so on the front of the very magazine I took issue with). So that's OK then.

My fathers day presents were the best. My wife pre-emptively warned me that she wanted to book an 'event' and normally the very sound of anything like that would have me screaming and running towards the nearest tree. But in this case I'm willing to put up with a sushi-making course with Charlotte in tow watching (and scoffing) the things I make.

Charlotte produced the goods. The things I crave the most. A hug, a kiss, a hand-drawn card with a worryingly accurate portrait of me dressed in a Cthulhu T Shirt, wearing a pair of shorts covered in sewn-on badges, and with that vague / slightly daft smile I often wear. Oh and a lollystick coaster (if you don't know what a lollystick coaster is, I genuinely pity you. Every man should have one).

I'm well aware that I'm un-marketable-to, being a vegetarian teetotal non-sport-loving geek but I did giggle at the sheer lack of imagination Waitrose showed with their gift suggestion list. So what did you other dads get?
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Mini Makers: Crafty Makes to Create with your Kids by Laura Minter and Tia Williams (Little Button Diaries / GMC Publishing)

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Once again, the fabulous Laura and Tia from the Little Button Diaries have come up trumps with another gorgeous little book full of awesome makes.
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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

A couple of corkers from Maverick Books, meet George and Queen Fluff!

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There are a couple of new corkers from Maverick Books ready to grace your bookshelves, both were released on 28th May so we're playing catch up and taking a look.

In "George and the New Craze" by Alice Hemming and Kimberley Scott, you can once again join in with George the Giraffe and his animal pals. This time George is wondering what all the fuss is about when all his friends seem to be completely obsessed with a new card game and at first George feels left out. But as soon as he joins in, he realises that playing with friends - even if you don't always win - can be a huge amount of fun!

A great little tale, nicely observed and full of glorious animal characters. "George and the New Craze" is out now.

There's also a rather prissy and posh madam to contend with in "Not Enough for Queen Fluff" by Rachel Lyon and Catalina Echeverri. Queen Fluff, a rather pompous bunny, has everything she could possibly wish for. The finest clothes, the most amazing palace, and of course the tenderest morsels of food that the world's best chefs can prepare. But Queen Fluff realises she is lonely and decides that she'll go and stay with some of the bunnies in her realm, but only if they can measure up to her exacting standards.

The bunnies are poor though, and they can't possibly meet her ridiculous demands - and they're not sure they even want her to stay with them anyway, so they hatch a cunning bunny plan to put a spoke in Queen Fluff's wheel once and for all! Will she ever see the error of her ways?

A fabulous rhyming tale with a moral lesson for us all! Rather brilliant, and with superb illustrations it's going to win over your demanding kids as soon as they flip the front cover.

"Not Enough for Queen Fluff" is also out now, both published by Maverick Publishing.

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Petunia Paris's Parrot by Katie Haworth and Jo Williamson (Templar Publishing)

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What do you buy the girl who has everything? Let's delve in and meet Petunia Paris!
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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Charlotte and the Homeless Bumblebee by David Greaves and Danielle Callaghan (Friends of the Earth)

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Here's a "Name" book with a difference that is supporting Friends of the Earth and a really worthy cause...
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Kings of the Castle by Victoria Turnbull (Templar Publishing)

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Sometimes a book demands to be read several times, releasing its subtle message slowly, like the delicious smell of bread baking...
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Monday, June 20, 2016

A guest post from Gimme Books, a brand new subscription box for awesome picture book fun launching today!

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Gimme Books is a brand new subscription box, delivering quality children's picture books to your doorstep every month.

We're proud to announce the launch of our website is this week!

What is a Gimme Books box?

Good question. Every month there is a new theme to the box. You'll receive three books, two are picture books and the third is an activity book. These books are lovingly wrapped by us in colourful gift wrap and placed in our bright blue box, ready for delivery. You'll also receive a sheet containing information about the books we've picked and some useful tips on how to get the best experience from the books.

You can order a box at and select a plan which suits you best. You can go from month to month or save money by using a prepay plan.

For every three months you subscribe, we will donate a picture book to Book Aid International.

What is Book Aid International?

They are doing amazing work in getting new and used picture books to children in Africa. We think it's vital that children have access to books and wanted to be a part of it.

For every three months you subscribe, we will donate a brand new picture book to Book Aid International. We're hoping to have a massive pile to ship very soon!

Where did the idea for Gimme Books come from?

Having enjoyed a couple of subscription boxes in the past, we felt the excitement of not knowing what you'll get every month, would translate easily to picture books.

We've also been in the situation of staring at the large number of picture books available at a bookstore, and not knowing which one to pick for our child.

And then it clicked; we should do a picture book subscription box! It's an excellent way to gift the joy of reading!

We carefully curate our themed boxes so you're guaranteed quality picture books below the retail price. Our boxes are suitable for children new to picture books and for little bookworms. Rarely will we use classics or bestsellers: we wouldn't want you to get any duplicates!

Why are you doing this?

It's as simple as this: if you read to your child at an early age, they'll enjoy books for life!

Picture books are amazing. They're visually stunning and cover a wide range of subjects. They're a fantastic way to share precious quality time with your child and to get them to discuss topics at a very accessible level.

We want children to get excited about books, and what better way than with a surprise box every month!

The Gimme Books website launches today, Monday 20th June. Head over to § and use the code 'READITDADDY' to receive 10% off your first box!

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