Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Posted by ReadItDaddy at 10:00 AM Labels: Chronicle Children's Books, Emily's Balloon, Komako Sakai, Paperback, Picture Book
Posted by ReadItDaddy at 9:30 AM Labels: Book Island, Children's Picture Book, Hardback, Marianne Dubuc, The Lion and the Bird
Tuesday, September 29, 2015
Alice in Wonderland adapted from Lewis Caroll's original by Susie Linn and Alexandra Ball (Top That Publishing)
Posted by ReadItDaddy at 10:00 AM Labels: 150th Anniversary, Alexandra Ball, Alice in Wonderland, Children's Picture Book, Lewis Carroll, Paperback, Susie Linn, Top That Publishing
ReadItDaddy's Chapter Book and Early Readers Roundup - September 2015 with anti-gravity, awesome ravens and ghastly ghosts!
Posted by ReadItDaddy at 10:00 AM Labels: Arabel and Mortimer, Chapter Book Roundup 2015, Frances Lincoln Children's Books, Joan Aiken, Quentin Blake, Raintree Publishing, Tina L. Peterson, Xavier Bonet
|"Oscar and the Amazing Gravity Repellent" by Tina L. Peterson (with illustrations by Xavier Bonet) (Raintree Publishing)|
In this month's chapter book roundup we kick off with an awesome story from Tina L. Peterson (with illustrations by Xavier Bonet). "Oscar and the Amazing Gravity Repellent" tells the tale of a young boy who is fed up with being clumsy and even more fed up with being pushed around. Along with his friend Asha, Oscar finds an old abandoned railway wagon, the home of the mysterious Dr Oopsie, a showman and inventor who has left behind a powerful gift, an amazing gravity repellent that can send even the heaviest objects shooting up into the sky.
As bullies close in on Asha and Oscar in their hiding place, the temptation to use their newly found potion is almost too much to bear. Can Oscar do the right thing (and will chatterbox Asha help him make the right decision too?)
This is a fantastic middle grade story with a hugely positive message. "Oscar and the Gravity Repellent" is imaginative and inventive, and we look forward to seeing more from Oscar and Asha! The book is out now from Raintree Publishing (UK) and Capstone Publishing (US).
Would you like some more? NEVERMORE!!!
|"Mortimer and the Sword Excalibur" by Joan Aiken & Quentin Blake (Frances Lincoln Children's Books)|
Arabel and Mortimer are back in the 5th fantastic book in Joan Aiken's timeless series. This time, Arabel and Mortimer are drawn into an Arthurian mystery as the local park is being excavated, and the last resting place of King Arthur's Round Table seems to have been found. Mortimer is up to his usual mischievous tricks though and seems more interested in the inner workings of the park lawn mower than some rusty old relics in a dirty old hole. But wait, something glints and catches the raven's eye...
Utterly brilliant, and so happy to see these back in print thanks to Frances Lincoln Publishing. "Mortimer and the Sword Excalibur" was released on 6th August 2015 so you can nip out and grab a copy now.
Next in our round up? Spooky goings on in a fabulous ghoulish anthology...
|"The Ghosts Who Danced" by Saviour Pirotta and Paul Hess (Frances Lincoln Children's Books)|
Saviour Pirotta and Paul Hess have collected together well known and well loved ghost stories from around the globe of haunted ships, ghostly houses and spooky spectres. Each story is short enough to polish off one or two before bed-time (assuming of course that your little ones don't mind spooky stuff before bed!)
The stories are fantastic and diverse, and the illustrations are utterly wonderful.
"The Ghosts who Danced" is available now from Frances Lincoln Publishing.
Here's Charlotte reading an excerpt from "Ghost Ship" in her first VLOG :)
A final book for this month's roundup...can you bear to let it go?
|"The Snow Queen" by Hans Christian Andersen and Lucie Arnoux (Pushkin Children's Books)|
"The Snow Queen" by Hans Christian Andersen and Lucie Arnoux is out on 1st October 2015. Let it melt your icy heart!
And that's all we've got time for this month. Join us next month for a pre-halloween chapter book blowout hopefully with even more spooky stuff!
Monday, September 28, 2015
Posted by ReadItDaddy at 10:00 AM Labels: Carolyn Conahan, Children's Picture Book, Hardback, Kim Norman, Sterling Publishing, This Old Van
Posted by ReadItDaddy at 9:30 AM Labels: Disney, Egmont, Star Wars Starfighter Workshop, Tie Fighter, X-Wing
Friday, September 25, 2015
ReadItDaddy's Second Book of the Week - Week Ending 25th September 2015 - "Imelda and the Goblin King" by Briony May Smith (Flying Eye Books)
Posted by ReadItDaddy at 10:00 AM Labels: Book of the Week 2015, Briony May Smith, Children's Picture Book, Flying Eye Books, Hardback, Imelda and the Goblin King
ReadItDaddy's First Book of the Week - Week Ending 25th September 2015 - "Hans Christian Andersen's The Red Shoes (and other tales)" by Hans Christian Andersen and Metaphrog (Papercutz Publishing)
Thursday, September 24, 2015
Posted by ReadItDaddy at 10:30 AM Labels: Bloomsbury Children's Books, Children's Book, Dragons, John Kelly, Knights, Paperback, Sir Scaly Pants The Dragon Knight
Posted by ReadItDaddy at 10:00 AM Labels: Daniel Postgate, Ladybird Books, Oliver Postgate, Peter Firmin, The Brilliant Surprise, The Clangers, TV Tie in
Check out a fantastic pocket-sized paperback range of quirky history titles from Chris Mitchell and John Blake Publishing
Posted by ReadItDaddy at 10:00 AM Labels: Astronauts, Chris Mitchell, Dinosaurs, Dr Dinos Learnatorium, Greeks, John Blake Publishing, Space
Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Food chain McDonalds is teaming up with the Roald Dahl foundation for a truly scrumptiddlyumptious story treat as part of Happy Meal deals this month.
Kids will find a fantastic little mini library being given away with happy meals, offering a tempting taster of Roald Dahl's immense storytelling talent with a selection of brilliant mini books and stories.
You can find out more about the offer over at the McDonalds Happy Meal Page, including awesome news about the Roald Dahl-themed additions to the Happy Studio App:
Having browsed through the selection of mini books ourselves, we're very excited to see this initiative - absolutely perfect for kids who've yet to discover the extraordinary world of Roald Dahl. Each book covers a specific theme (from awesome animals to crazy characters) so there's plenty to read and discover even for reluctant readers.
In addition there are vouchers on the Happy Meal box that can be taken into participating branches of WH Smith to claim one of a pair of awesome Dahl-themed books for £1 (usual RRP £4.99) while the promotion takes place.
Last but by no means least, there are 300 events set to tie in with the promotion. Find the nearest one to you here: http://www.mcdonalds.co.uk/ukhome/Family/family-events.html
Whether you're a fan of Matilda, go goo-goo over Charlie and the Chocolate Factory or are crazy about The Twits, there's something for everyone so join in today! The promotion runs for 6 weeks starting from 23rd September 2015.
Posted by ReadItDaddy at 10:00 AM Labels: Children's Picture Book, Joshua George, Paperback, Puy Pinillos, Tiny Whale - A Fishy Tale, Top That Publishing
Posted by ReadItDaddy at 9:30 AM Labels: Drew Daywalt, Hardback, HarperCollins Children's Books, Oliver Jeffers, Picture Book, The Day the Crayons Came Home
Tuesday, September 22, 2015
The Tiger Prowls - A Pop-up Book of Wild Animals by Maggie Bateson and Sebastien Braun (Simon and Schuster Children's Books)
Posted by ReadItDaddy at 10:00 AM Labels: Hardback, Maggie Bateson, Pop up book, Sebastien Braun, Simon and Schuster Children's Books, The Tiger Prowls - A Pop Up Book of Wild Animals
Posted by ReadItDaddy at 9:30 AM Labels: Flying Eye Books, Hardback, history, Ice Age, Joe Lillington, Toby and the Ice Giants
Monday, September 21, 2015
The Green Fingers of Monsieur Monet by Giancarlo Ascai and Pia Valentinis (Royal Academy of Arts Publishing)
Posted by ReadItDaddy at 10:00 AM Labels: Arts and Artists, Giancarlo Ascari, Hardback, Pia Valentinis, Royal Academy of Arts Publishing, The Green Fingers of Monsieur Monet
Posted by ReadItDaddy at 9:30 AM Labels: David Elliott, Hardback, Lori Nichols, Paperback, Picture Book, This Orq He Cave Boy, Troika Press
Friday, September 18, 2015
Check out a fantastic pair of titles for budding nature and outdoors lovers from National Trust Books
Posted by ReadItDaddy at 10:30 AM Labels: 50 Things to do before you're 11 ¾ the NightTime Activity Book, Alice Lickens, National Trust Books, Pond Explorer
ReadItDaddy's Second Book of the Week - Week Ending 18th September 2015 - "How to Catch a Mouse" by Philippa Leathers (Walker Books)
Posted by ReadItDaddy at 10:00 AM Labels: Book of the Week 2015, Hardback, How to Catch a Mouse, Philippa Leathers, Picture Book, Walker Books
ReadItDaddy's First Book of the Week - Week Ending 18th September 2015 - "Fashion Rebel Outfit Maker" by Louise Scott-Smith and Georgia Vaux (Thames and Hudson)
Posted by ReadItDaddy at 9:30 AM Labels: Activity Book, Book of the Week 2015, Fashion Design, Fashion Rebel Outfit Maker, Georgia Vaux, Hardback, Louise Scott-Smith, Thames and Hudson Publishing
Thursday, September 17, 2015
Posted by ReadItDaddy at 10:30 AM Labels: A ReadItDaddy Editorial, Books, critique, freelance writing, payment for blogging how preposterous
Most book bloggers reach a point in their blogging where they consider ways and means to make the blog start earning a crust. After all, it's been sitting around consuming your time for years so it's about time the lazy wretch earned its keep.
Of course, monetising your blog to the point where it's actually worthwhile isn't easy, and though we're often entertained by stories in the media about beauty bloggers nailing six figure sums to talk about lippie, or foodie bloggers somehow reaching the stratospheric heights of negotiating lucrative cookbook deals off the back of their sticky toffee pudding recipes, it's very rare to see a book blog that achieves similar success.
Though this isn't the focus of today's editorial. The focus is on you, as a blogger, being lucky enough to be asked to write content or produce articles for others - specifically publishers, organisations or other individuals who want to use your content on their own sites, promotional materials or perhaps even their own books.
The sticky tricky subject of blogger payment assumes that the majority of book bloggers already DO receive payment - in that they get to read, review and eventually keep the books that they're sent by publishers and PRs and - from our perspective - that's perfectly acceptable, in fact I think it's rather generous when you consider what books cost and how much you would be shelling out per year if you bought the books you received for review.
Any blogger charging for critique is (purely in my opinion) not only cheating their audience, but they're also cheating the person whose work they're reviewing. There are exceptions of course, there are folk who have spent a long time in the children's publishing industry who quite rightly charge for crits and consultancy - but these are folk who have the experience, the qualification and the background to be able to give a structured and professional opinion.
Most blogger who review books will (like us) stick to a rigid set of blogger ethics, reviewing books they want to review and giving a good solid and honest opinion of those books regardless of their net worth, and they'll also make a point of mentioning when a book was sent to them for review by a publisher or author. This definitely helps offer a level of transparency to your intended audience and is definitely worth considering.
But again we're getting bogged down in the critique side of things, I'm trying to get around to the subject at hand - the business of making a living from your writing when you're producing exclusive content that offers a (hopefully) informed and interesting article or opinion drawn from your own experiences when writing a book blog.
In the few cases where we've been asked to provide content like that, the subject of payment or remuneration is never broached. Obviously there's the inferred 'lure' of a magical boost in your blog's readership off the back of being featured somewhere that gets a few more hits than you do, but be honest, has that EVER worked out for you if you've been in a similar situation?
Freelance writers will usually have a ready-prepared tally of charges if they're already well established, so perhaps one approach is to see if you can contact a few and see what a reasonable rate is for an article with a specific word count. It's also important to consider the legality of making a living from your writing when it comes to the dreaded 'T' word. Thoroughly research the convoluted rules and regulations about how much you're allowed to earn before paying tax on what is effectively an income (in fact this is the very thing that puts me off bothering to badger for payment for writing or other stuff I do in my spare time, it hardly seems worth the hassle unless you're suddenly flooded with tons of freelance writing gigs that are lucrative and viable (and again, be honest, how many times does a blogger get a lucrative writing gig?)
It would be nice to not be considered the 'bottom of the barrel' when it comes to writing from time to time. I've seen a lot of rather harsh and unfair criticism levelled at bloggers by artists and authors who prefer professional critique (Read: Newspaper or Magazine articles) and entirely discount blogger reviews (or for that matter Amazon reviews but I can pretty much see why they're not big fans of the latter).
They're in the minority though, and quite often they may feel this way purely because they may assume that book bloggers are ten-a-penny and that anyone with an internet connection and a laptop can set up a blog, nip to the library, grab a stack of books and start ranting about them.
Perhaps then this is where the perception that blogger writing doesn't deserve payment ultimately comes from. I'm sure most of the lovely folk we've met through this blog (and the ones we haven't) all get that slightly weird sideways glance from other folk when they tell them that they write about children's books for fun.
But by and large we're passionate folk. I don't think I've met any book bloggers who are doing it 'purely for the freebies' and I've never met any who just copy and paste the same review over and over again, changing the names of the books or authors to suit. We do this in our spare time because we like doing it, we do this in our spare time because our kids love books and we do this in our spare time because once in a while someone says something nice about something you've written or an opinion you've offered and that feels damned good.
Sorry, this has gone on and on so will respect anyone who just comments TL;DR and skips to the end. To summarise, please don't ask a blogger to work for 'free' if you're asking them to provide unique content for your own publications, it does feel a bit like a slap in the chops and even the shortest article will still be eating up a bit of their most valuable resource - Time.
Posted by ReadItDaddy at 9:30 AM Labels: Chloe Inkpen, Hodder Children's Books, I Will Love You Anyway, Mick Inkpen
Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Posted by ReadItDaddy at 10:00 AM Labels: A Wolf's Tale, Eva Montanari, Hutton Grove Publising, Kuperard
Posted by ReadItDaddy at 9:30 AM Labels: Children's Picture Book, Eva Montanari, Hutton Grove Publishing, Paperback, Witches and Fairies
Tuesday, September 15, 2015
Posted by ReadItDaddy at 10:00 AM Labels: George Him, Hardback, Jan LeWitt, Reprint, The Football's Revolt, V & A Publishing
A fabulous book collection and upcoming kickstarter highlights Bulgarian children's book talent. Check out "The Fairy of Colours" range
Posted by ReadItDaddy at 9:30 AM Labels: A Blue Fairy Tale, A Green Fairy Tale, A White Fairy Tale, Bulgaria, English, Kickstarter, The Fairy of Colours, Verginia Genova, Veselka Velinova
"The Fairy of Colours" is the publisher behind the range, and author Verginia Genova with illustrator Veselka Velinova have published the first three titles in the range digitally, and are about to begin a kickstarter to publish the books in Bulgarian and English in glorious hardback formats too.
Each book is hand painted and as you can see from the images below, the illustrations are truly and absolutely stunning to behold - fused beautifully with Verginia's lyrical and poetic storytelling.
|"A Blue Fairy Tale" and a tempestuous storm!|
|"A Green Fairy Tale", at home with the grasshopper family.|
|Beautiful hand-painted artwork appears throughout each book.|
We're very impressed with the first three books, which look amazing. You can find out more about the books on the "Fairy of Colours" website and now you can also check out the Kickstarter for this exciting project too! https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/556900240/the-fairy-of-colors
Posted by ReadItDaddy at 9:30 AM Labels: Elena Odriozola, Hutton Grove Publishing, Paperback, Picture Book, Susan Chandler, Vegetable Glue
Monday, September 14, 2015
Check out a great new range of fantastic Sticker History book titles from Joshua George and Ed Myers at Top That!
Posted by ReadItDaddy at 10:19 AM Labels: Ancient Egyptians, Dinosaurs, Ed Myers, Ice Age, Josh George, Medieval, Romans, Sticker History, Top That Publishing, Vikings
Though we've covered four titles in our sneaky peek, there's quite a range including dinosaur and ice age-themed sticker books - you can check out the whole range over at Top That's Website: http://topthatpublishing.com/search?utype=consumer&q=sticker+history
So to the books themselves. Each book comprises a really neat and intuitive set of themed scenes on the various eras in history each book deals with.
Unlike most sticker books, younger children should find these very easy to use as there are handy 'footnotes' on characters and items in each scene helping those fussy little
Younger children might need a bit of a hand detaching some of the stickers (some of the larger and more complex shapes are fairly tricky to detach intact but we've found that in practically every sticker book we've ever reviewed so it's not a problem with the range itself).
Charlotte got busy with the Medieval Sticker Book first. Usually I leave her to get on with the important business of sticking and learning but it was great to see her toddling along to me with new discoveries she'd made - or funny bits she'd found in the book (ahem, bare bottoms doing big poos into castle moats are ALWAYS going to be well received by kids of a certain age!)
The books mix historical facts with a good sense of fun and
Charlotte steadily worked through each of the books in turn, saving her favourite till last - the Ancient Egyptians Sticker Book. Everything from the construction of the pyramids to mummification is covered (or rather uncovered!) with tons and tons of stickers to place in each colourful and vibrant scene.
It's an utterly fantastic range and one we hope that Top That will expand upon with further titles (Charlotte points out that they really need to do a "Victorian" one - A future idea perhaps?)
The Sticker History range was released back in April by Top That. Once again, check out their website to find out more about the entire range and Top That's other fantastic activity books for children of all ages.
Charlotte's favourite bit: Yes, that bit in Medieval History where people used to hang their bums out of windows to do a poo. Ew!
Daddy's favourite bit: Great books to use either at home or in schools, and perfectly priced for upcoming stocking filler ideas.
Pierre the Maze Detective - The Search for the Stolen Maze Stone by Hiro Kamigaki and IC4DESIGN (Laurence King Publishing)
Posted by ReadItDaddy at 10:00 AM Labels: Hiro Kamigaki, IC4DESIGN, Laurence King Publishing, Pierre the Maze Detective The Search for the Stolen Maze Stone
Posted by ReadItDaddy at 10:00 AM Labels: Anouck Boisrobert, Colour, early years, Geometry, Hardback, Louis Rigaud, Picture Book, Popup Book, Shapes, Thames and Hudson, That's my Hat
Friday, September 11, 2015
Posted by ReadItDaddy at 12:17 PM Labels: Egmont Publishing, Mr Men, Roger Hargreaves, Rugby World Cup 2015, the Rugby match
ReadItDaddy's 2nd Book of the Week - Week Ending 11th September 2015 - "Book O' Masks" by Donald Lemke & Bob Lentz (Curious Fox)
Posted by ReadItDaddy at 10:00 AM Labels: Board Book, Bob Lentz, Book of the Week 2015, Book-O-Masks, Curious Fox Books, Donald Lemke, Masks, Wearable Books
ReadItDaddy's First Book of the Week - Week Ending 11th September 2015 - "Historium" curated by Richard Wilkinson and Jo Nelson (Big Picture Press)
Posted by ReadItDaddy at 9:30 AM Labels: Artifacts, Big Picture Press, Book of the Week 2015, Culture, Historium, history, Jo Nelson, Non Fiction, Richard Wilkinson
Thursday, September 10, 2015
Posted by ReadItDaddy at 11:00 AM Labels: Book Range, Simon and Schuster, Thunderbirds are Go, Tracey Island, TV Series, TV Tie-In
Posted by ReadItDaddy at 10:30 AM Labels: A ReadItDaddy Editorial, back to school books, Back to School Week, reading for pleasure
I should emphasise two things though:
1) School is fantastic and we've never, ever had cause to complain about the way they teach literacy and improve reading skills
2) She reads a lot of books. A LOT of books - all the stuff we review here and a whole lot more besides, so should I even worry about school book work at all?
The crux of this editorial is something that cropped up on Twitter (usually Twitter is the inspiration for a lot of these ramblings but this was definitely an eye-catching tweet and a point well made by @joannechocolat).
This This This This This This THISSSSS! God, if only I could cram this up the nose of some of the mums at C’s school twitter.com/Joannechocolat…
Joanne Harris @Joannechocolat
It struck me that the real problem I have with the school bookwork has nothing to do with the material or the level it's aimed at, it's the inference that Charlotte's reading level is purely determined by books she HAS to read rather than books she wants to read.
We have a lot of mums at Charlotte's school who insist that their little darling(s) read at such a highly advanced level for their age that they could happily work through the works of Shakespeare in an evening, or could polish off War and Peace for giggles at the weekend. Proud parenting is fine but it's the veiled inference that one child is somehow 'better' than another purely because they're reading books with a bigger word count, or have moved on swiftly from children's books and are working their way through dusty old classics that you really wouldn't wish on anyone.
Competitive parents aside, and getting back to Joanne's tweet, you can spot the kids who have a genuine love of reading and actually LOVE the books they've brought to school off their own backs to read in the cloakroom or at break times. There's a certain shiny-eyed enthusiasm that is instantly identifiable in kids who actually consider reading in their free time to be a pleasure, not something foisted on them just to bump up their academic reputation amongst their peers and their teachers.
When we receive books for review, sometimes the reaction from Charlotte is utterly priceless and I truly wish I could somehow take a snapshot of that precise moment in time and somehow turn it into a meaningful sentence or two in our reviews (particularly when it comes to "Book of the Week" winners which I'm always worried we don't trumpet loudly enough about - If they've made Book of the Week they're pretty much as close to perfection as you're going to get in a children's book).
I'm always well aware that it could easily be a different story, that the book blog could've dwindled away to nothing purely because Charlotte had only a passing interest in books and reading, or considered reading to be the very opposite of 'leisure time'. If that had happened, I wouldn't be here now typing this and I'm so glad she saw the worth of reading for pleasure early on, because reading purely for bragging rights just seems utterly worthless to me.
Posted by ReadItDaddy at 9:30 AM Labels: Britta Teckentrup, Hardback, Little Tiger Press, Nature, Patricia Hegarty, Picture Book, Stripes Publishing, Tree seasons come seasons go
Wednesday, September 9, 2015
Posted by ReadItDaddy at 10:00 AM Labels: Blanca Gomez, Dear Bunny, Frances Lincoln Children's Books, Hardback, Katie Cotton, Picture Book
Tuesday, September 8, 2015
Posted by ReadItDaddy at 10:00 AM Labels: Cate James, Go Home Little One, Hardback, Picture Book, Words and Pictures