Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Bob's Blue Period by Marion Deuchars (Laurence King Publishing)

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"Mood" books are very much a thing at the moment, as children are increasingly aware of (and often concerned about) emotional states from a very early age...
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"Selfie Sebastian" by Sarah Glenn Marsh and Florence Weiser (Sterling)

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I was intrigued to see how this one would be received by C, who really doesn't like the idea of selfies at all...
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Monday, May 21, 2018

Tom Fletcher teams up with WH Smith for the fantastic return of their Book Club. Red specs at the ready!

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Once again, ace wordsmith, pop fellah and dad Tom Fletcher has teamed up with WH Smith for another bumper selection of superb middle grade book recommendations, including some of our faves of the last few months.

Here's a sneaky look at the ten titles - which you can order from the WH Smith book club site separately or as a delicious bumper book bundle that will keep someone like C busy for...ooh a good couple of weeks at least.


Blog favourites such as "Dave Pigeon" by Swapna Haddow and Sheena Dempsey make the list, as well as the utterly brilliant "The Nothing to See Here Hotel" from Steven Butler and Steven Lenton - a former Chapter Book of the Week on ReadItDaddy no less!

Tom's got some competition! 

There's also "Iguana Boy Saves the World with a Triple Cheese Pizza" by James Bishop and Rikin Parekh (yep, another Chapter Book of the Week winner - that there Mr Fletcher obviously has VERY good taste indeed!) and "Zach King: My Magical Life" by none other than Zach King himself.

We'll be delving into the rest of the books and catching up with reviews of the titles we haven't seen before. In the meantime pop along to the WH Smith Book Tom Fletcher Book Club site for more info.

https://www.whsmith.co.uk/dept/tom-fletcher-book-club
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Pluto is Peeved by Jaqueline Jules and Dave Roman (Seagrass Press)

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Nothing to do with cartoon dogs, this one - but how would you feel if you found yourself suddenly downgraded in the intergalactic importance stakes...?
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Plantopedia: Welcome to the Greatest Show on Earth by Adrienne Barman (Wide Eyed Editions)

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We do love superb quality non-fiction titles, and we're pleased to see an accompaniment to Wide Eyed's fabulous "Creaturepedia"...
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Friday, May 18, 2018

ReadItDaddy's Second Picture Book of the Week - Week Ending 18th May 2018 - "How The Borks Became" by Jonathan Emmett and Elys Dolan (Otter-Barry Books)

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Oooh now this is definitely something fresh, exciting and original. A book about evolution for tinies? Picture Book of the Week fare for sure...!
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ReadItDaddy's First Picture Book of the Week - Week Ending 18th May 2018 - "Little Mole's a Whirlwind" by Anna Llenas (Templar Publishing) @templarbooks

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Our first Picture Book of the Week perfectly addresses something that we scarcely see dealt with so well in children's books...
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Thursday, May 17, 2018

Three temptingly tasty treats for tiddlers who love their books from Phaidon Publishing.

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We've got three tempting treats for tiny tiddlers on the blog today, courtesy of Phaidon who kindly sent three awesome little books to us for review.

The first is "Rhyme Flies" by Antonia Pesenti, a fun book that allows little ones to play around with language and come up with some cracking rhymes all of their own.

This deceptively simple idea for a book offers up one surprising rhyme per spread revealed behind a dramatic gatefold flap. 

Little readers will delight in wagering guesses – rhyming, of course – before casting their eyes on the satisfying visual conclusion of the riddle. 

The list is subtly arched as a chronological day, from fresh orange GOOSE in the morning to TWEET dreams at night. Anything is possible in this beautifully packaged book of toddler comedy, which builds pre-literacy, vocabulary, and auditory skills, and encourages natural extensions outside of the book.

"Rhyme Flies" by Antonia Pesenti is out now, published by Phaidon. 

Next up is "Circle Rolls" by Barbara Kanninen and Serge Bloch. 

Again, here's loads of fun for tinies as they learn shapes and colours, and follow a simple story of how shapes interact with their environment. 

We know circle rolls but what does Rectangle do? Square? Diamond? Triangle?

When Circle rolls into one of Triangle's points and pops, chaos momentarily ensues until Octagon's "Stop!" brings everyone to their senses. 

An effortlessly rhyming text introduces us to a collection of shapes and subtly weaves their physical characteristics into traits that both lead to and solve a would-be catastrophe. 

Master illustrator Serge Bloch's shapes are accompanied by a chorus of miniature people who play along, creating the perfect complement to Barbara Kanninen's economy of words. 

All colours and shapes, all sizes and guises!
It's awesome fun for littlies!

"Circle Rolls" by Barbara Kanninen and Serge Bloch is out now, published by Phaidon. 

Next it's time for some maritime fun in "Boats are Busy" by Sara Gillingham. 

Take to the water in a selection of adorable little craft. 

From sailboats to ferry boats, tankers to clippers, young readers will learn to identify and define a range of floating craft. 

Each of 15 boats and ships are presented by name, illustration, and simple description, written as engaging, read-aloud text. 

n addition, each is adorned with a different nautical flag whose message is decoded as secondary text for the extra curious. 

Printed in four stunning Pantone colors, this refreshingly stylish and informative introduction to boats will pop off the shelf in the "things that go" section!

"Boats are Busy" by Sara Gillingham is out on 25th May 2018, published by Phaidon. 

(All books kindly supplied for review). 
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"The Little Pioneer" by Adam Hancher (Frances Lincoln Children's Books)

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This is something really special, a children's picture book about the toughest challenges faced by folk aiming to settle the land along the Oregon Trail...
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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Olobob Top: Let's visit the Olobobs by Leigh Hodgkinson and Steve Smith (Bloomsbury Publishing)

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A colourful new Cbeebies show and now a fantastic range of books for teeny tinies, let's meet the Olobobs!
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