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Winnie’s Amazing Pumpkin

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Winnie's Amazing Pumpkin by Valerie Thomas, Illustrated by Korky Paul, book reviewMy six year old daughter is an enormous fan of the Winnie the Witch books by Valerie Thomas and Korky Paul – so much so that she virtually knows some of the earlier books off by heart. Therefore she was delighted to receive another Winnie book for her birthday. This time it was ‘Winnie’s Amazing Pumpkin‘ which is a fabulous fun tale!

In this book we discover that Winnie loves all sorts of vegetables but her absolute favourite has to be pumpkin. However it is extremely difficult flying off to the market each week and bringing back all the veg on her broomstick along with Wilbur her cat.

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The Happy Prince and Other Tales

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The Happy Prince and Other Tales  by Oscar Wilde, book reviewThe Happy Prince and Other Tales is a collection of children’s stories by Oscar Wilde and was published in 1888. The collection contains The Happy Prince, The Nightingale and the Rose, The Selfish Giant, The Devoted Friend and The Remarkable Rocket. The stories are laced with Wilde’s descriptive flourishes of flowers and nature and the first three in particular are wonderful and quite heartbreaking at times. There is often a very obvious religious subtext (with acts of kindness, generosity and sacrifice rewarded in fantastical ways) and some incredibly touching and sad moments but the stories, for the most part, manage to be uplifting too and Wilde’s major theme is always that we should think of others and not just ourselves.


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Zog

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Zog by Julia Donaldson, illustrated by Axel Scheffler, book reviewMy daughter has always loved Julia Donaldson books ever since she first discovered The Gruffalo at the age of about two. Since then, our collection of books has grown and grown, and we have grown to love many of Julia Donaldson’s creations, especially the ones that are so brilliantly illustrated by Axel Scheffler. One of our newest favourites is Zog, an enthusiastic young dragon who is trying to do his best whilst studying at Dragon School.

Like most of Julia Donaldson’s stories, Zog is written entirely in rhyming couplets which provide a lovely flow and rhythm to the story telling.

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Dexter Bexley and the Big Blue Beastie

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Dexter Bexley and the Big Blue Beastie by Joel Stewart, book reviewDexter Bexley is a young boy with a scooter. He is out on his scooter on his own one day when he bumps into a Big Blue Beastie and falls down. The Big Blue Beastie tells Dexter that he is bored and will probably eat him up. Unperturbed, Dexter says he has a much better idea. The Beastie seems convinced. He has a scooter too, and follows Dexter as he scoots off again.

The pair have a rest at the foot of a tree among the flowers. The Big Blue Beastie complains again that he is bored and will eat Dexter up.

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Princess and the Wizard

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The Princess and the Wizard by Julia Donaldson, Illustrated by Lydia Monks, book reviewWe are huge fans of Julia Donaldson in our house and I’m often on the look out for more of her books to share with my daughter. As it was my youngest daughter’s sixth birthday last week, I spotted a couple of this lovely author’s books that we had not yet read and gave them as little birthday extras. One book was a charming looking one called The Princess and the Wizard which Natalie has really enjoyed reading especially because there is lots of glitter on every page!

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The Grump

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The Grump by Sarah Garson, book reviewThe story of “The Grump” begins early one morning; it is still dark and a little boy is asleep; his dog is at the foot of the bed. As a scary monster creeps into the room, they both hide under the covers with a torch. Bravely, they follow the monster along the landing, but it disappears. It has left an awful mess in the bathroom. They follow its trail of enormous footprints down the stairs and into the kitchen. It has eaten almost all the food.

Shadows appear at the kitchen door, but the boy is relieved to see that it is just his Mum and baby brother coming to see what all the noise is about.

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Harry and the Dinosaurs First Sleepover

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Harry and the Dinosaurs First Sleepover, Ian Whybrow, book reviewHarry and the dinosaurs are busy helping Nan pack Harry’s bag for his first-ever sleepover at his friend Jack’s. As well as the essentials, Harry packs a book, some toys and some moss for the dinosaurs. His big sister Sam has to upset him as usual, telling Harry that it was stupid to put the moss in. Harry, however, stands up for himself, saying that the moss is for the dinosaurs to make sleeping bags from in case they are homesick.

Although Harry’s Mum and Nan were worried about leaving him, they need not have been.

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The Trouble with Dragons

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The Trouble with Dragons by Debi Gliori, book reviewThe trouble with dragons is that there are far too many of them. They consume too much, are too noisy and make a terrible mess. When they breathe fire, ice and snow melts, sea levels rise and deserts get bigger. When all the other creatures start to leave, the dragons implore them to stay. They promise to look after the planet, and the other animals give them advice on how to do this. They have to stop chopping down trees and breathing fire; they must eat food grown close to home, start recycling and look after the land.

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This Way Ruby

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This Way, Ruby! By Jonathan Emmett, Illustrated by Rebecca HarryA couple of years ago I read a lovely book with my daughters that was called ‘Ruby Flew Too’. It was written by Jonathan Emmett and illustrated by Rebecca Harry and we thoroughly enjoyed this lovely tale of a little duck called Ruby who was the last to hatch and slow to catch on to all the things that her brothers and sisters could do. She did however always manage them – but in her own time! The reason why I am telling you all this is because on a recent visit to the library, my girls were very excited when they discovered another book about this lovely character – ‘This Way Ruby!’ Of course we had to borrow it and I don’t think that my daughters will want to take it back!

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The Beasties

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The Beasties by Jenny Nimmo, Illustrated by Gwen Millward, book reviewWhen Daisy’s family move house, she can’t sleep in her big bed in a strange room. She doesn’t notice when the Beasties, Floot, Weevil and Ferdinand, creep into her room. After they spread their treasures under her bed, however, Daisy hears a growling noise. It’s Ferdinand, and he tells Daisy the story of how he prevented robbers from stealing a king’s treasure. As a reward, the king gave Ferdinand a ring; Daisy keeps thinking about the ring and eventually drifts off to sleep.

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I Want My Mummy

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I Want My Mummy By Mij Kelly, Illustrated by Mary McQuillan, book reviewA baby blue egg comes out to play: its two legs have emerged, but that is all. All the other creatures nearby, however, hear a shout from inside the egg calling, ‘I want my mother!’ First there’s a red pterodactyl in a ginko tree, who implores the egg not to make a noise that will wake up the ‘scary thing’. The egg runs off in fear with the red creature and hides under a yellow creature that is not unlike a stegosaurus. They realise that the scary thing is already awake, so they all run off again and hide under a huge green dinosaur. They hear frightening sounds of trees and rocks being thrown around by the scary creature, so the red creature, the green dinosaur, the yellow dinosaur and the blue egg all run away together. Oh dear: they run into something blue, and it’s the scary thing itself!

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Dogs Go Shopping

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Dogs Go Shopping By Sharon Rentta, book reviewMax, a puppy, is off to the shops with his Mummy to buy a birthday present for Max’s Daddy. Max is full of bright ideas, but Mummy just wants to buy boring old flea powder. She won’t listen when he asks to go to the toy department. Max creates havoc at the beautician’s, then gets so bored while Mummy is looking at men’s jackets that he sneaks off to find the toys. There he has a whale of a time.

Having played with all the toys, Max decides that Daddy would like a skateboard best. Suddenly, however, he realises he is lost; fortunately Mummy is looking everywhere for him. She eventually finds him amongst the toys and is so relieved that she agrees to buy the skateboard.

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