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Was read to me 16th December '18

The Daredevil's Guide to Dangerous Places
Authors: Lonely Planet , Anna Brett Illustrator: Mike Jacobsen
If you are looking for a different slant on a geography book then this could be your answer! Children are fascinated by information about tornadoes, volcanoes and storms, and this book does not disappoint.  The moment the book arrived by 9 year wanted to read it.  It's full of amazing photos of places around the globe that are 'dangerous' in some way or form.  My daughter loved the two main characters - 'they are really cartoony' - which added to the books appeal. Each double page provides lots of information, and gave a good insight to the dangerous place. My 6 year old needed help reading it, but particularly enjoyed 'snake island' and ' box jellyfish waters'.  It's definitely a book I'd have in the classroom too as it would be an enticing way of hooking a group or class for a 'violent earth' topic.  Excellent read, highly recommend for boys or girls. 

Was read to me 27th October '18

Timelines of Everything
Author: DK Contributor: Smithsonian Institution
Just simply - WOW!  This is a stunning book, another DK reference book that should be on any home or school book shelf!  I was very interested to see how many facts, figures, diagrams and timelines had been included, and I was certainly not disappointed.  It begins with timelines about the big bang / how life on earth started / dinosaurs, and finishes with  timelines about the internet / youth culture / the story of robotics.  It's jammed packed with other timelines, my children loved the 'the story of dance' - which was fascinating for my strictly mad daughter!, 'natural disasters' - my son loved the photos that accompanied the explanations about earthquakes and tornadoes.  I liked the fact that all of history is covered by a timeline in some way, which is very helpful for homework research projects, and when my children have a new interest in a historical period.  I also really liked the layouts of the pages; clear, concise, informative and eye catching - everything a DK book can be relied upon to be!  It's a two fold book - for children it's full of new information that is presented in a way that is easily accessible.  For adults it would make a wonderful reference book to use alongside new research.  In school it would spark off new questions and debates in a classroom or school library, definitively a book worth investing in.  For someone who loves history (like me!) it was incredible to look through.  I would certainly recommend it for aged 8 - adult.  Would make a wonderful Christmas or birthday present too.  A good investment for anyone with a natural curiosity in history around the world.  Would give it 10 stars if I could! 

Was read to me 4th October '18

Lift the Flap Engineering
Authors: Rose Hall , Alex Frith Illustrator: Lee Cosgrove
This book is full of very interesting facts, and I read it with both my 6 year old and 9 year old.  My 9 year old liked the flaps because she got to think about the answers before she read them.  She was especially interested in the bionic arm, and the ultrasound for the baby.  My six year old really loved the flaps - he thoroughly enjoyed discovery the pictures underneath! As a parent I liked the variety of information, rich and varied - plenty to aide discussions at home.  As a teacher I think it would be a perfect addition to any STEM material or day your school is having, it's full of potential! I'd recommend it for boys and girls.  Age wise I'd say 9+ to read in their own, 6+ to read alongside an adult. 

Was read to me 5th June '18

Marco's Maze Mission
Author: Lonely Planet Kids
Another fab book from the Lonely Planet.  It follows the adventures of Marco who is visiting various places around the world. Each page focuses on a place, and there is a small box filled with text like instructions to Marco.  This is a clever idea and makes the book stand out from other maze books we've got.  It was very interesting to read each page, as there are facts about the places Marco is visiting during his adventure.  My son loved 'rice terror tangle' from the Philippines, 'ice storm' from the Antarctic, and 'pie time' from the Florida Keys.   I really liked how there was a 'flummox rating' for each maze which helps the child realise that the mazes may be easier or harder.  The only problem we had with the book, and hence why it's 4 stars not 5, is that the whole book is in one colour which is black outlines and infilled with a shades of blue.  Both my son and I thought it could be better by having various colours for each page.  Overall though it's a very good way of introducing places of interest from around the world and what they are famous for through many different mazes.  Good fun for boys and girls from 5 - 12 years old.

Was read to me 31st May '18

Rhyme Crime
Author: Jon Burgerman
We discovered this delightful book at the library today! It follows how the characters have items swapped, and helps children to anticipate what the rhyming word may be on the next page. Very cleverly written, with a huge injection of humour and wonderful illustrations. A must for boys and girls aged 3-7!