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Was read to me 6th January '19

The Magic Finger
Author: Roald Dahl Illustrator: Quentin Blake
What a great and fun story! We couldn't stop reading this together at bedtime. Since it doesn't have chapters we ended up just reading it all in one go and it has various illustrations throughout, so great for kids that just moved on from picture books. We highly recommend this book about a girl that has a magic finger that whenever she gets "red", then it will do some magic and her neighbours end up being her next "victims" and have an incredible adventure! 

Was read to me 1st January '19

The Bloomsbury Christmas Treasury
Author: Sally Grindley
Great book for Christmas related stories to read before bedtime as a preparation for Christmas. Beautiful illustrations. Each story has a quite different Christmas story, either about an elf, or a fairy that goes on the Christmas Tree, or even the more traditional story of the birth of Jesus, so it doesn't get tiring or repetitive. Lovely!

Was read to me 25th November '18

The Enormous Crocodile (Colour Edition)
Author: Roald Dahl Illustrator: Quentin Blake
A great book to read for a 5 year old that is passed the stage of just smaller picture books. This one doesn't have chapter but the reading flows so easily and the illustrations are great! Love how the crocodile claims to be smart to all the other animals and he actually has some clever ideas, but the other animals all save the kids from the crocodile. A very fun story and easy for younger kids to understand as well. They might get a bit scared of the crocodile but in my case, my son actually was cheering for the crocodile! 

Was read to me 21st November '18

Cardboard Box Creations
Authors: Lonely Planet , Laura Baker
This is a different type of book: it has various interesting and beautiful creations with cardboard boxes and as soon as I saw it I loved it because it even came with some cardboard pieces. Being by Lonely planet, they've nicely choosen very international and some travel related ideas, but not only limited to that, such as the Big Ben, a pyramid, Chinese Dragon and so on. My son wanted to make something that used the pieces that already came with it so we choose the Carnival Mask, which has various pieces to paint and then glue together. However besides this, most of the other pieces are more for the details of the creations, like some characters for a shadow teathre. Besides these you'll mainly need either shoe boxes or lots of very large boxes, since most of the ideas are kids size, not smaller creations. These will be harder for us to come by, but perfect for parents that have just moved houses or are buying various big appliances. Until we get some huge boxes, we'll next try the camera, the ones that require shoe boxes (suitcase, theatre and aquarium), tube rolls (didgeridoo) or a spider that needs a square tissue box.

Was read to me 20th November '18

Fantastic Mr Fox
Author: Roald Dahl Illustrator: Quentin Blake
It's a nice book about how the Fox outsmarts three farmers. This is my first actual Roald Dahl book I'm reading, instead of just watching movies... And in terms of size, amount of illustrations, it's a great book to read to my son (5 years old). The chapters aren't long, various illustrations and nice fonts for him to follow some parts of the text. He enjoyed it, but I can say that we've had chapter books that excited him even more than this one. We'll try and read another couple of Roald Dahl books, but being quite sincere it has disappointed me a bit, given how much he's been talked about and my son usually wants me not to stop reading, while with this book, we didn't read as much each night as I imagined would happen... It's a nice adventurous story to read, there is always something happening in the story, but I just don't think it will be one of our favourites.