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Katie-birmingham

3 children aged 9, 5 & 0.
Joined December 2014

Favourite book EVER is The lion, the witch and the wardrobe
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Wrote a Review 1st November '18

Book pages Follow the Track All the Way Back
Follow the Track All the Way Back
I read it to AvaW aged 5 & to Whitehead aged 0
I read this story to my 5yr old and my baby. My 5yr old has also read the book herself, and I would help her with some of the harder words. We thought it was a lovely story about finding your way back home, no matter where you are. My daughter said that little train was brave going out on his own, and she was glad that he got home at the end. We enjoyed the detailed illustrations

Wrote a Review 1st November '18

Book pages I Want to Be in a Scary Story
I Want to Be in a Scary Story
AvaW read it aged 5
My 5yr old read this too me, only needing help with a few words. She enjoyed reading it as it was halloween, but its a book you can read anytime of the year. My daughter was excited to see what was happening next and tried to guess. For example, little monster comes to a door, so before we turned the page, she would say what she thought was behind it. It is a good length book, but not lots of words on each page. Some bits she thought was funny, she enjoyed looking at the illustrations, and liked the fact that little monster didn't want to be in a 'very' scary story 

Wrote a Review 1st November '18

Book pages Time Now to Dream
Time Now to Dream
I read it to AvaW aged 5
My daughter is 5, so she was fine, but if reading at bedtime to younger ones, it may not be the best, even though the ending is lovely, it starts off with children in the forest at night, scared, thinking a wolf is going to get them. The illustrations were lovely, and you could tell it was the same illustrator for 'we're going on a bear hunt'. Its a nice, simple story. We liked that the wolf in this story wasn't the big bad wolf

Wrote a Review 4th November '18

Book pages Rapid Stage 1 Set B Reader Pack: Daring Dogs (Series 1)
Rapid Stage 1 Set B Reader Pack: Daring Dogs (Series 1)
AvaW read it aged 5
My daughter had this as her reading book from school. She liked that there were 2 stories to read, both about dogs. She coupd read ot independently, only needing help wth a couple of words. The first story is an information text, about rescue dogs, which she enjoyed learning about. My daughter also liked there was a quiz at the end, which my daughter enjoyed answering.

Entered a Giveaway 5th November '18

Book pages Placeholder Book
The Daredevil's Guide to Dangerous Places
For Ages
9, 10, 11 & 12
No. of Copies
11
End Date
4th Dec '18
Open to residents of Republic of Ireland & United Kingdom

Entered a Giveaway 5th November '18

Book pages Placeholder Book
Where's Wally? The Spectacular Spotlight Search
For Ages
5, 6, 7, 8, 9 & 10
No. of Copies
11
End Date
4th Dec '18
Open to residents of Republic of Ireland & United Kingdom

Entered a Giveaway 5th November '18

Book pages Placeholder Book
Lonesome Bog and Little Dog
For Ages
3, 4, 5, 6 & 7
No. of Copies
1
End Date
29th Nov '18
Open to residents of Republic of Ireland & United Kingdom

Entered a Giveaway 5th November '18

Book pages Placeholder Book
Hamish and the Terrible Terrible Christmas and Other Stories
For Ages
7, 8, 9, 10 & 11
No. of Copies
1
End Date
27th Nov '18
Open to residents of Republic of Ireland & United Kingdom

Won a Giveaway 6th November '18

Wrote a Review 8th November '18

Book pages Happy and Sad, Grouchy and Glad
Happy and Sad, Grouchy and Glad
I read it to AvaW aged 5 & to Whitehead aged 0
This is a book all about feelings. Helps children to understand why you feel certain emotions. My daughter liked all the different characters, and the bright illustrations. We also enjoyed the rhyme.

Wrote a Review 8th November '18

Book pages Horrible Histories: Terrible Tudors
Horrible Histories: Terrible Tudors
MicahW read it aged 9
Learn lots of foul facts about the Tudors. There is a contents page, so you can skip to certain pages if you like. There are some black and white illustrations. I enjoyed reading about the school back in those times, and what they did for fun and games. I learnt some new facts. I found some bits of the books boring, but liked the gorey facts.

Wrote a Review 8th November '18

Book pages Five Little Ducks
Five Little Ducks
I read it to Whitehead aged 0
I sing the song to my son, so thought he would enjoy the song. You can read it, or sing the words. Its a split page book. The colourful, bright illustrations appealed to my son. Short, simple book, great for little ones. Would be good for helping the older ones with counting. 

Wrote a Review 8th November '18

Book pages The Little Inventors Handbook: A Guide to Becoming an Ingenious Inventor
The Little Inventors Handbook: A Guide to Becoming an Ingenious Inventor
I read it to AvaW aged 5
My daughter liked the first page, where she got to write her name, age, things she likes to do etc, can also put a picture with it As well. She also really enjoyed the other pages where you had to fill things out, such as the future you section. I liked that it helped my daughter's creativity, and its great for different ages. She came up with some of her own inventions, but they were too extravagant to try and make a model of. I do think its mainly for the older children.

Wrote a Review 10th November '18

Book pages Guinea-pig in the Garage
Guinea-pig in the Garage
I read it to AvaW aged 5
My daughter saw this in the library, and wanted it as we have guinea pigs as pets.I read most of it for her, but bits of it she read to me. She likes her animal books , so she did enjoy the story. It's aimed at older children so it was long for her, so we read it in sections. It had chapters, which was good so we could read to the end of a chapter. There were black and white illustrations in the book, but not many, and they didn't really bring anything to the story, so my daughter didn't bother with them really. She enjoyed the story, and she liked Mandy, as she loved animals too. Now my daughter wants to read some other books in the series 

Wrote a Review 10th November '18

Book pages His Royal Tinyness: A Terrible True Story
His Royal Tinyness: A Terrible True Story
I read it to AvaW aged 5
We thought this book was funny. My daughter has recently become a big sister, so we could relate. My daughter liked the illustrations, she took her time looking at them, they were very detailed and brought the story to life. My daughter liked the princess, but she felt sorry for her, and she didn't understand why the princess didn't like her baby brother (as she loves her new baby brother). But she loved the ending. We have read it quite a few times now, and some things in the book, she would point out that we say, such as saying well done if her baby brother burps. 

Wrote a Review 10th November '18

Book pages The Wolf, the Duck and the Mouse
The Wolf, the Duck and the Mouse
I read it to AvaW aged 5
My 5yr old wasn't really into this story. She found the illustrations boring, as they are done using dark colours. The story was a bit like a fairy tale, with a bad wolf that eats animals, a hunter, and a happy ending. My daughter found it silly that animals lived inside the wolfs tummy, as she's old enough to know that wouldn't happen. She did find what they got up to inside the wolf's tummy funny

Wrote a Review 10th November '18

Book pages Rigby Star Guided 2, Turquoise Level: Is the Wise Owl Wise? Pupil Book (single)
Rigby Star Guided 2, Turquoise Level: Is the Wise Owl Wise? Pupil Book (single)
AvaW read it aged 5
My daughter got this form school, as her reading book. She could read it independently, not needing much assistance with words. Its quite long, but as she's a good reader, didn't take her long. She likes animals, so she liked there were numerous animals, and she would say what the different animals she saw were. She didn't find the actual story that interesting though, but she enjoyed reading about the different seasons

Wrote a Review 15th November '18

Book pages Rosie's Walk
Rosie's Walk
AvaW read it aged 5
My daughter heard this story at school, and they were doing activities around the book in class. So she came home asking me to buy it for her. My daughter could read it independently, there is only about 3 words on each page, so she read it quickly. The illustrations are nice and bright. My daughter reads it quite often.

Entered a Giveaway 15th November '18

Book pages Placeholder Book
A Pirate Christmas: The Nativity Story
For Ages
3, 4 & 5
No. of Copies
11
End Date
4th Dec '18
Open to residents of Republic of Ireland & United Kingdom

Entered a Giveaway 15th November '18

Book pages Placeholder Book
Goodnight, Bing: Touch-and-feel book
For Ages
2, 3, 4 & 5
No. of Copies
11
End Date
4th Dec '18
Open to residents of Republic of Ireland & United Kingdom

Entered a Giveaway 15th November '18

Book pages Placeholder Book
The Purrfect Pawse: A little book to help children pause, stretch and be grateful
For Ages
4, 5, 6 & 7
No. of Copies
11
End Date
20th Nov '18
Open to residents of Republic of Ireland & United Kingdom

Wrote a Review 19th November '18

Book pages Oxford Reading Tree: Level 8: More Stories: Save Floppy!
Oxford Reading Tree: Level 8: More Stories: Save Floppy!
AvaW read it aged 5
My daughter had this from school, for her reading book. She loves this series of books, as she has read quite a few so knows the characters well. She loves floppy the dog, so she enjoyed that it was focused on him. She loved looking at the colourful, bright illustrations, and she was able to read it fine independently.

Wrote a Review 25th November '18

Book pages Baby's Very First Slide and See Animals
Baby's Very First Slide and See Animals
I read it to Whitehead aged 0
Bright, colourful illustrations were appealing to my baby. Its simple and short, which is just fine for babies and toddlers. The animals move on each page,  When you move the tabs, which my son was mesmerised by. Introduces them to different animals. 

Wrote a Review 25th November '18

Book pages That's Not My Kitten
That's Not My Kitten
I read it to Whitehead aged 0
We enjoy this series of books. The book is short and sweet. My son likes the bright, colourful illustrations. My son can feel the different textures on each page, which is fun.

Wrote a Review 25th November '18

Book pages It's a Little Baby
It's a Little Baby
I read it to Whitehead aged 0
This is a lovely lift the flap book. On each page the baby is hiding, and doing something different like waving, clapping, and it says can you do it too. When I read it, I will do whatever the baby is doing, such as wave, point etc. My son is only a baby, but when he is older I'm sure he will enjoy lifting the flaps, and doing what baby is doing. A sturdy, board book, not too big, so good size for little hands. There is also a song at the end of the book. Loved the rhymes, a great fun, interactive book

Wrote a Review 25th November '18

Book pages I Love You, Blue Kangaroo!
I Love You, Blue Kangaroo!
I read it to AvaW aged 5 & to Whitehead aged 0
The blue kangaroo teddy has always been Lily's favourite teddy. She has some new toys, and will there still be room for him? The colourful illustrations were really nice and detailed, and It was a good length book. My daughter enjoyed this book, as she has lots of teddies, and she always takes one to bed with her, and she liked the happy ending.

Entered a Giveaway 25th November '18

Book pages Placeholder Book
Hubert Horatio: How to Raise Your Grown-Ups
For Ages
6, 7 & 8
No. of Copies
11
End Date
18th Dec '18
Open to residents of Republic of Ireland & United Kingdom

Wrote a Review 25th November '18

Book pages Unbelievably Boring Bart
Unbelievably Boring Bart
MicahW read it aged 9
I was looking forward to reading this book, from the blurb, as it sounded a fun story. It was a decent length, I don't like when they are top short, as I'm enjoying a book, and it finishes too quickly. Also the font was a good size. There were a few black and white illustrations. I was really into the book, so wasn't fussed about the illustrations, but it was good to see what the main character looked like. I liked the main character, as he was ordinary, and into things I like, such as computers and coding, and I thought it was really cool that he had made a mobile phone game. This book was a great read, I enjoyed it from start to finish.

Wrote a Review 25th November '18

Book pages The Gorgeous Georgians
The Gorgeous Georgians
MicahW read it aged 9
I chose this from school, as I have read some of the other horrible histories books before. This one was about the Georgians. I didn't know Much about them, so I learnt a lot of new things. I like that its not just boring facts, but gory, funny and bizarre facts.some bits I did find a bit boring. I liked the quiz at the end.

Wrote a Review 25th November '18

Book pages The Prince and the Parsnip: Band 04/Blue
The Prince and the Parsnip: Band 04/Blue
AvaW read it aged 5
My daughter had this as her reading book from school. She could read it independently, but needed help with a few hard words. It was quite a short book, and My daughter didn't find the story that Interesting, but she liked the illustrations of the princess and princes

Wrote a Review 27th November '18

Book pages Reading Champion: The Very Worst Wizard: Independent Reading Turquoise 7
Reading Champion: The Very Worst Wizard: Independent Reading Turquoise 7
AvaW read it aged 5
This was my daughter's reading book. The font was a good size, not small and it was a decent length story. Max was such a lovely friend, helping everyone out with their things, meaning he didn't get to finish his own. Its s nice book, showing how you can help others. It had a nice ending, where Max ended up getting an award as well. My daughter liked the spells they were doing, and enjoyed the illustrations. At the back of the book they have to order the pictures from the story, which my daughter liked.

Wrote a Review 28th November '18

Book pages The Book With No Pictures
The Book With No Pictures
I read it to AvaW aged 5
My 5yr old asked me to buy this book for her, as her teacher had read it at school and she had really enjoyed it. She told me I had to read the book. We liked bold black text,which is against a white background. There would be odd words which would be in a bright colour. This was simple but effective. It is a silly, fun book and it made my daughter laugh with the silly words and funny sentences. The bit my daughter enjoyed the most, was the page with lots of silly sounds on. It was fun reading it as an adult

Wrote a Review 29th November '18

Book pages Oxford Reading Tree: Level 7: More Stories A: The Hunt for Gold
Oxford Reading Tree: Level 7: More Stories A: The Hunt for Gold
AvaW read it aged 5
My daughter had this as her reading book from school. Its quite a long reading book, but she did fine with the length. She read it independently, not needing any help at all. She loves the books from the oxford trading tree, as she knows all the characters, and enjoys reading about their adventures. She liked looking at the illustrations. She loves the magic element of the stories in this scheme

Wrote a Review 29th November '18

Book pages Oxford Reading Tree: Level 8: Stories: Viking Adventure
Oxford Reading Tree: Level 8: Stories: Viking Adventure
AvaW read it aged 5
This was my daughter's reading book from school. It is quite long, but she could read it independently. She enjoys the books from this series, as she has read a lot and knows the characters, but She found this book a bit boring though, as it was about vikings. She is 5 so doesn't know much about vikings, but I think the book may appeal more to boys. 

Wrote a Review 29th November '18

Book pages Listen to the Farm
Listen to the Farm
I read it to Whitehead aged 0
On each page is a different farm animal. It will say what does the animal say? Then you press a button and it makes the animal sound. Its a nice board book, good size for little hands. Bright, colourful pages, which appealed to my baby. At the end it shows thee animals from the book, and says can you make the noise for each animal. Once my son is a bit older, I'm sure he will love pressing the buttons to make the animal sounds, as my 5yr old does. I loved that it has an off switch at the back, you don't really see that with sound books

Entered a Giveaway 15th November '18

Book pages Placeholder Book
Adventures in Space
For Ages
6, 7, 8, 9 & 10
No. of Copies
11
End Date
3rd Dec '18
Open to residents of Republic of Ireland & United Kingdom