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2 children aged 11 & 7.
Joined April 2015

Favourite book EVER is Anne of Green Gables by L M Montgomery AND The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
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Wrote a Review 18th January '19

Book pages Pugs of the Frozen North
Pugs of the Frozen North
I read it to Piglet aged 7
My son loved this book!  A kind of book version of Wacky Races, a number of groups enter a competition to race to the top of the world. The main characters are Shen and Sika who enter the fray with a sledge pulled by 66..... pugs!  There are plenty of adventures along the way, with a stop at a Yeti noodle bar and an encounter with the Kraken (both of these I loved, as it was a great way to introduce these myths and legends to my son).  Who will win the race? With set backs and successes along the way for all entrants, it is difficult to know who will win the race.  The ending is great, and poignant.  I now have to find more books by these authors as my son really loved this book so much. 

Wrote a Review 18th January '19

Book pages Little Tim and the Brave Sea Captain
Little Tim and the Brave Sea Captain
I read it to Piglet aged 7
This is a beautiful story that captures perfectly a child's wish for adventure. Little Tim is a boy who loves boats, and more than anything wants to be a sailor.  His friend The Captain talks to him about the sea, but alas Tim's parents laugh at his dreams and tell him he must be much older before he can become a sailor. When an opportunity presents itself for Tim to become a stowaway, he jumps at the chance and he sets off on his own voyage.

The text and illustrations are dreamy and whimsical, and perfectly capture the way in which children dream of adventures not allowed in the normal, conventional world. My son was a little bit scared of what would happen when the boy left his parents behind, but we carried on until the end, and hopefully without spoiling the plot I can reassure other potential readers that all ends well. 

Wrote a Review 18th January '19

Book pages Sleep
Sleep
I read it to Piglet aged 7
Beautifully illustrated, this is gentle book about the different ways in which animals around the world sleep. The main part of the book features one animal on each page, and my son found it fascinating to learn that ants only fall asleep for moments at a time or that sloths would not fall out of trees while they slept.  As a reluctant reader, it was heartening to see that my son was happy to read sections of this book. We also had quite a few interesting conversations about the different ways in which animals sleep (and agreed that we would both rather be bears who sleep all winter than busy ants!). At the end of the book is a section with more detailed facts on each of the animals featured in the book. My son also loved this, and it is great as it makes the age range that this book is suitable a bit longer.  

Would definitely recommend this utterly charming book for any animal loving young children.

Entered a Giveaway 3rd January '19

Book pages Placeholder Book
The Star-spun Web
For Ages
8, 9, 10, 11 & 12
No. of Copies
11
End Date
15th Jan '19
Open to residents of Republic of Ireland & United Kingdom

Won a Giveaway 15th January '19