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Entered a Giveaway 20th November '18

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The Boy Who Flew
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 20th November '18

Book pages Placeholder Book
Hey, who's in the loo?
For Ages
2, 3, 4, 5 & 6
No. of Copies
11
End Date
27th Nov '18
Open to residents of Republic of Ireland & United Kingdom

Entered a Giveaway 20th November '18

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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

Wrote a Review 20th November '18

Book pages The Fox on the Swing
The Fox on the Swing
I read it to Samuel aged 2
The Fox on the Swing is a beautiful book. The vibrant orange fox on the midnight blue of the cover is really eye-catching, and I love the sparkling silver foiled stars too. The illustrations are like collages; Aušra Kiudulaitė has combined different textures, materials and mediums in her pictures. I really like the depth and detail that this provides.

The story is about a young boy called Paul who lives with his parents in a tree. Every afternoon, his mother sends him to the bakery to buy three bread rolls which they later eat together as a family. Paul takes the shortest route to the bakery but walks the long way home. It’s on these long walks home through the park that he sometimes sees the fox on the swing. Paul and the fox become friends. He gives her his bread roll each time they meet. They tell each other stories. The fox shares her wisdom. One day, Paul’s father comes home and announces that he’s got a new job and that they will be moving to another city. Paul is upset and troubled by the prospect of this move. He is happy where he is and doesn’t want to leave the fox. In the rest of the story, with help from the fox, Paul learns to adapt to change and find happiness again.

The book is a lovely introduction to the important concepts of gratitude and mindfulness. As Paul walks the long way home from the bakery, he takes time to notice the small things: strangely shaped stones, fascinating twisted roots, fancy birds, and puddles that glisten on the ground. He is living in the moment and taking pleasure from the little things in life. The fox teaches Paul how to find happiness in small things: carrot cake, marmalade and trees in autumn. These are valuable lessons for life.

Wrote a Review 20th November '18

Book pages I Really Want the Cake
I Really Want the Cake
I read it to Samuel aged 2
I Really Want the Cake is a delight – pure joy from start to finish. The rhyming verse with its cake refrain is great fun to read aloud and I can vouch that it stands up to repeated readings (my son always asks to hear the book at least twice on the bounce).

The story is one of temptation. Mom has made a magnificent chocolate cake and then gone out, leaving her daughter strict instructions: she must not eat the cake. This is too much for the little girl and her pet dog to bear. They try hard to resist. They leave the kitchen and employ all sorts of distraction techniques but the lure of the chocolate cake is too strong.

I absolutely love Lucia Gaggiotti’s illustrations; they are so full of energy and humour and really bring the story alive. She has given us a wonderfully expressive main character with many different guises. One minute she’s dancing as she smells chocolate cake wafting from the kitchen, the next she’s a gun-slinging Wild West hero (the gun in her holster replaced with a fork and spoon). She is also a Chinese warrior, explorer and superhero.

This is a funny, highly entertaining picture book. Grab yourself a copy – you’re in for a treat.