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Was read to me 27th January '18

The Last Chip
Author: Duncan Beedie Illustrator: Duncan Beedie
In the story we follow Percy, an extremely hungry little pigeon as he flies from place to place desperately trying to find something to eat. Unfortunately Percy, is always beaten to the food by the bigger, tougher, meaner birds - a gang of greedy pigeons, a bunch of rather posh looking ducks and a giant pirate seagull! By the time night comes Percy is so weak with hunger, he is unable to fly anymore and plummets to the ground. He thinks he is in for another hungry night until a gentle gesture from a kind stranger leaves him feeling full again.

This moving tale shows the incredible impact one simple act of kindness can make and it highlights the adversity some people face in their day to day lives in a way that is accessible to very young children. The brilliant illustrations add a touch of humour to vulnerable little Percy's plight without taking anything away from the importance of the story's message. It has been a great conversation starter about homelessness, hunger and poverty in our house. 

Was read to me 8th November '17

Last Stop on the Reindeer Express
Author: Maudie Powell-Tuck Illustrator: Karl James Mountford
This is a beautiful and poignant story about a little girl called Mia who can't be with her Dad at Christmas. Having made him a special card she discovers a mysterious postbox at the Christmas Market. She then meets a new friend and so begins her extraordinary journey, but will she make her delivery in time for Christmas?

The detailed illustrations exude a festive warmth really drawing you into the story. We join Mia on her journey over the twinkling sea, through beautiful cities and past the cold snowy mountains. The intricate design of the book with its hidden doors and peek-through cut outs add additional intrigue, ideal for younger readers. 

This is a truly magical adventure reminding us of the importance of family at Christmas time and could be perfect for families that are unable to be together at this special time of year. We would recommend the actual story for children age 3 years and upwards, although the delightful pictures can be enjoyed by even the littlest of bookworms. This is a visual delight!

Was read to me 20th October '17

Supertato: Evil Pea Rules
Author: Sue Hendra
All three children are huge Supertato fans so we were delighted to receive a review copy of the latest book in this incredibly funny series.

In this story Evil Pea has escaped yet again and this time he is set on turning the supermarket into an icy kingdom for him to rule over. However, the veggies have other ideas and they start to enjoy their supermarket snow day! Meanwhile Supertato, who has been detained by Evil Pea, manages to create a festive disguise using supplies from the supermarket but will his clever plan be enough to deal with Evil Pea once and for all? Well that would be telling!

All we will say is that this is an exciting story with a real festive vibe, and as  Izzie (5) put it, "it's super cool!"

Was read to me 25th September '17

Authors: Allan Ahlberg , Janet Ahlberg
Funnybones is a story about a family of skeletons; a big skeleton, a little skeleton and a dog skeleton. One night they go out to walk the dog and to frighten somebody! My little boy was a little scared by the opening but when he saw the smiling skeletons, he knew there was nothing to worry about. We then enjoyed following them on their nighttime adventure. They play in the park, visit the zoo and play tricks on each other. But our favourite part was when the dog skeleton has an accident and big and little skeleton struggle to put him back together again even with the help of their song. This is a funny book with fantastic illustrations and is perfect to read anytime of year but especially at Halloween!

Was read to me 25th September '17

Room on the Broom
Author: Julia Donaldson Illustrator: Axel Scheffler
This is one of my favourite books to read aloud ever. The rhyming and rhythmic text flows so easily and makes it perfect for little ones to join in with. The story is full of humour and the illustrations are fantastic. We have recently been enjoying the audio book version read by Imelda Staunton. This really is Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler at their finest.